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Granby students study Native heritage while learn speech sounds

GRANBY, Mo. — Granby Elementary students study Native American heritage while learning speech sounds. The students start by learning about the story of the first Thanksgiving, and its origin.

Mrs. Enlow states it is important to teach Native history while giving the students a fun environment to learn in.

“So when I use the teepee in my lessons, we start out by making the teepee first of all. We cover it with Buffalo skins, so that’s my brown paper. And then I have the kids pick out their speech sounds. So we have speech sounds, G, K, F, V. We have blends BL, CL. We also have clusters, STR. And I have the kids help me put those on the teepee and so we talk about those different sounds within our lessons while we’re playing games,” said Summer Enlow, Speech Assistant.

“We play games in the teepee and the teepee is big. So it’s full of little ones, but if it’s for the big one, so then we have to duck to get in there,” said Ryan Seedlorf, 4th grader.

For December Mrs. Enlow does an “Around the World Unit” including Germany, Holland, and Mexico using the teepee as a Christmas tree.

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Senior SNAP benefits available to those on a fixed income

JOPLIN, Mo. — When you’re living on a fixed income, it can be a challenge to put enough food on the table, especially when food prices keep increasing. However, financial help is available for many Missouri seniors, but many may not know about it.

There’s a good chance that at least some of the people in the Joplin Senior Center, and millions of people their age across the Show-Me State, qualify for food benefits, but for one reason or another aren’t getting them.

“Less than 50% of eligible seniors are actually taking part in the SNAP Program so a good majority of the seniors who would be eligible based on their income and other resources are not using this program so those that that really need it, aren’t using it,” said Christine Woody, Empower Missouri.

And with the cost of food skyrocketing in the last two years, Christine Woody, with Empower Missouri says that can make a huge difference in a senior’s health and well-being.

“Being involved with the SNAP program can be life changing for senior citizens, I mean there’s research that shows that having adequate nutrition and adequate access to fruits and vegetables and healthy foods can help with individuals health outcomes, helps keep them in their homes, keeps them out of the hospital,” Woody added.

So why aren’t more taking advantage of the program? In some cases, Woody says some don’t know it exists, with others, there’s a stigma still attached to asking for forms of public assistance, and finally, applying for it is done over the internet, which Jennifer Shotwell, with the Area Agency on Aging, says is intimidating for many seniors.

“With the SNAP process, there are some documents that you need to provide. A lot of seniors are a little hesitant using the technology so they end up with telephone calls and long wait times but we could certainly help them out if they stop by our office,” said Jennifer Shotwell, C.E.O., Region 10 Area Agency on Aging.

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CFI continuing to partner with Wreaths Across America

JOPLIN, Mo. — As part of their True to the Troops program, Contract Freighters Inc. or CFI plans to participate in Wreaths Across America this December, as they gear up to deliver live balsam veterans’ wreaths to cemeteries throughout the United States.

This year, the transportation company plans on moving multiple loads of wreaths to Fort Scott, KS, San Antonio, TX, Dallas, TX and Arlington, VA. On National Wreaths Across America Day (December 17th, 2022) CFI will participate in wreath laying ceremonies in Webb City, Branson, Fort Scott, KS, San Antonio, TX and Arlington, VA.

“For veterans and their families, Wreaths Across America (WAA) is so much more than a wreath placed in December. They know that because of this program and all who support its mission that their loved one will always be remembered, their service will be honored, and their story will be told. Since we were founded in 2007 as a national nonprofit, WAA has grown exponentially in both number of participating locations, and veterans’ wreaths sponsored. In 2021, we had ceremonies held in every state and US territory. We are able to fulfill this mission because of the support and in-kind donations made by the transportation industry. We want all to know how appreciative we are for the help. We cannot do this without these donated loads, period,” said Don Queeney, Director of Transportation at Wreaths Across America.

| Mt. Hope Cemetery Participating In Wreaths Across America >

Last year Wreaths Across America placed more than 2,000,000 veterans’ wreaths at more than 3,000 locations in the U.S. and beyond, including more than 253,000 wreaths in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C.

You can learn more about Wreaths Across America, HERE.

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In a frigid nailbiter Grove defeats Guthrie 28-19; advances to semi-finals

GROVE, Okla. – A red-hot Grove defense turned up the heat Friday night and defeated Guthrie 28-19 to advance to the Class 5A semifinal game.

Frigid temperatures hovered around 25° at kickoff, but Grove’s defense was hot as they sacked Guthrie’s quarterback, Hayden Calvert, four times forcing three fumbles.

Guthrie’s defense tried to keep the ball out of running back Emmanuel Crawford’s hands for most of the game.

But the key to the game was a Hagen Hacker interception late in the fourth quarter.  After the turnover, Crawford evaded a swarm of defenders and sprinted downfield, 40 yards to give the Ridgerunners prime field position.  Two plays later, Crawford took the ball and swept to the Grove side of the field and bolted 36 yards into the endzone with five minutes to go in the game.

Grove finished the night with 212 yards on the ground and 149 yards in the air.  Guthrie had 173 rushing yards and 146 passing yards. Crawford finished the night with 179 rushing yards. Carson Trimble threw for 149 yards and Hacker had 101 receiving yards.

The Ridgerunners drew first blood when Trimble connected with Hacker on a 42-yard pass.  Corey Martin added the extra point.

 The drive started with Trimble getting sacked backing up the Ridgerunners to the 32-yard line. On the third play of the drive, Trimble eluded two defenders to get the ball on the 42-yard line giving the Ridgerunners a first down.  Two players later Trimble hit one of his favorite target for a touchdown for a 7-0 lead.

Before halftime, Guthrie’s Carson Wilder was hit with a 15-yard personal foul penalty.

In the early minutes of the third quarter, Guthrie scored on a flea flicker trick play from Calvert to Willy Clymer that went 41 yards in the air and Noah French added the extra point to tie the game.

Trimble hit Jackson Gain for a 43-yard pass and Martin added the point to put Grove up 14-7.

Jaylen Chelf’s 31-yard run moved Guthrie within reach of the Ridgerunners, but a failed kick allowed Grove to maintain a 14-13 lead.

Grove took advantage of a Guthrie blotched snap and three plays later Jacob Gain ran up the middle five yards untouched giving Grove a 20-13 lead.  The extra point was missed.

Wilder connected on a 26-yard pass from Calvert.  A series of penalties took Guthrie from going from a two-point conversion run to missing an extra point kick allowing Grove to keep a  20-19 lead.

With five minutes left in the game, Crawford capitalized on Hacker’s game-winning interception to score Grove’s winning touchdown.

Grove takes their undefeated record to meet the Carl Albert Titans next weekend. The Titans defeated Del City 19-0.  The time, date, and place of the game have not been set.

Scoring

Guthrie       0        0        13      6        19

Grove          0        7        13      7        27

Second Quarter

  • GRO:  Hagen Hacker 42 pass from Carson Trimble (Corey Martin kick)

Third Quarter

  • G: Willy Clymer 41 pass from Hayden Calvert (Noah French kick)
  • GRO: Jackson Gain 43 pass from Trimble (Martin kick)
  • G: Jaylen Chelf 31 run (kick failed)
  • GRO: Jacob Gain 5 pass from Trimble (kick failed)

Fourth Quarter

  • G: Carson Wilder 26 pass from Calvert (kick failed)
  • GRO: Crawford 36 run (Martin kick)
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Kansas man accused of using 10 year old girl to produce child porn

COLUMBUS, Kans. – As part of a seven month investigation, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested a Columbus man on Friday on federal charges involving the production of child pornography.

Deputies arrested Joel Cypert, 35, on a federal arrest warrant from the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. Cypert is accused of using a 10 year old Columbus girl in the production of child pornography.

“In April our detectives started this investigation, at which time they seized potential forensic evidence for analysis,” said Cherokee County Sheriff, David Groves. “Our office coordinated investigative efforts with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Homeland Security Investigators.”

The federal criminal complaint charges Cypert with one count of sexual exploitation of a child in the production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

Deputies seized Cypert’s cell phone and following the completion of the forensic exam of the evidence, authorities issued the federal arrest warrant. 

“He will remain in our custody until he is transferred to the custody of the United States Marshal’s Service,” Groves said.

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NEO Upward Bound director attends national conference

MIAMI, Okla. — Director of the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Upward Bound program, Dawn Compton, was welcomed into the fifth cohort of the Executive Leadership Institute for College Opportunity Professionals. Compton traveled to Princeton University, where she joined 35 other TRIO colleagues from across the country to participate in a robust professional development experience. The conference is designed to equip individuals with the tools necessary to lead in each of their colleges.

During the conference, participants engaged in lectures, workshops, and facilitated exercises to help strengthen their leadership skills. The curriculum included topics such as effective leadership, communications and negotiation strategies, team building, increasing and leveraging social capital on college campuses, and influencing state and federal policy to advance the interests of low–income, first-generation students.

“I was honored to attend the National TRIO leadership conference at Princeton University, where I was able to represent NEO and the Upward Bound program. It was a remarkable experience to sit among influential professionals and gain a better understanding of how to support first-generation college students in achieving their academic goals,” said Compton.

Compton serves as the President of the Oklahoma Division of Student Assistance for the State of Oklahoma’s TRIO programs and is a member of the Regional Board for the Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs.

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Very Cold Today & This Weekend; Warmer Next Week

We are going to see some intense cold today as well as a persistent wind chill that will make actual temperatures feel even colder. We are also going to see a cold weekend ahead of us with another cold front set to push through tomorrow. However we should warm nicely into the 50s next week making for a nice change of pace.

Temperatures this morning in the Four States were primarily in the 20s for most everyone and wind chill values made it feel like temperatures were in the teens and low 20s in several locations. This is important to consider with kids headed off to school this morning as low to mid 20s are expected as well as persistent cloud cover and a wind chill making it feel even colder than it actually is so make sure the kids are bundled up.

Our cold front that so graciously gave us these nice cold temperatures and some light snow has pushed to the south and high pressure is beginning to take its place providing us our northerly winds. This will continue today with high pressure remaining dominant and providing a cold northwesterly wind. Into Saturday however we will see another cold front move through our area and once again drop our temperatures substantially especially for Saturday night. High pressure will move in once again behind the front and provide us a nice cold weekend. This weekend it will remain cold especially with the overnight lows around 20 degrees but both days should warm at least into the 40s and we should see sunshine as well.

Today expect a high of only 32 degrees with very cold conditions and an active wind chill. Tonight expect a low around 20 with persistent cold and a continued wind chill making it feel even colder. The cold will last through the weekend but next week sees us warm up into the 50s and we may have the chance of some rain for our Thanksgiving.

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Christmas Parades in the Joplin-Southwest Missouri area

KSN/KODE — Hold on for deer life — there’s a lot going on in the Four States this season. Yule be sorry if you miss any of the festivities— it’s going to be lit. Not even the resting Grinch faces will be able to resist the most wonderful time of the year!

Check out the list of Christmas parades happening in Southwest Missouri:

A-Z

Carl Junction, Mo. (Facebook) Christmas Parade December 4, 2022 @ 2 p.m.

Carterville, Mo. (Facebook) Christmas Parade December 10, 2022 @ 3:30 p.m.

Carthage, Mo. (City of Carthage) Christmas Parade December 10, 2022 @ 7:00 p.m.

Cassville, Mo. (Facebook) Christmas Parade December 3, 2022 @ 6 p.m.

Diamond, Mo. (Facebook) Christmas Parade December 3, 2022 @ 10 a.m.

Lamar, Mo. (Barton County CoC) Christmas Parade December 8, 2022 @ 6 p.m.

Neosho, Mo. (Facebook) Christmas Parade December 3, 2022 @ 5 p.m.

Nevada, Mo. (Facebook) Christmas Parade December 3, 2022 @ 2 p.m.

Pineville, Mo. (Facebook) Christmas Parade December 3, 2022 @ 5 p.m.

Seneca, Mo. (Facebook) Monday, November 28, 2022 @ 6:30 p.m.

Webb City, Mo (Webb City site) Christmas Parade December 14, 2022 @ 6:30 p.m.

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LIST: Missouri inmates overdosed on 8x lethal level of fentanyl and animal sedative

LICKING, Mo. – Following the release of three additional toxicology reports, the wave of seven inmate deaths at the South Central Correctional Center in Licking in late August and September is now clearly tied to a drug problem in the men’s state facility, however, the Missouri Department of Corrections claims they can’t identify the primary source of drugs brought into state prisons.

New Information

Terrell Dawson

The autopsy results for 42-year-old Terrell Dawson show Smith died from mixed drug toxicity of both fentanyl and xylazine.

This is the first death in Texas County in which xylazine, a non-opioid veterinary tranquilizer not approved for human use, has been found on post-mortem examination.

According to Texas County Coroner Marie Lasater, users report using xylazine-containing fentanyl to lengthen its euphoric effects. Also known as “tranq,” xylazine is a central nervous system depressant that can cause drowsiness and amnesia and can slow breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure to dangerously low levels.

In the event of a suspected xylazine overdose, experts recommend giving Narcan because xylazine is frequently combined with opioids. However, because xylazine is not an opioid, Narcan does not address the impact of xylazine on breathing, rendering it ineffective in many cases.

Lasater tells KOLR 10 Investigates that Dawson was administered four rounds of Narcan at the prison. Dawson’s toxicology report also showed fentanyl metabolites, indicating Dawson was likely a frequent fentanyl user. Although the level of fentanyl in Dawson’s body is considered more than two times the lethal limit, because he was a frequent user, the coroner determined the combination of fentanyl and xylazine is what killed him.

According to the warden, all inmate deaths are investigated. However, the prison has not released any additional information on any inmate deaths that occurred between Aug. 31 and Sept. 30.

Kaleb Smith

Kaleb Smith’s toxicology report indicated he overdosed to death on seven times the lethal level of fentanyl. Lasater says meth was also found in Smith’s system, which is uncommonly found during autopsies conducted on state offenders. Smith had a recreational level of meth in his body, which is not a highly toxic level according to the coroner, and did not likely contribute to his death.

The fentanyl found in Smith’s system had a particular molecular signature known as 4-ANPP. Lasater says the molecular change does not alter the strength of the fentanyl but rather serves as a stamp to distinguish it from other types of fentanyl.

Oryon Guinn

According to new information from Texas County Coroner Marie Lasater, inmate Oryon Guinn died from overdosing on nearly eight times the lethal level of fentanyl. The prison reported that 38-year-old Guinn died on Sept. 10.

The fentanyl shown in Guinn’s toxicology results also indicated it was of the 4-ANPP type.

Previous Reporting

Demarco Washington

KOLR 10 Investigates previously reported that inmate 35-year-old Demarco Washington overdosed on three times the lethal limit of fentanyl at the end of September.

Robert Baker

Of the seven SCCC inmates who died in one month, one toxicology report is still pending for 29-year-old Robert Baker who was reported dead on Sept. 25.

Jeffrey Bolden & Roy Sinden

Autopsies were not performed on the other two inmates 55-year-old Jeffrey Bolden and 64-year-old Roy Sinden who died on Sept. 6 and Sept. 1 respectively. The coroner says both men died of stage 4 lung cancer.

Accountability at the Prison

In an email to KOLR 10 Investigates, Communications Director Karen Pojmann said in part:

“Anecdotally, many corrections professionals would say visitors are the primary source of contraband, but we really don’t know what the primary source is because often drugs aren’t found until they’re already inside the facility, at which point it can be difficult to trace the origins. We have discovered staff bringing drugs into prisons. Our investigators look into all suspicious behavior and work with local law enforcement to identify, arrest and prosecute any staff member engaged in this dangerous activity.

We are taking steps to reduce both the demand for and the supply of drugs. In July, the department tackled one major contraband pipeline by diverting offender postal mail to a mail processing center, where it is scanned and delivered to recipients electronically. We’re addressing addiction and the demand for drugs by expanding Medication Assisted Treatment (M.A.T.) and streamlining behavioral health services. We’re also expanding and revising naloxone (Narcan) access and procedures to help reverse overdoses and prevent deaths. 

All offenders, staff, visitors, volunteers and other people entering a correctional center are screened at entry. We have body scanners. We use drug dogs. We use Correctional Emergency Response Teams (CERT) to conduct thorough searches of our facilities. We also work closely with local law enforcement to investigate all incidents in which someone is suspected of introducing dangerous contraband to a prison. Anyone found in possession of illegal contraband may be arrested and referred for prosecution.”

South Central Corrections Center spokesperson

Pojmann denied an interview and has not answered whether any SCCC staff have been fired or arrested following KOLR 10 Investigates reporting. The Texas County Coroner confirms no other offenders at the state facility in Licking have died since we reported on the higher than average death rate in September.

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Joplin woman pleads to 2020 kidnapping; victim died

TULSA, Okla. – A Joplin woman pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to kidnapping a woman whose body was later found in rural Oklahoma.

Breanna Lynn Sloan’s plea is connected to the July 2020 death of Jolene Walker Campbell.

Her body was discovered on July 15, 2020, in a remote field in Mayes County within the boundaries of the Muscogee Nation reservation. Federal investigators said her death happened between July 4 and 5, 2020.

Sloan, 23, admitted she aided and abetted codefendant Tre Ackerson, 28, of Joplin, to kidnap Walker Campbell, an Osage Nation citizen.   

Walker Campbell died as a result of the kidnapping, said U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson in a prepared statement.

Sloan admitted she and Ackerson concocted a plan to kidnap the victim after seeing her walking along the roadway. Ackerson told Sloan he had robbed the woman earlier in the evening.

Sloan offered the victim a ride and when the victim got into the front passenger seat, Ackerson emerged from the woods, climbed into the rear seat, told Sloan to drive, and attempted to rob the victim a second time.

Sloan stated in the plea agreement that Walker Campbell had nothing to steal, but Ackerson didn’t want to leave empty-handed. Ackerson allegedly directed Sloan to a remote field in Mayes County where he put on a pair of gloves, forced the victim out of the car and into a field, and killed her. Afterward, the two returned to Joplin, leaving the victim in the field.

Ackerson, 28, who is charged with first-degree murder in Indian Country, kidnapping resulting in death, kidnapping resulting in death in Indian Country, and witness tampering charges, is scheduled for trial in January.

Also awaiting further court proceedings are Kimberly Grissom, 48, and Jacob Scribner, 35, who are charged with conspiracy to retaliate against a witness, victim, and informant, and Lane Bronson, 29, who is charged with conspiracy to retaliate against a witness, victim, and informant and with two counts of tampering with a witness, victim, and informant by using and threatening physical force.

Five other Joplin codefendants connected to the kidnapping and killing of Walker Campbell have already pleaded guilty.

  • Morgan Lee Bowman, 27, and Chloe Louise Stith, 22, pleaded guilty to tampering with a witness, victim, and informant by using and threatening physical force.
  • Sara Michelle Humbard, 26, and David William Morris, 34, pleaded guilty to tampering with a witness, victim, and informant by using the threat of physical force.
  • Megan Louise Detherage, 29, pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony.