Quantcast

Joplin car wash at odds with police over safety - KOAM TV 7

Joplin car wash at odds with police over safety

Updated:

Workers at a Joplin car wash struggle with balance profit with the demands of police.  Joplin police officers say they are not in the business of turning away business.  But the location of the "In and Out" car wash on Seventh Street near Rangeline Road seems to pose a safety issue during this time of year.

Workers at the car wash say police are being too careful.

Traffic does tend to back up," says Sgt. Rusty Rives with the Joplin Police Department.

The long line at times can seem to never stop.

"Sun up, until sun down," says Daniel Fluharty, an assistant manager at the car wash.

Last month, during a day of thaw after snow, there was a whole block and a half worth of customers waiting to pay, then get their ride clean.

"I was told that the line got backed up on to Rangeline," says Sgt. Rives.

So police told waiting customers they had to move on.

Car wash workers say they typically see more than one thousand customers a day during busy times in the winter.  But when police told potential customers to go, it hurt.

"During those hours, we had a 50 percent drop in business," says Fluharty.

And it may happen again

"All the vehicles off the roadway are the car wash's business.  The vehicles on the roadway become our business when you start looking at the traffic safety side, and keeping the motorists safe," says Sgt. Rives.

"In and Out" car wash workers say they understand the problem.

"Technically, you're not supposed to wait there on the side of the road where the striped area is.  It's illegal, traffic wise, to be in a striped area," says Fluharty.

But workers say, don't get mad when there's something that's never proven to be bad.

"It's never caused a problem.  If it isn't broken, don't fix it," says Fluharty.

Police officers say even though they keep a watchful eye for safety in this area, most of the time when they respond to calls for traffic in this area it's because of calls from drivers who are concerned about the line for the car wash.

The car wash's assistant manager says he's thought about buying some property nearby, to ease the line of traffic.  But he's not prepared to do that just yet.

 

  • NewsMore>>

  • MO Supreme Court to Assign Judge in Carl Junction Child Murder Case

    MO Supreme Court to Assign Judge in Carl Junction Child Murder Case

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 8:07 PM EDT2018-10-18 00:07:32 GMT
    Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018

    The Missouri Supreme Court might have to assign a special judge to a Carl Junction child murder case. There have now been six judges in a 2017 child murder case in southwest Missouri, four of which have recused themselves. Jalen Vaden is accused of killing 3-year-old Jayda Kyle at the Carl Junction home he shared with the child's mother. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. Jasper County Associate Court Judge Joseph Hensley presided...

    More >>

    The Missouri Supreme Court might have to assign a special judge to a Carl Junction child murder case. There have now been six judges in a 2017 child murder case in southwest Missouri, four of which have recused themselves. Jalen Vaden is accused of killing 3-year-old Jayda Kyle at the Carl Junction home he shared with the child's mother. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. Jasper County Associate Court Judge Joseph Hensley presided...

    More >>
  • Pittsburg Shooting Suspect Arrested In Texas

    Pittsburg Shooting Suspect Arrested In Texas

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 12:21 PM EDT2018-10-17 16:21:51 GMT
    Eric CraveyEric Cravey

    Texas authorities arrest a man wanted for shooting a woman in Pittsburg over the weekend.  According to Pittsburg Police, Eric James Cravey was arrested around 3a.m. this morning.  Cravey was taken into custody by Hill County, Texas Sheriff's Department.  He will face extradition proceedings soon.  The 34 year old suspect is accused of shooting Vanessa McWhirt-Martin last Saturday.  She was last reported in critical condition.  Authorities have not rel...

    More >>

    Texas authorities arrest a man wanted for shooting a woman in Pittsburg over the weekend.  According to Pittsburg Police, Eric James Cravey was arrested around 3a.m. this morning.  Cravey was taken into custody by Hill County, Texas Sheriff's Department.  He will face extradition proceedings soon.  The 34 year old suspect is accused of shooting Vanessa McWhirt-Martin last Saturday.  She was last reported in critical condition.  Authorities have not rel...

    More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-17

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-17

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 8:34 AM EDT2018-10-17 12:34:38 GMT

    Economic experts discussed ways to grow southeast Kansas as well as issues holding it back at the Pittsburg Regional Economic Outlook Conference.  Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

    More >>

    Economic experts discussed ways to grow southeast Kansas as well as issues holding it back at the Pittsburg Regional Economic Outlook Conference.  Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by Frankly, Inc. All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.