Woman from Eagleville arrested by Missouri State Highway Patrol

A woman from Eagleville has been arrested on drug allegations in Harrison County. Thirty-nine-year-old Chrystal Juarez was arrested by the Highway Patrol Sunday night and accused of felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Juarez was taken on a 24-hour hold to the Harrison […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Missouri man pleads guilty to his role to distribute 551 pounds of meth

A Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a conspiracy to distribute more than 250 kilograms of methamphetamine in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Noah Frazier, 39, of Independence, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to one count of conspiracy to distributed methamphetamine and one count of being […]

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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. […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol reports reports the arrest of three over the weekend

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports an Atchison, Kansas resident was arrested Saturday morning in Clinton County. Forty-three-year-old Christopher Baker was accused of resisting arrest by fleeing causing a substantial risk, careless and imprudent driving, failure to drive on the right half of the road, and failure to signal. Baker was taken to the Clinton […]

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Democrats’ vision for free community college would boost undocumented students

(Missouri Independent) – The massive economic policy package Democrats are trying to muscle through Congress could open the door to free community college for undocumented immigrants. But that lifeline for many people now denied access to higher education could also reignite controversies in Republican-leaning states over immigration and federal overreach. The provision on immigrants was […]

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Patrol arrests Weatherby man on multiple drug allegations

The Highway Patrol arrested a Weatherby man in DeKalb County on Friday morning, October 1 on multiple allegations. Thirty-six-year-old Dennis Cook was accused of felony possession of the controlled substance of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also accused of speeding, not wearing a seat belt, and not having […]

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Senate GOP torpedoes U.S. government funding bill, raising odds of federal fiscal crises

(Missouri Independent) – U.S. Senate Republicans blocked an attempt by Democrats on Monday evening to begin debate on a broad bill that would avert multiple looming fiscal crises for the federal government. The measure to briefly keep the government operating past the end of the fiscal year on Thursday, as well as to increase the […]

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Patrol arrests Cainsville man on drug-related allegations

The Highway Patrol arrested a Cainsville man in Harrison County on September 25 on drug-related allegations. Twenty-eight-year-old Dakoda Wright was accused of felony possession of a controlled substance, with that substance being methamphetamine. He was also accused of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Wright was taken to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department on a 24-hour […]

Voting Rights

Advocates press for action in Congress on voting rights, despite grim outlook

(Missouri Independent) – Activists are ramping up the pressure on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to move on his chamber’s version of a voting rights bill, even though there’s no sign there will be enough Republican support to advance it. Alternatively, they’re pressing for an end to the filibuster, though there’s no indication there would […]

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Trenton man arrested on drug-related allegations involving meth and cocaine

A Trenton man has been arrested by authorities on three drug-related counts stemming from September 16, 2021. Twenty-six-year-old Dallas William Hughs faces two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond is $30,000 cash, and Hughs is to appear September 28 in the Associate Division of […]

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Patrol reports the arrest of a man on multiple allegations

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports a Saint Paul, Minnesota man was arrested Saturday afternoon, September 18, 2021, in Harrison County. Thirty-four-year-old Larvell Elmore was accused of felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, exceeding the posted speed limit by 26 miles an hour or more, careless and imprudent driving, failure to […]

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Milan man arrested on several allegations including possession of meth

Milan Police Chief Gail Hayes reports a Milan man was arrested on September 14 on multiple allegations. Twenty-year-old Manuel Jeyes Ruano was accused of speeding more than 32 miles per hour over the speed limit, not having a valid operator’s license, and possession of methamphetamine. Online court information shows he has been charged with felony possession […]

Voting Rights

Revised voting rights bill rolled out in U.S. Senate, with Manchin on board

(Missouri Independent) – Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a revamped voting rights bill that would expand voter registration as well as create nonpartisan redistricting committees, but the measure is still likely to face an uphill battle in an evenly divided Senate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he will bring the legislation to the floor […]

Fraud

Missouri man pleads guilty to $335 million fraud scheme and $615,000 tax violations

A Missouri, man who was charged in two federal cases pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a $335 million scheme to defraud federal programs that award contracts to firms owned by minorities, veterans, and service-disabled veterans, and in a separate case to filing false tax returns that cheated the government out of […]

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LGBTQ history exhibit goes unmentioned by Missouri Board of Public Buildings, governor cited for its removal

(Missouri Independent) – When news broke that an LGBTQ history exhibit was suddenly and without warning removed from the Missouri Capitol, Gov. Mike Parson contended the reason was that it didn’t get pre-approval from a board he chairs, but at that board’s first meeting in more than a year on Monday, neither the exhibit nor the […]