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Blunt sponsors bipartisan senate effort to protect wildlife

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Martin Heinrich (N.M.) introduced the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) of 2021 to invest in proactive, on-the-ground conservation work led by states, territories, and Tribal nations to support the long-term health of fish and wildlife habitat all across America. “Missouri is home to some of the best hunting, […]

Charges Filed

Texas woman faces charges in Caldwell County after taking vehicle without permission; leaving 5-year-old on side of highway

A woman from Texas faces charges in Caldwell County after she allegedly took a vehicle without permission and left her five year old son on the side of a highway July 19th. Online court information shows 24 year old Josephine Louise Barrera of San Antonio, Texas has been charged with the felonies of first degree […]

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Three from Iowa, including two children, injured in crash on Highway 36

Three Shenandoah, Iowa residents were hurt late Friday afternoon in DeKalb County when a sports utility vehicle overturned on Highway 36 east of Osborn. The driver, 28-year old Roger Cromwell, and a passenger, who’s a seven-year-old girl, both received serious injuries. Another passenger, a four-year-old girl, received minor injuries. All three were transported to Cameron […]

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Missouri duck boat employees charged with manslaughter in 2018 sinking that killed 17 passengers

Stone County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Selby and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced charges against Ride the Ducks Branson employees Kenneth Scott McKee, Charles Baltzell, and Curtis Lanham in relation to the sinking of Stretch Duck #7 on Table Rock Lake on July 19, 2018, which resulted in the deaths of 17 individuals. According to […]

Wanted by the FBI: John Doe

FBI seeking assistance in identifying unknown male who may have information regarding a child victim

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation. Photographs and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 44, are being disseminated […]

Court News

News from the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court for Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Preliminary hearings were waived by four defendants when they appeared Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Chillicothe resident Tesse Janell Carman faces two felony drug possession counts and three misdemeanor counts stemming from a June 25 arrest. Tristan Lee Vencill of Trenton is charged with delivering a controlled substance from August […]

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Endangered fish, leaching ash ponds: Environmental groups oppose Missouri coal plant permit

(Missouri Independent) – For years, Lisa Zerbe said she biked, rode horses, and ran near Ameren Missouri’s largest coal-fired power plant in Franklin County because she “naively believed” state environmental regulators were protecting citizens from pollution.  Now, she won’t.  “It is truly a disheartening feeling of betrayal from an agency in my younger years I […]

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Missourians need to make their voices heard about the future of the farm and food system

This article is a commentary.  The views expressed in this article are those of the author, Tim Gibbons, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of KTTN/KGOZ Radio, management, or staff. (Missouri Independent) – Missouri Rural Crisis Center recently sent in comments to the Biden Administration and USDA in response to their request […]

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Two from Braymer charged with manufacturing marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child

Two Braymer residents face charges after law enforcement allegedly found them manufacturing marijuana on June 22. Twenty-three-year-old Jared Joseph Lange and 23-year-old Tiffany Amber Kincaid have both been charged with two felony counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child and one count of manufacture of 35 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic […]

Court News

Court news for the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court on Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Probation has been ordered for two Trenton residents who, on Tuesday, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child on November 9 in Trenton. A sentence of 45 days in the Grundy County Jail were issued to Kyle Nathan Wilson and Lacy Jo Vestal. Judge Steve Hudson suspended the execution of […]

Charges Filed

Ridgeway man faces multiple charges after threatening to harm wife and 2-year-old daughter

A Ridgeway man faces a few felony charges after he allegedly threatened to harm his wife and daughter. Thirty-eight-year-old Ryan Lee Wiley has been charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful use of a weapon, and first-degree harassment. Bond was set at $100,000 cash only. A bond hearing is scheduled for June […]

U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler makes it official, joining 2022 Missouri GOP Senate primary

(Missouri Independent) – Vicky Hartzler made her entry into the 2022 U.S. Senate race official Thursday, kicking off her campaign at a firearms store surrounded by supporters.  One day before Republicans gather in Kansas City for their annual Lincoln Days meetings, Hartzler said her experience in Congress will make her the best candidate over the […]

Jessica Busker

Woman charged with six counts of endangering the welfare of a child assigned to Division One of Livingston County court

A case has been certified for Division One of Livingston County Circuit Court for a Chillicothe woman charged with six counts of felony first degree endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk. Twenty-four-year-old Jessica Maurine Busker is scheduled for arraignment on June 15th. Co-defendant 21-year-old Cloyce Oliver Wollard of Chillicothe entered a guilty […]

Kidnapping

Bethany man faces charges of kidnapping, domestic assault and endangering the welfare of a child

A Bethany man faces several felonies after law enforcement responded to a report of a domestic assault in progress in the 500 block of South 15th Street in Bethany Sunday. Thirty-seven-year-old Richard Gene Moad has been charged with second-degree kidnapping, third-degree domestic assault, resisting or interfering with an arrest for a felony, and first-degree endangering […]

Child Endangerment

Man from Coffey facing two felony charges after punching infant in face and head

A Coffey man faces two felony charges after he allegedly got into physical altercations with a one-year-old. Twenty-two-year-old Jared Read has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk—first degree—first offense, and abuse or neglect of a child.  Bond is $10,000 cash, Supervision Services, and no contact with any minor. Read […]

Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri Department of Conservation Protection Branch to launch new canine unit this summer

The Missouri Department of Conservation is set to launch a new canine unit through its Protection Branch this summer. The new unit, consisting of five dogs and their conservation agent-handlers, will be stationed around the state and used as necessary to work throughout Missouri. According to MDC, the capabilities of canines are extensive in conservation-related […]

Medicaid

Medicaid provider taxes imperiled as compromise on abortion issues eludes lawmakers

(Missouri Independent) – The pathway to renewing provider taxes essential to funding Medicaid before Missouri lawmakers adjourn for the year became much narrower when issues raised by abortion opponents forced removal of the taxes from a health care bill. When a conference committee met to work out differences between the House and Senate on the bill, […]