Jeremiah Searles Final

Denver, Missouri man charged with murder, abandonment of a corpse in death of Grant City woman

A Denver, Missouri man has been charged in Worth County with the felonies of murder—second degree and abandonment of a corpse in the death of a missing Grant City woman found earlier this week. Thirty-nine-year-old Jeremiah Searles is scheduled for an initial arraignment Monday, September 21st. Worth County Prosecuting Attorney Janet Wake Larison previously reported […]

Melissa Chapman

Worth County investigation closes as body of deceased Grant City woman is located

The Worth County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announces a missing person investigation has come to a close. Prosecuting Attorney Janet Wake Larison reports that the Worth County Sheriff’s Office received a tip of the location of the deceased, Melissa Lynn Chapman, the evening of Monday, September 14th. An ongoing homicide investigation continues. Law enforcement assisting includes […]

Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson pleased with special session on crime; wants House to approve Gardner legislation

While Missouri’s governor is pleased with the special session on violent crime, he’s calling on the House to approve his proposal involving St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s office. GOP Governor Mike Parson told Capitol reporters last week that he will meet with House leaders about it. “We’re encouraging them to pass this to be […]

Kidnap Abduction Attempt

Chillicothe police respond to attempted kidnapping call

The Chillicothe Police Department responded to the 1000 block of Graves Street the evening of Friday, September 11th in reference to a report of alleged attempted kidnapping. Assistant Police Chief Rick Sampsel reports officers found a female subject confused her daughter with a young female in a store. Further investigation showed the female subject was […]

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Two injured in crash on Brunswick Street in Chillicothe

Assistant Chillicothe Police Chief Rick Sampsel reports two drivers sustained injuries in a two-vehicle head-on traffic crash in the 500 block of Brunswick Street the night of Friday, September 11th. Emergency medical services transported one of the drivers for treatment. The northbound vehicle allegedly crossed into the path of the southbound vehicle before the crash. […]

Chillicothe Missouri Police Department

Chillicothe police arrest 20-year-old in conjunction with damage to Chillicothe Country Club golf course

Chillicothe Police Chief Jon Maples reports an investigation of property damage at the Chillicothe Country Club golf course Tuesday, September 8th resulted in the arrest of a 20-year-old male Wednesday, September 9th. The person was processed and transported to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail. Online court information indicates Trenton Gilbert Cole Meers was charged in […]

Gallatin City Hall

Gallatin Board of Aldermen notified of fiber optic cable installation by Grundy Electric

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen approved an ordinance Monday, August 24th regarding an update to an interfund transfer ordinance. City Administrator Lance Rains reported the update was needed because the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development wanted some of the wording changed. The update involved a few minor changes, including adding that the city […]

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Rural Missouri prosecutor: victim tampering “happens everywhere, even in little Johnson County”

Legislation that increases penalties for witness and victim tampering will go to the Missouri House floor in Jefferson City on Monday, after being approved by the Judiciary Committee on a 17-0 vote this week. The prosecutor in western Missouri’s Johnson County traveled from Warrensburg to Jefferson City to testify for the bill, saying that witness […]

Chillicothe Missouri Police Department

Chillicothe police arrest individual on kidnapping and auto theft; continue investigation of child endangerment

A 45-year-old Chillicothe resident was arrested after the Chillicothe Police Department responded to a report of male acting suspicious in the 1900 block of Polk Street the morning of Wednesday, August 19th, trying to open a vehicle door. Assistant Police Chief Rick Sampsel says officers searched the immediate area and located a subject who ran […]