Child Sex Crimes

Registered sex offender pleads guilty to illicit sex with a 14-year-old Missouri child he met on Facebook

A registered sex offender pleaded guilty in federal court to crossing state lines to engage in illicit sexual activity with a 14-year-old Missouri victim he met on Facebook. Montoryon Harris, 44, of from Kansas City, Kansas pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to one count of traveling across state lines to engage […]

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Construction begins soon on Caldwell County’s Little Otter Creek Reservoir

After approximately 30 years of hard work and persistence, Little Otter Creek Reservoir is becoming a reality. The final permits to begin construction were issued in late October 2020. Bud Motsinger, Presiding Commissioner of Caldwell County credits the success of this endeavor to the patience and support of the Citizens of Caldwell County and the […]

Gene Gulkey posing with elk he shot on December 16

Missouri elk hunters go five for five in first sanctioned elk hunt

Missouri’s first elk-hunting season ended Sunday with all five of the hunters selected for permits harvesting bull elk during the firearms portion December 12-20. An archery portion ran October 17-25 with no harvests. The five Missouri hunters were selected for elk-hunting permits through a random drawing of more than 19,215 permit applications, including 33 for […]

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Denver, Missouri man admits murdering woman during court appearance, sentenced to 30-years in prison

A Denver, Missouri man was sentenced December 10th to 30 years in the Department of Corrections on felony murder—second degree. Worth County Prosecuting Attorney Janet Wake Larrison reports 39-year-old Jeremiah Searles was sentenced after pleading guilty to killing Melissa Chapman. A news release says Searles admitted to striking Chapman in the head with part of […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to life in prison without parole for 2017 murder

Joshua Oldham was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of probation or parole for the 2017 killing of Marshall “Luke” Helm. Oldham was also sentenced to 30 years for Armed Criminal Action and 10 years for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and all sentences will run consecutively. This case was handled by the […]

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Trenton woman elected to Board of Directors of Foundation Trust for Trenton High School

A Trenton woman has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Foundation Trust for Trenton High School/THS Alumni Association. Debbie Harkins Guffey is a 1975 graduate of Trenton High School and the mother of three THS graduates: Jeremy Hudson, Class of ’94, Jessica Hudson Allen, Class of 1998, and Jenna Hudson Stevens – […]

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Deportation of German citizen who was Nazi concentration camp guard upheld by Board of Immigration appeals

The Board of Immigration Appeals has dismissed the appeal of Tennessee resident Friedrich Karl Berger, a German citizen who was ordered removed from the United States earlier this year on the basis of his service in Nazi Germany in 1945 as an armed guard of concentration camp prisoners in the Neuengamme Concentration Camp system (Neuengamme). […]

Child Exploitation

New York man pleads guilty to sexual exploitation of two 8-year-old sisters in Missouri

A Newburgh, New York, man pleaded guilty in federal court to attempting to produce child pornography after soliciting sexually explicit photos and videos of two 8-year-old twin sisters in Missouri. Charles Junious Adams, 38, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Willie J. Epps, Jr., to one count of attempting to produce child pornography. The father […]

Captain Matthew Walz (MSHP)

Director of the Water Patrol Division, Captain Matthew Walz, retires after 30-years of service

Captain Matthew C. Walz, director of the Water Patrol Division, will retire on September 1, 2020, after over 30 years of service. Walz was appointed to the Missouri State Water Patrol on April 30, 1990, as a communications operator. He entered the Water Patrol Academy on January 2, 1994. After graduating, Walz was assigned to […]