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Missouri man sentenced to 12 years in prison without parole for distributing more than 13 kilograms of meth

A Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine in southwest Missouri. Stephan D. Samons, 31, of Camdenton, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 12 years in federal prison without parole. On Aug. 28, 2019, Samons pleaded guilty to participating in […]

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Pattonsburg man facing multiple sex-related charges granted change of venue

A change of venue was sustained in Division One of Daviess County Circuit Court on May 6th for a Pattonsburg man facing multiple sex-related charges involving minors. Seventy-three-year-old Steven Dale Lawrence’s case was transferred to Caldwell County. Lawrence faces first-degree felony charges of sodomy or attempted sodomy, second-degree, third-degree, and two counts of fourth-degree child […]

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Two men charged with heroin trafficking; Kansas City officers seize nearly 24 pounds of heroin at bus terminal

 Two men traveling through Kansas City, Missouri, were charged in federal court for possessing nearly 24 pounds of heroin aboard a bus en route from California to New York. Darwin G. Morales-Sagastume, 23, and Cristian J. Lopez-Catalan, 28, were charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., with […]

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Missouri man pleads guilty to meth trafficking on the day of his trial

A Union, Missouri, man who was scheduled to begin his criminal jury trial instead pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing six pounds of methamphetamine to distribute. Felix Franz Forjan, 71, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. According to the plea […]

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Missouri Attorney General’s office secures conviction in 2015 assault case in Scott County Jail

On Friday, April 30, 2021, a jury convicted William Henry, AKA William Henry Applewhite III, of three counts of Assault on a Corrections Officer in the First Degree and three counts of Armed Criminal Action in the First Degree. The defendant was housed in the Scott County Jail awaiting trial on murder charges when the […]

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Polo man facing multiple charges after fleeing from the scene of a crash

A Polo man faces multiple felonies after he allegedly fleeing the scene of an accident last week. Thirty-three-year-old Justin Arthur Martin has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, operating a vehicle on a highway without a valid license—third and subsequent offense, and resisting arrest, detention, or stop by fleeing. He also faces the […]

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Bipartisan coalition of lawmakers hope to fund free tampons, pads in Missouri prisons

(Missouri Independence) – In Missouri, incarcerated women’s access to feminine hygiene products depends on where they’re housed. Some are forced to pay to buy tampons and pads to meet their needs, while others are provided with such low-quality products they end up having to make their own. A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers hopes to change that […]

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Powersville man facing multiple allegations after arrest on Sunday

A resident of Powersville faces multiple accusations following his arrest Sunday afternoon in Putnam County. Forty-year-old Anthony Pearson was taken on a 24-hour hold to the Putnam County Jail. The highway patrol has accused Pearson of felony possession of methamphetamine and felony endangering the welfare of a child. Pearson also is accused of unlawful possession […]

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Audio: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Looks to reduce teacher shortage

Missouri is facing a teacher shortage, and for Teacher Appreciation Week, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is working to inspire more high school and college students to consider becoming educators.     Halley Russell a government teacher at Jackson High School, said the shortage is nothing new but is getting more attention with the […]

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Missouri man pleads guilty to multiple counts of possessing illegal firearms, drug trafficking; faces at least 20 years in prison

A Missouri man has pleaded guilty in federal court to multiple charges of illegally possessing firearms, including stolen firearms, and drug trafficking. Brandon L. Hill, 33, of Independence, Missouri, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays on Thursday, April 29, to three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, two counts […]

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DEA collects nearly 840,000 pounds of unwanted medications during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day collected 839,543 pounds (419.7 tons) of unused, expired, and unwanted medications across the country. Americans once again showed their dedication toward helping prevent addiction and potential overdose by removing prescription pills from their homes. The April event included 4,425 community partners at 5,060 collection sites throughout the country. “DEA’s […]

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Man from Coffey facing a multitude of charges after Department of Social Services investigation

A Coffey man faces multiple charges after a Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Division investigation at a residence in Coffey on April 28th. Forty-five-year-old David Jonathan Girsch has been charged in Daviess County with the felonies of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, and two counts of […]

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Audio: Missouri’s trucking industry is struggling to keep up with demand during the pandemic

Missouri’s trucking industry is struggling to keep up with demand during the pandemic.  Ann Bauza, with MTC Truck Driver Training, says the industry continues to deal with a truck driver shortage.     Bauza tells KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau that trucking companies are finding ways to recruit new drivers, including pay increases and bigger bonuses. […]

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California man charged in Missouri with trafficking more than four kilos of fentanyl

A California man was charged in federal court with transporting more than four kilograms of fentanyl from Los Angeles, California, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, aboard a bus that stopped at a Kansas City, Missouri station. Miguel Angel Duran, 28, was charged with one count of possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute in a criminal complaint […]

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DEA announces new initiative called “Project Wave Breaker” to disrupt flow of fentanyl into the United States

The Drug Enforcement Administration announced a new initiative, Project Wave Breaker, to disrupt the flow of deadly fentanyl into the United States. Project Wave Breaker will direct interdiction, enforcement, and outreach efforts to high-impact areas to disrupt the flow of fentanyl in and around the United States. The initiative will also employ analytical intelligence assets […]

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Southern Missouri man arrested for possession of child porn

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control announces the arrest of Steven Michael Williams, 27, of Springfield, Missouri, on Thursday, April 22, 2021, for possession of child pornography. The arrest resulted from an investigation conducted by members of the Division of Drug and Crime Control’s Digital Forensics Investigative Unit and the […]