Tractor trailer overturns on MO-76, near Longview, Mo.

McDONALD COUNTY, Mo. – Just after 6 a.m. Monday, December 5, reports of a tractor trailer overturned on MO-76, east Longview near State Route JJ alerted McDonald County E-911.

MoDOT is controlling traffic through the crash area as the westbound lane of MO-76 is blocked for clean up and recovery. Expect periodic delays. Avoid the area if possible.

Missouri State Highway Patrol tell us on scene the driver was not injured in the crash.

The westbound tractor trailer (tanker hauler) left the roadway to the right and overturned. The hauler is fully loaded. They will remove the contents and set it upright before tow.

About 9 a.m. a vacuum truck arrived.

Ron’s Towing and Metro Towing are recovering the tractor trailer.

Watch for delays in the area.

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Tow truck driver laid to rest, Funeral Procession led by first responders and tow trucks

McDONALD COUNTY, Mo. — Saturday, November 19, 2022 in Anderson, Missouri, Ozark Funeral Home held services for a young tow truck driver that was killed in a single vehicle tow truck crash on I-44 at Joplin on Tuesday morning.

Bradley Skaggs, 18, was a lifelong McDonald County resident. His family had asked that tow truck operators and first responders lead the funeral procession.

The total number involved in the funeral procession is not known however it stretched for miles.

Skaggs was buried south of Noel, near Sulphur Springs Arkansas. He is survived by his parents, brothers and sisters and a fiancé.



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Felony charges to pair caught stealing trees, Sheriff says at least $20,000 so far

McDonald County, Mo. — Sheriff Rob Evenson thanks Detectives in his department for their vigilance as Felony charges are filed on a pair chopping down trees illegally and selling them.

Deputies arrested Megan Rios-Kaminski, 42, Anderson and Gavin Lawson, 33, Anderson for the crime of Felony Stealing in connection with the theft of numerous Walnut an Oak trees from a farm off of DD highway outside of Noel.” — MCSO

The landowner contacted Detectives during the course of the investigation and Sheriff Evenson says, “the two suspects were caught in the act!”

The investigation is not over, he tells us about $20,000 worth of walnut, white oak and black oak trees were cut and removed.

So far about two-dozen stumps have been located. But they anticipate finding more and determining the value.

The pair are being held on Felony Stealing charges with bond set at $2,500.

Tree stealing is big business for thieves who sneak onto lands cutting valuable walnut trees. KC-TV5/CBS in Kansas City are currently following an investigation where the value of 54 trees stolen is nearly 1/2 million dollars.

Three men in Virginia were indicted earlier this year for stealing about a dozen trees from federal property according to the US Attorneys Office Western District of Virginia.

Sheriff Evenson says of his investigators, “Kudos to Lt. Hall and Detectives Pierson and Kissinger for a job well done!

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Noel Deputy Marshals arrest man pushing shopping cart out back of Harps at 1 a.m.

NOEL, Mo. — The early hours of Sunday, September 4, 2022, around 1 a.m. Noel Marshals were dispatched to Harps Grocery, 508 Cliffside Drive, for an alarm sounding. While responding, dispatch received an additional call from the alarm company of another alarm at Harps for interior motion.

Upon the arrival of Noel Deputy Marshals, a subject was observed exiting the back of a store with a cart with numerous items including alcohol. The subject, later identified as Anthony Elliot, 36 of Hutchinson, KS. was detained and transported to the McDonald County Detention Center.” — Sgt Travis Sheppard

Elliot has been charged by the McDonald County Prosecutor’s Office:

  • Burglary 2nd Degree
  • Stealing

Bond has been set at $5000.00 cash or surety.


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Jessie James Days begin in Pineville, Mo.

PINEVILLE, Mo. — Many know Pineville as the beginning point of your canoe trip on Elk River. But there is much more to the McDonald County Seat.

Jessie James Days is an annual celebration in August. This year like many others there is a carnival in town for the kids to enjoy. Purchase arm bands at City Hall in advance for $15. All monies raised goes to the Pineville Rural Fire Dept.

Each evening music begins at 6 p.m. and everyday there are special events.

And why the name of the festival? In 1938 Pineville was chosen to be the backdrop of the Hollywood film: Jessie James.

“In 1938, the Hollywood movie “Jesse James” was filmed in the Missouri Ozarks. The movie, produced by Twentieth Century Fox and starring Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, and Nancy Kelly, was primarily filmed in the small town of Pineville, as well as elsewhere in McDonald County. Additional filming locations included Lake Ozark, Missouri. Pineville was selected to represent Jesse James’ hometown of Liberty, Missouri, due to its resemblance at the time to 19th Century Missouri. Pineville’s population at the time was 383, and many of its citizens took part in the movie as extras. The film, which was a box office success, was Missouri’s first major contribution to Hollywood filmmaking history. The city of Pineville continues to commemorate its role in the film with its annual “Jesse James Days” celebration.” — Missouri State Archives

| Click here to view more of the images of the filming behind the scenes in the Digital History Archive from the State of Missouri.

The McDonald County Library will show the Jessie James Film twice a day, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. The library also invites everyone to enjoy their Jessie James movie collection that was filmed on the Pineville Square.

Although this is a fun week to celebrate the film that put the city on the map, it’s not thought that Jessie James was ever in Pineville. His hometown was Liberty, Mo.

You’ll have to make time to visit Jessie James Days and learn more before it ends Saturday night, August 20.

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McDonald County Route H/Mill Creek Bridge CLOSED at Noel, Mo., moving barriers could get you a ticket

NOEL, Mo. — Sgt Travis Sheppard of the Noel Marshal’s office tells us people are moving the barricades and driving through a MoDOT work zone and it could be very dangerous.

The Mill Creek Bridge is now closed for construction. The roadway is clearly marked with signs and barricades.

Drivers will have to detour from Mill Creek Bridge off State Highway H back into Noel, then take State Hwy 90 to Mill Creek Road.

  • Coming into Noel: State Hwy H to Mill Creek Road go south (only direction), then west on State Hwy 90
  • Leaving from Noel: East on State Hwy 90, then north on Mill Creek Road, then north onto State Hwy H.

It was reported that the bridge would he closed for 2 weeks.

Locals will have access to driveways on either side of the bridge.

He says people will be cited if they move the barricades.

Where: McDonald County Route H/Mill Creek bridge

How Long: Bridge will be closed for two weeks. Reopening late July

What: Bridge CLOSED to allow contractor crews to install new barrier wall on the bridge

Traffic Impacts:

  • Route H CLOSED over Mill Creek where crews are working
  • Drivers will have access to driveways at either end of the work zone, but will not be able to travel through the work zone

Click here for more information 👉🏽 TRAFFIC ALERT: McDonald County Route H/Mill Creek Bridge CLOSED at Noel Beginning July 13 | Missouri Department of Transportation

Man fatally struck by train in Noel, Mo.

NOEL, Mo. — Sgt Travis Sheppard of the Noel Marshal’s office tells us details of a pedestrian death Tuesday evening near the 600 block of Johnson Drive.

At 2054 hours Noel Marshals office, Noel Fire Dept and Freeman Ambulance were dispatched to a train vs pedestrian incident on the tracks in the city limits of Noel. First unit on scene discovered a deceased male subject on the tracks.”

Sgt Sheppard says the train was able to stop.

The adult male has been identified as a resident of Noel. He tells us next of kin have been notified but they are withholding the name at this time.

The McDonald County Coroner was summoned to claim the body.

On scene were officials with Kansas City Southern Railroad, Missouri State Highway Patrol and assisting agencies.

The investigation into the incident continues, however foul play is not suspected.

Sgt Shepphard does not believe the tracks are damaged or any rail cars, but officials are inspecting them now.

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Felony stealing charges to trio after search warrant

McDONALD COUNTY, Mo. — In ongoing investigations of stolen property McDonald County Detectives served a search warrant last Friday, January 21, at a location west of Anderson in the county.

“When Deputies and Detectives arrived at the residence, they located three people in and around two stolen pickup trucks.   The people were detained and Detectives determined that one of the pickup trucks had been stolen near Southwest City and the other had been reported stolen in Newton County.”
Sheriff Rob Evenson

During the execution of the search warrant  other items reported stolen across the area were located on the property, including: numerous power tools, a large welder, chainsaws, etc.

Arrested and charged with Felony Stealing:

  • Brady Vance 38
  • Latasha Watson 30
  • Shawn Stillions 41

All three are currently being held in the McDonald County Jail.    

As the investigation unfolded Detectives were able to locate another pickup stolen out of Southwest City, it was recovered in Diamond, Mo.

Sheriff seeks final accomplice in alleged Burglary of Tiff City Store

McDONALD COUNTY, Mo. — Sheriff Rob Evenson releases details regarding a Burglary on January 10, 2022, at the Tiff City Store, 10724 State Hwy 76.

Investigation revealed three people entered the store, “caused property damage and stole a bank bag with cash,” he says in a release of information.

Two of the three are in the McDonald County jail facing Burglary charges.

Samatha Jo Youngblood, 37, of of Noel and Terry Robert (Ben) May, 36, of Anderson.

The third person, Michael Wayne Krier, 30, of Noel, is being sought on Burglary charges.

Sheriff Evenson asks anyone with information regarding Krier, please contact the McDonald County Sheriff’s Office.