Child Death Investigation

Three from Kansas charged in Linn County with accessory to child neglect resulting in death

Three Kansas residents have been charged in Linn County with being an accessory to abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death stemming from July 2018. Each defendant had a bond set at $50,000 cash only for 63-year-old Sabrina Marie Nemmers of Arma, Kansas, 32-year-old Matthew Blunt of Mulberry, Kansas, and 36-year-old Ashley Dawn […]

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Missouri Governor says federal unemployment programs have given public incentive to stay out of the workforce

Saying that there’s a labor shortage across Missouri, Governor Mike Parson (R) has issued a directive to the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to end all federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits. Missouri’s House Democratic Leader is blasting the decision. Governor Parson made the announcement during a Tuesday afternoon briefing at the Statehouse in Jefferson […]

Steve Wilson

Chillicothe man who struck UTV with pickup facing charges after UTV driver dies in hospital

A Chillicothe man faces felony charges after a two-vehicle accident in Livingston County on May 23 that the Highway Patrol reports caused the death of a Hale man. Thirty-three-year-old Steven Lee Wilson has been charged with driving while intoxicated, death of another, and DWI, serious physical injury. Bond was originally set at $50,000 cash only, […]

Governor Parson announces Missouri to end all pandemic-related unemployment benefits

To address workforce shortages across the state, Governor Mike Parson directed the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to notify the U.S. Department of Labor that Missouri will end participation in all federal pandemic-related unemployment insurance programs effective Saturday, June 12 at 11:59 p.m. “From conversations with business owners across the state, we know […]

Trenton Convention and visitors bureau

Trenton Convention and Visitors Bureau to investigate how other organizations operate; establish policies and procedures

The Trenton Convention and Visitors Bureau continued discussion on April 14th of how the organization will operate. The group agreed that it needed policies and procedures in addition to the ordinance. Group members are to check with other convention and visitors bureaus for reference as drafting begins. The policies and procedures will be shared with […]

Jessica Busker

Chillicothe woman accused of operating illegal daycare has bond amended to “own recognizance”

A Chillicothe woman accused of operating an illegal daycare out of a home had her bond amended in the Associate Division of Livingston County Circuit Court on March 29th. Online court information shows 24-year-old Jessica Maurine Busker’s bond was amended to own recognizance posting pending making bond in Greene and Warren counties. No bond was […]

Waterfowl at Fountain Grove Conservation Area

Missouri Department of Conservation sets migratory game bird and waterfowl hunting seasons for 2021-2021

The Missouri Conservation Commission approved recommendations from the Missouri Department of Conservation at its March 26 meeting for upcoming 2021 migratory-game-bird-hunting seasons and 2021-2022 waterfowl-hunting seasons. 2021 MIGRATORY GAME BIRD HUNTING Mourning Doves, Eurasian Collared Doves, and White-Winged Doves Season: Sept. 1 through Nov. 29 Limits: 15 daily and 45 in possession combined total for […]

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Chillicothe couple accused of operating illegal daycare; both charged with six counts of endangering the welfare of a child

A man and a woman accused of operating an illegal daycare out of a home and having unsanitary living conditions have been charged in Livingston County. Twenty-four-year-old Jessica Maurine Busker of Chillicothe and 21-year-old Cloyce Oliver Wollard (no address given) have each been charged with six counts of felony first degree endangering the welfare of […]

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Vehicle stop leads to arrest of three on alleged drug violations

Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox reports a vehicle stop on Highway 65 for an equipment violation led to the arrest of three individuals for alleged drug violations. Online court information shows 63-year-old Daniel Leroy Walker of Bedford, 38-year-old Dawn Rachelle King of Hale, and 40-year-old Sasha Campos of Hale have each been charged with felony […]

Trenton Convention and visitors bureau

Trenton Convention and Visitors Bureau approves budget proposal

The Trenton Convention and Visitors Bureau approved a budget proposal on March 10th. The budget proposal for the city council to review March 22nd includes $20,000 for digital marketing and $4,000 for print marketing. The Branding Committee drafted the request for proposals for digital marketing. There was discussion about using the city hall address with […]

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Missouri adds county-level antigen test data to online public health dashboard

On its online public health dashboard, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) began posting county-level data showing “probable” COVID-19 cases detected by antigen testing. Last fall, DHSS began reporting statewide numbers of reported negative and positive antigen tests.  DHSS will follow the guidance of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) […]

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CEO of medical device company charged in COVID-19 related fraud scheme

The chief executive officer of a California-based medical device company was indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with an alleged scheme to defraud investors by making false and misleading statements about the purported development of a new COVID-19 test, leading to millions of dollars in investor losses.  Keith Berman, 67, the CEO of […]

Domestic Violence

Ludlow man arrested on charge of domestic violence and property damage

An investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office into a report of a domestic assault in the 2000 block of Route DD near Ludlow the morning of November 20th resulted in the arrest of a Ludlow man. Twenty-six-year-old Quentin Blake Bassett has been charged with the felonies of domestic assault, third-degree and property damage, first […]

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“Missouri is fully prepared to start vaccinating people in December,” DHSS promises, including transporting long-term care patients

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director told Missouri legislators that the state is “fully prepared to start vaccinating people in December” if the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Randal Williams updated the House Special Committee on Disease Control and Prevention on how a vaccine would […]

2020 Elections vote

Missouri Election Day FAQ: What you need to know to make sure your vote counts

(Missouri Independent) – Across Missouri, local election officials have received 628,395 mail-in and absentee ballots, according to the Secretary of State’s Oct. 27 report.  Already, that’s more than twice the total absentee ballots counted in the November 2016 election. While many Missourians have already voted by mail or in-person absentee, many more will head out […]

Barry Eschenbrenner and Sarah Lovell, co-superintendents of the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center

Virtual field days allow CAFNR Agricultural Research Centers to continue outreach

From August to October, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Agricultural Research Centers showcase research projects and share demonstrations during its field day season.  The COVID-19 pandemic forced the Research Centers to reevaluate how they would proceed with their in-person field day events. After discussions with advisory boards and […]