Earnest Johnson scheduled to be executed by the State of Missouri today (October 5, 2021)

Missouri executes Ernest Johnson by lethal injection

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri carried out the death sentence of Ernest Johnson Tuesday evening, ending his life with an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Bonne Terre. Johnson’s case drew national attention in recent weeks, with a range of public figures — from former Gov. Bob Holden to Pope Francis — urging Missouri Gov. […]

Earnest Johnson scheduled to be executed by the State of Missouri today (October 5, 2021)

Missouri Governor Mike Parson won’t block execution of intellectually disabled man

(Missouri Independent) – Rejecting calls from lawmakers, advocates, and even the Pope for him to stop the execution of Ernest Johnson, an intellectually disabled man convicted of murder in 1995, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced Monday that the state will carry out the death sentence as planned at 6 p.m. Tuesday. “The state is prepared […]

Mikall Ryan Foster

Chillicothe man arrested after pursuit of stolen pickup

A 29-year-old Chillicothe resident was arrested after Chillicothe Police received a report of a stolen car from the 1000 block of Graves Street Thursday morning September 30 and pursuit of a pickup. According to Assistant Police Chief Rick Sampsel, who reports the car was recovered in Caldwell County at commuter parking where the pickup was […]

Police Chase or Pursuit

Missouri man pleads guilty to meth trafficking after high-speed chase

 A Missouri man who led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing methamphetamine to distribute. Heath E. Yarger, 49, of Republic, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. By pleading guilty, Yarger admitted that he […]

Fraud

Missouri man pleads guilty to $335 million fraud scheme and $615,000 tax violations

A Missouri, man who was charged in two federal cases pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a $335 million scheme to defraud federal programs that award contracts to firms owned by minorities, veterans, and service-disabled veterans, and in a separate case to filing false tax returns that cheated the government out of […]

Missouri Department of Conservation

MDC and partners offer deer hunting clinic for youth with terminal, chronic illness

The Missouri Department of Conservation, in partnership with Missouri Disabled Sportsmen, the Outdoor Dream Foundation, Dead End Game Calls, and the Rest Inn Him Lodge and Retreat Center, will offer a unique opportunity for youth with terminal or chronic illnesses to participate in a hunting clinic and mentored deer hunt this fall in northeast Missouri. […]

Group Photo of Missouri Public Safety Medals

Governor Parson awards Missouri Public Safety Medals to first responders and civilians for heroic actions in 2020

Governor Mike Parson awarded Missouri Public Safety Medals to a total of 15 first responders and 7 civilians for heroic and life-saving actions during 2020. The awards are Missouri’s highest recognition for first responders acting during critical incidents. The civilians, who include a 12-year-old boy who performed a life-saving rescue at age 11, were honored […]

Report Adult Abuse and Neglect

Changes to Missouri’s adult abuse and neglect hotline hours of operation

To better serve those needing to report concerns of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elderly and disabled Missourians, the Department of Health and Senior Services’ Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline will be revising its hours of operations to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. effective September 1, 2021. In November of 2019, the Department of Health […]

Carroll County Memorial Hospital

Carroll County Memorial Hospital tightens visitor policy due to increase in local COVID-19 cases

Carroll County Memorial Hospital has experienced the highest number of COVID-19 patients since the beginning of the pandemic and locally, the cases continue to rise. Therefore, as of Saturday, August 28, CCMH will be scaling back on its visitor policies. “This change in policy is an unfortunate necessity,” said Dr. Andy Horine, Chief Medical Information […]

Family and friends developmentally disabled

Families and Friends of the Developmentally Disabled has grant applications available

Families and Friends of the Developmentally Disabled, Grundy Co Senate Bill 40, currently has Grant Request forms available for the FY2022.  Grant applications will be accepted until Friday, October 1, 2021, at 4:00 PM at the FFDD office located on the 1st floor of the Grundy County Courthouse or by mail at P.O. Box 402, […]

Cole County Judge Jon Beetem (Screenshot courtesy KRCG-TV)

Judge orders state to immediately allow Missourians to enroll in expanded Medicaid

(Missouri Independent) – The Missouri Department of Social Services must allow newly eligible residents that qualify for benefits under voter-approved Medicaid expansion to enroll and cannot impose greater restrictions on them, a Cole County judge ruled Tuesday. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem sided with the plaintiffs who urged him to allow Medicaid expansion to take […]

Silver Beraver Award

Attorney in Gallatin and Trenton to be awarded Scouting’s highest honor

An attorney at Gallatin and Trenton, as well as longtime Boy Scout leader, Mike Arnold, has been selected to receive the highest form of recognition that can be given to a scouting volunteer.  Mike Arnold will be presented with the “Silver Beaver” award during a Sunday, August 15, 2021, ceremony at 2 o’clock in the […]

Wolfner Library

Secretary of State announces Bicentennial-Day release of the State of Missouri Constitution in audiobook format

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, in commemoration of the two-hundredth anniversary of Missouri’s entry into the United States, has announced that the Constitution of the State of Missouri will be released in audiobook format on August 10, 2021. This 13-hour recording, produced by the Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library, is the first audio version […]

Rape

Immigrant from Congo sought in connection with rape of 15-year-old girl in Daviess County

A Kirksville resident has been charged in Daviess County with felony first-degree rape or attempted rape after an alleged incident in October involving a girl who was 15 at the time. Online court information shows bond has been denied for 18-year-old Rabbi Kapeta. A probable cause statement from Daviess County Deputy Loreanna Parker says a […]