Sunday, November 18, 2018

Roy Blunt: It would be a huge mistake not to let the Mueller investigation come to its conclusion

In a wide-ranging interview with Martha Raddatz on ABC's This Week today, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MO, said he was against any interference in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

"It would be a huge mistake not to let the Mueller investigation come to its conclusion," Blunt said. "We need to get beyond this."

Blunt also indicated he did not think Acting Attorney General Matt Whittaker would be a good candidate for the job on a permanent basis and weighed in on the Trump Administration's dealings with Saudi Arabia following the murder of a Washington Post journalist at the Saudi embassy in Turkey.

Hearing scheduled for former Joplin day care owner charged with nine counts of child endangerment

A 9 a.m. Wednesday hearing is scheduled for former Joplin day care operator Betsy Coleman, who is charged with nine counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of being a mandated reporter who did not report child abuse.

Coleman, who ran the unlicensed day care out of her home at 1408 W. 8th Street, who is free on bond with the condition that she is no long allowed unsupervised contact with any child under age 18, was charged in March.

Though the probable cause statement in the Coleman case has still not been made accessible through Jasper County Circuit Court online records, it appears the charges were filed in connection with Coleman's one-time live-in boyfriend, Kent Hagan, who has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges and it awaiting sentencing.

Hagan was arrested after a Joplin Police Department investigation that started with Coleman telling a woman that Hagan had "creepy photos" showing the bottoms of two children at the unlicensed day care center, as well as numerous child pornography photos.

Coleman told police she deleted the photos.

She also revealed that she kicked Hagan out of the home/day care center, but then she allowed him to return.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Links provided to top 10 posts for Turner Report, Inside Joplin this week

Just a few short comments before getting to the top 10 lists for the Turner Report, Inside Joplin and Inside Joplin Obituaries.

Over the next few weeks, I will be expanding the news coverage offered by the Turner Report/Inside Joplin blogs. I will have more information in upcoming posts, but the coverage offered on all of the blogs will be increasing, expanding into many areas that have not been covered in the past. While I have been doing this all along, it should be more noticeable in the near future.


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The Turner Report

1. Child porn charges filed against Joplin man, search also uncovers items associated with Nazis, violence, racial hatred

2. As Joplin man awaits sentencing on child pornography charge, brother, sister ask for mercy

3. CEO of Springfield-based charity pleads guilty to role in multi-million dollar political corruption scheme

4. Gayle Crane elected Presiding Circuit Judge

5. Trial date set for Joplin man accused of abusing, murdering three-year-old Jonathan Munoz-Bilbrey

6. So you want to be a Joplin R-8 director of special education

7. Duck boat captain pleads not guilty to misconduct, negligence charges in connection with 17 deaths on Table Rock Lake

8. Government wants Joplin man held without bond while awaiting trial on child pornography charge

9. Webb City changes procedure after three-year-old left on bus

10. Erin Sullivan named anchor on KSN's morning show

Inside Joplin

1. Carthage man arrested for making bomb threat to Webb City High School to avoid getting traffic ticket

2. Joplin News First reports body found along I-49, two miles south of Lamar

3. Prowler on the loose in Jasper

4. Lamar man charged with kidnapping, allegedly tied up woman and left her in wooden box

5. Joplin teen motorcyclist injured doing unsuccessful wheelie on 43

6. Two injured in head-on crash on Fir Road, Carthage man cited for DWI

7. Jasper County Dissolution of Marriage Petitions

8. Jasper County Marriage Licenses

9. Jasper County Sheriff's Office Arrests

10, Up to three inches of snow, light ice glaze expected for Joplin, Southwest Missouri

Inside Joplin Obituaries

1. Tammy Collier

2. Heather VanWagner

3. Charles Brock

4. Laura Jenkins

5. Shelley Wetzel

6. Clinton Danley

7. Joni Wright

8. Cecil Block

9. Donna Turner

10, Sandra Spears

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Joplin R-8 Board expected to approve $224,000 change order for work on Columbia Elementary safe room

Joplin R-8 Board of Education members will be asked to approve a $224,900 change order for foundation repairs to the Columbia Elementary safe room.

The work is needed to enable the facility to meet FEMA standards.

Helitech, which had already completed the work on its base bid for repairs costing $56,508, bringing the total amount required to bring the safe room into compliance to $281,408.

Documentation provided to the Board for its 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, meeting indicates the money for the project will come from the district's capital outlay budget.

The Columbia safe room is the only one in the district which is not being used during storms. The others, all put into place following the May 22, 2011 tornado, are all being utilized. While the work is being done at Columbia, students, employees and community members are asked to use the safe room at West Central Elementary.

Probable cause affidavit: Joplin man said he molested 12-year-old girl in Oklahoma

The probable cause affidavit in the child pornography case against a 24-year-old Joplin man reveals a nightmarish world of pedophilia and violence.

Even before officers executed a search warrant at Daniel Rehman's home, they were told by his roommate that Rehman had admitted he molested a 12-year-old girl.

The Southwest Missouri Cyber Task Force zeroed in on Rehman following a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a Tumblr account was uploading multiple files containing suspected child pornography.

Included in the images were underage females, one as looking as young as five shown in pornographic situations with adult males.

On September 4, investigators met with Rehman's roommate, referred to in the probable cause affidavit as G. O.

G. O. reported that Rehman tried to show him child pornography that was on Rehman's phone. G. O. stated that Rehman also told him that he had molested a 12-year-old child when he lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

After a search warrant was issued, officers found Rehman was not home, but were able to get his number from a neighbor and asked him to meet them at his home.

When Rehman arrived, officers seized his phone and "Rehman admitted that he had been viewing child pornography for several years. Rehman admitted that he had downloaded and possessed images of child pornography of children as young as infants."

Law enforcement also located a poster on the wall of the apartment, which depicted an adult male choking a female child. Law enforcement also located a green flag hung on one of the apartment walls, which Rehman told law enforcement was a flag for Pakistani Nazis. In the kitchen above the cabinets, law enforcement located a German Nazi officer's hat. A Ruger handgun was located inside a metal ammunition can. There were over 300 rounds of ammunition inside the can. These items were not seized by law enforcement, however, photographs were taken.

Officers found more pornography on a flash drive. And items were found showing violence and racial hatred, according to the affidavit.

Rehman created an image where is wearing a Nazi officer's hat in front of a large pile of dead bodies. In another image, a cartoon character duck is depicted with a caption bubble stating, "When you trick the autistic kid into raping the girl with Down Syndrome you record it, sell the video to a local pedophile and use the profit to buy guns to shoot up the school.

Government wants Joplin man held without bond while awaiting trial on child pornography charge

The government is asking that a Joplin man be held without bond while awaiting trial on child pornography charges.

A grand jury indicted Kevin Wilson, 54, November 8 for allegedly receiving and distributing child porn between March 21, 2017 and April 2, 2018 in Jasper County and elsewhere, according to court records.

In the detention motion, the assistant U. S. attorney noted that Wilson confessed to downloading the child pornography and that two ounces of marijuana and "approximately 30 firearms" had been seized during a search of his home.

Wilson's attorney has been given until November 29 to provide reasons why his client should be given bond.

Preliminary hearing set for Joplin man charged with ninth DWI

The preliminary hearing for a Joplin man charged with his ninth DWI is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Tuesday before Judge John Nicholas in Jasper County Circuit Court.

Blake J. Engelage, 38, is being held in the Jasper County Jail on a $10,000 cash-only bond, as well as a $25,000 bond for probation violation.

Engelage crashed his motorcycle in the area of E. 15th Street and S. Michigan Avenue September 29. After noticing Engelage smelled of alcohol and that his eyes were watery and bloodshot, a Joplin Police Department officer asked him to perform sobriety tests and he refused. He later refused to take a blood alcohol test, according to the probable cause statement.

In addition to felony driving while intoxicated as a prior offender, Engelage was cited for driving while revoked. The probable cause statement noted that he had eight prior alcohol-related offenses.

Online court records show Engelage is currently on probation for DWI, after pleading guilty August 21, 2017 in Jasper County Circuit Court and was sentenced to four years in prison for an offense that occurred December 9, 2016.

One week later, he pleaded guilty to another DWI in Jasper County and was sentenced to seven years in prison. He was given a suspended sentence on each of the charges and spent four months shock time in prison, according to court records.

Jasper County records also show DWI convictions in 2006, 2012 and 2011. Each time, Engelage was sentenced to prison time, then had his sentence suspended.

Oklahoma records show Engelage pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated charges in Craig County and Payne County in 2011 and 2004.

Nancy Hughes: Deal with it

“I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my
cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear
to me, I will call on him as
long as I live.”
Psalm 116:1-2 (NIV)

My husband and I had taken our three children on a mini-vacation to visit family in another state. There wasn’t a lot of time to do very much but the one activity that everybody loved was to go to the local swimming pool.

Our three kids were part fish and never missed an opportunity to swim, no matter where they were. Off we drove late one afternoon with four adults, six children, inner tubes, towels, goggles and sun screen but we had forgotten one very important thing: the closing time for the pool.

We walked up to the counter, money in hand. But instead of letting us pay and go on in, the two pool managers began a lively debate on how much to charge or whether they should even let us in since it was almost closing time.

Finally, one girl turned to the other one and said “I’m really too busy for this so…deal with it!” and walked off.

The manager who was left looked at us for a few seconds, sighed, and then said “I just don’t have the time to deal with you either. There’s no point in your coming in since we close in a few minutes.” and turned away, leaving us standing with everything we needed to swim except permission to enter.

How thankful I am that when I approach my Heavenly Father in prayer, He has never said “You got yourself into this situation so deal with it!” and turned His back in dismissal.

Not once have I knelt before God, only to have Him say “Permission to enter refused, Nancy. I have too many other things much more important than you. Come back tomorrow when I’m open between the hours of 10 and 2 and I’ll try to work you in.”

David knew about calling on the name of God. In Psalm 34:15 we read David praising the Lord for being “attentive” to his cries for help and then thanking Him for His answers when he cried out loud to the Lord in Psalm 3:4.

David never got a busy signal or a recorded voice nor was he ever told to “deal with it.” Instead he got a Father who not only heard his cries for help but answered!

The great news is, we have that same access today to our Creator. He longs for us to come before Him with every praise, every problem, every sorrow, every situation. Not only does He hear our voices but He is attentive to each word that we utter in His presence.

Call on Him today. He longs to “deal with” everything you bring before Him and you will never be turned away.

Father, I praise your name for being a God who desires to have us come before you with every detail of our lives. Thank you for your faithfulness in hearing our prayers and answering our needs. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

R.A.P. it up . . .


Have you ever experienced a situation similar to the one in today’s devotion?

How did it make you feel to be told that you and your situation were not important enough to be addressed?


Journal prayer requests that you bring before the Lord along with the date.

As God answers each prayer, write down the date and compose a praise to Him for His willingness to hear us when we call on Him.

Power Verses

Psalm 116:1-2 (NIV) “I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.”

Psalm 34:15 (NIV) “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry..."

Psalm 3:4 (NIV) “To the Lord I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill.”

Nancy Hughes' latest book- Healing From the Heart: The Journey Continues- is available at Amazon. The book features women telling their stories about becoming widows and how they have dealt with the pressures.

Kim Frencken: Give a little grace

I had a bad day this week. I let my stress seep out to my kids. In other words, I took it out on them. Not the first time and, sadly, probably not the last. I had, as one teacher said, bit off more than I could chew. In fact, I was choking. Up to my neck in paper mâché, paint, ribbons, and hot glue. I could barely breath let alone have any patience.

I kept pushing through my day. Having some small successes and disasters. The kids that got it missed my sharp tongue. The others weren't so lucky. I dismissed it at the time because these kids just don't care. No matter what I do. No matter how hard I try. No matter what I give them. No matter how much time I invest. Nothing seems to make a difference. Nothing seems to make them care.

The same colleague that pointed out the reason for my stress, also filled me in on the kids that were driving me crazy. She started telling me about their homes. Their lives. And as she talked, my justification melted like snow and I began sinking smaller and smaller.

These kids didn't care because what I was teaching was not helping them survive their circumstances. They are in survival mode. They have learned that life isn't kind. They are afraid to trust. They don't know how to show me that they care or that they are interested. And, I, too wrapped up in my own problems, didn't open my eyes to their plight.

A wise teacher once told me that all kids need hugs. Not just the clean ones or the funny ones or the ones that hug back. All of them. Even if they are dirty. Even if they are angry. Even if they give me dirty looks. They are kids. They may use words to lash out. They may be apathetic. But that doesn't give me the right to be. I have to remember to take a deep breath, thank God for my many blessings, and pass on that grace.

I'm also thankful that I have another chance to make things right.

(For more of Kim Frencken's writing and information about her educational products, check out her blog, Chocolate For the Teacher.)

Jason Smith Thanksgiving message: President Trump has given us a lot to be thankful for

(From Eighth District Congressman Jason Smith)

In a few short days it will be Thanksgiving in America and family members will be traveling home, there will be turkey on the table, games around the house, and football on the television. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays – not just because of the incredible food and traditions – but because of the chance to gather with close friends and loved ones and reflect on all of life’s blessings.

When President George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide day of Thanksgiving, he said, “…it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”

I enjoy this quote because to me President Washington captured the Thanksgiving spirit. Every day I remember that through Him all things are possible, but it is easy to get caught up in the constant distractions life throws our way and forget to say “Thank you.” I enjoy Thanksgiving because of the opportunity to go around the table and say what you’re thankful for, to pause and reflect, and to remember how blessed we are.

As Americans, we have much to be thankful for. At a time where cable news focuses solely on the President and stories that cause division, it may be easy to forget how blessed we are to live in America. We’re living in the greatest, freest country in the world. Our economy is prospering, and we enjoy civil and religious liberties like nowhere else in the world.

Our country is certainly blessed, and I’m especially thankful for the opportunity to serve and represent my neighbors before the U.S. House of Representatives. Only in America could a rural farm kid like me have the chance to work with the President every day to make life in our communities better, and I’m thankful for Missouri’s families who have placed their trust in me. Even though it doesn’t dominate the airwaves and fit the mainstream media’s narrative, the past two years working with President Trump have resulted in a lot to be thankful for. We passed monumental tax reform, overhauled the VA to better serve our veterans, and passed comprehensive legislation to address the opioid epidemic. We gave the troops who protect us every day their largest pay raise in nine years and have overturned the most burdensome Washington rules to return power to everyday Americans. For all of this, I’m thankful to have a great partner and friend in the White House.

As we spend time with our families this week, it’s important to remember that the American way of life we are blessed with is protected by the men and women in the United States military. Many of our nation’s troops will be spending the holidays away from their families. I ask that as you say a prayer at the dinner table this Thanksgiving, you pray for our troops’ protection and health this holiday season.

I hope you have a warm beginning to the holiday season and a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!