Guilty Plea

Missouri man pleads guilty to illegal firearm following shootout at Independence motel

 A Missouri man pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally possessing a firearm following a shootout at an Independence, Mo., motel. Randy K. McGaugh, 54, of Wellington, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lajuana M. Counts to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. By pleading guilty, McGaugh admitted that he […]

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Missouri man who trafficked ‘Half the Town’ sentenced to 12-years for meth conspiracy

 A Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court for his role in a conspiracy that distributed more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine in southern Missouri. Eric Eugene Akins, 54, of Monett, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 12 years in federal prison without parole. On Jan. 21, 2020, Akins pleaded guilty […]

Guilty Plea

Waterslide owner in Missouri faces a possible three-year prison term for making a false tax return

The owner of a Cassville, Missouri waterslide attraction has pleaded guilty in federal court to making a false tax return. Jerry Don Beebe, 67, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush on Monday, Oct. 26, to one count of making a false tax return. Beebe owned and operated Beebe’s Roaring River Waterslide in […]

Auto Theft or Stolen Vehicle

Two arrested in Buchanan County for auto theft in Grundy County

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of two individuals in Buchanan County Tuesday, October 27th on capias warrants. Forty-four year old Bevan James Bohm of Kansas City is accused of violating his probation on the felonies of stealing—motor vehicle/watercraft/aircraft and stealing–$750 or more. His bond is $2,500, 10% cash approved. Forty-nine-year-old Kellie Holtman […]

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Two-vehicle rollover crash on Highway 36 leaves one dead and two injured

A two-vehicle rollover accident Sunday on Highway 36 in Caldwell County has killed a resident of Illinois and injured two other people. Sixty-five-year-old Leanne Mast of Lansing, Illinois was a passenger in a car driven by 67-year-old John Mast, also of Lansing Illinois. Leanne Mast was pronounced dead at the Liberty Hospital two hours after […]

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Missouri woman pleads guilty to financial exploitation of elderly and stealing, will pay over $9,000 in restitution

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that on October 15, 2020, Tashe Beach pled guilty in the Circuit Court of St. Louis City to two class D felonies of Abuse of a Person Receiving Health Care, one Class C felony of Financial Exploitation of Elderly Persons, one Class D felony of Financial Exploitation of Elderly […]

Crime and Courts

Judge Thomas Alley hands down prison sentences in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court

Several defendants were sentenced by Judge Thomas Alley Thursday in Division One of the Grundy County Circuit Court. Robert Lee Ellis of Trenton pleaded guilty to five felony counts stemming from the March 21st incidents. He was sentenced from three to five years with the Department of Corrections. The terms are to run concurrently, or […]

Court News

Judge Steve Hudson presides over busy court docket in Tuesday session of Grundy County Court

Preliminary hearings were waived on Tuesday by seven defendants in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Each is to be arraigned on their various charges on Thursday in Division One of the Circuit Court in Trenton. Cory Jack Burchett of Trenton is charged with the September 30th offenses of possessing a controlled substance […]

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Federal leader looks to Missouri as model for post-incarceration success

About 96% of people incarcerated in Missouri eventually return home to our communities. More than 15,000 Missourians are released from state prisons each year. To help boost their chances of success, the Missouri Department of Corrections partners with fellow state agencies and community nonprofit organizations to build a network of support in areas such as […]

Medicaid Fraud

Missouri man pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud, must pay $6,000 in restitution

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that on September 8, 2020, Sherwin D. Marshall pled guilty to the class D felony of Violations Involving Health Care Payments in the Circuit Court of Pettis County.   Marshall submitted false timesheets for allegedly receiving personal care services. No services were ever provided. Marshall convinced a health care […]