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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Granby residents face felony charges after bust

  • Two people arrested last week after a drug raid at their rural Granby home have been formally charged.
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  • Two people arrested last week after a drug raid at their rural Granby home have been formally charged.
    Noe Soto and Bobbie Soto, both 40 and both of Granby, each face charges of distribution of a controlled substance and child endangerment. The distribution count is a Class B felony carrying a penalty of up to 15 years in prison if a conviction is reached, while the child endangerment charge carries a penalty of up to seven years in prison.
    Court dates on the charges have not yet been set.
    Authorities served the warrant at 10577 Cherokee Road in Granby on Thursday, seizing 95 grams of methamphetamine, various drug paraphernalia, and several thousand dollars in cash.
    Four children, ages 2 to 16, were taken into protective custody.
    Noe Soto also faces distribution charges in an earlier case, which was moved on Nov. 15 from McDonald County on a change of venue. A preliminary hearing in that case has been set for Dec. 9 in Newton County Division II Associate Circuit Court Judge Greg Stremel’s courtroom.
    In March, Noe Soto was charged with driving while under the influence of drugs. On Friday, Newton County Prosecutor Jake Skouby filed a motion to revoke bond in that case.
    In 2009, Soto entered an Alford plea in McDonald County Associate Circuit Court to a charge of second-degree assault. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail.
    An Alford plea isn’t an admission of guilt, but rather that the state has enough evidence to make a guilty conviction likely.
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    The former treasurer of the Seneca Parent Teacher Organization, accused of taking approximately $25,000 from the group, is slated to be back in court Dec. 9.
    Tabitha L. Lant, 28, of Joplin is scheduled to appear for a pre-trial conference before Newton County Division II Associate Circuit Court Judge Greg Stremel.
    The charge is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
    Lant is represented by Joplin attorney Phillip Glades.
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    One of six people arrested at a northern Newton County home on drug charges is due back in court soon.
    Shawn Moore, 52, of Quapaw, Okla., faces a count of possession of a controlled substance, a Class C felony punishable by up to seven years in prison if a conviction is reached, and assault on a law enforcement officer, a Class B charge that carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.
    Moore has entered a not guilty plea, and is scheduled to appear before Newton County Presiding Judge Timothy Perigo at 9 a.m. Dec. 2 for a pre-trial conference.
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    A Wentworth man facing two charges of receiving stolen property will be back in court on Dec. 18.
    Page 2 of 2 - Garret B. Falls, 43, is scheduled to appear before Newton County Division II Associate Circuit Court Judge Greg Stremel. Falls is represented by Neosho defense attorney C. Ross Rhoades.
    Falls was arrested in mid-August, after authorities serving a search warrant at his residence due to unpaid child supported located several items believed to be stolen.
    Authorities said stolen items seized included six flatbed trailers, a backhoe, two trucks, three motorcycles, several stolen firearms, chainsaws, welders, a boxed trailer and a drag race car.

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