Election 2020

Some Missouri election authorities expanding polling places for August primary election

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft says 21 of the state’s 116 election jurisdictions are increasing the number of polling places for the August primary election, compared to the 2016 primary. A press release from Ashcroft’s office says some polling places are being consolidated into larger venues, creating an efficient flow of voters and more […]

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North Central Missouri College assists students through CARES Act funding

North Central Missouri College has been assisting students by directly distributing CARES Act funding to eligible students and by providing services that assist students to adapt to the changes revolving around COVID-19. NCMC has distributed $133,860 to 281 students in federal emergency financial aid grants directly to qualifying students through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and […]

12 Missouri residents indicted for roles in conspiracy to distribute fentanyl

A dozen Springfield, Missouri-area residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in Greene County. James D. Collins, also known as “Red,” 46, of Battlefield, Missouri; Darryl Turner, also known as “D,” 56, Bobby G. Rost also known as “Pop,” 62, Elmer E. Freeman Jr., […]

Heroin

Missouri man sentenced to 20 years in prison for distributing heroin that caused fatal overdose

An Oak Grove, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court for distributing the heroin that resulted in the overdose death of an Arizona man visiting his family in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Joshua Austin Leroux, 35, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips to 20 years in federal prison without parole.  On Nov. 13, […]

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California woman sentenced to 27 years in prison for her role in meth conspiracy

A Pomona, California, woman was sentenced in federal court for leading a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine in Jasper County, Missouri. Melissa R. Kivett, 42, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 27 years in federal prison without parole. On Oct. 9, 2019, Kivett pleaded guilty to participating in a […]

Court News

Judge Thomas Alley hands down prison sentences in Thursday session of Grundy County Court

Prison sentences were announced on four defendants during Thursday’s session in the Grundy County Circuit Court. Trenton resident Timothy Persell Junior admitted to probation violations. His probation was revoked and he was sentenced to seven years with the Department of Corrections on each of three counts of distributing or delivering drugs early in 2016. The […]

Child Pornography

Missouri man charged with producing child porn after trading images of 5-year-old girl

An Independence, Missouri, man who was arrested on Tuesday, the same day he shared pornographic images over the internet that he had just taken of a 5-year-old child victim, was charged in federal court. Justin Swift, 35, was charged in a two-count criminal complaint with producing child pornography and with distributing child pornography over the […]