Jeremiah Searles Final

Bethany man charged with kidnapping, assault and abuse of a child

A Bethany man has been charged in Harrison County with three felonies after an alleged incident on Monday, March 23, 2020. Thirty-nine-year- old Jeremiah Searles has been charged with first-degree kidnapping, facilitating a felony, inflicting injury, terrorizing, first-degree domestic assault, and abuse or neglect of a child—no sexual contact. Arraignment was held on Tuesday, and […]

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Municipal Division of Grundy County Circuit Court continues cases due for appearance in April

Cases scheduled for the Municipal Division of Grundy County Circuit Court have been continued for April due to the Supreme Court suspending unnecessary in-person court. Individuals scheduled to appear in Municipal Court April 7th or 21st at 9 o’clock in the morning have had their cases continued to May 5th at 9 o’clock. Cases scheduled […]

Chillicothe Missouri Police Department

Authorities called to Walmart when shoppers disrupt store operations

Chillicothe Police were called to Walmart at 8 o’clock Sunday night on a report of peace disturbance and trespassing. Police report two people had entered the business and attempted to obtain a larger amount of limited product than the business allowed. When advised of the store limits, the two individuals allegedly became loud and vulgar […]

Governor Parsons Signs Abortion Bill

Governor Parson announces April 7 Municipal Elections postponed until June 2 in response to COVID-19

Pursuant to Governor Mike Parson’s Executive Order 2002 declaring a state of emergency in response to COVID-19 and a request from Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, Governor Parson today signed Executive Order 2003 ordering all Missouri municipal elections previously scheduled for April 7, 2020, to be postponed to June 2, 2020. The Executive Order declares […]

Sex Offender

Trenton man extradited from Kansas to face charges in Grundy County

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the extradition of a Trenton resident charged with felony failure to register as a sex offender. Fifty-eight-year-old James Leon Baker was arrested in Douglas County, Kansas March 4th, with a waiver was signed March 12th. Baker was extradited to Grundy County on Tuesday with bond established at $5,000 cash […]

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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, […]

Crime and Courts

Three waive preliminary hearings during Tuesday session of Grundy County court

Three defendants waived preliminary hearings on Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Spickard resident John Ervin Peterson has been charged with two counts of receiving stolen property on February 16th. St. Joseph resident Kellie Sue Holtman faces two counts from January 27th: stealing a motor vehicle and stealing of $750 or […]

Charges Filed

Chillicothe man charged with felony DWI in Grundy County

A felony charge has been filed in Grundy County accusing a Chillicothe man of driving while intoxicated Friday night.  Court information indicates he has three previous convictions for driving while intoxicated. Bond for 48-year-old Shawn Stewart Howell is $2,500 cash pending an appearance Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. The warrant […]