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Attorney General urges Missourians to be cautious in donating to charities in response to Coronavirus

The Missouri Attorney General is urging Missourians to exercise caution before donating to charities aiding in coronavirus outreach. While there are a number of charities doing fantastic work to aid those affected by the coronavirus, there are bad actors who may try to take advantage of those wishing to donate. Although the Attorney General’s Office […]

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Arizona man pleads guilty in Missouri to distributing more than 165 pounds of methamphetamine

An Arizona man has pleaded guilty in federal court to distributing large quantities of methamphetamine in Taney County, Missouri. Darcell M. Mills, 41, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush on Friday, March 13, to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. On Jan. 14, 2019, law enforcement received information that Mills had […]

Child Sex Crimes

Missouri trucker pleads guilty to transporting minors for sex

A Republic, Missouri, truck driver pleaded guilty in federal court to transporting two Missouri teenagers across state lines and sexually assaulting them. Cleveland Lee Crumsey, 37, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of transporting a minor across state lines to engage in criminal sexual activity. By pleading guilty, […]

Child Porn

Bond reduced for Cameron woman facing felony possession of child pornography

A bond hearing was held in the Associate Division of Clinton County Circuit Court this week for a Cameron woman facing felony possession of child pornography, first offense. The judge ordered bond be reduced to $500 cash only for Leda Jewell Powell. Conditions include supervision, not working with anyone younger than 17 years old, no […]

Congressional Art Competition

Congressman Sam Graves announces 2020 Congressional Art Competition

Congressman Sam Graves has announced the kickoff to his 2020 Congressional Art Competition. The U.S. House of Representatives sponsors the nationwide contest each spring. Since 1982, when the program first began, over 650,000 high school students across the country have participated. “North Missouri students always produce some of the most exceptional artwork. We truly have some […]

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Grand jury in Missouri indicts former priest on sodomy charges

A retired Roman Catholic priest from southern Missouri has now been indicted by a grand jury in southeast Missouri’s Stoddard County, for alleged sexual abuse of minors. The grand jury has indicted 76-year-old Frederick Joseph Lutz on two counts of forcible sodomy and two counts of deviate sexual assault. This is a superseding indictment, which […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 10-years in prison without parole for conspiracy to distribute meth

A Lee’s Summit, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Joshua Hardin, 29, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to 10 years in federal prison without parole. On Nov. 25, 2019, Hardin pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from […]

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Missouri man pleads guilty to distributing meth he received in the mail

A Nixa, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court for distributing methamphetamine he received in the mail from California. Jerry D. Thornton, 46, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Thornton admitted that he received multiple pounds of methamphetamine through the mail from […]

Sex Offender

Sex offender in Missouri sentenced to prison for failing to register

A Springfield, Missouri, man who has been charged separately in state court with multiple crimes against children was sentenced in federal court for failing to register as a sex offender during the time he allegedly committed those state crimes. Frank Patrick Lambert, 61, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips to three years […]

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Harrison County Sheriff Josh Eckerson accused of multiple allegations

Three misdemeanor counts were filed Thursday in Daviess County Circuit Court alleging that the sheriff of Harrison County was involved in a February 26th incident. Joshua Q. Eckerson has been accused of misuse of official information by a public servant, alleged trespass in the first degree and alleged domestic assault in the fourth degree. Each […]