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Audio: Missouri man sentenced to 6 years in prison for stealing hearse with body inside

A man who stole a hearse with a body inside has been sentenced to six years in prison.     Thirty-nine-year-old Brian Schaake admitted he and one other person stole the William Harris Funeral Home hearse from a gas station in north St. Louis County.  The hearse was later recovered with the body inside. Investigators […]

Farm in Winter

Agriculture secretary pressed about pandemic relief funds for farmers

(Missouri Independent) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack faced questions on how his agency is doling out emergency pandemic aid and fostering collaboration with historically Black colleges during a Thursday hearing before the House Agriculture Committee. Committee Chairman David Scott, a Georgia Democrat, asked Vilsack for “critical updates on the implementation of pandemic relief programs, including […]

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Trenton man arrested on warrants for failure to appear

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Trenton resident on January 19th on two capias warrants for failure to appear. Thirty-six-year-old Justin Wayne Stephenson was arrested in Wyandotte County, Kansas, and picked up from there. His original charges were the felonies of stealing all other property, stealing involving a fourth or subsequent […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 25 years in federal prison without parole for illegal firearms and drug trafficking

A Missouri, man who faces murder charges in state court was sentenced in federal court on multiple charges of illegally possessing firearms, including stolen firearms, and drug trafficking. Brandon L. Hill, 33, of Independence, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 25 years in federal prison without parole. On April 29, 2021, Hill […]

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Aryan Brotherhood member pleads guilty in Missouri to meth trafficking

A Missouri, man who belongs to the Aryan Brotherhood pleaded guilty in federal court to methamphetamine trafficking. Jimmy Jack Pinkley, 44, of Billings, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. By pleading guilty Pinkley admitted that he was in possession of […]

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U.S. Supreme Court considers new limits on abortions in Mississippi case

(Missouri Independent) – The Supreme Court is weighing potentially sweeping changes to the right to an abortion, after two hours of arguments Wednesday morning on a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The court’s conservatives, who hold a 6-3 majority, appeared through their questions to be sympathetic to Mississippi’s arguments […]

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Liberty woman transported to Grundy County to face forgery charge

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports a Liberty woman charged in Grundy County with felony forgery was released from the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail on November 30th. Thirty-eight-year-old Lynette Dawn King was transported to the Grundy County Detention Center. Her bond was $5,000 cash only, and she was released on her own recognizance. She is […]

Child Exploitation

Man from Missouri indicted for sexual exploitation of three children

A Missouri, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for the sexual exploitation of three child victims. Jake Ethan Patterson, 26, Rogersville, was charged in a four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo., on Wednesday, November 17. The federal indictment replaces a criminal complaint that was filed against Patterson […]

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Bethany teenager charged with multiple felonies in string of property crimes

A Bethany teen faces multiple felonies as a result of an investigation into what law enforcement called a string of property crimes in Bethany and Harrison County. Sixteen-year-old Christa Lynn Freeseman has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, two counts of stealing, unlawful use of a weapon by possessing a weapon and a […]

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North Central Missouri College to celebrate first generation college students

North Central Missouri College’s TRIO Student Support Services and First Gen Club will participate in the national First-Generation College Student Celebration on Monday, November 8th. They will host a First Gen Panel & Pizza lunch open to students, staff, faculty, and alumni at 2:00 p.m. on this date in Geyer Hall 103. Attendees will view […]

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Bethany teen facing multiple felony charges in relation to property crimes

A Bethany resident faces four felonies in reference to an investigation of what law enforcement called a string of property crimes in Bethany and Harrison County. Eighteen-year-old Joshua David Rakeshaw has been charged with two counts of stealing. He has also been charged with one count each of possession of a controlled substance except 35 […]

Rape Kit

Video/Audio: Missouri’s effort to get thousands of rape kits tested is making progress

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt gave an update on the SAFE Kit Initiative, reporting positive progress in clearing the backlog of untested sexual assault kits through the initiative. The Springfield Police Department also announced that they have completely cleared out their backlog, leaving zero untested sexual assault kits in their inventory. “As a husband, father, […]

Trenton, Missouri

Trenton Administrative Committee discusses the breed-specific dog ban

Trenton’s Administrative Committee on Tuesday night voted two to one against repealing the breed-specific dog ordinance. This recommendation will be forwarded to the Monday night meeting of the full Trenton City Council. Committee members voting to keep the current ordinance were David Mlika and Danny Brewer. Voting to repeal the ordinance was Robert Romesburg. Kevin […]

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Audio: Meet Missouri’s 2022 Teacher of the Year, James Young

James Young, a Musical Theatre, Vocal Music, and Guitar teacher at the Johnson-Wabash 6th Grade Center in the Ferguson-Florissant School District, was selected by a committee of his peers and education partners across the state as the 2022 Missouri Teacher of the Year. He becomes the 53rd Missouri Teacher of the Year since the program’s inception […]

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Audio: Missouri Farm Bureau President Garrett Hawkins addresses members at annual meeting in Trenton

Grundy County Farm Bureau members heard Missouri Farm Bureau President Garrett Hawkins addressed multiple topics at the county organization’s annual meeting in Trenton on September 9, 2021.  One of the topics was climate change.     Hawkins said he is tired of people “pointing fingers” at farmers and ranchers and saying they are the problem. […]

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Trenton Police Department reporting excessive number of thefts from vehicles

The Trenton Police Department reports residents are experiencing a lot of thefts from vehicles in the area and is advising vehicle owners to protect themselves and their belongings. The police provide tips, which include locking doors and rolling up windows, taking valuables inside, and hiding things if left in the vehicle. Other tips to avoid […]