Mike Parson

Audio: Governor Parson to sign Missouri’s witness protection bill on Monday

Legislation that’s aimed at providing witness protection will be signed into law Monday afternoon by Missouri’s governor in Kansas City and Joplin. The bipartisan witness protection legislation was one of Governor Mike Parson’s (R) top priorities for the recent special session on violent crime. State Rep. Jonathan Patterson, R-Lee’s Summit, says the bill is crucial. “And what […]

Jeremiah Searles Final

Denver, Missouri man charged with murder, abandonment of a corpse in death of Grant City woman

A Denver, Missouri man has been charged in Worth County with the felonies of murder—second degree and abandonment of a corpse in the death of a missing Grant City woman found earlier this week. Thirty-nine-year-old Jeremiah Searles is scheduled for an initial arraignment Monday, September 21st. Worth County Prosecuting Attorney Janet Wake Larison previously reported […]

Melissa Chapman

Worth County investigation closes as body of deceased Grant City woman is located

The Worth County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announces a missing person investigation has come to a close. Prosecuting Attorney Janet Wake Larison reports that the Worth County Sheriff’s Office received a tip of the location of the deceased, Melissa Lynn Chapman, the evening of Monday, September 14th. An ongoing homicide investigation continues. Law enforcement assisting includes […]

Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson pleased with special session on crime; wants House to approve Gardner legislation

While Missouri’s governor is pleased with the special session on violent crime, he’s calling on the House to approve his proposal involving St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s office. GOP Governor Mike Parson told Capitol reporters last week that he will meet with House leaders about it. “We’re encouraging them to pass this to be […]

Operation Legend 2020

Attorney General William P. Barr announces updates on Operation Legend

At a press conference in Chicago today, Attorney General William P. Barr announced updates on Operation Legend, a law enforcement initiative launched in Kansas City, Mo., in July and since expanded to eight more cities. Since the operation’s launch, there have been more than 2,000 arrests, including defendants who have been charged in state and […]

Brian Graham Final

Dekalb County Sheriff’s Department seeking “Person of Interest” in homicide investigation in Maysville

The Dekalb County Sheriff’s Department Thursday night reported it was looking for a white male who is described as a person of interest” in a criminal investigation underway in Maysville. The sheriff’s department is asking the public for information on the whereabouts of the person known by the name of Brian Graham who is a […]

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Rural Missouri prosecutor: victim tampering “happens everywhere, even in little Johnson County”

Legislation that increases penalties for witness and victim tampering will go to the Missouri House floor in Jefferson City on Monday, after being approved by the Judiciary Committee on a 17-0 vote this week. The prosecutor in western Missouri’s Johnson County traveled from Warrensburg to Jefferson City to testify for the bill, saying that witness […]

U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison introduces Attorny General William Barr at Press Conference in KC

Audio: Attorney General William Barr announces updates on Operation Legend at press conference in Kansas City

 At a press conference in Kansas City, Missouri,  Attorney General William P. Barr announced updates on Operation Legend. You can listen to the full press conference in the audio clip below, which runs approximately thirty-three minutes.     “Operation LeGend is working,” said U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison in introducing Attorney General Barr. “In just four […]

Crime

Operation LeGend results in 59 more arrests, including seven murder suspects

U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison announced today that 59 additional arrests have been made in the past week by local and federal law enforcement officers in Operation LeGend, for a total of 156 arrests since the start of the operation. Among those arrested since Aug. 1, new federal charges have been filed against six defendants, for […]

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Operation LeGend results in 97 arrests to date, including five murder suspects

U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison announced that 97 arrests have been made by local and federal law enforcement officers in less than two weeks since the launch of Operation LeGend.  “This is the impact of a targeted initiative to reduce violent crime, carried out by local and federal law enforcement working together,” Garrison said. “Many of […]