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Audio: Missouri medical marijuana-related businesses recover money seized by government

A Missouri police chief once called asset forfeiture “pennies from heaven” It’s a rule that allows the government to seize the property of a person who has not even been charged with a crime.  That includes an armored car carrying money from legal Missouri businesses.     The federal government has agreed to return more […]

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Grundy County authorities report the arrest of four individuals

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of four individuals in court on April 14th on capias warrants on probation violations. Forty-year-old Shawn Alan Wells of Maryville was originally charged in one case with felony non-support with total arrears in excess of 12 monthly payments due under an order of support. In another case, […]

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Lathrop man arrested after pursuit by authorities for marijuana grow operation

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department reports a man was taken into custody after a short pursuit on April 5th as a result of the discovery of an illegal homegrown marijuana operation Forty-two-year-old Jamal Ghazai of Lathrop has been charged with felonies of possession of a controlled substance and manufacture of 35 grams or less of […]

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Five arrested by Trenton and Grundy County authorities

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on April 6th of a Trenton man who allegedly broke in and stole items from a business in February. Two Spickard residents were also arrested on April 6th. Forty-eight-year-old Oliver Eugene Vandevender has been charged with the felonies of second-degree burglary, stealing $750 or more, and first-degree […]

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U.S. House votes to decriminalize marijuana in federal law

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. House passed legislation Friday to legalize marijuana nationally, but its future is much less clear in the Senate. The House voted 220-204 to approve the measure, which would fix the split between federal law and 19 states where recreational marijuana is legal. Three Republicans joined all but two Democrats in approving the measure. […]

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One Trenton man arrested, another turns himself into authorities, with both facing a felony drug charge

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Department reports one Trenton man was arrested and another turned himself in on March 30th. Both were charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. Thirty-five-year-old Jessie Lee Ingraham was already in custody when he was arrested. Thirty-three-year-old Domanic James Lee Ratkovich turned himself in. Bond was set at $10,000 cash […]

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Trenton Police Department reports scammers contacting residents using a variety of scam techniques to gain personal information

The Trenton Police Department reports residents receiving scam telephone calls from what appears to be a local telephone number or a telephone number from a business; however, these are telephone scammers spoofing telephone numbers to gain personal information to use in an identity theft scheme. Authorities are encouraging residents to be vigilant in keeping their […]

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Grundy and Daviess County authorities seek to locate Dorothy Kathryn Archuleta

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help in locating a fugitive. The sheriff’s Department reports 38-year-old Dorothy Kathryn Archuleta is wanted in Grundy County on an active $10,000 cash-only bond warrant for failing to appear in court on original charges of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. She is […]

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Senate winds up grueling Supreme Court hearings on Ketanji Brown Jackson nomination

(Missouri Independent) –  Representatives of the American Bar Association reiterated their finding that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is well qualified to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, and law enforcement groups rebutted GOP accusations Jackson is soft on child pornographers during the final day of Jackson’s confirmation hearings Thursday. Republicans, however, called in witnesses to […]

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Juvenile who stole car and went joyriding with friends in the report from Livingston County Sheriff

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has released information on incidents so far this month. Sheriff Steve Cox reports the juvenile office is handling a matter involving a juvenile too young to be driving and allegedly stealing a relative’s vehicle. The sheriff says Sergeant Dustin Woelfle traveled on Bryan Street on March 2nd when a vehicle […]

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Grundy and Mercer County authorities investigating stolen vehicles

Sheriff’s offices from Grundy and Mercer counties are investigating several vehicles recently reported as stolen. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports a maroon-colored 2006 Chrysler Town and Country minivan was reported stolen from Tindall and was allegedly taken March 22nd in the early morning hours. The minivan has Missouri license plates of CU1 R1G. The […]

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Livingston County election authorities are cleaning up voter registration records

Livingston County Clerk and Election Authority are in the process of canvassing the voter registration records in Livingston County. Federal and state laws mandate that the canvass be conducted every two years. Registered voters whose addresses are current on the voter registration records in the county clerk’s office should expect to receive a new voter […]

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Chillicothe police cancel Silver Advisory after missing 81-year-old man is found

An 81-year old man reported missing was found safe in a field southwest of Chillicothe early Saturday afternoon. Stanley Depee had last been seen at 1414 Clay Street in Chillicothe on Friday evening. Chillicothe police issued an Endangered Silver Advisory after authorities said he left his home to drive to a house about one block […]

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Man traveling through Missouri charged with fentanyl trafficking after authorities find 9 pounds of counterfeit pills

 A California man was charged in federal court with smuggling more than four kilograms of counterfeit pills that contain fentanyl aboard a bus traveling through Kansas City, Missouri, from Los Angeles, Calif. Matthew John Gomez, 27, was charged with one count of possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute in a criminal complaint filed in […]

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Man arrested after fleeing from law enforcement near Chillicothe

A 37-year-old man was arrested near Chillicothe on Sunday night, March 6 after he allegedly failed to yield to law enforcement and fled. Chillicothe Police Sergeant Jeremy Stephens reports officers conducted a traffic stop near Mitchell Road and Corporate Drive, but the vehicle continued to the area of the 600 block of Corporate Drive. He says […]

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Missouri man sentenced to eight years in federal prison for his role in carjacking plot

United States District Court Judge Sarah E. Pitlyk sentenced Antwan Jones to eight years in federal prison for his role in a carjacking, weapons charges, and assaulting a federal officer.  Jones had previously pleaded guilty in November 2021.   According to the plea agreement, Jones and his co-defendant stopped their SUV next to the victim on […]

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PETA claims Sullivan County authorities should investigate documented incident at Smithfield

PAR Broadcasting received a news release from PETA that claims, in part, the Sullivan County Prosecuting Attorney should investigate an incident at the Smithfield Farmland Foods plant near Milan. Quoting the news release, PETA says it obtained USDA documentation revealing workers kicked a pig, eliciting a cry, and struck other pigs with the use of […]

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Spickard woman charged with 18 counts of animal neglect turns herself in to authorities

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports a Spickard woman turned herself in on February 22nd on 18 counts of misdemeanor animal neglect or abandonment. Seventy-four year-old Diana Lee Miller posted a $500 cash-only bond. She is scheduled for the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court on March 8, 2022. Court documents accuse Miller of […]