Sunday, April 23, 2017

Man threatening to bring semi-automatic rifle to Mercy, Tawnya Bach, Debbie Fort top Turner Report/Inside Joplin posts

The arrest of a Joplin man for threatening to bring a semi-automatic rifle to Mercy Hospital and shoot people received more visitors than any other Inside Joplin post this week, while a pair of completely different stories topped the charts on the Turner Report.

I have learned over the years that my attempts at humor can be polarizing and it wasn't any different this week when I noticed a play on words on the KOAM noon news involving attempts to legalize marijuana. I wrote about it, tongue completely in cheek. While it did not receive many negative comments on the blog, my Facebook page featured comments from a reader who claimed I was damaging Tawyna Bach's career. I enjoy watching Ms. Bach and Michael Hayslip on the noon news and I am sure they will do just fine.

The other post that received heavy enough traffic to reach the top of the list was my tribute to former Joplin R-8 Board of Education member Debbie Fort, who has many supporters, but also has one or two people who have made a habit of submitting venomous comments every time her name is mentioned.

The lists of top posts is featured below, including links:

The Turner Report

1. Tawnya Bach and the KOAM "drug scandal"

2. Thank you, Debbie Fort

3. Dispute in election of president, vice president highlights first meeting of new Joplin R-8 Board

4. Federal complaint charges Ron Richard with fraud

5. Billy Long: No town hall meetings in seven years, four trips to Vegas in three months

6. Neosho businessman wants more time to prepare for sentencing on child porn charge

7. Joplin man pleads guilty to federal firearms charge

8. My 2013 interrogation, rape victim's story, accused child molester top Turner Report/Inside Joplin posts

9. Last member of Huff Administration team, Jennifer Doshier, resigns

10. Lawsuit response: Joplin officer had to shoot man four times at Oxford Apartments

Inside Joplin

1. Joplin man arrested for threatening to bring semi-automatic rifle to Mercy Hospital, shoot people

2. Amber Alert issued for Oklahoma children, may be with meth-using mom

3. Golden City man arrested after Barton County, Lamar execute search warrant

4. Joplin Police searching for missing man

5. Joplin Police Department Weekend Arrests

6. Joplin man crashes into rock bluff near Branson

7. Jasper County Dissolutions of Marriage

8. Jasper County Marriage Licenses

9. Newton County Dissolution of Marriage Petitions

10. Two DWI arrests made during sobriety checkpoint at Fountain and 43

Inside Joplin Obituaries

1. Bill Pierce

2. Dr. Jack Rhoads

3. John Bryan

4. Diane Carpenter

5. Cody Quinn

6. Harlan Snow

7. Gary Ledford

8. Sherry Boman

9. Carl Swartz

10. George Erwin

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Last member of Huff Administration team, Jennifer Doshier, resigns

The last remaining person of the group C. J. Huff brought into upper administration in the Joplin R-8 School District no longer works in the district, according to an update posted on her Facebook page Friday.

Jennifer Doshier, who had been serving as executive director of curriculum, assessment, and instruction,  told her Facebook followers, "Today, I said goodbye to a place and people who have been a part of my life for the past 19 years....Joplin Schools.

"I have accepted another position and am excited about my new journey in education which begins this Monday, April 24th."

Only two other people who served on the Huff upper administrative team remain in the district. One of those, CFO Paul Barr, was serving in that position before Huff arrived in 2008. The other, former Executive Director of Secondary Education Jason Cravens, now serves as principal at East Middle School.

In the past three years, Huff and other members of his administrative team, including Assistant Superintendent Angie Besendorfer, buildings project manager Mike Johnson, curriculum, assessment and instruction director Sarah Stevens, chief operating officer and human resources director Tina Smith, executive director of student services Mark Barlass, communications director Kelli Price, director of early childhood education Amanda Boyer, and director of special services Lisa Orem, departed, with some resigning to take other jobs, some "retiring" and others being pushed out the door.

Doshier's departure comes as no surprise. When a list of administrators hired for the 2017-2018 school year was released recently, Doshier's name was not included. Since Doshier has 19 years in the district, including enough as a classroom teacher to qualify for tenure, the district was required to offer her a teaching position. That would have been a pay cut of approximately $60,000 a year for Doshier, who was making $100,580 a year as recently as the 2015-2016 school year.

Before being promoted to upper administration, Doshier served as principal at McKinley Elementary, where her primary notoriety came from what became called the "McKinley Massacre" when a group of younger teachers and a veteran teacher shared serious problems in Doshier's building with Besendorfer. The younger teachers did not have their contracts renewed while the veteran teacher, who had tenure, was transferred to another position.

After that shaky year as principal, Huff and Besendorfer rewarded Doshier by promoting her to upper administration and replaced her at McKinley with Terri Hart, who was not even certified as a principal and who did not receive her certification until she had already been at the job for a semester.

Doshier became executive director of elementary education, advocating for costly consultants and admitting at an R-8 Board of Education meeting that she had no idea if the computers that the district was buying for its students were actually helping them with their education.

Billy Long: I will work to address veterans' needs

(From Seventh District Congressman Billy Long)

Just because we can never repay the debt we owe to our veterans and their family doesn’t mean we shouldn't try. This point was driven home to me once again on April 19 as I presented a Congressional Record during a luncheon held at College of the Ozarks to honor Missouri Gold Star Families. Gold Star families are families that have lost an immediate family member in the line of duty.

A mother of five at my table lost her husband at the hands of an Afghan soldier whom he was training and tragically had grown to trust. She proudly told me four of their five Children are currently serving in the U. S. Military and when their dad was killed each of them had an option to leave the military, but none left.

One of my top priorities this legislative session is making sure that our veterans and their families are taken care of and receive the respect they deserve. So far in the 115th Congress the House of Representatives has passed several bills that will help ensure that outcome.

The first is the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act, which passed the House and Senate and was recently signed into law by President Trump. This legislation permanently extends the Veterans Choice Program, which was established in 2014, to allow veterans who are unable to receive care from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities to continue to go to non-VA facilities for their health care needs.

When the VA waitlist scandal came to light in 2014 I was infuriated. Our veterans, some of which died waiting for care, should not have to deal with bureaucratic red tape to get basic care. This bill holds VA employees accountable for their actions by giving the VA Secretary more authority to remove employees for misconduct.

The Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act, which passed the House, ensures that the men and women who have risked their lives for our country are not denied the same rights they defend and fight for us to have. Under the existing VA policy, veterans with appointed fiduciaries to manage their benefits are automatically labeled mentally incompetent and denied their second amendment rights. This bill makes sure veterans are given due process by requiring a judicial authority to make such an important determination instead of a VA bureaucrat.

Addressing veterans’ issues is a top priority, but it is also important to recognize the sacrifices their loved ones make. Though it’s vital that our veterans get the care and respect they deserve, it’s easy to forget the family members that are also impacted by their heroic actions. A new memorial was unveiled during the Gold Star luncheon at College of the Ozarks. It is the first-ever in Missouri to honor Gold Star Families.

I will continue to meet with veterans and their families to address their needs. Whether that is through legislation or working with a governmental agency, I am ready to work on their behalf. After everything they and their families have done, it is the least I can do.

Billy Long- No town hall meetings in seven years, four trips to Vegas in three months

Seventh District Congressman Billy Long has not held even one town hall meeting since beginning his first term in January 2011, but he found time to go to Las Vegas at least four times in the first three months of 2017.

Long's quarterly campaign disclosure report, filed April 15 with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) shows the congressman reporting $660.42 in lodging at Wynn Las Vegas Hotel and Casino January 11, $427.98 for a meal at the Four Queens Hotel and Casino February 6, $189.34 for lodging at the Wynn Las Vegas March 6, and two separate transactions, $1,325.42 for lodging at Wynn Las Vegas on March 28 and $901.98 for lodging at Wynn Las Vegas March 29.

Long's $117,265.72 in expenditures for the first quarter included 57 meals totaling $17,316.07.

Long received $151,366 in contributions, including $7,000 from lobbyists and $20,000 from insurance, medical, and pharmaceutical PACs.

Sen. Roy Blunt's Rely on Your Beliefs leadership PAC gave Long $10,000, while Koch Industries provided $1,000 and Hunton & Williams, a lobbying firm that represents Koch Industries, provided him with another $2,000.

Other special interest PACs contributing to Long include the following:

-Anthem $2,500
-Express Scripts $2,500
-Sunovian Pharamaceuticals $5,000
-CBS $2,500
-Professional Insurance Agents $1,000
-Bayer Corporation $1,500
-Exxon Mobil $4,000
-21st Century Fox $2,500

Friday, April 21, 2017

Neosho businessman's sentencing on child porn charge delayed

U. S. District Court Judge Beth Phillips canceled the sentencing hearing for Neosho businessman Blake Altman, which was originally scheduled for Thursday, May 4, in Springfield.

No date has been set for the hearing.

Altman's attorney, Dee Wampler, asked for a delay of 45 to 60 days to give him time to "accumulate documents" and scheduled expert witnesses.

Altman pleaded guilty January 4 in federal court in Springfield, admitting that he received and distributed child pornography between August 14, 2014, and October 1, 2014.

From the U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri's news release:

Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Altman’s residence after he was identified in an undercover investigation into the distribution of child pornography via peer-to-peer file-sharing software. Undercover officers downloaded images and videos of child pornography from Altman’s computer. Officers seized Altman’s laptop computer, which contained images and videos of child pornography.

Under federal statutes, Altman is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of 20 years in federal prison without parole.

Joplin man pleads guilty to federal firearms charge

Beau Rickman, 39, Joplin, pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge this week in U. S. District Court in Springfield.

A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered for Rickman, who pleaded guilty to illegal transport of firearms as a part of plea bargain arrangement.

Rickman will continue to remain behind bars without bond as he awaits sentencing.

In March, the judge ordered Rickman held without bond, after the assistant U. S. Attorney presented a list of reasons to hold him.

Among the reasons :

- Joplin Police officers found a loaded gun in a car Rickman was driving. Rickman admitted the gun belonged to him.

- Rickman admitted to using methamphetamine every day.

- Rickman "has an extensive criminal history, including a conviction for murder.

- "The evidence against (Rickman) is overwhelming.

The federal grand jury indictment against Rickman stemmed from a December 30 traffic stop by Joplin Police Officer Adam Brannin.

The arrest is described in an affidavit included in the federal case file:

On December 30, 2016, Officer Adam Brannin conducted a traffic stop of a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu for failing to display a front license plate. The rear license plate of the car was registered to Rickman and Kerissa Wynn for a 2013 Dodge vehicle.

As Officer Brannin initiated the traffic stop, the driver appeared to be concealing something. Officer Brannin identified the driver as Rickman. Officer Brannin was familiar with Rickman, as he had recently encountered him in relation to suspicious activity related to narcotics. A female passenger, who appeared to be intoxicated, was in the front seat, and later identified as Kiley M. Carpenter.

Officer Brannin advised Rickman of the reason for the stop. Rickman appeared very nervous and Officer Branning observed Rickman's hands visibly shaking. Officer Brannon observed what appeared to be an empty black nylon holster between the driver's seat and the center console.

Rickman stated that Carpenter was intoxicated and he had just met her at a bar. Predicated upon the presence of the empty holster, Rickman was asked to exit the vehicle. Officer Brannin then frisked Rickman to ensure that he was not armed. No weapons were located on Rickman's person.

Officer Brannin explained that he was a K9 handler and asked if Rickman had anything illegal in his vehicle. Rickman responded that he did not have anything illegal in the vehicle. Rickman denied Officer Brannin's request for consent to search the vehicle. Officer Brannin then removed Rickman from the vehicle.

Officer Brannon retrieved his K9 Belgon to perform a sniff on the exterior of the vehicle. Belgon indicated to the presence of narcotics on both the front passenger and driver's doors. Belgon was allowed inside the vehicle where he showed a strong change in behavior on or around the driver's seat. Belgon was removed from the vehicle and Officer Brannin conducted a search of the vehicle, locating a black handgun under the driver's seat.

Officer Brannin, knowing Rickman was a convicted felon, left the vehicle and approached Rickman. Rickman commented that he was about to get sick and quickly stood up. Rickman was placed in handcuffs as it appeared he was going to flee. Rickman was placed in a patrol car and was not asked any questions.

Officer Gauss, acting as Officer Brannin's backup, attempted to identify the female passenger (Carpenter, who refused to identify herself. Carpenter was detained and was found to be holding and concealing a glass smoking pipe in her hand, commonly used for smoking methamphetamine. Carpenter was later identified and confirmed to have two confirmed arrest warrants.

Officer Brannin retrieved the black handgun and identified it to be a BERSA, Model Thunder 9 Pro, 9 mm pistol, SND96611. The pistol contained a magazine loaded with nine rounds of 9 mm ammunition. A black nylon belt clip holster was found beside the driver's seat and console, and a black nylon handgun zipper case was found beside the driver's seat and door. A black and grey backpack with a black nylon holster attached to the side was located in the back seat of the vehicle.

Located inside the backpack was male clothing and a black digital scale with a white residue. Officers located a black shoulder holster and a black pocket holster in the trunk of the vehicle.

Officers searched a woman's pink handbag located on the front passenger's side of the vehicle and located Carpenter's driver's license and a green plastic bag inside. The green plastic bag contained one green pill and a yellow plastic bag containing a crystal substance.

A black case from inside the handbag contained two clear plastic bags one containing two rounds of .380 caliber ammunition, the other containing four rounds of .25 caliber ammunition The crystal substance from the yellow plastic bag and the smoking pipe from Carpenter both tested field positive for methamphetamine.

Rickman was transported to jail where Officer Brannin interviewed Rickman after advising him of his Miranda rights. Rickman stated he had been using methamphetamine for over two months and was using methamphetamine daily. Rickman admitted that the firearm under the seat belonged to him. Ricman stated that he had purchased it in Joplin a week prior from two males in Galena, Kansas.

Your affiant researched Rickman 's criminal history I confirmed that Rickman was convicted of second degree murder in Kansas.

It was also determined that Rickman's gun had not been manufactured in Missouri.

A weapons charge was initially filed against Rickman in Newton County Circuit Court. Court records also indicate he is awaiting trial in Jasper County for driving while intoxicated, and for two felony burglary charges, both of which resulted from an arrest by the Carl Junction Police Department.

Lawsuit response- Joplin officer had to shoot man four times at Oxford Apartments

In a response filed today in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, the attorney for Joplin police officer Seth Lugenbell and the City of Joplin denied Jeffrey Hill's claim that Lugenbell shot him four times for no reason at the Oxford Apartments November 30, 2015.

"(The shooting) was caused and contributed to by (Hill's) attempt to strike Lugenbell with his motor vehicle," the response, written by attorney Karl Blanchard said.

The response also denied allegations that Lugenbell shouted, "Stop right there or I'll shoot," then immediately began shooting and indicated that if the case moves to trial Lugenbell's defense will contend that Lugenbell was performing his duty, was protecting himself since Hill was allegedly driving directly at him and Lugenbell is protected by both sovereign and official immunity.

Hill, who was charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer and driving while intoxicated, is scheduled to go to trial May 22 in McDonald County Circuit Court, where the case is being heard on a change of venue from Newton County.

More information about Hill's lawsuit and the original Joplin Police Department news releases from that day can be found at this link.

Flood warning issued for Barton, Crawford counties

The National Weather Service in Springfield has issued a

* Flood Warning for...
  Crawford County in southeastern Kansas...
  Barton County in southwestern Missouri...

* Until 1015 PM CDT Friday

* At 1016 AM CDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain that will cause
  flooding. Up to two inches of rain has already fallen. Additional
  moderate rainfall was moving in from the west, which will likely
  create more widespread flooding.

* Creeks, streams, and low water crossings will be especially
  susceptible to the dangers of flooding.
  Locations in the warning include...
  Pittsburg...                      Prairie State Park...
  Lamar...                          Frontenac...
  Girard...                         Arma...
  Golden City...                    Liberal...
  Cherokee...                       Mulberry...
  Chicopee...                       Mccune...
  Nashville...                      Mindenmines...
  Franklin...                       Arcadia...
  Walnut...                         Lamar Heights...
  Hepler...                         Irwin...

This warning includes but is not limited to the following low water
Route K at Dry Wood Creek east of Arcadia...
Highway 126 at The Spring River 3 miles north of Jasper...
Route C at Horse Creek east of Milford...
and Route M south of Highway 160.


A Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. All
interested parties should take necessary precautions immediately.

Flash flood warning issued for Newton, McDonald counties

The National Weather Service in Springfield has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for...
  Newton County in southwestern Missouri...
  McDonald County in southwestern Missouri...
  Barry County in southwestern Missouri...

* Until 915 PM CDT Friday

* At 915 AM CDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across the warned
  area. Up to three inches of rain has already fallen. Flash
  flooding is already occurring. Additional moderate to heavy rain
  is moving in from the west, and will create widespread flash
  flooding across far southwest Missouri.

* Creeks, streams, and low water crossings will be especially
  susceptible to the dangers of flash flooding.
  Locations in the warning include...
  Southern Joplin...                Neosho...
  Roaring River State Park...       Big Sugar Creek State Park...
  Monett...                         Cassville...
  Seneca...                         Granby...
  Anderson...                       Noel...
  Duquesne...                       Dodge...
  Shell Knob...                     Goodman...
  Purdy...                          South West City...
  Diamond...                        Seligman...
  Pineville...                      Exeter...

This warning includes but is not limited to the following low water
Highway 43 at Buffalo Creek west of Anderson...
Business Highway 60 just north of Neosho...
Route Y at Flat Creek just northeast of Cassville...
Route C just south of Mcdowell...
and Highway 39 at Flat Creek south of Jenkins.


In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are
potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to cross flooded
roads. Find an alternate route.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Court filing notes decision does not prevent Joplin schools from going to Victory Ministries

For the past few weeks, the comment section of the Joplin Globe Facebook page has been rilled with readers lamenting the liberal, Godless federal judge Douglas Harpool for ruling that the Joplin School District could no longer attend field trips or activities at religious places like Victory Ministries and Sports Complex.

And you can't blame them for being under that impression.

After all, that was the Globe's article on the Victory Ministries' lawsuit win over the Joplin R-8 School District said.

Readers all over the country learned the same thing from Associated Press articles barictsed on the Globe article.

The only problem is Harpool never made any such ruling.

The school district can still take field trips to Victory such as the one that brought the lawsuit. Harpool put some restrictions on the field trips, but they can be held.

He had already made that clear in his original decision when he noted there would have been no problem with going to Victory or another religious setting for a "social activity."

And while it is almost certain that is what the North Middle School field trips were, it was actions taken by district officials that ended up opening the door for the lawsuit. North sent the students home with permission slips that not only allowed Victory personnel to promote religion, but also permitted Victory to use photos of the students to promote the facility.

When the lawyer for the American Humanist Association contacted Superintendent C. J. Huff, he acknowledged there were problems with the permission slips and said the district would do better the next year, adding that, of course, everyone wanted to do what was right for the kids.

Even after Victory officials gave their OK to send out revised permission slips that removed the religious references, Huff simply decided not to send those slips home.

Harpool criticized Huff's decisions in his rulings, but he never shut the door on field trips to Victory.

So even though the decision was technically a win for Jane Doe and the Ameican Humanit Association and has been promoted heavily as such, as attorney Tyler Strodton noted in a document filed Thursday in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, it was really not the clearcut win it appeared to be at first glance.

Strodton, an attorney with the Joplin firm of Blanchard, Roberts, Mitchell, and Carter, pointed out that out in his arguments against the fees claimed by Jane Doe's attorneys:

Plaintiff’s Complaint and Proposed Judgment sought an injunction wholly prohibiting Defendants from attending Victory. However, the relief actually awarded to Plaintiff fell far short. Instead, Defendants were enjoined from attending Victory under three enumerated conditions in the Court’s Judgment. Many of those conditions are ones that were not actually at issue in this case, e.g., there was no evidence that students were subjected to sermons.

Defendants did not—and would not—dispute that it would be improper to engage in the enumerated conditions. Defendants never claimed a desire to allow students to appear in religious promotions or to send out the release with the problematic language in the future. Instead, Defendants merely argued that the facts and circumstances of the trip to Victory had not violated those conditions. The injunctive relief actually granted Plaintiff falls far short of that sought in her Complaint and supports a reduction to the proposed fee award.

Strodton also argued that the rates claimed by the four attorneys, $375 an hour, $425 an hour, $500 an hour, and $315 an hour, for a total of $211,281.45, were "excessive in light of the customary charges for similar work throughout the State, let alone for civil rights litigation in southwest Missouri."

He also noted that some billing appeared "redundant" and that more hour were claimed for some activities than were necessary.

The attorney payment is the sole remaining area to be determined by Harpool. The plaintiffs, Jane Doe and her children, received $1 apiece.

The complete text of Harpool's order can be found in the March 16 Turner Report.

St. Louis Democrat: Another gun bill may be on the way

(From Rep. Stacy Newman, D-St. Louis)

Think we need to allow guns in:
  • day care centers
  • bars
  • casinos
  • polling places
  • churches, synagogues, mosques
  • hospitals
  • airports ticket counters prior to TSA
  • on buses and other public transportation
  • stadiums and sports arenas?
Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa ) thinks so with his HB650 which has one more ceremonial committee vote before coming to the House floor, possibly this week.  This is the furthest gun bill which still has time to make it to the Governor's desk by May 12th.

Last week Missouri pediatricians flooded the Capitol to talk about healthcare, vaccines and gun violence prevention.  These are the doctors we depend on to save our kids lives when shot (they reminded me the ones they can't save usually proceed directly to the morgue).  They are also adamantly AGAINST allowing more access to guns ---particularly in day care centers and hospitals.

Hartzler welcomes EPA chief Pruitt to Missouri

(From Fourth District Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler)

CLIFTON HILL, Mo.—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) on Thursday welcomed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to the Thomas Hill Energy Center in Clifton Hill, Mo.

“It was a pleasure and an honor to welcome Mr. Pruitt to Missouri and tour the Thomas Hill Co-op, with him to see firsthand the facilities that supply electricity for so many Missourians” Hartzler said. “It was refreshing to hear the head of the EPA talk about prioritizing both the environment and job growth. As he said, 'It's a false choice to force our country to choose between the two.' I look forward to working with him to keep electricity affordable for Missourian's under the new paradigm of shared leadership between federal state, and local entities.”

Department of Revenue turns documents over to state auditor

(From State Auditor Nicole Galloway)

One day after Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway issued a subpoena, the Department of Revenue has delivered a stack of documents to the State Auditor's Office.

"After weeks of my staff requesting the information and after taking the unprecedented step of issuing a subpoena, my office has received the Department of Revenue's response. I am hopeful that in the future the issuance of a subpoena will not be necessary for my office to do its job protecting taxpayers," Auditor Galloway said.

The office is currently reviewing the documents, which are the first the office has received since starting an audit to determine whether Missourians' tax returns are being paid on time. During the 2016 tax season the Department of Revenue provided updates to the public with information on the dollar amounts and number of returns paid out and still pending.

The subpoena was issued more than six weeks after Auditor Galloway first requested the information as part of an audit to ensure Missourians receive their tax refunds within the time period required by law. This action marks the first time Auditor Galloway has had to issue a subpoena to any government agency or department to obtain information.

The purpose of the audit is to ensure Missourians receive the money they are owed under a law requiring taxpayers receive their tax refunds within 45 days or be paid interest. The audit covers current and prior tax years.

Individuals who believe they have had their money withheld beyond the 45-day limit may contact the State Auditor's Whistleblower Hotline by calling 800-347-8597, by emailing, or by using the new online submission form at

Tawnya Bach and the KOAM News "drug scandal"

Don't worry, Tawnya Bach fans.

KOAM's noon newscast anchor isn't going to be fired, suspended, or even reprimanded.

That being said, I just loved it when she told viewers moments ago the latest news about marijuana.

"The number of people wanting to see marijuana legalized is at an all-time high."

Sorry, I love puns, even when they are not intended.

And if it was intended, even better.

Federal complaint charges Ron Richard with fraud

(From the Campaign for Accountabilty)

WASHINGTON – Wednesday, government watchdog group Campaign for Accountability (CfA) filed a complaint with Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tom Larson requesting an investigation into whether Missouri State Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard violated federal law by accepting a $100,000 campaign contribution in return for legislative assistance.

Read the complaint here.

Richard accepted the contribution from TAMKO Building Products CEO and President David Humphrey, just six days after introducing legislation that could derail a class action lawsuit that could cost the company millions of dollars.

CfA Executive Director Dan Stevens stated, “Sen. Richard can’t expect anyone to believe it’s a coincidence that he introduced a bill that could save TAMKO millions and received $100,000 from the company’s CEO just a few days later. This situation begs for a grand jury investigation; it’s a crime for elected officials to accept benefits in exchange for official action.”

In 2014, TAMKO was sued for allegedly selling defective roofing shingles that wore out well before their 30-year warranty. In response to the class-action lawsuit, the company argued the plaintiffs could not sue because the shingles’ packaging states that warranty complaints must be settled through arbitration. After losing initially, TAMKO appealed, but the court ruled against the company, allowing the case to move forward. The company now is waiting to see if the U.S. Supreme Court will hear its case.

On December 7, 2016, Sen. Richard received a campaign contribution of $100,000. Six days earlier, he had introduced SB 5, a bill that would drastically cut back on the consumer protections in the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MPA). If enacted, the legislation likely would undercut the lawsuit against TAMKO. The senator also had received an additional $100,000 from Humphrey six months earlier.

The federal Travel Act prohibits using the mail or interstate commerce to promote unlawful activity. Among other things, “unlawful activity” includes bribery in violation of state law. Missouri state law prohibits a public servant from soliciting, accepting or agreeing to accept any direct or indirect benefit in return for an official action. In addition, the federal Honest Services Fraud statute prohibits elected officials from depriving their constituents and the government the right of honest service, free of bribery and corruption.

Stevens continued, “Missouri residents are on the brink of losing a strong consumer protection law because a businessman who has gotten rich by engaging in exactly the sorts of practices prohibited by the law can now pay off a state senator to get the law killed. It is this sort of cynical pay-to-play activity that undermines Americans’ faith in government.”

Campaign for Accountability is a nonprofit watchdog organization that uses research, litigation, and aggressive communications to expose misconduct and malfeasance in public life and hold those who act at the expense of the public good accountable for their actions.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Flood watch issued for Joplin area through Saturday

Flood Watch
National Weather Service Springfield MO
355 PM CDT Wed Apr 19 2017

Including the cities of Chicopee, Lone Oak, Pittsburg,
Baxter Springs, Lowell, Riverton, Columbus, Neutral, Sherwin,
Stippville, Kenoma, Lamar, Joplin, Carthage, Greenfield,
Lockwood, Meinert, Springfield, Neosho, Aurora, Mount Vernon,
Marionville, Nixa, Christian Center, Ozark, Selmore, Anderson,
Noel, Goodman, South West City, Pineville, Rocky Comfort, Monett,
Madry, Cassville, Kimberling City, Crane, Elsey, Indian Point,
Silver Dollar City, Branson, Hollister, Kirbyville,
Edgewater Beach, Forsyth, Ozark Beach, and Powersite
355 PM CDT Wed Apr 19 2017


The National Weather Service in Springfield has issued a

* Flood Watch for portions of southeast Kansas and southwest
  Missouri, including the following areas, in southeast Kansas,
  Cherokee and Crawford. In southwest Missouri, Barry, Barton,
  Christian, Dade, Greene, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton,
  Stone, and Taney.

* From late Thursday night through Saturday morning

* Periods of showers and thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall
  will develop late Thursday night and continue through Friday and
  Friday night. Rain will gradually taper off Saturday. Storm
  total rainfall amounts will likely range from two to four inches
  with locally higher amounts up to five inches possible.

* This excessive rainfall will lead to the potential of flash
  flooding especially on small streams and low water crossings.
  Flooding may also materialize on main stem rivers including the
  Elk, James and Spring river basins.


A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.

McCaskill: Tell Congress to pass legislation to end campus sexual assault

(From Sen. Claire McCaskill)

As a mother, I know that campus sexual assault is every parent’s nightmare. But when I talk about this issue as a senator, I still hear way too many voices asking, “Is this really a big deal?”
Well, when about one in five young women is dragged into that nightmare and sexually assaulted during her college years, I say yes. This is a very, very big deal.
That’s why this month I reintroduced the Campus Accountability and Safety Act alongside a bipartisan coalition of senators. We need due process for victims. We need transparency. And with so many students at risk, we can’t waste any more time.
Will you stand with me and add your name to urge Congress to pass this important bill to protect our students from sexual assault?
Everyone, no matter their party lines, understands that something’s wrong when so many of our students are either the victims of or live in fear of sexual assault. And it violates every measure of common sense that our colleges and universities aren’t responding.
So I’m proud of this united effort to make schools more accountable for student safety. We’ve got the momentum, but I need your help to get it across the finish line.
Will you stand with me and tell Congress to pass legislation to end campus sexual assault? Add your name here.
Thanks for speaking out to protect students.

Greitens fundraising letter: I have accomplished a lot in 100 days; give me money

(The following fundraising e-mail was sent today by Gov. Eric Gteitens' campaign)

Today marks 100 days since I took the oath of office to serve the people of Missouri. 

In that short period of time, together we have:

  • Improved our business climate & companies are coming and staying in Missouri. Companies like Smith & Wesson, Microsoft, AutoAlert, Code Koalas, Onshore Outsourcing, and many more have announced that they are investing in our state because we've created a business-friendly climate.
  • Fought to keep "abortion sanctuary cities" out of Missouri. As Governor, I will always protect life and defend people of faith who protect the unborn.
  • Protected Missouri farms. We strengthened the penalties for illegal herbicide use that has devastated many farms across our state.
  • Worked to provide high-speed Internet for rural schools.
  • Banned lobbyist gifts. Executive branch employees can no longer accept gifts from lobbyists.
  • Made Missouri the 28th Right-to-Work State. We signed legislation that gives Missouri workers more freedom and opportunity – and leads to more jobs!
  • Signed a law to prevent crooked trial lawyers from using fake experts. Trial lawyers will no longer be able to put fake "experts" on the witness stand who peddle junk science. This will cut down on the number of frivolous lawsuits.
  • Formed a cabinet of experienced outsiders who are working to make your government more efficient.
  • Stopped politicians from raising their own pay!
  • Stood for your Religious Freedoms.
  • Showed the Nation our heart and how we can all come together after the horrific vandalism of the Jewish cemetery.
We've accomplished so much in the first 100 days, but there's still much left to be done. We must continue fighting together to bring more jobs, higher pay, safer streets, and better schools to all Missourians. 

But I can't continue to make conservative changes in Missouri without you. The liberals have noticed the reforms we have made – and they will do whatever they can to stop us. 

Friend, that's why I need your help. Can I count on your support? $10, $25 $50, $100 or more today will send a clear message to the DC and Jefferson City Insiders that we have a strong team of supporters! 

I am fighting for you. I know we can complete the mission to bring meaningful, conservative change to our state if you join me today and continue to accomplish as much as we did in the first 100 days. Friend, can I continue to count on you for the next 100 days? 

Thank you for all your support. 

Thank you, Debbie Fort

When C. J. Huff was sent packing from the Joplin R-8 School District, the Joplin Globe, which had enabled Huff through his entire tenure, wrote an editorial praising all of the good people that Huff brought into the district.

There will be no similar Globe editorial praising the contributions of Debbie Fort, who left the Joplin R-8 Board of Education, head standing high, after serving the patrons of the district in a far more substantial and positive way than Huff.

Fort was the one who led the battle to clean up the mess created by Huff and those "good people" the Globe had praised.

As Fort took a seat in the audience Tuesday night, only one member of the Huff top administrative team was still in place, CFO Paul Barr, the only one who had been there when Huff arrived.

Fort, the former principal at Irving Elementary, had already contributed enough to the school district when she retired from that position after an eventful final few years that included having to move to the old Washington building after Irving was destroyed in the May 22, 2011 tornado.

From the inside, Fort had seen the disease that the C. J. Huff/Angie Besendorfer regime had spread throughout a district that before Huff's arrival had achieved Accreditation with Distinction four years in a row.

Her teachers were having one new initiative after another thrown at them by upper administration. Teachers, including teachers in tested areas, were being pulled out of class dozens of times during the school year to attend seminars and conferences. Weeks were being set aside to take practice standardized tests to prepare for the package of practice standardized tests the district had purchased to practice for the state standardized tests at the end of the school year.

A school district that had been building a reputation for educational excellence had, in the course of a few short years, turned into a playground for oversized egos and endless busywork meetings with no discernible results.

And while all of this was going on, Debbie Fort noted alarming trends that were being kept from the public- teachers were leaving the district in droves and money was being spent like it was going out of style.

The R-8 Board of Education had become a rubber stamp in the C. J. Huff cult of personality, basking in the reflected glory of the self-proclaimed hero of the Joplin Tornado. Fort decided to do something about it and there was nothing she could do about it as long as she was on the inside. She retired as a building administrator and began preparing a campaign for Board of Education.

Fort's first step into the spotlight came at the October 22, 2013 board meeting during the public comment period when she asked that professional and support staff employees who retire be allowed to donate unused sick pay to a pool to be used for employees with catastrophic illnesses.

"It would be better if (the retiring employees) could be paid for those days, but with our budget constraints, with our reserves being down to 14 percent and I have heard somewhere they are going down to eight to 11 percent, that may not be possible."

It was the first time anyone had spoken at an R-8 board meeting about the district's dangerously low reserves brought on by a combination of tornado recovery costs and massive overspending.

Fort launched a successful grass roots campaign for school board and was one of two newcomers, along with Lynda Banwart, elected to bring change. While Banwart quickly fell into lock step with the board holdovers including Mike Landis, Anne Sharp, and Randy Steele, Fort began asking questions at board meetings and pushing for answers, something that clearly irritated Huff and some of her fellow board members.

When Paul Barr made his infamous explanation on "might-as-well spending," Fort cast the lone vote against that $8 million in frills for the new high school.

A board which had historically only recorded 7-0 votes found itself having more that went 6-1 and as board member Jim Kimbrough began voting with Fort, it was often 5-2.

R-8 taxpayers were supportive of Fort's efforts and as the next two elections took place, the last remnants of Huff's rubber stamp board were gone as was Huff. Changes took place in the district. No longer were hundreds of thousands being spent on outside consultants and steps were taken to return decisions on teachers' professional development to the building level.

Bright Futures became a component of the district rather than the focal point upon which everything in the district operated and connections with Bright Futures USA were severed.

Norm Ridder, an interim superintendent with considerable experience, was brought in to serve as a bridge until the right person could be brought in to take over.

Not all problems were solved, of course, and there were hurdles and defeats along the way. 

While Huff "retired," Fort's vote against gifting him with an exorbitant severance package that paid him full salary for another year and a half, gave him an extra $50,000 in "consulting fees" to help prepare for lawsuits he caused, and paid for him to attend a National School Public Relations Association event where he was a speaker, was unsuccessful.

Teachers have continued to flee the district and despite the removal of the top layer of the Huff Administration, many building level administrators who were steeped in the Huff-Besendorfer philosophy are still in place and there is still a culture of fear in some areas of the district.

There are always problems in any school district.

Fort started a successful movement to take back the schools and was joined in her battle by others who ran for board seats and by the public, which supported her battle, voted for her and for other reform candidates  and then attended board meetings or watched them on television or online to make sure the board members were doing what they had been elected to do.

That movement requires active participation by voters and board candidates who are willing to devote their time to service,

Debbie Fort has provided that service and deserves the gratitude of every taxpayer in Joplin R-8 for causing a seismic shift for the better in the school district. Thanks to Debbie and those who supported her, though the road back is a long one, the journey is well underway.

Thank you, Debbie Fort!

State auditor issues subpoena to Department of Revenue

(From State Auditor Nicole Galloway)

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway today issued a subpoena to the Department of Revenue to require the department turn over information on its management of income tax refunds. The subpoena was issued six weeks after Auditor Galloway first requested the information as part of an audit to ensure Missourians receive their tax refunds within the time period required by law.

"If the new administration intends to operate behind a wall of secrecy, I will use the full authority of my office to ensure transparency and accountability when taxpayer dollars are involved," Auditor Galloway said.

This action marks the first time Auditor Galloway has had to issue a subpoena to any government agency or department to obtain information.

The purpose of the audit is to ensure Missourians receive the money they are owed under a law requiring taxpayers receive their tax refunds on time or be paid interest. The department has agreed to provide information for previous years, but says it will not provide any information for the current tax year. The request for information includes no personally identifiable taxpayer information.

State law requires income tax refunds be paid out within 45 days of filing. If refunds haven't been paid within 45 days, the state must pay them with interest. The Department of Revenue has repeatedly refused multiple requests to provide the State Auditor with the number of people waiting on refunds or the number of days they've spent waiting. The department also refuses to say whether any refunds have exceeded the 45-day limit, and if so, whether interest has been paid.

Individuals who believe they have had their money withheld beyond the 45-day limit may contact the State Auditor's Whistleblower Hotline by calling 800-347-8597, by emailing, or by using the new online submission form at

Dispute in election of president, vice president highlights first meeting of new Joplin R-8 Board

In their final advice to their successors, outgoing Joplin R-8 Board of Education members Debbie Fort and Lynda Banwart lightheartedly recommended that the newcomers bring jackets or sweaters to deal with the air conditioning.

It wasn't the air conditioning that was providing the chill, however, as the new school board began its activities.

The division became apparent with the board's first vote.

When Superintendent Melinda Moss asked for nominations for president, Lori Musser quickly nominated Jennifer Martucci. "She has served wonderfully as vice president for the past couple of years and I believe it is her time to step up," she turned to Martucci, "if you like and if you are so willing."

In his first action as a board member, Derek Gander nominated Jeff Koch, who has served as president for the past two years. "He's done a great job."

Martucci voted for herself, then new board member Brent Jordan paused for a long, uncomfortable moment before saying, "No.

Musser voted for Martucci, then another new board member, Deborah Gould shook her head, not offering a verbal response. She was told she needed to say her vote for the record and she voted "no.'

Gander provided the third vote against Martucci.

"Yes," Sharrock Dermott said, evening the vote.

Koch cast the fourth vote against Martucci.

Koch and the three newcomers, Jordan, Gould, and Gander, voted for Koch, with Musser and Martucci voting against him and Dermott abstaining, putting Koch in charge of the board for a third consecutive year.

The division continued with the vote for vice president.

Martucci nominated Musser. "She served on the board last year. She knows how the board works and I think she would make a terrific leader of this group."

Koch nominated Gould.

As the discussion began, Martucci explained why she thought Musser's experience, both on the board and with her years as a district administrator made her the right person for the leadership role.

Koch said it was important to have new leadership on the board. "Besides this year, she (Gould) has two more years to serve. If we nominate someone who has more time (Musser is serving the second year of a two-year unexpired term) she'll also have an opportunity to serve later. Jennifer, you already have a year's experience understanding the inner workings."

"I've been on the board two years," Martucci said.

"As an officer, that side of it."

"I've been on the board as long as you have."

"Right, so you have that, I have that. We nominate someone who has more time who will have an opportunity to serve later on, it will be two years worth of service."

Martucci responded, "You're serving the last year of your term and you want to be president for a third year, so I can't see this being a thing."

"I don't know if this is a debate," Koch said.

"I'm just throwing it out there."

"I'm trying to share comments. You had an opportunity to share comments."

Koch explained why had he had nominated Gould rather than Jordan or Gander., noting that Jordan had 20 years of experience in school districts. Turning to Gander, he said, "Mr. Gander, there are other places you might be able to serve to start.

"I need to make sure we have a great team in place."

Koch asked Dermott if he had an interest in serving as vice president.

"No, I do not," Dermott immediately responded.

The vote was 4-3 against Musser with Martucci, Musser, and Dermott voting for her, while Koch, Gander, Gould, and Jordan voted no.

The same four voted for Gould, with Martucci and Musser voting against and Dermott abstaining.


While the new board era opened with a dispute, after a brief break following the officer election, the board returned to business as usual, conducting a meeting that lasted less than 45 minutes. (More information about the rest of the meeting will be posted later today.)

The evening began with a seven-minute session of the old board with the former interim superintendent Norm Ridder, who is working with Moss until the end of June, presenting plaques to outgoing board members Debbie Fort, Lynda Banwart, and Chris Sloan.

Fort and Banwart offered advice to their replacements.

"Always vote your conscience," Fort said.

Banwart said, "You were elected as an individual, vote as an individual."

As the session came to a close, Banwart quickly left as an individual, while Fort and Sloan remained for the new board's first meeting.

(Photo: Deborah Gould, Brent Jordan, and Derek Gander are sworn in as Joplin R-8 Board of Education members.)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

So you want to be a secretary to the Joplin High School athletic director

The Joplin R-8 School District posted an advertisement today on the district website for secretary to the Joplin High School athletic director. The text of that advertisement is printed below:

Job Description
Salary RangePer Hour
Shift TypeFull-Time

Watch Joplin R-8 Board of Education meeting live at 6 p.m.

Neosho businessman wants more time to prepare for sentencing on child porn charges

It is only 16 days until Neosho businessman Blake Altman is sentenced for receiving and distributing child pornography, but his lawyer is asking for another 45 to 60 days to prepare for the sentencing hearing.

In a motion filed Monday in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Springfield attorney Dee Wampler said he was continuing to "accumulate documents" for the hearing, adding, "It is possible that counsel will call experts at sentencing."

Scheduling those experts could take the 45 to 60 days, Wampler said.

Altman pleaded guilty Jan. 4 in federal court in Springfield, admitting that he received and distributed child pornography between August 14, 2014, and October 1, 2014.

From the U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri's news release:

Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Altman’s residence after he was identified in an undercover investigation into the distribution of child pornography via peer-to-peer file-sharing software. Undercover officers downloaded images and videos of child pornography from Altman’s computer. Officers seized Altman’s laptop computer, which contained images and videos of child pornography.

Under federal statutes, Altman is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of 20 years in federal prison without parole.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Video- Missouri Senate Week in Review

The Missouri Senate began debating SB 313, which would open the door to educational vouchers for the state. And this time, unfortunately, they have a governor who will be happy to sign the anti-public school legislation.

My 2013 interrogation, rape victim's story, accused child molester top Turner Report/Inside Joplin posts

A week ago today, I realized that I had gone through the entire day Saturday without even realizing it was the four-year anniversary of the day a Joplin police officer, at the request of R-8 HR director Tina Smith escorted me out of East Middle School.

I mentioned that forgotten (for one day, at least) anniversary on Facebook and provided a link to my May 23, 2013, post, "The books that got me fired," which included my recording of Smith's "interrogation."

I did not think much of it at the time, but apparently there were either 10,000 plus people who had never heard of this before, there were that many people who wanted to relive the events of that day, or more likely a combination of the two.

It was easily the most visited Turner Report post of the week.

It was not, however, the most visited post from all of my blogs. It did not even receive half as many visits as the top post on the Inside Carthage blog, a request for people to be on the lookout of a child molestation suspect.

The Turner Report top posts once again revolved around unfortunate circumstances for the school district, with three of the posts concerning North Middle School reading teacher and the various criminal charges she faces.

The number two post for the week was the first p erson account of the former Joplin High School student telling the story of the rape that has led her to file a lawsuit against the school district.

The Turner Report

1. The books that got me fired

2. Document: Joplin High School rape victim tells her story

3. Kansas City Star posts video of Ron Richard's "kiss my ass" quote

4. Ron Mitchell hired as East Newton superintendent

5. Turner Report exclusive: Photos of other Pittsburg High School principal finalists

6. Newton County files kidnapping, rape, sodomy charges against North Middle School teacher

7. North Middle School teacher pleads not guilty to statutory rape charge

8. Arraignment scheduled for North Middle School teacher on statutory rape charge

9. So you want to be a Joplin High School head baseball coach

10. A tribute to a middle school principal

Inside Joplin

1. Joplin Police: Do you know this man?

2. Jasper County sheriff warns of telephone computer virus scam

3. Joplin Police Department Weekend Arrests

4. Jasper County Dissolution of Marriage Petitions

5. Jasper County Sheriff's Office Arrests

6. Joplin Police Department Arrests April 11-12

7. Joplin Police Department Arrests April 13-14

8, Newton County Dissolution of Marriage Petitions

9. Joplin Police Department Arrests April 10-11

10. Joplin Police Department Arrests April 12-13

Inside Joplin Obituaries

1, Dr. Phil Harrison

2. Candace Menapace

3. Billie Lentz

4. Curtis Williams

5. Ken Booe

6. Gerald Smith

7. Gloria Skelton

8. Tim Carver

9. Alen Minard

10. Teresa Abramovitz

Inside Carthage

1. Carthage Police: Be on the lookout for this child molestation suspect

Inside Springfield

1. Springfield business owner pleads guilty to fraud, embezzling, failure to pay taxes

Saturday, April 15, 2017

New board members to be sworn in at Joplin R-8 Board of Education meeting

Newly-elected Joplin R-8 Board of Education members Derek Gander, Deborah Gould, and Brent Jordan will be sworn into office Tuesday at a meeting scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Administration Building.

Board members Lynda Banwart, Debbie Fort, and Chris Sloan, who did not seek re-election will be recognized for their service to the board.

The meeting will also be the first for new Superintendent Melinda Moss.

Meeting Agenda

A. Call to Order

1. Roll Call

B. Approval of Agenda - Action

C. Recognition of Service: BOE Members Lynda Banwart, Dr. Debbie Fort, and Chris Sloan - (Dr. Ridder)

D. Certification of April 4, 2017 BOE Election Results - Action (Dr. Moss)

E. Adjourn Sine Die - Action

F. Swear in Board Members Elected April 4, 2017 - (Pat Waldo)

G. Board Organization Meeting Call to Order - (Dr. Moss)

H. Election of BOE President - Action (Dr. Moss)

I. Election of BOE Vice President - Action (Dr. Moss)

J. BOE Committee Assignments - Info (BOE President)

K. Reports

1. Board President's Report

a. Celebrations - Info (BOE President)

b. BOE Policy Committee Update - Info

c. BOE Data Analysis Committee Update - Info.

d. BOE Finance, Salary, and Benefits Committee - Info

e. BOE Safety Committee - Info

2. Superintendent's Data Report

a. Health & Dental Insurance Reports - Info. (Paul Barr)

b. Financial Statements - Info. (Paul Barr)

L. Public Comments Regarding Agenda Action Items

M. Consent Agenda - Action

1. Authorization of Checking Account Signatures - Action (Paul Barr)

N. Regular Agenda

1. Accounts Payable - Action (Paul Barr)

2. Audit Services - Action (Paul Barr)

3. ION Wave Technologies/SpEd Track - Action (Sandra Cantwell)

4. Contract with Crowder College for Behavioral Support and Training for K-12 Students - Action (Sandra Cantwell)

5. Contract with Crowder College for Behavioral Support and Training for Early Childhood SpEd Students - Action (Sandra Cantwell)

6. Early Childhood Center General Contractor Prime Contract Change Order - Action (Dr. Sachetta)

7. FTC, Health Sciences Program Reduction of Staff - Action (Dr. Lankford)

O. Closed Session RSMO.610.021 (

1) Legal action involving the district... (3) Hiring, firing, disciplining or promoting of particular employees... (9) Preparation for negotiations with employee groups...- Action

P. Adjourn

Agenda posted for Monday Joplin City Council meeting

Monday, April 17, 2017
6:00 P.M., Council Chambers

Call To Order

Pledge of Allegiance of the United States of America

Roll Call




Proclamation To Proclaim May 1, 2017 As Anti-Violence Day. Howie Nunnelly And Bubba Evansco Will Be Present To Discuss And Accept The Proclamation.


Finalization Of Consent Agenda


Reports And Communications


Report Of The 2016 Audit By Leslie Haase, Finance Director And Cochran, Head, Vick & Co.


Citizen Requests And Petitions


Public Hearings


Consent Agenda


Minutes Of The April 3, 2017 City Council Meeting





A RESOLUTION authorizing the filing of a One Year Action Plan with the U.S
Department of Housing and Urban Development as required for use of the City of
Joplin’s Community Development Block Grant Program (Entitlement) and the Joplin
Consortium HOME Investment Partnership Program for fiscal year 2017; and authorizing
the City Manager to execute said Plan for and on behalf of the City of Joplin. 

Ordinances - Emergency



AN ORDINANCE     authorizing the City to enter into a Transportation Commission Cost Apportionment Agreement (7S3173) with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for the reconstruction of the Connecticut Avenue Bridge over Interstate 44, in the City of Joplin; authorizing the City Manager to execute said Agreement for and on behalf of the City; and containing an emergency clause.



AN ORDINANCE approving the contract with D & E Plumbing, in the amount of Seven Million Four Hundred Eighty Seven Thousand Two Hundred Fifteen and no/100DOLLARS ($7,487,215.00) for the 20th Street Improvement Project in the City of Joplin, Missouri; and containing an emergency clause.


AN ORDINANCE approving the City of Joplin to enter into an agreement with Empire District a Liberty Utilities Company in the amount of $27,247.46 (Twenty-Seven Thousand Two Hundred Forty-Seven and 46/100 Dollars) for the removal of street lights in the 20th Street Improvement Projects Area and authorizing the Director of Public Works to execute said Agreement; and containing an emergency clause.


AN ORDINANCE approving the City of Joplin to enter into an agreement with Empire District a Liberty Utilities Company in the amount of $30,000.00 (Thirty Thousand and no/100 Dollars) for the line relocation for the round-about at 32nd & Central City Road and authorizing the Director of Public Works to execute said Agreement; and containing an emergency clause.


AN ORDINANCE approving the City of Joplin to enter into a contract with Emery Sapp & Sons in the amount of One Million Two Hundred Forty Four Thousand Five Hundred Sixty Eight and 87/100 Dollars (1,244,568.87) for the 32nd Street and Central City Road Intersection Improvement Project and authorizing the Director of Public Works to execute said Agreement; and containing an emergency clause.


AN ORDINANCE approving the contract with Jeff Asbell Excavating and Trucking, Inc. in the amount of Six Hundred Twenty-Seven Thousand, Six Hundred Twenty-One and 00/100 DOLLARS ($627,621.00) for the W. 12th Street and Harmony Heights Public Sewer Line Replacement Project in the City of Joplin, Missouri; providing how the cost shall be made and levied; and containing an emergency clause.


AN ORDINANCE authorizing the City of Joplin to enter into an Agreement with PricewaterhouseCoopers Public Sector LLP to provide administrative services related to the 2012 and 2013 Community Development Block Grant- Disaster Recovery Awards, authorizing the City Manager to execute said Agreement for the City, and containing an emergency clause.


AN ORDINANCE authorizing the City of Joplin to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Joplin Industrial Development Authority (JIDA) for the CDBG-DR funded Crossroads Industrial Park Phase II project; and containing an emergency clause.


AN ORDINANCE approving the contract by and between the City of Joplin and Nelson Demolition for the demolition of the structure(s) and clearing of lot area and located at 905 Central in the City of Joplin, Missouri, for the amount of One Thousand Four Hundred Seventy Nine and 50/100 Dollars (1,479.50); providing how the cost thereof shall be paid; how the assessment thereof shall be made; and containing an emergency clause.

Ordinances - First Reading


Ordinances - Second Reading And Third Reading


Unfinished Business


New Business


News From The PIO



Vote to go into closed session, which shall pertain to leasing, purchasing or sale of real estate by a public governmental body where public knowledge of the transaction might adversely affect the legal consideration therefore as set forth in Section 610.021 (2) RSMo, as amended, 2016. This meeting, record, and vote to be closed to the extent provided by law. The City Council shall adjourn at the end of the session.