Prison Sentence

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 […]

Murder

Woman arrested at Chicago O’Hare Airport for conspiring to kill her mother and placing body in suitcase

An Illinois woman was arrested when she arrived at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, for allegedly murdering her mother on Aug. 12, 2014, while on vacation in Bali, Indonesia. Heather Mack, 26, is alleged to have conspired with her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, 28, to kill her mother, Sheila Von Weise, while Mack and Von Weise […]

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Two charged in connection with death of Chillicothe teenager plead “Not Guilty” in first court appearance

Two Chillicothe residents entered pleas of not guilty October 19th after they were charged following a suspicious death investigation involving a 17-year-old girl. The court denied requests for bond change for 23-year-old Tehya Renae Kelley and 32-year-old Jeremiah Tremaine Horton. No bond was allowed previously. Bond hearings are set for October 27th. Kelley has been […]

Charges Filed

Bethany teenager facing multiple charges after head-on crash in April

A Bethany resident has been charged with three counts of felony second-degree assault after a vehicle accident on Highway 136 west of Bethany in April, 2021. Eighteen-year-old Jacob Scott Maize has also been charged with felony first-degree property damage. An initial court appearance in Harrison County is scheduled for November 10th. A probable cause statement […]

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Unionville man facing multiple charges after altercation in Powersville

A Unionville man faces multiple charges in Putnam County after an alleged altercation in Powersville on September 30. Forty-year-old Anthony Brandon Pearson has been charged with felony second-degree burglary, misdemeanor second-degree property damage, and two counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree domestic assault. An initial court appearance is scheduled for October 4th. A probable cause statement accuses […]

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Trenton woman receives probation at court appearance

A Trenton woman received a jail sentence, then was placed on probation during an appearance Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court.  Sarah Harding admitted violating the terms of her initial probation on an original charge of receiving stolen property from August 7, 2020. The associate court judge revoked a previously issued […]

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Man who fled from Livingston County Courthouse apprehended

A Chillicothe man who allegedly fled from the Livingston County Courthouse on the morning of August 11, 2021, was apprehended later in the day. Sheriff Steve Cox reports 29-year-old Nicholas Allen Duckworth spoke with a bond supervision employee in the Associate Circuit Court about a court appearance about a drug screen. Duckworth was directed to […]

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Vehicle stopped on Highway 36 speeding 105 mph results in arrest of driver

A vehicle allegedly traveling 105 miles per hour on Highway 36 in Livingston County around noon August 5 resulted in the arrest of an Illinois man. Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox reports 39-year-old Scott Ryan Ottersen of Plainfield, Illinois, was arrested for excessive speed in a 65 miles per hour zone. Ottersen posted bond at […]

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Four MS-13 gang members indicted for 10 murders, kidnapping and racketeering charges

Four alleged members of La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) have been charged in a federal superseding indictment with a racketeering conspiracy involving multiple murders, kidnappings, and burglaries, as well as drug trafficking. The individuals charged in the superseding indictment are: Luis Reynaldo Reyes-Castillo, 27, aka Molesto; David Arturo Perez-Manchame, 22, aka Herbi, aka Walter Melendez; Joel […]

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Audio: Missouri legislator scheduled to go on trial soon in two alleged fraud schemes

A Missouri legislator is scheduled to go on trial soon in two alleged fraud schemes.     Nixa State Representative Tricia Derges is scheduled to go on trial beginning August 16 for 23 felony counts. Last March, a federal grand jury indictment alleges Derges fraudulently received about $300,000 in federal coronavirus aid for nonprofit medical […]

Probation Violation crime

Trenton man placed on probation after court appearance on Tuesday

On a plea agreement, a Trenton man has been placed on probation after pleading guilty to four misdemeanor counts when he appeared on Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Kyle Nathan Wilson entered the pleas to amended charges of 4th-degree assault, two counts, and to resisting arrest or detention by fleeing […]

Murder

Missouri fugitive arrested in Guatemala, returned to United States to face indictment for kidnapping and murder

 A Noel, Missouri, man has been arrested in the Republic of Guatemala and returned to the United States to face a federal indictment for kidnapping the 4-year-old daughter of a woman whose body was discovered in a suitcase last year. Mahamud Tooxoow Mahamed, 39, a Somali national, was charged in an indictment returned on Aug. […]

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Six from Texas indicted in Missouri for conspiracy to steal from bank ATMs

Six Houston, Texas, residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to travel across the country breaking into bank ATMs and stealing the money inside, including at least one theft in Kansas City, Missouri. Deandre J. Gilliam, 19, Ladarious S. Thomas, 28, Jamarkus D. Bogany, 19, J’Korean K. […]

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Grundy County Sheriff reports the arrest of five over the weekend

Several arrests are among reports released on Monday at the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department. Trenton Police arrested 40-year-old Tesse Janella Carman of Chillicothe following a Friday investigation. She is charged with two counts regarding alleged possession of controlled substances. One count is for methamphetamine. The other alleges possession of substances listed as clonazepam, alprazolam, and […]

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Blythedale man charged with property damage after striking building with vehicle

A Blythedale man has been charged with felony first-degree property damage after he allegedly struck the Bethany Counseling Center building with a truck on June 9. Thirty-two-year-old Kevin Adcock has also been charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident with property damage exceeding $1,000. His bond was set at $10,000 cash only. A […]