Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 10 years in prison without parole for illegal firearms and marijuana grow operation

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for growing marijuana and illegally possessing dozens of firearms. Darrin Dale Smithee, 56, of Auxvasse, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to 10 years in federal prison without parole. On Aug. 31, 2021, Smithee pleaded guilty to one count of manufacturing marijuana and one […]

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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 15 years for meth trafficking and illegal firearm

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing methamphetamine and a firearm. Leif Christopher Haslag, 39, of Loose Creek, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 15 years in federal prison without parole. On July 1, 2021, Haslag pleaded guilty to one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent […]

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Trenton couple facing charges of stealing in Daviess County

A couple from Trenton faces multiple counts of stealing in Daviess County after they allegedly stole items from the Jamesport Sales and Surplus Store. Online court information shows 41-year-old Daniel Michael Betz has been charged with three felony counts of stealing $750 or more and three misdemeanor counts of stealing. Thirty-seven-year-old Lynnsey Marie Betz has […]

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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 […]

Trenton Missouri Police Department (TPD)

Three from Trenton arrested including married couple

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a married couple from Trenton and another Trenton resident on January 6th. Thirty-seven-year-old Lynnsey Marie Betz has been charged with the felonies of possession of a controlled substance and delivery or possession of a controlled substance at a county or private jail or correctional center except […]

Court News

Court news from the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court for Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Three defendants have waived preliminary hearings on felony charges and were bound over to the January session of Grundy County Circuit Court. Robert Joe Singer of Hale is charged with a November 5th arrest for driving while intoxicated chronic offender, misdemeanor possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, no insurance, and […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man who crashed stolen car into house, sentenced to six years in prison for Illegally possessing a firearm

 A Missouri, man who crashed a stolen car into a house after smoking methamphetamine was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing a firearm. William T. Bryand, 29, Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to six years in federal prison without parole. On July 15, 2021, Bryand pleaded guilty to […]

Chillicothe Missouri Police Department

Chillicothe police arrest several over the weekend for auto theft, burglary, assault and trespassing

The Chillicothe Police Department reported on several arrests over the weekend. Early Sunday afternoon, officers received a report of a stolen motor vehicle in the 900 block of Waples Street. Officer located the vehicle a short time later and arrested a 26-year-old male for the alleged theft of a motor vehicle and driving while revoked. […]

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Cameron woman facing charges after entering residence and threatening man with a knife

A Cameron woman faces two felonies in Clinton County after she allegedly entered a Cameron residence and threatened a man inside with a knife on December 6, 2021. Thirty-six-year-old Abigail Ann Caselman has been charged with first-degree burglary and second-degree domestic assault. Caselman was initially to be held without bond; however, the court amended bond […]

Crime and Courts

Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court news for Thursday, December 9, 2021

Several defendants received prison sentences or probation on Thursday in Grundy County Circuit Court. Mercer County Associate Judge Matthew Krohn was appointed to preside during the proceedings in Division One of Circuit Court. Princeton resident James LeRoy Houk saw his probation revoked on two drug-related counts and was sentenced to four years with the Missouri […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to nine years in prison for illegal firearm following high-speed police chase

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing a firearm after leading police officers on a high-speed chase through oncoming traffic and crashing into several police vehicles. Kyle K. Kessler, 35, Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to nine years in federal prison without parole. On Oct. 15, […]

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Missouri man sentenced to nine years in prison for illegal firearms stolen from neighbor

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing 10 firearms, three of which were stolen during his burglary of a neighbor’s house. Jason B. Roberts, 44, Ash Grove, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to nine years in federal prison without parole. On June 17, 2021, Roberts pleaded guilty […]

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Gallatin man charged with burglary and domestic assault in Trenton

A Gallatin man has been charged in Grundy County after he allegedly unlawfully entered a residence in Trenton and assaulted an individual on November 21st. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports 31-year-old Todd Anthony McDowell has been charged with the felonies of second-degree burglary and third-degree domestic assault. He also faces a misdemeanor violation of […]

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Mercer teenager charged with burglary and assault

A Mercer resident faces multiple felony charges after she allegedly entered a residence in Mercer County on November 16 without consent and punched someone in the residence multiple times. Online court information shows 18-year-old Alexis Graham has been charged with first-degree burglary, unlawful use of a weapon involving exhibiting, and third-degree assault. Bond was set at […]

Auto Theft or Stolen Vehicle

Grandview man charged with multiple felonies after breaking into Woody’s Automotive

A Grandview man has been charged with multiple felonies after he allegedly unlawfully entered Woody’s Automotive in Chillicothe during September. Twenty-four-year-old Jahquise Tyronne Webb has been charged with second-degree burglary, stealing a firearm, first-degree property damage, and three counts of stealing $25,000 or more. No bond is allowed. A probable cause statement accuses Webb of […]

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Man from Coffey charged with multiple felonies after stealing a 4-wheeler and failing to register as a sex offender

A Coffey man has been charged with four felonies after he allegedly conspired with friends to help him steal a four-wheeler and reportedly did not register a vehicle on the sex offender registry. Thirty-one-year-old Brandon Tyler May faces charges of stealing a motor vehicle, failure to register as a sex offender, and two counts of […]

Federal Bureau of Investigation

FBI releases 2020 statistics for law enforcement officers assaulted in the line of duty

According to statistics reported to the FBI, 60,105 law enforcement officers were assaulted while performing their duties in 2020. These assaults were reported to the FBI by 9,895 law enforcement agencies. Based on these reports, there were 4,071 more officers assaulted in 2020 than the 56,034 assaults reported in 2019. Data regarding these assaults were […]

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Grundy County Sheriff reports the arrest of a Trenton man and woman from Galt

A Trenton man who allegedly tried to unlawfully enter a building owned by K4C Cottages in Trenton on October 9 faces two felonies. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports 36-year-old Brandon Charles Bellamy was arrested by the Trenton Police on October 9, 2021. He has been charged with first-degree attempted burglary and first-degree property damage. […]