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Trenton man arrested on warrants for failure to appear

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Trenton resident on January 19th on two capias warrants for failure to appear. Thirty-six-year-old Justin Wayne Stephenson was arrested in Wyandotte County, Kansas, and picked up from there. His original charges were the felonies of stealing all other property, stealing involving a fourth or subsequent […]

COVID-19 or Coronavirus Update

Daviess County reports COVID-related death; four area health departments report on new cases of COVID-19

A COVID-19-related death has been added for Daviess County since January 6th. The health department reports the total as 23. COVID-19 cases increased by 110 from January 6th to 18th, raising that total to 1,411. Seventy-six of the cases were active and 22 active cases were fully vaccinated. One of the eight current COVID-19-related hospitalizations […]

Jobs Report

Missouri monthly job report shows unemployment rate at 3.5 percent

Missouri non-farm payroll employment increased from October 2021 to November 2021, and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by two-tenths of a percentage point. Employment, seasonally adjusted, increased by 7,600 jobs over the month, with job gains in both the goods-producing and service-providing industries. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.5 percent in November […]

Wellness Challenge

Audio: Wellness Challenge participants can register through January 17 at Ketcham Community Center

The Green Hills Wellness Challenge is back this year for residents in the Green Hills area. Organizer DeEtta Jones says registration and initial weigh-ins will be done at the Ketcham Community Center on the North Central Missouri College campus in Trenton. Individuals at least 18 years old can register through January 17th, when the challenge […]

Laredo R-7 School

Laredo Board of Education reviews “Safe to Return to In-Person Instruction”

The Laredo R-7 Board of Education hired Melani Proctor as a paraprofessional on January 10th after an executive session. During the regular meeting, the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan was reviewed. The plan has been updated to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations related to COVID-19. The board […]

Cocaine

Mexican national sentenced to 12 years in prison without parole for conspiracy to distribute 5,732 pounds of cocaine

A Mexican national was sentenced in federal court for his role in a conspiracy that distributed more than 2,600 kilograms (5,732 pounds) of cocaine in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Jesus Salvador Campoy-Estrada, also known as “Chava” and “Chavita,” 27, of Kansas City, Kansas, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips to 12 […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 25 years in federal prison without parole for illegal firearms and drug trafficking

A Missouri, man who faces murder charges in state court was sentenced in federal court on multiple charges of illegally possessing firearms, including stolen firearms, and drug trafficking. Brandon L. Hill, 33, of Independence, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 25 years in federal prison without parole. On April 29, 2021, Hill […]

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Trenton man arrested for failure to register as a sex offender

A Trenton resident has been charged with four counts of felony failure to register as a sex offender. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Department reports 41-year-old Robert Eugene Ewing was arrested on December 15th. His bond is $5,000 cash only, and he is scheduled for the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court on December 28th. […]

Jobs Report or unemployment

Missouri’s unemployment rate drops two-tenths of a percentage point in November to 3.5%

Missouri non-farm payroll employment increased from October 2021 to November 2021, and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by two-tenths of a percentage point. Employment, seasonally adjusted, increased by 7,600 jobs over the month, with job gains in both the goods-producing and service-providing industries. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.5 percent in November […]

Guilty Plea

Iowa man pleads guilty to selling misbranded vitamin B12 injectables

An Iowa man pleaded guilty to a felony charge related to the sale of misbranded vitamin B12 injectable drugs, the Department of Justice announced. Brady Tomlinson, 46, of Des Moines, pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa to one count of introducing a misbranded drug into interstate commerce with […]

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Missouri man who operated guided hunting tour company ordered to repay investors

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s Securities Division and Republic, Missouri resident, Theodore Jay Eddings, recently entered into a consent order to settle allegations against Eddings by the Division involving investor fraud.   In the first portion of October 2021, the Missouri Secretary of State issued a cease and desist order that required Eddings to show […]

Pleasant View R-6 School

Pleasant View R-6 School District sets candidate filing dates; announces dates and times of upcoming activities

Board candidate filings in the Pleasant View R-6 School District will occur from December 7 through the 28. According to the school, board terms of Danny Westcott and Laurie Frisbie expire with the election in April 2022. During a Board of Education meeting on Thursday night, it was noted school officials are looking to get […]

Murder

Jury trial scheduled in DeKalb County for Hamilton man charged with murder

A jury trial has been scheduled in DeKalb County for a Hamilton man charged with second-degree murder. The DeKalb County Circuit Clerk’s Office reports the trial for 38-year-old Frank Randall Allen Bostic is set to be April 25th through 29th. He has also been charged with felony first-degree domestic assault involving serious physical injury. In […]

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Gun safety group files suit alleging NRA illegally coordinated with Hawley campaign

(Missouri Independent) – The Giffords gun safety organization has sued the National Rifle Association and the campaigns of U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley and U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana, alleging the group used shell corporations to improperly aid the Republican lawmakers in 2018. The suit alleges two NRA affiliates made up to $35 million in illegal […]

Division One of Circuit Court

Court news for Thursday, November 4, 2021 in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court

Prison sentences were issued on four defendants Thursday in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court. At a probation violation hearing, evidence was presented and the court found that Juan Gallegos of Spickard had violated conditions of probation. Gallegos was sentenced to eight years with the Missouri Department of Corrections on each of two counts […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man who stole gun from murder victim sentenced to almost 6-years in prison

A Missouri man who stole a firearm from the victim of a fatal shooting in a liquor store parking lot has been sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing the firearm. James A. Jones, 34, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes on Monday, Oct. 25, to five years and […]