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Joplin Globe (Newspaper) - March 24, 2008, Joplin, Missouri Need your news now Page a volume 112 daily 50 number 229 sunday $1.50 death toll reaches 4,000 Roadside bombing kills four . Soldiers in Baghdad the associated press Baghdad a Roadside bomb killed four . Soldiers sunday in Baghdad the military said pushing the Overall american death toll in the five i year War to at least 4,000. The grim Milestone came on the same Day that rockets and mortars pounded the .-protected Green zone underscoring the fragile Security situation and the resilience of both sunni and shiite extremist groups despite an Overall Lull in violence. Meanwhile a suicide car bomber struck an iraqi army Post in the Northern City of Mosul in a surge of attacks. At least 57 people were killed nationwide. A Multi National division Baghdad Soldier also was wounded in the Roadside bombing which struck the . Soldiers patrol vehicle about 10 . In Southern Baghdad according to a statement. The 4,000 figure is according to an associated press count that includes eight civilians who worked for the department of defense. Last year . Military deaths spiked along with the Pentagon so a surge the arrival of More than see Iraq Page 6a pc plans hearings Empire average customer s Bill would go up $9.75 per month if rate request approved from staff reports Joplin area residents will have a Chance to comment this week on Empire District electric request for a rate increase that would raise the company a Missouri revenues by $34.7 million. The Public hearings Are slated for 5 30 . Tuesday and 11 30 . Wednesday at Webster Hall at Missouri Southern state University in Joplin. The hearings being conducted by the Missouri see hearings. Page 6a crushing successes Glass products employs people with developmental disabilities to crush Glass that otherwise might be thrown away town amp country 3a monday March 24,2008 homeless veterans House inc., a Webb City based shelter and drug rehabilitation Center in the past 13 years has expanded from one Home with 10 Beds to eight Homes with 166 Beds. The majority of its residents Are homeless veterans. Mayor eyes april for Summit meeting by Derek Spellman the numbers Are in and they have gone up. There Are at least 409 homeless people in Jasper and Newton counties according to totals released late last week by the Jasper Newton county homeless coalition. That number takes in Quot unsheltered homeless who live on the streets under Bridges in vacant buildings and at makeshift Camps and a a sheltered homeless who Are lodging with Relief agencies or shelters. But Carol Thomas chairwoman of the coalition said the total most Likely represents a minimum number firmer totals Are elusive she said because some people Are part of the a hidden homeless who live in cars or other places not readily visible to observers. Members of the coalition tried to get some notion As to How Many Are in Itiat group by walking through parts if the City where the homeless might live. A there Are More rut there that we could not verify a Thomas said. The coalition last year tallied 341 homeless sheltered and unsheltered. This years Survey was conducted in late january. A i did no to anticipate an increase to the extent that we found a Thomas said of this years figure. Segments within the sheltered homeless population that have seen an increase include a children who this year accounted for 21 percent of the total. A veterans who accounted for 29 percent. A victims of Domestic violence who accounted for 12 percent. The increase in the number of homeless veterans has been a trend faced by House inc., a Webb City based shelter and drug re Habil Dation Center said Tom Hubbs the organizations executive Dii Ector. In the seven Homes that House inc. Operates in the Joplin area and the one Home it has in Arkansas the operation houses 166 people. Between 50 percent and 55 percent Are veterans Hubbs said. The average age of those veterans is around 45, he said. House inc. Contracts with the Federal department of veterans affairs to take on veterans for treatment which includes counselling and rehabilitation programs. The organization requires participants to stay at see homeless Page 6a Globe to. Hod Brown Logan Murray a student at Ozark Christian College serves up Jambalaya at souls Harbor in Joplin. The Jasper Newton county homeless coalition has reported that its count of homeless people has increased since last year from 341 to 409. Homelessness on Rise was female Missouri Soldier murdered in Iraq father does no to believe daughter committed suicide while in the army the associated press St. Louis a John Johnson has seen the photos of his daughters lifeless body. He has seen the documents detailing the army a investigation. He has even seen the full color graphic autopsy photos. It All leads him to one conclusion his daughter did not commit suicide As the army has said. A beyond a doubt la Vena was murdered a Johnson told the St. Louis Post dispatch for a Story published sunday. A and my opinion is that people want me to go away. But that Isnit going to army pfc. La Vena Lynn Johnson was found dead july 19,2005, in a Small contractors tent in Balad Iraq. Army investigators and coroners ruled she had shot herself in the Mouth with an m-16 Rifle. Nearly three years later Johnson is trying to get someone anyone to listen to his pleas to get his daughters Case reopened. He has argued with army officials pleaded with legislators. Johnson also had his daughters body exhumed from Jefferson Barracks National cemetery and autopsied again. He May ask for a third autopsy after being unsatisfied with the results. A i have one goal and one goal Only and that a to get la Vena her due process of Law a said Johnson of Florissant. A a in a trying to get Justice for my daughter. Chris Grey spokesman for the . Army criminal investigation command in fort Belvoir va., said the army stands by the commands finding that Johnson a gunshot was self inflicted a just As the office of the armed forces medical examiner in Rockville md., ruled. A acid conducted a very thorough and Complete investigation As Well As a very thorough review of the Case and we stand by the findings of our investigation a Grey said. Johnson claims the investigation is full of holes. He is troubled that no Bullet was Ever found and questions whether it was an m-16 that was used to take her life. Johnson said he took Black and White see Soldier Page 6a the associated press John and Linda Johnson parents of army pfc. Lavena Johnson have been working since her death to prove she did no to commit suicide As the army contends. A a a ill Quot Ijar to a i inside Calendar 2a classifieds 8b deaths 5a entertainment 4a Edward Jones making sense of investing family fun Horoscope . Sports 4b 10b 6b in Darren Collier 358-1669 301 e. Chestnut Carthage Logan e. Stanley 781-0346 526 s. Joplin Avenue Joplin Russ Alcorn 781-3998 2915 e. 4th, Crossroads Center Joplin Rhett Gould 623-2546 3010 Mam Joplin weather sunday High % 50 today Low Low tuesday Complete four state area weather report 8a High 64 Low 45 Ryan d. Stanley 781-8762 3130 Wisconsin suite 8, Joplin Christy Herrin Hamilton 626-0362 726 Illinois Joplin Dan l Stanley 659-9994 3111 s. 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