Pet Connection: meet a husky mix after physical therapy

Meet Mabel — the adorable German Shepard Husky mix. Abandoned at the humane society with her brother she had to go through physical therapy. Jasmine Kyle, the Director of the SEK Humane Society, tells us how she overcame Swimmer’s Syndrome.

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Free community meals for Thanksgiving 2021

Organizations and non-profits announce plans for free Thanksgiving community meals. KOAM will be adding to this list ahead of Nov. 25, 2021. If you have an event you would like added, email sstrader@koamtv.com.

Joplin, Mo. First United Methodist Church – Nov. 25

  • Joplin First United Methodist Church is offering a drive and walk-thru Thanksgiving meal for free on November 25 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
    • Joplin First UMC North Parking Lot – 501 W. 4th St. in Joplin, MO
    • FREE EVENT – All Are Welcome!
    • Serve Sign-Up & Pie Donations
      • We will need volunteers to help purchase store bought pies, prepare food for packing, package food, help direct our guests, distribute meals, and deliver meals.
    • Support with eGive at joplinfirstumc.org/give

The Salvation Army Joplin – Holiday Meals – call 624-4528 for more info

  • The Salvation Army of Jasper and Newton Counties is not doing an in-house meal this year, but they are delivering. The deadline is Nov. 20 at 5:00 pm.
    • Thanksgiving deadline is Nov. 20th @ 5pm
    • Christmas deadline is Dec. 20th @ 5pm
    • Call our office today to sign up: 417-624-4528!!

Cherokee, Kan. United Methodist Church

  • Cherokee will have a community dine-in or take-out Thanksgiving Dinner at the Cherokee Methodist Church at 309 W Magnolia in Cherokee, KS. They serve from 11:00 to 1:00 pm

United Methodist Church – Neodesha, KS

  • Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, the United Methodist Church (802 Indiana Street) will offer a Thanksgiving meal by drive-through, takeout, or delivery.
  • To reserve a meal, call 620-325-2787



Pittsburg Police arrest homicide suspect

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The Pittsburg Police Department has a homicide suspect in custody.

Authorities arrested 23-year-old Bri’yon Ezra Baker early Sunday morning for the murder of 18-year-old Jase Elizabeth Delich.

Investigators say Delich was shot at an apartment on the 400 block of Broadway Street Saturday night and died at the scene.

Police arrested Baker who is from Tennessee after reviewing surveillance video and interviewing witnesses.

Baker is facing 2nd degree murder charges and is in the Crawford County Jail where he is being held on a $1,000,000 bond.

The investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information contact the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700.


Safehouse Crisis Center is selling wreaths for Domestic Violence Awareness month

PITTSBURG, Kans. — October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and one Kansas center that helps victims is hosting a fundraiser.

Safehouse Crisis Center in Pittsburg is auctioning off dozens of holiday wreaths and door hangers.

The nonprofit helps victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and stalking.

The money raised will help with victim assistance and staff salaries.

“We support the victims that need that love and comfort. Just like when you go home at night you have a wreath on your front door and it welcomes you home. And we do that everyday here at Safehouse. We welcome victims into our shelter into our lives because they need our help,” said Brooke Powell, Safehouse Crisis Center Executive Director.

The auction will be up until October 10.

To see the items click here.


Pittsburg man on probation now faces another stolen car charge

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Mo. – Authorities release more information after arresting two Pittsburg residents in a stolen car pursuit. The male suspect was on probation for stealing a vehicle.

(Previous Article: Stolen car pursuit starts in Crawford County, ends in Missouri)

The chase happened on Thursday, September 30, 2021, shortly before 1:00 p.m. A Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy tried to initiate a traffic stop on a suspected stolen vehicle. The driver took off.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, “During the pursuit, the driver nearly struck a Deputy who had exited his vehicle to deploy tire deflation devices. A short time after that, the driver in attempt to avoid another deployment of tire deflating devices, almost collided with another Deputies patrol vehicle.”

The chase went into Barton County for about an hour and ended in a bean field.

Once they stopped, authorities immediately apprehended the suspects. They took both people to the Barton County, Missouri jail. Kansas authorities will pursue criminal charges in Crawford County for the Kansas side of the pursuit. Charges authorities are requesting include aggravated assault on LEO, fleeing and attempting to elude, and numerous other traffic violations.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office says the driver was Justin Cochran, 29, of Pittsburg, Kansas. Other criminal court cases list his residence as Asbury, Missouri. In addition to requested charges in Thursday’s chase, Cochran had an active warrant for his arrest for a parole violation.

The female suspect had no active warrants. Prosecutors have not officially charged her at this time. She’s a 22-year-old Pittsburg resident.

Authorities say the vehicle was a stolen 2020 Nissan Altima from Joplin.

Barton County Sheriff’s Office and Frontenac Police both assisted with the pursuit.

Criminal History related to a Stolen Car

Justin Cochran has a history of charges and convictions related to car theft.

Recently, he was arrested in January 2021 for stolen property in Cherokee County, Kansas. “Deputies recovered various items including a Ford Truck, which had been reported stolen out of Barton County, Missouri, as well as a handgun and other property reported stolen out of Jasper County.  In addition to the stolen property, suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were also seized,” stated Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

In March 2021, authorities arrested him in Vernon County, Missouri. Three months later, he pleaded guilty to stealing a motor vehicle and property theft. The courts gave him a 7 year suspended sentence and put him on 5 years supervised probation. In August, he violated his probation. Authorities got a warrant for him on August 30.

The female suspect in Thursday’s chase also has ongoing cases. One in Cherokee County, Kansas and another for tampering with a motor vehicle in Missouri.

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Wanted Pittsburg man arrested after 9 hour standoff

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Authorities capture a wanted Pittsburg man after a nine-hour standoff.

According to the Pittsburg Police Department, last month, William Patton removed his ankle monitor while on house arrest. Previous charges filed against him include aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault.

Previous Article: Pittsburg Police search for wanted felon; considered armed and dangerous

Standoff with Wanted Pittsburg Man

On Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, investigators got information on where Patton was hiding out. They also learned Patton was armed with a handgun.

Tuesday afternoon, investigators confirmed that Patton was at a Pittsburg home, 504 East 9th Street. They set up surveillance while getting a search warrant.

Pittsburg Police requested help from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation’s High Risk Warrant Team to help execute the search warrant.

Shortly after 9:00 p.m., they started executing the warrant. Several law enforcement agencies surrounded the home. The KBI team breached the front door and called out the occupants. A 20-year-old who lived there came out without incident. They took him to jail for obstructing apprehension.

Officers then started evacuating several nearby homes to assure their safety.

The standoff with Patton lasted nine hours as the KBI team tried to call him out of the home for a peaceful conclusion.

This morning, Sept. 8, around 6:00 a.m., Patton had crawled into the attic of the home and fell through the soffits on the front porch.

According to the Pittsburg Police Department, Patton got up and tried to run southbound. Authorities, with the help of the Kansas Highway Patrol K9 unit, quickly apprehended him.

Authorities arrested Patton on outstanding felony warrants out of Woodson County and Crawford County. Police will also be asking for charges of felony interference with law enforcement and unlawfully tampering with an electronic monitoring device.

They are holding him in the Crawford County Jail without bond.


News to Know (07/20/2021)

Van Horn, Tx- The world’s richest man is slated to leave the planet this morning. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will ride an unpiloted rocket to the edge of space along with his brother and two others. They’re scheduled to blast off from a launch pad in west Texas at 9 a.m. Eastern time.

Pittsburg, Ks- Police arrest a man after a stabbing in Pittsburg. It happened Sunday, July 18, in the 400 block of West 6th Street. Authorities say a 40-year-old man suffered multiple stab wounds to the face and abdomen. After investigating, they identified 50-year-old Jose Flores-Velez as a suspect and arrested him later on Sunday. They are holding him without bond and requesting a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Joplin, Mo- Authorities are looking for a person caught on surveillance robbing a Joplin bank with a weapon. Police say it happened Monday afternoon at the great southern bank at 1232 South Rangeline. According to police, the robber entered the bank, demanded money while displaying a weapon, then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The Joplin Police Department and FBI are investigating. Great Southern Bank is offering a 35-hundred dollar reward for the identity, arrest, and conviction of the robber.

Joplin, Mo- The Joplin City Council finalized a contract for the 32nd Street widening project and approved another one on first reading. Earlier this month the council started the approval process for an eight-point-six million dollar contract to fund the widening project from Shifferdecker to Central City Road. Monday, July 20, they finalized that agreement with Emery Sapp and Sons, Inc. They also approved on first reading a 520-thousand dollar contract for construction phase engineering services for the project. Since this was only the first reading for the new contract, it will have to be approved again on second and third readings.


Suspect arrested in Pittsburg stabbing, one man injured

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Police arrest a rural Girard man after a stabbing early Sunday morning.

Shortly before 3:00 a.m. on July 18, 2021, Pittsburg police went to Ascension Via Christi after learning a man had been stabbed. The 40-year-old victim had multiple stab wounds to his face and abdomen.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Divisions also responded to help with the investigation.

Investigators spoke with several witnesses. They learned that the stabbing happened in a vehicle on the 400 block of west 6th Street in Pittsburg.

Police identified 50-year-old Jose Flores-Velez as a suspect. Pittsburg Police and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office found him in his home and arrested him Sunday afternoon. Authorities say Flores-Velez had an active arrest warrant out of the county for a bond violation on an original charge of domestic battery.

They are requesting a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in this case. They took him to jail and are holding him without bond.

Investigators executed a search warrant at Flores-Velez’s home. According to the Pittsburg Police Department, they found evidence related to the stabbing.

The hospital treated the victim and later released him. Authorities have not released the victim’s name.

If you have any information about the case, you can call the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700 or at its tip line, 620-231-TIPS (8477).


Peyton Manning comes to Pittsburg for PSU speaker series

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg State University announces two-time super bowl champion Peyton Manning as the next speaker in its “H. Lee Scott Speaker Series: An Examination of American Life.” Manning will come to campus on August 30. Tickets go on sale July 27.

The event, “A Conversation with Peyton Manning” is planned for 6:15 p.m. in the Linda & Lee Scott Performance Hall in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.  

“It’s amazing to think about the caliber of individuals this series has brought to our campus, including President Bill Clinton, Republican presidential nominee Senator Mitt Romney, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice,” said Vice President for University Advancement Kathleen Flannery. “We’re thrilled to add Peyton Manning, who is not only a legendary quarterback, but an inspiring leader in philanthropy, to that list.”

The speaker series was created in 2015 as a result of a $2.079 million gift made by former Walmart CEO Lee Scott and his wife, Linda, both PSU alumni, with a mission to deepen the level of discourse, enrich the university experience, and elevate the university’s reputation by examining American life from the perspective of nationally prominent leaders and innovators.

“We hope that the exposure to these successful leaders will enhance the educational experiences for students and inspire them to someday be invited to speak about leadership on this same stage,” Lee Scott said in making the gift.

Tickets can be found online at www.pittstate.edu/office/ticket-office/ and in person at the PSU Ticket Office in the Weede for $30.


Pittsburg officer removes python from front porch

PITTSBURG, Kan. – A Pittsburg police officer got quite the surprise when he was called to remove a snake from a resident’s front porch. Officer Spencer thought he would have be dealing with a garden snake but instead found a large python.

Authorities say slithering reptile was safely removed by Officer Spencer and was adopted by a “responsible individual who lives outside this community.