News To Know: KBI homicide investigation, Neosho’s dog park

NEOSHO COUNTY, Kan. – On December 6, at around 5:00 pm, Neosho County, Kansas Sheriff deputies went to 6845 160th Road in rural Chanute. This follows a welfare check after the Cumberland County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Office called with information causing concern for a woman who lived at that home. Deputies searched the property and found the body of 47-year-old Elaina M. Asprea next to a field near the home. The Neosho County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas Bureau of Investigation are looking into the case as a homicide. Authorities in Fayetteville, North Carolina, have developed a person of interest in the case. Click here if you would like to read the entire article.

JOPLIN, Mo. – For the fourth time in a two-week span a Range Line convenient store has been burglarized.  Two times in the last two days. 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. If anyone has information on the identity of the individuals, contact the Joplin Police Department at 417-623-3131. If you would like to read the entire article, click here.

SARCOXIE, Mo. — On December 7, at about 5 am, reports of a fire in the 200 block of 8th Street alerted Jasper County E-911. According to the report, the fire started at the rear of the home. On arrival active flames and smoke were visible. The two adults of the residence were out safely. Red Cross was requested to assist the two adults who are displaced as a result of the fire. Click here to read more about this story.

NEOSHO, Mo. – Scenic Park in Neosho is getting a new addition as construction begins on a new dog park. Features range from cones to dogs can run through, a bridge for dogs, a bench for grooming, and even dog watering stations. It will be free to the public and is expected to open on January 31st. If you would like to read more about this story, click here.

News To Know: escaped inmates, fatal crash in Neosho

OTTAWA COUNTY, Okla. – Officers say the Ottawa County Jail’s sally port door was open in order to give contractors access to the facility, however, four inmates used this opportunity to escape after the OCSO says they pushed their way past jailers leading to the open sally exit. Officers say the three inmates are still unaccounted for. This is a developing story and if you would like to read more, click here.

OTTAWA COUNTY, Okla. – Authorities in Ottawa County arrest one person following a shooting on Tuesday afternoon. Officers responded to county roads 680 and 475 to assist Ottawa County deputies. Authorities say the suspect is an 84-year-old man. Two victims were injured; one victim, his son, was shot twice. The other victim was his wife who was shot in the arm. Both are in the hospital and in stable condition. Click here to read more about this story.

NEOSHO, Mo. — Just before 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, October 4, reports of a crash at HH and US-60 alerted Newton County Central Communications. Neosho Fire Station 2, Newton County Ambulance, and Newton County Deputies responded. The Missouri State Highway Patrol was also notified. Authorities say an eastbound tractor-trailer t-boned a pickup truck entering the intersection from northbound HH. The driver of the 2003 Dodge 1500, Everett Harrison, 77, of Granby, died at the scene. Click here to read more about this story.

PITTSBURG, Kan. — With low-paid child care employees and waiting lists for the centers that are open, lack of child care has been a growing problem for years. Victory Life church in Pittsburg wants to help. They are starting the process of opening the Son Shine child care center. The center will have a total of 42 spots available. With the addition of adding around 20 new jobs openings when the center is completed.

News To Know: fatal crash, collector’s expo, and Heart Walk 2022

BARTON COUNTY, Mo. — Just before 2:00 Sunday morning, reports of a crash along State Route V near NE 40th alerted Barton County E-911. A Barton County Deputy arrived first, locating the crash about 10 miles northwest of Lamar. Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified. Authorities reported a single vehicle crash with three occupants; the driver, Benjamin Harrington, 18, of Lamar was killed. Click here to read more about this story.

JOPLIN, Mo. – The annual Mercy American Heart Association Heart Walk kicked off on Saturday with Special guest: KOAM’s own Jordan Aubey as emcee. Officials say all money raised at the event help the American Heart Association fund critical research. If you’d like to read more about this story, click here.

NEOSHO, Mo. – The Neosho Art Council hosted a sidewalk chalk art contest to kick off Neosho’s fall festival. A variety of artists — young and mature — created beautiful sidewalk masterpieces. The contest encouraged the community to interact with local artists in action. Click here if you would like to read more about this year’s Neosho Fall Festival.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Collectors in the Joplin area gathered at Cecil Floyd Elementary on Saturday for the 2022 Joplin Collectors Expo. Officials say the expo featured Missouri Robot Fights, a cosplay contest, and more cool events. Plus vendors had plenty of collectibles including various cards, figurines and games. If you’d like to read more about Collector’s Expo 2022, click here.

Newton County Escapee captured in Joplin, located in a travel trailer

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. — Sheriff Chris Jennings states Newton County escapee Michael Durison, 39, is back in police custody.

After following several tips Newton County Detectives and the Joplin Police Department took Durison into custody in a travel trailer located at 1808 West 20th, near 20th and McCoy, in Joplin.

Arrested with Durison at the travel trailer, a 20-year-old female was taken into custody at the same time. Charges are being requested against her for hindering prosecution.

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Durison escaped from custody on Sunday, September 18, 2022, while being treated at Freeman Hospital in Neosho. At that time he assaulted a Corrections Officer and managed to flee the hospital.

He was originally being held for extradition to Louisiana. Now he will also face additional charges in Newton County.

Pending new charges submitted to the Newton County Prosecuting Attorney include:

  • First Degree Assault
  • First Degree Robbery
  • Armed Criminal Action
  • Disarming a Corrections Officer
  • Escape from Custody

He is being held without bond at this time.

“I want to thank all the Agencies that assisted with the search during the original escape as well as all assistance given to apprehend Durison,” Sheriff Chris Jennings

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Rear end crash claims life of man in Neosho

NEOSHO, Mo. – Just after 2:30 P.M. on Tuesday, September 20th, the Neosho Police Dispatch received calls regarding a crash near Highway 86 and Baxter Street.

When Neosho Police Officers arrived on the scene, they learned that a 2022 Buick Encore traveling eastbound on Highway 86 struck the rear of a 2021 Hyundai Elantra which was stopped in the left-hand turn lane.

MO-86/Gateway Drive and Baxter is inside the city limits of Neosho (Google Maps)

Officers later identified the Buick driver as 74-year-old Charles Hixson of Neosho. The Newton County Coroner’s Office later pronounced Hixson deceased on the scene.

Police say the driver of the Hyundai, Shirayne Rabualiman 21-year-old of Neosho, was treated and released on scene by the Newton County Ambulance.



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Escaped inmate in Neosho, Mo.

NEOSHO, Mo. — The Newton County Sheriff’s office release details regarding an escaped inmate in the early morning hours of Sunday.

Inmate Michael Ray Durison was being treated at Freeman Neosho Hospital when he escaped custody.” — NCSO

  • HAIR: black
  • EYES: hazel
  • HEIGHT: 6’
  • WEIGHT: 160
  • AGE: 41

The Sheriff’s office state he was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and orange scrub bottoms. He possibly has no shoes.

He is being held on a fugitive hold out of Louisiana.

Authorities as of 5 a.m. are searching through the city of Neosho. Call 911 if you see him.

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News To Know: drunk driving crash in Neosho kills one man and Queen Elizabeth II passes away at the age of 96

NEOSHO, Mo. – Authorities say a crash involving a suspected drunk driver kills one man. The crash happened around 7:30 Wednesday night on Neosho Boulevard. Authorities say a pickup pulled into traffic and was hit by two other vehicles. Two passengers in the bed of the pickup were ejected. One of those people and the driver suffered moderate injuries. The other, 39-year-old Jeremy Olmstead of Neosho, was killed. The two other drivers were uninjured. Police found the driver of the pickup was under the influence at the time. Formal charges are pending. Click here to read more about this story.

DUQUESNE, Mo. – No one was injured when an SUV rear-ended a Joplin school bus. The bus was loaded with Joplin students headed to Soaring Heights Elementary on Thursday morning. The school district says parents were contacted and most of the students were taken to school on another bus, while some were transported by parents. Once at school, district nurses checked on the students. If you’re interested in reading more about this story, click here.

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Police in Las Vegas have arrested the Clark County public administrator, Robert Telles, for the murder of 69-year-old veteran newspaper reporter Jeff German. Police say video reveals the suspect confronted the journalist outside his home last Friday morning. Video also showed a GMC Yukon Denali at the crime scene. On Wednesday, Telles was seen with a car matching that description in his driveway and police traced DNA found on Telles’ hat and shoes to the crime scene. In May, German wrote a series of articles for the Las Vegas Review Journal, critical of Telles’ conduct on the job, including “allegations of emotional stress, bullying and favoritism” in the public administrator’s office. Telles accused German of derailing his re-election. he lost in a three-way democratic primary in June. Click here to read more about this story and the life of Jeff German.

LONDON (AP) – Outside London’s Buckingham palace a large crowd sang Britain’s national anthem. Across the nation, Britons are looking back on the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth the Second’s seven decades on the throne. Queen Elizabeth ruled through 15 prime ministers – from Winston Churchill to the newly-elected Liz Truss. The Queen’s passing on Thursday at her Balmoral Castle, her summer home in Scotland, instantly elevated her son Charles to the throne, as King Charles the Third. In Washington, President Biden and the first lady paid their respects and signed a condolence book at the British embassy. The American flag flew at half staff at the White House and the US capitol in the Queen’s honor. In the coming days, her state funeral will be held at Westminster abbey. If you’d like to read more about the life and passing of Queen Elizabeth the Second, click here.

House fire in Neosho, all residents out safely

NEOSHO, Mo. — About 5:15 a.m. Monday call for fire at 712 West Spring Street alerted Dispatch.

Neosho Fire, Neosho Police and Newton County Ambulance responded. Redings Mill Fire requested as mutual aid.

On scene we learn from Neosho Police no residents were injured. Everyone was out safely.

Officer tells us when he arrived it was fully involved, saying “they got it out fast.”

Liberty Utilities were summoned to disconnect electric service to the house.

See the live video at the scene with KOAM’s Shannon Becker.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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Springtime in the Ozarks Cat Show Event

Neosho, MO — Show Me Cat Fanciers stopped by studio to talk about their cat show happening this Saturday starting at 9 am and ending at 4 pm.  The event is at the Newton County Fairgrounds located at 700 Field Avenue in Neosho, MO. The price for tickets are as follows:

  • $8 for adults
  • $5 for children aged 6-12 and seniors over the age of 65
  • Kids 5 & under are free
  • A family 4 pack for  $20

There will be over one hundred cats at the show including  Persians, Ragdolls, Maine Coon, and 35 plus other breeds. There are free cat coloring books and you can shop for catty gifts and more.


Trout season kicks off Tuesday, March 1

NEOSHO, Mo. — Tuesday, March 1, is the opening of Missouri trout ‘catch-and-keep’ season.

The catch-and-keep season at the trout parks runs through Oct. 31.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) operates trout hatcheries at all four parks and stocks rainbow trout daily throughout the season.

👉🏽 HICKORY CREEK AT NEOSHO: If you want to fish closer to home, just downstream from the historic Neosho Fish Hatchery is Morse Park. They will be stocking Hickory Creek with rainbow trout for the opener on Tuesday at Morse Park.

The area of Morse Park is a related conservation area along Hickory Creek through an agreement with the Missouri Department of Conservation and the city of Neosho. The area is owned and maintained by the City of Neosho.

Trout anglers need a daily trout tag to fish in Missouri’s trout parks.

👉🏽 For more information on the four trout parks from MDC online.

👉🏽 MDC encourages trout anglers to buy their fishing permits ahead of time from numerous vendors around the state.

You can also download MDC’s free mobile apps, MO Hunting and MO Fishing, available for download through