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Man pleads guilty to obtaining over $700,000 in COVID-19 relief using fraud scheme

A Washington man pleaded guilty today to perpetrating a scheme to fraudulently obtain COVID-19 relief guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Nicholas L. McQuaid, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s […]

Child Sex Crimes

Man convicted of multiple obscenity crimes involving children

A man was convicted by a federal jury for operating a website dedicated to publishing writings that detailed the sexual abuse of children. Nicholas L. McQuaid, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Gregg Sofer, U.S. Attorney of the Western District of Texas; and Luis M. Quesada, Special Agent in Charge of […]

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Woman accused of stealing drugs from Daviess County Nursing and Rehab in Gallatin pleads guilty

A Bethany woman accused of stealing drugs from Daviess County Nursing and Rehab in Gallatin pled guilty in three cases in Daviess County this week. Twenty-seven-year-old Allison Deann Derwinis pled guilty, in one case to the felonies of stealing—controlled substance/meth manufacturing material and possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of synthetic […]

Division One of Circuit Court

Judge hands down prison sentences in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court

The judge faced a busy docket on Thursday, January 15, 2021, in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court. Probation was revoked for Trenton resident Emily Marie Hendee when she admitted to violations. The court ordered her to serve previously-imposed sentences with the Department of Corrections, including five years for passing a bad check and […]

Child Sex Crimes

Registered sex offender pleads guilty to illicit sex with a 14-year-old Missouri child he met on Facebook

A registered sex offender pleaded guilty in federal court to crossing state lines to engage in illicit sexual activity with a 14-year-old Missouri victim he met on Facebook. Montoryon Harris, 44, of from Kansas City, Kansas pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to one count of traveling across state lines to engage […]

Court News

Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court news for Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Among cases Tuesday, in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court, two defendants waived preliminary hearings and were bound over to appear Thursday in Division One of circuit court. Ashley Rose Tharp is charged with felony stealing from November 8th. Brandon Brewer of Kirksville has four counts stemming from December 4th. Brewer is accused […]

Sex Crime

Columbia man found guilty of sex crimes against nursing home resident in Sullivan County

A Columbia man has been found guilty of the felonies of sexual abuse—first and second degree—aggravated sexual offense. A jury returned the verdict for 41-year-old Jason Shade after a three-day trial in Sullivan County with the court ordering a sentence and assessment report be completed. Sentencing is scheduled for March 8. Shade’s charges stemmed from […]

Police Chase or Pursuit

Missouri man pleads guilty to illegal firearm following police chase in stolen truck

An Independence, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally possessing a firearm following a police chase in a stolen pickup truck. John D. Seger, 28, of Independence, Missouri, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to being a felon in possession of a firearm. By pleading guilty, Seger admitted that he was […]

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Man from Missouri pleads guilty to meth conspiracy, faces 10 years in prison

A Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Camden County, Missouri. Stephen Joseph Sanchez, 35, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Willie J. Epps Jr. to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Co-defendant Jo Marie Pollina, 37, of Kansas City, Mo. pleaded guilty to […]