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Biden backs reparations study, as House Democrats push for commission

(Missouri Independent) – The White House on Wednesday indicated that President Joe Biden would support studying reparations for slavery, the same day that House Democrats held a hearing on legislation that would set up a reparations commission. But White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stopped short of saying Biden would sign the bill under consideration […]

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Audio: U.S. Marshals capture southern Missouri man accused of threatening to kill Wright County sheriff and judge

The U.S. Marshals have announced that they’ve captured a southern Missouri man accused of threatening to kill Wright County Sheriff Sonny Byerley, a judge, and their family members.     50-year-old Lonnie Richardson was arrested Monday after marshals and Laclede County Sheriff’s deputies found him hiding in a small camping trailer near southwest Missouri’s Lebanon. […]

Manslaughter

Bond reduced for Polo woman charged with manslaughter in case involving mother’s death

Bond was reduced February 4th for a Polo woman charged with second-degree felony involuntary manslaughter after her mother’s death in November 2019. Online court information shows 42-year-old Rachel Nichols made an oral motion for bond reduction, and the court reduced the bond to $50,000 cash only with 10% allowed with the same special conditions as […]

Murder

Hamilton man charged with murder enters plea of “Not Guilty”

A Hamilton man charged with second-degree murder after a traffic stop in Jamesport in October waived formal arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty on February 1st. Thirty-seven-year-old Frank Randall Allen Bostic’s motion for change of venue was sustained, and the case was transferred from Caldwell County to DeKalb County. The case was continued […]

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Audio: Woman charged with 2nd degree murder in Missouri has been extradited from California.

A woman charged in the murder of her ex-husband and his girlfriend has been extradited to Greene County from the California jail where she had been held.     Twenty-seven-year-old Theresa Cox is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and two counts of armed criminal action in connection with the deaths of Alexander Chute and […]

Audio: Suspects charged with torturing and killing 4-year-old child in Missouri held without bond

A man and woman from western Missouri’s Lincoln are jailed without bond Tuesday, after being charged with murder for the torture and killing of a four-year-old child. Reporter David Oliver from our Springfield television partner KOLR-10 says the child was beaten, submerged in a pond, and left to freeze on the bank, before being taken […]

Crime and Courts

Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court news for Tuesday, December 22, 2020

A former Trenton police officer will continue to be held in jail without bond on felony charges of statutory rape in the second degree. 25-year-old Michael Wilson appeared Tuesday in the Associate Division of the Grundy County Circuit Court. Wilson told the court he has retained his own attorney for the case. A public defender, […]

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Confidential contact visits denied, request for increased security levels for filings granted at hearing for Garland Joseph Nelson

A motion hearing was held in Johnson County on December 22nd for the Braymer man charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of two Wisconsin men. Twenty-six-year-old Garland Joseph Nelson’s motion for confidential contact visits was denied at this time. The state’s request for increased security levels for filings was granted, with […]

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Trenton woman arrested on endangering the welfare of a child

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Trenton woman on December 22nd on felony second degree endangering the welfare of a child in ritual/ceremony. If the charge stating that someone was involved in a ritual or ceremony sounds confusing, that’s because it is. The Grundy County Prosecutor’s office reports the charge should […]

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Volunteer firefighter with Bethany Fire Department charged with arson and animal abuse

A volunteer firefighter with the Bethany Fire Department accused of intentionally setting a fire at a house rented and occupied by his mother and two brothers on December 15th has been charged with second-degree felony arson. Nineteen-year-old Dakota Sean Cox has also been charged with misdemeanor animal abuse. His bond was set at $25,000 cash only, […]