Marionville homicide victim identified, police now seeking a suspect

MARIONVILLE, Mo. – Police have identified a homicide victim in Marionville and are now asking for the public’s help to find the suspect.

The Aurora and Marionville Police Department has identified the victim located at 406 S. Central in Marionville as 50-year-old Jess Davis. The department is seeking charges of Murder and Armed Criminal Action for the murder of Davis. The suspect has been identified as Jamie Lee Godfrey, a white male known to frequent the Aurora and Marionville area.

Officials ask anyone with information on Godfrey’s whereabouts to contact the Aurora and Marionville Police Department. Godfrey is considered dangerous and should not be approached.


Crawford County sheriff’s office: Suspect, armed with knife tried to get deputies to shoot him

PITTSBURG, Kan – The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office says a man broke into a Pittsburg home and tried to get the resident to shoot him.

It happened before midnight on September 13th. The Sheriff’s office says the man armed with a knife broke into a house on E. 530th in Pittsburg and yelled for the resident to shoot him.

The resident didn’t shoot him but kept him at gunpoint until the suspect escaped from the house.

When deputies arrived, they found the suspect on the house’s porch with a knife.

The sheriff’s office says the suspect ignored verbal commands to put down the knife and was tased – but with little effect.

The suspect later ran back into the home and later came out of the kitchen without a knife – but with a self-inflicted cut to his neck.

He was taken to the hospital where authorities say he later left against medical advice.

The suspect was arrested again and this time he was booked into the Crawford County Jail where he is awaiting official charges.




Joplin Police, SWAT, respond to report of armed man in the Joplin-Webb City Industrial Park

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Police Department and SWAT Team responded to a report of an armed person at a former Eagle Picher facility in the Joplin-Webb City Industrial Park.

UPDATE: The Joplin Police Department says the situation has ended. According to the Joplin Police Department, the subject sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound just before noon and was immediately rendered aid by officers and medics and rushed to a local hospital. Investigators are currently on scene conducting an investigation. At this time, JPD is not releasing the identity of the subject. No other individuals or officers were injured during the incident.


Around 8:30 this morning JPD responded to a person with a gun at 3220 Industrial Drive. JPD says the subject aimed the gun at his head, but did not shoot others, but did fire several shots, possibly into the air. Officials add that the subject did shoot himself, but did not shoot at any officers, and no officers fired any of their weapons.

Joplin SWAT and crisis negotiators were on scene to assist with deescalating the situation.

This is a developing story and we’ll have more as it becomes available tonight on KOAM News.


Traffic stop leads to four arrests, including one for First Degree Murder warrant

CANEY, Kan. – A routine traffic stop leads to the arrest of four people, including one wanted for First Degree Murder of an infant.

Around 10:45 last night Caney Police stopped a vehicle near the intersection of Vine and Taylor Street in Caney for displaying a paper tag that was unreadable. All four occupants were arrested.

28-year-old Angelic Moore of Altoona was arrested after police discovered she had an active warrant for First Degree Murder out of Montgomery County. The warrant stems from an incident in March of this year, when prosecutors say Moore allegedly murdered a two month old infant. She is also charged with possession of drugs and intent to use the drugs.

The other three occupants were arrested as well on various charges.

Donald Brewton was arrested for driving with a non-registered vehicle, no insurance, and an open container.

Ryan Banning was arrested on outstanding warrants from Neosho County.

And Elizabeth Moore was arrested for possession of marijuana, meth, and drug paraphernalia.


Homicide suspect shot by Topeka police

TOPEKA, Kan. – Topeka police officials said a homicide suspect who was shot by police on Friday has died from his wounds.

Jesse B. Lees, 33, of Topeka died hours after multiple officers shot at him in a residential area. Police said he was armed but have provided few details about the confrontation.

No officers were hurt.

Interim Topeka Police Chief Bryan Wheeles said the case was being turned over to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

The police officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave, which standard practice after a shooting.

Police were seeking Lees for questioning in the death of Jennifer A. Morris, 25, of Topeka. Her body was found in a home Wednesday evening. Police have not said how she died.


Shootings in East St. Louis

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – Multiple victims were reported shot in southern Illinois late Thursday afternoon and three suspects who crashed their getaway vehicle into a passenger train remained on the loose, authorities said.

The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office said the suspects shot multiple people in East St. Louis, but it wasn’t immediately clear how many, KMOV-TV reported. East St. Louis is located about 6 miles (9.66 kilometers) east of St. Louis, Missouri.

The shooting suspects tried to out-run a MetroLink train at a nearby crossing and their vehicle was struck, the station said. Police were searching for the suspects in a wooded area.

The shooting happened after 4 p.m., Illinois State Police said in a news release.

The public was asked to avoid the area of the shooting, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

MetroLink was warning of delays of an hour or more in that area. Passengers were being transported by bus shuttles around the two affected stations, said Patti Beck, a communications official with Bi-State Development, which operates MetroLink.

No further information was immediately available.


Kansas teacher found guilty of stalking a 4th-grade girl

OLATHE, Kan. – A former Olathe teacher was found guilty Wednesday of stalking a fourth-grade girl while he was teaching her at an elementary school.

James Longabill, 59, of Lenexa, was convicted by Johnson County District Judge Thomas Sutherland of reckless stalking.

Testimony indicated Longabill took more than 240 pictures of the girl’s legs and buttocks. She was 10 when Longabill was teaching her at Meadow Lane Elementary School in Olathe.

The girl, who is now 12, testified that knowing about his actions made her scared to be alone at night and gave her nightmares, The Kansas City Star reported.

Loganbill’s sentencing is set for Nov. 3. He faces a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Loganbill’s lawyer, Carl Cornwell, said he hopes to overturn the verdict on appeal.

Loganbill resigned in March 2020 and later filed for retirement after three decades working at three different schools in Olathe.

Because of this case, the Kansas Legislature recently changed the crime of reckless stalking to a felony, which carries more prison time.


Wanted Pittsburg man arrested after 9 hour standoff

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Authorities capture a wanted Pittsburg man after a nine-hour standoff.

According to the Pittsburg Police Department, last month, William Patton removed his ankle monitor while on house arrest. Previous charges filed against him include aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault.

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Standoff with Wanted Pittsburg Man

On Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, investigators got information on where Patton was hiding out. They also learned Patton was armed with a handgun.

Tuesday afternoon, investigators confirmed that Patton was at a Pittsburg home, 504 East 9th Street. They set up surveillance while getting a search warrant.

Pittsburg Police requested help from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation’s High Risk Warrant Team to help execute the search warrant.

Shortly after 9:00 p.m., they started executing the warrant. Several law enforcement agencies surrounded the home. The KBI team breached the front door and called out the occupants. A 20-year-old who lived there came out without incident. They took him to jail for obstructing apprehension.

Officers then started evacuating several nearby homes to assure their safety.

The standoff with Patton lasted nine hours as the KBI team tried to call him out of the home for a peaceful conclusion.

This morning, Sept. 8, around 6:00 a.m., Patton had crawled into the attic of the home and fell through the soffits on the front porch.

According to the Pittsburg Police Department, Patton got up and tried to run southbound. Authorities, with the help of the Kansas Highway Patrol K9 unit, quickly apprehended him.

Authorities arrested Patton on outstanding felony warrants out of Woodson County and Crawford County. Police will also be asking for charges of felony interference with law enforcement and unlawfully tampering with an electronic monitoring device.

They are holding him in the Crawford County Jail without bond.


Murder-suicide in Shawnee County

TOPEKA, Kan.  – A man and woman who were found dead from gunshots wounds apparently died in a murder-suicide, Shawnee County authorities said.

The bodies of a man and woman were found Friday afternoon in a home just south of Topeka, Sheriff Brian Hill said.

A preliminary investigation indicated the deaths are a murder-suicide stemming from a domestic incident, Hill said.

The investigation is continuing but Hill said officers do not believe anyone else was involved.


Students accused of cutting Native American 5th grader’s hair in Oklahoma

CLINTON, Okla. – School officials in Clinton are investigating after a Native American fifth grader reported being held down by two other students who cut his hair. Superintendent Tyler Bridges told Oklahoma City television station KWTV the district is investigating fully. The family of Dominique Lonebear, a Cheyenne & Arapaho tribal member, says the assault happened Tuesday at Washington Elementary School in Clinton. The boy’s grandmother, Laquita Lonebear, says her grandson couldn’t identify the students because he was held face down while a student cut off several inches of his hair. Long hair among Native American men often has cultural and religious significance