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State auditor subpoenas Clay County for records

State Auditor Nicole Galloway issued a subpoena to Clay County to require the county to turn over documents associated with a citizen mandated audit. An Oct. 24 court ruling confirmed the Auditor’s legal authority to conduct performance audits and dismissed the County Commission’s lawsuit against the Auditor. Clay County officials have yet to produce documentation […]

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Two Missouri women plead guilty to distributing large amounts of methamphetamine

Two more southern Missouri women pleaded guilty in federal court to their roles in a conspiracy to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine in Springfield, Missouri. Cassidy R. Clayton, 24, of Springfield, and Ginger L. Huerta, also known as Ginger L. Gray, 39, of Halfway, Missouri, pleaded guilty today in separate appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge […]

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Applications for Gene Kauffman Scholarship open Friday

The Gene Kauffman Scholarship Foundation, Incorporated Board of Directors has announced scholarship applications for the spring 2020 semester will be available on Friday, November 1, 2019. As per Kauffman’s wishes, the scholarship is available to non-smoking, unmarried female graduates of Mercer County high schools. Potential recipients must be enrolled as a full-time student in an […]

Child Pornography

Former Missouri deputy pleads guilty to child pornography

 A former Camden County, Missouri, sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty in federal court to receiving child pornography. Leonard Jerome Wilson, 40, formerly of Camdenton, Missouri, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to. Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, Wilson must surrender his peace officer license and enter guilty pleas in two related […]

Child Sex Crimes

Alabama man pleads guilty in Missouri to enticing a minor for sex

An Alabama man pleaded guilty in federal court to enticing a 16-year-old victim, whom he met through the “Game of War” application on her cell phone, to engage in illegal sexual activity. James Reece Vance, 46, of Madison, Ala., pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips. The investigation began when the child victim’s […]

Meth Bust

Officers seize 144 pounds of meth from Missouri man

A Kansas City, Missouri, man has been charged in federal court with drug trafficking after investigators seized 144 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in automobile wheels inside his shed. Jorge A. Rodriguez-Gonzalez, 38, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City on Tuesday, Oct. 15. The federal criminal complaint […]

Child Pornography

Truck driver, prior sex offender pleads guilty to child pornography

A Kentucky truck driver and prior sex offender pleaded guilty in federal court for transporting child pornography. Gregory Marshall, 58, of Paducah, Kentucky, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool. According to court documents, a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper stopped the tractor-trailer Marshall was driving on U.S. Highway 60 in Wright County, […]

Child Sex Crimes

Missouri man pleads guilty to transporting a minor for illegal sexual activity

A Carl Junction, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court to transporting a Kansas minor across state lines to engage in criminal sexual activity. Nathan Roger Belcher, 29, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of transporting a minor across state lines with the intent to engage in criminal sexual […]