Arson

Missouri man pleads guilty to arson conspiracy to damage a business

An Independence, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in an arson conspiracy to damage a local business. Randell Eugene Yeager, Jr., 46, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to participating in a conspiracy to damage property by means of arson. By pleading guilty, Yeager admitted that he was hired […]

Guilty Plea

Slater man pleads guilty to transporting a minor for illicit sex

A Slater, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday to transporting a 16-year-old victim across state lines for illegal sexual activity. Daniel Lee Kirby, 35, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Willie J. Epps, Jr., to the charge contained in a July 11, 2018, federal indictment. By pleading guilty today, Kirby admitted that […]

Preferred Family Healthcare

Former Preferred Family Healthcare executive pleads guilty to bribing Arkansas State Senator

A former executive of Preferred Family Healthcare, Inc., pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a conspiracy to bribe an Arkansas state senator to influence public policy for the benefit of the charity and its executives. Robin Raveendran, 63, of Little Rock, Arkansas, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to […]

Fatal Shooting

Independence woman who purchased gun used in fatal shooting pleads guilty

An Independence, Missouri, woman who purchased the firearm used by a 14-year-old in a fatal shooting has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related to drug trafficking. Rebecca McCrorey, 39, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips on Friday, June 7, to maintaining drug-involved premises. Independence police officers were dispatched to McCrorey’s […]

Sex Crime

Former Maysville teacher sentenced to jail time and $6,000 fine on 13 counts of sexual contact and assault

A former Maysville teacher has been sentenced to jail and been fined after pleading guilty last week to 13 criminal counts stemming from incidents in 2015 and 2016. Rodney David Thomas appeared Wednesday in Clinton County Circuit Court in Plattsburg for a sentencing hearing on one charge of attempted sexual contact with a student and […]

Court News

Prison sentences and probation handed down in Thursday session of Grundy County Court

Thursday’s session of Grundy County Circuit Court resulted in a mix of prison sentences and probations imposed by Circuit Judge Thomas Alley. An Iowa resident, Jessica Ann Rinehart of Kellogg, pleaded guilty to four felony counts and was sentenced to seven years with the Department of Corrections for each. Terms run concurrently. Ms. Rinehart was […]