Cody Pfister

Audio: Man who licked various items at Missouri Walmart charged with “Terrorist Threat”

A 26-year-old eastern Missouri man is accused of posting a video online of himself licking items at a Walmart store this month. “Who’s afraid of the coronavirus?” Cody Pfister, 26, said in a video he later posted to social media.  Warrenton police said in a statement the department had been contacted by people in the […]

Livingston County Courthouse

Livingston County officials request public to limit access to courthouse

Because of Coronavirus concerns, the Livingston County Commission has requested effective immediately, limited activity at the courthouse in Chillicothe. Officials are asking if business by the public can be conducted by telephone or e-mail, to do that instead of entering the building. The Livingston County Courthouse includes offices of the court, assessor, county clerk, commissioners, […]

Frederick Joseph Lutz arrest

Grand jury in Missouri indicts former priest on sodomy charges

A retired Roman Catholic priest from southern Missouri has now been indicted by a grand jury in southeast Missouri’s Stoddard County, for alleged sexual abuse of minors. The grand jury has indicted 76-year-old Frederick Joseph Lutz on two counts of forcible sodomy and two counts of deviate sexual assault. This is a superseding indictment, which […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol confirms Harrison County Sheriff took his own life

Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Sergeant Jake Angle confirms Harrison County Sheriff Joshua Eckerson died Thursday night after sustaining a gunshot wound. The preliminary investigation indicates the gunshot wound was self-inflicted. The Patrol responded to a Bethany residence with the Bethany Police Department and Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and determined, upon arrival, that Eckerson was […]

Brian Dean Preszler

Princeton man on parole charged with sodomy, rape and incest

Authorities are reporting the arrest of a Princeton man in connection with an alleged felony in Mercer County on the first of February. Thirty-eight-year-old Brian Dean Preszler of Princeton has been charged with sodomy, 2nd-degree rape, and incest. Charges were filed in court Friday by Prosecutor Lauren Horsman. Arraignment and bond hearing is scheduled Tuesday in the […]

Frederick Joseph Lutz arrest

Retired priest charged with sex-related crimes in southeast Missouri

A retired Roman Catholic priest from southern Missouri is now charged with four sex-related felonies in southeast Missouri’s Stoddard County, involving alleged sexual abuse of minors. Missourinet’s Cape Girardeau television partner KFVS reports 76-year-old Frederick Joseph Lutz was arrested Wednesday morning in Springfield, where he now lives. Stoddard County Prosecutor Russell Oliver has charged Lutz […]

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Audio: Missouri man sentenced to 4-years in prison for embezzling $4 million

A Kirkwood businessman who embezzled $4,000,000 from his employer is heading to federal prison for four years.     That sentence was handed down to Bryan Vonderahe who pleaded guilty back in October to wire fraud for embezzling nearly four-million-dollars from the Boyd Group. He served as the company’s CEO. Prosecutors say he set himself […]

Crime and Courts

Several face judge in Tuesday session of Grundy County court

Three defendants waived preliminary hearings during Tuesday’s session of Associate Division, Grundy County Circuit Court. Two men from Chicago, are to appear in Division One of Circuit Court on felony charges of fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance at a Grundy County business on January 28th. George Ernie Almond had his case moved to […]

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

U.S. Attorney praises cooperation of Missouri state and local law enforcement agencies in combatting illegal immigration

United States Attorney Tim Garrison praised the cooperation of state and local law enforcement agencies in the Western District of Missouri today, as U.S. Attorney General William Barr addressed the problem of sanctuary cities elsewhere in the nation. “We appreciate the cooperation in this district among state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies,” said Garrison. […]

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Grundy County Courthouse hit with cybersecurity breach

The Grundy County Courthouse in Trenton experienced a cybersecurity breach on Friday, January 30, 2020. Grundy County Clerk Betty Spickard said the breach affected the county’s server and computers on it, including those used by the offices of the county clerk, collector-treasurer, and assessor. Information technology was able to recover some information from a cloud […]

Crime and Courts

Judge handed short dockett in Tuesday edition of Grundy County court

Among cases Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court: Trenton resident Timothy Robert Schlaufman pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and carelessly operating a vehicle being involved in an accident on October 27. On a plea agreement, the court placed Schlaufman on two years probation. He’s to donate $100 on each count […]