Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announces new office of early learning

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced during the regularly scheduled State Board of Education meeting the creation of an Office of Early Learning. This change is part of DESE’s ongoing focus on early learning and early literacy, one of the department’s four priority areas in the Show-Me Success strategic plan. Earlier this year, DESE […]

Operation Legend 2020

U.S. Attorney General: Since Operation Legend, St. Louis murder rate has declined by 49%

U.S. Attorney General William Barr has announced in St. Louis that a federal operation has led to the arrests of more than 650 suspects – 34 of which are accused of murder. The federal effort, called Operation Legend, is named after a four-year-old Kansas City boy killed over the summer while sleeping. The St. Louis […]

Gallatin City Hall

Gallatin Board of Aldermen discuss service fee for utilities; hear request for dog breed exception

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen this week discussed setting a cost of service fee for electricity, water, and sewer for apartments and commercial buildings that are currently single-metered properties but have multiple apartments and/or businesses utilizing services. Howard Bailey II and Scott Crose shared concerns with the additional cost of service fees for businesses at […]

Utility Committee Meeting, Finance Committee Meeting, Administrative Committee Meeting

Trenton Administrative Committee approve motions, reviews 2-hour parking on Main Street

The Trenton Administrative Committee to the Trenton City Council Tuesday evening approved three motions and discussed three other topics during a one-hour meeting.  Committee members are Dave Mlika, Danny Brewer, and Glen Briggs. Also attending were Councilwoman Cathie Smith, Administrator Ron Urton, and Clerk Cindy Simpson Mayor of Trenton, Linda Crooks, was among persons participating […]

Chillicothe Missouri Police Department

Chillicothe Police Department awarded grant funds to assist with hazardous moving violations

The Chillicothe Police Department has been awarded grant funds for hazardous moving traffic violations for officer enforcement and equipment from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Highway Safety, and Traffic Division. The grant will provide for 100% reimbursement for officer overtime enforcement and for traffic safety required equipment. The police department will receive $16,222, which will […]

Child Exploitation

Former teacher pleads guilty to sexually exploiting student; faces 15-years in prison

A Missouri, man who worked as a teacher in China has pleaded guilty in federal court to sexually exploiting one of his former students by attempting to blackmail her into sending him pornographic images. Curtis J. Baldwin, 47, of Springfield,  pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush on Monday, Oct. 5, to […]

Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission website

Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission to require annual de-escalation and implicit bias training

The Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission has voted to require annual training in de-escalation techniques and recognizing implicit bias for all Missouri law enforcement officers. Missouri officers will take a one-hour course in each area as part of their required 24-hours of annual continuing education training. “At its June meeting, I challenged the […]

Child Sex Crimes

Unionville man charged with sodomy, deviate sexual intercourse with two children ages 7 and 8

A Unionville man has been charged in Putnam County with three felony counts of statutory sodomy or attempted sodomy—deviate sexual intercourse—person less than 12 years of age and four felony counts of child molestation—second degree—child less than 12 years of age. Ralph Saavedra’s bond was set at $50,000 cash only. A probable cause statement from […]