Drug Trafficking

Man from California sentenced to 30 years in a Missouri prison for drug trafficking and money laundering

U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Clark on Tuesday sentenced a man from California to 30 years in prison for drug trafficking and money laundering. Lester A. “Unc” Bull, 58, pleaded guilty in February to a drug conspiracy charge, money laundering, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a felon […]

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Deadlines are approaching for livestock shows and contests entries at the Missouri State Fair

Deadlines to register for the Missouri State Fair livestock shows and contests are approaching. Below are the upcoming deadlines for the events and contests that the Fair offers. July 1: 4-H/FFA & Open Livestock Entries July 15: Queen Contest July 20: Agriculture: Country Hams, Mild Cured Ham, Bacon, Sausage, Snack Sticks & Jerky; Fine Arts: […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 10 years in prison after selling four AR-15s and marijuana to an undercover officer

A Missouri man who sold four AR-15 style rifles and marijuana to an undercover law enforcement officer was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm. Paul N. Ortiz, 24, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 10 years in federal prison without parole. On April 20, 2021, […]

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Audio: Fireworks, like everything else, will cost you more this year

The time of year is approaching when we hear the snaps, crackles, and pops. With supply chain problems and higher gas prices, Rob Cima, with the Missouri Pyrotechnics Association, says like everything else, the fireworks supply is having similar price issues.     Cima says demand has increased and fireworks sales have more than doubled […]

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Report says older adults in Missouri face steep addiction and mental health challenges

Older Americans are dying from drug overdoses or suicide at much higher rates now compared with a decade ago, according to the latest America’s Health Rankings Senior Report from UnitedHealthcare. The report found suicides have increased by 13%, depression is up 9%, and drug deaths among people 65 and older have doubled in the last 10 […]

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Graves slams Biden administration’s effort to force layoffs at the Lake City Army ammunition plant

Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), along with 48 of their House Republican colleagues, led the call urging President Biden to immediately end consideration of banning commercial production of certain types of 5.56mm ammunition at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Missouri. If pursued, this decision will result in the […]

Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens launched a new video for his U.S. Senate campaign featuring a group of men in tactical gear hunting Republicans (screenshot).

Eric Greitens ad touts ‘hunting permit’ for GOP rivals in Missouri U.S Senate race

(Missouri Independent) – In a video posted Monday of a fake no-knock home raid, former Gov. Eric Greitens — flanked by extras in body armor, using flash grenades and carrying firearms — promoted a fundraising program offering a “RINO Hunting Permit” to supporters of his U.S. Senate campaign. RINO stands for “Republican in Name Only.” The video […]

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25 new troopers to graduate from Missouri State Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Academy

Twenty-five troopers will graduate from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy on Friday, June 24, 2022. The ceremony will take place in the Academy gymnasium, 1510 E. Elm Street, Jefferson City, Missouri, and the public is invited. The graduation ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. and be live-streamed via the Patrol’s Facebook page. The 113th Recruit […]

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Missouri State Treasurer launches effort to return unclaimed property to residents

Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick is launching an annual effort to Return Unclaimed Property to Missourians. Beginning Monday, June 20, 2022, the names of more than 129,400 individuals, small businesses, and non-profit organizations with Unclaimed Property will be listed in over 100 publications across the state. Missourians can also search and view the lists by […]

Emancipation Day celebration, June 19, 1900, held in ‘East Woods’ on East 24th St. in Austin, Texas. (Austin History Center)

OPINION: Juneteenth celebrates just one of the United States’ 20 emancipation days

(Missouri Independent) – The actual day was June 19, 1865, and it was the Black dockworkers in Galveston, Texas, who first heard the word that freedom for the enslaved had come. There were speeches, sermons, and shared meals, mostly held at Black churches, the safest places to have such celebrations. The perils of unjust laws and […]

Attorney General Eric Schmitt, second from right, poses with, from left, Missouri Supreme Court judge (Photo courtesy Missouri Attorney Generals Office Via Facebook)

Missouri Supreme Court ‘renounces’ use of photo with judges to promote Schmitt

(Missouri Independent) – The Missouri Supreme Court on Friday said it had reported the use of an officially produced photo of three court judges with Attorney General Eric Schmitt for possible ethics violations after it showed up in a campaign mailer promoting him for U.S. Senate. The statement from the court, stating it “renounces the use” of […]

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Kansas man ordered to pay millions after Missouri investors defrauded

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s securities division has issued a final order to cease and desist against Overland Park, Kansas resident Robert C. Bridgforth after he defrauded six Missouri investors by selling fake “silver certificates.” The order also prohibits Bridgforth from working in the securities industry and includes nearly $3.3 million in civil penalties and […]

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City and state public health officials confirm first probable case of monkeypox virus in Missouri

The Kansas City Health Department and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services report a single probable monkeypox case in a Kansas City, Missouri, resident with recent out-of-state travel history. “This week, one of our excellent nurses suspected one of our patients may have monkeypox virus,” said Dr. Marvia Jones, Director of the Kansas City […]

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Missouri woman admits to $291,000 pandemic loan fraud

A woman from Missouri admitted to fraudulently obtaining a $291,000 loan meant to help businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Porshia L. Thomas, 31, of St. Louis, pleaded guilty to a felony bank fraud charge and admitted that between April and September of 2020, she executed a scheme to fraudulently obtain a Paycheck Protection Program loan. […]

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt speaks to a gathering of Missouri Highway Patrol officers in April 2021 (photo courtesy of the attorney general’s office)

‘No live controversy exists’: Judge rules against Attorney General Eric Schmitt in Columbia schools mask case

(Missouri Independent) – (Tessa Weinberg of The Independent staff contributed to this report) – Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Thursday lost on almost every point raised to prevent the dismissal of his office’s lawsuit against Columbia Public Schools over its mask mandate. Circuit Judge Josh Devine, in a ruling in one of the highest-profile mask cases, […]

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MOBUCK$ is a resource for small businesses, farms, and communities seeking affordable capital

Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick is highlighting the linked deposit program as a resource for Missouri small businesses, farms, and communities. In doing so, he is also announcing the program’s new name, MOBUCK$. As Missourians face record inflation, rising interest rates, and a worsening economic outlook, access to affordable capital for businesses and farmers will […]