Missouri Day Festival

Contest winners announced at Missouri Day opening ceremony

The winners of several contests were announced at the Missouri Day Opening Ceremony Thursday night. Those receiving first place in the Coloring Contest included preschooler Nora Guthrie of Trenton R-9, kindergartener Jamison Christy of Grundy County R-5, first-grader Barrett Etter of Rissler Elementary School, second-grader Maggi Wynn of Grundy R-5, third-grader Kennedy Cross of Rissler, […]

Identity Theft

Mexican national sentenced for identity theft, illegally re-entering the United States

A Mexican national who illegally entered the United States at least a dozen times was sentenced in federal court for illegal reentry and for stealing a deceased person’s identity to obtain employment. Rigoberto Vasquez-Milan, 37, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to two years and six months in federal prison without parole. […]

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA approves state’s request to add 14 additional counties to disaster declaration

The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved Missouri’s request to expand the federal major disaster declaration for Missouri to include assistance for local governments and nonprofit agencies in 14 additional counties and the City of St. Louis. FEMA’s approval means Benton, Boone, Callaway, Clay, Cooper, Dunklin, Gasconade, Howard, Lafayette, Lincoln, Pulaski, Scott, St. Charles, and St. […]

Vincent Sturgeon

Pattonsburg man found “Not Guilty” of kidnapping, “Guilty” of domestic assault

A jury trial was held in Division One of Daviess County Circuit Court on Wednesday for a Pattonsburg man facing charges stemming from an alleged incident in October. The jury returned a verdict for 28-year-old Vincent Lee Sturgeon of not guilty of second-degree kidnapping and guilty of misdemeanor fourth-degree domestic assault and felony first degree […]

Cow grazing in pasture

Mid-Missouri Grazing School set for September 9-10 in Boone County

The annual Mid-Missouri Grazing School will be held Sept. 9-10 in Boone County. The school teaches producers both the art and science of management-intensive grazing, says Heather Conrow, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist in Howard County. The two-day school covers pasture management from economics to fencing and watering livestock, Conrow says. Attending a school […]

Child Exploitation

Missouri man sentenced for child pornography, sexual exploitation

A Grain Valley, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court for traveling to North Dakota for illicit sex with a 14-year-old child, who was actually an undercover law enforcement officer, while he was under investigation for distributing child pornography over the internet. Andy Earl Crook, 63, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs […]

William Derek Williams

Former Cameron High School teacher pleads guilty to using hidden camera to produce child pornography

 A former Cameron, Missouri, high school teacher pleaded guilty in federal court to secretly recording pornographic videos of a teenage victim in his bathroom and admitted to secretly recording pornographic videos of two other teenage victims. William Derek Williams, 39, of Cameron, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to producing child pornography. […]

Disaster Declaration

Audio: Federal ag disaster declaration granted in 53 Missouri counties

A federal agriculture disaster declaration has been designated in 53 Missouri counties from severe flooding this year. The move allows farmers and ag producers to apply for USDA Farm Service Agency emergency loans for things like the replacement equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts.     The Missouri counties […]

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SBA economic injury disaster loans available to Missouri small businesses

Small nonfarm businesses in 100 Missouri counties and neighboring counties in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, and Oklahoma are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by […]