A busy last Tuesday, June 7, resulted in the arrests of at least four people by Newton County sheriff’s deputies, including a Springfield couple who were caught in a compromising situation.



Randall Dean Mosher, 46, and Judith Annette Shipley, 32, are both charged with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

A busy last Tuesday, June 7, resulted in the arrests of at least four people by Newton County sheriff’s deputies, including a Springfield couple who were caught in a compromising situation.

Randall Dean Mosher, 46, and Judith Annette Shipley, 32, are both charged with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

A deputy noticed a vehicle in the driveway of an abandoned and uninhabitable home in the 4100 block of Greenwood Drive about a half-mile from the Downstream Casino at 7:26 a.m.

He found the almost naked couple inside the car, along with other evidence of sexual activity, and immediately located a marijuana pipe on the floorboard next to her feet.

A search of the car found a spoon with residue that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, a marijuana cigarette and a bag of marijuana. In Shipley’s purse the deputy found a bag of marijuana and digital scales with residue.

When booked into the jail, Shipley was found in possession of four keys to heavy equipment that she claimed belonged to a friend.

Daniel Vincent Quinn, 32 of Diamond, was charged with second-degree domestic assault after a deputy was dispatched to a call of a woman by a stranded car in the 400 block of Market Street in Diamond at 4:44 a.m.

The 23-year-old victim claimed Quinn fell asleep on the drive home after a night of drinking. Almost out of gas, she tried to make it to the gas station before going home but ran out a few blocks away. He started a heated argument when he woke up and found he was not at home, and she claimed he choked her and pulled her hair.

Told to leave, he grabbed his belongings but used his guitar case to smash in the driver’s window and she said he then reached in and punched her several times.

When arrested at their home he claimed the altercation took place on the ride home and that he acted in self-defense because she pulled a knife on him.

Noel Gilbert Smith, Jr., 58 of Joplin, was charged with third-degree domestic assault when a deputy was dispatched at 4:10 p.m. to his home in the 7200 block of Beef Branch road.

Smith had gotten into an altercation with his 37-year old nephew who owes $1,200 in past due rent and the victim claimed he threatened him with an electronic weapon on his chest and when he just walked away his uncle grabbed him by the throat with both hands. He punched his uncle and got away to go inside to call law enforcement.

Smith said he only acted like he had a Taser, but really used his cell phone as he claimed he doesn’t have a Taser but would not consent to a search of his vehicle. After his arrest, a Taser was found in his vehicle.

A Neosho man was arrested on warrants when a deputy went to check on the Tipton Ford Fishing Access at 2:46 a.m. Thursday.

He observed a parked vehicle that began to leave as he entered, and due to recent history of incidents there he stopped the vehicle and found the woman driver did not have a valid license.

Levi Joshua Malcom, 31, at first identified himself as Josiah Malcom, but a check found that he was in the McDonald County Jail at the time. Upon determining his actual identity, Malcom was taken to the Newton County Jail on an active warrant from Neosho.

Deputies responded to two stealing incidents Thursday.

A victim reported at 8 a.m. that tools were kept in the back of a pickup while a job was underway in the 1800 block of Jute Road near Seneca. Going to retrieve tools that morning, he found a tool box with a plier set and wire strippers, a 270 piece toolbox set, and a welding helmet, valued at $665, missing.

A deputy responded at 8:56 a.m. to the 5000 block of Cardinal Lane at Loma Linda where the resident reported someone entered their pickup overnight June 6 and stole a $500 pair of prescription sunglasses and the keys to both of their vehicles. The victim reported their car had been rummaged through a week prior but nothing was taken.

Detectives were trying to determine if the break-in could be tied to Joshua Taft, 34 of Joplin, who was arrested and charged with several vehicle break-ins early last week in the Loma Linda area.