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Lawmaker urges Missouri governor to finally appoint cybersecurity commission

(Missouri Independent) – A day after Missouri Gov. Mike Parson garnered national criticism for his push to prosecute a newspaper reporter who discovered a security flaw in a state website, a Democratic lawmaker is urging the governor to appoint members of a cybersecurity commission created by a bill he signed in July. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch informed […]

Crime and Courts

Court news for Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court for Thursday, October 14, 2021

A Trenton man pleaded guilty to three counts while six others were dismissed on Thursday following two arrests, one month apart, this summer. In Division One of the Grundy County Circuit Court, Judge Thomas Alley sentenced Stephan Elliott to four years with the Department of Corrections on each of three counts. These were driving while […]

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Three Missouri residents indicted for using identities of deceased people to file hundreds of COVID relief claims

Three Missouri residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury in a scheme to use the identities of deceased people to file hundreds of false stimulus claims under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Warren W. Watkins, 39, and Marissia Jackson, 25, both of Kansas City, Mo., and Lamar K. Johnson, […]

Sex Crime

Marceline man facing 43 counts of sex offense charges bound to Division One in Linn County Court

A Marceline man charged with 43 counts of first-degree sex offenses had counts bound over to Division One of Linn County Circuit Court on October 13th. Online court information indicates the court found probable cause to believe Roger Cupp committed 32 counts that involved statutory rape, attempted statutory rape, and statutory sodomy. He was bound […]

Crime and Courts

Court news for the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court for Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Four defendants waived preliminary hearings on Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Stephanie Miller of Trenton is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance as of July 15th. Richard Dale Leeper of Trenton is charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia as of September 16th. Brandon Tyler May of Trenton […]

Charges Filed

Bethany teenager facing multiple charges after head-on crash in April

A Bethany resident has been charged with three counts of felony second-degree assault after a vehicle accident on Highway 136 west of Bethany in April, 2021. Eighteen-year-old Jacob Scott Maize has also been charged with felony first-degree property damage. An initial court appearance in Harrison County is scheduled for November 10th. A probable cause statement […]

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Kansas City man faces multiple charges after high-speed pursuit on Highway 36

A Kansas City resident has been charged in Linn County following a pursuit in Linn and Livingston counties the evening of October 5, 2921. Twenty-six-year-old Tamon Terrell Smith has been charged with felony resisting arrest, detention, or stop by fleeing creating a substantial risk of serious injury or death to any person. Bond was set […]

Domestic Violence

Trenton man charged with domestic assault and endangering an unborn child

A Trenton man accused of hitting and shoving a pregnant woman on Wednesday, September 29 faces charges in Grundy County. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports 20-year-old Colton Lester Chaney was arrested Thursday, September 30th. He has been charged with felony third-degree domestic assault and misdemeanor second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Bond was […]

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Unionville man facing multiple charges after altercation in Powersville

A Unionville man faces multiple charges in Putnam County after an alleged altercation in Powersville on September 30. Forty-year-old Anthony Brandon Pearson has been charged with felony second-degree burglary, misdemeanor second-degree property damage, and two counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree domestic assault. An initial court appearance is scheduled for October 4th. A probable cause statement accuses […]

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt speaks to a gathering of Missouri Highway Patrol officers in April 2021 (photo courtesy of the attorney general’s office)

Prosecutor asks Missouri governor to ignore AG’s demand to be removed from Agape case

(Missouri Independent) – The county prosecutor who Attorney General Eric Schmitt said “does not intend to seek justice” for victims of alleged abuse and neglect at a southwestern Missouri boarding school urged Gov. Mike Parson to not remove Schmitt’s office from assisting in the case. In a letter sent Tuesday, Cedar County Prosecuting Attorney Ty […]

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Court news for the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court for Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Among cases in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court, Laredo resident Joseph Adam Vivone pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and speeding from an arrest on January 24. Imposition of sentence was suspended and Judge Steve Hudson placed Vivone on two years supervised probation. Vivone is to donate 48 hours of community service […]

Allen Knoll, who was sent to Agape Boarding School in Missouri, testifies during a committee hearing on Feb-10-2021, about abuse he endured. (Photo by Tim Bommel - House Communications)

Prosecutor files felony charges against five Agape staffers accused of abuse

(Missouri Independent) – Cedar County Prosecuting Attorney Ty Gaither announced Tuesday that five staffers members of Agape Boarding School will be charged with a combined 13 counts of third-degree felony assault — a fraction of what Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt recommended. In March, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson directed the attorney general’s office to assist Gaither […]

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Grundy County Sheriff reports the arrest of three area residents

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest of three area residents on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, on various charges. Thirty-six-year-old Zachary Lee Wilson of Spickard has been charged with the felonies of unlawful use of a weapon involving exhibiting, first-degree property damage, and armed criminal action. He also has been charged with misdemeanor unlawful possession, […]

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Chillicothe police respond to unattended death; arrest intoxicated man with child in his care

Chillicothe police responded early Saturday to the 1200 block of Locust Street regarding an unattended death. Assistant Police Chief Rick Sampsel reported the Coroner’s office was contacted and outward appearances indicated a self-inflicted death. The 44-year old Chillicothe resident was removed by the Livingston County Coroner for further investigation. Among other responses on Saturday, police […]

Crime and Courts

News from the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court for Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Two defendants were placed on probation when they pleaded guilty to separate charges on Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Trenton resident Taylor Scott Groves pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated from July 18. The imposition of sentence was suspended and Judge Steve Hudson placed Groves on two […]