Operation Legend

Operation LeGend results in 97 arrests to date, including five murder suspects

U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison announced that 97 arrests have been made by local and federal law enforcement officers in less than two weeks since the launch of Operation LeGend.  “This is the impact of a targeted initiative to reduce violent crime, carried out by local and federal law enforcement working together,” Garrison said. “Many of […]

Stephanie Kambamba

Woman charged with murder, involving death of a baby inside Smithfield, bound over to Division One of Circuit Court

A Kirksville woman charged with first-degree murder as well as second-degree murder in Sullivan County following a child death investigation in May was bound over to Division One of Circuit Court Thursday, July 30th. Twenty-Eight-year-old Makuya Stephanie Kambamba is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday, August 5th. Kambamba has also been charged with involuntary manslaughter—first degree, involuntary […]

Measuring a cow's weight

University Missouri Extension pilots beef record-keeping project

The University of Missouri Extension began a three-year project in March to help beef producers improve whole-herd record-keeping. MU Extension specialists in Columbia, Albany, and Savannah worked with three northwestern Missouri producers to record and compare whole-herd production data, said livestock specialist Shawn Deering. By comparing individual and herd data to regional and national standards, […]

Man With A Knife

Kirksville man accused of pulling knife on multiple individuals, places knife against woman’s neck

A Kirksville man accused of pulling a knife on multiple individuals and threatening to kill someone in Kirksville Tuesday faces multiple charges in Adair County. 63 year old Robert McFeely has been charged with burglary—first degree, domestic assault—first degree, assault—second degree, unlawful use of a weapon—exhibiting, endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk—first […]

Child Porn

Transgender Missouri man sentenced to 20 years in prison for possessing child pornography

A Kansas City, Missouri, resident was sentenced in federal court for possessing child pornography. Raul E. Villalva, also known as Isabelle Villalva, a biological male who identifies as a female (transgender woman), 26, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 20 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Villalva […]

Sex Offender

Missouri sex offender sentenced to 33 years in prison after impregnating 14-year-old victim

 A prior sex offender in Carthage, Missouri, who impregnated a 14-year-old victim, was sentenced in federal court for the sexual exploitation of a child. Victor Alfonso Vasquez, 33, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 33 years and nine months in federal prison without parole. On Dec. 16, 2019, Vasquez pleaded guilty […]