Flames light up the Joplin sky from large 2-story house fire

JOPLIN, Mo. — Just before 5:30 a.m. Friday, December 9, 2022, fire reported at 832 S Pennsylvania alerting Joplin E-911.

Joplin Police, Joplin Fire and METS ambulance responded.

Joplin Fire sounded a second alarm as flames and thick black smoke were visible from an active fire. Tipsters tell us they could see fire and smoke visible in the morning sky near 26th and Pennsylvania nearly two miles to the south.

This residence is on the NW corner of 9th and Pennsylvania. 2-story wood-framed structure with an attic that harbored flames. Even with Ladder 1 and another water cannon on Engine 2 the structure became fully involved within 30 minutes.

One person of the residence was injured exiting the home.  He was transported to an area hospital.  There is no update on his condition at this time.

Shortly before 8 a.m. Joplin Public works responded to assist Joplin Fire in taking down portions of the home to expose hidden fire and hot spots within the structure.

After taking down portions they then continue to soak the areas with water. This also helps to avoid rekindle fires in the coming hours and days.

Fire was declared out at 10:11 a.m.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.  The Joplin Fire Marshal is investigating.

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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.

BURGLARY REPORTS TO JOPLIN POLICE

  • 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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Motorcyclist suffers traumatic injuries in crash near Downtown Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. – About 2 p.m. Thursday, November 17, 2022 reports of a crash involving a motorcycle at 4th and Jackson alerted Joplin Emergency Dispatch.

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

Cpl Brett Davis of the Joplin Police Dept tells us on scene, a southbound Chevy Equinox on Jackson Ave collided with a man on a motorcycle traveling east on 4th.

The adult male was transported Priority One to an area hospital suffering traumatic injuries to his lower legs.

The motorcycle operator was wearing a helmet.

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Cpl Davis says the Chevy Equinox was driven from the scene.  The driver was not injured.

Nixon’s Towing removed the motorcycle and debris from the crash scene.

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Standoff Tuesday in Joplin’s Cecil Floyd Neighborhood

JOPLIN, Mo. — About 1 p.m. Tuesday KOAM was alerted to reports of Joplin Police activity, including SWAT in the 1800 block of west 21st in the Cecil Floyd Neighborhood.

On our arrival you can hear police announcing on a loudspeaker for occupants of a residence to come out the front door with their hands up.

Neighbors tell us police asked them to remain inside their residences.

Present on the scene is the Joplin Police MRAP and HUMVEE used for tactical operations. West 21st is closed from McCoy Ave to Cunningham Ave.

Joplin Police Assistant Chief Brian Lewis tells us this began on Monday. “Officers were dispatched here in reference to a domestic violence suspect that had returned to the residence today [Tuesday]. There was an incident that occurred yesterday [Monday] officers were looking for this individual for a charge of first degree domestic assault.  As officers arrived they had information the suspect was in the residence.  Victim was not at the residence.  Children were not present. So out of precaution we called in the SWAT team, set up a perimeter and went step-by-step to determine whether the suspect was in the residence.”

We are told there is no threat to the public.

Parents at Cecil Floyd tell us that walkers in the neighborhood were held at the school.

Police continue to search the home as of news time.

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Double Murder victims identified; Suspect dies from self-inflicted GSW

UPDATE 4:29 p.m. Wednesday, November 2, 2022: The suspect in this case has succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital. He is identified as David L. Rush, 34 years of age, of Wyandotte, OK.

JOPLIN, Mo. — Late Monday night, October 31, 2022 Joplin Police responded to an unknown trouble in the 2200 block of Annie Baxter. There they located two deceased adults inside the residence.

The victims in this case have been identified as Stacy Rush, 35 years of age, of Joplin, MO and Eric Stampfli, 35 years of age, of Grove, Ok.” — Sgt Andy Blair, Joplin Police

Autopsies are rescheduled for Thursday, November 3, 2022  at 10:30 AM in Springfield, Mo.

Cpl Tim Hudson told us on scene Monday night a 9-year-old boy was also present, and he was safe. The juvenile was not involved with what took place and was uninjured.

During investigation Joplin Police detectives identified a possible suspect and have been working on leads involving that suspect.

Sgt Blair states in a media release Wednesday afternoon, “The suspect was involved in an incident in Newton County earlier this morning with the Newton County Sherriff’s Office. Joplin Police detectives responded to assist. During the incident the suspect received a self-inflicted gunshot. The suspect is currently in critical condition at a local hospital.”

The suspect will be identified pending formal charges.

Reaction from mother of victim Stacy Rush

Lori Layman sent KOAM the following statement about her daughter Stacy Rush:

“Stacy was a wonderful daughter, who started humming when she was born. She loves her son with all her heart and soul.. Stacy was a compasaionate efficient ‘Singing’ nurse. She was bright and funny sister, full of life. Our hearts are broken. We are praying for everyone involved.”

INCIDENT IN NEWTON COUNTY

November 2, 2022: “Oklahoma officials pursued an individual into Missouri on 60 Highway. The individual turned south on Antelope road then got out of his vehicle on foot. The subject was a suspect in a recent Joplin homicide. He was armed with a handgun. A perimeter was established around the man to keep him from fleeing. Newton County Deputies, MSHP, Seneca Officers and Oklahoma Officers were all on scene.

Contact was established with the individual and he indicated he was suicidal. He also requested to speak with Joplin Detectives regarding the homicide.

The suspect displayed his firearm numerous times and after approximately 3 hours of negotiations he shot himself. The subject was transported by ambulance to a Joplin Hospital. The scene is being processed by Newton County Detectives.”

-Sheriff Chris Jennings

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Car goes off-road striking building, East 7th, Spectrum Paint

JOPLIN, Mo. — Just before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2022 reports of a vehicle striking a building near 7th and High Ave alerted Joplin Emergency 911.

Joplin Police, Joplin Fire and METS ambulance responded.

On scene we learn a passenger car struck the rear retaining wall at Spectrum Paint, 1230 East 7th. The building is the former Westlake Hardware/Temporary St Mary’s Catholic Church.

One occupant of the car, female driver, experienced a medical emergency traveling south on High Ave. She was transported to a Joplin hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Chuck’s Towing removed the car from the crash scene.

City of Joplin responded to inspect the building and wall for structural issues.  It is now wrapped in caution tape.

 

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Jeep overturns on Joplin’s S Rangeline, coming to rest at Shady Lane Trailer Park sign

JOPLIN, Mo. – Just before 7:45 p.m. Tuesday night reports of a single vehicle crash in the 4700 block of S Rangeline alerted Joplin E911 Dispatch.  The vehicle was reported to be upside down off the roadway.

Joplin Fire Dept, Joplin Police Dept, Newton County Ambulance and Newton County Deputies responded.

On the scene we observed a Jeep upside down on the west side of the road next to the Shady Lane Trailer Park sign.

Joplin Police tell us the northbound vehicle went off the right side of the road, overcorrected and then crossed the road to the left and overturned after striking an embankment.

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Two occupants of the vehicle and both were able to climb out on their own.  They were checked out by EMS and refused medical treatment, thus making it a non-injury crash.

Comer’s Wrecker was contacted to remove the crashed vehicle.

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Joplin Police arrest shooting suspect in wooded area along railroad tracks; Same man mentioned in an MSSU Alert Wednesday

JOPLIN, Mo. – Shortly after 12 p.m. Thursday a Detective Sergeant with JPD saw a man wanted in related to a recent shooting, near the area of 30th and S Rangeline. Officers responded to the area and set up a perimeter and were able to take wanted man into custody without incident.

Capt William Davis tells us on scene, “We got him.”

It was the early morning hours of July 16 when a man suffered gunshot wounds at 3424 S. Finley Ave in the Sunnyvale Neighborhood of Joplin.  He was rushed to an area hospital where he recovered.

The suspect was identified as Richard E. McWhirt, 42, of Joplin.  Newton County Prosecutor filed charges this week, prior to McWhirt’s arrest today.

  • Assault in the 1st Degree and
  • Felony Armed Criminal Action

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McWhirt was taken into custody in the wooded area southwest of Lowe’s in Joplin.  

MSSU: DANGEROUS PERSON SEEN ON CAMPUS

McWhirt is the unnamed person mentioned yesterday in an email to staff and students at MSSU.

MSSU Alert on Wednesday:An individual wanted [in a shooting] and multiple vehicle thefts in Joplin, was spotted walking through campus today between 4:00 and 5:00 PM. Described as a white male approx. 5’6″, bald, goatee, tattoos on both arms, tattoo on neck, flame tattoo running up the back of his neck. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, dark colored shorts, red shoes, and white sunglasses. The suspect stole a vehicle from the Dollar General store on 7th St. in Duquesne.  The individual has stolen multiple vehicles which had been left running and unoccupied. You should not leave your vehicle running or unlocked on campus. “
That stolen vehicle was a grey KIA passenger car.  It was recovered near 30th and Park Ave in the early hours of Thursday morning.  Joplin Police set a perimeter for about an hour and deployed their infrared drone. A female was detained officers told us on scene.

Capt Davis says, “The investigation is still continuing and further updates may be released.”

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2nd UPDATE- Press Release- Shooting Investigation- July 16th 2022

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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.

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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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