Suspect in Handcuffs

Authorities arrest Trenton men, court appearances scheduled for Thursday

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of two Trenton men Monday—one on an assault charge, and the other on drug-related charges. Thirty-one year old Michael Anthony Stantruff has been charged with felony first degree assault or attempt—serious physical injury or special victim. His bond is $100,000 cash only. Court documents accuse Stantruff of causing […]

Illegal Deer Poaching

Missouri’s largest-ever poaching investigation ends in jail time

A Greene County man’s court sentencing in December in Barton and Lawrence Counties are the most recent events in what is one of Missouri’s largest conservation cases involving the illegal taking of deer. On December 13, David Berry Jr. of Brookline received a 120-day sentence in Barton County Circuit Court for a felony firearms probation […]

Cocaine

Lee’s Summit couple among 13 indicted for $62 million cocaine conspiracy

A Lee’s Summit, Missouri couple are among 13 defendants who have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a $62 million conspiracy to distribute more than 2,000 kilograms of cocaine, and a money laundering conspiracy. Howard Christian Walters, also known as “Chris,” 41, and his wife, Nina Walter, 37, both of Lee’s […]

Troy Franklin

Troy and Rikki Franklin make court appearance in Sullivan County

A preliminary hearing was held in the Associate Division of Sullivan County Circuit Court Thursday for a Kirksville woman charged with felony hindering the prosecution of a felony in September. Online court information shows 35-year-old Rikki Franklin’s case was bound over to Division One and is to appear for arraignment December 5th. The Highway Patrol […]

Livingston County Sheriff Website

Kansas residents arrested on the way to court

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office reports two Arma, Kansas residents who claimed they were on their way to a court appearance in Linn County Thursday morning have been arrested and charged in Livingston County. Forty-nine-year-old David Loren LaPiere and 33-year-old Ashley Dawn Michelle Watkins were both charged with alleged felony possession of a controlled substance. […]

Crime and Courts

Trio accused of subjecting 11-year-old to abuse for a year make initial court appearance

A woman and man from Albany accused of subjecting an 11-year-old girl to nearly a year of abuse appeared in the Associate Division of Gentry County Circuit Court Wednesday. Thirty-nine-year-old Jennifer Reed waived her initial hearing, and a request for bond reduction was denied. She faces 42 felonies, including kidnapping, child endangerment, domestic assault, and […]

Gavel and Law book

Defendants waive preliminary hearings in Tuesday session of court in Trenton

Defendants facing various charges waived preliminary hearings Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court include Jordan Lane Cabra and Tommy Joe Graham both of Trenton, Dustin Matthew Haskins of Laredo, Javier Hernandez of Kansas City, and Joshua Ryan Lusk of Independence. Bound over to appear Thursday, July 12th in Division One of […]