Shop with a Cop 2022, helping 175+ kids smile more at Christmas

JOPLIN, Mo. — Despite the early Saturday morning, everyone was all smiles on December 10, 2022, more than 175 kids were able to ‘Shop with a Cop’ at Wal-Mart #59, 1501 S Rangeline, in Joplin.

  • CAPT DAVIS: Today is our Annual ‘Shop with a Cop’ where officers with the Joplin Police and Seneca Police are able to pair up with kids who may not have a great Christmas ahead of them, but we take them Christmas shopping today. It’s a great program we look forward to it each and every year.
  • Q: How many kids are here this morning?
  • CAPT DAVIS: This year we have about 180 kids between Joplin Police and Seneca Police, we both pair up. So kids are from Joplin Schools and Seneca Schools today.
  • Q: We are doing the math in our head? Each child gets $100 to spend on themselves and maybe someone special in their life. Wow! Who pays for all this?
  • CAPT DAVIS: This would not be possible without the generous donations from individuals, businesses, organizations, in and around the Joplin area. We are so thankful that each and every year they continue to donate to help make this possible.
  • Q: How is this event still special to you personally year after year?
  • CAPT DAVIS: This program is really special, when you get paired with a kid and they want to shop for people other than themselves. It really touches your heart. They maybe want to buy a present for mom, dad, brother, sister. It shows the true meaning what this is all about… helping others.

Fraternal Order of Police SWMo Lodge #27 members come together to help organize the event. Lodge members also donate money and time every year. Today we spotted Joplin Police Explorers, Joplin Police Sentinels, MSSU Criminal Justice students, Diamond Police, however dozens of others involved who were not able to attend in person.

Kids are mostly nominated by school resource officers and guidance counselors. They are each allotted a specific amount of money to shop. On a different day, which is more private, the foster children get to shop.

Wal-Mart #59 employees were numerous meeting kids and families in line with donuts, juice, milk and smiles. Dozens were there, including management, helping shoppers find certain items, keep the checkouts running smoothly, and perhaps cleaning up a spill or two quickly that happened while shopping!

I am not a part of this program, I just had to have my tires worked on today. But I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate what you all do!

Shopper talking to JPD Ofc 

Numerous other police departments and agencies across the area work to within their local communities to help those at Christmas. So there are opportunities to give everywhere.

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Rangeline store victim of smash-and-grab burglaries 4 times in 2 weeks

JOPLIN, Mo. – For the fourth time in a two week span a Rangeline convenient store has been burglarized.  Two times in the last two days.

Joplin Police Capt William Davis tells us they are investigating all of the break-ins.

These smash-and-grab burglaries have all occurred overnight during closing hours as persons break windows, and/or doors, to gain access. Then quickly run inside and grab items before police can respond to the alarm.

Staff at Zips, 1201 South Rangeline, tell KOAM’s Shannon Becker they are fed up with it. The cost of the glass is in the thousands of dollars, and that doesn’t count the merchandise being stolen.

Plus it is not stopping.  They are coming back again and again and again.

Vapes. Cartridges for Vapes, then they sell them online.”

Zips staff shared security video of the overnight smash-and-grab from Wednesday, December 7, 2022.  After two males and one female broke doors and windows with rocks, a pair enter the store, male and female.  The female had a backpack ready to fill and quickly went behind the counter to grab vapes.  The male went into a back room and took a large bottle of Fireball Whiskey placing it in the backpack.  The female also grabbed a beverage out of the normal coolers before fleeing out the same way, through a broken window. All done in about 60 seconds.


  • November 23, (Wed) 2:47 a.m. NOTE: two males and one female
  • November 26, (Sat) 3:46 a.m. NOTE: two males and one female
  • December 5, (Mon) 1:43 a.m. NOTE: two males and one female
  • December 7, (Wed) 1:08 a.m. NOTE: two males and one female

Capt Davis asks if anyone has information on the identify of the individuals to contact the Joplin Police Dept at 417-623-3131.

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Tow truck driver, 18, killed in crash on I-44 at Joplin, next of kin notified

JOPLIN, Mo. – Capt William Davis of the Joplin Police Dept releases more details regarding the fatal tow truck crash on Tuesday, November 15, 2022.

“Tuesday about 9:20 am, the Joplin Police Department Emergency Communications Center received report of a a single vehicle rollover crash near Interstate 44 just east of Rangeline Road. Officers with the Joplin Police Department responded to the scene along with the Joplin Fire Department, METS Ambulance Service, Newton County Ambulance District, and MoDOT Emergency Response. Officers located a 2003 Chevrolet tow truck upside down in the ditch near the shoulder of the roadway.”

Capt William Davis

The driver, Bradley E. Skaggs, age 18 of Lanagan, Missouri, was the only occupant of the vehicle and was ejected during the crash. He did not survive and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Newton County Coroner.


Next of kin has been notified.

Members of the Joplin Police Department Major Crash Team responded to the scene and are still continuing their investigation at this time.

Press Release- Fatality Crash 11-15-22

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Young woman charged for shooting at another car at stoplight

JOPLIN, Mo. — Capt William Davis releases details regarding an arrest of a young woman who is alleged to have fired at weapon at a vehicle.

Late Tuesday night, July 26th, just before 11:30 p.m. a report of gunshots near 7th  and S Wall Ave. alerted Joplin E911.

The caller advised she was shot at by a person in another vehicle near this intersection. Officers responded and made contact with the caller and witnesses who described driving west on 7th Street and a female driver in a red Ford Mustang convertible pulled next to them on 7th Street, pointed a gun at them and fired a round.” — PRESS RELEASE

No persons were injured during the shooting.

The victim was able to positively identify the suspect as Kameron McCain.

Officers responded to 2813 S. Adele Avenue and located the suspect vehicle at this address. After some time, officers were able to get two females to exit the residence, with one of them being McCain.

After further investigation, officers placed Kameron D. McCain, age 20 of Joplin, under arrest.

According to the Probable Cause Affidavit filed in Jasper County Court this was not a random act. McCain was acquainted with individual(s) in the vehicle she fired a weapon towards. There is an ongoing issue between parties.

Charges have been filed by the Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office against McCain:

Discharging a Firearm at or from a Motor Vehicle/At a Person (Class B Felony)

McCain currently remains jailed with no bond set.


  • 2020 McCain is still facing charges of Felony 1st Robbery and Armed Criminal Action in Jasper County, Mo. court. Oct 17, 2022 Pre-Trial hearings begin.

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Male in critical condition, found with gunshot wounds on Hill Street

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin Police respond to gunshots fired this afternoon on Hill Street in the East Town Neighborhood.

Around 3:42 pm today, someone called 911 about gunshots at 1201 E. Hill Street. Joplin police officers got to the scene and found an adult male victim with gunshot wounds.

METS ambulance transported the victim priority one to an area hospital. Capt William Davis says the victim is critical condition.

Police have not arrested anyone in connection to the shooting at this time. However they are developing information a shooter fled the scene before police arrived.

If you have information regarding this incident, police ask that you call the Joplin Police Department at 417-623-3131.

Capt Davis tells us he hopes to have more information this evening or tomorrow.

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Joplin Police Capt William Davis honored in New York City ceremony for heroism

NEW YORK, New York – Joplin Police Capt William Davis was honored in New York City Thursday evening. Recognized as Public Safety Officer hero of the year.

“Thank you to First Responder’s Children’s Foundation for honoring Captain Will Davis tonight in New York City, for his heroic actions on March 8th. In our grief we continue to be thankful for his actions.” — Joplin Police

The First Responders Children’s Foundation, was founded in the aftermath of 9/11 as over 800 children lost a first responder parent. The organization held “A Celebration of First Responder Heroes” Thursday evening June 2, at Gotham Hall in New York City.   

The organization paid tribute to the 6.5 million first responders across the nation through “The Roll Call of Heroes” during which a representative from each category of first responder were honored on behalf of all first responders in their category:

  • public safety officers
  • firefighters
  • EMTs / paramedics
  • nurses
  • 911 dispatchers
  • 9/11 survivors

The award recipients included:

Capt Will Davis of the Joplin, Mo. Police Department was honored in the National Public Safety Officer category.

“He displayed unusual selflessness and courage when he stopped an assailant on a murderous rampage. During the altercation, two of Davis’s fellow officers were fatally shot and their patrol vehicle was stolen by the assailant’s flee attempt. Shots were fired at officers in pursuit, until the patrol car was wrecked in the process. As the assailant continued to fire at the officers, Davis pulled up to the scene, drew fire from the suspect, and ultimately returned fire, mortally wounding the assailant and ending the rampage.” — FRCF

The organization exists to continue supporting children of first-responders who give the ultimate sacrifice. The ones who do not come home.

“First Responders Children’s Foundation provides financial support to children who have lost a parent in the line of duty as well as families enduring significant financial hardship due to tragic circumstances. First Responders Children’s Foundation also supports, promotes, and facilitates educational activities and programs created and operated by first responder organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community at large.” — Mission Statement

You can read more and donate to the organization by clicking here.

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Bank robbery in Joplin, authorities confirm sharing image of white male suspect

JOPLIN, Mo. — Monday morning tipsters alerted us to police activity at Great Southern Bank, 1232 block S Rangeline.

Capt William Davis of Joplin Police Dept tells us details live from the scene. The bank was robbed shortly after 10 a.m. a white male (pictured) entered the bank and threatened the teller saying he had a weapon.

He left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

No one was injured inside the bank,” Capt Davis tells us.

The Joplin Police Department is requesting public assistance in identifying this person. Any information could be helpful. Please call 417-623-3131 Ext. 1638 or send us a message here on Facebook. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.” – JPD DETECTIVES

The bank has resumed business as normal for the day.

It was June of 2021 this bank was robbed by a man from the Kansas City area. That same day he robbed a bank in Kansas. He is currently incarcerated we learn.

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Man wanted on outstanding Felony Warrants taken into custody, now facing new charges

JOPLIN, Mo. – Early Thursday morning Joplin Police arrived to 1116 S McKinley Ave, warrant in-hand for the arrest of Hunter Sease, 19. The young man was wanted on multiple outstanding Felony warrants including Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer.

Sease refused to exit the home when officers arrived.

After numerous attempts to get him to peacefully surrender were unsuccessful, JPD officers and on duty SWAT team members deployed a chemical munition into the residence. Sease surrendered a short time later. He was transported to the Joplin City Jail where he remains in custody with no bond.” – Capt William Davis

Sease had felony warrants out of Jasper and Newton County related to a vehicle pursuit in 2020 where he rammed a Joplin PD K9 officer on I-44, totaling the K9 vehicle. Sease continued to flee into Joplin and crashed into a utility pole at 7th and Pearl Avenue. As he was being taken into custody, he assaulted another Joplin PD officer.After that string of events he was arrested for

  • Assault in the First Degree (special victim)
  • Assault in the Third Degree (special victim)
  • Assault on a Police Animal
  • Property Damage in the First Degree
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Driving While Intoxicated.

An additional charge of Resisting Arrest are being sought from Thursday’s incident Capt William Davis says.Sease has a newly filed case in Joplin City Court for Stealing/Larceny. His next court date is May 5 on that case.


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