Steven Dale Lawrence

Pattonsburg man charged with multiple counts of child molestation pleads “Not Guilty”

A Pattonsburg man charged with multiple counts of child molestation pleaded not guilty in Division One of Daviess County Circuit Court on April 14th. Seventy-three-year-old Steven Dale Lawrence waived formal arraignment and his motion for a change of judge was sustained. The case was assigned to Judge R. Brent Elliott. The case was continued to […]

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Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court news for April 16, 2021

Probation was revoked and a sentence imposed for one defendant, two others changed their pleas to guilty during Thursday’s session for Division One of the Grundy County Circuit Court. After Thomas Blake Dalton of Galt admitted to probation violations, Circuit Court Judge Thomas Alley sentenced Dalton to a previously imposed prison sentence. In November of […]

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Grundy County Sheriff reports arrest of five area individuals

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of several area residents in the last couple of days. Forty-year-old Lori Ann Pennington of Trenton was arrested April 14th on felony driving while intoxicated—aggravated and misdemeanor driving while revoked or suspended—second or third offense. Bond is $5,000 cash only, and she is scheduled for the Associate […]

Charges Filed

Brookfield woman charged with child neglect and domestic assault

A Brookfield woman accused of injuring a girl has been charged with the felonies of domestic assault—third degree and abuse or neglect of a child—no sexual contact. Online court information shows 59 year old Virginia Dean Williams posted bond of $500. An arraignment is scheduled in Linn County May 13th. A probable cause statement from […]

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Audio: Missouri House committee working to get to the bottom of boarding school abuse allegations falling through the cracks

A Missouri House committee is working to get to the bottom of abuse allegations surfacing about several faith-based boarding schools, but then falling through the cracks. State Representative Dottie Bailey of Eureka says there are too many Missouri Children’s Division managers and not enough frontline workers handling child abuse and neglect allegations. During an oversight […]

Domestic Violence

Audio: Missouri House gives initial approval to letting domestic violence victims get lifetime orders of protection

Current Missouri law allows orders of protection for one year – potentially forcing domestic violence victims to repeatedly return to court and face their abuser. The Missouri House has given initial approval to a bill that would allow the victims to get a lifetime order of protection.     Representative Tracy McCreery, a Democrat from […]

Steven Dale Lawrence

Pattonsburg man facing multiple counts of sex-related crimes against children

A Pattonsburg man charged with multiple counts of child molestation had his case bound over to Division One of Daviess County Circuit Court on March 29th. Seventy-three-year-old Steven Dale Lawrence is scheduled for arraignment on April 14th. Lawrence has been charged with the felonies of second-degree child molestation, third-degree, and two counts of fourth-degree as […]

Private School

Audio: Missouri House unanimously passes plan to address abuse allegations at religious boarding schools

The Missouri House has unanimously passed a bipartisan plan in hopes of putting a stop to alleged child abuse at religious boarding schools.     An investigation by the Kansas City Star has found for decades, students at some of these boarding schools have been beaten, raped, starved, restrained, and isolated for days or even […]

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Marceline man charged with child abuse and domestic assault

A Marceline man accused of punching a 10-year-old on March 21st faces two felony charges in Linn County. Thirty-one-year-old Patrick Colby Niemeier has been charged with third-degree domestic assault and abuse or neglect of a child—no sexual contact. Niemeier entered a plea of not guilty in the Associate Circuit Court on March 24th and requested […]

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Audio: Lawmakers to question Missouri DSS chief about boarding school abuse investigations

The head of the Missouri Department of Social Services is scheduled to appear before a panel of lawmakers Wednesday about the agency’s handling of abuse investigations within boarding schools. The Missouri House Special Committee on Government Oversight has called a Wednesday afternoon hearing to question the department’s acting director, Jennifer Tidball. The Kansas City Star has […]