SUV leaves Jackson Ave crashing into tree, two people required extrication

JOPLIN, Mo. – Just after 9 p.m. Tuesday night reports of a single vehicle crash near 3800 block of S Jackson near the Oak Pointe Neighborhood entrance alerted Joplin Emergency Dispatch.

Joplin Police, Joplin Fire Dept and EMS crews responded.

On scene Ofc B. Eckels of JPD tells us the northbound vehicle left the roadway to the right, down an embankment into a tree.

It took about 10 minutes to extricate two people, male driver and female passenger were transported to Mercy Joplin with non-life-threatening injuries.

Affordable Towing removed the vehicle from the crash scene.

3800 block S Jackson is in the bottom of the valley at the edge of the runoff creek, just north of the Oak Pointe Neighborhood entrance. 

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Crash with commercial vehicle in Joplin’s Eastmorland Neighborhood

JOPLIN, Mo. – Friday morning just before 9:30 a.m. Joplin Dispatch were alerted to reports of a crash at 15th and S Highview involving three vehicles.

Joplin Fire Dept, Joplin Police Dept and METS ambulance responded emergency.

On the scene we learn from Cpl Tim Hudson of JPD the crash involved a commercial vehicle and two passenger cars.

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One vehicle required Joplin Fire to perform a small “door pop”, also known as an extrication, as one person was trapped inside a vehicle.

Cpl Hudson says two people were transported non-emergency to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.


Chuck’s Towing removed one vehicle from the scene.  The other two were able to drive away on their own power.

One Joplin has created the Neighborhood Identification Map.  It designates nearly 100 neighborhoods, developments and former towns that are now encompassed by the city of Joplin.  This crash in the Eastmorland Neighborhood borders Campbell Park South Neighborhood.  What Neighborhood do you live in?


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Police pursuit ends on the banks of Turkey Creek in Royal Heights, man faces multiple Felony charges

JOPLIN, Mo. – Saturday evening we were on the scene of a police pursuit through Joplin, Duquesne and Jasper County that ended on the banks of Turkey Creek as the stolen pickup truck crashed into a tree and the male suspect was taken into custody by Joplin Police.

Capt William Davis updates information as multiple Felony charges are filed by the Jasper County Prosecutor’s office.

Marc Anthony Thomas, 27, of Joplin was arrested and now charged:

  • Felony Domestic Assault – 2nd (2X)
  • Domestic Assault – 4th
  • Felony Tampering with a Motor Vehicle
  • Felony Resisting Arrest (Fleeing)
  • DWI

Capt Davis tells us the incidents related to Thompson began about 4:30 p.m. on Satuday, April 9, officers were called to a residence, 2512 New Hampshire where two elderly residents were assaulted and their pickup was stolen. The two reported the young man living with them had come home under the influence and physically assaulted them both and took their 2005 Toyota Tacoma pickup.

Thomas forced his way into a bedroom and struck an elderly female in the face, leaving a large, swollen bruise below her eye. Thomas then shoved the elderly male to the ground, causing him to strike his head on the floor. This left a large, swollen bruise on the back of his head. Thomas then got on top of the victim and began choking him, causing the victim to vomit. Thomas then stole keys to the victims vehicle and fled the area.” – JPD Press Release

It’s unknown if the two sought medical treatment at a hospital.

Fast forward to later that night about 10:30 p.m. reports from individuals at Walmart, 1501 S Rangeline, that a red pickup truck was continually, “driving around the lot, honking the horn, being annoying, with no lights on.”

Officers responded and came into contact with the red pickup nearby at 20th and S Ozark Ave.


From there the vehicle fled officers taking this path roughly:

  • East on 20th Street to Duquesne
  • North on Duquesne to Newman
  • East on Newman to 249, attempted to go the wrong way up a ramp, turned back west on Newman
  • Officers spiked tires of the truck at Newman and Rangeline
  • Truck continued westbound on Newman, past Florida Ave to a dead end, then north through unpaved paths, crashing into a tree on the south bank of Turkey Creek

Capt Davis said after Thomas crashed the truck, he fled on foot a short distance across Turkey Creek where he was tazed, then taken into custody.

Numerous Joplin Police vehicles, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Jasper County Deputies were on the scene at the end of the pursuit.

Thomas was cleared by medical staff and transported to the Joplin City Jail. He will face charges in Jasper County Court.

Charges were filed Monday, and Tuesday morning he was served the arrest warrant while in jail. No bond is set at this time however he is to have no contact with the two individuals he allegedly assaulted.

We anticipate an formal press release Tuesday from the Joplin Police Department to all media.

This is a breaking news story, stay with Joplin News First on KOAM News Now as we continue to learn more.


Missing person case becomes a death investigation in Blendville Neighborhood of Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. — Thursday afternoon Capt William Davis tells us a current missing person investigation brought them to a residence in the Blendville Neighborhood of Joplin, 2201 S Jackson.

He tells us on scene that they have located the missing person inside the residence here, deceased.  No names are being released at this time.

Capt Davis tells us they are actively seeking a person of interest.

Just before 6 p.m. Capt Davis released an official statement to the media:

On March 30th, 2022 the Joplin Police Department received a report of a missing person and
initiated an investigation. On the afternoon of March 31st, 2022, the missing person was located
deceased at a residence at 2201 S. Jackson Avenue in Joplin. Detectives with the Joplin Police
Department are actively conducting a death investigation. At this time, no information regarding
the identity of the victim is being release until next of kin notifications are made. Detectives are
actively looing to speak with a person of interest in the matter. No information on that person is
being released at this time. No comment is being made on the cause of the death.” – JPD

They ask if anyone has any information regarding this incident to please contact the Joplin Police Department at 417-623-3131.

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Man wanted on Burglary Warrant runs from cops on bicycle, now arrested

JOPLIN, Mo. — Sunday evening Joplin Police flooded the 800 block of S Sergeant with lights as they executed a contain-and-call-out at a residence.

Sgt Clay Collard tells us one of his officers on patrol spotted a man on a bicycle with a Burglary Warrant. As he went to stop him the man on the bike fled to a residence, 815 S Sergeant.

“He ran inside the house so we knew he was in there,” Sgt Collard tells us as they had immediately surrounded the residence.

They executed a contain-and-call-out with a bullhorn telling all occupants to exit the house.

Sgt Collard tells us after a short time the wanted man exited and he was taken into custody.

Additionally he says a second male exited and gave officers a false name. After his actual name was revealed, they discovered he had multiple warrants for arrest. He was also taken into custody.

No one was injured.

This is a breaking news story. We will update with more information as it is released by authorities.


Joplin Police seek assistance identifying man in armed robbery

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Police Department release information on regarding an Armed Robbery on Thursday afternoon.  In doing so they are seeking any information the public might have to assist their case.

On February 17th, 2022 at 5:33 pm the Joplin Police Department Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call of an armed robbery that just occurred at The Corner convenience store located at 2300 S. Maiden Lane in Joplin.

The suspect entered the store and requested merchandise, then displayed a handgun and demanded the store employee give him cash from the register.

The suspect fled the store with the merchandise and an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen going northbound on foot.

The store employee was not physically harmed during the incident.

  • adult male
  • dark skin complexion
  • black coat,
  • jeans
  • bandana over his face

The Joplin Police Department asks that anyone with any information on this incident please contacts Detective Jason Francis at 417-623-3131 x1640.

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Sinkhole forms in Joplin’s Landreth Park

JOPLIN, Mo. — A sinkhole opens in Landreth Park in Joplin, Missouri.

Shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon Joplin Police and Joplin Public Works were notified of a sinkhole forming in the northwest corner of Landreth Park.

Joplin Police responded and secured the area. They tell us on scene the hole appears to be about 25 feet deep at this time. Water is in the bottom of the hole.  It is about 8-10 feet across.

About 2:15 p.m. Joplin Public Works arrived and fenced the area to keep the public back from edges as the hole could continue to grow.

Even while the Joplin Public Works crew were preparing to put up the temporary fence you could hear pieces of the sinkhole wall splashing down to the water below.

City officials are working on a plan now. They ask you avoid the area. It is now secured behind a fence for the public safety.

This is a developing news story. Stay with KOAM NEWS NOW as we continue to learn more.


Driver cited DWI in crash as pickup flipped Sunday in front of mall

JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin Police Capt William Davis updates information regarding the crash that involved four vehicles Sunday afternoon on N Rangeline and Mall Road in front of the Northpark Mall.  

He says the 25-year-old driver of the pickup, Andrew Reed, was cited for DWI during the investigation following the crash.  He will be required to appear in Joplin City Court to face the charge(s).

Reed was being treated at a Joplin hospital after the collision where his 2021 Ford Ranger overturned.

A second vehicle t-boned by the pickup in the crash was totaled. That driver was transported to an area hospital suffering non-life threatening injuries. 

Two additional vehicles sustained minor damage and were driven from the scene, not requiring a tow.

This is a developing news story. Stay with Joplin News First KOAM News Now for updates.


Join the Community Action Group: Joplin Area Stolen Items

“Near 25th street and took off past Taco Bell after, keep your eyes peeled.”  — Contact Joplin Police

JOPLIN, Mo. The Joplin Area Stolen Items page exists to make the sale of stolen items as difficult as possible, also to assist police in the recovery of stolen items.

By sharing posts it enables the community to do the work identifying individuals or locating items.


  • WHAT was stolen
  • WHERE it was stolen from
  • WHAT occurred when stolen
  • WHAT police dept have you reported
  • PHOTO If you don’t have a pic of what was stolen, google image search, something that looks similar, post that and say, it looks similar to … This group is a community action group created and sponsored by @JoplinNewsFirst

The stolen item needs to be reported to a police agency before they are posted in the group.

Do you have security footage? Please post footage/pics.

UPDATES: If something is recovered or there are updates on your items stolen please update our original post in a timely manner.


Joplin Police K9 apprehends construction site Burglary suspect

JOPLIN, Mo. — Thursday night about 11:00 pm a Joplin Police patrolman located a suspicious vehicle, unoccupied and parked near a residential construction site near Coyote Drive and Concord Ln in Joplin.

The officer checked the construction site and ascertained that there was someone inside the residence actively moving and going through items. Additional back up officers arrived to assist.

As officers were about to make contact, the suspect exited out of window. Officers gave the suspect commands to stop, however he attempted to flee on foot towards his vehicle. The suspect was apprehended by a Joplin Police K-9 and was taken into custody.” — Capt William Davis

The suspect identified as Daniel B. Banks, 36, of Joplin. Banks was found to have a backpack and several items in his possession that are commonly associated with burglary tools.

Banks was taken to a local hospital for treatment to his injuries from the K9 apprehension and then transported to the Joplin City Jail.

The Newton County Prosecutors Office has filed charges against Banks:

  • Burglary 2nd Degree
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Possession of Burglary Tools
  • Bond set at $3,500

We will update this article with additional information as it released by authorities.