Auto Theft or Stolen Vehicle

Two charged with stealing pickup in Gallatin

Two Kansas City residents face stealing charges in Daviess County after a Ram truck was reported as stolen from Gallatin last week. Thirty-one-year-old Mallory June Shomaker and 27-year-old Clint Edward Vinzant have been charged with felony stealing—motor vehicle/watercraft/aircraft and misdemeanor stealing. Their bonds have been denied. Probable cause statements from Riley Christensen with the Daviess […]

Maggie Fernandez

Maggie Fernandez is Putnam County Career and Technical Student of the Month

The Putnam County R-1 School District recently recognized Maggie Fernandez as the Career and Technical Education Student of the Month for February 2021. Student winners are chosen by the vocational faculty based on a set of criteria that includes: attendance, grades, cooperation with fellow students and teachers, enthusiasm for subject(s), attitude both in the classroom […]

Eaglepicher Technologies website (built mars rover batteries)

Made in Missouri: Batteries that power Mars rover, Perseverance, made in Joplin

The new Mars rover is powered by batteries manufactured by EaglePicher Technologies in Joplin, Missouri. There were 14 EaglePicher silver-zinc batteries on the Atlas V launch rocket. Two of the company’s thermal batteries powered the spacecraft during entry, descent, and landing stages, including igniting the pyrotechnics that opened parachutes. The rover’s main power system consists […]

President Joe Biden Photo Courtesy of the White House

Biden backs reparations study, as House Democrats push for commission

(Missouri Independent) – The White House on Wednesday indicated that President Joe Biden would support studying reparations for slavery, the same day that House Democrats held a hearing on legislation that would set up a reparations commission. But White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stopped short of saying Biden would sign the bill under consideration […]

Deadly Plane Crash

Grundy County Coroner identifies father and son who died in plane crash on Monday night

Grundy County Coroner Dewayne Slater confirms the identities of the father and son who died due to the crash of an aircraft near Galt. They have been identified as 85-year-old Philip LeFevre, Senior of Saint Louis, and 47-year-old Philip LeFevre, Junior of Sunset Hills. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office previously reported wreckage was found Tuesday […]

Street View Jefferson City Missouri State Capitol Building

Audio: Robot deliveries could be coming to a Missouri neighborhood near you

Missouri could allow robots to deliver goods to your home. A bill sponsored by state Senator Lincoln Hough, R-Springfield, aims to let robots cruise mainly along sidewalks and crosswalks to deliver items around the state. During a state Senate Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Safety Committee hearing today, Hough says the effort is a work in […]

Downed aircraft found near the intersection of Highway 6 and 139 North

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports a missing Cessna aircraft has been found in eastern Grundy County near the intersection of Highways 6 and 139 North. Federal Aviation Administration Public Affairs Specialist Elizabeth Cory reports that preliminary information shows a single-engine Cessna 177 with two people aboard crashed shortly after 7:30 on Monday evening, February […]

Authorities searching for possible small aircraft that crashed in eastern Grundy County

Law enforcement reports an aircraft possibly went down in eastern Grundy County on February 8th. Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Corporal Justin Dunn reports preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration indicates a Cessna 177 left Randolph County and was headed to Kirksville. However, there is no indication the aircraft landed in Kirksville. GPS coordinates […]

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Audio: Missouri Capitol heightens security after FBI warning of armed protests; House discusses emergency plans

The Missouri Capitol has extra law enforcement keeping an eye on the building after reports of possible “armed protests” at all 50 state capitols and the U.S. Capitol. The increased presence follows an FBI warning of threats of an “uprising” in the days leading up to the January 20 inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden. During […]