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Two adults, two babies injured in SUV rollover crash near Humphreys

Two adults and two children from Versailles sustained injuries when a sports utility vehicle overturned five miles south of Humphreys the night of May 7th. Thirty-three-year-old David Knotts received serious injuries and was taken to the Truman Medical Center. The passenger, 34-year-old Jennifer Knotts, received moderate injuries and was taken to the Sullivan County Memorial […]

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Former Tina-Avalon physical education teacher pleads “Not Guilty” to rape, sodomy and sexual contact

A former Tina-Avalon R-2 physical education teacher accused of having sexual contact with a student entered a plea of not guilty in the Associate Division of Carroll County Circuit Court Wednesday. Twenty-five-year-old Preston McMullen of Smithton was continued to June 16th. McMullen has been charged with the felonies of sodomy or attempted sodomy—first degree, statutory […]

Child Sex Crimes

Missouri man sentenced to 12 years in prison without parole for transporting a minor for illegal sexual activity

A Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court for transporting a Kansas minor across state lines to engage in criminal sexual activity. Nathan Roger Belcher, 31, of Carl Junction, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 12 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Belcher to serve 20 years on […]

Arrest

Trenton man facing charges after alleged DWI incident on Highway 6

A Trenton man faces multiple charges after an alleged incident on Highway 6 in Grundy County on May 4th. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports 40-year-old Cole Wright was arrested May 5 and has been charged with the felonies of aggravated driving while intoxicated, aggravated, driving while revoked/suspended, and resisting/interfering with an arrest for a […]

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Missouri man pleads guilty to meth trafficking on the day of his trial

A Union, Missouri, man who was scheduled to begin his criminal jury trial instead pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing six pounds of methamphetamine to distribute. Felix Franz Forjan, 71, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. According to the plea […]

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Jury trial scheduled for teenager accused of inappropriately touching child at daycare center

A two-day jury trial has been scheduled in Linn County for a Meadville resident accused of inappropriately touching a child less than 12 years old at a Meadville daycare. The trial will begin on November 16th for 18-year-old Leeroy Nickell. A pre-trial conference is set for October 5th. Nickell waived formal arraignment and entered a […]

Charges Filed

Polo man facing multiple charges after fleeing from the scene of a crash

A Polo man faces multiple felonies after he allegedly fleeing the scene of an accident last week. Thirty-three-year-old Justin Arthur Martin has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, operating a vehicle on a highway without a valid license—third and subsequent offense, and resisting arrest, detention, or stop by fleeing. He also faces the […]

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Bipartisan coalition of lawmakers hope to fund free tampons, pads in Missouri prisons

(Missouri Independence) – In Missouri, incarcerated women’s access to feminine hygiene products depends on where they’re housed. Some are forced to pay to buy tampons and pads to meet their needs, while others are provided with such low-quality products they end up having to make their own. A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers hopes to change that […]

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Audio: Missouri’s law enforcement community honors the state’s fallen officers

Missouri’s law enforcement community has honored the state’s officers who made ultimate sacrifice.     Eight Missouri officers died in the line of duty in 2020. During an annual candlelight vigil and a memorial service over the weekend, their families gathered to remember their loved ones. The fallen officers honored include DeKalb County Sheriff Andy […]

Fugitive takes pursuit off-road, crashes vehicle, then flees into timber before being tracked down by authorities

Fugitive takes pursuit off-road, crashes vehicle, then flees into timber before being tracked down by authorities

Chillicothe Police Department K-9 Enoch and Handler Sergeant Jeremiah Grider assisted the Carrollton Police Department in finding a fugitive on April 30th. The Carrollton Police reports 50-year-old Steven Bittiker of Carrollton was taken into custody after a pursuit and is being held pending formal charges. He was wanted on outstanding felony warrants. The suspect allegedly […]

High speed chase ends in arrest of Illinois man in Linn County

High speed chase ends in arrest of Illinois man in Linn County

A vehicle pursuit that started west of Wheeling on April 24th resulted in the arrest of an Illinois man in Linn County. Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox reports 30-year-old Terrence Turner of Country Club Hills, Illinois has been charged in Livingston County with felony resisting arrest, detention, or stop by fleeing and creating a substantial […]

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Man from Coffey facing a multitude of charges after Department of Social Services investigation

A Coffey man faces multiple charges after a Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Division investigation at a residence in Coffey on April 28th. Forty-five-year-old David Jonathan Girsch has been charged in Daviess County with the felonies of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, and two counts of […]

Charges Filed

Kansas man facing multiple charges in Daviess County after hitting MoDOT truck with his car on I-35

An Overland Park, Kansas man who allegedly fled the scene of a crash involving a Missouri Department of Transportation truck on April 27th has been charged in Daviess County. Forty-year-old James Michael Carpenter faces felony charges of leaving the scene of an accident with property damage exceeding $1,000 and resisting or interfering with an arrest […]

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Audio: North Missouri man jailed without bond at Lake of the Ozarks, charged with using peanuts to try to assault man with allergies

A man from northwest Missouri’s St. Joseph is jailed without bond this (Thursday) afternoon, accused of using peanuts to try to assault a man at Lake of the Ozarks. Reporter J.T. Gerlt from our Versailles affiliate KTKS has the story.     According to the Camden County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, 27-year-old Jacob Andes knew his […]

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Missouri to honor law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty during memorial service on Capitol grounds

The Department of Public Safety announced details of two ceremonies to be held on April 30 and May 1 at the Law Enforcement Memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol to honor Missouri law enforcement officers who paid the ultimate price for protecting their communities. DeKalb County Sheriff Andy Deric Clark will be one […]

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Livingston County Sheriff’s Department temporarily halts some services in preparation for move

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department has temporarily halted some administrative services as it prepares to move into the south part of the Chillicothe Police Department building. Sheriff Steve Cox reports his office will not handle any concealed carry permits or renewals, other fingerprinting, and several other administrative services until May 17th. The public is asked […]

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Three from Albany facing felony charges of financial exploitation of an elderly or disabled person

Three Albany residents accused of not bringing a vehicle to a disabled woman after taking money from her to do so have been charged in Caldwell County. Forty-two-year-old James Michael Gordon II, 36-year-old Trista Boley, and 31-year-old Christa Danielle Lycan face felony charges of financial exploitation of an elderly or disabled person, stealing–$750 or more, […]