Prison Sentence

Judge sentences Missouri man to 15 years in prison for child exploitation crimes

United States District Judge Rodney W. Sippel sentenced Nicholas M. Ray to a term of 15 years in federal prison. Ray previously pleaded guilty to attempting to persuade or coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity and distribution of child pornography in a court appearance held in October 2021. In 2014, Ray was convicted […]

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Registered sex offender sentenced to 15 years in prison for possessing images of child sexual abuse

A man was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for possessing images of the sexual abuse of children. Ian Andrew Zearley, 40, of Louisa County, Virginia, pleaded guilty to possession of obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children in July 2021. According to court documents, Zearley […]

Child Sex Crimes

Missouri man sentenced to 10 years in prison for enticing a minor for illicit sex

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for attempting to meet a law enforcement officer, posing online as a 14-year-old girl, for illegal sexual activity. Darren Wade Lasley, 33, Columbia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to 10 years in federal prison without parole.  On Aug. 18, 2021, Lasley was found […]

Crime and Courts

Court news in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court for Thursday January 13, 2022

Multiple court cases were processed Thursday at the Grundy County Courthouse. Associate Judge Matthew Krohn of Mercer County presided on behalf of Presiding Judge Thomas Alley in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court. Trenton resident Devin Aaron Pierce pleaded guilty to the delivery of a controlled substance or synthetic cannabinoid from October 20th of […]

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Chillicothe man arrested for failure to register as a sex offender

A man has been arrested for alleged felony failure to register as a sex offender less than two weeks after he registered with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department. Twenty-four-year-old Jonathan Patrick Patterson was arrested on January 12th. He registered on January 3rd. Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox reports Patterson was convicted in Livingston County in […]

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Chillicothe woman charged with child abuse after allegedly causing brain bleed and skull fracture in 10 month old baby

A report of a baby being taken by medical helicopter to Children’s Mercy Hospital the night of January 10th with what were described as serious injuries led to the arrest of a 27-year-old woman. Online court information shows Jessica Nicole Gamble of Chillicothe has been charged with abuse or neglect of a child involving serious […]

Court News

News in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court for Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Three defendants waived preliminary hearings on Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Trenton resident Travis Vasey is charged with driving while intoxicated, serious physical injury, and driving in a careless and imprudent manner involving an accident on September 14. Vasey is scheduled for Division One of the circuit court on February […]

Child Sex Crimes

Brookfield man facing child sex crime charges in Linn County, now facing child sex crime charges in Livingston County

A Brookfield man charged with felony first-degree rape or attempted rape in Linn County faces felony charges in Livingston County. Twenty-four-year-old Timothy David Marles II has been charged in Livingston County with two counts of enticement or attempted enticement of a child. No bond is allowed. A probable cause statement says Marles began an online […]

Murder

Two from Chillicothe facing murder charges after death of a child

Two Chillicothe residents have been charged with second-degree murder following an investigation into the death of a child on December 24th. Online court information shows 22-year-old Avery Nicole Young and 46-year-old Christopher Robert Wilson have also each been charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk involving a first offense and […]

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Trenton man arrested for failure to register as a sex offender

A Trenton resident has been charged with four counts of felony failure to register as a sex offender. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Department reports 41-year-old Robert Eugene Ewing was arrested on December 15th. His bond is $5,000 cash only, and he is scheduled for the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court on December 28th. […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 7 years in prison for possessing illegal firearm

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing the firearm he was carrying at the time he was arrested for rape and sex trafficking in Lawrence County, Mo. David Arnold, 48, of Everton, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to seven years and one month in federal prison without […]

Court News

Court news from the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court for Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Three defendants have waived preliminary hearings on felony charges and were bound over to the January session of Grundy County Circuit Court. Robert Joe Singer of Hale is charged with a November 5th arrest for driving while intoxicated chronic offender, misdemeanor possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, no insurance, and […]

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Milan man facing multiple sex-related charges

A Milan man faces multiple sex-related felony charges. Twenty-one year old Brody Allen Smith has been charged with statutory sodomy involving deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 14, first-degree statutory rape or attempted statutory rape involving a person less than 14, statutory sodomy or attempted statutory sodomy involving deviate sexual intercourse with a […]

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Missouri man who contacted hundreds of children through a teen dating website indicted on child sexual exploitation charges

A Missouri, man who contacted hundreds of children through a teen dating website was indicted by a federal grand jury on child sexual exploitation charges. Kody Ryan Kelso, 30, Springfield, was charged in a five-count superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo. The superseding indictment replaces the original indictment that was […]

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Gallatin man arrested for failure to register as a sex offender

A Gallatin man is incarcerated at the Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail following an arrest on Monday. Sixty-seven-year-old Forrest Patrick Kelley has been charged in Daviess County with the felony of failure to register as a sex offender – third offense. Kelley is to be arraigned Tuesday in the Associate Division of Daviess County Circuit Court. Bond […]

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Audio: After an increase in child abuse and neglect cases, five Missouri counties launch regional task force

The Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office has started a new task force meant to combat a rise in child sex crimes in northwest Missouri brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nodaway County Sheriff Randy Strong has seen an increase in abuse due to more people staying home during the pandemic, and more children being home from […]

Missouri State Highway Patrol

Missouri State Highway Patrol arrests Brookfield man on warrants

The Highway Patrol reports the arrest of a Brookfield man in Linn County the morning of December 3rd on two felony Linn County warrants. Forty-five-year-old Thomas Coyle’s warrants were for alleged probation violation on original charges of failure to register as a sex offender and blood alcohol concentration persistent offender. He was taken to the […]