Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

USDA implements measures to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by COVID-19

USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep customers, partners, and stakeholders updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America. Rural Housing Service Single-Family Housing Effective March 19, borrowers with USDA single-family housing Direct […]

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17 defendants indicted for $10 million conspiracy to distribute 1,000 kilos of methamphetamine

A total of 17 defendants, primarily from the Kansas City metropolitan area, have been indicted for their roles in a nearly $10 million conspiracy to distribute almost 1,000 kilograms of methamphetamine. Fahrudin F. Fejzic, also known as “Frank,” 48, Steven M. Lyons, also known as “Pops,” 60, Shelly Marie Exton, 38, Mary L. Corona, 38, […]

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Missouri man pleads guilty to distributing meth he received in the mail

A Nixa, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court for distributing methamphetamine he received in the mail from California. Jerry D. Thornton, 46, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Thornton admitted that he received multiple pounds of methamphetamine through the mail from […]

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Former Missouri police officer sentenced to 15 Years for child pornography

A Joplin, Missouri, man who was formerly a police officer was sentenced in federal court for receiving and distributing child pornography. Gary McKinney, 44, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips to 15 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced McKinney to spend the rest of his life on supervised […]

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NCMC Board of Trustees address busy agenda at Tuesday meeting

North Central Missouri College Vice President for Student Affairs Doctor Kristen Alley reported on recognition at the NCMC Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday evening. Jaqueline Perez of Milan was nominated for the Newman Civic Fellowship. Four A-Plus students were recognized as outstanding students: Sidney Lynch of Trenton High School, Josephine Deen of Jefferson C-124 High […]

Charges added to heroin/fentanyl conspiracy involving 21 defendants

Additional charges and more defendants have been added to two federal indictments that now charge a total of 21 defendants for their roles in separate conspiracies to distribute heroin and fentanyl in the Springfield, Missouri, area, resulting in the overdose deaths of at least two people. Most of the defendants were arrested in a coordinated […]

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

U.S. Attorney praises cooperation of Missouri state and local law enforcement agencies in combatting illegal immigration

United States Attorney Tim Garrison praised the cooperation of state and local law enforcement agencies in the Western District of Missouri today, as U.S. Attorney General William Barr addressed the problem of sanctuary cities elsewhere in the nation. “We appreciate the cooperation in this district among state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies,” said Garrison. […]

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

With the potential for flooding, FEMA encourages residents to review flood insurance policies

The National Weather Service indicates there is a potential for Missouri to once again experience flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency reports last year’s damage repairs are ongoing. FEMA calls its National Flood Insurance Program “a great way” to protect homes, businesses, or personal property. The National Flood Insurance Program reports just six inches of […]

Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri Department of Conservation now requires landowner registration for free and discounted permits

The Missouri Department of Conservation reminds Missouri resident and nonresident landowners who qualify to receive free or discounted deer and turkey hunting permits to register their properties in MDC’s new Landowner Permit Registry either online or by completing a paper application. Starting this year, resident landowners with 20 or more contiguous acres and nonresident landowners […]