Court News

Court news for Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court on Thursday, April 14, 2022

Forty-third Circuit Court Judge Ryan Horsman of Chillicothe presided when several cases were processed Thursday in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court. Evidence was heard during a hearing and the judge found Josy Simmons of Trenton had violated the terms of her probation. The probation was revoked and a previous stay of execution was […]

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Trenton man ordered to court on “failure to obey a judges order”

A Trenton man is scheduled next month for Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court on a warrant alleging he failed to obey a judges’ order. Thirty-eight-year-old Timothy Nguyen was to be picked up on Monday, March 21, 2022,  from the Missouri Department of Corrections and returned to the Grundy County Detention Center. Bond is […]

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Former corrections official indicted for sexually assaulting a dozen female inmates while serving as a nurse

A federal indictment was unsealed in Portland, Oregon, charging a former Oregon Department of Corrections employee with sexually assaulting a dozen female inmates while serving as a nurse at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Oregon’s only women’s prison. Tony Daniel Klein, 37, of Clackamas County, Oregon, is charged with 21 counts of depriving the victims […]

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Court news for Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court on Thursday, March 10, 2022

Among cases Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Division One of the Grundy County Circuit Court: Trenton resident Kyle Ray Graves pleaded guilty to felony possession of a controlled substance/synthetic cannabinoid. Two other counts were dismissed. Graves was sentenced to seven years with the Department of Corrections with the term to be consecutive to any other […]

Prison Sentence

Brookfield man sentenced to 12 years in prison on a number of charges

The Linn County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reports a Brookfield man was sentenced in Linn County Circuit Court on March 8, 2022, to 12 years total in the Department of Corrections. On a charge of second-degree domestic assault, Alexander Blackwell was sentenced to serve eight years as a prior assault offender. He was sentenced to five years […]

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Polo man sentenced to life in Missouri prison for murder of Elizabeth Adams

A Polo man was sentenced March 3rd to life in the Missouri Department of Corrections on second-degree murder. Online court information shows 36-year-old Kevin Lynn Barnett Junior was also sentenced in Livingston County Circuit Court to seven years on unlawful possession of a firearm. The sentences are to run consecutively to each count and all […]

Inmate incarcerated at Chillicothe Correctional Center dies

The Missouri Department of Corrections reports the death of a Chillicothe Correctional Center inmate. Fifty-six-year-old Claudette Pate died at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City on Tuesday evening, March 1, 2022. She died of apparent natural causes. Pate was serving a 12-year sentence on forgery and delivery or possession of a weapon at a county […]

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House grants initial approval to bill that would allow prison nurseries in Missouri

(Missouri Independent) -The House gave initial approval Wednesday to a bill that would allow newborns to remain with their incarcerated mothers for the first year and a half of the baby’s life. The bill would permit the Missouri Department of Corrections to establish nurseries within the state’s correctional facilities, allowing children born to incarcerated women to […]

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Trenton man arrested on parole violation

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest of a Trenton resident on February 25 on an absconder parole violation on an original charge of stealing. Thirty-five-year-old Corey Hines’s alleged violation involved residency by failing to report changes in residency, employment by failing to maintain employment, and reporting and directives by failing to report as […]

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Missouri House refuses to accept Governor Parson’s plan for $15 base pay for state jobs

(Missouri Independent) – The Missouri House approved a $4.6 billion supplemental spending bill Wednesday that would give all state workers a pay raise.  But lawmakers refused to go along with Gov. Mike Parson’s plan for a $15 an hour base wage for all state employees, instead offering that salary only to select workers.  The bill would also […]

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Brookfield man sentenced to 14 years in prison on charges of child molestation and sexual abuse

A Brookfield man was sentenced to 14 years in the Department of Corrections in Linn County Circuit Court on February 8th on sex-related felony charges. A Linn County jury found Coyle guilty in November. The Linn County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reports 44-year-old Rocky Coyle was sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Corrections on […]

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House committee scales back governor’s pay raise plan for Missouri state workers

(Missouri Independent) – Hundreds of custodians, clerks, and cooks working for state agencies would not get the raises Missouri Gov. Mike Parson promised in December under a spending bill approved Monday by the House Budget Committee. On a party-line vote, with Republicans supporting the bill and Democrats opposed, the committee approved a spending bill that sets […]

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Former teacher at Winston sentenced to prison for inappropriate contact with a female student

A former teacher at Winston High School has been sentenced for alleged inappropriate contact with a female student. Fifty-three-year-old Alfred Brian Sprouse of Gallatin pleaded guilty in December to charges of sexual contact with a student as well as a misdemeanor count of assault in the fourth degree, also involving a student. The alleged incidents […]

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Trenton man arrested on probation violation

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Trenton man on February 2, 2022, on a technical probation violation. Thirty-seven-year-old Cody Burchett’s alleged violation involved employment by reportedly failing to obtain employment, drugs by testing positive for methamphetamine, and reporting and directives for failing to report December 14th and failing to attend substance […]

Inmate at Chillicothe Correctional Center dies

The Missouri Department of Corrections reports an inmate at the Chillicothe Correctional Center has died. Sixty-four-year-old Peggy Goodin was pronounced dead at the Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City on Friday morning, January 21, 2022. An autopsy will be conducted. Goodin was serving a seven-year sentence for delivery of a controlled substance from Scotland County […]

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 […]

Murder

Polo man charged with murder pleads guilty in Livingston County court

A Polo man charged with first-degree murder after a shooting in Polo in January 2021 pleaded guilty in Livingston County on January 6th. Online court information shows the prosecutor dismissed three counts for 36-year-old Kevin Lynn Barnett Junior. The dismissed counts were felonies of first-degree assault or attempt, armed criminal action, and first-degree robbery. The […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol arrests Kingston man; charged with driving while intoxicated as a persistent offender

A Kingston man arrested by the Highway Patrol in Caldwell County on Thursday morning, December 16, 2021, has been charged in Caldwell County. Thirty-seven-year-old Shaun Allen Pickens has been charged with felony driving while intoxicated as a persistent offender and misdemeanor operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner involving an accident. Bond was […]