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Missouri man pleads guilty to meth trafficking on the day of his trial

A Union, Missouri, man who was scheduled to begin his criminal jury trial instead pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing six pounds of methamphetamine to distribute. Felix Franz Forjan, 71, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. According to the plea […]

Charges Filed

Polo man facing multiple charges after fleeing from the scene of a crash

A Polo man faces multiple felonies after he allegedly fleeing the scene of an accident last week. Thirty-three-year-old Justin Arthur Martin has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, operating a vehicle on a highway without a valid license—third and subsequent offense, and resisting arrest, detention, or stop by fleeing. He also faces the […]

Planning and zoning

Trenton Planning and Zoning Commission recommends ordinance be drawn up for Downtown Historic Preservation District

The Trenton Planning and Zoning Commission May 3rd denied a request regarding a conditional use permit for construction of a 150-foot monopole at 212 East Seventh Street for wireless coverage. It also voted to recommend an ordinance be drawn up for a proposed Downtown Historic Preservation District. Deputy City Clerk Tracy Maberry reports the commission […]

Evergy Coal Plant in Lawrence Kansas

Evergy to shutter Kansas coal plant, speed transition to renewable energy

(Missouri Independent) – Evergy, an electric supplier to about 600,000 customers in western Missouri, will retire its coal power plant in Lawrence, Kansas, by the end of 2023, the company announced on Friday. The utility revealed its plan to regulators in a filing with the Missouri Public Service Commission. The “integrated resource plan” lays out Evergy’s next […]

High speed chase ends in arrest of Illinois man in Linn County

High speed chase ends in arrest of Illinois man in Linn County

A vehicle pursuit that started west of Wheeling on April 24th resulted in the arrest of an Illinois man in Linn County. Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox reports 30-year-old Terrence Turner of Country Club Hills, Illinois has been charged in Livingston County with felony resisting arrest, detention, or stop by fleeing and creating a substantial […]

Missouri Law Enforcement Memorial in Jefferson City

Missouri to honor law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty during memorial service on Capitol grounds

The Department of Public Safety announced details of two ceremonies to be held on April 30 and May 1 at the Law Enforcement Memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol to honor Missouri law enforcement officers who paid the ultimate price for protecting their communities. DeKalb County Sheriff Andy Deric Clark will be one […]

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Three from Georgia charged with hate crimes and attempted kidnapping in the death of Ahmaud Arbery

Three Georgia men were indicted by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Georgia and charged with hate crimes and the attempted kidnapping of Ahmaud Arbery. The indictment also charges two of the men with separate counts of using firearms during that crime of violence. Travis McMichael, 35; Travis’s father, Gregory McMichael, 65; […]

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USDA invests $35 million in rural water, energy, and biofuel infrastructure in Missouri

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Missouri Acting State Director D Clark Thomas announced the agency is investing $35,046,000 in critical infrastructure that will help rural Missouri communities build back better and stronger while prioritizing climate-smart solutions and environmental stewardship. USDA is making the investments under the Water and Environmental Program, the Rural Energy for […]

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Milan man charged with rape and sodomy in case regarding 16-year-old girl at a party

A Milan man accused of raping a 16-year-old girl at a party earlier this month has been charged with four felonies. Twenty-four-year-old Zakaria Zouon faces charges of second-degree statutory sodomy, first-degree rape or attempted rape, second-degree rape, and second-degree statutory rape. Bond was set at $75,000 cash only. A probable cause statement from Sullivan County […]

Dr. Randall Williams

Audio: Missouri House Health Committee Chairman says former DHSS Director Williams “Did a fine job”

Two key Missouri lawmakers from opposite parties view Tuesday’s resignation of state Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Director, Dr. Randall Williams, very differently. Missouri House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Stephens (R-Bolivar) praises Dr. Williams, while House Minority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) says the resignation was long overdue. Chairman Stephens says Williams […]

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Audio: Head of Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services resigns

Missouri’s director of the Department of Health and Senior Services has resigned.     A press release from Governor Parson’s office says the governor has accepted a letter of resignation from Dr. Randall Williams. Parson’s deputy chief of staff, Robert Knodell, will serve as the acting director of the state health department. The governor says […]

Governor Mike Parson named Deputy Chief of Staff Robert Knodell as Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) effective immediately. Mr. Knodell has served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Parson since 2018. Over the past year, he has played an integral part in the state’s COVID-19 response efforts and taken a leading role in vaccine rollout and distribution in Missouri. “As Deputy Chief of Staff, Robert brings valuable knowledge and leadership experience to our team and the entire state of Missouri,” Governor Parson said. “For more than a year, he has also played a leading role in Missouri’s COVID-19 response efforts, and I am more than confident in him to take over as Acting Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services.” Governor Parson accepted a letter of resignation from Dr. Randall Williams earlier today. “Dr. Williams has been a huge asset to Missouri, especially this past year in dealing with COVID-19,” Governor Parson said. “We greatly appreciate all the work he has done for the people of our state and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Governor Parson names Robert Knodell as Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Governor Mike Parson named Deputy Chief of Staff Robert Knodell as Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services effective immediately.  Mr. Knodell has served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Parson since 2018. Over the past year, he has played an integral part in the state’s COVID-19 response efforts and […]

Child Endangerment

Ludlow woman who overdosed on meth charged with endangering the welfare of a child

A Ludlow woman has been charged with a felony after law enforcement responded to an individual possibly overdosing on narcotics in March. Thirty-two-year-old Kayla Sue Bower has been charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, creating substantial risk, first offense. An initial appearance in court is scheduled for May 26th. A probable cause […]

Gun Crime or Firearm

Details released in case of Browning man charged with assault and armed criminal action

A Browning man faces two felony charges in Linn County after allegedly attempting to cause physical injury to another person with a firearm on April 6th. Fifty-nine-year-old Wendell Dean Havens has been charged with first-degree assault or attempt and armed criminal action and entered a plea of not guilty on April 13th. The case is […]

Charges Filed

Woman charged in Caldwell County with attempt to deliver drugs inside Caldwell County Detention Center

A Kansas City woman has been charged in Caldwell County with felony delivery or possession of a controlled substance at county/private jail/correctional center without a prescription. Forty-three-year-old Terri Mouton also faces a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance except for 35 grams or less of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid. Bond was set at $10,000 cash […]

Murder

Trial date set for Hamilton man charged with murder

A jury trial has been scheduled in DeKalb County for a Hamilton man charged with second-degree murder. Thirty-seven-year-old Frank Randall Allen Bostic’s trial is scheduled for October 18th through 22nd. A pre-trial conference is set for September 13th.  Bostic has also been charged with first-degree domestic assault, serious physical injury. The case was transferred from […]

Princeton in Mercer County Missouri

Princeton City Council amends golf cart/utility terrain vehicle ordinance to include four-wheelers

The Princeton City Council on April 12th amended the city’s golf cart/utility terrain vehicle ordinance to include four-wheelers. Deputy City Clerk Lisa Colson reports owners of golf carts, UTVs, and side by sides that drive on roads have to register those vehicles and get permits for $15. Owners of four-wheelers that drive on roads now […]