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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Court appearances set in several area cases

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  • A Grove, Okla., man accused of armed robbery of a McDonald County convenience store will be back in court Monday.
    Matthew W. Adkins, 29, is slated to be back in McDonald County Associate Circuit Court at 10 a.m. Monday for a pretrial conference. Judge John LePage will preside.
    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.
    Charles G. Oppelt, a public defender, will represent Adkins in the case.
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    Another pre-trial conference has been set for a Neosho man facing forcible and statutory rape charges.
    Robert A. Herrin, 34, is scheduled to appear before Newton County Division II Associate Circuit Court Judge Greg Stremel at 10 a.m. Aug. 21.
    Herrin is accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl on May 26 at his residence. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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    A trial date has been set for a former state trooper accused of child sexual abuse and third-degree assault has been set for late October.
    James D. Hall is set to go to trial on Oct. 22, with a pre-trial conference set for Oct. 4. Judge James Kelso Journey has been assigned the case. Local judges recused themselves from hearing the case as they had worked with Hall in a law enforcement capacity in the past.
    Hall served Newton County for more than 30 years as a member of Troop D of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  
    According to a probable cause affidavit, written by Jared Roderick of the Public Safety Division of the Missouri Attorney General's Office, the most recent alleged incidents occurred in February 2012.
    Hall is charged with a Class B felony for first-degree child molestation, stemming from repeated incidents when Hall allegedly inappropriately touched an 11-year-old girl's buttocks and genitals through her clothing while she was visiting his home.
    A probable cause affidavit states Hall allegedly touched another 11-year-old girl's top and inner thighs during a church Bible study.
    According to a recently granted 491 motion, at least one of the alleged victims will be allowed to testify at the trial.
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    A pre-trial conference has been set for a Joplin man accused of possession of a chemical with the intent of making a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
    Timothy Sargent, 50, will be back in court at 10 a.m. Aug. 21 for the proceeding. Newton County Division II Associate Circuit Court Judge Greg Stremel will preside.
    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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