Operation Legend

Operation LeGend results in 97 arrests to date, including five murder suspects

U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison announced that 97 arrests have been made by local and federal law enforcement officers in less than two weeks since the launch of Operation LeGend.  “This is the impact of a targeted initiative to reduce violent crime, carried out by local and federal law enforcement working together,” Garrison said. “Many of […]

Child Porn

Transgender Missouri man sentenced to 20 years in prison for possessing child pornography

A Kansas City, Missouri, resident was sentenced in federal court for possessing child pornography. Raul E. Villalva, also known as Isabelle Villalva, a biological male who identifies as a female (transgender woman), 26, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 20 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Villalva […]

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Massive raid by Chillicothe Police Department, Livingston County Sheriff and other authorities net many arrests

Many investigations by the Chillicothe Police Department (CPD) and Livingston County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) took a significant step forward with the service of multiple arrest warrants and other investigations. The group enforcement consisted of approximately 40 law enforcement officers from the Chillicothe Police, Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Probation and Parole, […]

Prison Sentence

Former Missouri pastor sentenced to 25-years in prison for producing child pornography

A former Pineville, Missouri, pastor was sentenced in federal court for producing child pornography. Ryan Daniel Crawford, 33, of Austin, Arkansas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 25 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Crawford to pay $2,500 in restitution to one of the victims of his […]

Court News

Judge Thomas Alley hands down prison sentences in Thursday session of Grundy County Court

Prison sentences were announced on four defendants during Thursday’s session in the Grundy County Circuit Court. Trenton resident Timothy Persell Junior admitted to probation violations. His probation was revoked and he was sentenced to seven years with the Department of Corrections on each of three counts of distributing or delivering drugs early in 2016. The […]

Chillicothe Missouri Police Department

Chillicothe Police Department investigates child molestation

Chillicothe Police Chief Jon Maples reports the department investigated five child victim cases this week, however, few details were released. The Detective Division is investigating the cases with assistance from the Patrol Division. The Detective and Patrol divisions have conducted a child sex crime recently. The police department also worked with partner agencies, such as […]

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 […]

Child Molestation

Former Winston teacher accused of child molestation bound over to Division One

A former Winston High School teacher and coach had felony charges bound over to Division One of Daviess County Circuit Court this week. Alfred Brian Sprouse of Gallatin has been charged with four counts of fourth-degree child molestation—child less than 17 years of age and offender greater than four years older and one count each […]

Child Sex Crimes

Yoder brothers sentenced to prison on sex-related charges in Daviess County

Two brothers were sentenced in Division One of Daviess County Circuit Court on Wednesday on sex-related felony charges. Online court information shows Enos Ray Yoder of Bloomfield, Iowa was sentenced to the Missouri Department of Corrections for seven years on incest, four years on sexual misconduct involving a child under 15—first offense, 12 years on […]

Child Sex Crimes

Brothers plead guilty to incest, sexual misconduct, child molestation and rape in Daviess County court

Two brothers entered guilty pleas in Division One of Daviess County Circuit Court on Wednesday on sex-related felony charges. Sentence assessment reports were ordered for Enos Ray Yoder of Bloomfield, Iowa and Alfred Yoder of Albia, Iowa, and their cases were continued January 8, 2020, for sentencing. Enos Yoder was charged with incest, sexual misconduct […]

Child Molestation

Jamesport man sentenced to life in prison for molesting a child

A Jamesport man was sentenced in Carroll County Circuit Court this week on two felony charges of child molestation first degree, enticement of a child, and sodomy or attempted sodomy—first degree—victim less than 12 years old. An argument was heard on Nicholas Levi Reed’s motion for judgment of acquittal or for a new trial, and […]