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German national sentenced to 23 years in Missouri prison for meth trafficking and illegal firearms

A German national was sentenced in federal court for methamphetamine trafficking and illegally possessing firearms. Manuel Poludenyj, 36, of Springfield, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 23 years in federal prison without parole. On June 24, 2021, Poludenyj pleaded guilty to one count of possessing methamphetamine to distribute and one […]

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Judge sentences Missouri man to 15 years in prison for child exploitation crimes

United States District Judge Rodney W. Sippel sentenced Nicholas M. Ray to a term of 15 years in federal prison. Ray previously pleaded guilty to attempting to persuade or coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity and distribution of child pornography in a court appearance held in October 2021. In 2014, Ray was convicted […]

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Missouri woman sentenced to 9 years in federal prison without parole for illegal firearm

A Missouri woman who was arrested with 19 firearms and quantities of illegal drugs in her home was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing a firearm. Robin A. Graham, 38, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to nine years in federal prison without parole. On June 22, 2021, Graham […]

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Registered sex offender sentenced to 15 years in prison for possessing images of child sexual abuse

A man was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for possessing images of the sexual abuse of children. Ian Andrew Zearley, 40, of Louisa County, Virginia, pleaded guilty to possession of obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children in July 2021. According to court documents, Zearley […]

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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 […]

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Missouri inmate, freed after serving more than 40 years, sues over medical care in prison

(Associated Press) –  A Kansas City man released from prison after serving more than 40 years for a wrongful conviction is suing the company that provides medical care for Missouri prison inmates. Kevin Strickland alleges in his lawsuit that medical care provided by Corizon LLC officials left him dependent on a wheelchair and able to […]

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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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Missouri businesses oppose ban on COVID vaccine mandates, argue it’s their choice

(Missouri Independent) – Proposals that would bar COVID-19 vaccine mandates and provide greater exemptions for vaccinations more broadly faced a wave of opposition from Missouri business groups Wednesday. Representatives for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Associated Industries of Missouri, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and other business associations made clear to lawmakers […]

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Chillicothe man arrested for failure to register as a sex offender

A man has been arrested for alleged felony failure to register as a sex offender less than two weeks after he registered with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department. Twenty-four-year-old Jonathan Patrick Patterson was arrested on January 12th. He registered on January 3rd. Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox reports Patterson was convicted in Livingston County in […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Kirksville police arrest one individual involved in shooting as investigation continues

One of two men have been arrested as the investigation continues into a Kirksville shooting on December 30th that claimed two lives and injured two others. On Sunday night, January 2, 2022, at about 9:25 pm, the Kirksville Police Department, assisted by the U.S. Marshals, Adair County Sheriff’s Office, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, […]

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Jury convicts Missouri man of illegally possessing a firearm, which was used to shoot another person

A Missouri, man has been convicted by a federal jury of illegally possessing the firearm he used to shoot another person during an argument. Dana Ray Day, Jr., 31, of Jefferson City,  was found guilty at trial on Wednesday, Dec. 15, of one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 7 years in prison for possessing illegal firearm

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing the firearm he was carrying at the time he was arrested for rape and sex trafficking in Lawrence County, Mo. David Arnold, 48, of Everton, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to seven years and one month in federal prison without […]

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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 […]