MoDOT Snowplow

Missouri Department of Transportation to hold annual “Winter Operations Drill”

In an attempt to get a jump on this year’s winter season, the Missouri Department of Transportation will hold its annual “Winter Operations Drill” on Wednesday and Thursday. The drill has been expanded to two days this year to accommodate social distancing requirements due to COVID-19. Motorists may notice increased numbers of MoDOT vehicles on […]

Crime and Courts

Judge Thomas Alley hands down prison sentences in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court

Several defendants were sentenced by Judge Thomas Alley Thursday in Division One of the Grundy County Circuit Court. Robert Lee Ellis of Trenton pleaded guilty to five felony counts stemming from the March 21st incidents. He was sentenced from three to five years with the Department of Corrections. The terms are to run concurrently, or […]

Indictment

Twenty-four defendants, including alleged Aryan Circle gang members and associates indicted in Missouri and nearby states

Five indictments in three different states were unsealed indicting a total of twenty-four defendants, including alleged Aryan Circle (AC) gang members and associates, on charges of racketeering conspiracy, violent crimes in aid of racketeering, drug conspiracy, and unlawful firearms trafficking.  The indictments were announced by Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice […]

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 […]

COVID-19 or Coronavirus Update

Harrison County Health Department attempting to identify individuals who attended church in Bethany

The Harrison County Health Department has been working to identify, isolate, and quarantine individuals who attended church or other activities at Immanuel Baptist Church in Bethany September 20th through October 4th due to potential exposure to COVID-19. The health department recommends those individuals monitor for symptoms and quarantine for 14 days. They should contact a […]

Missouri Department of Public Safety (DPS)

Public safety medals awarded to area residents for assisting Trenton police officer Jasmine Diab

Governor Mike Parson awarded Missouri Public Safety Medals to 11 first responders and six civilians the morning of Tuesday, October 13th for heroic and life-saving actions during 2019. Recipients of the Public Safety Civilian Award were Jason Gamm, Rick Shannon, and Wesley Teague. The Trenton Police Department nominated them for their action when Officer Jasmine […]

Grundy County Law Enforcement Center

Grundy County authorities report the arrest of two

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports two area men were scheduled for the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court Tuesday, October 13th after writs from the Western Missouri Correctional Center of Cameron Monday, October 12th. Thirty-four-year-old Robert Lee Ellis of Trenton has been charged with the felonies of resisting arrest, detention, or stop by […]

Child Exploitation

Former teacher pleads guilty to sexually exploiting student; faces 15-years in prison

A Missouri, man who worked as a teacher in China has pleaded guilty in federal court to sexually exploiting one of his former students by attempting to blackmail her into sending him pornographic images. Curtis J. Baldwin, 47, of Springfield,  pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush on Monday, Oct. 5, to […]

Defend The First Amendment Read A Banned Book

“Freedom to Read” still under attack in Missouri

Bookworms and literature buffs in Missouri are celebrating freedom of choice, of reading materials, and denouncing attacks on what they say is their First Amendment right to read. Banned Books Week, which spotlights attempts to censor books, recently took place.  Banned Books Week brings to light more than 600 books, films, and other literary materials […]

Child Sex Crimes

Unionville man charged with sodomy, deviate sexual intercourse with two children ages 7 and 8

A Unionville man has been charged in Putnam County with three felony counts of statutory sodomy or attempted sodomy—deviate sexual intercourse—person less than 12 years of age and four felony counts of child molestation—second degree—child less than 12 years of age. Ralph Saavedra’s bond was set at $50,000 cash only. A probable cause statement from […]