Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Toys R Us plans store closures

Toys R Us, which declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this week, has unveiled a strategy that will include closing a substantial number of its stores.

How that will affect the Joplin store on Range Line is not known at this time.

Company officials say they will close underperforming stores and stores where the leases are too high.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Joplin man facing child porn charge lived at day care center, had "creepy" photos of local children

A hotline tip about a man living at an unlicensed day care center on W. 9th Street led to the arrest of a Joplin man on child pornography charges.

Federal court judge David P. Rush, cited efforts made by Kent Hagan, 52, Joplin, to be around children, including the four to six children his girlfriend cared for at her day care center and the woman's three children, and the strong evidence against Hagan, ordered him held without bond.

Joplin Police received the hotline tip from an informant who said the day care center said she had seen "creepy"photos of two or her charges on Hagan's phone and that she had also seen numerous child porn images. After that, she kicked Hagan out.

The informant did not contact the police until she saw Hagan was living at the daycare center again.

When Joplin Police Detective Dustin Moyer and Sgt. Andrew Blair contacted the day care owner, she confirmed the "creepy images" and said she had deleted the photos, which focused on the bottoms of two young girls, both of whom were clothed.

The woman told the policemen she allowed Hagan to return and be around the children because "she was afraid the perception would ruin her business."

Moyer and Blair contacted Hagan at his place of employment and he became nervous, according to the search warrant. They asked if had other computers and he said he did. As they were questioning him about the "creepy" photos, he showed signs of possibly throwing up. He told the officers he would come to the police station after he got off work at 6 p.m. He turned over his cell phone at the officers' request.

At 3:27 p.m., Moyer and Blair went to Hagan's mother's home and found him with one of the devices. He said he had come home early because he was not feeling well.To the officer, it appeared that Hagan may have been trying to destroy evidence. Moyer asked if he could look at the computer and Hagan refused. At that point, all devices were confiscated.

While they were dealing with Hagan, a forensic search was taking place on Hagan's Samsung Galaxy. The search uncovered 809 child pornography images, 69 anime pornography images, with some of the photos featuring children being violated by adults, a female child being violated by a candy cane and a naked child eating corn on the cob, according to the search warrant affidavit.

President Trump to U. N.: U. S. may have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea

In his first speech to the United Nations this morning, President Donald Trump warned of the danger of North Korea, repeated his earlier "Rocket Man" nickname for North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un and stated, "The U. S. may have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.

Trump said he would continue to put America first and suggested that each of the other nations put their own nations first.

His warnings were not limited to North Korea. The president also leveled accusations at Iran, referring to it as a "murderous regime."

Was it true love? Meth-soaked greeting card leads to prison time for couple

My latest article for the Blasting News website tells the story of a Texas woman who loved her boyfriend so much and worried that he wasn't able to get high while he was in jail awaiting trial on a theft charge.

When she sent her boyfriend a greeting card soaked with meth, the authorities decided to make a federal case out of it.

You can read the story at this link.

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Turner book signing scheduled at Pat's Books in Carthage

My next book signing will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 30, at Pat's Books, 1250 S. Garrison, Carthage.

The signing will be my first in Carthage since a multi-author signing in December 2015 at the Carthage Public Library.

Copies of my new books, Sports Talk Memories, which includes many sports stories from my days as reporter and later managing editor at the Carthage Press, and Classroom Confidential, a collection of essays and stories about education.

Copies of my older books will be available as will the new Turner Report t-shirts.

As with my signing last Saturday at Always Buying Books, anyone who buys two books from among the ones listed above or Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud, Scars from the Tornado, No Child Left Alive, 5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado, Let Teachers Teach, Spirit of Hope, and Devil's Messenger, or two t-shirts or one shirt and one of those books, will receive a free copy of one of my early books, Small Town News, The Turner Report, or Newspaper Days.

See you there.

For those who can't make the signing, all of my books are available at

Toys R Us files for bankruptcy

Toys R Us, which has a store on Joplin's Range Line, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday.

The Joplin store and other Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores in the U. S. appear to be in no danger of closing, according to a news release from the store.

The news release is printed below:

Toys"R"Us, Inc. ("the Company") today announced that the Company and certain of its U.S. subsidiaries and its Canadian subsidiary have voluntarily filed for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Richmond, VA. In addition, the Company's Canadian subsidiary today intends to seek protection in parallel proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act ("CCAA") in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The Company intends to use these court-supervised proceedings to restructure its outstanding debt and establish a sustainable capital structure that will enable it to invest in long-term growth and fuel its aspirations to bring play to kids everywhere and be a best friend to parents.

The Company's operations outside of the U.S. and Canada, including its approximately 255 licensed stores and joint venture partnership in Asia, which are separate entities, are not part of the Chapter 11 filing and CCAA proceedings.

The Company's approximately 1,600 Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us stores around the world – the vast majority of which are profitable – are continuing to operate as usual, providing customers with great service and a curated assortment of merchandise in the toy and baby categories. Customers can also continue to shop for the toy and baby products they are looking for online on the Company's newly launched and web stores. Customers should expect the Company's loyalty programs, including its Rewards"R"Us, Geoffrey's Birthday List and Babies"R"Us Registry, to continue as normal.

"Today marks the dawn of a new era at Toys"R"Us where we expect that the financial constraints that have held us back will be addressed in a lasting and effective way," said Dave Brandon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Together with our investors, our objective is to work with our debtholders and other creditors to restructure the $5 billion of long-term debt on our balance sheet, which will provide us with greater financial flexibility to invest in our business, continue to improve the customer experience in our physical stores and online, and strengthen our competitive position in an increasingly challenging and rapidly changing retail marketplace worldwide. We are confident that these are the right steps to ensure that the iconic Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us brands live on for many generations."

Mr. Brandon continued, "As the holiday season ramps up, our physical and web stores are open for business, and our team members around the world look forward to continuing to put huge smiles on children's faces. We thank our vendors for their ongoing support through this important season and beyond. We also appreciate the strong support our investors have provided over time and the constructive role they are playing in this process that will allow us to create a brighter future for our company. And as importantly, we thank our team members in advance for their hard work and dedication to serving the millions of customers who will shop with us this holiday."

The Company has received a commitment for over $3.0 billion in debtor-in-possession ("DIP") financing from various lenders, including a JPMorgan-led bank syndicate and certain of the Company's existing lenders, which, subject to Court approval, is expected to immediately improve the Company's financial health and support its ongoing operations during the court-supervised process. Toys"R"Us is committed to working with its vendors to help ensure that inventory levels are maintained and products continue to be delivered in a timely fashion.

In conjunction with the Chapter 11 process in the U.S., the Company has filed a number of customary motions with the bankruptcy court seeking authorization to support its operations during the restructuring process and ensure a smooth transition into Chapter 11 without disruption, including authority to continue payment of employee wages and benefits, honor customer programs, and pay vendors and suppliers in the ordinary course for all goods provided on or after the filing date.

Additional information can be accessed by visiting the Company's restructuring website at, calling the Company's Information Hotline, toll-free in the U.S. and Canada at (844) 794-3476, or sending an email to Court filings and other documents related to the court-supervised process in the U.S. are available on a separate website administered by the Company's claims agent, Prime Clerk, at Information about the CCAA proceedings will be available on a separate site maintained by an independent monitor. The appointment of the monitor and address of the monitor website are expected to be announced later today.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as principal legal counsel to Toys"R"Us, Alvarez & Marsal is serving as restructuring advisor and Lazard is serving as financial advisor.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Carthage man charged with manslaughter in Joplin DWI case, blood alcohol was more than twice the legal limit

A Carthage man faces one count of involuntary manslaughter and three counts of second degree assault in connection with a Saturday night accident at Lone Elm Road and Murphy Boulevard that caused the death of a Webb City woman and hospitalized three other people.

Bond for James Schrader, 26, Carthage, has been set at $40,000 cash only.

The probable cause statement indicates Schrader's blood alcohol content was 0.177, more than twice the legal limit.

Killed in the accident was Nicole L. Sawyer, 27, Webb City.

The probable cause statement is printed below:

On September 16, 2017, Officer K. Jones responded to an injury crash in the west of the intersection of Lone Elm Road and Murphy Boulevard, Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri 64801.

Officer B. Davis was with the driver identified as James Schrader of a white 2011 GMC Sierra that was involved in the crash.

It was determined that Schrader was westbound on Murphy Boulevard and crossed over the center line causing a head-on crash with another vehicle operated by Genesis Shank.

Officer K. Jones administered standardized field sobriety tests on a well-lit, flat surface, free and clear of debris.

Due to Officer K. Jones' observations, she placed Schrader under arrest for driving while intoxicated. 

Schrader gave a breath sample that registered at 0.177.

There were four people in the vehicle who were involved in the crash. All four people were injured and transported by medical personnel. One subject was unable to walk away from the scene and suffered severe whiplash. The second and third subject both had multiple leg fractures, including broken femurs. They both will require surgery.

The fourth subject, Nichole Sawyer, sustained a traumatic brain bleed that the doctor stated would be unrecoverable. Sawyer died as a result of the sustained injuries at 10:39 a.m. on September 17, 2017. The other victims involved are Genesis Shank, Chrisyan Coy and Blake Everitt.

Auditor: Lawsuit settlements cost Missouri taxpayers $115 million

(From State Auditor Nicole Galloway)

As part of her Budget Integrity Series of audits, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has released an audit of the state's Legal Expense Fund, which is the pool of money used to make payments stemming from lawsuits against the state. The report highlights how millions in taxpayer dollars are being spent on legal expenses with no system in place to track the amount and nature of payments.

The Office of Administration, which administers the fund in partnership with the Attorney General's Office, relies on an outdated system that lacks the ability to produce basic electronic reports. This makes it difficult to monitor the nature of the cases and identify if an agency is experiencing an unusually high volume of a particular type of claim.

"A culture of workplace discrimination does not pop up overnight, but the current system makes it hard to track and then address these types of problems," Auditor Galloway said. "With proper tools in place, the state would have the ability to identify and intervene, instead of blindly shelling out millions in taxpayer dollars and allowing inappropriate conduct to continue."

Last winter, media reports brought to light a series of sexual harassment and discrimination claims involving Department of Corrections employees. Reporting at the time highlighted a significant increase in payments and judgments related to employee discrimination between 2012 and 2016. The audit examined $4.2 million in Department of Corrections legal expenses, 75 percent of which involved claims of employment discrimination.

The audit also found payments out of the Legal Expense Fund were consistently higher than budgeted amounts. In fiscal year 2017, for example, the actual amount spent was more than $17 million higher than what was budgeted. These payments are funded by general revenue, which also funds essential services, such as K-12 and higher education. Over a six year period, expenditures from the Legal Expense Fund totaled more than $79 million.

"The legislature is essentially budgeting by guesswork, often using the same figure year after year, ignoring a history of high legal expenses," Auditor Galloway said. "Because schools and other state services compete for the same scarce state dollars, we must bring more integrity to the budgeting process."

Auditor Galloway also examined settlements and payments outside of the Legal Expense Fund. In less than three years, these payments totaled another $36 million of taxpayer money by 13 entities including state universities, the Department of Transportation and Department of Conservation.

The complete report is available here. Additional information about settlements outside of the Legal Expense Fund can be found here.

Neosho man "electrocuted" by mobility scooter sues Wal-Mart

A Neosho man who claims he was electrocuted when he attempted to plug the mobility scooter he had been using into an outlet to recharge is suing Wal-Mart Stores.

The incident took place November 5, 2016, at the Neosho Wal-Mart, according to the petition, which was originally filed in Newton County Circuit Court, but has been removed to U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

According to the petition, Fred Cobb "suffered serious and permanent injury, to among other things, his dominant right upper extremity.

Cobb and his wife, Wanda Cobb, are also suing for loss of companionship and services due to the incident.

In a response filed in Newton County Circuit Court, Wal-Mart says Cobb "voluntarily and unreasonably exposed himself to an open and obvious danger in that Plaintiff knew, or by the use of ordinary care could have known, there was a reasonable likelihood of injury.

"Any injury or damage allegedly sustained by Plaintiffs was the result of Plaintiff Fred Cobb’s own comparative fault and/or negligence, and the negligence of Defendant, if any, should be reduced by the comparative negligence of the plaintiff, and any recovery should be denied or reduced by the percentage of Plaintiff Fred Cobb comparative fault."

Sunday, September 17, 2017

City of Springfield, Free the Nipple lawsuit petitioners reach agreement on portion of federal lawsuit

On Friday, a federal court judge signed off on a partial settlement of a lawsuit filed by two Springfield women and the Free the Nipple organization against the City of Springfield.

Details of the settlement, which include payments to the two women can be found at my latest Blasting News article, "Federal order in Free the Nipple case a win for women's breasts."

The lawsuit was filed in 2015 after Springfield enacted a new law further restricting the portion of a woman's breasts that could be visible, carving out exceptions only for breastfeeding and adult entertainment.

Court order: Jarub Baird, meth conspiracy co-defendants ordered to forfeit property to cover $1,060,070 judgment

A federal court judge has ordered Jarub Baird, 27, Carthage, and seven co-defendants to forfeit property to pay a $1,060,070 judgment in their meth conspiracy and money laundering case.

The eight have pleaded guilty, with Baird's plea coming last month in U. S. District Court in Kansas City. No date has been scheduled for Baird's sentencing.

Judge Greg Kays, in his September 6 order, authorized the federal government to do whatever was necessary to "identify, locate, or dispose of property subject to forfeiture, or substitute assets for such property" to satisfy the judgment.

In addition to Baird, the order covers Kenneth Bryant Lake, Scott Bryan Sands, Jerry Lee Brown, Travis Lee Bethel, Lanny Eugene Ham, Jake Ian Nixon and Aaron Randall Stull.

Baird's role in the meth conspiracy was spelled out in his plea agreement:

The Buchanan County Drug Strike Force (BCDSF), Springfield, Missouri Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration developed a methamphetamine drug conspiracy in 2015 involving the following people; Kenneth Bryant Lake, Michael Ryan Nevatt, Scott Bryan Sands, Jerry Lee Brown and Travis Lee Bethel.

Investigators identified Kenneth Lake as the original head of the organization coordinating vehicle transport shipments of methamphetamine to Springfield, Missouri, for later distribution and drug proceeds (United States Currency) shipments out of Springfield, Missouri, for payment of the delivered or ordered methamphetamine.

Subsequently, Michael Ryan Nevatt became the head of an organization involving all those listed above and Kara Renee Baze, Breanna Nicole Hall, Autumn Sky Provience, Lanny Eugene Ham, Jarub Ray Baird, Cindy Ann Nevatt, Tara L. Harken, and Jake Ian Nixon.

This organization also obtained methamphetamine elsewhere and got it delivered to the Springfield, Missouri, area for later distribution, along with sending drug proceeds out of the area for payment of methamphetamine ordered or delivered.

Lake, Sands, and Aaron Randall Stull, coordinated shipments of methamphetamine by United States Postal Service parcels to the Springfield, Missouri, residence of Michelle Vanne Gray where it was stored then retrieved for later distribution.

On 08/28/2015, Kenny Lake and Kara Baze are arrested during a search warrant at a hotel room in Springfield, Missouri. Officers recovered $102,787 in United States currency, a loaded handgun and a small amount of methamphetamine.

Michael Nevatt and BAIRD arrived in a black Corvette and after a brief chase were apprehended. In 2016, multiple witnesses gave statements to investigators in this case about BAIRD’s involvement.

In summary, those witnesses link BAIRD with Michael Nevatt and Nevatt’s methamphetamine distribution activities. Those witnesses describe BAIRD’s activities in assisting Nevatt with obtaining and distributing more than five kilograms of methamphetamine and with collecting drug proceeds for methamphetamine distributed.

Defendant acknowledges that while the information set out herein may not allege exact amounts of methamphetamine associated with the defendant, the amounts alleged herein, along with other statements and evidence in the case, total more than five-hundred (500) grams of methamphetamine for which the defendant is responsible.

The defendant further acknowledges the substances with which defendant was involved were in fact methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

Finally, defendant acknowledges that at least some acts committed in furtherance of this distribution conspiracy were committed within the Western District of Missouri, during the dates alleged in the indictment.

Defendant additionally acknowledges that during the dates charged in the superseding indictment, and at least partially within the Western District of Missouri, the defendant used or knew at least some of the proceeds obtained from defendant’s methamphetamine distribution, and the distribution of others in the conspiracy, were used to pay living expenses, buy assets, and to purchase additional methamphetamine for distribution.

Defendant also acknowledges that he and other co-conspirators used cash during the conspiracy to conceal the nature of their illegal activities.

Additional evidence exists that may further implicate the defendant in these conspiracies. The defendant acknowledges that evidence was provided to defendant’s attorney via discovery and the defendant has had an opportunity to review it with the attorney prior to signing this plea agreement and further acknowledges that evidence, and any additional evidence obtained prior to sentencing, may affect the ultimately determined drug responsibility level and sentence of the defendant.

The parties have agreed to a drug level not less than a drug level 30, and have agreed to a a guidelines enhancement of two (2) levels as a result of defendant’s guilty plea to the money laundering conspiracy.

However, it is understood by the parties that the pre-sentence investigation or the Court at sentencing could assess a higher drug level of responsibility, and other enhancements, for the defendant based on the evidence in the case to date or that becomes known later.

In the event a higher drug level, or other enhancements, are determined by the pre-sentence investigation or the Court at sentencing, the parties are free to express their respective positions about that higher drug level, or other enhancements, at sentencing.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Jasper County man who broke into girlfriend's home, threatened her with AR-15, knife sentenced to 22 years

A Jasper County man who broke into his ex-girlfriend's home in Gentry, Arkansas, attacked her and threatened her with an AR-15 was sentenced to 22 years in prison earlier this week.

Jason Allen Farmer, 34, Reeds, was convicted at a jury trial in Benton County District Court of three felonies- aggravated robbery, aggravated residential burglary, and first degree terroristic threatening, along with misdemeanor domestic battery.

During the trial, Farmer's former girlfriend Darcy Fisher said in addition to the AR-15, Farmer held a knife to her face and threatened her.

The prosecution presented evidence that Farmer had sent threatening text messages and voice mails to Fisher.

Farmer's mother and former wife testified against him during the penalty phase.

Joseph Nelson, who served with Farmer in the U. S. Marine Corps testified on his behalf, saying he was a leader during his time serving in Iraq. Medical testimony was given that Farmer was suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Kim Frencken: Things teachers can't get away with

There are things in the real world that are allowed, and in some cases even acceptable. But, let a teacher pull one of these stunts and suddenly everyone decides that the practice is deplorable. Take for instance returning phone calls. Recently, I called to make a doctor's appointment. For a week. I left messages. I tried numerous times to get past the cute little message, but no one returned my call. For a week. The receptionist thought it was funny that we had been playing "phone tag" when I finally reached a human. They had been sooooooo busy. I had trouble finding humor in the situation. I wonder if the receptionist would think it was funny if she called her child's teacher to see how they were progressing in school. And, the teacher took a week to respond. Not so funny any more, huh?

Or what about being late. Seems like being late is socially acceptable. Everyone from the lawyer to the dentist to the doctor can be running 10 -15 minutes late and, hey, it can't be helped. They had an emergency or an earlier patient was late to their appointment. Okay I get that. My conferences never seemed to run on time either. You know the parent that was supposed to be there at 8 am didn't show up until 8:15. It happens. Life. Traffic accident. Train. Flat tire. I really get it. Not trying to be sarcastic here. Just ask my husband. I don't wear a watch. I'm frequently late. What I don't get is being over an hour late. You sit in the waiting room. Your appointment was for 2 pm. It is now past 3 pm and you still haven't been called in. Must be a really long train. What would happen if a teacher were to be an hour or more late to school? What would happen to her classroom? I'll tell you. Chaos.

Here's one. Dress Code. New 'protests' are made everyday about dress code. I'm an adult, I know how to pick my own clothes. I don't need a dress code telling me how to dress. Really? Guess you are aware then that when you bent over everyone in the office knew the color of your underwear??? Stretch pants? Didn't know you took the meaning of stretch so literally. If a teacher showed up at a school assembly dressed in inappropriate attire, she would probably be tarred and feathered. This is where I'd like to say that it wouldn't happen, but...... well.. let's just say that we need a dress code until everyone develops some common sense, as well as, fashion sense.

Texting. Just about anywhere you go someone has their phone out scrolling or texting or both. Kids are even using phones in school. For educational purposes (notice the sarcasm here?). I've been in check-out lines and the cashier was too busy texting to check me out. Or the clerk in a store standing in the corner talking on her cell phone. That's okay. Don't let me interrupt you. Oh, and by the way, the next time you come visit the classroom, I'll be sitting at my desk texting. I might be too busy to talk to you. And, I might not know where your child is. I haven't had time to teach today. If you want to talk to me, you can send me a text message.

The truth is teacher standards have always been high. Teachers have always had rules to follow (it's called a handbook). Most teachers are, by nature, rule followers. But, the highest standard we follow is the one that we set for ourselves. So... go ahead and have your double standard. I'll just continue following mine.

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

Links provided for top Turner Report/Inside Joplin posts for week

This has been an unusual week for the Turner Report with six of its top 10 posts involving a major story that has been covered by this blog, KOAM, KZRG, Joplin News First, and KODE, but left untouched by the Joplin Globe.

That story, of course, involved explosive allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault made against Rangeline Sonic, 1101 S. Range Line, and its managers and supervisors, including the filing of a felony statutory sodomy charge against Chris Alred, 31, Springfield.

The Turner Report followed its initial post on Monday morning with the revelation that the Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney had filed a motion to revoke Alred's bond because he had been charged with his sixth DWI.

Later that day, a man knocked on my apartment door. When I opened it, he asked, "Are you Mr. Turner?"  When I said I was, he punched me, knocking me to the floor, necessitating a visit from Joplin Police, followed by a stop at the Freeman emergency room.

The Police Department issued a warrant for Alred on assault charges, in connection with what happened at my apartment.

Later in the week, after poring through federal court documents, I showed a pattern of sexual harassment lawsuits against Sonic caused by its managers' sexual harassment of teenage carhops, all of which ended with Sonic settling with the plaintiff, including a $2 million settlement at a New Mexico Sonic.

The Joplin Sonic lawsuit became the subject of reports, as noted above, by KOAM, KZRG, and Joplin News First, while it was noted by KODE in its report on my assault. While the Joplin Globe carried a brief account of what happened to me, there was no mention of the Sonic report, which should come as no surprise, since that would have been a tacit admission that the Globe had not bothered to cover the lawsuit.

The week included other disturbing stories, including a Joplin man who allegedly beat his 10-year-old son and threatened his children with a gun, a day care owner charged with kidnapping a client's child, and the release of a man charged with multiple assault charges, drug trafficking, kidnapping, child endangerment on a $2,500 bond.

Both the initial report of the lawsuit against Rangeline Sonic and my account of my assault are now among the top 10 most visited Turner Report posts of all time.

An item of note- I usually don't do this, but this week I have also included the top post from my sports blog, Turner Resports, because it was not only the top post for the week, but for the entire nearly four years that the blog has been in existence. Apparently, a lot of people agreed with me that Stacy Randolph and Heather Lundien belong in the Webb City Athletic Hall of Fame.

The links to the top posts are featured below. Please read the message below the links.

The Turner Report

1. Thirty minutes ago I was attacked

2. Explosive lawsuit claim: Pervasive sexual harassment at Rangeline Sonic led to assaults on two underage girls

3. Sonic supervisor named in sexual harassment lawsuit cited for sixth DWI

4. Joplin Police Department issues arrest warrant for former Sonic supervisor charged with my assault

5. My assault, the Joplin Globe and the First Amendment

6. Probable cause: Joplin man beat 10-year-old son, has threatened to shoot his children, used taser on them

7. Joplin man charged with kidnapping, assault, child endangerment, drug trafficking, free on $2,500 bond

8. Sexual harassments nothing unusual for Sonic, $2 million settlement reached in New Mexico case

9. Seneca R-7 School District to pay $11,000 to child injured when window fell out of press box

10. Joplin daycare owner charged with attempting to kidnap client's baby

Inside Joplin

1. Joplin two-month-old baby in critical condition at Children's Mercy, arrest made for child abuse

2. Joplin resident finds couple in basement, man arrested with meth in his sock

3. Neosho teen killed in accident at 7th and Rex

4. Area law enforcement team for major marijuana seizure near Jasper

5. Joplin Police arrest woman on drug charges, find two bags of meth in her underwear at city jail

6. Police Department arrests Joplin man on 23 warrants, including four felonies

7. Joplin man arrested for abuse of 10-year-old boy

8. Carl Junction Police: Would you like this dog?

9. Joplin Police Department Arrests September 11-12

10. Jasper County Dissolution of Marriage Petitions

Inside Joplin Obituaries

1. Jason Hall

2. Missy Harper

3. Amber Epling

4. Scott Spigarelli

5. Linda Gonzalez

6. Angela Cruz

7. Robin Gordon

8. Tom Thorne

9. Susie George

10. Tony Miller

Turner Resports

1. Stacy Randolph and Heather Lundien should be in Webb City Athletic Hall of Fame


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Hartzler introduces bill to reform VA, solve doctor, nurse shortage

(From Fourth District Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler)

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) announced Friday her introduction of theVeterans Health Administration Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention (REHIRE) Act of 2017, which empowers local Veteran Hospitals to recruit, hire and retain doctors and nurses to meet the growing shortage facing VA facilities. 

Sadly, VA hospitals around the nation are struggling to recruit and retain nurses and doctors because outdated federal regulations make competing with private hospitals nearly impossible. The REHIRE Act gives VA health facilities the authority to hire personnel more quickly and offer balanced incentives to retain employees for a longer period so our veterans receive the highest quality and most responsive care possible.

“I’m always looking for opportunities to streamline government and help our veterans, and the REHIRE Act does both,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. “VA hospitals can take six months to a year to fill one vacant position, an applicant can take as long as six months to make it through the hiring process. With all of this bureaucratic red tape, our veterans are the ones who pay the price. My bill streamlines the hiring process and balances incentives so our veterans get quality care when they need it.”

Veterans’ need for health care is currently outpacing the supply of providers. The lack of personnel, particularly in mission critical occupations (MCO) such as physicians, registered nurses, physical therapists, physician assistants, and occupational therapists, contributes to the extended wait times of our veterans.

“The REHIRE Act addresses the nationwide shortage of nurses and doctors in our VA hospitals, placing our VA hospitals on par with the private sector,” Hartzler added.

This bill also allows students who are nearing graduation to apply for positions in the Veterans Health Administration, which streamlines the hiring process and reduces the amount of time potential candidates must wait in order to take a full time job at the VA. Additionally, the bill requires the VA to offer employment within 75 days if they receive a qualified applicant, further reducing the timeline.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Roy Blunt issues statement on Jason Shockley verdict

(From Sen. Roy Blunt)

The family of Anthony Lamar Smith suffered a tragic loss. This is a difficult day for them, and for all St. Louisans who sought a different outcome in this case. 

The response to this verdict will have a lasting impact not just on the community, but the country. 

Every American has the right to protest peacefully, and should have no doubt that right will be protected. 

However, if this verdict is met with violence and destruction, it will do nothing but reignite the fear and anger that law enforcement and community leaders have worked tirelessly to address since Ferguson. 

If it is met with a renewed commitment to continuing the work that is needed to rebuild trust between law enforcement and those they serve, it will show the world how we, as Americans, move forward.

Probable cause: Joplin man beat 10-year-old son, has threatened to shoot his children, used taser on them

A Joplin man beat his 10-year-old son Wednesday in front of the boys' sister and has threatened to shoot them with a gun, according to a probable cause statement filed in Jasper County Circuit Court.

The boy's younger sister said their father, Hossam Amin, 35, learned that the boy had said a bad word at school Monday and had lied to him about it.

Amin "kicked (the boy) in the stomach, hit (him) several times and used a phone charger to hit (him) which resulted bruising on his back," according to the probable cause statement, which also indicated that in the past Amin had loaded a gun at his children "threatening to shoot them and used a taser on all three of them."

Amin is being held in the Jasper County Jail on a $5,000 cash-only bond.

Amin's lawyer, Bob Briggs, filed a motion for bond reduction today, saying his client cannot afford to pay the bond because he is unemployed.

Southwest Missouri Democrats issue statement on Jason Stockley verdict

(A judge found former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley not guilty of murdering 24-year-old African American Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011 following a high-speed arrest. Southwest Missouri Democrats issued the following statement after the verdict was announced.)

Today the residents of St. Louis and the principles of justice for all are on our hearts and minds. We urge Missourians to safely observe our 1st Amendment rights and if participating in civil disobedience, to commit to de-escalation and to non-violent tactics.

Martin Luther King, Jr. states that there are four basic steps in a nonviolent campaign: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist, negotiation, self-purification, and direct action. We must remember that the purpose of nonviolent direct action is to create tension and crisis so that an issue such as black lives matter must be confronted. This type of action forces the issue to the forefront so that it can no longer be ignored.

King further said that not a single stride towards civil rights has been made without “determined legal and nonviolent pressure.” History has proven that individuals who are members of privileged groups in society rarely give up their privileges voluntarily.

“Good timing” is not an issue when it comes to nonviolent protests. Neither is a “wait and see” attitude. Southwest Missouri Democrats joins our Missouri Democratic Party in full commitment to building communities that recognize that black lives matter.

Cleaver: National Flood Insurance, DACA, health care on agenda

(From Fifth District Congressman Emanuel Cleaver)

This fall has been a busy time on Capitol Hill with much work to do in Congress. Following the devastating effects of mother nature in Texas, our focus was on getting relief to the hurricane victims and making sure funds were available to do so.

I voted for a bill that would provide emergency disaster relief to people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. This will provide $15.25 billion dollars for relief and recovery for hurricane victims. Recovery and rebuilding will take months, maybe even years and it is essential that Congress provide the necessary assistance to help our families and communities.

We also passed a Continuing Resolution that would fund the government for three months and extend the debt limit through early December.

Though we extended authorization for the National Flood Insurance Program for three months, in the wake of two massive hurricanes, we need to pass a long term authorization to provide certainty to homeowners.

Following President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, we must work together in Congress to bring the Dream Act to the House floor for a vote. It’s time for Congress to do their part. These young people came forward and trusted their government. Now we must act to protect them.

Let’s not forget the fight is still there to protect 23 million Americans from losing their health care coverage, especially those with pre-existing conditions.

I’m also working to increase minimum wage and fighting to keep the President’s budget from cutting many needed programs such as after-school and summer programs and cuts to SNAP and housing which effects our most vulnerable citizens.

So you want to be a Joplin High School assistant boys basketball coach

This advertisement was posted Thursday on the Joplin High School website. It is also added openings this week for a special education paraprofessional, North Middle School assistant wrestling coach, assistant intramural boys basketball coach, head intramural boys basketball coach, assistant middle school boys basketball coach, and head middle school boys basketball coach.

Position:                    Assistant Boys Basketball Coach for 2017-2018 School Year

Term:                        Supplemental Position 

Location:                    Joplin High School

Classification:             Exempt

Reports to:                 Athletic Director

Joplin Schools is looking for an energetic individual that enjoys working with high school age students and has the ability to teach those students the skills needed to succeed in boys basketball.  In addition, previous basketball coaching experience is preferred.

General Expectations:
  • Supports the mission of Joplin Schools.
  • Supports the value of education.
  • Complies with the privacy rights of students.
  • Safeguards confidential and/or sensitive information.
  • Communicates effectively with all the members of the school district and community.
  • Provides excellence in customer service both internally and externally.
  • Reacts to change productively.
  • Keeps abreast of new information, innovative ideas and techniques.
  • Maintains accurate records and filing systems for accountability and audit purposes.
  • Ensures that all activities conform to district and state guidelines.

Supervisory Duties
Supervise students at all times
Regular and consistent attendance is an essential function of this position. 

The work conditions and environment described here are representative of those that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Conditions and Environment
The individual who holds this position will regularly work in a school environment that is noisy and active.  

Note:  The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

Protesters greet Education Secretary DeVos in Kansas City

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos continued her tour of private schools, religious schools, and charter schools around the country in the Show-Me State.

As the accompanying video from Kansas City's 41 Action News shows, protesters greeted DeVos as she visited yet another private school.

So far, DeVos has snubbed public schools and public school teachers ever since she was confirmed by the U. S. Senate.

Billy Long: It's time to reauthorize the FCC

(From Seventh District Congressman Billy Long)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent government agency established by Congress in the Communications Act of 1934. The FCC has jurisdiction in every U.S. state and territory and is responsible for regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable.

Congress last reauthorized the FCC in 1990 at an appropriations level of $119.8 million. Today, that number is $473.7 million. With more money being requested, the need to reauthorize is even more important. A lot has changed in the last 27 years, including the rapid change in technology and the use of the Internet. Failing to reauthorize the FCC means failing to modernize the agency and its objectives.

As a member of the Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee, I understand the important role the FCC plays in both the business world and American’s everyday life. Something both the committee and the current FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Kansas native, have brought to light is the need for process reform with a focus on transparency and accountability. Over the years, under both Republican and Democrat leadership, there has been a vocal concern that the FCC needs to work in a more bipartisan fashion. Prior to 2013, 89 percent of FCC meeting items that were voted on were unanimous. After 2013, that percentage dropped to 50 percent.

Under the leadership of Chairman Pai the FCC has been discussing transparency and accountability. Though he has implemented many reforms, it does not make them permanent. For example, Chairman Pai requires the FCC to make meeting items open to the public to eliminate secrecy, which past administrations have been accused of. Additionally, Chairman Pai allows commissioners, regardless of political views, to add items to a meeting agenda. In the past this power has been abused by chairmen who might disagree with a certain policy. The reauthorization of the FCC would make these reforms permanent.

We aren’t living in the 90s anymore. It’s time modernize the laws as well as put forth permanent reform. It’s been almost 30 years. I will continue to work with my colleagues and the FCC to ensure this happens. We can’t waste any more time.

Ed Emery: Chappelle-Nadal sincere in apology for calling for assassination of Trump

(From Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar)

This should have been one of the most uneventful veto sessions in years. In fact, no gubernatorial vetoes were overridden; one was attempted by the House and failed while none were attempted by the Senate.

However, there was almost universal agreement that recent social media comments made by one of our State Senators had to be addressed. Her Facebook comment, although quickly removed and followed by multiple apologies, was unacceptable and without excuse. It expressed a desire for violence against the president - specifically his assassination. It represented conduct that was egregious and unbecoming a State Senator or any public official. It threatened the integrity of the Senate and disrespected the entire election process.

Many had publicly called for Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal to realize the seriousness of her statements, take responsibility for her words, and resign on her own accord. However, that was not the case so the Senate considered disciplinary options afforded it in the Missouri Constitution and the Senate Rules; the Senate retains the sole right and responsibility to discipline its members for disorderly conduct.

By a vote of 28 in favor and two opposed, the Senate took up and passed Senate Resolution 3 publicly censuring Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal. The censure includes language urging her to resign or face possible expulsion in the future. The censure also requires the Senator to conduct herself in a manner that respects the longstanding traditions of the Missouri Senate and her position as a Senator by refraining from action or words that incite or encourage violence.

Censuring a sitting member has never been done in the history of the Missouri Senate and is not something the Senate takes lightly. Nevertheless, by a near-unanimous vote the body agreed that the behaviors of Sen. Chappelle-Nadal warranted censure. I had not joined the chorus of voices calling for expulsion for a number of reasons, foremost of which is my reluctance to remove from office an official who is duly elected and retains the support of much of her constituency. I am also convinced that Sen. Chappelle-Nadal, having quickly removed the violent comment, is genuinely repentant and is sincere in her apologies. I supported the censure which expresses the Senate’s disdain for her post and drastically reduces any influence she might have had in her last year in the Missouri Senate. It, however, allows her constituents to retain a public policy voice.

Moving to more positive information: finding up-to-date information about Missouri’s economy just got a lot easier thanks to State Treasurer Eric Schmitt. This week, Schmitt announced the launch of where citizens can easily track and monitor Missouri’s economic performance. This is the first economic dashboard in the nation to be launched by a state treasurer’s office. I hope you take a look at this new tool to check on our state’s economic status.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Sexual harassment lawsuits nothing unusual for Sonic: $2 million settlement reached in New Mexico case

Robert Gomez was the fast food manager from hell.

Gomez never told his underage female employees that the restaurant had a procedure for reporting sexual harassment.

He never had the opportunity because, according to court records, he was too busy sexually harassing them.

The complaint against him accused him of grabbing the teenagers' breasts and bottoms, trying to unfasten bras, dropping ice down their shirts, humping them from behind, asking them to go into the walk-in freezer and perform oral sex on him and that was just for starters.

Gomez asked the teenage girls if they wanted to hold his sex organ, the court document says and he referred to the girls as "stupid bitches" and "drunken whores."

The girls complained to assistant managers and crew leaders, but no action was taken.

Even after an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) investigator checked out the situation, Gomez' behavior continued. He retaliated against those who complained and some quit rather then endure the harassment.

On June 15, 2011, the EEOC announced that the Sonic Drive-In of Los Lunas, New Mexico, would pay 70 workers, many of them the teenagers Gomez had been harassed, others older female workers who had suffered the same treatment $2 million, the largest settlement ever recorded by the Albuquerque EEOC office.

Though an overwhelming majority of Sonic franchises in the United States have never been sued for sexual harassment, Sonic franchises have been sued more often than all fast food franchises, with the exception of CKE, owner of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's.

What is equally concerning is that many of the younger workers are being introduced to the work world for the first time and often do not what kind of behavior they have to tolerate from their managers and supervisors.

The most recent such lawsuit against Sonic was filed earlier this month in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri where a Joplin teenager claimed a pattern of sexual harassment at the Rangeline Sonic, 1101 S. Rangeline, which she says led to a sexual attack by a supervisor.

The supervisor, Chris Alred, 31, Springfield, faces a felony statutory sodomy charge in Jasper County Circuit Court in connection with the incident.

Alred, as noted in earlier Turner Report posts, was hired for a position where his duties included supervision of underage car hops despite a recent prison stay resulting from his fourth and fifth guilty pleas for driving while intoxicated. His background record also included two earlier drug convictions.

Since that time, Alred has been charged with DWI for a sixth time.

Court records are filled with sexual harassment lawsuits against Sonic supervisors, nearly all of which ended with hefty settlements for the plaintiffs.

-In Grapevine, Texas, Sonic settled for $31,000 on April 8, 2010, after a 17-year-old carhop was harassed by a manager who took advantage of her bending over to put on her skates by grabbing her head and pushing it down to simulate oral sex. The girl's mother complained to Sonic officials, but no action was taken against the manager.

The Turner Report examined a dozen lawsuits of recent vintage against Sonic, all of which were settled, but the amounts were kept confidential.

A couple of the more recent cases are described below:

-Sonic reached an agreement to pay 16-year-old carhop S. E. for harassment that took place after she was hired by the Tracy, California, franchise in 2015. Court documents indicate S. E.'s manager was grabbing her hips, thighs, and hands and continued badgering her for dates, though she made it clear she was not interested. The manager was also harassing other female employees. S. E. reported the harassment to another supervisor and was fired for taking a selfie of herself at work, a violation of company policy.

-Sexual harassment began for Kaylee Thompson at the Piedmont, Oklahoma Sonic after a new supervisor arrived in February 2015. attempting to lure her to a secluded area to have sex. When she complained, her hours were cut, she was moved to a lower paying job, and one month later she was fired. Sonic settled with Thompson for an undisclosed amount.

In the current Joplin case, a mediation session for the teenage plaintiff in the Sonic Rangeline lawsuit is scheduled for October 23. All actions in the lawsuit have been stayed until after the mediation.

Previous posts

Explosive lawsuit claim: Pervasive sexual harassment at Rangeline Sonic led to assaults on two teenage girls

Sonic supervisor named in sexual harassment suit cited for sixth DWI

Mediation session scheduled for Rangeline Sonic sexual harassment suit

State firefighters organization endorses Galloway for state auditor

(From Nicole Galloway for State Auditor)

The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters today announced their endorsement of me for State Auditor. The endorsement from our state’s affiliate of the International Association of Fire Fighters validates my commitment to Missouri’s firefighters, emergency first responders, and their families.

Missouri’s firefighters and first responders risk their lives to keep our communities safe, and they deserve to know their governing organizations are operating with integrity and transparency. I am honored and proud of the support I have earned from Missouri’s firefighters and will keep working to make sure they have the resources they need to do their jobs.

The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters represents more than 6,000 firefighters, EMS workers, assistant prosecuting attorneys, public safety officers, and other Missouri first responders.

I appreciate their support and I know you join me in thanking them for everything they do to keep our communities and families safe.


Prescription drug monitoring program, transferring property for Entertainment Center on tap for Joplin City Council

September 18, 2017
6:00 P.M., Council Chambers

Call To Order

Pledge of Allegiance of the United States of America

Roll Call




A Proclamation To Proclaim September 2017 As National Literacy Month.


Taylor Cunningham, Assistant To The City Manager Will Make A Presentation On The Downtown Main Street Restriping Project


Finalization Of Consent Agenda


Reports And Communications


Citizen Requests And Petitions


Request To Address Council

Request from Nancy Morton, 122 S. Sergeant, to address council requesting a council liaison for the Historic Preservation Commission and requesting for the council’s support of the DJA’s PEP Grant (People Energizing People)

Request To Address Council

Request to address council from Audie Dennis regarding the transfer of the Memorial Hall parking lot to Connect2Culture regarding the Joplin Memorial Marathon.

Public Hearings


Consent Agenda


Minutes Of The September 5, 2017 Special Council Meeting


Minutes Of The September 5, 2017 Council Meeting


Minutes Of The September 7, 2017 Special Council Meeting



AN ORDINANCE requesting to review the Final Plat of CEDAR POINT Plat 2, located approximately 200 feet north of the intersection of West 28th Street and Lois Lane.


AN ORDINANCE approving an Agreement allowing Choice Marketing to serve as the Print & Digital Media Buyer for the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau; authorizing the City Manager to execute said Agreement or Agreement in substantially similar form, for the City.




A RESOLUTION providing support to the Joplin Downtown Alliance and their effort to follow the Main Street Four-Point Approach and philosophy established by the National Main Street Center for downtown revitalization.

Ordinances - Emergency



AN ORDINANCE approving the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission Public Transit Operating Assistant Grant Agreement with Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission, in a not to exceed amount of Eleven Thousand Five-Hundred Twenty-Four and no/100 Dollars ($11,524.00) to be used for operating assistance for the Metro Area Public Transit (MAPS) and Sunshine Lamp Trolley Systems authorizing the City Manager or his designee to execute the same by and on behalf of the City of Joplin; and containing an emergency clause.


AN ORDINANCE approving a Program Services Contract by and between the State of Missouri, Department of Health and Senior Services, and the City of Joplin, Missouri, for a term commencing October 1, 2017 and running through September 30, 2018, for the amount of up to Five Hundred Eighty-Eight Thousand, Six Dollars and no Cents ($588,006.00), to enable the Health Department to provide nutritional assistance and education to residents of Jasper County, authorizing the City Manager to execute the same by and on behalf of the City of Joplin, Missouri; and containing an emergency clause.


AN ORDINANCE amending Chapter 62, Health and Sanitation. In general, enacting a new Article IX of the Joplin City Code, Prescription Drug Monitoring Program; and containing an emergency clause.


AN ORDINANCE authorizing the City of Joplin to enter into an agreement with St. Louis County for the purpose of administering its prescription drug monitoring program for the not to exceed price of two thousand six hundred eighty seven and 87/100 Dollars ($2,687.87); authorizing the City Manager to execute the same by and on behalf of the City of Joplin; and containing an emergency clause.


AN ORDINANCE amending the Annual Budget of the City of Joplin for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 as adopted by Ordinance 2016-177 on October 17, 2016, to adjust appropriations and containing an emergency clause.


AN ORDINANCE approving a Contract for grant money by and between the City of Joplin, Missouri and the Missouri Department of Transportation dealing with the Full Time DWI Unit and DWI Enforcement in the amount of One Hundred Two Thousand, Eight Hundred, Forty-Eight Dollars ($102,848); authorizing the City Manager to execute the same by and on behalf of the City of Joplin, Missouri; and containing an emergency clause.


AN ORDINANCE approving a Contract for grant money by and between the City of Joplin, Missouri and the Missouri Department of Transportation dealing generally with the Impaired Driving Enf/DWI Saturation/YA project in the amount of Thirteen Thousand Dollars ($13,000); authorizing the City Manager to execute the same by and on behalf of the City of Joplin, Missouri; and containing an emergency clause.


AN ORDINANCE approving a Contract for grant money by and between the City of Joplin, Missouri and the Missouri Department of Transportation to cover overtime costs and fringe benefit costs for an HMV Enforcement project in the amount of Twelve Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($12,500); authorizing the City Manager to execute the same by and on behalf of the City of Joplin, Missouri; and containing an emergency clause.

Ordinances - First Reading



AN ORDINANCE approving a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) And Agreement by and between the City of Joplin, Missouri, a Municipal Corporation, and Connect2Culture, a Missouri Not-For-Profit Corporation, dealing generally with the transfer of the Memorial Hall Parking Lot by the City of Joplin to Connect2Culture for the purpose of constructing a Joplin Arts & Entertainment Center; authorizing the City Manager to execute said Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) And Agreement, and such other documents as may be necessary to complete the conveyance, by and on behalf of the City of Joplin, Missouri.

Ordinances - Second Reading And Third Reading


Unfinished Business


New Business


News From The PIO



Vote to go into closed session, which shall pertain to the hiring, firing, disciplining, or promotion of an employee or particular employees of a governmental body involving personal information as set forth in Section 610.021(3) RSMo, as amended, 2016, more specifically for the purpose of discussion of applicants for the Municipal Judge position.  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.