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Former candidate for Sullivan County First District Commissioner pleads “Not Guilty” to election offenses

A former candidate for Sullivan County First District Commissioner charged with misdemeanor committing class four election offenses entered a plea of not guilty on February 4th. Online court information shows Colin Norman Sorhus of Green Castle was formally arraigned, and the case was continued to April 22nd. Sullivan County Second District Commissioner Michael Todd Williams […]

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Iowa man to be arraigned in Caldwell County court after road rage incident where he repeatedly rammed car

An arraignment has been scheduled for a man from Iowa who faces multiple felony charges in Caldwell County after what was described as a road rage incident by law enforcement in December. Forty-two-year-old Ty Matthew Vaughn of Morning Sun, Iowa is scheduled in Division One of Circuit Court on February 9th. Vaughn has been charged […]

Charges Filed

Homeless man found in stolen vehicle pleads not guilty to four felonies in Linn County

A man pleaded not guilty on four felonies in Linn County on January 14th after law enforcement reported finding him in a stolen vehicle from Wisconsin in the Walmart Supercenter parking lot in Brookfield on January 14th. Twenty-eight-year-old Adrian Joe was arraigned, and the case was continued to February 4th.  He has been charged with […]

Child Porn Charges

Former DeSales University priest indicted on three counts of child pornography offenses

A former DeSales University priest was charged by indictment with three counts of child pornography offenses. William McCandless, 56, of Wilmington, Delaware, was charged with possessing child pornography for importation into the United States, transporting child pornography in interstate and foreign commerce, and attempting to access with intent to view child pornography. During his initial […]

Court News

Judge Steve Hudson presides over busy court docket in Tuesday session of Grundy County Court

Preliminary hearings were waived on Tuesday by seven defendants in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Each is to be arraigned on their various charges on Thursday in Division One of the Circuit Court in Trenton. Cory Jack Burchett of Trenton is charged with the September 30th offenses of possessing a controlled substance […]

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Kirksville woman charged with murder of newborn baby to be arraigned today

An arraignment is scheduled this morning, Monday, May 18, 2020, at a courtroom in Milan for a Kirksville woman accused of murder, involuntary manslaughter, and abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death. Twenty-eight-year-old Makuya Kambamba is accused in the May 6th death of a newborn baby in a restroom toilet at the Smithfield […]

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Grand jury in Missouri indicts former priest on sodomy charges

A retired Roman Catholic priest from southern Missouri has now been indicted by a grand jury in southeast Missouri’s Stoddard County, for alleged sexual abuse of minors. The grand jury has indicted 76-year-old Frederick Joseph Lutz on two counts of forcible sodomy and two counts of deviate sexual assault. This is a superseding indictment, which […]

Frederick Joseph Lutz arrest

Retired priest charged with sex-related crimes in southeast Missouri

A retired Roman Catholic priest from southern Missouri is now charged with four sex-related felonies in southeast Missouri’s Stoddard County, involving alleged sexual abuse of minors. Missourinet’s Cape Girardeau television partner KFVS reports 76-year-old Frederick Joseph Lutz was arrested Wednesday morning in Springfield, where he now lives. Stoddard County Prosecutor Russell Oliver has charged Lutz […]

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Braymer man tied to Diemel brothers death requests change of judge

The Braymer man, facing a tampering with motor vehicle charge that authorities say is related to the death of two Wisconsin brothers, has requested a change of judge. Garland “Joey” Nelson was arraigned Monday in Division One of Caldwell County Circuit Court. During the in-person court appearance, Nelson entered a not guilty plea to the […]

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Hearing waived in case tied to Diemel brother’s disappearance

A Braymer man has waived a preliminary hearing in connection with charges that he drove a truck belonging to two missing Wisconsin brothers who are believed dead. Garland Joey Nelson appeared via Polycom video on Monday in the Associate Division of Caldwell County Circuit Court. The case involves first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle in […]