MSHP Best Cruiser Contest Photo 2021

Four Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers stationed in Macon to receive promotions

Captain Erik A. Gottman, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, announces the following promotions and transfer effective February 1, 2022. Corporal Terrance B. Ritter will be promoted to sergeant and designated the zone supervisor of Zone 2, serving the citizens of Macon and Shelby counties. Ritter was appointed to the Patrol on January 7, 2007. […]

Lieutenant Michael P. Quilty, Troop H

Trooper serving in St. Joseph and native of Trenton promoted to lieutenant

Captain Clark N. Stratton, commanding officer Troop H, in St. Joseph announced the following promotion effective January 1, 2022. Sergeant Michael P. Quilty, Troop H, has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant and remains assigned to Troop H, St. Joseph, Missouri. Quilty was appointed to the Patrol on January 1, 1997, as a member […]

Lieutenant Gara Howard promoted to Captain

Lieutenant Gara N. Howard promoted to Captain as of January 1, 2022

The superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the following promotion effective January 1, 2022, Lieutenant Gara N. Howard, Q/RDD, is being promoted to captain and named director of the Criminal Justice Information Services Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, MO. Howard joined the Patrol as a member of the 75th Recruit Class on February […]

Prison Sentence

Partner of a soldier, in Missouri, sentenced to almost 6 years in prison without parole for domestic violence

The domestic partner of a soldier stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, was sentenced in federal court for strangling and assaulting her in their home. Kevin Levon Bonner, 33, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips on Wednesday, Dec. 8, to five years and 11 months in federal prison without parole. On June […]

Stabbing News Graphic

Civilian pharmacist at Missouri military base charged with stabbing supervisor multiple times

A civilian pharmacist at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, was charged in federal court with assaulting his supervisor with a knife and stabbing him multiple times. Robert E. Sapp, 63, was charged in a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Springfield, Missouri., with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon with the intent […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson makes appointments to various boards; Cameron man appointed to Missouri State Fair Commission

 Governor Mike Parson announced five appointments to various boards and commissions and filled two-county office vacancies.  Robert Connell, of Troy, was appointed to the Amber Alert System Oversight Committee.  Mr. Connell has been with the City of St. John Police Department since 2002 and has continuously advanced through the ranks to his current position as Police Chief. […]

Vaccine Mandate News Graphic

Missouri among first states to file suit challenging CMS vaccine mandate

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson led a coalition of 10 states in challenging the vaccine mandate propagated by the Biden Administration’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on healthcare workers across the nation, becoming the first states to file a lawsuit challenging this mandate. Attorney General Eric Schmitt […]

University of Missouri or MU

University of Missouri System allows classroom mask mandate to expire

(Missouri Independent) – The University of Missouri System allowed a mask mandate for its four campuses to expire after Friday, October 15, 2021. Last month, the Board of Curators extended a rule that face masks be worn in classrooms by a 5-4 vote. That policy was scheduled to end at the close of Friday, and a meeting […]

Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ryan A. Burckhardt

Captain Ryan Burckhardt takes command of Missouri State Highway Patrol, Troop C, in Weldon Spring

Captain Ryan A. Burckhardt, director of the Missouri Information Analysis Center, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, Missouri, is transferring to Troop C, Weldon Spring, Missouri, where he will serve as commanding officer. Burckhardt joined the Patrol on July 1, 1997, as a member of the 74th Recruit Class. Upon graduating from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy, […]

Moberly Park Trenton Missouri

Trenton Park Board approves of Trenton VFW fundraiser, repair of parking lot at upper Moberly

The Trenton Park Board on October 6, 2021, approved allowing Trenton VFW Post 919 to put memorial bricks at the war memorial in Moberly Park. VFW Commander Tony Ralston spoke before the vote was taken and said the VFW Post is getting ready to renovate its building. The building was built in the 1930s. He noted […]

Emergency Services 911

Grundy County receives proposals for new 911 radio systems

Grundy County Emergency Management Director Glen Briggs reports Grundy County received two proposals for a new 911 radio system. The proposals were from Command 1 LLC representing Tait and Harris and from Motorola Solutions Incorporated. Briggs says consultant Tusa will evaluate the proposed systems. In about two to three weeks the consultant will present scores […]

Leadership Northwest Music Jam final

Leadership Northwest Music Jam at Black Silo Winery quickly approaching

Country music star, Sunny Sweeney, will be headlining the first-ever Leadership Northwest Music Jam with ticket proceeds benefiting the Leadership Northwest Missouri program. The show will be hosted at Black Silo Winery in Trenton, MO on Saturday, September 25, 2021.  Trenton local, Salem Croy, will be the special guest opening the music event.  Tickets are […]

Lawmakers demand hearings on Afghanistan withdrawal

U.S. Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), and eight colleagues sent a letter to Senate Armed Service Committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-R.I.) calling for hearings on the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Specifically, the senators requested sworn testimony from senior military leaders, including Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General […]

Group Photo of Missouri Public Safety Medals

Governor Parson awards Missouri Public Safety Medals to first responders and civilians for heroic actions in 2020

Governor Mike Parson awarded Missouri Public Safety Medals to a total of 15 first responders and 7 civilians for heroic and life-saving actions during 2020. The awards are Missouri’s highest recognition for first responders acting during critical incidents. The civilians, who include a 12-year-old boy who performed a life-saving rescue at age 11, were honored […]

Nursing or Medical Generic Graphic

Audio: Temporary health workers commanding as much as $200 per hour in Missouri

Temporary health care workers are in high demand across Missouri and are commanding quite the price for their services.     The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports hospitals across the state need the extra staff to deal with surges of COVID-19 patients. That’s led to hourly rates that have risen to $200 an hour in some […]

Theft

Former manager at Fort Leonard Wood facility pleads guilty to Theft

The former general manager of the hospital dining facility at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing more than $69,000 from the cash registers. Gregory Arthur Norton, 53, of Springfield, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of theft of public money. Norton was […]