Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 4-years without parole for illegal firearm and making threatening phone call to airport

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing a firearm and for making a threatening phone call that caused disruption at the Springfield National Airport. Dustin B. Gowens, 39, of Springfield was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to four years in federal prison without parole. On Feb. 22, 2020, […]

Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri

Audio: Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says impeaching Trump would be unconstitutional

Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt asserts the effort to impeach former President Donald Trump is unconstitutional. Blunt was one of the 45 Republican senators who voted for a measure declaring the House effort to impeach Trump fell outside of its constitutional powers.     Five Republicans joined the 50 Democrats in the US Senate to […]

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Audio: Missouri Senator proposes to let drivers use deadly force against some protesters

State Senator Rick Brattin, R-Harrisonville, wants to make it a Class E felony for any protester who interferes with or blocks a public road. Drivers would not be held liable for injuring the demonstrators who block traffic. A provision in the bill says the driver is still liable if they are found to be using […]

Illegal Firearms and firearm theft

Former KC Fire Department captain sentenced to six years in prison for illegally selling firearms to felons

 A former captain in the Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department was sentenced in federal court for illegally selling dozens of firearms over a five-year period, and to selling firearms to convicted felons. James Samuels, 55, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to six years in federal prison without […]

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Two leaders of Gangster Disciples sentenced to prison

Two leaders of the national gang the Gangster Disciples were sentenced today for a racketeering conspiracy involving murder. Shauntay Craig, aka Shake, 42, of Birmingham, Alabama, was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Craig pleaded guilty in August 2019 to racketeering conspiracy involving murder and drug trafficking. Donald Glass, aka Smurf, 30, of Decatur, Georgia, […]

Child Sex Crimes

Man convicted of multiple obscenity crimes involving children

A man was convicted by a federal jury for operating a website dedicated to publishing writings that detailed the sexual abuse of children. Nicholas L. McQuaid, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Gregg Sofer, U.S. Attorney of the Western District of Texas; and Luis M. Quesada, Special Agent in Charge of […]

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Iowa man to be arraigned in Caldwell County court after road rage incident where he repeatedly rammed car

An arraignment has been scheduled for a man from Iowa who faces multiple felony charges in Caldwell County after what was described as a road rage incident by law enforcement in December. Forty-two-year-old Ty Matthew Vaughn of Morning Sun, Iowa is scheduled in Division One of Circuit Court on February 9th. Vaughn has been charged […]

Jamey Aaron Griffin

Jury Trial scheduled in Livingston County on February 16th for Trenton man who shot police officer Jasmine Diab

A jury trial is scheduled in Livingston County next month for a Trenton man accused of wounding Trenton Police Officer Jasmine Diab in June 2019. Forty-year-old Jamey Aaron Griffin’s trial is set to begin on February 16th. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for February 4th. Ninety jurors were to be ordered. Griffin has been charged […]

Charges Filed

Two from Texas facing multiple felony charges including forgery

Two Houston, Texas residents arrested by the Highway Patrol in Harrison County on January 16th have been charged with multiple felonies, including forgery and fraudulent use of a credit/debit device. Forty-year-old John Lindsey Follis the Second (II) and 21-year-old Kaitlyn Marie Spicer also face charges of possession of a forging instrument and three counts of […]

Division One of Circuit Court

Judge hands down prison sentences in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court

The judge faced a busy docket on Thursday, January 15, 2021, in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court. Probation was revoked for Trenton resident Emily Marie Hendee when she admitted to violations. The court ordered her to serve previously-imposed sentences with the Department of Corrections, including five years for passing a bad check and […]