Missouri man indicted by federal grand jury for bank robbery

Story courtesy of the Miami County Republic

A Kansas City, Mo., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for robbing a Great Southern Bank in Joplin, Mo., on June 19, and could possibly face a federal indictment in Kansas in connection with a Louisburg bank robbery that occurred earlier that day.

Leland Scott Graham, 57, was charged with bank robbery in an indictment returned by a grand jury on Tuesday, June 27, in U.S. District Court in Springfield.

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office was listed as one of the investigators in the case because the Joplin bank robbery, which occurred on the afternoon of June 19, is possibly linked to the Landmark National Bank robbery that took place that morning in Louisburg.

A federal grand jury has yet to return an indictment for the Louisburg bank robbery. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas likely will be prosecuting that case. The office did not respond to a request for an interview.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the original federal criminal complaint, Graham walked into Great Southern Bank, 1232 S. Range Line Road in Joplin, and allegedly proceeded to the teller counter, announced a robbery, and demanded money before lifting his shirt to display what tellers believed was a handgun in his waistband, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Western Missouri.

The tellers handed over money, the affidavit states, and Graham left the bank. The affidavit said he dropped some of the cash on the bank floor as he was leaving. Surveillance cameras in the bank captured good quality video during the robbery, authorities said.

The Landmark National Bank, located at 100 W. Amity St. in Louisburg, was robbed at about 10 a.m. July 19 when a man entered the facility and demanded money. No weapons were displayed, and he left with an undisclosed amount of money.

No one was injured during the incident. The suspect left the bank in a four-door white sedan, traveling east on Amity Street.

Later Monday the Great Southern Bank branch was robbed in a similar fashion by a suspect matching the Louisburg bank robber’s description who was also driving a white sedan.

On the day of the robbery, the Joplin Police Department released surveillance images to the media and requested the public’s assistance to identify the bank robber. The next day, July 20, 2021, the police received a tip that identified Graham as the robber, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

Officers located Graham in Kansas City, Mo., and attempted to stop the vehicle he was driving. Graham did not immediately stop and after a short pursuit, he left the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. Graham was taken into custody a short time later, according to the release.

The charge contained in this indictment is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie L. Wan. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Joplin, Mo., Police Department; the Miami County Sheriff’s Office; the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department.

The Little Apple

Vol 29 no 30

 July 28 2021

The Appleton City Park Board has open seats and needs new members. They currently only have 5 members out of 9 seats, which means every current member must attend every meeting because the state requires a minimum of 5 members present to officially make decisions – pass budget, approve repairs, etc. With only 5, it’s challenging to say the least. If you live within the AC city limits and could generously share just an hour a month, contact one of these park board members to see how: Shellie Unell, Annie Johnson, April Collins, or Cindy Wade. Appleton City is fortunate to have several parks that locals, as well as visitors, enjoy. The parks provide opportunity for fair grounds and play grounds, cars shows and youth sports, a place to cool off in the summer, and gather with friends and family indoors and outdoors. And it takes a community to make it all happen!

It’s an Ice Cream Social to celebrate the Missouri Bicentennial Tuesday, August 10, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Forest Park and it’s free. Come be a part of the state-wide celebration (and maybe get your photo taken for the Missouri Bicentennial social media). The event is sponsored by the GFWC Achievers of Appleton City. For more information go to https://missouri2021.org/ice-cream-social/

Core Four is sponsoring “Friends Helping Friends Miller Family Benefit” chicken dinner Sunday, August 15 from 11:00 a.m. until the chicken is gone at the Farmhouse Kitchen, 302 Railroad St. Appleton City, MO. The event will benefit Tammy Miller and her daughter Tory, who have been off work due to illness and have incurred numerous medical expenses. The meal is $12 per person and includes Kickin’ Chicken fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, green beans, slaw, hot roll and tea or lemonade. You can dine in or take out. Other items of interest include a bake sale by friends and family and additional activities. For information, contact Robyn Eckhoff at 660-464-1762, Delores Bracher at 660-492-3831 or Jennifer Boden, at Community First Bank. A Cornhole Tournament will be held in the grassy area across from Farmhouse Restaurant.  Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. and the tournament starts at 11:00 a.m.  Registration is $30 per team of two and is double elimination.  There is only one division (all ages can play).  There will be cash payouts for the top 3 places.  All other proceeds to the Miller family. For more information, contact Kari and Bill Berry, tournament coordinators.

There will be a benefit Cornhole Tournament 6:30 p.m. August 7 2021 at the Montrose Ball Park.  All proceeds will be divided between Keon Engeman and Owen Westhusing. The adult division is $40 per team with cash prizes.  At least 1 player must be over 18 years old.  Junior division (12-18 years old) is $20 per team and little’s division (6 up to 12 years old) are free.  Concessions will be available and there will be a 54 card raffle for a Traeger Grill with soft side cooler.  All cash and prizes have been donated.  To make a cash donation, make it to OK Benefit Acct at Montrose savings.  For information, call Joe at 660-351-2994 or David at 660-492-7749.

The Montrose Class of 2024 is sponsoring a benefit whole hog raffle for Keon Engeman. They are selling raffle tickets for a whole hog plus the cost of processing. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. The hog is from the Henzlik Family Farm and the cost of processing is paid for by donations from families of the Montrose Class of 2024. If you win, you will be contacted via telephone. The drawing is September 1, 2021 and the pig will be delivered to processor at the beginning of September. All proceeds for this raffle will go directly to Keon Engeman for medical expenses. Contact any member of the Montrose Class of 2024 to purchase raffle tickets. If you have questions or need tickets, call Michelle Henzlik at 660-492-2885.

The Sesquicentennial will be August 12-15. The schedule will be out after August 1 and will be posted in the former Yoss Grocery windows. It will also be published in Mid America Bates county edition and AC Journal the week of August 1. 2021.

Appleton City Sesquicentennial “Those were the Days” Scavenger Hunt will be Thursday evening August 12.  Entry forms may be picked up beginning Thursday August 5, 2021 at the following businesses: Community First Bank, Casey’s, Farmhouse Restaurant or St. Clair County State Bank. All entries must be returned to Debbie Barber at Community First Bank by 3:00 p.m. Thursday August 12, 2021. More details are available when you pick up the form. Contact coordinator is Debbie Barber at 660-351-5358 for more information.

There will be daily Bus Homes Tours during the SQC event.  Free tickets will be available for pickup after August 1 at Shelter and All America insurance offices, or call 660-492-2380. Tickets will assure a person a seat on a specific day tour and time. Non-ticket holders will board the bus last.

Please help bring your local Appleton City art creation to the Art Exhibit at the Masonic Hall, Third and Locust Streets during the Sesquicentennial.  Some just have the talent and others could honor their instructors by displaying their creations. Mothers and grandmothers, you can be the exhibitor. Notify Lyndsi Rivera for more information drop by her shop, call 660-464-2575 or email oldmilldesignstudioac@gmail.com 


July 28     Sports physicals at AC Rural Health Clinic by appointment

July 31     1st Annual Osceola Community Athletic Association Poker Run, Hog Roast and Live Auction noon at the Osceola Ball Park

Aug 7       Ellett Memorial Block Party

Aug 7       Cornhole Tournament 6:30 p.m. at the Montrose Ball Park

Aug 8       Knights of Columbus pancake and sausage breakfast 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose

Aug 10     Free Ice Cream Social to celebrate the Missouri Bicentennial. 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Forest Park

Aug 12-15     AC Quasquacentennial Celebration

The Knights of Columbus will have their monthly pancake and sausage breakfast at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose on Sunday, August 8 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Treat your family to a hot breakfast you don’t have to cook or clean up.  A free will donation will be greatly appreciated

During the Sesquicentennial Celebration people are asked to tell a memory of Appleton City. It does not need to be long or involved, just a few minutes at the most. The memory will be videotaped and archived for future generations to enjoy.  The memory could be something of interest that you know or remember about AC, a fun story or just a favorite memory.  A place and time to share your story will be announced in the near future.  If people don’t share their memories, those great stories may someday be gone forever.

In conjunction with the Appleton City Sesquicentennial Celebration and also the congregation’s Sesquicentennial (+1), Trinity Lutheran Church will be sponsoring a quilt show at the church and inviting area quilters to participate.  The Quilt Show will be Friday and Saturday, August 13-14 during the Sesquicentennial.  Included in the show will be hand-quilted, machine-quilted, embroidered, appliquéd, and baby quilts, and wall hangings. If your quilt, either old or newer, has an interesting story with it, also plan on sharing that with the public. The show pre-registration begins now and ends June 30. At this time, 1 item can be registered per entry.  After June 30, depending on responses, the registration may be opened up again to include more available spaces at the show.  A $25 prize will be awarded in each category and a $50 “People’s Choice” Award. Call or text Kathy Rodick at 417-309-0471 with your name, address, phone number, and entry category, and a packet will be sent to be completed and brought with you to the show set-up on Thursday, August 12.

The annual Ellett Memorial Hospital Community Block Party is scheduled for Saturday, August 7.  Follow their Facebook page for new and exciting vendors being added this year. Word on the street is KC Wolf may be making an appearance again this year!

Does your school, not-for-profit organization, church or governmental entity have a project in mind that could use some funding?  Truman Lake Community Foundation, Inc. announces their Fall 2021 Grant Application cycle opens on August 1, 2021.  Grant applications must be completed online at https://www.grantinterface.com/Process/Apply?urlkey=cfozarksgrants (be sure to look for the Truman Lake Community Foundation Grantmaking Program Fall 2021) before the 5:00 p.m. August 31, 2021 deadline.  Awarded grants will be distributed in October 2021.  Any questions will be answered by emailing rcook@cookcompanyfinancial.com or calling 660-885-6195 and asking for Ryan Cook.

The 1st Annual Osceola Community Athletic Association Poker Run, Hog Roast and Live Auction will take place noon July 31 at the Osceola Ball Park. Registration is $25 per rider or $30 for a couple.  KSU at 12:30 and the last bike in at 3:30 p.m.  There will be payouts for best hand and worst hand.  A hog roast supper with sides, desserts and drinks will start at 5:00.  Advance meal tickets are $8.00 and $10.00 at the gate.  Live auction starts at 6:00 and silent auction from 4:00-6:30 p.m.  For more information, call/text Ray Burns at 417-327-5596 or Rachel Rothmayer at 417-326-9519.

Ellett Memorial Hospital offers outpatient specialist services for July and August, 2021. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: July 22 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, July 28 – Ortho – Dr. Gray, July 28 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Aug 4 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Aug 5 – OB/GYN, Dr. Kallberg,  Aug 11– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Aug 12 -Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Aug 13 Ortho-Dr. Gray, Aug 18-Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Aug 19 Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Aug 25 Ortho – Dr. Gray, Aug 25 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Aug 26 – Rheumatology – Dr. Tay

Last year several soybean fields exhibited potash deficiency.  As potash prices have climbed over the years, many producers have cut back on applications.  So although you may experience a good growing year, these potash deficient fields are not going to yield their full potential.  Potash deficiency shows up as yellowing along the leaf edges.  Soybean cyst nematode can cause the same symptoms. A 120 bushel corn yield removes 35 pounds of potash.  Forty-five bushel soybeans remove 65 pounds of potash.  So if you are rotating the two crops and only applying before the corn, you’d have to apply 100 pounds of potash just to replace what was removed.  If the soil needed potash to be built up or the yields were higher, even more would be needed.  If producers are converting pastures or hayfields to crops, these may be very low in potash and will need large amounts applied to produce good crops.  Three tons of fescue hay removes 100 pounds of potash.  So it is not surprising to find old hay fields that are nearly depleted of available potash.  A soil test will tell you where your levels are and if you need yearly potash applications to get your fertility back in shape.  Contact your local University of Missouri Extension Agronomy Specialist if you have questions. 

West Central Missouri Community Action Agency, with the best interest of the public and the safety of the communities that they serve, have decided to move away from an in-person Festival of Charity this year. While they were so excited to welcome everyone to join them for an evening of fun and charity, they have decided to pivot toward another option. With COVID-19 cases on the rise in southern Missouri and an overall increase for the state, they are moving to a series of online opportunities for the week of August 2, all leading up to the Raffle for a Cause LIVE drawing that will be held on both YouTube live and Facebook Live on August 5 at noon. They hope you can join them virtually and check out the videos they will be releasing all during that week.

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Kids Cooking At Poplar Heights Farms

Poplar Heights Living History Farm located Northeast of Butler is having a Kids Cooking Class August 4th from 9am to noon. Kids will learn how to measure, chop, mix, and cool the basics. Kids will get to put together a meal they fixed and then get to eat the meal. This cooking class is from kids 6 to 12 years old.  You will need to register your kids in advance. Class size will be limited. To register for the Kids Cooking Class at the Poplar Heights Living History farm or for more details including directions to the farm call 660-200-5620

City of Adrian Works to resolve issues for Sale of Adrian Manor

Story Courtesy of Mid America Live

Earlier this year,the city of Adrian Mo. agreed to sell the Adrian Manor and Crystal Manor facilities following the closure of both in January of this year due to financial hardship.

The buyer, Baptist Homes & Healthcare Ministries, agreed to a purchase price of $15,001.00 plus bills due, which were estimated to be in the $90,000 range.

In the months that followed that agreement, it was discovered there were some discrepancies which included COVID related costs that the city of Adrian will be reimbursed for at some point.

The Adrian City council held a public meeting July 19th to decide how to adjust the amount of bills the new owner will be required to pay- which now will be approximately $27,000.00 plus the original purchase price of $15,001.00.

The new owner of the former Adrian Manor and Crystal Manor is hoping to have the facilities reopened later this year.