Prison Sentence

Former Missouri teacher sentenced to 41 years in prison without parole for sexually exploiting students

A Missouri man who worked as a teacher in China was sentenced in federal court for sexually exploiting one of his former students by attempting to blackmail her into sending him pornographic images. Curtis J. Baldwin, 48, Springfield, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 41 years and eight months in federal […]

Coronavirus or COVID-19 Death

Missouri tops 11,000 reported COVID deaths, doubling total from 2020

(Missouri Independent) – The number of Missouri deaths from COVID-19 reported since Jan. 1 has exceeded the number reported during 2020. As of Dec. 31, 2020, the Department of Health and Senior Services reported 5,519 deaths from the coronavirus that killed its first Missouri victim on March 18, 2020. On Friday, the total reached 11,046. The grim […]

Stephanie Kambamba

Kirksville woman charged with murder of infant has trial reset to March 2022 in Harrison County

A jury trial has been reset for a Kirksville woman charged with first and second-degree murder after a child death investigation in May 2020. Twenty-nine-year-old Makuya Stephanie Kambamba appeared in court in Putnam County on September 15th, and her trial is now scheduled to begin in Harrison County on March 1st, 2022. It was previously […]

Frank Randall Allen Bostic

Hamilton man charged with murder has jury trial vacated in DeKalb County

An October jury trial has been vacated in DeKalb County for a Hamilton man charged with second-degree murder. The case for 37-year-old Frank Randall Allen Bostic was continued to November 8, 2021, for a plea or trial setting. Bostic has also been charged with felony first-degree domestic assault involving serious physical injury. In another case, […]

City of Trenton Website

Trenton City Council refers dog breed ban to Trenton Administrative Committee, approve hiring of two police officers

After hearing a request from economic developer Scott Sharp of the North Missouri Development Alliance, the Trenton City Council Monday night authorized Sharp to offer parcels of the city-owned Industrial Park land for potential business and industrial development prospects. The council referred a request to the Administrative Committee on whether to repeal Trenton’s breed-specific dog […]

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Study: Saint Louis University face mask policy reduced quarantines, COVID cases

(Missouri Independent) – Tying quarantine requirements to the Saint Louis University face mask requirement successfully reduced the number of students sent to isolation and helped cut COVID-19 infections this spring, according to a study published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Under the university’s rules, students without masks who had close contact […]

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Governor Parson awards Missouri Public Safety Medals to first responders and civilians for heroic actions in 2020

Governor Mike Parson awarded Missouri Public Safety Medals to a total of 15 first responders and 7 civilians for heroic and life-saving actions during 2020. The awards are Missouri’s highest recognition for first responders acting during critical incidents. The civilians, who include a 12-year-old boy who performed a life-saving rescue at age 11, were honored […]

Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety or Save More Lives website

Funds are now available for northwest transportation safety programs

Over the past several years, agencies and organizations across Northwest Missouri have received funding for programs to reduce injuries and fatalities on our roadways. With preliminary reports showing 43 fatalities in the 20 counties of Northwest Missouri during 2020, the work is not over yet. To assist agencies in the fight towards zero deaths in […]

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Shooting overnight in Mercer County sends man to hospital via helicopter

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department reports it received a 911 call Monday night, August 30, about a male individual who had been shot. The sheriff’s department and Mercer County Ambulance District responded to the scene, but that location was not identified by authorities. Upon arrival, the sheriff’s office discovered a male was suffering from a […]

Prison Healthcare or medical

Lawsuit filed over $1.4 billion contract for Missouri prison healthcare

(Missouri Independent) – The dispute over the $1.4 billion contract to provide prisoner health care in Missouri is moving into the courts. Corizon Health, which has held the Department of Corrections contract since 1992, filed a lawsuit Monday in Cole County alleging that unfair treatment and improper scoring gave the contract to Centurion Health, a Virginia subsidiary of […]

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Missouri ICUs filling as Delta variant wave moves into northeast, southeast regions

(Missouri Independent) – New cases from the Delta variant wave that has killed more than 1,150 Missourians since June 1 have plateaued, but hospital ICUs continue to fill — and small, rural hospitals are among the hardest hit. There were 690 patients in ICU beds across the state on Tuesday, the most recent day reported by the state Department of Health […]

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Schools to continue mask rules despite legal challenge from Missouri Attorney General

(Missouri Independent) – The schools in Gov. Mike Parson’s hometown will continue to require students, teachers, and staff to wear masks indoors despite a lawsuit filed by the Missouri attorney general challenging public school mask mandates across the state. The Bolivar R-1 Board of Education in Polk County voted in a special meeting this month to […]