An Anderson man is charged with sex crimes against children – his own – in two counties in two decades after a woman came to Neosho police Wednesday to tell about an incident that allegedly happened in 2000 in the 900 block of Riverside Drive.


An Anderson man is charged with sex crimes against children – his own – in two counties in two decades after a woman came to Neosho police Wednesday to tell about an incident that allegedly happened in 2000 in the 900 block of Riverside Drive.
The woman, now 25, stated that her grandfather had performed several sexual acts on her when she was nine and he was 62, and she is coming forward now because her 8-year-old daughter recently disclosed that she also had been molested by her great-grandfather.
That incident allegedly happened in Anderson when she was seven, and William Francis Ballard, 78, is charged in McDonald County with first-degree statutory sodomy. He is free after posting a $2,500 surety bond Thursday.
Meanwhile a felony count of first-degree child molestation is under review by the Newton County Prosecutor’s Office.
Carla Wade of Neosho is free on a $3,000 code bond after her arrest following a traffic accident investigated by police on South Neosho Boulevard at West South Street about 1:20 p.m.
The report on the accident is not yet complete, but Lt. Jason Baird indicated she was cited for following too closely and no insurance. Because she was intoxicated, state charges were sent to the prosecutor’s office, which reported she was formally charged with the felony second-degree assault/operating a vehicle while intoxicated resulting in injury.
The report is not yet available on a 12:27 p.m. accident on South Neosho Boulevard at Waldo Hatler Memorial Drive in which a vehicle ended up on its side.
Both Neosho Fire Chief Mike Eads and Baird stated the motorist was not injured in the crash, but firefighters took more than 20 minutes to cut the man out of the car, using great precaution as he is recovering from surgeries.
Aaron Roland, 23 of Joplin, was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia when an officer made contact with him at the Probation and Parole Office, 1845 La Questa Drive, at 12:24 p.m.
He had drug paraphernalia in his vehicle, Baird said.
Police are using video and tracking down other leads in three stealing incidents Wednesday, one that was thwarted by alert employees at Price Cutter.
An officer was dispatched to the 1000 South Neosho Boulevard store at 6:55 p.m. when employees reported a male subject pushed a cart filled with groceries out the door without paying. An employee chased after the man who then abandoned the cart and jumped into a red Pontiac four-door vehicle driven by a female, which then took off toward South Elementary School.
The employee was able to obtain a license plate number, but it traced back to a Splitlog woman and expired in Feb. 2014, and that Splitlog address is now abandoned.
All of the $508.05 in groceries, $539.62 with tax, was recovered.
An employee at El Charro restaurant reported at 1:17 a.m. Thursday that her purse had been stolen while she worked earlier that night, but did not report it immediately thinking it was a prank by a co-worker.
The purse with her wallet containing $200 cash, debit and credit cards, her license and four Social Security cards had been stored in a storage closet near the bar area.
Video in the restaurant shows a male and female eating in that area and as they began to leave the man is seen watching the woman grab the purse and conceal it in a larger purse she was carrying. The man used a credit card to purchase their meal, and though his signature on the receipt is unreadable, police are following up with the credit card company.
A still shot captured the picture of two males possibly in their mid-20s who walked into White Oak Station and each grabbed a 1.75 milliliter bottle of vodka and ran out the door and took off in a small silver four-door car with temporary tags, though no numbers were reported.
Police received that call to the 11999 East Highway 86 store at 10:58 p.m.
Police are investigating property damage reported at 12:24 a.m. Thursday in the 800 block of North Lincoln Street.

Officers noted the driver’s window of a 1998 Ford Contour was smashed in and a brick was in the driver’s seat. On the windshield, the word, “PEDOPHILE” was written in window paint. Damage is estimated at $100.

Aaron King, 25 of Neosho, was formally charged by the prosecutor Thursday with felony first-degree property damage.

“A car was driving by and Aaron King threw a can of soup causing $1,200 damage,” Baird stated of the Tuesday incident in the 700 block of West Spring Street that was reported to police at 10:56 p.m.

He is free on a $2,500 bond.