Woman awaiting trial for Murder in Missouri, has now gone missing in Arkansas

#UPDATE: McDonald Co. Sheriff Rob Evenson tells KOAM’s Shannon Becker, Dawn Rene Wynn’s Bond is now revoked. Warrant for her arrest issued. All LEO agencies are alerted through the FBI’s NCIC (National Crime Information Center).

Sunday night in a public statement Sheriff Evenson states, “Exercise caution and do not approach!”

Due to a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling, over objections from the prosecuting attorney, Wynn was out on bond and on pre-trial release where she had to check in by telephone. She is accused of murder and armed criminal action stemming from the shooting of her husband. She should be considered dangerous and could be armed. She is accused of shooting her husband in the back of the head while he slept.” — Sheriff Evenson

McDONALD COUNTY, Mo. — A woman charged with the Murder of her husband in Missouri was out on bond awaiting trial in Missouri. She has now disappeared from Pea Ridge, Ark.

Part of her bond conditions required her to stay at her mother’s residence in Pea Ridge, Ark.

The Benton County Arkansas Sheriff’s office state Sunday, “Dawn was last seen in the area of Jennifer Lane in Pea Ridge Arkansas. She is believed to be headed to NE Oklahoma but has ties in SW Missouri.

Sources tell us some of those Missouri ties are in Joplin.

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Dawn Rene Wynn is charged with Murder and Armed Criminal Action in the death of her husband, Harold Lee Wynn. The trial was scheduled for June 2022 however there was a change of judge. The next scheduled court hearing is July 21.

| RELATED 2021 >> Wife charged with murder in McDonald County

Harold Wynn was found shot to death in their 5th wheel camper west of Anderson, Mo. on November 16, 2021. Dawn was arrested and charged that day.

McDonald County, Mo. Sheriff Rob Evenson confirmed with KOAM’s Shannon Becker Sunday afternoon that Dawn Wynn had left a note, and disappeared from her mother’s residence in Pea Ridge, Ark.

Law Enforcement are actively seeking her whereabouts.

Dawn Rene Wynn
Age: 49
Height: 5’2”
Weight: 150-170lbs
Hair: Short and Black

If you have information or know the whereabouts of Dawn Rene Wynn contact: McDonald County Sheriff’s office in Missouri 417-223-4319 or Benton County Sheriff’s office in Arkansas 479-273-5532.

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Unresponsive child inside a hot vehicle in Carthage, Mo.

CARTHAGE, Mo. – Lieut Jeff Pinnell tells us Carthage Police responded to a residence Friday about 1:30 p.m. in the 100 block of North Maple in reference to a 3-year-old female unresponsive inside a hot vehicle.

She was rushed to a Joplin Hospital and then flown to Springfield, Mo. for a higher level of care.

Lieut Pinnell says detectives are currently investigating what occurred.

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Webb City Little League finishes as runner-up in Regional Tournament

UPDATE: The Webb City Little League Baseball team lost the Midwest Region Championship game today to Davenport, Iowa. Webb City fell 4-3 in extra innings.

Here are some stats from the game:

–Original Article–

JOPLIN, Mo. — Webb City is one win away from a trip to the Little League World Series.

Webb City Little League Baseball play Davenport, Iowa at noon Friday/today.


Two watch parties are happening in the local area. Both begin at 11 a.m. Friday.

  • Jefferson’s Joplin-Mo, 430 Geneva Ave, Joplin
  • Flag City Brewing, 618 W 4th, Webb City

You can also see the game on personal devices.  However you must register to watch and there could be a financial requirement.

  • Davenport Southeast Little League Vs Webb City Little League
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  • Little League Baseball, Midwest Region, Friday, August 12 @ noon central time

Click here to visit the teams FB page for updates.




Newton Co. man killed in t-bone crash east of Neosho, Mo.

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – Just after 6 p.m. Wednesday evening reports of a t-bone crash at State Hwy H and Norway Road alerted Newton County Central Dispatch.

Newton County Sheriff’s Deputies, Granby Fire Dept, Newton County Ambulance responded. Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified.

On the scene we learn the crash proved fatal to one driver, George Eads, 90, of Granby, Mo. He was pronounced on scene. Next of kin have now been notified on Thursday morning.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol MCIU (Major Crash Investigation Unit) were summoned to investigate the crash, which is protocol, when two or more vehicles are involved in a crash resulting in death.

The two-vehicle t-bone crash involved Eads, driving a 2006 Nissan Sentra, traveling eastbound on Norway Road.

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Jeffrey Parman, 25, of Rocky Comfort, Mo. was driving a 2014 Mustang, traveling southbound on State Hwy H.  He suffered moderate injuries and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Crash occurred as [Nissan] failed to yield to [Ford].” – Tpr J.T. Martin, Troop D / Newton-McDonald County Zone

Ron’s Towing of Neosho removed the two vehicles.


The Troop D Major Crash Investigation Unit (MCIU) was summoned to process the crash. Each MCIU officer is, “trained in the human, mechanical and environmental factors of traffic crash investigation. They are considered court experts in the field of traffic crash investigation.”

There are currently four teams located across the state. Each one utilizes Robotic Total Station technology, allowing for the accurate and fair depiction of crash scenes diagrammed to scale.

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Missouri voters set to weigh in on recreational marijuana

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in Missouri gathered enough signatures to make it on the November ballot, the secretary of state announced Tuesday.

Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft also said a proposal to allow ranked-choice voting failed to collect the roughly 170,000 voter signatures from six of the state’s eight congressional districts to get on the ballot.
If voters approve the constitutional amendment on marijuana, those age 21 and older could buy and grow it for personal consumption as early as this year.

Missouri voters approved medical marijuana use in 2018. Efforts to allow recreational marijuana use have failed to pass Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature for years, prompting advocates to go to voters for approval instead.

Recreational marijuana is already legal in 19 states, and legalization proposals are on the ballot this fall in South Dakota and Maryland. Supporters are also trying to get measures on the ballot in Arkansas, North Dakota and Oklahoma.
Backers of the Missouri ballot proposal are highlighting a provision that would erase past marijuana-related convictions for nonviolent offenders and those whose conviction didn’t include selling to minors or driving while high.

Local NAACP chapters, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, criminal defense lawyers and other civil rights advocacy groups endorsed automatic expungement, and it could broaden support for the initiative among Republican criminal justice advocates. Seven other states with legal recreational marijuana have also adopted automatic expungement policies.

Marijuana sales would be taxed at 6% under the Missouri measure. The tax is estimated to bring in more than $46 million during the first full year the amendment is in effect and close to $70 million the following year. Revenues would be earmarked for veterans’ homes, drug treatment programs and public defenders.

Cities and other municipalities could enact local sales taxes on recreational marijuana up to 3% or enact local bans on non-medical marijuana sales by a public vote.


Vehicle crashes into Webb City Burger King

WEBB CITY, Mo. — About 4:45 p.m. Monday reports of a vehicle into the side of Burger King, 1312 S Madison.

On the scene we are told the female driver failed to stop pulling into a parking spot. She was not injured. No one inside the building was injured.

They remain open in the Drive-Thru only.

The lobby is now closed as windows are broken and the building will be inspected for structural damages.

Cookies are on sale 2/$1, hot and fresh!” staff told us on the scene.

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Dump truck crashes and burns off I-44 in Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. — About 11:15 a.m. Monday, a dump truck went through a guardrail on I-44 near mile marker 10 in Joplin.

Joplin Police Officer Dalton Farmer told KOAM’s Shannon Becker that the driver refused transport to a hospital.

Farmer said the dump truck experienced a flat tire before veering through a guardrail, going down an embankment and crashing.

The driver was not able to get out of the doors, so he climbed through the windshield.

Just a short distance to the west on Outer Road, a crew from Liberty Electric were working. They ran to the crash using up all their extinguishers to help with the fire.

Redings Mill Fire observed a fully engulfed vehicle on their arrival. Joplin Fire also responded.

The dump truck was carrying a dirt load from an EPA clean-up site. That will be removed before the crashed vehicle is towed away.

Watch for updates here on KOAM News Now as we continue to cover stories that are important to you, where you live.


4-State back-to-school bashes and sales tax holidays

JOPLIN, Mo. – While some states may have a sales tax holiday this weekend, not all cities are joining in. So, other organizations are hosting their own savings holidays.

Here is some information for the 4-States ahead of the tax holiday. Keep scrolling to check out some events.


While Missouri is having a sales tax holiday, several cities have elected to not participate. City sales tax in these locations will still be collected on the sale of qualifying holiday items. State sales tax will not be collected.

  • What are some local cities in Missouri that have opted out?


Oklahoma participates in the Sales Tax Holiday. According to the Oklahoma Tax Commission, retailers may not charge state tax on items that are tax-exempt during the sales tax holiday weekend.


In Arkansas, “All retailers are required to participate and may not charge tax on items that are legally tax-exempt during the Sales Tax Holiday.” That’s according to the Arkansas Department of Financial and Administration website.

You can find an itemized list below, or click here.

HolidayItemized Arkansas


Kansas does not have a sales tax holiday, but cities like Fort Scott organize their own savings holiday each year. Reach out to your local Chamber of Commerce to see if local retailers have planned sales.

Sales Tax Holiday Special Events

  • Northpark Mall in Joplin: Back-To-School Shopping and Sales Tax Holiday this weekend (August 5-August 7).
    • “Our retailers can’t wait to welcome the community with back-to-school shopping for the entire family,” said Susan W. Hoff, Marketing Manager for Northpark Mall. “This season, it’s all about spotlight-stealing styles, from vivid colors and prints to more-is-more accessories. Y2K fashion is peaking higher than ever, and we are here for it!”
    • Not sure what items qualify? Visit the Missouri Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday website here for more information on what items are eligible, such as school supplies, clothing, computers, and other items as defined by the statute. (Information from Northpark Mall)

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  • Monett, MO (Sat. Aug 6): Family Fest from 5-7 pm in Monett Downtown Park and Pavillion (Website)
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  • Lamar, MO (Sat. Aug 6): Back 2 School Bash At Grace Family Worship Center (110 Lee Avenue) from 9 am to 1 pm (Website)
  • Miami, OK (August 13): Oklahoma Summer Fest and Back to School Bash 2022 in Miami, OK (Free to attend by all Tribal citizens and family members.)(Website)
  • Vinita, OK (Sat. Aug 6): 2022 Back 2 School Bash at Craig County Fairgrounds (For Craig County students only) (Website)
  • Seneca, MO (August 13): Back to School Bash at Track 94 Brewery (Track 94 and Seneca PTO hosting) (Website)
  • Pittsburg, KS (August 15): Back2School Event 2022 (Must sign up to take part in haircuts and backpacks) at Kiddieland at Lincoln Park by Victory Life Church (Website)
  • Iola, KS (Sat. Aug 6): Summer Sidewalk Sale from 8am through 5pm (Website)

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Stranger with candy reportedly approaches kids in SE Kansas

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Kan. – Authorities are looking for a Grove, Oklahoma man who reportedly gave children candy and got personal information.

According to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, on July 31, 2022, they took a report of an older white male driving a white 2011 Chevrolet Corvette convertible. The man allegedly spoke with several male juveniles at a park in Cherokee, Kansas.

Police say the man reportedly was wearing underwear and a shirt. He allegedly showed the children his car and gave them large bags of candy. Police say he asked the children for their home address, which one of them provided.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the man told the juveniles he would come by their house at a later time and “rev his engine” so they could come out and get more candy.

Police say he then reportedly left the area.

They identified the man as Kirk William Owen from Grove, Oklahoma. The Sheriff’s Office released a photo of Owen.

On August 3, 2022, around 9:30 am, authorities say Owen returned and was driving by the same children’s home in Cherokee, Kansas. However, a neighbor stopped him. Owen was driving the same white Corvette convertible.

After the neighbor confronted him, Owen reportedly fled the area and has not been found.

Surveillance video captured the Corvette. Police released a still image.

If you have information or know the whereabouts of Owen, authorities ask that you call the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office 620-724-8274.

ME says man struck, killed in I-44 hit-and-run last week; Victim identified

OTTAWA COUNTY, Okla. — Last week we brought you the story of a body discovered by highway workers along I-44 in NE Okla. Now today more details are revealed that the male was struck and killed by an unknown vehicle.

Thursday, July 28, 2022 at approximately 1:45 pm the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Quapaw Nation Marshal Service and Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched near mile marker 319.8 on I-44 regarding a human body that had been located.

Authorities on scene began investigating the incident and the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s office (ME) was contacted and responded to the scene. Once the ME was on scene, the individual later identified as Richard Lee Atchley, 53, a Cherokee tribal member from Chelsea, Oklahoma and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The cause of death was determined to be from Mr. Atchley being struck by a motor vehicle in the west bound lane of I-44. The motor vehicle that struck Mr. Atchley did not stop or report the incident to the authorities.

Authorities are asking if anyone was traveling on the Will Rogers Turnpike in the area of mile markers 319 – 320 on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 from 10:00pm to 11:30pm and saw an individual on or near the roadway or any motor vehicles that may have been stopped or struck something in the west bound lanes of I-44, please contact the Quapaw Nation Marshal Service at (918) 238-3137.


The investigation is ongoing by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Investigative Division and the Quapaw Nation Marshal Service. Source: Media Release.

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