Bruno Bear Transported to habitat

Social media star “Bruno the Bear” sedated and transported to safety

The adult male bear who attracted public attention and was christened “Bruno” by social media has been sedated and transported to suitable habitat outside the urban area, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. The bear is suspected to have traveled from Wisconsin, through Illinois, and into Missouri.  He was first spotted in the Show-Me-State […]

Child Sex Crimes

Former Missouri middle school teacher pleads guilty to enticing a minor for sex

A former Joplin, Missouri, middle school teacher has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related to enticing one of her students to engage in illicit sex. Amanda Ruth Schweitzer, 41, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush on Tuesday, June 16, to enticing a minor for illegal sexual activity.  Schweitzer was a […]

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Missouri man who shot police officer, then himself, pleads guilty to drug trafficking

A St. Louis, Missouri, man who shot a law enforcement officer before shooting himself pleaded guilty in federal court to drug trafficking and illegally discharging a firearm in Joplin, Missouri. E.F. Fitchpatrick, Jr., 46, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of […]

Garland Joseph Joey Nelson

Nelson pleads “Not Guilty” to all charges in Diemel brothers case; change of judge sustained

A Braymer farmer entered a plea of not guilty in Division One of Caldwell County Circuit Court on Monday to 10 felony charges stemming from July ultimately resulting from the discovery of the bodies of two missing brothers from Wisconsin. Online court information shows Garland Joseph Nelson waived formal arraignment. An application for change of […]

Planning and zoning

Trenton Planning and Zoning Commission approves all requests at Monday meeting

Approval has been recommended on three requests heard Monday night by the Trenton Planning and Zoning Commission. Each request advances in the form of an ordinance to be considered by the Trenton City Council. This includes a minor subdivision for 1810 Merrill Street as requested by Realtor Wayne King in care of North Central Missouri […]

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Brookfield School District Superintendent exposed to COVID-19

Brookfield R-3 Superintendent Doctor Kyle Collins has been identified as having contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. In a letter posted on the school district’s website, Collins wrote that he is quarantining himself for 14 days to watch for the development of symptoms and will not return to district facilities […]

Cody Pfister

Audio: Man who licked various items at Missouri Walmart charged with “Terrorist Threat”

A 26-year-old eastern Missouri man is accused of posting a video online of himself licking items at a Walmart store this month. “Who’s afraid of the coronavirus?” Cody Pfister, 26, said in a video he later posted to social media.  Warrenton police said in a statement the department had been contacted by people in the […]