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Man who escaped from Mercer County Jail twice, pleads guilty to multiple charges; handed 16-years in prison by judge

A Kansas City man who law enforcement reported escaped from the Mercer County Jail twice in August 2019 entered a plea of guilty to multiple charges on February 10th and was sentenced. Online court information shows, in one case, 29-year-old Drake Andrew Kately was sentenced to the Department of Corrections for five years on first-degree […]

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Iowa man to be arraigned in Caldwell County court after road rage incident where he repeatedly rammed car

An arraignment has been scheduled for a man from Iowa who faces multiple felony charges in Caldwell County after what was described as a road rage incident by law enforcement in December. Forty-two-year-old Ty Matthew Vaughn of Morning Sun, Iowa is scheduled in Division One of Circuit Court on February 9th. Vaughn has been charged […]

Charges Filed

Two from Texas facing multiple felony charges including forgery

Two Houston, Texas residents arrested by the Highway Patrol in Harrison County on January 16th have been charged with multiple felonies, including forgery and fraudulent use of a credit/debit device. Forty-year-old John Lindsey Follis the Second (II) and 21-year-old Kaitlyn Marie Spicer also face charges of possession of a forging instrument and three counts of […]

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Judge hands down prison sentences in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court

The judge faced a busy docket on Thursday, January 15, 2021, in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court. Probation was revoked for Trenton resident Emily Marie Hendee when she admitted to violations. The court ordered her to serve previously-imposed sentences with the Department of Corrections, including five years for passing a bad check and […]

Charges Filed

Kahoka man charged with armed criminal action and trespass for attempting to stab an individual with a box knife

A Kahoka man has been charged in Linn County after he allegedly ran through multiple yards in the area of Elm Street and Highway 5 in Linneus on January 11th and attempted to stab someone with a box knife. Information shows 36-year-old Kevin Malkmus faces felony charges of assault—second degree, armed criminal action, and possession […]

Arrest

Galt man arrested on drug-related charges

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Department reports the Saturday arrest of a Galt man on drug-related charges. Forty-four-year-old Floyd Lane Jarrett also is described in court documents as a prior offender. Jarrett faces Grundy County charges of felony possession of a controlled substance listed as methamphetamine and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia described as two glass […]

Crime and Courts

Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court news for Tuesday, December 22, 2020

A former Trenton police officer will continue to be held in jail without bond on felony charges of statutory rape in the second degree. 25-year-old Michael Wilson appeared Tuesday in the Associate Division of the Grundy County Circuit Court. Wilson told the court he has retained his own attorney for the case. A public defender, […]

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Grant City woman who assisted man charged with murder faces numerous charges of her own

A Grant City woman has been charged with abandonment of a corpse related to the death of Melissa Lynn Chapman.  50-year-old Kimberly Sue Henry Tinkle also faces two felony counts of hindering the prosecution of a felony and one count of tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution. A probable cause statement from Highway […]

Charges Filed

Trenton couple facing felony charges for endangering the welfare of a child

A Trenton couple has been charged with felony endangering the welfare of a child in ritual/ceremony—second degree. Bond for 27-year-old William Kyle and 28-year-old Thomasa Kristina Swartz is $5,000 cash only for each individual. A probable cause statement accuses the Swartzes of allowing three children to live in unsanitary conditions that can cause a health […]

Court News

Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court news for Tuesday, December 9, 2020

Among cases, Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court, Galt resident Shandon Levi Gann, charged with first-degree assault on a Trenton man, appeared for a bond hearing before Special Judge Matthew Krohn from Princeton. The court received evidence and heard arguments regarding setting a bond, and afterward, Judge Krohn denied any change […]

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Two from Trenton arrested on drug charges; Galt man arrested on two domestic assault charges

Three individuals are facing felony charges in Grundy County following their arrests on Friday. Both 38-year-old Christopher James Warren of Trenton and 41-year-old Kimberly McCracken of Trenton are charged with possession of a controlled substance or synthetic cannabinoid—listed as methamphetamine. Each also is accused of unlawful possession or use of drug paraphernalia which was described […]

Crime and Courts

Judge Thomas Alley hands down prison sentences in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court

Several defendants were sentenced by Judge Thomas Alley Thursday in Division One of the Grundy County Circuit Court. Robert Lee Ellis of Trenton pleaded guilty to five felony counts stemming from the March 21st incidents. He was sentenced from three to five years with the Department of Corrections. The terms are to run concurrently, or […]