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No charges to be filed against Cleveland officers over 2014 shooting of Tamir Rice

The Justice Department announced that the career prosecutors reviewing the independent federal investigation into the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice on Nov. 22, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio, found insufficient evidence to support federal criminal charges against Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback.  The department notified counsel for Mr. Rice’s family […]

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As Missouri deals with ongoing teacher shortage, education leaders want to step up recruiting efforts

The struggle is real for Missouri when it comes to a constant shortage of K-12 public school teachers. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) wants to ramp up its teacher workforce by seizing the opportunity in a relevant setting. Dr. Paul Katnik, the assistant commissioner of the Office of Educator Quality, says […]

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Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court news for Tuesday, December 22, 2020

A former Trenton police officer will continue to be held in jail without bond on felony charges of statutory rape in the second degree. 25-year-old Michael Wilson appeared Tuesday in the Associate Division of the Grundy County Circuit Court. Wilson told the court he has retained his own attorney for the case. A public defender, […]

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North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees presented various reports, approve audit and purchases

The North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees heard various reports the evening of December 22nd. Multiple reports involved information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Dean of Instruction Mitch Holder filled in for Vice President of Academic Affairs Doctor Tristan Londre. Holder reported students were appreciative of the on-campus experience during the fall semester. He is […]

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Department of Conservation foresters suggest ways to recycle those live Christmas trees

A live Christmas tree can give your home a one-of-a-kind ambiance during the holiday season. From the natural suppleness of its needles to that majestic stature, to the unmistakable evergreen aroma. But after the holidays are over, it doesn’t mean that your natural Christmas tree needs to retire. It can find a second career in […]

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Humphreys man charged with two felony counts of child molestation

A Humphreys man arrested by the Highway Patrol Tuesday afternoon, December 8th in Sullivan County has been charged with two felony counts of child molestation in the first degree. Forty-eight-year-old Joseph Hemenway’s bond is $50,000 cash only. A probable cause statement from Sullivan County Sheriff Roger Smiley says a 19-year-old girl reported she had been […]

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Trenton police officer charged with statutory rape to be held without bond

A felony charge of second-degree statutory rape has been filed in Grundy County against a Trenton Police officer. Online court information shows 25-year-old Michael Wilson is to be held without bond after being arrested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. A probable cause statement from Adam McAtee of the Patrol accuses Wilson of engaging in […]

Child Sex Crimes

Unionville man charged with three counts of sodomy against children bound over to Division One of Putnam County court

A preliminary hearing was held on Monday for a Unionville man, Ralph Saavedra, who faces three felony counts of statutory sodomy or attempt involving alleged deviate sexual intercourse. He also faces four felony counts of child molestation in the second degree. A probable cause statement from Unionville’s Police Chief says the two victims are girls […]

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Sergeant Eric Brown, of Troop B in Macon, promoted to Lieutenant

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the following promotion effective December 1, 2020. Sergeant Eric F. Brown, public information and education officer assigned to Troop B, Macon, MO, is being promoted to lieutenant and designated assistant director of the Public Information and Education Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City. Brown was appointed to the Patrol on […]

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With no statewide mandate in Missouri, more local governments are requiring masks

(Missouri Independent) – In early July, the Columbia City Council passed an ordinance requiring everyone over 10 years old to wear a face mask when in close contact with someone from outside their household. Since that vote, a requirement for face masks has been in every health order issued for the city of 123,000 by the Columbia-Boone […]