Chillicothe Missouri Police Department

Chillicothe police respond to multiple incidents, including discharge of a firearm which caused injury

The Chillicothe Police responded to multiple incidents on December 2nd. Assistant Police Chief Rick Sampsel reports officers responded to the Park Center Shopping Center for a one-vehicle minor injury crash. A vehicle had struck a pillar to a building. The driver reportedly refused transport by ambulance. Sampsel says the driver attempted to park, and the […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to nine years in prison for illegal firearms stolen from neighbor

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing 10 firearms, three of which were stolen during his burglary of a neighbor’s house. Jason B. Roberts, 44, Ash Grove, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to nine years in federal prison without parole. On June 17, 2021, Roberts pleaded guilty […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 15 years in prison for illegal firearms

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing firearms after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase from Bolivar, Mo., to Springfield, Mo. Milton W. Sparks, 38, of Aurora, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 15 years in federal prison without parole. On April 15, 2021, Sparks […]

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Warren County, Missouri selected as location for planned beef processing facility creating 1300 jobs and $1 billion in economic impact

Warren County has been selected by American Foods Group as the planned location for a new state-of-the-art beef processing facility, pending final approval. Once established, the facility would create more than 1,300 new jobs and generate $1 billion in economic impact in the state of Missouri.  “Missouri is able to compete for projects of this […]

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Three area non-profits receive over $500,000 in tax credits

Nonprofits in Princeton, Chillicothe, and Macon are among 66 organizations across the state that have been approved to issue tax credits for their fundraising efforts. The approval came from the Neighborhood Assistance Program through the Department of Economic Development. Mercer County Area Development Corporation aims to drive community revitalization and business development for the Mercer […]

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Governor Parson touts benefits of moving to, living in and doing business in Missouri

Governor Mike Parson celebrated Missouri’s strong economic position as the number of Missourians on unemployment decreases, businesses continue to invest and expand in Missouri, and the state earns several economic recognitions.  “Throughout the pandemic, we took a balanced approach that protected the health and safety of Missourians without sacrificing their livelihoods,” Governor Parson said. “We didn’t […]

Porch Pirates or package theft

Audio: Porch pirates are on the prowl for holiday packages left on doorsteps in Missouri

‘Tis the season for thieving. With the calendar turned to November and the holidays coming up, Missouri law enforcement agencies are reminding people who purchase items online to make sure they have a safe area where the package can be delivered. Grant Bissell, with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, says porch pirates could come to […]

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Chillicothe Planning and Zoning Board approves conditional use permits

The Chillicothe Planning and Zoning Board unanimously approved two conditional use permits on November 1, 2021. One was to operate a non-profit organization to serve foster children and families at 301 Cowgill Street. It was previously reported FosterAdopt Connect plans to move to that location, which has served as a church. Zoning Administrator Kevin Shira […]

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Smithfield withdraws request for CAFO permits environmentalists criticized as too lax

(Missouri Independent) – The global meat producer operating some of Missouri’s largest industrial hog operations has withdrawn requests to convert 10 of its permits to what environmental groups say would be more lenient ones. Smithfield Foods Inc., which has a history of environmental violations in Missouri, operates some of the largest concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, in the […]

Halloween Child Safety

Chillicothe Police Department offers Halloween safety tips

The Chillicothe Police Department has provided some Halloween safety tips. The tips include walking safely by crossing the street at corners and crosswalks, looking both ways before crossing a street, walking on sidewalks, and watching for vehicles that are turning or backing up. Trick or treaters are advised to not dart into the street or […]

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ALPLA to build new facility in Kansas City, creating 75 new jobs

ALPLA Inc., North America announced it will break ground on a new manufacturing plant in Kansas City, Missouri, creating 75 new jobs. The new facility will be the company’s fourth site in Missouri and the first dedicated to injection molding. “ALPLA’s decision to grow in Missouri demonstrates our state’s ability to support companies with our highly […]

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Missouri man pleads guilty to illegal firearm following shooting

A Missouri man pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally possessing a firearm following a shooting on the street of a residential neighborhood. Terrquan J. Beasley, 22, Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Officers were dispatched to Research Medical Center, 2316 […]

Halloween Child Safety

Child safety tips for a safe and happy Halloween

Halloween isn’t just for children. Many adults enjoy dressing up and visiting haunted houses or attending gatherings of friends. If you are driving to a costume party, the Highway Patrol says to make sure your costume doesn’t hamper your vision. If you attend a Halloween party that includes alcohol, designate a sober driver for the […]

Grundy County United Way seeks donations

Audio: United Way is a diverse organization serving your community in ways you probably didn’t know about

The United Way of Grundy County supports 10 organizations in the area through fundraising. Spokesperson Edna Foster says the local United Way organizations share a view that the way to improve lives is by mobilizing the caring power of communities.     When monetary donations are given to the United Way of Grundy County, they […]

House Fire

Chillicothe Fire Department responds to 101 Jackson Street

The Chillicothe Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Tuesday morning, October 19. Captain Tracy Bradley reports that, upon arrival to the residence at 101 Jackson Street at approximately 6:30 a.m., firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the roof and eves. Utilities were shut off, and firefighters found fire in a bedroom on the […]

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How a Mississippi court case could pave the way for new abortion bans across the U.S.

(Missouri Independent) – A six-week abortion ban in Texas enacted in September forced those seeking abortion services in the Lone Star State to look across state lines for care. But the timing couldn’t have been worse for Texans living near the state’s eastern border. The law took effect as neighboring Louisiana was reeling from the […]