Sex Crime

Marceline man facing 43 counts of sex offense charges bound to Division One in Linn County Court

A Marceline man charged with 43 counts of first-degree sex offenses had counts bound over to Division One of Linn County Circuit Court on October 13th. Online court information indicates the court found probable cause to believe Roger Cupp committed 32 counts that involved statutory rape, attempted statutory rape, and statutory sodomy. He was bound […]

Child Sex Crimes

Man charged with 118 counts of child sex crimes pleads “Not Guilty” in Linn County Circuit Court

A Macon man charged with 118 felony counts has entered a plea of not guilty in Division One of Linn County Circuit Court. Fifty-four-year-old Kenneth Harper faces multiple counts of child molestation, statutory sodomy, and statutory rape. Harper waived formal arraignment, and his case was passed to January 4th for setting or disposition. The alleged […]

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Audio: Missouri pediatrician wants state to change the way it handles rape cases involving children

A Missouri pediatrician wants the state to change the way it handles sexual assault cases involving children. St. Louis Children’s Hospital Doctor Adrienne Atzemis says state law currently reimburses sexually transmitted disease testing for victims younger than age 14. During a statewide task force hearing, she says that’s not the case for kids 14 and […]

Rape Kit

Video/Audio: Missouri’s effort to get thousands of rape kits tested is making progress

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt gave an update on the SAFE Kit Initiative, reporting positive progress in clearing the backlog of untested sexual assault kits through the initiative. The Springfield Police Department also announced that they have completely cleared out their backlog, leaving zero untested sexual assault kits in their inventory. “As a husband, father, […]

Abortion Law

Federal court hears arguments on Missouri abortion ban with no rape, incest exception

(Missouri Independent) – The fate of Missouri’s ban on abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy, with no exception for rape or incest, rests in the hands of a panel of federal judges.  Arguments Tuesday before the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, and questions from the judges, focused almost exclusively on another provision […]

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U.S. Supreme Court schedules December 1 oral arguments in major abortion case

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on December 1, 2021, in a case that threatens to overturn decades of abortion protections established under the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. The upcoming case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, stems from a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 […]

Child Molestation

Bucklin man arrested on 11 counts of child molestation, 19 counts of sodomy and 12 counts of rape with child less than age 14

The Highway Patrol reports the arrest of a Bucklin man on a felony Linn County warrant for child molestation. Fifty-four-year-old Roger Cupp was arrested in Linn County on September 3rd. He was transported to the Linn County Sheriff’s Department. Online court information indicates Cupp faces 11 felony counts of child molestation, as well as 19 […]

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Jamesport man wanted by Daviess County Sheriff taken into custody on rape and assault charges

The Daviess County Sheriff’s Office reports a Jamesport resident wanted by the sheriff’s office has been taken into custody and is currently being held in the Greene County Jail in Springfield, Missouri. Thirty-three-year-old Matthew Eason has been charged with the felonies of first-degree domestic assault involving serious physical injury and first-degree rape or attempted rape. […]

COVID-19 or Coronaviru Vaccine

Certain immunocompromised individuals can now receive third dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Missouri

Following recent announcements from the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, certain immunocompromised individuals can begin receiving third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Missouri.  A third dose of the PfizerNBioTech or Moderna vaccines may be administered to moderately to severely immunocompromised people due to a medical condition […]

Child Sex Crimes

Man charged with 118 felony counts of child sex crimes bound over to Division One of Linn County Circuit Court

A case has been bound over to Division One of Linn County Circuit Court for a Macon man charged with 118 felony counts. Online court information shows 54-year-old Kenneth Harper faces multiple counts of child molestation, statutory sodomy, and statutory rape. Harper waived a preliminary hearing on August 12, 2021. An arraignment is scheduled in […]

Rape

Immigrant from Congo sought in connection with rape of 15-year-old girl in Daviess County

A Kirksville resident has been charged in Daviess County with felony first-degree rape or attempted rape after an alleged incident in October involving a girl who was 15 at the time. Online court information shows bond has been denied for 18-year-old Rabbi Kapeta. A probable cause statement from Daviess County Deputy Loreanna Parker says a […]

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Pattonsburg man charged with second-degree rape after incident at Harrison County Lake

A Pattonsburg man has been charged with felony second-degree statutory rape after an alleged incident at the Harrison County Lake on June 27. Online court information shows 21-year-old Dalton Ray Hobson’s bond is $25,000 cash only. An initial arraignment is scheduled for July 30, and a bond appearance hearing is August 4. A probable cause […]