Linn County Prosecuting Attorney Shiante McMahon speaks during an April 23 mock trial of the Big Bad Wolf put on for students in local schools. (Photo courtesy Linn County Prosecuting Attorney's Office via Facebook)

Linn County roiled by prosecutor’s charge of racism, sexism in Marceline Police Department

(Missouri Independent) – When Linn County Prosecuting Attorney Shiante McMahon saw a photo of one of her campaign shirts defaced with obscene, racist, and sexist writing — and learned it had been on display in the headquarters of the Marceline Police Department — she decided a complaint with the city wouldn’t do any good. So she posted the photo […]

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Grundy County to request bids to replace radio equipment for fire department and ambulance

Grundy County is requesting formal qualifications-based competitive sealed proposals from qualified, licensed, and experienced providers for a turnkey project to provide the county a new Conventional Project-25 700/800 Megahertz digital simulcast radio network. Emergency Management Director Glen Briggs reports the radio system is a proposed replacement system for the current fire and ambulance system. The […]

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Man pleads guilty to possessing and training dogs for dog fighting

A Louisiana man pleaded guilty to possession of an animal for use in an animal fighting venture. According to court documents, beginning as early as June 22, 2017, Clay Turner, 61, of Loranger, possessed and trained dogs for the purpose of having them participate in animal fighting ventures. On telephone calls obtained via court-authorized wiretaps, […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 21 years in prison without parole for leading meth conspiracy

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in leading a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in southwestern Missouri. Nathen D. Libertus, 31, of Stella, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 21 years in federal prison without parole. On May 20, 2020, Libertus pleaded guilty to participating […]

Power Outage

High winds caused power outages in Trenton

High winds contributed to power outages throughout Trenton Thursday morning, February 4th. Trenton City Administrator/Utility Director Ron Urton reports Trenton Municipal Utilities started receiving phone calls about lights blinking around 10:15. He explains the blinking was caused by high winds whipping power lines together, especially near the lake and along 28th Street where there is […]

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Department of Conservation closes Chillicothe and St. Joseph offices to the public due to rising COVID-19 concerns

The Missouri Department of Conservation has closed the St. Joseph and Chillicothe offices to the public due to rising COVID-19 concerns. MDC staff will still be able to answer phone calls to those offices. Sales of 2021 Natural Events Calendars will continue if arrangements by phone are made for contactless pickup outside the buildings. MDC […]

Indictment

19 Missouri residents indicted by grand jury for $1.2 million insurance fraud conspiracy

Nineteen defendants have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a $1.2 million insurance fraud conspiracy that involved false claims of injuries suffered in car accidents. Lawrence Courtney Lawhorn, 32, and Latoya Marie Brown, 35, who resided in Columbia and in the Kansas City area; Lauren Courtney Luque, 34, Michael Jadon […]

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Audio: Missouri’s school nurses are on the front lines of COVID-19 response within classrooms

The Missouri Association of School Nurses says school nurses are playing an even more critical role during the COVID-19 crisis. The state had about 1600 school nurses among Missouri’s more than 500 K-12 public school districts. Linda Neumann (pronounced newman), executive director of the association, says school nurses have been going above and beyond the […]

Mail in Ballot

Audio: Pettis County Clerk says 1,200 absentee ballots remain missing in the mail

The county clerk in west-central Missouri’s Pettis County says 1,200 absentee ballots that were delivered to the Sedalia Post Office on September 21 are still missing in the mail. Clerk Nicholas La Strada tells our Sedalia affiliate KDRO (AM 1490) that his office was bombarded with phone calls from voters last week, asking where their […]

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North Central Missouri Mental Health Center to remain closed until May 15, 2020

North Central Missouri Mental Health Center offices will remain closed to consumers and the public through May 15th to protect consumers and staff. Consumer activities will be conducted via telehealth or telephone services. Requests for medication refills will be addressed and completed. Offices will be staff with employees to answer phone calls and make and […]

Child Neglect

Spickard woman charged with endangering the welfare of a child

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Spickard woman regarding alleged neglect of a young child. Twenty-eight-year-old Avery Elizabeth Mock has been charged with a misdemeanor of endangering the welfare of a child, second degree. Bond is $4,000 cash pending her appearance on May 12th in the Associate Division of the Grundy […]