Donald Peckham

Audio: Missouri jury finds 86-year-old former minister to be violent sexual predator

The attorney general’s office has convinced a Jasper County jury in southwest Missouri that an 86-year-old former minister is still at risk of sexually abusing teenage boys.     That’s even after he completed a 15-year prison sentence for the abuse. The unanimous verdict determined that Donald D. Peckham is a sexually violent predator who […]

Convicted

Jury convicts two former corrections officers in Missouri of assaulting an Inmate

Two former corrections officers at the Jackson County Detention Center have been convicted by a federal jury of physically assaulting an inmate in violation of his constitutional protection against unreasonable force. “These corrections officers abused their authority by physically assaulting an inmate,” said U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison. “Our Constitution protects every citizen from the use […]

Missouri Supreme Court

Audio: Missouri Supreme Court ponders whether voter ID law’s sworn statement should stay or go

The Missouri Supreme Court is deciding whether voters without a photo ID must sign a statement at the polls swearing they are who they say they are. The state is challenging Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan calling the language contradictory and misleading and ruling last year to get rid of the requirement. In Thursday’s […]

Phone Scam

Scam calls claiming to be from U.S. District Court targeting elderly citizens

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is issuing a consumer alert to warn Missouri citizens about a potential scam targeting elderly and vulnerable citizens. Recently, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri has reported hundreds of calls from citizens across Missouri and the country who claim to have received calls from the court’s […]

Missouri State Highway Patrol

Why the Missouri Highway Patrol no longer releases names of juveniles in reports

The Missouri Highway Patrol recently made a change with its online crash reports to OMIT names of minors involved in traffic accidents. The patrols’ public information officer, Captain John Hotz, explained the change occurred after a review of the highway patrol policies, procedures, and general orders. Based on what he called advancements in technology and […]

Church abuse probe or clergy abuse

Audio: Missouri Attorney General Schmitt to release clergy abuse report on Friday

Missouri’s attorney general will release a long-anticipated report today (Friday) in St. Louis, regarding allegations of clergy abuse statewide within the Roman Catholic Church.     Attorney General Eric Schmitt has called a press conference for today at the old Post Office in downtown St. Louis. His report will include all four Missouri dioceses the […]

Indictment

Over 24 indicted in connection with Crossroads Correctional Center riot

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Tuesday that over two dozen individuals were indicted by a DeKalb County grand jury for their involvement in a May 2018 riot at the Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron, Missouri. A grand jury was convened in DeKalb County, Missouri, at the request of DeKalb County Prosecuting Attorney Erik Tate […]

Charges Filed

Audio: Missouri Attorney General files five stealing charges against former southeastern Missouri official

Missouri’s Attorney General has filed five charges of felony stealing against the former deputy collector for Madison County in southeastern Missouri county.     Charges against 31-year-old Kelcey Gresham of Fredericktown were announced yesterday. The AG’s office says the crimes came to light last fall when Madison County residents who had paid their property taxes […]

U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison and Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Hundreds of fugitives arrested, firearms and illegal drugs seized during “Operation Triple Beam”

Operation Triple Beam, an initiative led by the U.S. Marshals Service to track down some of the metropolitan area’s most violent and persistent offenders, resulted in hundreds of arrests and the seizure of dozens of firearms and illegal drugs. Results of the 10-week initiative were announced today by U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison, U.S. Marshal Mark […]

Prescription Drugs with syringe (needle)

Audio: Missouri Attorney General says number of opioid overdose deaths should have urgency in Missouri

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt says the number of people who die every day from opioid overdoses should have some national and statewide urgency.     Schmitt says one in every 65 Missouri deaths is from an opioid overdose. He says that figure should have some statewide urgency – prompting his office to sue three […]