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Missouri inmate, freed after serving more than 40 years, sues over medical care in prison

(Associated Press) –  A Kansas City man released from prison after serving more than 40 years for a wrongful conviction is suing the company that provides medical care for Missouri prison inmates. Kevin Strickland alleges in his lawsuit that medical care provided by Corizon LLC officials left him dependent on a wheelchair and able to […]

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Missouri woman pleads guilty to meth trafficking after high-speed chase

A Missouri, woman who led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase at night with no headlights pleaded guilty in federal court to trafficking methamphetamine. Gina N. Nunez, 43, of Nixa, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. By pleading guilty, Nunez […]

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Aryan Brotherhood member pleads guilty in Missouri to meth trafficking

A Missouri, man who belongs to the Aryan Brotherhood pleaded guilty in federal court to methamphetamine trafficking. Jimmy Jack Pinkley, 44, of Billings, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. By pleading guilty Pinkley admitted that he was in possession of […]

Audio: Convicted Missouri triple murderer takes the stand in hearing that could lead to exoneration

After more than 40 years in prison, a man convicted of a 1978 triple murder in Missouri headed to court for a hearing in which he maintained his innocence. Kevin Strickland took the stand for his first-ever hearing since being convicted. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, who says the man is innocent, questioned Strickland […]

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Roadblocks facing Kevin Strickland’s innocence claim is nothing new for Missouri

(Missouri Independent) – Kevin Strickland was hopeful Thursday was going to be his first step towards freedom after 40 years in prison. A new law that went into effect on Aug. 28 gave Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker a legal avenue to free Strickland, who she says is innocent and wrongly incarcerated. But opposition […]

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Two from Missouri plead guilty to meth trafficking

Two Missouri residents have pleaded guilty in federal court to methamphetamine trafficking after they received a large package of methamphetamine shipped from California to distribute locally. Bryan Patton Tullous, 39, of Columbia, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Willie J. Epps, Jr., to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Co-defendant Cassiopeia Marie Blaise, 36, […]

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Missouri man pleads guilty to meth and heroin trafficking

A Missouri man who was beaten and shot during a robbery that resulted in police officers discovering illegal drugs at his residence pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing methamphetamine and heroin to distribute. Daniel A. Briscoe, 45, Raytown, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to one count of possessing methamphetamine with the […]

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WireCo WorldGroup announces $15 million expansion in Sedalia

WireCo WorldGroup Inc. announced it is investing $15 million over the next five years to expand production capabilities in its Sedalia facility. The facility currently employs more than 160 individuals, and this expansion will result in the creation of 18 new jobs. “We’re excited to see WireCo finding success and opportunities for growth here in […]

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Video: Biden signs law making Juneteenth a federal holiday. State offices will close in Missouri

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law legislation declaring a legal public holiday annually on June 19, the date of the end of slavery in the U.S. known as Juneteenth. “Throughout history, Juneteenth has been known by many names—Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day,” Vice President Kamala Harris said at the […]

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Audio: Missouri House Corrections Chair calls on Governor to release Kevin Strickland from prison

A key Missouri lawmaker who chairs the House Corrections Committee is calling on Governor Parson to grant an immediate release to an inmate that prosecutors say was wrongly convicted of murder 40 years ago. Missourinet’s Brian Hauswirth has our report:     GOP State Representative Andrew McDaniel of southeast Missouri’s Deering tweeted that Thursday night […]

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Audio: Three former students recognized as “Distinguished Alumni” at NCMC Foundation Pirates Ball

Three former students of Trenton Junior College or North Central Missouri College were recognized as distinguished alumni at the NCMC Foundation Pirates Ball on March 13th. The Distinguished Alumni Class of 2020 included Doctor Jamie Hooyman, John Sturdevant, and Donovan Thompson. Jamie Hooyman attended TJC from 1981 to 1983 and received her Associate in Arts […]

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North Central Missouri College Foundation announces honorees for the Distinguished Alumni Class of 2020

North Central Missouri College Foundation announces the Distinguished Alumni Class for 2020 honorees: Dr. Jamie Hooyman, Mr. John Sturdevant, and Mr. Donovan Thompson. Distinguished Alumni honorees will be recognized during the Pirates Ball on March 13, 2021, at the Ketcham Community Center on the campus of North Central Missouri College along with Voyage Fund donors, […]

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Biden backs reparations study, as House Democrats push for commission

(Missouri Independent) – The White House on Wednesday indicated that President Joe Biden would support studying reparations for slavery, the same day that House Democrats held a hearing on legislation that would set up a reparations commission. But White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stopped short of saying Biden would sign the bill under consideration […]

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Two leaders of Gangster Disciples sentenced to prison

Two leaders of the national gang the Gangster Disciples were sentenced today for a racketeering conspiracy involving murder. Shauntay Craig, aka Shake, 42, of Birmingham, Alabama, was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Craig pleaded guilty in August 2019 to racketeering conspiracy involving murder and drug trafficking. Donald Glass, aka Smurf, 30, of Decatur, Georgia, […]

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Detective Jerry Smith to retire from Trenton Police Department

The Trenton Police Department announces Detective Jerry Smith will be retiring this month (December 2020) after serving the citizens of Trenton for 40 years. Due to his recent health issues and the ongoing COVID-19 spread, the department will not be having a traditional reception for Detective Smith. The Trenton Police Department is asking the community […]