Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt speaks to a gathering of Missouri Highway Patrol officers in April 2021 (photo courtesy of the attorney general’s office)

Prosecutor asks Missouri governor to ignore AG’s demand to be removed from Agape case

(Missouri Independent) – The county prosecutor who Attorney General Eric Schmitt said “does not intend to seek justice” for victims of alleged abuse and neglect at a southwestern Missouri boarding school urged Gov. Mike Parson to not remove Schmitt’s office from assisting in the case. In a letter sent Tuesday, Cedar County Prosecuting Attorney Ty […]

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Governor Parson announces grants to 19 agencies to investigate and prosecute criminals who victimize children

Governor Mike Parson announced the state of Missouri has approved more than $1.8 million in grant assistance to 19 agencies across the state to investigate and prosecute crimes that victimized children. “Criminals who victimize children must be investigated, prosecuted, and brought to justice, no matter when they commit these heinous crimes,” Governor Parson said. “The […]

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DEA launches “One Pill Can Kill” campaign

The Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide surge in counterfeit pills that are mass-produced by criminal […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol seeks information on additional victims of man arrested for child molestation

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control announces the arrest of Mark Scott West, 54, of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. West was arrested on Monday, September 20, 2021, for child molestation in the 2nd degree with a child less than 12 years old. Criminal investigators seek information about possible additional victims, adult […]

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Residents of Trenton and Humphreys injured in crash at edge of Galt; driver life-flighted to Kansas City hospital

Residents of Trenton and Humphreys were taken to hospitals following a single-vehicle, rollover, accident Tuesday afternoon in Galt. The highway patrol described injuries as serious for both 31-year-old Travis Vasey of Trenton and 26-year-old Dakota Dalton of Humphreys. Vasey was flown by medical helicopter (Life Flight Eagle) to the Truman Medical Center in the Kansas […]

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Charges filed in homicide investigation of Northwest Missouri State University student and her daughter

Charges have been filed regarding a homicide investigation involving the death of a Northwest Missouri State University graduate student and her daughter. The Boone County Sheriff’s Office reports 45-year old J. T. McLean, the long-term boyfriend of 43-year-old Allison Abitz, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the murder of Allison and […]

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Carbon monoxide exposure aboard boat at Lake of the Ozarks claims one life, sends one from Cameron to hospital

Two Cameron residents were present when a man from St. Charles died due to drowning, with carbon monoxide exposure indicated as a contributing factor. The incident happened Saturday night at 9:45 pm at a Lake of the Ozarks location. The highway patrol identified the victim of drowning as 66-year-old Steven Sutton of St. Charles.  Sutton […]

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Kansas City contractor arrested and charged with consumer fraud

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that Cory Richards, 33, was arrested for allegedly defrauding customers in connection with his businesses, Metro Home Rehab and All Hands on Deck Outdoor Restoration. Richards was arrested in a sting operation coordinated by the Missouri Attorney General Consumer Protection investigators and the Clay County Fugitive Apprehension Unit. Richards […]

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St. Joseph woman sentenced to 15-years in prison without parole for meth trafficking and illegal firearms

A Missouri, woman was sentenced in federal court for her role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and for illegally possessing firearms. Caci R. Clizer, 32, of St. Joseph, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to 15 years in federal prison without parole. On Oct. 16, 2020, Clizer pleaded guilty to one […]

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Missouri fugitive arrested in Guatemala, returned to United States to face indictment for kidnapping and murder

 A Noel, Missouri, man has been arrested in the Republic of Guatemala and returned to the United States to face a federal indictment for kidnapping the 4-year-old daughter of a woman whose body was discovered in a suitcase last year. Mahamud Tooxoow Mahamed, 39, a Somali national, was charged in an indictment returned on Aug. […]

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Fuel shortages drove February blackouts, Southwest Power Pool investigators find

(Missouri Independent) –  Rolling outages that left thousands without power in February were driven overwhelmingly by fuel shortages — especially in natural gas, executives with the Southwest Power Pool said Monday. This winter sustained frigid temperatures across the Midwest and South forced huge demand for energy while the weather made generators struggle to keep up. The Southwest Power […]