Child Sex Crimes

Missouri man sentenced to 10 years in prison for enticing a minor for illicit sex

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for attempting to meet a law enforcement officer, posing online as a 14-year-old girl, for illegal sexual activity. Darren Wade Lasley, 33, Columbia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to 10 years in federal prison without parole.  On Aug. 18, 2021, Lasley was found […]

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North Mercer High School celebrates Homecoming this week

The North Mercer High School is celebrating Homecoming this week. King candidates are seniors Jared Price, Laramie Persell, and Jakub Janosik. Queen candidates are seniors Kylie Gannon, Tori Meinecke, and Trinity Shively. A pep assembly will be in the new gym on January 21st at 1 p.m. The spirit stick will be awarded, and coaches […]

Schools Closed COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Trenton and Chillicothe school districts cancel classes for Thursday and Friday

The Trenton R-9 School District will not be in session on January 20th or 21st due to inclement weather and student and staff illnesses. Classes will resume on January 24th for Trenton R-9. Trenton High School reports practices and activities will still be held on January 19th. Practices for January 20th and 21st are canceled. […]

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Trenton High School announces Courtwarming candidates

The Trenton High School Courtwarming candidates have been announced. Candidates are seniors Teya Cooksey, Morgan King, Gracyn Rongey, Caleb Johnson, Nate Burkeybile, and Kaden Owen; juniors Mercy Schweizer and Gaven Kelsall; sophomores Madi Moore and Milo Simpson; and freshmen Arianna Ortega and Aiden Weyer. Courtwarming crown bearers will be Case Saul and Emersyn Coe. Coronation […]

Child Sex Crimes

Brookfield man facing child sex crime charges in Linn County, now facing child sex crime charges in Livingston County

A Brookfield man charged with felony first-degree rape or attempted rape in Linn County faces felony charges in Livingston County. Twenty-four-year-old Timothy David Marles II has been charged in Livingston County with two counts of enticement or attempted enticement of a child. No bond is allowed. A probable cause statement says Marles began an online […]

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Governor Parson seeks Joint damage assessments in anticipation of requests for federal disaster declaration

Governor Mike Parson announced the state has begun the process to obtain federal disaster assistance for Missouri in response to severe storms and deadly tornadoes that swept across the state on December 10 leaving behind a trail of destruction, including extensive damage to electric power systems. Governor Parson is requesting the Federal Emergency Management Agency […]

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Missouri man who contacted hundreds of children through a teen dating website indicted on child sexual exploitation charges

A Missouri, man who contacted hundreds of children through a teen dating website was indicted by a federal grand jury on child sexual exploitation charges. Kody Ryan Kelso, 30, Springfield, was charged in a five-count superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo. The superseding indictment replaces the original indictment that was […]

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Gilman City man facing charges after allegedly making physical contact with female students at South Harrison school

A Gilman City man faces multiple charges after he allegedly made physical contact with multiple female students at South Harrison School when he was a substitute teacher. Fifty-eight-year-old Stephen Marshall has been charged with six counts of felony first-degree harassment and 10 counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree assault with a special victim. Bond is set at […]

Audio: Trafficking investigation of Philippines-based church indicates there could be victims in Missouri

The investigation into alleged sex and labor trafficking by a Philippines-based church indicates there could be victims in Missouri.     Administrators at the Kingdom of Jesus Christ are accused of coercing girls and women to have sex with their church leader under threats of “eternal damnation.” The federal indictment alleges they brought church members […]

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Pattonsburg man charged with three felonies after giving daughter THC Tincture that contained opiates

A Pattonsburg man has been charged with three felonies after he allegedly gave his 17-year-old daughter a controlled substance, and another minor was hospitalized in October. Forty-year-old Joseph Sperry faces delivery of a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance in violation of registration requirements, and possession of a controlled substance. Bond was initially denied […]

Marceline man facing four sex-related felony charges involving girl younger than 14

A Marceline man faces four sex-related felony charges after four alleged separate incidents in May and June 2018 involving a girl younger than 14 years of age. Forty-three-year-old James Thurston has been charged with three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of statutory sodomy or attempted statutory sodomy involving deviate sexual intercourse. In […]

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Church Women United Thrift Shop and Community Food Pantry topics of Trenton Rotary Club program

The Church Women United Thrift Shop and Community Food Pantry of Grundy County were the topics of a Trenton Rotary Club program October 28th. Barbara Spencer discussed the thrift shop. The store is a 501(c)(3) and provides donations to various organizations in Grundy County, including the women’s shelter, children’s advocacy center, food pantry, ministerial alliance, […]

Grundy County United Way seeks donations

Audio: United Way is a diverse organization serving your community in ways you probably didn’t know about

The United Way of Grundy County supports 10 organizations in the area through fundraising. Spokesperson Edna Foster says the local United Way organizations share a view that the way to improve lives is by mobilizing the caring power of communities.     When monetary donations are given to the United Way of Grundy County, they […]

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15-year-old Jamesport girl injured in Wednesday evening crash

A Jamesport girl was injured Wednesday night in a rollover accident one mile north of Lock Springs. The 15-year-old received minor injuries and was taken by another vehicle to Cameron Regional Medical Center. The pickup went off the east side of the north-south portion of Highway 190, the driver over-corrected causing the vehicle to travel […]

Sexual Assault

Man from Chula facing charges in Linn County after sexually assaulting daughter

A Chula man faces two felonies in Linn County after he allegedly sexually assaulted his daughter at their house in Brookfield sometime between January 2016 and December 2017. Thirty-seven-year-old Michael Lee Cooper has been charged with second-degree sexual abuse involving aggravated sexual offense and sexual misconduct involving a child under 15. A criminal summons was […]

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Two charged in connection with death of Chillicothe teenager plead “Not Guilty” in first court appearance

Two Chillicothe residents entered pleas of not guilty October 19th after they were charged following a suspicious death investigation involving a 17-year-old girl. The court denied requests for bond change for 23-year-old Tehya Renae Kelley and 32-year-old Jeremiah Tremaine Horton. No bond was allowed previously. Bond hearings are set for October 27th. Kelley has been […]

Faith Cerinity Richardson

Obituary for Faith Cerinity Richardson

Faith Cerinity Richardson age 17, a resident of Cameron, Missouri passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2021, in Chillicothe, Missouri. Faith was born the daughter of Bobby Sayers on February 14, 2004, in St. Joseph, Missouri.  She attended Cameron High School Cameron, Missouri.  Faith participated in Marching Band and was on the Girls Wrestling team.  […]