COVID-19 or Coronavirus Update

Five area health departments report on new cases of COVID-19

The Livingston County Health Center reports 10 COVID-19 cases have been added since January 10th, bringing the total to 2,729. There are 114 active cases. The Sullivan County Health Department on January 11th confirmed 10 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 1,429. There were 43 active cases. The Linn County Health Department reports it […]

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Department of Public Safety: Trooper Costley likely prevented kidnapping following traffic stop

Trooper Zachary T. Costley, of Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D, is the December 2021 Department of Public Safety Team Member of the Month for the thoroughness of his investigative work following a traffic stop, which likely prevented an attempted kidnapping. On Aug. 8, 2021, Zachary conducted a traffic stop for a registration violation on […]

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Princeton man facing felony assault and peace disturbance charges for incident on the Princeton square

The Mercer County Sheriff reports an individual allegedly waving a pipe and threatening people sent officers to the west side of the Princeton square on Friday night. Officers with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol detained a male. The sheriff’s office said further investigation revealed that an assault had occurred. The […]

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Audio: A former Butler County Coroner and his wife have been arrested for stealing from a funeral home

A former Butler County Coroner and his wife have been arrested for stealing from a funeral home and its investment firm in Poplar bluff.     Andrew T. Moore and his wife, Amanda are accused of stealing from Moore Funeral Home. They’ve both been charged with receiving stolen property between December of 2014 and November […]

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Funding for monthly child tax credit through 2022 included in Build Back Better act

Families in Missouri have been receiving Child Tax Credit payments of $300 to $350 a month per child since the summer, and one local expert says making them permanent could benefit families long-term, across the nation. So far, 45% of Missouri families have reported using their payments for food, 33% for essential bills, and 30% […]

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Gun safety group files suit alleging NRA illegally coordinated with Hawley campaign

(Missouri Independent) – The Giffords gun safety organization has sued the National Rifle Association and the campaigns of U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley and U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana, alleging the group used shell corporations to improperly aid the Republican lawmakers in 2018. The suit alleges two NRA affiliates made up to $35 million in illegal […]

Murder

Woman arrested at Chicago O’Hare Airport for conspiring to kill her mother and placing body in suitcase

An Illinois woman was arrested when she arrived at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, for allegedly murdering her mother on Aug. 12, 2014, while on vacation in Bali, Indonesia. Heather Mack, 26, is alleged to have conspired with her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, 28, to kill her mother, Sheila Von Weise, while Mack and Von Weise […]

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Iowa man arrested in Putnam County faces multiple felony charges

An Ottumwa, Iowa man arrested by the Highway Patrol in Putnam County on October 28 has been charged with three felonies. Forty-three-year-old Jeremy Brown has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, resisting or interfering with an arrest for a felony, and operating a vehicle on a highway without a valid license involving a […]

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Meadville man facing multiple felonies in Livingston County

A Meadville man faces multiple felonies after illegal items were allegedly found during the execution of a search warrant at a residence in the 200 block of Livingston Street in Meadville on October 27. Online court information shows 42-year-old Brent Eric Bloss has been charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and […]

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Hawley calls for Garland resignation following NSBA memo

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) called for Attorney General Merrick Garland’s resignation following a memo from the National School Board Association revealing that the Biden Administration’s plan to intimidate parents with the FBI was premised on misinformation. Merrick Garland mobilized the FBI to intimidate parents without legal basis and, we now know, premised on misinformation he didn’t […]

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Governor Parson doubles down on push to prosecute reporter who found security flaw in state site

(Missouri Independent) – Gov. Mike Parson escalated his war with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday when his political operation published a video doubling down on his attack against a reporter who informed the state that a state website revealed teacher Social Security numbers. The video is produced by Uniting Missouri, a political action committee created by […]

Phone Scam

Phone scammers manipulate Caller ID, making phone calls appear to come from Missouri Capitol Police

Missouri Capitol Police learned on Thursday afternoon that scammers had begun manipulating Caller ID so phone calls appeared to be coming from Missouri Capitol Police. This is a scam known as “spoofing” and can be used to try to obtain personal information from you. Do not fall for this scam. More than two dozen people […]

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Trenton police report unknown vehicle crashes into street sign and knocks down utility pole

Trenton Police say an unknown motor vehicle knocked down a utility pole and street sign Sunday morning at the intersection of West 13th Court and Normal Street. A police officer’s report indicates the vehicle, which appeared to be westbound on West 13th Court, traveled off the south side of the street before leaving the scene. […]

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Prosecutor asks Missouri governor to ignore AG’s demand to be removed from Agape case

(Missouri Independent) – The county prosecutor who Attorney General Eric Schmitt said “does not intend to seek justice” for victims of alleged abuse and neglect at a southwestern Missouri boarding school urged Gov. Mike Parson to not remove Schmitt’s office from assisting in the case. In a letter sent Tuesday, Cedar County Prosecuting Attorney Ty […]

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DEA launches “One Pill Can Kill” campaign

The Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide surge in counterfeit pills that are mass-produced by criminal […]