Associated Press reporter Marcus Zabel has filed a story on the alleged ritual activities of leaders of the Grand Valley Independent Baptist Church in McDonald County.
The story has no new information. Ironically, the Joplin Globe, which did not jump on this story until it was more than a week old, is the only newspaper cited in the AP story, which mentions the Globe's revelation that another minister, George Otis Johnston, connected with the Grand Valley group, had been charged with similar crimes in Newton County.
Television coverage continued to be heavy tonight on the local stations with KODE's Tara Brown in the Granby area to cover the latest developments.
KOAM featured an interview with Newton County Sheriff Kenneth Copeland, but I was not able to tell who the reporter was on the story, which was read by anchor Dowe Quick on the 10 p.m. newscast.