Michael James Collins

Sex offender pleads guilty to transporting 13-year-old victim to Missouri for sex

A prior sex offender in Fulton, Mo., pleaded guilty in federal court after his mother and grandmother transported a 13-year-old child victim from Alabama to engage in illegal sexual activity with him. Michael James Collins, 21, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Willie J. Epps, Jr. Collins, who was a resident at the Community Supervision […]

Missouri State Capitol

Audio: Incoming Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz looks ahead to 2019 session

Missouri Senate Republicans are expected to finish three days of caucusing today (Thursday) in St. Louis. Republicans will control the chamber 24-10 in January. Incoming Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz tells Missourinet his agenda will be caucus-driven.     Schatz sponsored a proposed ten-cent gasoline tax increase this year. Proposition D failed statewide by […]

Guilty Plea

Texas man pleads guilty to stealing 650 firearms from UPS trailers in Springfield

A Glenn Heights, Texas, man pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing 650 firearms from United Parcel Service trailers in Springfield, Mo., en route to Bass Pro Shops. Quinton Haywood, 27, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to the charges contained in a February 21, 2018, federal indictment. Haywood has remained in […]

Fatal Crash

2 killed, 1 injured in Sunday night crash in Randolph County

Two people were killed and a third individual was injured Sunday night in a Randolph County accident. The highway patrol identified the fatality victims as 47-year-old John Birmingham of Bucklin and 31-year-old Kayla Cox of Salisbury. Receiving moderate injuries was the driver of a pickup, 67-year-old David Dunn of Huntsville who was taken to University […]

Missouri Community Betterment website

Several area communities receive 2018 Missouri Community Betterment Awards

Missouri Community Betterment (MCB) honored 19 communities, nine youth groups and 10 community leaders at their 55th Annual Conference held in Columbia, Mo. on Oct. 15, 2018. Nearly 200 volunteers, community leaders and youth from across the state were in attendance to celebrate community and economic development efforts, network with each other and connect with […]

Missouri Department of Corrections

Audio: Number of state prison guard vacancies has doubled during the past year

The Missouri prison system has reached a potential record of about 800 correctional officer vacancies. Department of Corrections Director Anne Precythe tells Missourinet the improving economy is part of the blame.     Precythe says another problem is the agency is pulling from the same hiring pool where prisons are located near each other. She […]

Dana Maxwell of Gallatin

Former bookkeeer at Jamesport school sentenced to prison terms

Prison sentences have been announced for a former secretary and bookkeeper at the Tri-County R-7 school at Jamesport. In late June, a jury in Caldwell County convicted 43-year-old Dana Maxwell of Gallatin on 13 counts, six for receiving stolen property and seven involving forgeries. The single longest sentence is seven years with the Department of Corrections on […]

Missouri Department of Corrections

Missouri prisons reported to still be plagued by corrosive culture; Department says changes in progress

(Missourinet) – Some inmates and former employees say the Missouri prison system is still plagued by a corrosive culture of intimidation and retaliation that came to light almost two years ago. Gary Gross with the Corrections Officers Association says changes made under new leadership, including a 24-hour hotline for disgruntled employees, haven’t been effective.   […]

Claire McKaskill and Josh Hawley

Audio: McCaskill, Hawley exchange barbs while securing U.S. Senate nominations

(Missourinet) – After Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Josh Hawley won their U.S. Senate primaries last night, both challenged each other to debates. McCaskill noted Hawley had avoided debates with his primary opponents while pressuring her to have one before he became the nominee.     McCaskill attacked Hawley at a campaign stop earlier for […]

Network cables (RJ45 ) connected to a switch

USDA invests $97 million in rural broadband infrastructure nationwide

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $97 million in 12 projects to provide or improve rural broadband service in 11 states, including Missouri.  “A person’s location should not determine whether he or she has access to modern communications infrastructure,” Secretary Perdue said. “That is why USDA […]

4-H 2018 Missouri Shooting Sports

Missouri 4-H earns top honors at national shooting sports championships

The Missouri 4-H shooting sports teams won first-place honors at the 2018 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships, June 24-29 in Grand Island, Neb. This is the fourth time in the event’s 15-year history that Missouri has brought home the Tom Davison Championship Trophy for the top overall result by a state program. More than 675 […]

Crime and Courts

Prison sentences the rule of the day in Thursday session of court in Trenton

Among cases Thursday in the Grundy County Circuit Court, probation was revoked for a Chillicothe resident, Timothy Joe Ashlock, on an original charge of tampering with a motor vehicle. A previously suspended sentence was set aside and the court ordered a ten-year sentence with Department of Corrections. Credit was given for time served to await […]

Soybeans

Missouri Congressman Cleaver warns against tariffs

A Kansas City congressman who also represents parts of west-central Missouri warns tariffs are having a “devastating impact” on some industries in the Show-Me State. Fifth District Congressman Emanuel Cleaver hosted a meeting between farmers and the Canadian Consul General last week in Higginsville.     Cleaver tells Missourinet China is targeting states President Trump […]

Crime and Courts

Circuit court has extremely busy docket in latest session

Several defendants have waived preliminary hearings in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. The cases, on various charges, were bound over to the Division One docket of Thursday, June 14th or Thursday, July 12th. Emma Nichole Brown of Trenton faces two drug-related charges and one of hindering prosecution. Bond was continued at $20,000. […]