Indictment

Twenty defendants in Missouri indicted in drug-trafficking conspiracy

Twenty defendants, primarily residents of Kansas City, Missouri, have been indicted for their roles in a drug-trafficking conspiracy. Most of the defendants were arrested during a law enforcement operation last week that resulted in seizures of firearms, heroin and other illegal drugs, and large amounts of cash. Ladele D. Smith, also known as “Dellio” and […]

Fatal Fire

47-year-old Livingston County man dies in Friday night fire

Chillicothe Fire Department Chief Eric Reeter reports human remains were found in the debris of a single-wide trailer that burned Friday night in rural Livingston County. Firefighters were dispatched shortly after 9 o’clock to 9803 Livingston County Road 228 and discovered a single wide trailer fully involved in fire. Reeter said the blaze was extinguished, and […]

Animal Cruelty

Audio: Reward Increased to $8,000 for horrific southwest Missouri animal abuse case

Police in the community of Neosho have made little progress in their investigation of the suspected live-skinning of a pet beagle who had to be euthanized a week ago because of her suffering. Authorities hope an increased reward will lead to an arrest in a gruesome animal abuse case. Reporter Ty Albright at our Joplin […]

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. […]