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Joplin mobile home park familiar to law officers

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According to the Newton County Sheriff's Department, this is the fourth homicide to take place at the Bykota estates mobile home park in recent years.

Bykota is an acronym. It means: "Be ye kind one to another."

Some who live at the mobile home park may say this name does not fit.

"There's people who's actually just walked into other people's houses and just stole their TV's and walked out," said Christopher Moomey who resides at Bykota. "It's pretty bad here."

Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland says his department receives more calls from there than other mobile home parks in the area.

"There's an extraordinary large amount of calls for service," said Copeland.

Copeland said last year in 2014, his department received 356 calls for service regarding this park.

"Yeah, we get about a call a day for sure up there. Usually assaults, domestic violence, thefts, drugs."

Crime is not the only concern.  

"I think it needs to be cleaned up," said Jon Ames who resides at Bykota. "The trailers are falling apart, missing walls."

Some say moving to the park is done out of necessity.

"Nobody moves here because they want to, it's usually because they are forced to because of financial situations," said Moomey.

"My guess is that most of the people who live there, it's on a have-to basis," said Copeland. "It's probably all they can find at this time."

The property manager declined to comment on camera. But he said he strives to keep the area safe and conducts background checks on those looking to reside at the park.

For some who call Bykota home, there is hope the neighborhood will be the subject of less crime.

"Maybe for just people to get together and try to make it a safer place for children,"said Ames. "The summer is coming around the corner. I mean, there's a lot of kids in the park so it would be nice to have our kids be able to play outside without having to worry about a crazy guy running down the street. So, a little bit more authority."

Newton County Sheriff's Department  has contacted the health department and other agencies regarding bykota estates.  

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