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Caldwell County Cares Coalition receives $100,000 grant to address alcohol and substance abuse issues

The Caldwell County Cares Coalition has received funding to address alcohol and substance use issues. The group received a Mega Grant Award for $100,000 from Preferred Family Healthcare Prevention. The 3C Power in Prevention project will be a joint effort of sectors of Caldwell, Daviess, and DeKalb counties. It will implement a three-fold initiative that […]

Medical Marijuana and Veterans

Veterans Administration sending mixed messages to vets about cannabis use to treat PTSD

(Missouri Independent) – Despite increasing legal access to medical and recreational cannabis in states across the U.S., veterans face unfair treatment and stigmatization because the U.S.  refuses to recognize marijuana as a viable treatment option.  While the VA has embraced the federally illegal status of the drug, agency policy does not allow discrimination against veterans […]

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Traffic stop by Caldwell County deputy results in arrest and seizure of drugs and cash

A traffic stop in Caldwell County resulted in what the sheriff’s department called the arrest of one suspect following the seizure of drugs and cash. Early Sunday morning, around 2:11 am, a Caldwell County sheriff’s deputy conducted a motor vehicle stop. The investigation resulted in the seizure of 27 grams of heroin, 17 point three […]

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Audio: Health care system CEO stresses Infusion is free and safe vs. Ivermectin for animals

Bothwell Regional Health Center is the site of a COVID-19 treatment called Monoclonal Antibody Infusion, a proven way to ease the virus and its symptoms.  Yet, there are cases of people trying drugs meant for animals instead of these treatments. Center CEO Lori Wightman explained how this is a dangerous choice.     Wightman says […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 15 years in prison without parole for meth trafficking and illegal firearm

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and illegally possessing a firearm. Maxwell L. Fleming, 25, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 15 years in federal prison without parole. On April 7, 2021, Fleming pleaded guilty to one count […]

Suicide Prevention

Wright Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions speaks about the importance of talking about suicide

September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness month. Wright Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program is working to raise awareness and educate the community on the risk factors and warning signs of suicide. Talk of suicide should never be dismissed. If you, or someone you know, are thinking of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention […]

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Talking and trusting are key to easing back-to-school stress for teenagers

With new teachers, classmates, and expectations, back to school is full of uncertainties and anxieties. Stressful transitions increase the chances that a teen will turn to drugs or alcohol to cope. Geena Crosby, prevention coordinator for youth and young adult services with the Prevention Action Alliance, said there are many ways to support teens during […]

Drug Trafficking

Mexican national sentenced to 15 years in prison without parole for drug trafficking and illegal firearms

A Mexican national was sentenced in federal court today for illegally selling more than a dozen firearms and a large amount of methamphetamine and heroin to undercover federal agents. Heladio Lezama-Palma, 36, a citizen of Mexico who was residing in Kansas City, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to 15 years […]

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NCMC Board of Trustees set tax levy, hear reports on various matters, and hire new employees

The North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees heard reports on housing and other matters on August 24. Resident Life Director Donnie Hillerman reported one new residence hall is open, and he hopes the other new residence hall will open September 1st. There are some displaced students currently staying in Selby Hall in the wing […]

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Missouri pharmacy filled forged prescriptions

A Missouri pharmacy is prohibited from continuing its past practice of filling prescriptions without verifying whether they were issued by a DEA-authorized practitioner under a consent decree approved yesterday in federal court. Spalitto’s Pharmacy, L.C., of Kansas City, a retail pharmacy at 3801 Independence Avenue operated by Peter A. Spalitto as the pharmacist in charge, […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the arrest of three on Saturday

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports a Montezuma, Iowa resident was arrested Saturday night in Clinton County. Thirty-nine-year-old Ryan Major was accused of felony unlawful possession of a firearm, resisting arrest for a felony and misdemeanor counts of unlawful use of a weapon, fourth-degree assault, driving while intoxicated, and operating a vehicle without a valid […]

COVID-19 or Coronaviru Vaccine

Certain immunocompromised individuals can now receive third dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Missouri

Following recent announcements from the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, certain immunocompromised individuals can begin receiving third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Missouri.  A third dose of the PfizerNBioTech or Moderna vaccines may be administered to moderately to severely immunocompromised people due to a medical condition […]

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Grundy County reports a COVID-19 related death; Thirty new cases of COVID-19 reported in two area counties

The Grundy County Health Department reports another COVID-19-related death, which makes the total 43. Twenty new cases have also been added since August 16, bringing that total to 1,471.  Of the 55 active cases, 27 involve residents between the ages of 20 and 39, 13 involve those 40 to 64, 10 involve those at least […]

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Law enforcement to participate in “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, August 20 through Labor Day

As the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer come to an end, highway safety officials are encouraging drivers not to let down their guard. Highway fatalities continue to be on the rise with a focus on four risky behaviors: not wearing a seat belt, cellphone use while driving, excessive speeds, and driving under the influence of […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 10 years in prison for distributing 98 kilos of meth, illegally possessing 23 firearms

A Missouri, man who was responsible for distributing nearly 100 kilograms of methamphetamine, has been sentenced in federal court after law enforcement officers seized nearly two dozen firearms and illegal drugs from his residence. Daniel Dewayne Gregg, 58, of Bates City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough on Wednesday, Aug. 11, to […]

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Trenton man arrested, returned to Missouri Department of Corrections

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Trenton man on August 10, 2021, on a technical parole violation involving drugs and reporting and directives. Twenty-six-year-old Jarred Kelsall had no bond and was delivered to the Department of Corrections. Kelsall was originally charged in Polk County with possession of a controlled substance.