Paul Callicoat had plans to convert the former Sarcoxie Nursery into a medical marijuana cultivation facility (Joplin Globe file photo).

Missouri medical marijuana trial focuses on alleged role of insiders on license rules

(Missouri Independent) – A Missouri family that was denied a license to grow medical marijuana alleged in court this week that outside groups and individuals had undue access to top state officials — and that access led to an opaque process and contributed to the decision to cap the number of licenses granted. To buttress […]

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Four injured in crash on Highway 63 in Randolph County

Four people were injured, two of them seriously Wednesday afternoon, in an accident on Highway 63 at Jacksonville in Randolph County. The highway patrol listed the serious injuries for the driver of the car, 26-year-old Colton Hammes of Novinger, and one of his passengers, 24-year-old Andrew Morgan of Kirksville. Both went to the University Hospital […]

Theft Investigation

Livingston County Sheriff seeking tips from public with “significant theft” investigation south of Chillicothe

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is seeking tips from the public regarding what Sheriff Steve Cox calls a “significant theft” south of Chillicothe on U. S. Highway 65 between Routes Z and JJ the morning of Saturday, October 24th between 6 o’clock and 7:30. Cox reports persons in a white Chevrolet Cruze with no license […]

Charges Filed

Charges filed in Grundy County against two arrested over the weekend

Charges have been filed in Grundy County against a west-central Missouri man arrested by the highway patrol late Friday night. Forty-three-year-old Jason Reynolds of Archie faces two felony counts and two misdemeanor counts. Bond is ten thousand dollars cash with Reynolds scheduled tomorrow in associate division of Grundy county circuit court. Reynolds has been charged […]

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Osborn man facing murder charge in connection with crash that caused death of DeKalb County Sheriff Andy Clark

An Osborn man faces a felony charge of murder—second degree in DeKalb County related to a motor vehicle accident in June that caused the death of DeKalb County Sheriff Andy Clark. Online court information shows 34-year-old Gary Wayne Downs has also been charged with the felonies of resisting arrest, detention, or stop by fleeing and […]

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Republican candidate for Livingston County Coroner enters “Not Guilty” plea in Livingston County court

The Republican candidate for Livingston County Coroner entered a plea of not guilty in the Associate Division of Livingston County Circuit Court Thursday, October 22nd to misdemeanor committing class four election offenses. Online court information shows 37-year-old Joshua Michael Dennis of Chillicothe appeared in person and by an attorney, and he waived formal arraignment. On […]

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26-year-old Hamilton man charged with felony burglary

A Hamilton man accused of breaking into someone’s home in Hamilton in September has been charged in Caldwell County with felony burglary—second degree and misdemeanor property damage—second degree. Online court information indicates 26-year-old Daniel Eskridge’s bond was set at $7,500 cash only with bond supervision by Supervision Services. He is not to have contact with […]

Child Sex Crimes

Gallatin teenager charged with sex crimes against six-year-old girl

A Gallatin teen has been charged in Daviess County with the felonies of statutory sodomy or attempted sodomy, deviate sexual intercourse, with a person less than 12 years of age, and child molestation, second degree. Online court information shows 17-year-old Joshua Reuben Schmidt’s bond is $5,000 cash only with supervision by Supervision Services. He is […]

High Speed Chase

Stolen vehicle from Brookfield involved in high-speed pursuit on Highway 36

Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox reports his office was dispatched on Monday night, October 19th to a stolen vehicle from Brookfield traveling at a high rate of speed on westbound Highway 36 into Livingston County. Cox says a Livingston County deputy was on Highway 36 near Utica where one lane is open in a construction […]

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Two-vehicle rollover crash on Highway 36 leaves one dead and two injured

A two-vehicle rollover accident Sunday on Highway 36 in Caldwell County has killed a resident of Illinois and injured two other people. Sixty-five-year-old Leanne Mast of Lansing, Illinois was a passenger in a car driven by 67-year-old John Mast, also of Lansing Illinois. Leanne Mast was pronounced dead at the Liberty Hospital two hours after […]