Twenty defendants charged with distributing heroin/fentanyl in Missouri

Twenty defendants have been charged in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl in the Springfield, Missouri, area. Many of the defendants were arrested in a coordinated law enforcement sweep that began Thursday, November 14 and continued into the weekend, after five criminal complaints were filed under seal on […]

Failure to Appear

Meadville woman arrested on “failure to appear” warrant

A Meadville woman, whom officials say missed a probation violation hearing last Thursday in Grundy County Circuit Court, has been arrested in Linn County. Forty-six-year-old Kristen Kay Hess was arrested on a Grundy County warrant alleging failure to appear in court. Bond is $5,000 with a ten percent cash deposit allowed. Probation has been suspended […]

Two hunters dragging deer carcass

Hunters take nearly 89,000 deer on opening weekend

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 88,843 deer during the fall firearms deer season Saturday and Sunday. Of the total from this past weekend 51,086 were antlered bucks, 8,115 button bucks, and 29,642 does. Top harvest counties for opening weekend were Franklin with 2,078 deer checked, […]

Nucor Web Page (Steel Plant)

Audio: $400 million steel plant set to open in December in Sedalia

Missouri’s top economic development official says a 400-million dollar steel plant being built in west-central Missouri’s Sedalia will open next month.     State Department of Economic Development (DED) Director Rob Dixon tells Missourinet the Nucor plant is scheduled to open on December 27 or 28. The steel rebar manufacturing plant is one of the […]

Individual Vaping

Second vaping-associated death reported in Missouri

A Missouri woman in her mid-50s died last week with her death being associated with the use of e-cigarettes or vaping products. This is the second vaping-related death in Missouri.  Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), in discussion with the person’s treating physicians, concluded that vaping was a contributing factor to the female’s […]

Road Work

MoDOT planned road work in northern Missouri for the week of November 18, 2019

The following is a list of general highway maintenance and construction work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in north Missouri for the week of Nov. 18 – 24. Inclement weather and continued flooding may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region such […]

Not Guilty Plea

Princeton man who gave jail escapee Drake Kately a ride, pleads “Not Guilty”

A Princeton resident accused of giving a ride to a Mercer County Jail escapee waived formal arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty in Division One of Mercer County Circuit Court this week. Online court information indicates a plea or trial setting is scheduled for 20-year-old Kenneth Riley Paul Lewis on December 11, 2019, […]

Extradited

Sedalia man extradited to Grundy County on forgery charges

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the extradition of a Sedalia man to Grundy County on Friday on two felony counts of forgery. Thirty-seven-year-old Christopher Raymond Smither was arrested in Wyandotte County, Kansas November 7th and waived extradition November 8th. His bond is $5,000 cash only, and he is scheduled for the Associate Division of […]

Bank Robbery

Former Missouri police officer sentenced to 8-year prison term for bank robbery

A former Lee’s Summit, Missouri, police officer who led officers on a 100-miles-per-hour vehicle pursuit has been sentenced in federal court for armed bank robbery. Richard W. Hagerty, 36, of Independence, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark on Wednesday, Nov. 13, to eight years in federal prison without parole. On March 12, […]

Crime and Courts

Prison sentences handed down in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court

Two defendants were sentenced to serve time in prison after the Grundy County Circuit Court revoked probation on Thursday, yet others received prison sentences that were suspended in favor of probation. Devin Allen Robinson of Clinton surrendered probation and the court ordered a five-year prison sentence. His original charge in Grundy county was for tampering […]

Tractor mowing hemp on hemp farm

Educational program on industrial hemp to be held at Forage Systems Research Center near Linneus

Industrial hemp was once widely grown in Missouri as a fiber crop. The Controlled Substance Act of 1970 made it illegal to produce or possess any form of the cannabis plant. Recent changes in federal and state legislation have increased interest in growing hemp for fiber, grain, and CBD oil. An educational program will be […]