Category: Joplin Missouri News Stories

Fire Destroys Sandstone Gardens

Fire destroys iconic building in Loma Linda, Sandstone Gardens located off I-44 west of Joplin, Missouri. The first calls were reported around 2 a.m. with multiple fire engines assisting in the massive blaze.

No injuries were reported!

Fire is under investigation at this time.

Photos and video footage below:

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Photo Credit: Jeremy Scherle/Regional Entertainment

Real ID In Missouri To Fly In 2020


If you are planing a trip in the future important changes coming your way.

This is part of the REAL ID Act of 2005 that was put into place after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in 2001.

Missouri is one of 11 states that was granted an extension, and the other 39 already comply

This will limit anyone without a REAL ID, from entering places like federal courthouses, nuclear power plants, military bases and flights.

Missouri residents will have until Oct. 1, 2020, before it becomes mandatory to have a REAL ID to enter certain federal facilities and board a commercial airliner.


for more information about Missouri drivers licenes see link below

Two Vehicle Collision Rangeline Rd Joplin Mo


Two vehicle collision reported after 7:40 p.m. last night on Rangeline Rd in Joplin, Missouri.
Joplin Police Department, Joplin Fire Department Engine 3, and EMS were dispatached to the crash.
The collision was cleaned up shortly after 8:15 p.m.

(Video and Photos on scene Rangeline Rd)

Death Investigation 2602 S Vermont Joplin Mo

Press Release Death Investigation

Media Contact: Captain Nick Jimenez 417-623-3131 ext 676

On November 11th, 2019 Joplin Police Department investigators were conducting a neighborhood canvass in reference to an arson investigation that took place at 2605 S. New Hampshire Ave. During the neighborhood canvass information was developed on an unrelated case. Information was brought forward that a deceased person was inside the residence of 2602 S. Vermont Ave. Multiple follow ups by investigations were conducted on November 12th, 2019 by Joplin Police investigators. A search warrant for 2602 S. Vermont Ave was executed by the Joplin Police Department on November 12th, 2019. The search located a deceased adult male in a freezer inside the residence. The investigation is on-going. An autopsy is being scheduled for the deceased male. Identification is being withheld pending notification of next of kin and positive identification of the body. If you have any information or tips about this investigation you are asked to contact Sgt. Wolf at 417-623-3131 x881 or

Photo Credit: Jeremy Scherle/Regional Entertainment

Update – On November 13th, 2019 a warrant was issued for Abandonment Of A Corpse for Barbara J. Watters, 67 years of age of 2602 S. Vermont Joplin, MO in reference to this investigation. The bond amount has been set at $100,000 cash. Below is pic of suspect and vehicle model

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Structure Fire West 2nd St Joplin Mo

A structure fire was reported on West 2nd St in Joplin, Missouri this evening. Multiple Joplin Fire Engines were dispatched along with medical and the local electric company. Joplin Police Department has several roads blocked off detouring traffic away from the area. Several residents living on and near the 800 block are without power due to the fire. Joplin Fire Department battled the blaze since after 6:40 p.m. it was under control shortly after 8 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

(video footage on the scene coverage)

Photo Credit: Jeremy Scherle/Regional Entertainment