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Services set for fallen Linn County, Kan. firefighter Josh Haynes

PLEASANTON, Kan. — Services are set for a fallen Linn County, Kan. Rural firefighter who died of injuries fighting a fire Monday, June 20.

Joshua “Josh” Clyde Haynes, age 35, Pleasanton, Kan. passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2022, in a Kansas City hospital.

> RELATED >> Linn County Rural Firefighter dies of injuries suffered fighting fire Monday.

The fire at Carpenter Chiropractic, 714 S Main, Pleasanton, was determined accidental however the Kansas State Fire Marshal continues to investigate.

  • Funeral service will be 10 am Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at the Pleasanton High School.
  • Burial will be in the Pleasanton Cemetery.
  • Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 pm Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at the Pleasanton High School. 

Memorial Contributions are suggested to Josh Haynes Children’s Memorial, c/o Schneider Funeral Home, P.O. Box 525, Pleasanton, KS  66075.

Online condolences can be left on the funeral home website. Click to Schneider Funeral Homes website here.

CODOLENCES:

  • I worked with Josh laying fiber optical line. We went on a trip together to get supplies in Girard. It was raining so hard we had to drive 40 miles an hour. He was the passenger and took a picture making fun of the situation. He bought me breakfast that morning. I will miss his enthusiasm and smile. God speed my friend.” — J.G.

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Nearly 3,000 without power in Joplin area, temps 20° cooler today

UPDATE: 1 p.m. Sunday, Liberty crews are currently working to safely restore power to more than 2,800 customers in Joplin, Missouri.

UPDATE: Liberty Utilities Central states, “The outage was caused by a fallen tree. Our line crews have isolated the area and are working to ensure there are no other issues. Most customers should have their power restored soon. Some residents will be without power for a while longer as they work to fix the damage. Thank you all for your patience as our lineworkers safely restore power.”

JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin News First followers began messaging us regarding a power outage across the Joplin area

Nearly 3,000 without power across the Joplin area. Some businesses along S Rangeline have no power.

Doug Heady, KOAM Chief Meteorologist stated this morning in his 7 a.m. forecast, “Hey guys and gals, I wanted to make sure you had an update this morning … temperatures are about 20 degrees cooler for us today! Have a great Sunday.”

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Miami, Okla. man 4 years prison, after school attack left victim quadriplegic

TULSA, Okla. — A 23–year-old Miami, Okla. man was sentenced to federal prison Friday for a 2017 attack that left the victim paralyzed from the neck down.

In February this year a federal jury found Jace C. Williams, of Miami, Okla. guilty of maiming in Indian Country and assault resulting in serious bodily injury in Indian Country.

In a surprise attack, Williams approached the victim from behind, then used a maneuver similar to what is commonly referred to as a “suplex”, Williams wrapped his arms around the victim’s body, lifted him backward and slammed him head-first onto the ground. While the victim was on his stomach on the ground, Williams proceeded to spat on the victim and repeatedly punch him in the back.

The victim was rushed to a Joplin, Mo. hospital suffering a C6-7 fracture-subluxation with bilateral locked facets and paralysis. As a result of the injuries inflicted by Williams, the victim is a quadriplegic.

> RELATED >> AFTON TECH SCHOOL FIGHT LEAVES ONE MAN PARALYZED AND ANOTHER FACING PRISON

U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell sentenced Williams to 51 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. Judge Frizzell will determine restitution at an Aug. 26 hearing.

Prosecutors had argued for a ten year federal prison sentence, which is an upward departure from the federal sentencing guidelines. Prosecutors stated that both the extreme nature of Williams’ criminal conduct and the victim’s resulting physical and mental suffering warranted the departure.

“Jace Williams’ intentional, violent attack has forever changed the life of the victim in this case,” said U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “His egregious actions are inexcusable. This type of criminal conduct cannot and will not be tolerated.”

“In a cowardly attack, Mr. Williams blindsided and paralyzed a fellow student, then remorselessly bragged about his crime,” said FBI Oklahoma City Special Agent in Charge Edward J. Gray. “We hope that today’s sentence serves as a warning for other individuals who think they can harm their fellow citizens without facing any repercussions.”

The victim and defendant attended the same technical school in Afton and knew one another prior to the incident. In the days leading up to the crime, Williams repeatedly expressed anger toward the victim because he felt the victim had interfered and ruined Williams’ chances of having a sexual encounter with two women. Williams went as far as to tell one student that he would to make sure the victim couldn’t “use his arms or legs for five months.”

On Nov. 3, 2017, a classmate drove Williams and two friends to E. 200 Rd in Afton, in order to watch an unrelated fight between two different men. After arriving, the driver remained in his truck, scrolling through his phone. Other students, including the victim, also drove to the location in order to watch the fight.

While the victim and other students assembled in a circle waiting for the fight to begin, multiple witnesses from different vantage points saw Williams suddenly attack the victim from behind.

Williams’ two friends then returned to the truck and told the driver Williams had jumped the victim and that it was bad. Soon after, Williams returned to the truck, breathing heavily, and demanded the driver take him home. The driver testified that Williams ripped off his own shirt and bragged that what he had done to the victim was “fun” and that he wanted to do it again. The driver said he feared the defendant at that point and complied.

In 2021 charges were dropped since the crime occurred within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation reservation. Federal charges were immediately filed. The FBI and Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Richard M. Cella and Brandon A. Skates prosecuted the case.

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Pop-Up art exhibit Sunday at Joplin Public Library

JOPLIN, Mo. — There are always beautiful works of art on display throughout the Joplin Public Library which is curated by the Post Art Library. This Sunday they are featuring something special for one afternoon only.

The metalworking art and sculptures of Zach VanBecelaere.

VanBecelaere uses a variety of metalworking techniques to manipulate materials into new forms. He incorporates welding used for harsh texture, high mirror polished finishes, and patinated rusted finishes to create contrast and duality in his work. His work stems from a fascination with the natural processes of growth and decay while exploring the relationship between the two.” — CONNECT2CULTURE RELEASE OF INFORMATION 

Sculptures by VanBecelaere will be on exhibit in the Post Reading Room inside Joplin Public Library.

  • WHAT: Zach VanBecelaere art showing
  • WHERE: Joplin Public Library, 1901 E 20th
  • WHEN: Sunday, June 26, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • FREE to the public

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CONNECT2CULTURE … (C2C) is a not-for-profit arts organization founded in 2009 to enhance community through culture. Unlike any organization in the Joplin area, C2C is a respected community arts agency, a champion of the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, and a performing arts presenter. C2C strives to expand audience and resources needed to “ignite a passion for the arts, culture, and entertainment” in the Joplin area.

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Huey and Cobra take a break at Joplin Regional Airport

JOPLIN, Mo. – Friday afternoon just before 3 p.m. our friend Stephen Miller caught a “Huey” helicopter and “Cobra” heilicopter taking off from the Joplin Regional Airport. You have seen his images many places before, he is known as Reflections of Life Photography. Click to take a look. Thanks Stephen!

Sources tell us the two military helicopters were refueling and taking a break on to their unknown destination.

A Bell AH-1G in flight
Role Attack helicopter
National origin United States
Manufacturer Bell Helicopter
First flight 7 September 1965
Introduction 1967
Retired 2001 (US Army)
Status In service
Primary users United States Army (historical)
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
Republic of Korea Army
Royal Jordanian Air Force
Produced 1967–2019
Number built 1,116
Developed from Bell UH-1 Iroquois
Variants Bell AH-1 SeaCobra/SuperCobra
Bell 309 KingCobra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Bell UH-1H Iroquois
Role Utility helicopter
National origin United States
Manufacturer Bell Helicopter
First flight 20 October 1956 (XH-40)
Introduction 1959
Status In service
Primary users United States Army (historical)
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
Australian Army (historical)
See Operators section for others
Produced 1956–1987
Number built >16,000
Variants Bell UH-1N Twin Huey
Bell 204/205
Bell 212
Developed into Bell AH-1 Cobra
Bell 214
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Wyandotte Nation holds Summer Youth Intern Program

WYANDOTTE, Okla. — Wyandotte Nation is holding its Summer Youth Intern Program.

The intern program is for tribal youth who are a part of the Wyandotte Nation.

Assignments in the program range from education, fitness, elder services, and gaming.

It also provides the opportunity to learn more about their heritage.

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Joplin group holds rally following overturn of Roe v. Wade

JOPLIN, Mo.–Now that the supreme court has struck down Roe v Wade, a Missouri trigger law now effectively ends access to legal abortion in the state

“We all knew it was coming,” said Jamie Lindsey, Editor and Chief of Julie Joplin Media. “They had with the leak that came out a few months ago, like they had told us, that this is essentially what it was going to be. So we all knew it was going to happen any day.”

After the supreme court ruled to overturn roe v wade, Missouri’s trigger law went into place, essentially banning most abortions in the state.

Some women like Natalie Noel say they fear what comes next.

“As a young woman, I think it’s a really scary day in America and in Missouri,” Noel said.

In reaction to the ruling, Julie Joplin Media held a rally Friday evening in opposition of the decision.

Melissa Antone, a Joplin resident in attendance says she showed up to protest the government regulating women’s health.

“It is not the government’s position or place to get involved in medical decisions about a person’s body. And…I think we could all agree, I can’t think of one law that regulates a man’s body. And so this is just a matter of health care privacy,” Antone said.

Missouri’s trigger law bans all abortions in the state except in cases of medical emergency, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

Noel said the lack of exceptions scares her.

“I was really scared, especially with there being no exceptions for rape or incest…my biggest fear is that people are going to die. I think whenever you ban abortion, you don’t ban abortion. You ban safe, legal abortion. Women are going to die trying to give themselves at home abortions.”

Not only was the rally a way for people to voice their opinions following the ruling, Lindsey said it was also a space for women to support one another.

“I really wanted to make sure that we had networks around the area, people that we can just turn to and go to whenever we need help or support questions,” she said.

“We want people out there who maybe are afraid, like we are, to know they’re not alone. There’s a support system here. But second, when we’re done making our voices heard here on the street, we’re going to go have a planning session and we’re gonna figure out what we can do today. This week.”

Missouri has become the first state in the country to effectively end abortion following the supreme court decision.

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United Way volunteers take part in “Day of Action”

JOPLIN, Mo. — Local chapters of the United Way got out for a “Day of Action.”

The event is a chance for volunteers to work on beautification projects for non-profit organizations throughout the area.

The United Way has hosted the Day of Action annually for over 30 years.

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Garbage truck catches fire on US-59 near Elwood Junction

NEWTON, COUNTY, Mo. — About 1:30 p.m. Friday reports along US-59 near Elwood Junction a garbage truck that was showing fire.

Neosho Rural Fire, Newton County Ambulance and Newton County Deputies responded. Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified.

The truck was traveling south on US-59.

Witnesses tell us traffic was limited at first and then came to a complete stop as the garbage truck pulled over became fully involved.

No reports of injuries.

M&M Wrecker were summoned to remove the WCA Garbage truck.

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FBI investigating Kansas Co. officials for misuse of COVID-19 money

SHERMAN COUNTY (KSNT) – The Sherman County Sheriff’s Office has announced that federal investigators are involved in examining the case of misappropriated COVID-19 relief money by local county officials.

The sheriff’s office acknowledges the coverage of the “alleged corruption” that was brought to light by 27 News’ Kansas Capitol Bureau in a Facebook post. According to the sheriff’s office, they are aware of the issue and have referred the case to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as this case involves federal funds.

The sheriff’s office goes on to say that the FBI is currently gathering information and evidence regarding this case and are preparing their findings for presentation to the U.S. Attorney Office for determination of prosecution.

Further details won’t be released as this is an ongoing investigation. When Kansas Capitol Bureau reached out to the FBI for comment on the case, a representative said confirmed that no details would be released regarding current cases. Lastly, Sherman County Sheriff’s Office said that they are prepared to pursue charges locally should it become necessary.

27 News’ Kansas Capitol Bureau first broke the story on the missing COVID-19 relief money in Sherman County on June 22. A new update to the original story contains direct quotes from a June 23 Sherman County Board of Commissioners’ “special meeting.”

To see the full Facebook quote from the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office, see below:

Many Sherman County Citizens have been inquiring about the breaking news story of the alleged corruption in Sherman County. The Sherman County Sheriff’s Office has known about this and has referred the case to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) since this incident involved Federal funds. The FBI has been investigating and gathering evidence in this case. They are preparing their findings for presentation to the US Attorney Office for determination of prosecution. Because this is an ongoing investigation, I can not comment on further details. Please know the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office is prepared to pursue charges locally should it become necessary.

Sherman County Sherriff’s Office, Facebook page

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