Child Sex Crimes

Missouri trucker pleads guilty to transporting minors for sex

A Republic, Missouri, truck driver pleaded guilty in federal court to transporting two Missouri teenagers across state lines and sexually assaulting them. Cleveland Lee Crumsey, 37, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of transporting a minor across state lines to engage in criminal sexual activity. By pleading guilty, […]

Charges Dismissed

Additional charges dismissed against Trenton man in Daviess County

Two more charges have been dismissed in Daviess County for a Trenton man previously accused of felony drug possession, even though supporters said he has a medical marijuana card. Online court information indicates charges most recently dismissed for 48-year-old Jamie Leon Wilson include the misdemeanors of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia—prior offender and no insurance. […]

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St. Joseph man sentenced to 15 years in $2.1 million meth conspiracy in Buchanan, Clinton, and Nodaway counties

A St. Joseph, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court for leading a $2.1 million conspiracy that distributed more than 100 kilograms of methamphetamine in Buchanan, Clinton, and Nodaway counties. James Patrick Pardee II, 29, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 15 years in federal prison without parole. The court also […]

Child Pornography

Missouri man pleads guilty to child pornography after lost cell phone is found at truck stop

A Belton, Missouri, man whose lost cell phone containing child pornography was found at a truck stop, pleaded guilty in federal court. Christopher Lee Caven, 39, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Maughmer to receiving child pornography over the internet. By pleading guilty, Caven admitted that he used his cell phone to receive […]

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Mexican national pleads guilty to illegally entering the United States eight times

A Mexican national pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to illegally entering the United States for the eighth time. Jesus Vargas-Melendez, 40, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Maughmer to unlawfully reentering the United States after having been previously deported. By pleading guilty, Vargas-Melendez admitted that he illegally entered the United States […]

Crime and Courts

Suspended prison sentences handed down in Division One of Grundy County court

Sentencing was held Thursday in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court for Humphreys resident Christi Sims who had pleaded guilty in November to a felony drug possession charge from July 5th. Circuit Judge Thomas Alley sentenced Ms. Sims to four years with the Department of Corrections. Execution of the sentence was suspended and she […]

Guilty Plea

Missouri man who led police on high-speed chase in stolen vehicle pleads guilty to illegal weapons

A Kansas City, Missouri, man who led police officers on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally possessing a firearm. Chance Ayers, 25, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. On March 12, 2019, a […]