Kenneth Friend

Missouri man sentenced to 27-years in prison for role in meth conspiracy

A Springfield, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court for his role in a conspiracy that distributed 45 kilograms of methamphetamine in southwest Missouri. Kenneth R. Friend, 48, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 27 years in federal prison without parole. Friend pleaded guilty on April 5, 2019, to […]

Ronald McDonald House

Grundy County Farm Bureau members hear presentation on Ronald McDonald Houses

Members of the Grundy County Farm Bureau Thursday evening heard about the Ronald McDonald houses in Kansas City. Community Relations Manager Alan Lubert was the speaker for the annual meeting. Lubert stated there are four Ronald McDonald Houses in Kansas City which collectively, have a total of 87 bedrooms. Lubert reported 7,685 families were served […]

Grain Bin Safety

Review grain bin safety rules before harvest begins

University of Missouri Extension rural safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch said National Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 15-21, is a good time to review precautions for grain bins with farmworkers and family members. This year’s theme, “Shift Farm Safety Into High Gear,” reminds us to remain vigilant at all times when working on or visiting […]

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Marshfield woman sentenced for role to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine

A Marshfield, Missouri, woman was sentenced in federal court for her role in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine. Jami L. Deam, 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to nine years in federal prison without parole. On February 6, 2019, Deam pleaded guilty to participating in a drug-trafficking conspiracy […]

Jail or Prison Escape

Prisoner who escaped from Mercer County Jail escapes again using board to open wall

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department reports a Kansas City man who escaped from the Mercer County Jail in Princeton earlier in August has escaped again. Sheriff Stephen Stockman reports it is believed 27-year-old Drake Kately escaped around 8:30 Wednesday night by tearing a hole in the back wall of his jail cell with a board […]