Police Chase or Pursuit

Two suspects in custody after high-speed pursuit ends north of Hamilton; officer crashes during pursuit

Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox reports two suspects were taken into custody north of Hamilton Wednesday morning, January 13th after a multi-county vehicle pursuit. The pursuit of burglary suspects started in Ray County and continued through Carroll County on Route D through Ludlow where a Ray County deputy lost control on railroad tracks.  The Highway Patrol […]

Trenton Missouri Police Department (TPD)

Trenton authorities report the arrest of two; one on felony theft, the other on drug allegations

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on December 30th of a Galt woman on a steeling allegation and a Trenton man on a capias warrant on a probation violation. Thirty-one-year-old Ashley Rose Tharp has been charged with felony stealing, $750 or more. Bond is $10,000 cash only, and she is scheduled for the […]

Winter Storm Watch

Winter Storm Watch in place for New Year’s Eve and New Years Day in northern and central Missouri; 1 to 3 inches of snow possible

(12/31/2020) -The article below is now out of date.  We have an updated article on the storm that is to pass through northern Missouri on New Year’s day, which is available HERE. The potential for a widespread winter storm could bring hazardous road conditions at the peak of New Year’s celebrations. A complex weather system […]

Crime and Courts

Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court news for Tuesday, December 22, 2020

A former Trenton police officer will continue to be held in jail without bond on felony charges of statutory rape in the second degree. 25-year-old Michael Wilson appeared Tuesday in the Associate Division of the Grundy County Circuit Court. Wilson told the court he has retained his own attorney for the case. A public defender, […]

Death Investigation

Audio: A 4 year old girl has died after being beaten in Benton County

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office in central Missouri is investigating a four-year-old child’s death on Sunday morning.     Investigators say the child had been beaten, along with two others who survived. The four-year-old girl died in Cole Camp, Missouri. According to the sheriff’s office, the father told authorities his daughter “had been beaten, submerged […]

Trenton Missouri Police Department (TPD)

Trenton man charged with endangering the welfare of a child turns himself in to authorities

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports a Trenton man turned himself in December 17th on a charge of felony endangering the welfare of a child in ritual/ceremony in the second degree. Twenty-seven-year-old William Kyle Swartz’s bond is $5,000 cash only, and he is scheduled for the Associate Division of Circuit Court Tuesday. Probable cause statements […]

Melissa Chapman

Grant City woman who assisted man charged with murder faces numerous charges of her own

A Grant City woman has been charged with abandonment of a corpse related to the death of Melissa Lynn Chapman.  50-year-old Kimberly Sue Henry Tinkle also faces two felony counts of hindering the prosecution of a felony and one count of tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution. A probable cause statement from Highway […]

Jeremiah Searles Final

Denver, Missouri man admits murdering woman during court appearance, sentenced to 30-years in prison

A Denver, Missouri man was sentenced December 10th to 30 years in the Department of Corrections on felony murder—second degree. Worth County Prosecuting Attorney Janet Wake Larrison reports 39-year-old Jeremiah Searles was sentenced after pleading guilty to killing Melissa Chapman. A news release says Searles admitted to striking Chapman in the head with part of […]