A Neosho man who has pled not guilty to charges of forcible rape and felonious restraint was in court last week and will be back in court again in late October.

Tomico S. Mims, 38, appeared in Newton County Court before Presiding Judge Timothy Perigo on Monday, Sept. 16 for a pre-trial conference.

A second pre-trial conference has been set for 9 a.m. Oct. 28 in Newton County Court.

Mims was charged with the two felony counts in late July, after Neosho officers responded to a domestic assault call.

A 28-year-old female reported that she was physically and sexually assaulted by Mims at his residence on West Patterson Street in Neosho.  
Neosho officers reportedly found evidence of the crime, and Mims was later arrested and charged.

He entered a not guilty plea in late August.

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A Neosho man facing a felony sexual abuse charge is scheduled to appear in court this morning.

Robert A. Herrin, 34, is scheduled to appear before Newton County Judge Gregory Stremel at 10 a.m. today.

Herrin is being charged with felony sexual abuse, after allegedly sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl at his residence in late May.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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Garret B. Falls, 43 of Wentworth, is scheduled to be back in court this morning.

Falls faces five counts of receiving stolen property.

Falls appeared in court on Wednesday, Sept. 11 for a pre-trial conference, at which time another hearing, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. today, was set.

He is scheduled to appear before Newton County Judge Gregory Stremel in today’s proceeding.

Falls was charged Aug. 14, after authorities serving a search warrant at his Wentworth residence due to unpaid child support noticed several stolen items.

Six flatbed trailers, a drag race car, a boxed trailer, a backhoe, two trucks, three motorcycles, several stolen firearms, welders and chainsaws were seized, according to authorities.

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Tabitha L. Lant, 28 of Joplin, who is accused of taking approximately $25,000 from the Seneca Parent Teacher Organization, was in court for a pre-trial conference this week.

According to online court records, Lant appeared before Newton County Judge Gregory Stremel at 9 a.m. Monday at the Newton County Courthouse.

She is set to be back in court for another conference Nov. 4.

Lant is accused of taking the money while serving as treasurer of the PTO.

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On Aug. 29, Newton County deputies arrested six individuals at 3369 Greenwood Drive in Joplin after serving a search warrant at the residence.
Five of the six face felony drug charges, while the sixth was arrested for an active warrant.

Among those facing drug charges is Shawn Moore, 51 of Quapaw, Okla., who along with the felony drug charge, is also charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer.

Moore has entered a not guilty plea, and is scheduled to appear before Newton County Presiding Judge Timothy Perigo on Oct. 7 for a pre-trial conference, according to online court records.