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St. Louis jail inmates file class action lawsuit alleging guards torture them with mace

(Missouri Independent) – Inmates at St. Louis’ primary jail filed a federal class-action lawsuit Tuesday accusing guards of torture with mace and depriving them of water for days. The inmates are represented by a team of attorneys from the MacArthur Justice Center, ArchCity Defenders, the SLU Law Legal Clinics, and Rights Behind Bars.  “They spray chemical agents […]

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Charges filed against two individuals following law enforcement pursuits in Livingston and Caldwell counties

Charges have been filed following separate law enforcement pursuits Sunday in Livingston and Caldwell counties. Thirty-seven-year-old Truitt Matthew Caudill of rural Chillicothe has been charged with resisting or interfering with an arrest for a felony and with felony drug possession. No bond was allowed pending his appearance in Livingston county circuit court. Truitt was taken […]

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Four waive preliminary hearings and are bound over to Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court

Preliminary hearings were waived by four defendants on Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court with each defendant having their cases bound over to Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court for appearances on Thursday. Lynnsey Marie Betz of Trenton is charged with the January 6th possession of a controlled substance/synthetic cannabinoid […]

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Missouri man who crashed stolen car into house, sentenced to six years in prison for Illegally possessing a firearm

 A Missouri, man who crashed a stolen car into a house after smoking methamphetamine was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing a firearm. William T. Bryand, 29, Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to six years in federal prison without parole. On July 15, 2021, Bryand pleaded guilty to […]

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Controversial bill would have aided Orscheln Products LLC, under scrutiny for contamination

(Missouri Independent) – Two years ago, a company led by an influential Republican businessman faced off with the state’s environmental regulators over whether it needed to do additional testing for a chemical that health officials worried could pose a cancer risk to the company’s workers.  The Moberly manufacturing facility, Orscheln Products LLC, is owned by […]

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Missouri man sentenced to nine years in prison for illegal firearm following high-speed police chase

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing a firearm after leading police officers on a high-speed chase through oncoming traffic and crashing into several police vehicles. Kyle K. Kessler, 35, Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to nine years in federal prison without parole. On Oct. 15, […]