Crime and Courts

Court news in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court for Thursday January 13, 2022

Multiple court cases were processed Thursday at the Grundy County Courthouse. Associate Judge Matthew Krohn of Mercer County presided on behalf of Presiding Judge Thomas Alley in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court. Trenton resident Devin Aaron Pierce pleaded guilty to the delivery of a controlled substance or synthetic cannabinoid from October 20th of […]

Crime and Courts

Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court news for Thursday, December 9, 2021

Several defendants received prison sentences or probation on Thursday in Grundy County Circuit Court. Mercer County Associate Judge Matthew Krohn was appointed to preside during the proceedings in Division One of Circuit Court. Princeton resident James LeRoy Houk saw his probation revoked on two drug-related counts and was sentenced to four years with the Missouri […]

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Court news for Thursday, November 4, 2021 in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court

Prison sentences were issued on four defendants Thursday in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court. At a probation violation hearing, evidence was presented and the court found that Juan Gallegos of Spickard had violated conditions of probation. Gallegos was sentenced to eight years with the Missouri Department of Corrections on each of two counts […]

Child Sex Crimes

Man charged with 118 counts of child sex crimes pleads “Not Guilty” in Linn County Circuit Court

A Macon man charged with 118 felony counts has entered a plea of not guilty in Division One of Linn County Circuit Court. Fifty-four-year-old Kenneth Harper faces multiple counts of child molestation, statutory sodomy, and statutory rape. Harper waived formal arraignment, and his case was passed to January 4th for setting or disposition. The alleged […]

Immigration

Missouri Attorney General seeks court order to force Biden Administration to reimplement the “Remain in Mexico” policy

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has filed a motion to enforce a permanent injunction and for expedited discovery, which seeks a court order from the District Court to compel the Biden Administration to reimplement the Migrant Protection Protocols, or “Remain in Mexico” Policy. “We sued the Biden Administration in April over their cancellation of the […]

Child Porn

Former paraprofessional at Missouri high school sentenced to 22 years in prison for producing child pornography

 A former paraprofessional at Blue Springs High School was sentenced in federal court for producing and distributing child pornography. Steven B. Allen, 46, of Independence, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 22 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Allen to spend the rest of his life on […]

Child Molestation

Bucklin man arrested on 11 counts of child molestation, 19 counts of sodomy and 12 counts of rape with child less than age 14

The Highway Patrol reports the arrest of a Bucklin man on a felony Linn County warrant for child molestation. Fifty-four-year-old Roger Cupp was arrested in Linn County on September 3rd. He was transported to the Linn County Sheriff’s Department. Online court information indicates Cupp faces 11 felony counts of child molestation, as well as 19 […]

Child Sex Crimes

Man charged with 118 felony counts of child sex crimes bound over to Division One of Linn County Circuit Court

A case has been bound over to Division One of Linn County Circuit Court for a Macon man charged with 118 felony counts. Online court information shows 54-year-old Kenneth Harper faces multiple counts of child molestation, statutory sodomy, and statutory rape. Harper waived a preliminary hearing on August 12, 2021. An arraignment is scheduled in […]

Court News

Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court news for Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Three people accused in spray painting incidents July 5 in Trenton appeared Tuesday in the Associate Division of the Grundy County Circuit Court. Twenty-two-year-old Kelli Danielle Corrigan of Trenton pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree property damage – a misdemeanor. Imposition of sentence was suspended, and Corrigan was placed on two years probation. […]

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Missouri Supreme Court rules voter-approved Medicaid expansion is constitutional

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri must expand Medicaid to 275,000 eligible people who were expecting coverage under a constitutional amendment that took effect July 1, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In a unanimous opinion, the court overturned a trial court ruling that the amendment, passed in August 2020 was unconstitutional because it may increase the state’s cost for […]

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Judge appoints new prosecutor in perjury case against Eric Greitens investigator

(Missouri Independent) – A St. Louis circuit judge has approved attorney Gerard Carmody’s motion to withdraw as the special prosecutor in the case of an ex-FBI agent charged with perjury and evidence tampering during the 2018 criminal investigation of former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.  Johnson County Prosecutor Robert Russell will take Carmody’s place in the […]

Child Sex Crimes

Macon man charged with 118 counts of child sex crimes pleads “Not Guilty”

A Macon man pleaded not guilty in Linn County on June 23 to 118 felony counts, including multiple counts of child molestation, statutory sodomy, and statutory rape. The court denied a bond request for 54-year-old Kenneth Harper. A bond hearing is scheduled for July 1st. The alleged incidents happened from 1996 to 2010. The court […]

Child Sex Crimes

Macon man charged in Linn County with 118 counts of child molestation, sodomy and rape

A Macon man has been charged in Linn County with 118 felony counts related to child sex crimes. Fifty-four-year-old Kenneth Harper’s charges include multiple counts of child molestation, statutory sodomy, and statutory rape, stemming from 1996 to 2010. An arraignment is scheduled for June 23rd. The court ordered that the probable cause statement be kept […]

Crime and Courts

Court news for Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court on Thursday, June 10, 2021

Jail sentences were ordered for several defendants during Thursday’s session of Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court. A Trenton resident, Joshua D. Phillips, pleaded guilty to felony domestic assault in the first degree, causing serious physical injury to another person. He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor stealing. Both charges stem from an incident in […]

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Court news for the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

A Trenton man accused of driving a pickup and hitting the side of a business building has been sentenced in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Braden Mark Spicer of rural Trenton pleaded guilty on Tuesday to an amended charge of misdemeanor, leaving the scene of an accident, and to one count of […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole for armed robberies

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for the armed robberies of eight metropolitan-area businesses during the summer of 2017. Calvin C. Wallace, III, 30, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips to 20 years in federal prison without parole. On Nov. 9, 2020, Wallace pleaded guilty to one […]

Division One of Circuit Court

Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court news for April 16, 2021

Probation was revoked and a sentence imposed for one defendant, two others changed their pleas to guilty during Thursday’s session for Division One of the Grundy County Circuit Court. After Thomas Blake Dalton of Galt admitted to probation violations, Circuit Court Judge Thomas Alley sentenced Dalton to a previously imposed prison sentence. In November of […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to five years in federal prison for possession of stolen firearm

 A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing the firearm stolen from a vehicle in the parking lot at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Mo. Jeffrey Ray Dean Ford, 28, of Joplin was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to five years in federal prison without […]