Chillicothe Missouri Police Department

Chillicothe police respond to calls of suicidal individuals, investigate report of child abuse

Chillicothe Police report the Friday through Sunday weekend period included 262 calls for service plus the usual traffic stops and business checks.  Investigations involved two situations allegedly involving individuals who were said to be considering harm to themselves. Two drug arrests were made following a traffic stop. Among reports from Friday, Chillicothe Police investigated a […]

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Owner of school sentenced to prison for defrauding program dedicated to rehabilitating disabled military veterans

A Maryland man was sentenced Monday to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution for defrauding a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program dedicated to rehabilitating military veterans with disabilities.  According to court documents, Francis Engles, 65, of Bowie, was the owner and operator of Engles Security Training School (Engles […]

Child Porn Charges

Brookfield man charged with 33 counts of child pornography pleads “Not Guilty

A Brookfield man charged with 33 counts of felony possession of child pornography, first offense has pleaded not guilty in Division One of Linn County Circuit Court. Forty-four-year-old James Dean Jackson waived formal arraignment, and the case was continued to August 3rd. Jackson has also been charged with two counts of felony sexual exploitation of […]

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Cameron police officers respond to domestic assault, which turns into standoff with police

Cameron Police Chief Rick Bashor reports a standoff in Cameron on Friday evening, June 4, ended with negotiators talking a suspect out of a residence without incident.  This after the police department responded to the area of Grand and Short avenues in reference to a domestic assault. Bashor says, upon arrival, officers discovered the suspect […]

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Man charged in Livingston County with child porn, after almost 5,000 images and videos discovered on computer

An Independence man has been charged in Livingston County with four counts of felony possession of child pornography. Online court information shows no bond is allowed for 33-year-old Zachary Ryan Kerns. A probable cause statement says a search of cloud service URLs on a computer belonging to Kerns using the program Axiom located more than […]

Child Porn

Brookfield man charged with 33 counts of child porn bound to Division One of Linn County Circuit Court

A case has been bound over to Division One of the Linn County Circuit Court for a Brookfield man charged with 33 counts of felony possession of child pornography—first offense. Forty-four-year-old James Dean Jackson waived a preliminary hearing on May 6th. He is to appear for an arraignment in Division One on June 8th. Jackson […]

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Missouri company, Healthy Home & Family, Inc, settles Medicaid fraud case for $300,000

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that on April 27, 2021, Healthy Home & Family, Inc., an in-home health care provider, and its owners, Belinda Bivens and Mary Stockson, have entered into a civil settlement agreement totaling $302,127 in restitution and penalties, with his office for submitting 114 false claims to Missouri Medicaid (MO HealthNet). […]

Fugitive takes pursuit off-road, crashes vehicle, then flees into timber before being tracked down by authorities

Fugitive takes pursuit off-road, crashes vehicle, then flees into timber before being tracked down by authorities

Chillicothe Police Department K-9 Enoch and Handler Sergeant Jeremiah Grider assisted the Carrollton Police Department in finding a fugitive on April 30th. The Carrollton Police reports 50-year-old Steven Bittiker of Carrollton was taken into custody after a pursuit and is being held pending formal charges. He was wanted on outstanding felony warrants. The suspect allegedly […]

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Man from Coffey facing a multitude of charges after Department of Social Services investigation

A Coffey man faces multiple charges after a Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Division investigation at a residence in Coffey on April 28th. Forty-five-year-old David Jonathan Girsch has been charged in Daviess County with the felonies of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, and two counts of […]

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California man charged in Missouri with trafficking more than four kilos of fentanyl

A California man was charged in federal court with transporting more than four kilograms of fentanyl from Los Angeles, California, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, aboard a bus that stopped at a Kansas City, Missouri station. Miguel Angel Duran, 28, was charged with one count of possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute in a criminal complaint […]

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Audio: Jury hears opening statements in northern Missouri murder trial; Court TV airing live coverage

A jury listened to two vastly different stories during opening statements Monday in Jefferson City, in a high-profile northern Missouri murder case. 54-year-old James Addie’s murder trial is being broadcast live nationwide on Court TV.     Addie and the victim, Molly Watson, both worked at the Moberly Correctional Center. The case has been moved from […]

Warrant Served

Purdin couple facing narcotics charges and endangerment of a child after execution of search warrant

Two Purdin residents face several drug-related felony charges after the execution of a narcotics-related search warrant in the 500 block of Third Street in Purdin on April 15th. Forty-three-year-old Valerie Raglenda Coke and 37-year-old Donald Michael Morris have been charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child involving drugs, first offense, possession of a […]

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 […]