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 […]

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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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Registered Missouri sex offender sentenced to 15-years in prison without parole for child pornography

 A Missouri sex offender was sentenced in federal court for receiving and distributing child pornography. David Lee Wilson, 38, of West Plains, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 15 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Wilson to a lifetime of supervised release following incarceration. On Aug. 5, […]

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Biden pitches new $1.75 trillion spending blueprint to Democrats that drops paid family leave

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden is meeting with congressional Democrats on Capitol Hill Thursday morning to pitch lawmakers on a new slimmed-down framework for what would be included in a massive social reform package, according to senior administration officials. The $1.75 trillion blueprint that Biden is presenting to Democrats includes a universal pre-K program for 3-and-4 […]

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Gallatin Board of Aldermen approve ordinances, choose not to adjust sewer charges for additional water usage

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen on October 25, 2021, approved two ordinances, which amended the city code and entered into a contract. A section of the city code was amended relating to alcoholic beverages. It now says “all opening and closing days and hours for a license issued…shall be in accordance with the provisions of […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 15 years in prison without parole for child pornography

A Missouri man who downloaded thousands of images and videos of child pornography was sentenced in federal court. Nicholas Goins, 36, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 15 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Goins to spend the rest of his life on supervised release […]

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Increasing access to counseling services for military families is goal of new bill by lawmakers

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) introduced the bipartisan COMFORT Act to solve the current shortage of Military and Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) and increase access to counseling services on military installations. The senators’ bill allows for license portability for MFLCs, so counselors can work outside of the state in which they are licensed. “Families […]

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Evergy issues Request for Proposal for wind energy to supply customer needs

Evergy on Monday issued a Request for Proposals for wind energy to supply the needs of its customers. The request solicits bids for Evergy’s purchase of wind resources of up to 1,000 megawatts (MW) that will be in service by 2026. Evergy reports projects that achieve commercial operation by mid-2024 and year-end 2025 will be […]

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Grundy County R-5 Board of Education adopt “Test to Stay” COVID-19 protocol for students

The Grundy County R-5 Board of Education on October 13 approved an option referred to as “Test to Stay” after reviewing the new COVID-19 directive from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Health and Senior Services. Under the option, students who have been identified as a school close contact will […]

Police Chase or Pursuit

Missouri man pleads guilty to meth trafficking after high-speed chase

 A Missouri man who led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing methamphetamine to distribute. Heath E. Yarger, 49, of Republic, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. By pleading guilty, Yarger admitted that he […]

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Gallatin Board of Aldermen approve bid for work at old water plant, address numerous agenda items at Monday meeting

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen approved a bid for cleaning out the old water plant backwash basin and an animal abatement permit request on September 27, 2021. The bid for cleaning the backwash basin was from Red Rock for $25,000 and was the only one received. The animal abatement permit request was from Matt Pottorff […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 11 years in prison, without parole, for meth and illegal firearms

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for possessing methamphetamine to distribute and for illegally possessing firearms. Nathan Scott Thomas, 42, of Joplin, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 11 years in federal prison without parole. On May 3, 2021, Thomas pleaded guilty to one count of possessing methamphetamine with […]

Child Porn

Former paraprofessional at Missouri high school sentenced to 22 years in prison for producing child pornography

 A former paraprofessional at Blue Springs High School was sentenced in federal court for producing and distributing child pornography. Steven B. Allen, 46, of Independence, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 22 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Allen to spend the rest of his life on […]

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Study: Saint Louis University face mask policy reduced quarantines, COVID cases

(Missouri Independent) – Tying quarantine requirements to the Saint Louis University face mask requirement successfully reduced the number of students sent to isolation and helped cut COVID-19 infections this spring, according to a study published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Under the university’s rules, students without masks who had close contact […]