Saturday, December 30, 2023

Nancy Hughes: Praying for as long as it takes

“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.”

I Samuel 1:27 (NIV)

Tucking my small children into bed at night was something I loved. They are all grown now but all I have to do is close my eyes and I can still smell the scent of Ivory soap on freshly scrubbed little faces as they snuggled into sheets that had been drying on the line outside. But perhaps the most fun was bowing my head with them as they said bedtime prayers.

Children have a way of stating simple but profound truths and I do not doubt that God smiles and lovingly focuses on each one. One evening I listened as my seven-year-old son asked the Lord to watch over an elderly neighbor who had not been feeling well for a few days.

Next my almost three-year-old asked God to help her catch Penelope, her cat, so that she could, in her words, “put my doll clothes on the poor, ole thang.” The last one to pray was my five-year-old. She put her little hands together, closed her eyes, and prayed with all her heart “Lord, Lord, when I grow up, help me to find the right man!”

I could not help but smile at her precious request of God as I kissed them all goodnight and shut the bedroom door. But before I could take two steps, the Lord spoke clearly to my heart: “Why are you smiling? That is exactly what you should be praying every day for your children.”

Instantly I was convicted of that huge responsibility and fervently prayed my sweet daughter’s prayer for “the right” mate over each of them from that moment on.

Scripture tells us that Hannah had prayed fervently to become pregnant and God had granted her request. But what encourages me is that she didn’t pray once or twice and then sit back, waiting for an answer. I Samuel 1:3 says that year after year she and her husband went to the sanctuary at Shiloh to worship and each time Hannah begged God for a child. Year after year after year.

Are you daily lifting up the future spouse for your son or daughter? That should be one of your first prayer requests each morning and the last one before you go to bed each night, year after year. We are encouraged in I Thessalonians to pray continually and to joyfully wait for an answer, even if it takes weeks or months . . . or years.

The Lord answered Hannah’s persistent prayer with a son that she named Samuel. And, in case you are wondering, He is answering my prayers for my children, too. Both of my daughters are married to Godly men who love the Lord and their families. Join me in praying – as long as it takes – for Christian spouses for our sons and daughters.

Father, may I continue to be faithful in prayer for my children and their future spouses, no matter how long it takes. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

R.A.P. it up . . .


Have you given serious thought to the spouse that your son or daughter will one day marry?

Are you willing to pray as long as it takes to ask the Lord to bring the right person into the lives of your children?


No matter the age of your child, spend one minute each day asking God to bring a Christian spouse into his or her life.

Periodically share Scripture about a Godly spouse with your child and pray with them that God will bring that person into their lives in His timing.


I Samuel 1:27 (NIV) “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.”

Galatians 6:9 (NIV) “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

I Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV) “Be joyful always; pray continually . . .”

 (For more of Nancy Hughes' writing, check out her blog, Encouragement from the War Room.)

Preliminary hearing set for Carthage man on meth charge

A preliminary hearing for a Carthage man on a felony methamphetamine possession charge is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Jasper County Circuit Court in Carthage.

Jonathan P. Plummer (DOB 1981) was arrested during a Jasper County Sheriff's Office traffic stop on MO 43 October 11.

According to the probable cause statement, a deputy pulled Jonathan P. Plummer (DOB 1981) over after he ran a stop sign at Gum Road and State Highway.

Plummer told the deputy he had "dope" in his pocket and when asked what "dope" was, he answered "meth," according to the probable cause statement, which said a clear baggie of meth was found in Plummer's pocket.

In addition to the meth charge, Plummer was cited for failing to stop at a stop sign and for not maintaining financial responsibility.

Arraignment scheduled for former Joplin resident charged in Club XO shooting

A Coffeyville, Kansas man who allegedly shot a Joplin man outside of Club XO August 20 will be arraigned Tuesday in Jasper County Circuit Court.

Quaeshawn Demone Clark, 28, a former Joplin resident, waived his preliminary hearing on assault and armed criminal action charges December 7 and was bound over for trial.

The allegations against Clark are spelled out in the probable cause statement:

On 08/20/2023, Officers with the Joplin Police Department were dispatched to W 5th St and S Joplin Ave, Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri in reference to a shooting. V1 was located on scene with a gunshot wound to his upper left chest. 

V1 was rushed to a local hospital where he was in critical condition pending surgery due to the bullet causing damage to his lung. V1 was later interviewed, and the offender was identified as Quaeshawn Demone Clark. 

It was determined that V1 and Clark contacted each other outside and during an exchange of words, V1 observed Clark shoot him. Clark fled the area and was not located. V1 had pieces of his lung removed due to the damage caused from the bullet.

Friday, December 29, 2023

Joplin woman faces felony charge after driving 60 miles on flat tire in stolen car

A Joplin woman faces a felony charge of tampering in the first degree after being involved in an accident that blocked eastbound I-44 in Phelps County today.

A warrant was issued today for the arrest of Toni A. DeMyers, 42, with bond set at $25,000 cash only.

According to the probable cause statement, a witness told the Highway Patrol Demyers had driven the Kia Optima on a flat tire for approximately 60 miles "and was having issues maintaining a single lane."

Near the 171.6 mile marker, the Kia traveled off the right side of the roadway and collided with the guardrail. The driver overcorrected and struck a tractor trailer that was traveling in the left lane, overtaking the Kia. The Kia came to rest partially in the roadway, facing northeast.

DeMyers initially said she couldn't get to her identification because of the accident, gave the trooper a name, the probable cause statement said, told him her birthday was "January," then offered a corrected version. After checking the information, the trooper was able to determine that she was not who she said she was.

DeMyers was identified through her fingerprints.

The name she initially gave the trooper turned out to be the person who was the rightful owner of the car.

I had Troop I Communications find a phone number for {her} and I contacted her about the car. I informed  {her}I was with Demyers and her vehicle, and she became instantly agitated and was yelling. She confirmed that Demyers did not have authorization to have the Kia, and stated she reported the vehicle as stolen to the Joplin Police Department earlier in the morning.

The Joplin Police Department confirmed the vehicle was stolen.

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Thirty years ago today- Doug Ringler, 8, Carthage, murdered

(This post was originally published five years ago on the 25th anniversary of Doug Ringler's murder. The introduction has been changed to reflect that five years have passed.)

It was 30 years ago today that the city of Carthage had its innocence taken by the brutal murder of Douglas Ryan Ringler, 8, a second grader at Hawthorne Elementary School.

The murder took place just three weeks after I became managing editor of the Carthage Press and I wrote about it in the following chapter from my 2007 book the Turner Report with some of the information supplied from reports written by Amy Lamb, Randee Kaiser and me covering various aspects of the murder investigation and the case as it wound its way through the courts.

It was standing room only at the BYKOTA Church for an early-afternoon service that two weeks earlier no one could have ever foreseen.

I was one of those standing, leaning against a wall in the back of the church, making an estimate of the number of those who were continuing to squeeze their way into the facility, which would be replaced within a year by a larger building.

More than 500 were standing or sitting shoulder to shoulder as the time for the service approached. In the front left corner, a cluster of multi-colored balloons and groupings of flowers surrounded an 11 x 17 photo of a smiling, eight-year-old boy.

Carthage was paying its final respects to Douglas Ryan Ringer, a second grader at Hawthorne Elementary School…and a victim in the brutal murder that robbed the city of its innocence.

Judge orders Joplin man held without bond on child pornography charges

 A Joplin man will be held without bond while awaiting trial on charges of receiving and distributing child pornography.

U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush ordered Shawn Jay Moore, 58, held following a hearing today in Springfield.

According to a detention motion filed today, Moore allegedly uploaded 14 files depicting child pornography onto an online dating website.

The defendant was later interviewed and confessed to downloading child pornography from the internet on a daily basis.

According to the detention motion, Moore also "has an extensive history of alcohol abuse manifested in six convictions for driving while intoxicated."

Four candidates file for Joplin R-8 Board of Education

Four candidates filed for two 3-year seats on the Joplin R-8 Board of Education by Tuesday's deadline.

Those who will be on the ballot in April will be incumbents Rylee Hartwell and John Hird, former board member Derek Gander and Victor Sly.

Agenda posted for Joplin City Council meeting

6:00 P.M.


Call To Order

Pledge of Allegiance of the United States of America

Roll Call




Finalization Of Consent Agenda


Reports And Communications


News From The Public Information Office


Citizen Requests And Petitions


Mary Price Requested To Speak On Budget, Fiscal Accountability, Capital Improvements Tax


Public Hearings


Public Hearing Procedures



AN ORDINANCE approving the deannexation by the Council of the City of Joplin, Missouri, of property generally located at 3031 N Arizona Ave. 


Consent Agenda


Minutes Of The December 18, 2023, City Council Meeting



AN ORDINANCE approving an Agreement between the City of Joplin, Missouri, and the Economic Security Corporation that pertains to 2023 CDBG public service grant funds; authorizing the City Manager to execute same on behalf of the City.

  1. CB2023-407.PDF


AN ORDINANCE approving an Agreement between the City of Joplin, Missouri, and the Homeless Coalition that pertains to 2023 CDBG public service grant funds; authorizing the City Manager to execute same on behalf of the City.

  1. CB2023-408.PDF


AN ORDINANCE amending Chapter 86 – Parks and Recreation, Article II – Park Rules and Regulations.

  1. CB2023-614.PDF


AN ORDINANCE amending Chapter 86 – Parks and Recreation, Article VI – Trails, Section 86-200 – Trail rules.

  1. CB2023-615.PDF



Ordinances - Emergency



AN ORDINANCE approving a purchase agreement between the City of Joplin and Trapeze Software Group Inc. d.b.a TripSpark Technologies (TripSpark), for the purchase of transit scheduling software license and maintenance services; and, amending the Annual Budget of the City of Joplin for the Fiscal Year 2023-2024 as adopted by Ordinance 2023-158 on October 16, 2023; and, containing an emergency clause. 



AN ORDINANCE approving the City of Joplin to enter into an agreement with Emery Sapp and Sons Inc. in the amount of Three Hundred Seventy-Four Thousand Eight Hundred Eighty-Seven and 76/100 dollars ($374,887.76) for construction of the East Town Sidewalks 2023 project and authorizing the City Manager or his designee to execute the same by and on behalf of the City of Joplin; amending the Annual Budget of the City of Joplin for the Fiscal Year 2023-2024 as adopted by Ordinance 2023-158 on October 16, 2023; and containing an emergency clause.



AN ORDINANCE approving an agreement with Joplin Industrial Electric Co., Inc. in the amount of Two Hundred Ninety-Nine Thousand Forty-four and 00/100 DOLLARS ($299,044.00) for Justice Center Electrical Upgrades and 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 the contract by and between the City of Joplin and USA Demolition for the demolition of the structure(s) and clearing of a lot located at 926 S Chestnut Ave. in the City of Joplin, Missouri, for Five Thousand Four Hundred Ninety-Five dollars ($5,495.00); providing how the cost thereof shall be paid; how the assessment thereof shall be made; and containing an emergency clause.



AN ORDINANCE approving the contract by and between the City of Joplin and USA Demolition for the demolition of the structure(s) and clearing of a lot located at 1202 S Jackson Ave. in the City of Joplin, Missouri, for Four Thousand Three Hundred Ninety-Five dollars ($4,395.00); providing how the cost thereof shall be paid; how the assessment thereof shall be made; and containing an emergency clause.



AN ORDINANCE    amending the Annual Budget of the City of Joplin for the Fiscal Year 2023-2024 as adopted by Ordinance 2023-158 on October 16, 2023, to adjust appropriations and containing an emergency clause.    



AN ORDINANCE authorizing the City of Joplin, Missouri, to enter into an Agreement with Higginbotham Inc., for the purpose of professional brokering and other loss control services not to exceed price of Sixty Thousand Dollars ($60,000.00) per year, for a three (3) year contract term; authorizing the City Manager to execute the same by and on behalf of the City of Joplin; and containing an emergency clause.


Ordinances - First Reading


Ordinances - Second Reading And Third Reading



AN ORDINANCE adopting a new step pay plan by reference the City Salary Administration Plan; establishing the annual salary of certain Classified and Unclassified positions for Fiscal Year 2024-2025; and setting a date when this Ordinance shall become effective.

  1. CB2023-542.PDF

Unfinished Business


New Business

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Bill would open Missouri public school sports to homeschool students

By Annelise Hanshaw

A bill to allow home-educated students to participate in Missouri public school activities is back for the upcoming legislative session — and has been coupled with provisions rolling back state oversight of homeschooling families.

Sen. Ben Brown, a Washington Republican, pre-filed a 52-page bill that largely resembles the version he sponsored that cleared the Senate last session.

While it initially was only two pages and focused on giving homeschool kids the opportunity to play sports and join clubs in public schools, it now would add a new category for home-educated students and rescind attendance officers’ authority over homeschool families.

“As a former athlete myself whose childhood was greatly impacted by my participation in the sport of wrestling, I feel strongly that it is wrong to deny these potentially life-changing opportunities to children,” Brown told the Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee during a March hearing.

The Missouri State High School Activities Association policy is to allow homeschooled students to participate in their local school districts’ sports if they are enrolled in at least one credit hour of instruction, which is typically two classes in non-block-scheduled schools. School districts are allowed to be more restrictive and ban homeschool participation.

Brown’s bill would prohibit schools from requiring enrollment in classes, but any instruction or training required for the club or sport would still be allowed.

No one testified in opposition to the bill in March, but that was expanded to remove local oversight of homeschooling families.


State Rep. Maggie Nurrenbern, a Kansas City Democrat, said what concerns her about the legislation is “simply not knowing which students are being homeschooled.”

“It’s imperative… that when parents make the decision to homeschool their child, we have some reporting procedures in place so that we know which students are actually being homeschooled,” she said in an interview with The Independent.

The bill would remove a section of state law that says families “may provide… a declaration of enrollment stating their intent for the child to attend a home school” to the local school district or the county recorder of deeds.

Kim Quon, a regional director for the Missouri homeschool advocacy organization Families for Home Education, told The Independent that the statute’s wording “causes confusion for everybody.”

She said the declaration of enrollment is optional because the law says they “may provide” that document. Quon recommends families notify a school in writing if a child is homeschooled, but some have felt obligated to do this by school administrators.

The bill also would rescind a law allowing attendance officers to investigate compliance with the state’s compulsory attendance law. The law requires home schools to offer at least 1,000 hours of instruction, with at least 600 of those in core subjects like reading and math.

Quon said families document their hours of learning but do not submit that information for review.

“We don’t submit our hours,” she said. “It’s not anybody’s business.”

She is also opposed to attendance officers checking on homeschooling families, saying: “There just doesn’t need to be that level of scrutiny.”

School attendance officers and the Department of Social Services’s Children’s Division can assess whether a child is being neglected after being removed from public school.

A study from the state of Connecticut’s Office of the Child Advocate found that 36% of families that pulled their children out of public school in a three-year period had at least one accepted report of child abuse or neglect. A majority had multiple reports of abuse or neglect.

Quon said the Children’s Division could still investigate instances of neglect, but she is worried attendance officers may abuse their power.

The Independent asked if she heard of attendance officers investigating families that are tracking hours and homeschooling.

“I don’t know,” she said. “I’m not aware of this happening too terribly much. But the fact that it’s there leaves that option for anybody to do that.”

Homeschooled athletes

Quon said homeschooling families have different reactions to the idea of their kids in public-school sports and clubs.

Some value the privacy of being detached from the school district while others desire access to the amenities their tax dollars help pay for.

Brown’s bill could help alleviate some homeschooling families’ privacy concerns, said Zeke Spieker, legislative assistant to Sen. Jill Carter, a Republican from Granby. Carter testified in favor of Brown’s bill in March.

“There’s always a concern that when you give school students access to these activities that there are going to be some strings attached that would cause a loss of homeschool freedom,” Spieker said. “So last year, in an effort to try to assuage some of those concerns, they created the FLEX category.”

Brown’s bill calls for the defining of “FLEX schools,” or family-led educational experience schools. The differences between FLEX students and homeschool students are that FLEX students can participate in public-school activities and obtain K-12 scholarships through the state’s MOScholars tax-credit program.

Spieker, who was homeschooled himself, said some homeschooling families are still concerned about the FLEX language.

He and his family have talked with home educators for years and made trips to the Missouri Capitol to ask for the ability to play in public school sports.

Spieker said he’s watched opportunities for homeschooled children grow during his family’s advocacy. His brother Jonah, a high-school senior, was homeschooled but played on Webb City’s football team.

Quon said the bill could benefit students further away from Missouri’s major cities the most, where there aren’t many options outside of public school activities.

She said the Families for Home Education’s position on the legislation is “neutral as long as nobody does anything crazy with the bill.”

Last legislative session, the bill expanded in a House committee to include provisions about four-day school weeks, school board vacancies, foster-child enrollment and other education matters. It was never debated on the House floor.

Nurrenbern said the amendments will likely determine the bill’s fate.

“There will be hopefully some good amendments that can be attached to this and make it,” she said. “If there’s more good than bad in the bill, I think it will pass.”

Joplin man charged with statutory sodomy, child molestation involving 12-year-old girl

Felony statutory sodomy and child molestation charges were filed in Jasper County Circuit Court today against a Joplin man.

According to the probable cause statement, Cody J. A. Shively (DOB 1991) allegedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl at her home in November.

Shively came to the home in an intoxicated condition and stayed overnight, the statement said, and during the evening came into the girl's room and assaulted her with his fingers for a half hour then stopped, left the room and went to sleep on the couch.

Shively told the Joplin Police he was too intoxicated to remember anything he did that evening, according to the probable cause statement.

Shively's bond has been set at $25,000 cash only with the stipulation that he have no contact with anyone under age 18.


Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Carthage man arrested for DWI, resisting arrest after allegedly fleeing police at 110 miles per hour

A Carthage man was charged with driving while intoxicated and felony resisting arrest by fleeing following a 38-mile pursuit today that at times reached speeds of up to 110 miles per hour.

A $10,000 cash-only bond was set for Michael Gene Elliott (DOB 2003).

From the probable cause statement:

On 12/26/2023 at approximately 0350hrs a traffic stop was attempted on a red Toyota operated by suspect 1 for lane violations and speeds 26 or more over the posted speed limit. 

Suspect 1 failed to stop for emergency lights and Sirens. Suspect 1 led Deputies on a pursuit lasting 38 miles reaching speeds of 100mph in residential areas and passing other driver on the highway at speeds of 110mph placing them in substantial risk of serious physical injury or death. 

While attempting to flee from Deputies Suspect 1 struck a street sign and knocked it to the ground causing damage to it. While fleeing the driver failed to maintain his lane and also exceeded the posted speed limit more than once more than 26mph. 

Suspect 1 showed as a revoked driver at the time of the stop. Once the pursuit came to an end in a residential area Suspect 1 was placed into restraints and a strong odor of intoxicants was present on his person. 

Suspect 1 kept falling asleep while Deputies were trying to talk with him. Suspect 1 eyes were blood shot and glassy. 

Suspect 1 refused to cooperate with Deputies and denied any further questions or request. While on scene and in front of several Officers and a Deputy suspect 1 attempted to slip out of his restraints but was stopped before he could.

Elliott was also cited for speeding and driving while revoked.

The case was investigated by the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Man accused of brutally beating Jasper policewoman being considered for "pretrial release program"

A Columbia man charged with assaulting a Jasper police officer says he does not intend to hire an attorney and he does not want a public defender.

Jasper County Circuit Court online documents indicate that despite his lack of cooperation, a hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. January 3 to determine if  Brandon Lucky David (DOB 1978) should be put in the "pretrial release program."

David is currently in the Jasper County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond, charged with first degree assault of a special victim.

David and his girlfriend, Raven Cheyenne Gomez (DOB 1996), Columbia, allegedly assaulted a Jasper police officer when she responded to a report of an argument between the two at Pete's Convenience Store October 16.

As the officer conducted a search, she was punched by Gomez who pushed her to the ground causing her to hit her head on the pavement, according to the probable cause statement.

After that, the officer became disoriented.

David left the car and began punching the officer with a closed fist several times in the head and upper body area, the statement said.

David climbed into the patrol car as if he planned to steal it, but apparently was unable to figure out how to use the different gear shift, according to the statement.

As that was happening, Gomez returned to her car, backed up and ran over the officer's foot, then ran over it again when she drove the car forward. David left the patrol car and got back into Gomez' vehicle, the court document said.

The officer sustained numerous bruises to the face, neck and body, a sprained foot and a softball-size hematoma in the back of the head, but has since returned to duty.

David and Gomez took off, but were captured in Allen County, Kansas. While in the Allen County Jail, Gomez allegedly attacked and attempted to murder another inmate October 24, so no hearings in her case have been held in Jasper County at this point.

Judge denies bond reduction for accused Joplin child molester

An accused Joplin child molester remains in the Jasper County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond after Jasper County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Hensley denied his motion for bond reduction Thursday.

Jason Wade Black, 49, is charged with two counts of statutory sodomy in the first degree and single counts of child molestation in the second degree and attempted sexual exploitation of a minor. The cases involved an 8-year-old girl, according to court documents.

Black's preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. January 18.

Details about the case are included in this November 13 Turner Report post;

The Turner Report: Joplin man charged with sodomizing, molesting 8-year-old girl (


Friday, December 22, 2023

Joplin R-8 Board accepts four teacher resignations, hires two teachers, 22 classified employees

The Joplin R-8 Board of Education accepted the resignations of two teachers and hired two teachers and 22 classified employees during a closed session Tuesday.

The teachers whose resignations were accepted were Amanda Jones and Crystal Thomas, an elementary special education teacher.

The two resignations were handled individually with the board voting unanimously to accept them.

The board also approved the "separations" of Katie Bozarth, practical nursing director at Franklin Tech, and Dazesha Williams, a teacher at McKinley Elementary. Those "separations" were accepted in a group along with the hirings.

Classified Hires: Megan Blair, Cynthia Burnham, Macie Buxton, Jeremiah Danner, Jennifer Dial, Chelsie Edwards, Emily Evans, Brandice Gallagher, Brittany Grant, Tiffay Bruenn, Amanda Hunt, Belinda Miller, Annie Montierth, Shelby Moore, Joseph Morales, Johnny Osborne, Kerstyn Russow, Marium Swidel, Brynne Smith, Kelli Trent, Anna Wilson, Hannah Young.

Certified Hire: Kristin Carter, Deonna Anderson

Substitute Teacher Hires: Evan Overstreet, Shaelea Finney, Jesse Zajac, Hannah Skelton, Kaleb Foster, Jennifer Rose, Selena McCamish, Mika Graham, Rhonda Ackerson, Barbara Hannah, Elizabeth Davison, Julie Conway, Tim Oster, Lisa Jolley, Linda Sharp, Shad Fanning, Adrianne Pfeffer, Sarah Glidwell, Aurora Glaubitz.

Substitute Secretary Hire:  Christina Barron

Webb City man charged with kidnapping ex-girlfriend, threatening to stab and kill her

A Webb City man was charged with kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and an arrest warrant was issued for his arrest today.

According to the probable cause statement, Zachary John Minck, (DOB 1986) brought gifts to his ex-girlfriend's apartment in Joplin Thursday and was told he couldn't stay too long. After a while, the woman asked Minck to leave.

He refused to leave and pulled a knife out. He held the knife toward V1 and told her that if she called the police or tried to leave, he would stab and kill her. 

V1 stated that she felt trapped in her home and believed that if she tried to leave, he would truly stab and kill her. At one point he laid down and fell asleep in front of the door to prevent her from leaving. 

She was eventually able to get out of the home with {their child} and contacted the police. Zachary fled the scene on foot and was not contacted.

The Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney's office also charged Minck with armed criminal action.

When Minck is arrested, he will be held without bond.

Carl Junction man appointed as student representative to MSSU Board of Governors

 (From Gov. Mike Parson)

Today, Governor Mike Parson announced eight appointments to various boards and commissions.

Maddox Studdard, of Carl Junction, was appointed as the student representative to the Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors.

Mr. Studdard currently serves as a sales professional at Frank Fletcher Toyota. He currently attends Missouri Southern State University, and is pursuing a Bachelor of business administration with an emphasis in finance.

Dr. Doug Burgess, of Parkville, was appointed to the Drug Utilization Review Board.

Dr. Burgess currently serves as medical director of addiction services at University Health and as associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in biology/pre-medicine from the University of Missouri and a Doctor of Medicine from Saint Louis University Medical School. He completed a residency in general psychiatry at the Duke University Medical Center and a fellowship in addiction psychiatry at Medical University of South Carolina. Additionally, Dr. Burgess holds dual board certification in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Charles (Chuck) Bryant, of Creve Coeur, was appointed to the Public School Retirement System of Missouri, Board of Trustees.

Mr. Bryant currently serves as director of business development at Kennedy Capital Management, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science in finance from Stetson University and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Louis University.

Jane Earnhart, of Springfield, was appointed to the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors, and Professional Landscape Architects.

Ms. Earnhart currently serves as senior landscape architect at Olsson, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University.

Andrea Jackson, of Saint Louis, was appointed to the Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District.

Ms. Jackson currently serves as managing director for the St. Louis Community Foundation's Regional Response Team. She holds a Bachelor of General Studies, a Master of Education, and a Doctor of Education, all from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Kenneth Jones, of Clarksburg, was appointed to the Missouri State Capitol Commission.
Mr. Jones served as chairman and board member of the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole for six years. He served five years as Missouri State Representative for District 117, Moniteau County Sheriff for 19 years, and as a Missouri State Trooper for nine years. Mr. Jones was the owner of AA Propane for two years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in agriculture from the University of Missouri, and he graduated from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Academy in 1974.


Dr. Kishore Khot, of Cape Girardeau, was appointed to the Mental Health Commission.

Dr. Khot currently serves as a physician at the Community Counseling Center, and he has been practicing there for the past 23 years. He holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College in Belgaum, India. He also holds a Doctor of Medicine from Albany Medical College. He completed a residency in psychiatry at Albany Medical College and a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Florida. Additionally, Dr. Khot is certified by the American Board of Psychology and Neurology as a psychiatrist.

Kurt D. Witzel, of Saint Louis County, was appointed to the Missouri State Capitol Commission.

Mr. Witzel is retired from Anheuser-Busch, Inc., after serving 35 years as a marketing executive. He holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from the University of Missouri. He spent 13 years on the board of Missouri Mansion Preservation Organization (now the Friends of the Missouri Governor’s Mansion), serving nine of those years as vice-president. Additionally, he serves on the boards of multiple historic preservation foundations in the Saint Louis area.

Joplin man who murdered 17-year-old daughter files appeal

Three days after being sentenced to life in prison for murdering his 17-year-old daughter, Todd Mayes, 61, Joplin has filed a notice of appeal to the Missouri Southern District Court of Appeals.

Mayes was sentenced to life for second degree murder and 15 years for armed criminal action with the sentences to run consecutively.

Mayes shot and killed his daughter January 9, 2022, after she threw a bottle at him during an argument.

A Jasper County found him guilty November 1.

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Joplin men charged with firing AR-15 at someone else's property while intoxicated

The Newton County Prosecuting Attorney filed a misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon while intoxicated charge against Justin S. Chandler (DOB 1979), Joplin, and Dale A. Pedersen (DOB 1959) today.

From the probable cause statement:

From his front yard, Justin Chandler, while under the influence of alcohol, shot multiple rounds from an AR 15 across into targets that he had set up on someone else's property on the other side of the roadway. 

Justin Chandler admitted to being under the influence of alcohol and shooting into the targets on the other side of the roadway from his yard. Justin admitted to this not being the first time that he had shot the targets across the roadway.

Pedersen's probable cause statement was virtually identical.

Tinitial appearance for both men is scheduled for 10 a.m. February 20 in Newton County Circuit Court.

The case was investigated by the Newton County Sheriff's Office.