Body located in creek bed, El Dorado Springs Police investigate

EL DORADO SPRINGS, Mo. — Sunday, November 27,  just after 2 p.m. the El Dorado Springs Police Department responded to the 100 block of North Jackson Street, “concerning a deceased person in the nearby creek bed,” EDSPD state in a release of information.

The Cedar County Coroner’s Office is assisting in the investigation. There is no apparent evidence of foul play.” — EDSPD

Next of kin have been notified.

The deceased identified as Tory B. Richards, 30, of El Dorado Springs.

The investigation continues police say. As always anyone with information concerning an investigation is encouraged to call the El Dorado Springs Police Department at 417-876-TIPS.

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CBS Report: Native Americans disproportionately go missing, data show

According to CBS News, statistics show Native American communities see a disproportionate amount of violence and missing persons cases.

“More than 82% of American Indian and Alaska Native men and women reported experiences of violent victimization in their lifetime, according to the Congressional Research Service in January 2022. Similarly, Native Americans are also reported missing at higher rates than the general U.S. public, with at least 9,575 reported missing cases in 2020, according to the National Crime Information Center.” – CBS

When a Native American is murdered or disappears on one of the 324 federally recognized reservations across the United States, the majority of these cases fall within federal jurisdiction.

CBS reports that in recent years, families of missing and murdered Indigenous people have pushed federal authorities and legislators to address the crisis. Grassroots advocates join those families in the fight.

“Those federal authorities — like the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs — are responsible for investigating major crimes as a result of the nearly 400 treaties the United States government signed with Native tribes since 1787, when the federal government pledged to protect Native people, according to Stephen Pevar, author of “The Rights of Indians And Tribes” and an expert on Indian Law.

And crimes in these jurisdictions are prosecuted by the United States Attorneys throughout the country. But according to a recent Justice Department report, prosecutors in 2018 declined to prosecute almost 40% of all federal Indian Country cases – representing almost 1,000 potential federal crimes – citing “insufficient evidence” as the most likely reasoning.” – CBS Report

“This means in that one year there was no justice for the victims of the alleged 73 murders, 373 physical assaults and 279 sexual assaults in Indian Country.”

For more than a year, CBS News tracked the federal law enforcement investigation into the death of Christy Woodenthigh, a 33-year-old mother of three who lived on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in southeast Montana.

You can read more about that case and the report here.

Missing: Aubrey Dameron of Grove, Oklahoma

25-year-old Aubrey Dameron from Grove was last seen on March 9, 2019. Authorities in Delaware County, Oklahoma continued following up on leads into the missing person case.

However, Dameron’s Aunt Pamela Smith was concerned about the search when speaking with KOAM at the time. In 2019, authorities were following up on a lead at a pond. KOAM spoke with Smith after that search.

Dameron was reported two days after going missing, but Smith says authorities didn’t respond how she thought they would.

“Basically there was nothing done the first week because they believed she wasn’t a missing person due to her lifestyle,” explains Smith. “So that is hard. It’s hard to have a hundred percent trust in them following up with everything we send them. I wish that they would have taken her case seriously from the moment she was reported missing.”

—> KOAM Article: Police search pond in Delaware County in connection to missing woman from March


Ice Skating and more: 2nd Annual Hometown Holidays on the Carthage Square

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The 2nd Annual Carthage Hometown Holidays is underway. This year hours are different, the ice rink is larger and pricing is lower.

Open Friday & Saturdays thru December 24th from 4:30 p.m. — 10:30 p.m.

Outside of normal Friday and Saturday hours, Monday evening Dec 5 they open during Carthage Christmas Tree Lighting and the Carthage Christmas Parade.

The Christmas Light Tunnel is open every evening for photos on the south side of the square.

  • Ice Skating: $5 for 45 mins
  • Inflatables & Curling: $5 for wristband

Click to Vision Carthage FB page for daily updates and possible closure during bad weather.

Days and times they are not open it can be rented for corporate events and private parties. Contact Vision Carthage by email here. Or visit the Vision Carthage website when you click here.

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Part of US 400 shut down due to hazardous spill in Wilson County

WILSON COUNTY, Kan. – Drivers will be redirected around a portion of US 400 in Wilson County due to a hazardous spill.

The Kansas Department of Transportation says the highway is closed from the south junction of US 75 continuing north to K-47 at Fredonia.

“Hazardous materials have been spilled on the highway. Use alternate routes while the clean-up is in progress.”

You can find road closure updates on KOAM’s list of Road Resources here.

KOAM has called the Kansas Highway Patrol for more details. We’ll update this article once additional information is released.


Man wanted for domestic battery in Parsons, police chase

PARSONS, Kan. – Police are looking for a Parsons man wanted after a domestic battery incident and police chase.

The Parsons Police Department is looking for Joshua Cole Sharp. The Parsons Police are asking for the community’s assistance in finding Sharp for questioning. They remind residents that all suspects are innocent until proven guilty. If you see Sharp, authorities say do not approach, or try to detain him, but call the Parsons Police Dispatch at 620-421-7060.

Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said, “I am very passionate about finding and bringing to justice all perpetrators of domestic violence. As one of the biggest contributors to the crime rate in Parsons it is time that the people demand all local and state courts to have no leniency on cases of domestic battery.”

“Studies have shown that most domestic abusers are repeat offenders and in cases of not having community resources that number is even higher. I have said it before and I will keep saying it, the police department cannot arrest itself out of a high crime rate. Especially in the cases of domestic abuse.”

“We need community groups and leaders to take charge and rally for support to end domestic violence in Parsons. This only ends with positive partnerships with our community.”

Sunday Domestic Dispute allegations and Police Chase

The alleged domestic fight happened Sunday, November 27, 2022. The Parsons Police Department says officers responded to the home on the 1100 block of South 26th around 6:45 pm.

Dispatch told police the suspect, Joshua Cole Sharp, had fled the scene. Officers got to the home and took a description of the vehicle Sharp was driving. They say it was a brown Chevy pickup truck. While at the scene, the Parsons Police Department states officers developed probable cause existed to arrest Sharp for Domestic Battery.

Sergeant Tony Adamson saw a vehicle matching the description with one person inside matching Sharp’s description. It was in the 1000 block of South 21st Street going north. Sgt. Adamson followed the vehicle while trying to get more information. He then tried to initiate a traffic stop at 17th and Main.

Authorities say the vehicle fled north at a high rate of speed, failing to stop at all intersections.

“The brown truck attempted to turn east onto Gabriel Avenue, but left the road and struck a tree on the west bound side of the road. It is believed that Sharp jumped from the truck and fled on foot from the crash. A search of the area on foot an using a K-9 failed to locate the suspect,” states the Parsons Police Department.

Police are now searching for Sharp in the Domestic Battery case. They also say there’s probable cause to arrest him for fleeing and eluding, along with other charges.

Domestic Violence

The Police Department says domestic violence is the top crime of violence in Parsons. Last year, authorities say there were 136 reported domestic violence incidents in Parsons.

In a release about Sunday’s case, the Police Department states, “It takes a community-wide effort to support domestic violence victims, to provide education and training for victims to be self-supporting and not dependent on a violent relationship for food and housing. It requires victim assistance from the County Attorney’s Office and accountability to be meted out by the Court. This requires different parts of the community to come together to help victims break the cycle of violence.”

“As we approach 2023,” Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks says, “we’ll evaluate our own enforcement and investigation efforts to focus on our core crime challenges – domestic violence, drugs, people in crisis along with theft.” This will require us to contact the schools, college, helping agencies such as the Safe Haven Women’s Shelter and other clubs and organizations for their help and insight on prevention as well as intervention.”

Authorities are still investigating the case. Police encourage residents to “See It, Hear It, Report It.” If you have information about this or any other case, police ask that you call the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060 or call the Tip Line at 421-7057 or email at tips@parsonspd.com.


How to stay safe online during Cyber Monday

The holiday season is upon us and one of the days in the country with the biggest sales is Cyber Monday. However, the BBB warns you to be careful as scammers will take advantage of you. Many scams seem to happen to young people — that’s the age group of 18 to 24. The BBB says to try not using Venmo and Zelle as they don’t provide the same protections as credit cards do.  If a website does not have any contact information or it is not secured — then buyer beware it’s a scam!



News To Know: second-degree murder, Cyber Monday

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. – A judge sentences a Coffeyville, Kansas man for second-degree murder. Donald Collins gets 18 years in prison for the death of 50-year-old Nina Lee of Coffeyville back in February 2020. That’s when Lee was found dead at a Parsons Kansas motel. Authorities were called there for a report of a potential overdose, but an autopsy indicated there was foul play.

ONLINE – Cyber Monday is here. It is always good to watch for red flags when shopping online. The better business bureau wants to remind people to stay safe and avoid getting scammed while shopping online. Since the covid pandemic started, more and more people are shopping online. Pamela Hernandez, regional director for the Better Business Bureau says, a recent study found online shopping fraud is up 87 percent, and about 36 % of online shopping fraud based on what customers have told them originates from fake websites. She advises people to look for any red flags before purchasing so their information doesn’t get in the wrong hands.

FRONTENAC, Kan. – The city of Frontenac celebrated the beginning of the holiday season with a Christmas light ceremony. The city lit up downtown Frontenac with a special ceremony. Citizens were able to listen to the elementary, junior high, and high school choirs as they lit up the downtown lights. Following the choir and Frontenac raider band’s performance, citizens were able to meet Santa Claus himself, with Mrs. Claus. Residents were also offered hot cocoa and cookies. Seth Nutt, the Frontenac Library director, says it takes a couple of months to plan the yearly event.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – And the Pittsburg Wrestling Club is raising funds as the sport is booming in the city. The non-profit launched the fundraiser for the high school and youth wrestling club. This year the club is selling popcorn online for Christmas. The president of the club says the fundraiser is a way for the club to raise money to take care of the athletes.


Monday blog: Big temperature drop and some very gusty winds -Chris

Good morning everyone, I hope your weekend was enjoyable, albeit a bit on the cool side. We have a pretty decent Monday and even Tuesday lined up for us, but, ahead of our next system, we’re going to see winds increase with the temperatures.

Winds will increase this evening with gusts pushing 30mph by 8:00. Clouds will also begin to increase.

As we head into Tuesday, temperatures continue to climb, but so do wind gusts. Winds Tuesday could gust as high as 50mph so be sure your outdoor Christmas displays are well anchored and I would advise against inflating them.

For today, we’re heading into the lower to mid-50s for highs with mostly clear skies for the majority of the day.

We fall back into the 40s overnight, but temps slowly rise toward sunrise. Winds will continue to increase as well, with those gusts pushing 50mph early tomorrow morning.

Our next system Tuesday doesn’t do a lot for us in terms of precipitation, however, take a look at the Future Track. Temps Tuesday pushing into the lower to mid 60s and as the front passes through…Temps drop quickly in to the 20s and we only make it into the upper 30s and lower 40s on Wednesday.

We do have better chances of rain heading into the weekend.

Your long range forecast is below.



Next Weekend:  Chilly with rain chances.

December 4th-10th: A chilly first half of the week but warming up toward the weekend with rain chances by the weekend.

December 11th-17th:  Turning colder with rain or snow chances on Sunday. Another system in on Wednesday and Thursday with rain or snow chances.  Staying cool into the weekend.

December 25th-31st: Warming up at the beginning of the week then much colder for the second half of the week.  Rain and snow chances on Tuesday and Wednesday and then again for New Years Eve.


The lighting of Sparkle in the Park in Carthage, Mo.

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Monday evening November 28, 2022 at 6 p.m. Carthage Water and Electric will hold the lighting ceremony for Sparkle in the Park at Central Park!

Over the past month CWEP crews have been in Central Park hanging lights for Sparkle in the Park 2022.

We saw the joy & excitement in our community last year & can’t wait to experience it again this holiday season.”


It’s a perfect place to take family photos. Take a moment to walk along the paths in the park and soak up the bright feeling of Christmas. There is truly nothing like it in the Joplin area.

  • WHAT IS: Sparkle in the Park? “Spectacular light display put on by Carthage Water & Electric Plant, covering nearly every inch of Central Park, turning it into a festive Winter Wonderland.” — EVENT PAGE
  • WHERE IS: Central Park, 714 S Garrison, Carthage, Mo.
  • WHEN IS: 6 p.m. Mon, November 28, 2022 CWEP flips the switch to turn on the lights!

After the lighting Monday, Sparkle in the Park will be lit nightly through New Years Day, 6 p.m. — 12 a.m.

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Frontenac hosts annual Christmas Lighting Ceremony

FRONTENAC, Kan. – The City of Frontenac today hosted its annual Christmas Lighting Ceremony with locals.

Residents enjoyed songs from students of all ages at the event before the lights went on.

After the grand lighting, children had the chance to meet and take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Clause.

Cookies & hot cocoa were provided.

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