Survey

State task force invites Missourians to complete survey on rights of sexual assault victims and survivors

A new state task force is seeking comments and suggestions from the public on how to strengthen protections and services for Missouri sexual assault victims. Comments and suggestions are being gathered through an online survey at this link. The survey closes on September 30, 2021. The Missouri Rights of Victims of Sexual Assault Task Force […]

Chillicothe Missouri Police Department

Livingston County Sheriff’s Department and Chillicothe Police Department to operate from same building

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office and Chillicothe Police Department have announced plans to operate out of the same building. Sheriff Steve Cox and Police Chief Jon Maples brought the plans to the city administrator and county commission, and the plans are moving forward. The goal date for moving is May 10th. The Chillicothe Police Department […]

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Bill banning trans students from sports teams by gender wins support of Missouri House

(Missouri Independent) – After hours of fierce debate that spanned the course of two days, the Missouri House on Wednesday signed off on a prohibition on transgender students participating on the sports teams that match their gender identity. The provision, offered as an amendment by Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, to House Bill 1141 was adopted by a vote […]

Child Sex Crimes

Former Tina-Avalon teacher charged with sodomy and rape of a student

A former Tina-Avalon physical education teacher has been charged in Carroll County after an alleged sexual assault in late March or early April 2020 involving a student. Twenty-four-year-old Preston McMullen faces felony charges of first-degree sodomy or attempted sodomy, second-degree statutory rape, and sexual contact with a student. His bond is $250,000 cash or licensed […]

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Audio: Two police officers in Missouri jailed after being charged with rape

Two St. Louis police officers have been charged with the sexual assault of four women, including claims of drugging at least one woman’s drink.     The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports 38-year-old Lafeal Lawshea is accused of raping two women in 2009 and then sexually assaulting a civilian police department employee in 2019. He […]

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt

Biden administration urged to remove unlawful immigrants convicted of sex crimes

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has led a coalition of 18 states in urging President Biden, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Johnson, to reverse the Biden Administration’s last-minute cancellation of Operation Talon. Operation Talon is a nationwide ICE operation that focuses on removing illegally present convicted sex […]

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Attorney General William P. Barr announces updates on Operation Legend

At a press conference in Chicago today, Attorney General William P. Barr announced updates on Operation Legend, a law enforcement initiative launched in Kansas City, Mo., in July and since expanded to eight more cities. Since the operation’s launch, there have been more than 2,000 arrests, including defendants who have been charged in state and […]

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Several new laws go into effect in Missouri today

Several bills become law today that the Missouri Legislature passed during the second regular session of the 100th General Assembly. Here is a snapshot of the top bills approved by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Mike Parson: Partial motorcycle helmet law repeal House Bill 1963 is a sweeping transportation bill allowing motorcycle drivers 26 years and […]

Crime

Operation LeGend results in 59 more arrests, including seven murder suspects

U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison announced today that 59 additional arrests have been made in the past week by local and federal law enforcement officers in Operation LeGend, for a total of 156 arrests since the start of the operation. Among those arrested since Aug. 1, new federal charges have been filed against six defendants, for […]

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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 […]

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Grand jury in Missouri indicts former priest on sodomy charges

A retired Roman Catholic priest from southern Missouri has now been indicted by a grand jury in southeast Missouri’s Stoddard County, for alleged sexual abuse of minors. The grand jury has indicted 76-year-old Frederick Joseph Lutz on two counts of forcible sodomy and two counts of deviate sexual assault. This is a superseding indictment, which […]

Sexual Assault

Missouri State Highway Patrol seeking assistance from public in sexual assault investigation

Following the recent arrest of a Kansas couple, the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control is seeking further information for an ongoing sexual assault investigation in the Lake of the Ozarks area. In January, Carl Mort, 41, and Cassandra Wedeking, 39, of Overland Park, Kansas, were formally charged by the Morgan […]