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St. Joseph Shooting

A shooting occurred 10 blocks away from the broadcast/newspaper offices. This area of town called midtown is no stranger to crime. Because of the close proximity I arrived shortly after the police and paramedics. A male victim was shot in the head and taken out of his home on a gurney unresponsive, yet still breathing. The suspect fled, but was later apprehended.

The sister of a shooting victim screams while watching him being taken out of his home on a stretcher at 120 S. 18th St.

Andrea Jennings screams while watching her brother Allen being taken out of his home by paramedics at 120 S. 18th St.

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St. Joe Mustangs

The St. Joe Mustangs is a Mink League college summer baseball team that plays over a two month period. The ball games are played at Phil Welch Stadium where some past major leaguers  played before they made the big leagues. So much of these games entails family opportunities (especially for children to participate) in some fashion.

Whether it’s throwing out a ceremonial first pitch, little leaguers playing catch with Mustangs players or getting autographs the team is very fan friendly. A horse by the name Red is ridden along the warning track during the National Anthem as well as between innings. Also between innings are fan participating contests.

Outside of sky divers, hot air balloons,  an all-star and alumni games and a wedding ceremony there are dollar beer nights and fireworks after every Saturday game.

St. Joseph Mustangs Jerry Houston gets a base hit with a broken bat against the Branson Nationals during a doubleheader at Phil Welch Stadium.

St. Joseph Mustangs Jerry Houston gets a base hit with a broken bat against the Branson Nationals during a doubleheader at Phil Welch Stadium.

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Gower Festival

Gower, Mo. is a small rural town located southeast of St. Joseph. People there are quite humble and welcoming. I recently had an opportunity to photograph their annual summer parade and festival.

Images from the Gower, Mo. parade and festival.

Images from the Gower, Mo. Parade and Festival.

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Whitewash

This is one of favorite feature photos I’ve taken since starting my job as a visual journalist in St. Joseph, Mo. Between assignments and on slow news days I’ve spent many hours and driven many, many miles in my career searching for something visually interesting. Whether it’s called a feature, standalone or wild art it comes down to the same thing, a strong human interest photo.

Derrick Richardson, owner of Richardson's Construction, power washes away paint chips from the facia of the Evangelistic Temple on King Hill Ave. in south St. Joseph Friday. Derrick and his brother Danny are stripping away old paint to do tuck-pointing on the 121-ft. long temple before applying a fresh coat of paint.

Derrick Richardson, owner of Richardson’s Construction, power washes away paint chips from the facia of the Evangelistic Temple on King Hill Ave. in south St. Joseph Friday. Derrick and his brother Danny are stripping away old paint to do tuck-pointing on the 121-ft. long temple before applying a fresh coat of paint.

Recent Collection

Below are some of my recent favorites I’ve taken this spring. Lots of baseball and track & field happening. Being it’s springtime I’m hoping to photograph some midwestern thunderstorms.

A large group of non-English speaking Triumph Food workers wearing their work gear load onto a school bus concluding union vote outside Holiday Inn.

A large group of non-English speaking Triumph Food workers wearing their work gear load onto a school bus concluding union vote outside Holiday Inn.

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Oklahoma City Bombing Anniversary

The 20-year bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City is upon us. I distinctively remember where and what I was doing that fateful day for our country April 19, 1995. At the time little did I know what a lasting impact it would make on me as well as later visiting the memorial after moving 90 minutes away from the bombing site to Enid, Okla.

On April 19, 2005 a newspaper columnist Jeff Mullin and I traveled to OKC to cover the 10-year anniversary. Inside the memorial are 168 customized chairs representing those who lost their lives, in which some chairs are smaller in size for those children taken all too soon.

Below are images I captured. I decided to display them in black & white as to me a more powerful medium to convey such a sorrowful day in the lives of those remembering their lost loved ones. Only one image is in color to represent hope. It’s hard to believe another 10 years has slipped away since that day etched in my mind. It’s harder to believe what an individual will do in the name of hate.

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Frequent Fires

There has been a rash of frequent fires from business to residential to grass fires. The lead image below is of firemen walking out of a scorched house with what was once a garage in the background. A vibrant color red flashing from a fire engine and their flashlights beaming through smoke and water make and set the image. Both photos were taken with a Nikon D4 and 70-200 f2.8 lens.

Firefighters walk out of charred remains at the scene of a house fire at 3801 Penn St.

Firefighters walk out of a burning home at 3801 Penn St.

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Game Day: Northwest Missouri State vs Central Missouri Feb. 28, 2015

 

Northwest Missouri State center Grant Cozad holds the 2015 MIAA Men's Basketball Regular Season Championship trophy concluding a 83-73 victory over Central Missouri.

Northwest Missouri State center Grant Cozad holds the 2015 MIAA Men’s Basketball Regular Season Championship trophy concluding a 83-73 victory over Central Missouri.

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High School Basketball Favorites

Here are a few favorites from this year’s high school basketball season not yet posted in a blog:

Central Indians sophomore Jaelyn Haggard runs through a sea of hands during opening introductions against Ruskin at Central High School.

Central Indians sophomore Jaelyn Haggard runs through a sea of hands during opening introductions against Ruskin at Central High School.

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Game Day: Northwest Missouri State vs. Missouri Western State Feb. 21, 2015

Here are 10 of my favorites between this rival division II men’s and women’s basketball programs. Both head coaches for Missouri Western State are very animated and I could spend an entire game just photographing each one. I had a chuckle as the women’s head coach turned his back to three referees for the traditional pregame handshakes. It was a cute joke as he doesn’t tolerate a lot their calls (or lack there of throughout the course of a game).

Northwest Missouri State junior Taylor Shull is guarded by Missouri Western State sophomore Chelsea Dewey. Missouri Western State won 73-65.

Northwest Missouri State junior Taylor Shull is guarded by Missouri Western State sophomore Chelsea Dewey. Missouri Western State won 73-65.

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