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News to Know: Murder suspect pleads guilty to lesser charge, and Duenweg police investigate a stabbing

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Mo. – A southwest Missouri man pleads guilty to abandonment of a corpse. Ray Fryling had faced a number of other charges including first-degree murder. In December of 2019, Lawrence County detectives found someone had been using a missing man, Coy Cole’s, car and financial information. They traced the activity to Cole’s former roommate who told detectives that Fryling had shot Cole in the stomach. Deputies searched Fryling’s property in Verona and found a fresh burn pile with human remains. For a full breakdown of events in this case click here.
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Duenweg Police investigate stabbing

DUENWEG, Mo. — Just after 7 a.m. Monday morning reports of a stabbing in the 600 block of Patterson alerted Jasper County E911. Jasper County Deputies, METS ambulance and Duenweg Fire responded. Duenweg Police responded initiating an investigation. Shortly afterward yellow crime scene tape wrapped a residence at 624 Patterson. THE RESIDENCE IS LOCATED ON THE NW CORNER OF PATTERSON...

Dump truck crashes and burns off I-44 in Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. — About 11:15 a.m. Monday, a dump truck went through a guardrail on I-44 near mile marker 10 in Joplin. Joplin Police Officer Dalton Farmer told KOAM’s Shannon Becker that the driver refused transport to a hospital. Farmer said the dump truck experienced a flat tire before veering through a guardrail, going down an embankment and crashing. The...

Webb City PD seeks to honor fallen officer

WEBB CITY, Mo. — A fallen officer is the focus of a new effort in Webb City to honor the past. “August 2, 1902, Marshall Leonard Rich went to break up a bar fight in Webb City. He was killed in the line of duty that day,” said Webb City Police Dept. Chief Don Melton.

Vehicle crashes into Webb City Burger King

WEBB CITY, Mo. — About 4:45 p.m. Monday reports of a vehicle into the side of Burger King, 1312 S Madison. On the scene we are told the female driver failed to stop pulling into a parking spot. She was not injured. No one inside the building was injured. They remain open in the Drive-Thru only. The lobby is now...

Downtown Black History & Performing Arts Mural has a new unveiling date

Joplin, Missouri – The Langston Hughes Cultural Society worked in tandem with Joplin city government commission the Downtown Black History & Performing Arts Mural located at the intersection of 1st and Main St. Joplin citizens and lovers of art was supposed to witness the unveiling of the mural last month but due to poor weather conditions the event was postponed.

Joplin Eagles prep for 2022 with new faces

The lone class 6 squad in the area, the Joplin Eagles have taken the field to prepare for the 2022 season. Like most teams, the Eagles couldn’t be more excited to get things rolling for the coming year. Draven VanGilder said, “I love the game and I love getting out here and getting after it […]

Webb City Chamber receives new director

WEBB CITY, Mo. — The Webb City Chamber of Commerce has a new face heading the operation. LeeAnn Crider is now the executive director, following the resignation of Gwen Allen. But Crider is no stranger to the Chamber, since she’s been working there for the past nine years.

Power outages across the region as storms roll through

JOPLIN REGION — About 7:35 p.m. Monday reports of multiple power outages across the Joplin area. Initially just over 3,000 were without power. Traffic lights were reported out: 7th and Florida 7th and St Louis 4th and St Louis The Joplin outage (about 2,000) was attributed to a transformer that blew about 7:35 p.m. Power was restored to the middle...

Jr Golf Youth-Adult Scramble winners

The Columbus Recreation Junior Golf Program hosted a youth/adult scramble, Thursday, at the Brush Creek Golf Course. Members of the Junior Golf Program invited an adult to compete with them in the scramble format tournament. Seven places were awarded in three flights of competition. Junior Golfers and their partners earning a top-seven place are pictured above by flight. The tournament concluded…
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2022 Fall Preview: Diamond Volleyball

Diamond volleyball won its second district title in three seasons in a 15-win campaign last year. The Wildcats will have a new coach at the helm this year in Morgan Hayes. “I was very attracted to Diamond because I heard many great things about this program,” Hayes said. “I thought it would be such a great experience to coach here. After seeing such great things this summer I am very excited to see where this season takes us. I have very high hopes for this season.”

Carl Junction’s final “Second Tuesday” of 2022

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Carl Junction’s largest festival of the year that features their Main Street business district, took place this evening (8/9). As kids head back to school in just a couple of weeks, the Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce put on their final “Second Tuesday” event for the summer season.

Joplin aims to reload on defense in 2022

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Eagles are in the middle of their first week of football practice. On defense, the Eagles will have plenty of new faces on the field this fall – after graduating 9 of 11 starters from last year’s team. “The good thing is...

UPDATE: Dog fallen off Shoal Creek cliffs

JOPLIN, Mo. — An update on a story we first brought you last week — a dog affectionally known as “Tumble” continues to recover at the Joplin Humane Society. He was rescued from an area in Joplin known as Mother Nature’s Crack” last week.

Eugene Wesley “Gene” Ralston

Eugene Wesley “Gene” Ralston, 74, Joplin, Missouri, passed away Saturday, August 6, 2022, at his home. He was born on June 14, 1948, in Carthage, Missouri, the son of Lester and Evelyn (Lown) Ralston. Gene attended Carthage Schools growing up, after finishing school went to worked as an over the road truck driver. He married Judi Brooks, to this union two children were born; they later divorced. He was a member of the Blendville Christian Church of Joplin, Missouri. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing golf, playing pool, and bowling.