KOAM News to Know 12-5

Joplin, Mo – A Joplin couple that were the victims of what the police call an Arson/Burglary back in early November now speak out as to why they think it happened. Megan Stanley, her fiance Darci, and their six-year-old daughter were away when police say someone kicked in their back door, vandalized their home with hate speech, then set fire to the home. They believe they were targeted because of their lifestyle. The Joplin Police Department is still investigating the incident.

Webb City, Mo – Former Webb City Teacher Nicholas Popejoy sees a reduced bond after accusations of sexual contact with a student. A Jasper County Judge agreed to reduce Nicholas Popejoy’s bond from $100,000 to $25,000. The judge also amended Popejoy’s release conditions. Those include no contact with the alleged victim, even through attorney.

Bentonville, Ak – A fire at an industrial plant in Bentonville sent thick clouds of smoke through Benton County. The fire broke out at United Industries, a plant full of laminated plastic materials. According to Northwest Medical Center, one person was injured at the scene and has already been released from the hospital. All other employees were accounted for, and no emergency crew members were harmed.

Neosho, Mo – The city of Neosho approved funding for a new mountain bike trail in Morse Park. Community members gathered to talk about the plans and any ideas or concerns they had. The construction will be done by Progressive Bike Ramps Company. $190,000 has been allocated to the project. Phase one would include five miles of single track trail, skills loop, and a bicycle playground for kids.