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Macon man injured after jumping from trash truck during crash

A Macon resident was injured early Monday evening when he reportedly jumped from a trash truck before it traveled off Highway 63 in Adair County two miles north of Kirksville. Twenty-nine-year-old David Hurley received moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. Hurley was driving the truck when […]

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Missouri governor vows criminal prosecution of reporter who found flaw in state website

(Missouri Independent) – On Tuesday, a reporter with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch alerted the state that Social Security numbers of school teachers and administrators were vulnerable to public exposure due to flaws on a website maintained by Missouri’s department of education. The newspaper agreed to hold off publishing any story while the department fixed the problem and […]

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Missouri Attorney General joins 19 state coalition urging Congress to reject legislation that increases energy fees

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt joined a 19-state coalition urging Congress to reject burdensome legislation that would increase fees on energy producers and hit American consumers with even greater price hikes. The two bills in question are the Methane Emissions Reduction Act in the Senate and a provision of the Build Back Better Act in […]

Crime and Courts

Court news for the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court for Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Four defendants waived preliminary hearings on Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Stephanie Miller of Trenton is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance as of July 15th. Richard Dale Leeper of Trenton is charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia as of September 16th. Brandon Tyler May of Trenton […]

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Grundy County Sheriff reports the arrest of a Trenton man and woman from Galt

A Trenton man who allegedly tried to unlawfully enter a building owned by K4C Cottages in Trenton on October 9 faces two felonies. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports 36-year-old Brandon Charles Bellamy was arrested by the Trenton Police on October 9, 2021. He has been charged with first-degree attempted burglary and first-degree property damage. […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol reports reports the arrest of three over the weekend

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports an Atchison, Kansas resident was arrested Saturday morning in Clinton County. Forty-three-year-old Christopher Baker was accused of resisting arrest by fleeing causing a substantial risk, careless and imprudent driving, failure to drive on the right half of the road, and failure to signal. Baker was taken to the Clinton […]

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Woman driving wrong way on I-35 injured in head-on crash; accused of DWI by patrol

A Cameron woman was injured Monday night in an Interstate 35 accident five miles south of Cameron. Twenty-four-year-old Kelcey Ross was taken by ambulance to Liberty Hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the truck, Menno Bontrager, wasn’t hurt. Ms. Ross was southbound, on northbound I-35 when a head-on collision occurred with a northbound pickup […]

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Rushville woman injured in crash after failing to see stop sign at intersection

A Rushville resident was hurt when she drove through a T-intersection where a stop sign was not visible. Seventy-six-year-old Joyce Newton was taken to Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph with serious injuries. The accident happened late Saturday morning in southwestern Buchanan County about three miles south of Rushville. Ms. Newton was eastbound on Blakley […]

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Missouri Attorney General files motion to halt St. Louis County attempt to impose a second mask mandate

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a motion to renew and enforce the preliminary injunction in his lawsuit against St. Louis County following County Executive Page’s attempt to illegally impose a second mask mandate. The motion was filed in the existing case against St. Louis County and asks the court to apply the existing preliminary […]

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Congress passes bill to prevent government shutdown, Blunt only Missouri Republican in support

(Missouri Independent) – Congress made a last-minute dash to avert a government shutdown on Thursday, with the U.S. Senate and House approving a short-term spending bill just hours ahead of a midnight deadline. Every Democratic and independent senator and 15 Republicans supported the bill in the 65-35 vote. The GOP senators in the “aye” tally included […]

Police Chase or Pursuit

Missouri man pleads guilty to meth trafficking after high-speed chase

 A Missouri man who led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing methamphetamine to distribute. Heath E. Yarger, 49, of Republic, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. By pleading guilty, Yarger admitted that he […]

Allen Knoll, who was sent to Agape Boarding School in Missouri, testifies during a committee hearing on Feb-10-2021, about abuse he endured. (Photo by Tim Bommel - House Communications)

Prosecutor files felony charges against five Agape staffers accused of abuse

(Missouri Independent) – Cedar County Prosecuting Attorney Ty Gaither announced Tuesday that five staffers members of Agape Boarding School will be charged with a combined 13 counts of third-degree felony assault — a fraction of what Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt recommended. In March, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson directed the attorney general’s office to assist Gaither […]

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Senate GOP torpedoes U.S. government funding bill, raising odds of federal fiscal crises

(Missouri Independent) – U.S. Senate Republicans blocked an attempt by Democrats on Monday evening to begin debate on a broad bill that would avert multiple looming fiscal crises for the federal government. The measure to briefly keep the government operating past the end of the fiscal year on Thursday, as well as to increase the […]