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Two alarm fire in North Heights Neighborhood of Joplin, ruled accidental

JOPLIN, Mo. — Around 9:15 a.m. Friday morning reports of a structure fire at 431 N Jackson in the North Heights Neighborhood alerted Joplin Dispatch.

Joplin Fire Dept responded sounding a second alarm for more manpower and apparatus as active fire was declared. Joplin Police Dept and METS ambulance also responded.

The residence located on the SE corner of D and N Jackson closed roadways surrounding the property.

“First arriving Joplin Fire units arrived to find smoke coming from a residential structure. Crews attacked the fire and had it under control in approximately 20 minutes. There were no injuries to occupants of the home.” – Joplin Fire

Joplin Police Ofc Darrell Kink told us everyone was out of the home safely.

The active flames were extinguished quickly as Joplin Fire began an interior attack. You can see in our live video on our arrival firefighters were inside working on the fire as smoke rolled out from the eaves and roofline.

The Joplin Fire Marshal determined the cause of the fire to be accidental resulting from food left cooking on the stove unattended.

Joplin Fire alerted utilities to disconnect from the residence due to extensive interior damage. Liberty Utilities and Spire Gas responded to the scene.

Fire was declared out by Jackson Fire Command at 10:25 a.m.

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Missing man in Joplin, Mo.; Left for walk and never returned, he suffers from dementia police say

***UPDATE Mr. Mavis was located and returned home safely,” Thank you.***

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Joplin Police Department release an image of a missing man who suffers from dementia.

We are asking for assistance in locating Bill Mavis. If located, please contact the Joplin Police Mr. Mavis suffers with dementia. He left for a walk around 9:00 pm [Thursday] night. He resides in the area of 2nd and Maiden Lane.” — JPD

Contact JPD 417-623-3131 or call 911.

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Injured Joplin Police Officer Rick Hirshey released to return to work

JOPLIN, Mo. – Officer Rick Hirshey was critically injured during an officer-involved-shooting on March 8, 2022. Tragically two other officers, Cpl Ben Cooper and Ofc Jake Reed, died of injuries sustained during the incident with a now-deceased subject.

Ofc Hirshey has been recovering since his release from the hospital and has now been released to light duty status the Joplin Police Dept state.

The Joplin Police Department is happy to announce that Officer Rick Hirshey has been cleared to return to work on light duty status and reported back to JPD.” – Capt William Davis, PIO

He is not cleared for full enforcement duties, however as of Monday, June 20, he is now assisting with administrative duties at the department.

THE JOURNEY TO WELLNESS

Ofc Hirshey was hospitalized for 8 days before being discharged and has spent the last 96 days at home recovering and healing from his wounds. “We are proud to welcome him back and wish him the best as he continues his recovery process to get back to full duty,” Joplin Police state in a release of information.

Ofc Hirshey has made public appearances during his recovery to raise money for the fallen two officers. He threw out the first pitch recently at a Joplin Outlaws baseball game.

> RELATED: Running 4 Heroes Memorial Run raising money for fallen Joplin officers

He made an appearance at the Bright Futures, Guns and Hoses Charity Basketball Event. And he posed for photos at the Running 4 Heroes event in late April.

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Car overturns as vehicles collide near I-44 Love’s

JOPLIN, Mo. — Wednesday afternoon just before 2:30 p.m. reports of a crash near Love’s at I-44 west exit ramp to MO-43/Coyote alerted EMS dispatch.

Joplin Police, Joplin Fire and Newton County Ambulance responded.

On scene we learn two vehicles were involved and one overturned.

Joplin Police tell us both drivers were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

MoDOT Emergency Response assisted closing down a portion of the intersection.

Nikon’s Towing and Doug’s Wrecker were summoned to remove the vehicles and debris from the crash scene.

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Joplin Bank Robbery suspect arrested in Louisiana by U.S. Marshals

JOPLIN, Mo. — A man who called Joplin Police Detectives saying he wasn’t the Bank Robbery suspect pictures on Facebook, because he was in Pea Ridge, Ark. at the time of the robbery on May 9, has now been arrested in Louisiana.

Vincent P. Gepson has been located and was taken into custody in Crowley, Louisiana on his federal warrant for Bank Robbery.” — Capt William Davis

Crowley, La., is located on I-10 between Lafayette and Lake Charles. It is roughly 625 miles south of Joplin. Circumstances on the arrest are unknown.

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Gepson the day of the bank robbery talked also to Anderson Police on the phone but he was not taken into custody.

After obtaining a search warrant, a search of his residence in Anderson was conducted. Gepson was no where to be found. He had abandoned his dog at the residence. The dog was unharmed.

Gepson, 63, was wanted by authorities regarding the May 9, 2022 Bank Robbery at Great Southern Bank, 1232 S Rangeline, Joplin.

According to the Probable Cause affidavit, “On May 9, 2022, at approximately 10:00 a.m., the Great Southern Bank located at 1232 South Range Line Road, was robbed by [Vincent Gepson]. [Gepson] entered the bank and proceeded directly to the teller counter and demanded money. [Gepson] informed the victim teller that he had a gun and for the teller to give him $100’s, $50’s and $20’s.”

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Can you identify? Suspect vehicle that fled South Connor shooting scene

JOPLIN, Mo. — Detectives of the Joplin Police Dept have compiled security video of the suspect vehicle involved in the S Connor shooting on Monday.

Information reveals a “black Ford Taurus SHO (Super High Output) with distinctive wheels and exhaust system,” Capt Will Davis states in a release of information.

He asks all to listen closely to the security video provided which features the exact vehicle moments after the shooting.

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Suspect(s) should be considered armed and dangerous. If you see this vehicle in person. Do not attempt to contact the vehicle or anyone who might be in it. Call 911 or authorities immediately.

“We are asking for the help of the general public in tracking down this car or any known individual associated with this vehicle.”  If you have any information, please contact:

  • Det Sgt Luke Stahl 417-623-3131 x 1885
  • Det Sgt Shawn Dodson 417-623-3131 x 1638

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Man arrested for shooting at Uber driver in Joplin, Mo.

JOPLIN, Mo. — On May 14th, 2022 the Joplin Police Department Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call from an UBER driver who advised he was just shot at near the intersection of 23rd and McCoy Avenue.

Joplin Police Officers responded to the area and made contact with the victim who advised he responded to the area to pick up a customer and was approached by an intoxicated individual dressed in a black shirt and black pants. Due to the individual acting erratically, the driver left without giving him a ride and upon leaving the driver advised he was shot at multiple times. Officers did locate a bullet hole in the read door of his vehicle. The victim in this case was not injured.

Officers responded to the area of the shooting and located spent bullet casings and also an identification card of an individual matching the description of the suspect.

Officers responded to the suspect’s residence at an apartment in the 1800 block of west 24th Street and surrounded the apartment and made announcements for the suspect to exit. The suspect exited the residence and was detained without incident. He was still wearing the same clothing described from the shooting and he was positively identified as the suspect from the shooting. A handgun was also seized by officers during his arrest.

The suspect was identified as Daniel A. Colon, age 24 of Joplin. Following his arrest, charges against Daniel Colon were forwarded to the Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

A warrant for Unlawful Use of Weapons (Class B Felony) was filed with a bond set at $100,000 cash.

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Joplin Police retired K9 Pax dies unexpectedly

JOPLIN, Mo. — Sunday, May 15, designated as National Police Dog Day. And Joplin Police release somber news as one of their retired K9 has died.

“The Joplin Police Department is sad to announce the unexpected passing of retired JPD K9 Pax earlier this morning.”

Pax was purchased from F&M K-9 then trained by Travis Walthall of Patriot K-9 Training. Pax began his career in June of 2014.

Some of his stats include:

  • 520 vehicle searches
  • 100 building searches for suspects
  • 66 tracks
  • 40 suspect apprehensions
  • 1631.8 grams meth
  • 63 grams cocaine
  • 8 grams heroin
  • 27 SWAT operations

Pax would have been 12 years old this year. Joplin Police say, “Thank you Pax for your service to our community.  You will be greatly missed!”

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Retired Joplin Police K9 health care and other costs are taken care of by a special fund, overseen by the Fraternal Order of Police.

If you would like to make a donation to the Retired K-9 Fund, contact Capt William Davis 417-623-3131 or the Fraternal Order of Police Southwest Missouri Regional Lodge #27.

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Five Defendants Plead Guilty to Witness Tampering in the Case of a Missouri Woman Found Dead in Mayes County

TULSA, Okla. — Five defendants who threatened or harmed witnesses in attempts to thwart a federal investigation into the kidnapping and killing of a Joplin, Mo. woman have pleaded guilty in federal court, announced U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.

The body of Jolene Walker Campbell, an Osage Nation citizen, was discovered on July 15, 2020, in a remote field in Mayes County within the boundaries of the Muscogee Nation reservation. Federal prosecutors allege the kidnapping resulting in the death of Ms. Walker Campbell occurred in Joplin, Missouri, and happened sometime between July 4 and July 5, 2020.

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On July 20, 2021, a total of 11 defendants from the Joplin, Missouri, area were charged in a third superseding indictment, for their various roles related to the kidnapping resulting in death conspiracy.

  • Chloe Louise Stith, 35
  • David William Morris, 35
  • Breanna Lynn Sloan, 23
  • Morgan Lee Bowman, 27
  • Sarah Michelle Humbard, 25
  • Megan Louise Detherage, 28
  • Ariel Sue Paige Divine, 30
  • Tre Robert Allen Ackerson, 28
  • Lane Ryan Bronson, 29
  • Jacob Ryan Scribner, 34
  • Kimberly Kay Grissom, 47
  • (marked bold now pleaded guilty)

Within the last month, Morgan Lee Bowman, 26; Megan Louise Detherage, 28; Sarah Michelle Humbard, 25; David William Morris, 34; and Chloe Louise Stith, 21, each pleaded guilty to acts related to witness tampering.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office will hold accountable individuals who threaten or commit acts of violence against witnesses in an attempt to obstruct the federal criminal justice process,” said U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “Together, my office and our partners at the FBI will uphold our federal trust responsibility in Indian Country and work to ensure justice prevails for victim Jolene Walker Campbell and the witnesses harmed in this case.”

On May 9, 2022, Bowman, pleaded guilty to tampering with a witness, victim, and informant by using and threatening physical force (Count 7). Bowman admitted that on July 7, 2020, she and Megan Louise Detherage and Lane Ryan Bronson bound, blindfolded and kidnapped two witnesses from a Joplin home and drove them to a remote location in Seneca, Missouri, occupied by Tre Robert Allen Ackerson and Breanna Sloan. She stated that while at that location, Ackerson used a semi-automatic rifle to repeatedly shoot at one of the witnesses and told the witness to “dance.” The second witness, who was still bound and blindfolded, was forced to listen. Bowman stated that after the shooting, she, Sloan and Detherage took the witnesses personal belongings and wiped down the car used in the kidnapping with bleach with the intention of destroying DNA and fingerprint evidence. Bowman said at the time of the crime, she understood that a federal proceeding was likely to evolve in the kidnapping and killing of Ms. Walker Campbell and that they threatened the witnesses with the intent to prevent communication with law enforcement about the crimes.

Detherage pleaded guilty on May 10, 2022, to misprision of a felony. Detherage admitted that she failed to inform law enforcement about her participation in a kidnapping for the purpose of intimidating witnesses of a drug trafficking offense. On July 7, 2020, she, Bronson, Bowman, and two witnesses were present at a house in Joplin. She stated that Bronson had asked one of the witnesses to hold a quantity of methamphetamine while Bronson was away and that Bronson later accused the individual of stealing some of the drug. She stated that at Bronson’s direction, she and Bowman blindfolded the two witnesses and they drove the witnesses to a trailer in Seneca, Missouri, where Ackerson and Sloan were located. She stated that Ackerson and Bronson left with one of the witnesses, then returned and parked behind the trailer. She, Sloan and Bowman then wiped down the car used in the kidnapping with bleach at the direction of Bronson. During that time, she claimed that she heard gunshots fired in the direction of where Ackerson and one of the witnesses were located, causing the second witness to become fearful. She stated the only firearm she saw during the kidnapping was a short-barreled rifle carried by Ackerson.

Humbard and Morris each pleaded guilty to tampering with a witness, victim, and informant by using the threat of physical force (Count 11)Humbard and Morris admitted that they threatened a witness by reminding the witness of the killing of Ms. Walker Campbell and that the witness was “playing with fire.” The two further admitted to luring the witness to drive to the Precious Moments Hotel in Carthage, Missouri, where they met Bronson. Bronson allegedly demanded the witness change testimony regarding codefendant Ackerson, and if not, the witness would pay for it. Humbard pleaded guilty on April 21, 2022, and Morris pleaded guilty May 13, 2022.

Stith pleaded guilty to tampering with a witness, victim, and informant by using and threatening physical force (Count 12). Stith admitted at a May 5, 2022, plea hearing that she helped another person in a separate incident in the use of force against two other witnesses with the intention of keeping them from communicating with federal law enforcement about the kidnapping and killing of Ms. Walker Campbell. She admitted to covering the two witnesses’ eyes with duct tape and driving the witnesses against their will to a remote location where one witness was physically assaulted by the other person who had accompanied Stith. The incident occurred on Aug. 13, 2020.

Bowman, Detherage, Humbard, Morris and Stith have now been convicted. All other defendants charged in the indictment are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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