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Bethany man charged with kidnapping, assault and abuse of a child

A Bethany man has been charged in Harrison County with three felonies after an alleged incident on Monday, March 23, 2020. Thirty-nine-year- old Jeremiah Searles has been charged with first-degree kidnapping, facilitating a felony, inflicting injury, terrorizing, first-degree domestic assault, and abuse or neglect of a child—no sexual contact. Arraignment was held on Tuesday, and […]

State of Emergency

Governor Parson signs Executive Order 2002 declaring a state of emergency in Missouri

Today, Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 2002 declaring a state of emergency in Missouri in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Governor Parson announced the emergency declaration in a press conference on Friday. The following individuals were also present at the press conference: Dr. Randall Williams, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) […]

Crime and Courts

Three waive preliminary hearings during Tuesday session of Grundy County court

Three defendants waived preliminary hearings on Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Spickard resident John Ervin Peterson has been charged with two counts of receiving stolen property on February 16th. St. Joseph resident Kellie Sue Holtman faces two counts from January 27th: stealing a motor vehicle and stealing of $750 or […]

Josh Eckerson Photo from Website

Missouri State Highway Patrol confirms Harrison County Sheriff took his own life

Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Sergeant Jake Angle confirms Harrison County Sheriff Joshua Eckerson died Thursday night after sustaining a gunshot wound. The preliminary investigation indicates the gunshot wound was self-inflicted. The Patrol responded to a Bethany residence with the Bethany Police Department and Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and determined, upon arrival, that Eckerson was […]

Gavel and Law book

Harrison County Sheriff Josh Eckerson accused of multiple allegations

Three misdemeanor counts were filed Thursday in Daviess County Circuit Court alleging that the sheriff of Harrison County was involved in a February 26th incident. Joshua Q. Eckerson has been accused of misuse of official information by a public servant, alleged trespass in the first degree and alleged domestic assault in the fourth degree. Each […]

Chiefs Tea

Annual “Chief’s Tea” to promote awareness of domestic violence to be held in April

The Green Hills Women’s Shelter will hold its Annual Chief’s Tea next month to promote awareness of domestic and sexual violence in the area. Spokesperson Laurie Stevenson says someone who came to the shelter for help escaping an abusive relationship will speak at the luncheon. There will also be a silent auction. A Green Hills […]

Cattle and hog futures continue downward trend into the weekend

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, except for the nearby contract, live cattle futures continued to tumble on another round of follow-through selling, with additional pressure from the volatility in the broader markets, lack of support from this week’s cash business, and weakness in wholesale values.  Feeder cattle futures were sharply lower on the same factors […]

Grundy County Law Enforcement Center

Grundy County authorities report the arrest of two and extradition of one

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of one individual on stealing charges and one on a domestic assault charge. Forty-eight-year-old Kellie Holtman of Saint Joseph was extradited from Buchanan County and arrested on Wednesday. She has been charged with the felonies of stealing—motor vehicle, watercraft, or aircraft and stealing–$750 or more. Bond is […]

Marriage

Audio: Missouri Representative wants to change state’s legal definition of marriage to domestic union

State Representative Adam Schnelting of eastern Missouri’s St. Charles wants to change the legal definition of marriage to a domestic union. During a Missouri House committee hearing today, Schnelting, a licensed minister and former pastor, says he’s sponsoring a bill because he says marriage is not the government’s business.     Speaking on behalf of […]

Extradited

Trenton man extradited from Adair to Grundy County

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the release of a Trenton man from Adair County on Thursday and his extradition to Grundy County. Thirty-seven-year-old Robert Andrew Brandon is accused of violating his probation on felony first-degree property damage and the misdemeanors of fourth-degree domestic assault—first or second offense and driving while revoked or suspended—second or […]