A 45-year-old Kansas man has been charged with more than a dozen sex crimes against a child. Larry Scott Madden was arrested early Saturday morning by Jasper County Sheriff's Deputies. Madden had an active warrant for his arrest from Cherokee County. He's been charged with seven counts of Aggravated Indecent Liberties with a Child, six counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child,
There's now a monument for peace at Joplin's Parr Hill Park. A Peace Pole made by students at Spiva Center for the Arts was dedicated Sunday at the park. Karalee McDonald, the education coordinator at Spiva Center, tells News Talk KZRG the Peace Pole has a long history.
"The Peace Pole Project is a project that's been going on since the early 50s. It began in Japan and it's a way to draw the world closer together and make it a more peaceful place."
McDonald says there are about 240,000 Peace Poles around the world. All of them say "May Peace Prevail on Earth." The one in Joplin says that in four different languages. McDonald says the students put a lot of thought into deciding which languages to use on the pole.
"They really considered what communities and cultures we have here in this area. And they chose English, Cherokee, Spanish and Vietnamese."
You can see photos of Sunday's dedication of the Peace Pole in the photo gallery at News Talk KZRG dot com.