JOPLIN, Mo. – The bridge on South Range Line Rd. is back open. The Missouri Department of Transportation says the opening is about one month early.

The re-opening comes just in time for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday shoppers.

Drivers using Davis Blvd. and other side streets, experienced serious congestion issues during the closure.

MODOT says this bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

“The contractor, Hartman & Company, Inc. of Springfield, worked hard to get this bridge open several weeks ahead of schedule and in time for the Christmas shopping season,” said Southwest District Engineer Steve Campbell.

The original bridge, built in 1976, closed in early September for demolition. Contractor crews replaced the old bridge with a new structure that is two (2) feet higher and 15 feet wider than the one it replaced. The contractor also built new sidewalks on either side of the bridge.

“We want to thank drivers, area businesses and our partners at the City of Joplin for their patience and understanding while we worked to replace this important bridge in a busy part of Joplin’s commercial district,” Campbell said.

Approximately 24,580 vehicles cross the bridge daily, according to MODOT.

For more information about the project, click: www.modot.org/range-line-roadkansas-city-southern-railroad-bridge-replacement.

Project information:

  • Prime contractor: Hartman & Company Inc., Springfield
  • Total project cost: $6.2 million
  • Contract completion date: December 16, 2022

In coming years, MoDOT says it will replace bridges on North Main Street (Missouri Route 43) over the Kansas City Southern Railroad and Turkey Creek, along with building a new bridge over the Kansas City Southern Railroad on 32nd Street (Route FF).


Galena SRO officer arrested for shoplifting

MIAMI, Okla. – A school resource officer with a history of theft was given a city citation for allegedly shoplifting a sports bra and melatonin at the Miami Wal-Mart.

Christopher Bailey Corbit,  44, of Commerce, was issued two citations on Nov. 17 and Nov. 18  by the Miami Police Department for larceny and shoplifting and theft by shoplifting.

The total loss was less than $30, according to the Nov. 17 Miami Police report. Corbit was banned from all Wal-Mart properties.

The Miami Wal-Mart store has “five open cases against Corbit at this time,” the report states. 

Corbit is accused of placing items on top of each other and scanning one item and bagging two items through the self-checkout machines, the report states.

When confronted with the alleged theft Corbit offered to pay for the merchandise, the report states. Corbit then identified himself as a police officer, the report states.

Corbit is accused of stealing the following items according to the Nov. 18 report.

September 10, 2022

  • Mezzetta Super Colossal Queen Olive, $11.88
  • Lysol Power & Free, $3.52
  • Mr. Clean Liquid Febreze Meadows & Rain, $3.24
  • SB Toilet Gel Rainshower, $4.67
  • Capaction Flea Medicine, $25.98
  • Hartz 2 in 1 flea & tick dog collar, $7.16
  • Prebal chicken & rice Sib dog food, $13.68
  • Natural Sleep Support $13.97
  • -Total $84.10

September 18, 2022

  • Mezzettta Super Colossal Queen Olives, $11.88
  • Sar NS Chdshp SH, $3.18
  • Sharp Cheddar Chunk, $4.00
  • Deluxe Whole Cashews, $9.98
  • Mixed Berry Fruit Snacks, $7.24
  • Sara Lee Bread, $3.28
  • Toilet Paper, $6.36
  • Old Spice Deodorant, $10.97,
  • Chicken Tenders,$8.35
  • Charcoal,$15.76
  • -Total 81.00

September 27, 2022

  • Fischer& Wieser – Preserves tiple berry, $5.08
  • Charmin Flushable Wipes, $4.47
  • Footlong Sub, $6.00
  • -Total 15.55

Galena, Kan. schools are out for Thanksgiving break, a message was left for school administrators.

Corbit is a veteran law enforcement officer with more than two decades of service.

His background includes stints with the Ottawa County Oklahoma District Attorney’s Office, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Baxter Springs, Kan. Police Department, Cherokee County Kansas Sheriffs’ Office, District Court of Cherokee County Kansas bailiff, Galena Kansas Police Department.

As a Galena police officer, Corbit was involved in a fatal shooting incident after the suspect lunged at Corbit with a knife.


Suspected Joplin homicide subject shoots self in Seneca standoff

JOPLIN, Mo. — Police in Seneca said the man suspected of killing two people in Joplin on Halloween night, shot himself after an hours long stand off in the street near Quince and Antelope in rural Seneca.

Authorities tell KSNF/KODE they had been negotiating with the man for most of the morning, trying to bring the situation to a peaceful end. After talking to police by phone for an unspecified amount of time, the man shot himself and was transported to a local hospital. His condition is currently unknown.

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The two people found deceased by the Joplin Police Department have been identified as 35-year-old Stacy Rush, of Joplin and 35-year-old Eric Stampfli, of Grove. They were discovered at Rush’s home at 2216 S. Annie Baxter Ave. Monday night.

Police confirm a child was present at the time the victims died. The child was not involved and was uninjured. Autopsies for the two adults have been scheduled for Thursday*, at 10:30 AM in Springfield.

Court records show Rush filed for divorce in August, from her husband, who was not one of the deceased found in the home. The divorce trial was scheduled for Monday, the day Rush and Stampfli were found dead. It was noted in court records that the trial was cancelled because a proposed settlement was filed.

This is a developing story and we will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

**Editor’s note: Authorities have moved the autopsy to Thursday from Wednesday.


Two Joplin residents found dead

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Joplin Police Department is investigating after the bodies of a man and woman were discovered.

The two were reported as unresponsive to JPD Emergency Communications Center around 9:16 Monday night. The bodies were found at 2216 S. Annie Baxter Ave.

No arrests have been made yet and JPD is asking for any help in this case. If you have information you are asked to contact the department.

This is a developing story and we will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.


Business and church destroyed by fire near downtown Carthage

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A fire broke out around 8 pm Saturday destroying a total city block in downtown Carthage. Fire fighters from surrounding cities came to help Carthage fire fighters as they tried to control the flames that were fanned by high winds.

“We’ve got the State Fire Marshal en route right now,” said Ryan Huntley, Carthage Fire Chief. “The reports from our guys, who showed up first with the first engine, said that the KRTEK building was totally engulfed, which is an extremely large building full of tons of materials. When they arrived, that building was a loss, so they tried to save the church next to it. They were unsuccessful with that, with the winds and all of that. So basically, from Central to Second Street, Grant, Howard, which is basically a city block, we’ve pretty much lost all of that. We’ve had tons of mutual aid that showed up, that’s helped us out. A lot of mutual aid that we don’t have sometimes, so it’s been fantastic on that end. But, it’s a shame that we lost that block,” added Huntley. 

“We were just right across the street, about, I’d say 100 to 200 yards away from where the fire first started,” said Brandon Ross, eye witness. “We were just eating some dinner. Next thing I noticed, the guy behind us was telling us ‘oh, there’s a fire’, so I looked out the window. There was two buildings, it took less than I’d say, five minutes for the building to be fully in flames, and it was,” he said.

KSN’s Jessica Schaer was first on the scene, capturing the enormous blaze.

“It started carrying, because it was so windy outside, so it just like, all the embers were going across the street right towards the gas station, and it started to get out of hand pretty fast. The smoke was just, it looked like big funnel clouds in the sky. It was like, real dark smoke, and it was pretty intense for a minute. I finished up eating and came outside, looking at all the power lines were starting to catch on fire, the power pole. It’s still on fire right now, actually,” Ross added. 

Casa de Sanidad, an Hispanic church, and Henson Metal Building Supplies are both gone after flames ravaged the buildings. The fire was extinguished and crews from the State Fire Marshall’s office are investigating the cause. They were on scene throughout the night.

Carthage, Jasper, Webb City, Duenweg, and the Neosho Fire Department all responded to assist Carthage.

We will bring you more details as they become available.


Body discovered in Grand Lake

GROVE, Okla. – Grand River Dam Authority police are recovering a body from Grand Lake waters.

GRDA police are on the scene at Red Rock Resort which is west of Grove.

This is a developing story and we will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.


Body found in Lake Eucha

LAKE EUCHA – A fisherman discovered a man’s body in Lake Eucha on Friday, confirmed Delaware County Sheriff James Beck.

Beck is withholding the man’s identity until a positive confirmation is made.

The man had been in the water “for some time,” Beck said.

Lake Eucha is located south of Jay in Delaware County.

Beck said the Oklahoma State Bureau is handling the investigation.


Fairland shooter identified

MIAMI, Okla. – Fairland Police Chief Gordon Williams, Jr. confirmed the identity of the woman taken into custody on Wednesday for allegedly shooting at another person.

Micaela Renee Venis, 47, of Fairland, is being held on complaints of aggravated reckless discharge of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.

No one was injured in the shooting, Williams said.

Venis, who had been drinking for most of the day was in a family fight and when taken into custody she had two pounds of marijuana in her backpack, he said.

The shooting occurred northwest of downtown Fairland.


Explosive device found in Parsons; citizens asked to avoid area

PARSONS, Kans. — A homemade bomb was found in Parsons Thursday afternoon, forcing authorities to lockdown an area.

Around 2:00 PM Parsons Police got a call for a suspicious object found in the 2700 block of Dirr Ave.

At the scene it was found through testing that the object did in fact contain explosive material and classified as an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). The surrounding area was immediately blocked off and citizens are asked to avoid the area.

Parsons Fire and Labette County Emergency Services are staging in case of a detonation, the department said in a release.

“[A]s law enforcement are actively working this scene, please hold off on traffic in the area. The safety of our citizens is our top priority and situations such as this can turn in a matter of seconds. We thank you in advance for your support and cooperation,” said PPD Chief Robert Spinks.

This is a developing story and we will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.


Neosho man killed in DWI crash

NEOSHO, Mo. — One man is dead and two others are injured after being thrown from the bed of a truck in a multivehicle crash Wednesday evening.

Neosho Police released their investigation’s findings Thursday afternoon and said the accident occurred when a Ford F150 pulled across a Neosho Blvd. and into the path of oncoming traffic.

That’s where it was fired struck by one northbound car in the outside traffic lane, then once again by an SUV within the inside lane. Two of the truck’s occupants sitting in the bed area were ejected in the process.

All three occupants of the truck were taken by ambulance to Mercy – Joplin, two with moderate injuries, and one fatal injury; now identified as 39-year-old Jeremy Olmstead.

Per State Law, all drivers were tested for BAC and the results determined that the driver of the Ford F150 was under the influence.