How to have leaves collected in Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. — If you haven’t already raked your leaves to the curb – now’s the time.

Weather permitting, the “City of Joplin” will begin its annual “Residential Leaf Pick-Up Program” Monday.

Two crews will start picking up leaves in outlying areas, working their way toward the middle of the city until complete.

If you’re looking to dispose of leaves on your own, you can take them to the “Joplin Compost Facility.”

It’s located at 3457 Eddy Lane in Joplin and is open daily during daylight hours.

The city asks that no trash bags, brush, or tree limbs be left.

Here’s a link to the city’s leaf-pick-up map, where you can see when the crews will get to your neighborhood.


Catching up with travelers this holiday weekend

AAA estimates nearly 49 Million people likely traveled by car this holiday weekend.

And, Sunday, is right up there with one of the busiest travel days as everyone heads home.

We caught up with a few travelers at the “Missouri Welcome Center.”

“Today we are celebrating our 26th marriage anniversary and this is the first time on the road. We enjoyed it this year because we could come out because in 2019-20 we were at home not doing any travel. I didn’t think the travel was that bad either on the return.” said the Kumar Family. “I feel like it’s nice driving back to school instead of flying so you can spend more time with friends and family.”

Doing great, we’re driving back from Houston actually, to Missouri, up to Columbia yeah, yeah we’re right in Missouri.” said the Herbert Family. “We just crossed over into Missouri that’s right, we’re on our way to Columbia. Yeah, there was definitely more traffic, I would say, this year than in previous years, it seems like more people are out on the roads to be sure. The restaurants were a lot more crowded,”

“We had a great time while we were down there. My two granddaughters are going home with us and we get to St. Louis and then we’re gonna go on to Chicago
You know it’s really not been too bad but it is a lot heavier this year than the last two years, gas prices are a lot higher.” said Jack Hembree.

“We did until the COVID outbreak. This is the first time in three years, so gas prices are much higher but other than that it’s pretty much the same,” said Ed Simmons. “After staying for four days I was ready to come home.”

What are some tips for a long road trip?

“Know your stops, don’t push yourself. You feel sleepy, go to sleep, you know, don’t push too much because you might wake up in a rolled over the vehicle, so…” said Greg Icenogle “There’s definitely an anticipation to get there, but for whatever reason, it’s always faster just getting home, and I don’t know why, but it just doesn’t seem like it takes as long to get home as it does there.”


Candlelight vigil in Mercy Park

JOPLIN, Mo. — The “JOMO Pride” group took time this evening to remember the victims of the tragic “Club Q” shooting in Colorado Springs.

A few dozen gathered under the pavilion at “Mercy Park” tonight for a candlelight vigil.

It’s a way to honor the five lives lost and the several injured after a gunman opened fire at the club last weekend.

The “JOMO Pride” group says it’s important that all voices are heard as the losses last weekend impacted many all over the country.

“I think, you know, us coming together as a community, you know, and showing strength, we feel what they feel. Just because we’re not in the same city doesn’t mean that we don’t have pain for what they’re going through,” said Stephanie Marsh, JOMO Pride Organizer.

The evening concluded as each victim’s name was read out loud before a “silent walk.”


Joplin woman has collected over 300 "Hallmark" ornaments

JOPLIN, Mo. — A local woman has likely set the Christmas tree decorating bar high for you.

Meet Marsha Lattimer and her Christmas tree covered in over 300 “Hallmark” ornaments.

She’s been collecting these dazzling and interactive ornaments since 1995.

Each one resembles a special memory for her, like her son’s favorite toys growing up.

They’re all intricately placed, leaving no room for bare spots.

This year, she put her tree up right after Halloween, but even after initially putting it up, she makes adjustments until it is absolutely perfect.

The entire tree brings a sense of nostalgia and Christmas magic.

“Sometimes I’ll just be sitting there drinking my coffee or just sitting, relaxing and just looking at the tree and it just brings back memories and just good times. Just seeing them and, it just takes me back. The good old days were the good old days, they were the best,” said Marsha Lattimer.

Every year, she gets more ornaments to add to her special tree of memories.


Andy Reid sets record for most wins at Arrowhead

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ever since Andy Reid arrived in Kansas City, the Chiefs have been one of the most consistent franchises in the NFL.

Reid is lauded by many pundits as one of the best coaches and offensive minds in the history of the game.

He was able to accomplish a new feat in his career after the Chiefs 26-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Reid now has the most wins of any coach at Arrowhead Stadium with 65, passing the late, legendary Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer.

The Chiefs have also won their last 26 games in November and December, with QB Patrick Mahomes having not lost in either month since he became the starter.

They will now go on the road to face a hot Cincinnati Bengals in an AFC Championship rematch next Sunday at 3:25 p.m. CT


Warmer Today & Tomorrow; Very Breezy Tuesday

We will see warmer temperatures today and sunshine. Tomorrow it will be even warmer with temperatures in the 60s likely but it will be very breezy as a cold front approaches. Thanks to this cold front we will cool down quite a bit for Wednesday and Thursday before we begin to warm back to near 60 by Friday in anticipation for another bout of rain chances by the weekend.

Temperatures this morning in the Four States were in the upper 20s and low 30s with a light wind. Dewpoints were near or matching actual temperatures and with that light south wind fog will be likely this morning before the sun rises. There is a dense fog advisory for Northeast Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas until 9 a.m. this morning. With kids headed to school consider the possibility of fog and the cold temperatures so be sure to bundle up.

Besides the dense fog advisories there isn’t much to see across the Four States this morning as high pressure continues to influence our weather. The high pressure will begin to slide off to the east as a strong cold front approaches the area into tomorrow. We will see winds become breezy ahead of this system and temperatures increase before the cold front moves over. With the passage of the front we will see a chance of rain but the biggest change will be the drop in temperatures behind the front. High pressure will move in behind the front and we will see a couple of days of colder temperatures.

We wont be seeing severe weather but just off to the east there exists a potential for a severe weather outbreak with the chance for some significant tornadoes in east Arkansas and West Mississippi on Tuesday.

For today expect a high of 58 with some patchy fog early before we see clouds give way to sun later in the day. Tonight we will see a low around 48 with increasing clouds and breezy conditions. We will see a chance of rain tomorrow before we cool down for Wednesday and Thursday and then warm up Friday before more rain chances by the weekend.


BREAKING: Sheriff confirms shooting in Baxter Springs

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kans. — A shooting is under investigation in Baxter Springs, Kansas.

Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves has confirmed a shooting has occurred.

Baxter Springs Police Department is handling the investigation.

Quapaw Nation Marshal’s Office has been called to assist the scene.


We have a crew on scene.

This is a developing story and more information will be updated as it becomes available.


Damage to Grove city sculpture, cost of damage unknown

GROVE, Okla. – Two signs with unknown meanings were left as possible calling cards on a Grove statue that was vandalized.

An American Bald Eagle wooden sculpture was spray painted black on Friday night or early Saturday morning, said Craig Criger, Grove Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds.

Criger said the sculpture was carved out of the top of a tree and at the base of the tree was the letter “A” spray painted with a circle around the letter.  Earlier someone had paced a “purple and green sign with a joker card” at the tree, Criger said.

The words “Ha Ha Ha” and “Get Rid Of The Bat Man!” and “Not my Tree!!” were handwritten on the sign.

“We don’t know the value of the sculpture,” Criger said.  “In some ways it’s priceless.”

A city beautification project used five trees in the downtown area that were designated to be removed. Different sculptures were on the other trees, he said.

The eagle sculpture was completed on Nov. 23 by Richard Quick using a chainsaw, Criger said.

“The sculptures had to do with Grove and Grand Lake,” Criger said. “They were unique to our downtown area.”

If anyone has information about the vandalism, please contact the Grove Police Department at (918) 786-6121.


Body located in creek bed, El Dorado Springs Police investigate

EL DORADO SPRINGS, Mo. — Sunday, November 27,  just after 2 p.m. the El Dorado Springs Police Department responded to the 100 block of North Jackson Street, “concerning a deceased person in the nearby creek bed,” EDSPD state in a release of information.

The Cedar County Coroner’s Office is assisting in the investigation. There is no apparent evidence of foul play.” — EDSPD

Next of kin have been notified.

The deceased identified as Tory B. Richards, 30, of El Dorado Springs.

The investigation continues police say. As always anyone with information concerning an investigation is encouraged to call the El Dorado Springs Police Department at 417-876-TIPS.

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CBS Report: Native Americans disproportionately go missing, data show

According to CBS News, statistics show Native American communities see a disproportionate amount of violence and missing persons cases.

“More than 82% of American Indian and Alaska Native men and women reported experiences of violent victimization in their lifetime, according to the Congressional Research Service in January 2022. Similarly, Native Americans are also reported missing at higher rates than the general U.S. public, with at least 9,575 reported missing cases in 2020, according to the National Crime Information Center.” – CBS

When a Native American is murdered or disappears on one of the 324 federally recognized reservations across the United States, the majority of these cases fall within federal jurisdiction.

CBS reports that in recent years, families of missing and murdered Indigenous people have pushed federal authorities and legislators to address the crisis. Grassroots advocates join those families in the fight.

“Those federal authorities — like the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs — are responsible for investigating major crimes as a result of the nearly 400 treaties the United States government signed with Native tribes since 1787, when the federal government pledged to protect Native people, according to Stephen Pevar, author of “The Rights of Indians And Tribes” and an expert on Indian Law.

And crimes in these jurisdictions are prosecuted by the United States Attorneys throughout the country. But according to a recent Justice Department report, prosecutors in 2018 declined to prosecute almost 40% of all federal Indian Country cases – representing almost 1,000 potential federal crimes – citing “insufficient evidence” as the most likely reasoning.” – CBS Report

“This means in that one year there was no justice for the victims of the alleged 73 murders, 373 physical assaults and 279 sexual assaults in Indian Country.”

For more than a year, CBS News tracked the federal law enforcement investigation into the death of Christy Woodenthigh, a 33-year-old mother of three who lived on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in southeast Montana.

You can read more about that case and the report here.

Missing: Aubrey Dameron of Grove, Oklahoma

25-year-old Aubrey Dameron from Grove was last seen on March 9, 2019. Authorities in Delaware County, Oklahoma continued following up on leads into the missing person case.

However, Dameron’s Aunt Pamela Smith was concerned about the search when speaking with KOAM at the time. In 2019, authorities were following up on a lead at a pond. KOAM spoke with Smith after that search.

Dameron was reported two days after going missing, but Smith says authorities didn’t respond how she thought they would.

“Basically there was nothing done the first week because they believed she wasn’t a missing person due to her lifestyle,” explains Smith. “So that is hard. It’s hard to have a hundred percent trust in them following up with everything we send them. I wish that they would have taken her case seriously from the moment she was reported missing.”

—> KOAM Article: Police search pond in Delaware County in connection to missing woman from March