Billy Leon McCollum

Kansas City man facing multiple felony charges in Caldwell County after high-speed pursuit

A Kansas City man faces several felony charges in Caldwell County after he allegedly misidentified himself and fled from police, starting from Polo, in April. Forty-six-year-old Billy Leon McCollum has been charged with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle; resisting or interfering with an arrest for a felony; resisting arrest, detention, or stop by fleeing, […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Governor Mike Parson appoints fifteen to various boards and commissions

Governor Mike Parson announced fifteen appointments to various boards and commissions. Bryan Atkins, of Rea, was appointed to the Board of Probation and Parole. Mr. Atkins served as the Sheriff of Andrew County from 2009 until his retirement in 2020. Prior to being elected sheriff, he served as a Deputy Sheriff for Andrew County. He also formerly […]

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Audio: Missouri lawmaker accused of using law enforcement position to get sexual favor from drunk teen

A report alleges a northeast Missouri lawmaker used his position as a law enforcement officer to get a sexual favor from an intoxicated 19-year-old woman while on duty in 2015.     The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Missouri House Speaker Rob Vescovo has forwarded to the House Ethics Committee the information about Bowling Green Republican […]

Theft Investigation

Livingston County Sheriff seeks assistance from public in theft of motorcycles from Wheeling

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is seeking public assistance in an investigation that started May 20th of burglary and theft in Wheeling. Sheriff Steve Cox reports unknown persons removed two racing motorcycles from private property in the 200 block of South Grant. The motorcycles are described as a 2021 Yamaha with the number 30 on […]

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Audio: The Parson administration seems to be laying the groundwork for the funding of Medicaid Expansion.

Missouri’s GOP-controlled Legislature has refused to provide money to add more people to the state’s Medicaid program, but the governor seems to be preparing for the voter-approved expansion.     The St. Louis Post Dispatch says in a proposed rule change filed with the Missouri Secretary of State’s office, the Department of Social Services is […]

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 […]

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Democrats vow court battle if lawmakers don’t fund Missouri Medicaid expansion

(Missouri Independent) – With the Missouri Senate poised for what promises to be a lengthy debate over Medicaid expansion, legislative Democrats said Tuesday that the fight over funding will move to the courts if lawmakers don’t approve money for the new coverage. During a rally on the Capitol Building lawn, Senate Democrats promised to push […]

Livingston County Sheriff Website

Livingston County Sheriff reports Chillicothe man presented with life-saving commendation

A Chillicothe man was recently presented a life-saving commendation following his actions in February. Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox reports Eugene Meyer drove down a rural county road he seldom travels the morning of February 14th when the temperature was around 0. Meyer noticed a two-year-old standing in a ditch, stopped, and placed the child […]

Grass FIre

Chillicothe firefighters respond to fire on Highway Y, returning a second time after the blaze rekindles

Firefighters from Chillicothe responded to a grass and brush fire at a rural residence early Saturday evening, returning to the site late Saturday night after it rekindled. The location of the fire was 4677 Highway Y, where approximately ten acres of timber burned. Firefighters used approximately 100 gallons of water Saturday evening and approximately 150 […]

Chillicothe Missouri Police Department

Chillicothe Police Department receives grants to improve 911 call service and implement mobile communications center

Chillicothe/Livingston County E-911 Coordinator Cindy Hanavan applied for and received two grants in 2020 through the Office of Homeland Security/Department of Public Safety for the Next Generation 911.  The Chillicothe Police Department reports the federal grants will pay 60% of the total cost of the project, and the city/county pays the other 40%. The total […]

Chillicothe Missouri Police Department

Chillicothe Police Department responds to suicidal person and work traffic crash

The Chillicothe Police Department report for March 18th included an individual said to be suicidal and a two-vehicle accident. Assistant Police Chief Rick Sampsel reports the police were contacted in the morning in reference to a suicidal woman in the 900 block of Dickinson Street who was agitated and known to be aggressive. Police Chief […]

Rape news graphic

Audio: Two police officers in Missouri jailed after being charged with rape

Two St. Louis police officers have been charged with the sexual assault of four women, including claims of drugging at least one woman’s drink.     The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports 38-year-old Lafeal Lawshea is accused of raping two women in 2009 and then sexually assaulting a civilian police department employee in 2019. He […]