The suspect in a recent McDonald County armed robbery entered a not guilty plea last Wednesday.

Arraignment was held Wednesday for Matthew W. Adkins, 29 of Grove, Okla.

Adkins faces felony charges of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action, after allegedly entering the Filling Station convenience store early Tuesday, July 2, near Southwest City, and demanding money from the clerk at gunpoint.

Adkins will appear before McDonald County Judge John LePage at 10 a.m. Monday, July 29 for a pre-trial conference.

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A pre-trial conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. today for a Neosho man facing charges of forcible rape and statutory rape.

Robert A. Herrin, 34, is set to appear before Newton County Judge Gregory Stremel.
Herrin, whose attorney has filed a motion to dismiss, is accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl on May 26 at his residence.

Herrin has plead not guilty to the charges. 

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Joplin resident Timothy Sargent, 50, will be back in court on Wednesday, July 17 for another pre-trial conference.
Sargent will appear before Newton County Judge Gregory Stremel at 10 a.m. that day. He has been accused of possession of a chemical with intent to manufacture a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Sargent was arrested after deputies with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office recovered a stolen truck, construction equipment, a log splitter and components of a meth lab at a residence on Klausen Lane in rural Neosho.

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A rural Neosho man facing drug charges appeared before Judge Gregory Stremel for a pre-trial conference on June 11 and is not set to appear back in court until October 1.

William Shane Poole, 48, is set to appear for another pre-trial conference at 9 a.m. Oct. 1 in Stremel’s courtroom.

Poole faces felony charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and first-degree child endangerment.

Authorities with the Newton County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant at Poole’s rural Neosho home on March 25, and discovered a large amount of methamphetamine and two working meth labs. A 1-year-old child was also present in the home, and was taken into custody of protective services.