School Safety

Audio: Missouri panel recommends school-based mental health care to boost safety in schools

A state task force has made several recommendations to boost safety within Missouri’s K through 12 schools. Member Paul Fennewald, a former FBI agent, and state Homeland Security Director, says the group suggests integrating school-based mental health services. The report says teachers and administrators are often pressed into serving as mental health caretakers when one […]

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Mexican national sentenced to 30 years for methamphetamine trafficking, illegally reentering the U.S.

A Mexican national was sentenced in federal court for attempting to sell about 15 pounds of methamphetamine to an undercover law enforcement officer after illegally reentering the United States. Javier Corona-Verduzco, 36, of Montclair, Calif., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 30 years in federal prison without parole. The court also […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 20-Years for coercion and enticement of 14-year old minor

 A Republic, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for the coercion and enticement of a minor. Clifford Benjamin Kinkade, 37, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 20 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Kinkade to 15 years of supervised release following incarceration and ordered him […]

Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri

Senator Roy Blunt on Border Funding: “Let’s deal with this immediate humanitarian crisis”

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, spoke on the Senate floor to reiterate his call for Congress to provide the Department of Health and Human Services the funding it needs to get the humanitarian crisis at the southern border under […]

Child Porn

Former youth pastor indicted for producing child pornography

A former Pineville, Mo., youth pastor was indicted by a federal grand jury for producing child pornography. Ryan Daniel Crawford, 32, currently a resident of Jacksonville, Arkansas, was charged with producing child pornography between November 29 and December 18, 2017.  Crawford was formerly the associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Pineville. The charge contained […]

Guilty Plea

Mexican nationals plead guilty to illegal firearms and marijuana

Two Mexican nationals have pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally possessing firearms after police officers interrupted them shooting handguns in their backyard. Juan Carlos Cuevas-Alvarez, 33, a citizen of Mexico unlawfully residing in Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner on Monday, March 11, 2019, to being an illegal […]

Local Emergency Planning Committee

Grundy County Local Emergency Planning Committee holds lengthy meeting

The Grundy County Local Emergency Planning Committee approved the budget as proposed at a meeting Tuesday. Secretary Kelli Hillerman reports anticipated expenses for the local emergency planning committee include nearly 26 hundred dollars ($2,565) for Hazardous Materials dues, $200 for training, and $100 each for meetings and Tier 2 (II) notices, for a total of […]

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Former Missouri man sentenced to 17-years for traveling to Tennessee for illicit sex with a minor

A former Barry County, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for traveling from Missouri to Tennessee to engage in an illicit sexual relationship with a 15-year-old victim, who became pregnant and bore his child. Michael Douglas Peterson, 35, of Morristown, Tenn., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark on Friday, Dec. 7, […]