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Third suspect arrested in connection with burglary, theft and property damage at business north of Trenton

A third person has been arrested following the law enforcement investigation of burglary, theft, and property damage incidents during February at a business north of Trenton. Forty-three-year-old Kenneth Walter Bonine of Trenton was arrested on Sunday on three felony counts including 2nd-degree burglary, stealing over $750, and 1st-degree property damage. Bond was set at $15,000 […]

Audio: Missouri bill would let convicted felons run for elected office

Convicted felons are not allowed to run for elected office in Missouri, but a state representative wants to change that. Republican Michael Davis, of Kansas City, is proposing to let convicted felons start running seven years after being released from prison and when their parole and probation time is complete. State Representative Kevin Windham of […]

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Supreme Court refuses to hear Kim Gardner appeal in Eric Greitens records case

(Missouri Independent) – It will be up to a St. Louis judge to decide how long Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner has to produce records sought by a journalist considered an ally of former Gov. Eric Greitens. The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a last-ditch appeal by Gardner of an order giving her […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 13 years in prison, without parole, for drug trafficking meth, illegal firearms and carjacking

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for distributing methamphetamine, carjacking, and illegally possessing firearms after leading officers on three high-speed vehicle pursuits. Charles V. Bai, 29, of Independence,  was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to 13 years in federal prison without parole. On Oct. 13, 2021, Bai pleaded guilty to […]

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North Mercer Board of Education to address personnel, pay schedule and awards at meeting on April 11

The North Mercer R-3 Board of Education will consider approval of resignations next week. The board will meet on April 11, 2022, at 6 pm. Other items on the agenda include a plaque presentation, certification of election results, the oath of office, and an election of officers. There is also to be a discussion of […]

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Three separate indictments handed down in Harrison County involving murder, assault and sex crimes involving a child

Grand jury indictments were filed in Harrison County this week on three men. Forty-one-year-old Travis William Gilliland of Ridgeway has been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action. Bail was set at $250,000 for all counts. A probable cause affidavit accused Gilliland of shooting and killing Lynn Trammell in March. Fifty-eight-year-old Stephen Marshall of […]

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Spickard man arrested in connection with theft from Northeast 20th Street

Another man has been arrested after allegedly breaking into and stealing items from a Grundy County business in February. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports that 21-year-old Hunter David Krawitz of Spickard was arrested on April 7th. Krawitz has been charged with the felonies of second-degree burglary, stealing $750 or more, and first-degree property damage. […]

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Ivan Miller to give presentation on Purple Martins at Grand River Audubon Society

Jamesport resident Ivan Ray Miller presents the program at the April 13th meeting of the Grand River Audubon Society. Social time begins at 6:30 with the meeting at 7 pm at the Mildred Litton community room of the Litton Agri Center northwest of Chillicothe. Miller has numerous Purple Martin nesting houses on his property from […]

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Record Missouri surplus likely to grow under $46.5B House budget plan

(Missouri Independent) – The biggest state budget in Missouri history could also leave the biggest surplus in state history when the next fiscal year ends. The Missouri House on Thursday sent 15 appropriation bills to the state Senate, one supplemental spending bill for the current fiscal year, and 14 spending $46.5 billion in the coming year. The […]

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Five arrested by Trenton and Grundy County authorities

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on April 6th of a Trenton man who allegedly broke in and stole items from a business in February. Two Spickard residents were also arrested on April 6th. Forty-eight-year-old Oliver Eugene Vandevender has been charged with the felonies of second-degree burglary, stealing $750 or more, and first-degree […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol reports arrest of Michigan woman

A Jackson, Michigan woman has been charged in Caldwell County after her arrest by the Highway Patrol Thursday morning, April 7th. Online court information shows 36-year-old Jessica Lynn Meade has been charged with two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance, one count of felony receiving stolen property, and one count of unlawful use […]

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Hoover Theater to host performance of Far West Missouri Stake Easter Cantata

The Far West Missouri Stake Easter Cantata will be performed on Saturday, April 16th at 2 pm in the Jewett-Norris Library Theater. The cantata chronicles the life, miracles, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Isaiah prophesied the Savior’s birth in the Old Testament. The Cantata begins with a narrative from Isaiah. The choir begins by singing […]

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Missouri House signs off on $46.2 billion budget, leaves most of huge state surplus untouched

(Missouri Independent) – The Missouri House gave first-round approval Tuesday to a package of budget bills spending $46.2 billion, with Republicans defeating repeated Democratic efforts to tap the state’s record surplus. The budget includes boosts to higher education funding, both for institutions and scholarships, as well as funding one of last year’s most controversial issues, Medicaid […]

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Missouri Senate committee takes up bill targeting Grain Belt Express transmission line

(Missouri Independent) – The Missouri Senate is poised to take up a long-running effort to stymie the Grain Belt Express, a massive transmission line meant to carry wind energy from southwest Kansas across three states.  The $2 billion project would carry 4,000 megawatts of energy, dropping some off in Missouri before ending at the Illinois-Indiana […]

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Election results in the Municipal Election for Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Three individuals were elected to the Trenton R-9 Board of Education, three for the Grundy County Health Department board, and three members of the Trenton City Council won re-election with a former councilman returning to a council seat. Each of the winners led from start to finish, meaning from the absentee ballots through the final […]

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Missouri clearing backlog of untested, unreported rape kits, getting FBI matches on suspect DNA

In a major milestone, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced at a press conference earlier that the Attorney General’s Office has worked with 169 law enforcement agencies to clear their backlogs of untested, report sexual assault kits. In total, 3,298 untested, reported kits have been sent to the lab to be tested. Further, because of […]

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Missouri, Arizona and Louisiana sue Biden administration for rescinding Title 42

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry are suing the Biden Administration for rescinding the public health policy, Title 42, during the worst border crisis in decades. The revocation will result in an unprecedented crisis at the United States southern border that will have a devastating […]