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Rollover as two vehicles collide in Webb City on Madison

WEBB CITY, Mo. — About 4:55 p.m. Wednesday afternoon November 23, 2022 reports of a two vehicle crash with rollover at Fountain and Madison alerted Webb City E-911.

Webb City Fire, METS ambulance, Webb City Police responded.

On scene we learn there were no serious injuries. Not all information was available as some people involved had walked into the Freeman Neighborhood Medicine Clinic at the intersection.

We will update this article here with more information as it becomes available.

The roadway was cleared about 5:50 p.m. to all traffic.

Comer’s Wrecker and Xtreme Towing removed the crashed vehicles.

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News To Know: Webb City bomb scare, mass grave in Tulsa

GALENA, Mo. — At 3:20 p.m. Wednesday afternoon troopers say a 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 250 failed to negotiate a curve on Missouri 248. The motorcycle left the road, struck a road sign and ejected the driver, Bonnie Garrigus. An air ambulance transported the 39-year-old Garrigus to Mercy Hospital in Springfield with serious injuries.

JOPLIN, Mo. — In an update to an ongoing investigation, Joplin police release the names of the two people killed Monday night. Police say 35 year old Eric Stamfli, of Grove, Oklahoma and 35 year old Stacy Rush of Joplin were found dead in a home at 22-16 south Annie Baxter. On Wednesday authorities identified a possible suspect in the case: 34-year old David Rush of Wyandotte, Oklahoma. According to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma officials began a pursuit with the suspect from Oklahoma into Missouri on Highway 60. Rush then stopped the vehicle, got out with a gun and indicated that he was suicidal. After three hours David Rush shot himself and was transported to a local hospital where he has since died. Click here to read more about this story.

WEBB CITY, Mo. – About 11:27 a.m.  Wednesday morning, November 2, 2022 Chief Don Melton of the Webb City Police Department says a citizen brought what appears to be an old rusty bomb to the police department. Authorities cleared their building, the area and closed down streets. He said they summoned the Springfield Fire Dept Bomb Squad to assist with the situation. They arrived on scene about 2:15 p.m. and determined the bomb to be inert. If you’d like to read more about this story, click here.

TULSA, Okla. – The search for remains of victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre has turned up 21 additional coffins in unmarked graves in the city’s Oaklawn Cemetery, officials said. Seventeen adult-size graves were located Friday and Saturday, Oklahoma State Archaeologist Kary Stackelbeck said Monday. Additionally, the city announced Tuesday that four graves, two adult-size and two child-size, had been found. Click here to read much more about this story.

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Webb City Police close roads surrounding police station, bomb squad summoned

WEBB CITY, Mo. – About 11:27 a.m.  Wednesday morning, November 2, 2022 Chief Don Melton of the Webb City Police Dept says a citizen brought what appears to be an old rusty bomb to the police department.

He tells KOAM’s Shannon Becker they cleared their building, the area and closed down streets.

“Individual from the community brought what appeared to be an unexploded military ordnance to the Webb City Police Department,” Chief Melton states. “The individual had found the ordnance while cleaning out a building in Webb City and had left the item in his vehicle on the parking lot of the police department.”

He said they summoned the Springfield Fire Dept Bomb Squad to assist with the situation. They arrived on scene about 2:15 p.m.

At 2:45 p.m. the all-clear was announced to the small crowd of onlookers that had gathered about a block away.

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The bomb was inert.

The area was cleared to all traffic just before 3 p.m.

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Honoring Fallen Webb City Marshal killed in the line of duty 120 years ago

WEBB CITY, Mo. — A fallen Webb City Marshal who died 120 years ago in the line of duty will be honored on Tuesday, October 18, in a special ceremony where he is already buried at Webb City Cemetery.

His marker does not recognize his line of duty death, until now.

City Marshal Leonard S. Rich serving the City of Webb City, was killed in the line of duty on August 10, 1902.

Marshal Rich was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance in downtown Webb City.

Webb City Elk’s Lodge #861, Mount Hope Cemetery & Quality Memorials, Inc. will place memorial marker on his gravesite.

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“Today we pay homage to to one of our officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Marshal Leonard S. Rich was a Webb City lawman dedicated to bringing law and order to his town.” — Service Program

On Saturday night August 10, 1902 Marshal Rich was responding to a disturbance inside Lizzie Reed’s Resort. The resort was a two-story building on Main  Street. The trouble was between the owner, Lizzie, and an Oklahoma man, Jim Gideon.

Jim Gideon and his gang had been giving some of the girls upstairs in the parlor some troubles. Lizzie wanted them to go downstairs but he refused.

The Gideon Brothers, Joe and Jim, had moved to Webb City from Oklahoma Indian Territory in December 1901. They quickly became known as dangerous men and this was not their first run-in with Marshal Rich.

Both brothers had been bragging all evening about how they were going to “get a guy” and the deed was going to take sometime around midnight. Joe would not stop talking about it and kept showing off his gun until Jim finally told him to take the gun back to the hotel room. Only Joe didn’t do it and he continued to drink.

Finally Lizzie called Marshal Rich, Marshal James, and Sam Moon, temporary police officer hired to serve during the street fair.

At first Marshal Rich tried to talk Jim down and for a while it seemed to be working until they got to the front door. That’s when a scuffle between Jim and Marshall Rich broke out. At the same time a fight was going on between Joe Gideon and Marshall James.

Shots were fired and when it was over Joe Gideon had killed Marshall Rich. Sam Moon had killed Joe Gideon and Jim Gideon had been shot through the arm. Marshall James was badly beaten but survived.

Marshall Leonard Rich was a peace officer and a family man. He married Eve May Eulitle in July 1888. They had a six year old daughter, Stella. Marshal Rich is buried in the Webb City Cemetery; his stone does not show he died in the line of duty.

October 18, 2022 a new stone was placed in front of Marshal Rich headstone to recognize his sacrifice for the people of Webb City.

Information courtesy Priscilla Brown and Jeanne Woodworth-Newby of the Webb City area genealogical society.

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15K gallons of vinegar overturns at roundabout in Webb City

UPDATE: The roadway was reopened to all traffic and all lanes at 6:05 p.m.

WEBB CITY, Mo. — About 3:45 p.m. Saturday reports of a tanker rollover on the McArthur Roundabout alerted Webb City 911.

Webb City Fire, Webb City Police and METS ambulance responded. Missouri State Highway Patrol were requested for assistance.

On scene we learn the male driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries. He was transported to an area hospital.

Webb City Police tell us the tanker is hauling 15,000 gallons of vinegar.

The MacArthur roundabout is closed for eastbound, so vehicles cannot travel east, please plan accordingly as this will be an hours-long cleanup.

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Webb City Police seek woman, family says now missing a month

WEBB CITY, Mo. — The WCPD release details Tuesday evening regarding a missing person from the area.

Marissa Nicole Sharp, 27, was last seen on August 13th, 2022, in Webb City, MO.

She is likely in the Joplin, MO, area and may be homeless. She has not contacted her family since August 17th, 2022, and this is unusual for her.” — WCPD

Name: Marissa Nicole Sharp
Race: White
Sex: Female
Age: 27
Height: 5’07”
Weight: 185

DESCRIPTION: She has a red heart tattoo on her face near her right eye, and her children’s names tattooed on the left, right, and center of her neck. Family is concerned about her and have reported her missing.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Marissa, please contact the Webb City Police Department at 417-673-1911 or email: info@webbcitypd.org

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Armed Robbery at Dollar General in Webb City, Mo.

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Tuesday evening just after 9 p.m. reports of an Armed Robbery at The Dollar General, 1510 S Madison, alerted officers of the Webb City Police Dept.

WCPD state, “Witnesses told officers that a white male entered the store and demanded cash from the employees.”

The suspect displayed a handgun and took an undetermined amount of cash.

  • DESCRIPTION
  • white male
  • black & green cap
  • face mask
  • blue long sleeved shirt
  • blue jeans
  • brown boots

The suspect fled the store northbound on foot.

If you recall anything from Tuesday evening or recognize the suspect in security photos, they ask you call the Webb City Police Department at 4176731911.

This suspect is considered armed and dangerous, do not approach, call 911 if seen.

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Webb City man dies of injuries after motorcycle crash on North Rangeline

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Late Tuesday evening just before 10:30 p.m. reports of a serious car and motorcycle crash at Zora and North Rangeline alerted Webb City 911.

Webb City Fire, Webb City Police and METS ambulance responded emergency.

On the scene Sgt C. Shonk updated us the motorcycle driver was transported to an area hospital. Those in the vehicle refused medical treatment.

According to the investigation on Wednesday the sport bike was southbound and the passenger car was northbound, turning west onto Zora. They collided in the intersection.

Witnesses at the scene told officers that the motorcyce was traveling at a high rate speed prior to striking the front passenger side of the turning passenger car.” — CHIEF DON MELTON, WEBB CITY POLICE

Juan Gabria Gonzalez-Correa, 28, of Webb City, died later at a Joplin hospital. Next of kin have been notified.

The driver of the passenger car was a 22-year old white male from rural Webb City.

Webb City Police Department continue investigation of the crash.

Schrader’s Towing removed the crashed vehicles from the scene.

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Death investigation of Webb City, Mo. student, no foul play

WEBB CITY, Mo. — The Webb City Police Dept release details in the death investigation of a student. Webb City Schools confirmed earlier this week in a statement, the student was discovered and they, “responded by contacting local authorities, emergency personnel.”

Chief Don Melton of the Webb City PD states, “On Thursday, May 5, 2022, at 07:19 hours officers with the Webb City Police Department began investigating the unattended death of a minor.

With the utmost respect for and approval from, the family, we decided not to publicize our investigation.  We have been in constant contact with the family, giving them details of the investigation from the very beginning along with updates as they come in.

Ultimately, the family is the one that truly needs to know the information.  With continued respect to the family, we spoke with them before releasing this statement.

Although there were no obvious signs of foul play at the crime scene or with the initial results from the autopsy, we decided not to publicize any information until we received the official copy of the completed autopsy.  We would not want to come to a conclusion until all of the evidence has been processed and all of the facts have been collected.  This takes time.

As a standard practice, we have not made public the information from a death investigation where there were no obvious signs of foul play.

We spoke with reporters from our local news syndicates, and they agreed that they would not run a story like this until all the facts were collected.

We have seen and read the posts on social media saying that the child was a victim of bullying.  We have been working closely with administrators and teachers from the school district from the initial call.  We have been unable to substantiate any of these allegations.

It is unfortunate that a select few have turned this family’s tragedy into an opportunity to get more social media followers or “likes.”  It is also inappropriate that many have chosen to share these posts without attempting to validate the information first.

To date, none of the people posting on social media have contacted the police department to provide information to assist us in our investigation.  We encourage those posting their speculations of bullying to contact the police department so that we can follow up on their information that they have been posting.

We encourage anyone with any information about this case to contact our investigators.  In the end, we want to give the family, the factual truth of what happened to their child. 

We appreciate those who have been patient, trusting us to conduct our investigation without fueling the speculation and hindering our process.” — Police Chief Don Melton, Webb City Police Dept

Earlier this week the Webb City School District  released a statement:

“The district has been asked by local media to provide information regarding the events that took place on May 5th that resulted in the death of one of our students. The Webb City School District responded by contacting local authorities, emergency personnel, and followed the District’s Crisis Plan. As part of the District’s Crisis Plan, Administration met with the parents’ representative on May 5th before releasing any information to staff and students. Counselors have been provided for staff and students who may need additional support. This is an ongoing investigation, and the district has and will continue to fully cooperate with the local authorities throughout the process.”

Joplin News First spoke to Webb City School’s Amanda Robbins and Webb City Police Chief Melton, long before these prepared statements.

We also spoke to Jasper County Coroner, Randy Nace, he told us initial results from the autopsy returned and there were no signs of foul play. More autopsy information is still anticipated as lab results take time.

As a news organization, we do not cover unattended death’s as a normal practice, especially in the case of a juvenile death.

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Webb City house fire, Missouri State Fire Marshal assists investigation

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Sunday night just before 11:30 p.m. reports of a structure fire alerted Webb City 911 to 614 N Walker in the city limits.

Webb City Police, Webb City Fire, and METS ambulance responded emergency. Automatic mutual aid summoned Oronogo Fire and Joplin Fire for assistance.

The single story, wood framed structure was described as fully-involved on first arrival.

614 N Walker, Google Street View, 2020. 

12 mph winds to the south pushed the smoke making visibility difficult on the south side of the structure.

Authorities on scene tell us the resident was not home at the time of the fire.

Shortly after midnight the fire was under control.

The Missouri State Fire Marshal was requested to assist with investigation.

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