Two children have been removed from a Neosho home and placed into the custody of the Missouri Department of Social Services’ Children’s Division after suspicious bruising was detected on the face of a 4-year-old boy.

Two children have been removed from a Neosho home and placed into the custody of the Missouri Department of Social Services’ Children’s Division after suspicious bruising was detected on the face of a 4-year-old boy.

An 11-year-old also was removed from the apartment at Century Village in the 1400 block of Pineville Road, according to police Lt. Jason Baird, who said officers were dispatched to the home at about 8 p.m. Sunday. No one has been charged, but there is a suspect.

In other Neosho police news, the State Fire Marshall has been called in to investigate a suspected automobile arson fire reported at about 9:30 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of Performance Muffler in the 100 block of North Neosho Boulevard.

“We have a suspect, but nothing solid,” said Baird, who reported that a 1991 Honda Accord owned by Michael Cummings of Fairview with a $500 value was totaled.

An officer was flagged down by a citizen who alerted him about the fire inside the vehicle, he said. “The officer took his fire extinguisher – the doors were closed and the windows down – and extinguished the fire. Cardboard boxes on the front seat were lit.”

The fire department arrived and turned the case over to the fire marshal, Baird said.

For the second time in a week, a vehicle struck a Neosho business. The first incident was July 7 in front of Maurice’s, 3101 Lusk Road.

This time, an officer responded at 1:10 p.m. Saturday. Richard Dolon, 38, of Neosho left his 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada in drive, causing the vehicle to strike the Main Stop convenience store at 320 E. Main St. and causing $5,100 in damage. “It hit the brick and left an indention in the brick,” Baird said.

Also for the second time recently, an officer was flagged down by a citizen who reported that “fresh peaches” signs had been stolen from alongside the 2500 block of Business Interstate 49. This time, it was at about 7 p.m. Saturday.

Dustin Kittrell, 18, of Granby was issued a citation for stealing after allegedly shoplifting $66 in items from Walmart, Baird said, after an officer responded at 12:53 p.m. Friday to 3200 Lusk Drive.