Missouri Department of Social Services

Furious lawmakers demand answers from Missouri DSS for undercount of abuse reports

(Missouri Independent) – Lawmakers slammed the Department of Social Services on Thursday for underreporting the number of substantiated cases of abuse and neglect at youth residential facilities during a previous legislative hearing. For nearly an hour-and-a-half on Thursday, the House Special Committee on Government Oversight pressed DSS officials on why the number of findings of […]

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Owners of Christian reform school in Missouri charged with more than 100 counts of abusing girls

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced in a press conference that his office has filed a total of 102 criminal charges against Boyd and Stephanie Householder, who were the owners and operators of the now-defunct Circle of Hope Girls Ranch and Boarding School. Boyd and Stephanie Householder have been arrested and are in custody.   […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 10-years in prison for meth trafficking, illegal homemade firearm

A Missouri, man has been sentenced in federal court for distributing methamphetamine and possessing a homemade firearm. Lyle Scott Jennings, 49, of Butler, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner on Tuesday, Jan. 12, to 10 years in federal prison without parole. On Feb. 10, 2020, Jennings pleaded guilty to participating in a […]

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34-year-old man pleads guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS

Thirty-four-year-old Kristopher Sean Matthews (aka Ali Jibreel) admitted to conspiring to provide material support to the designated foreign terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham/Syria (aka ISIS), announced Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Gregg N. Sofer for the Western District of Texas, and FBI Special Agent in Charge […]

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Attorney General directs Federal Bureau of Prisons to schedule executions for inmates convicted of brutal murders

The United States Attorney General has directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to schedule the executions of three federal-death row inmates sentenced to death for brutal murders, including the murder of a child and, with respect to two inmates, the murder of multiple victims. Alfred Bourgeois abused, tortured, and beat to death his young daughter.  […]

Missouri Senator slams state’s no-bid contract paying firm $829,000 so far

Missouri has paid a consulting firm more than $829,000 so far in federal funding for pandemic response coordination, despite Gov. Mike Parson saying a foundation was paying the tab. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports payroll records show the McChrystal Group has received the federal CARES Act funding from the state, instead of Parson saying earlier […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 30 years in prison without parole for illegal firearm

 An Independence, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing a firearm. Jose D. Drew, 29, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 30 years in federal prison without parole. Drew was sentenced as an armed career criminal due to his prior felony convictions. On Jan. 16, 2020, Drew was found […]

Kidnapping

Princeton man facing four felonies including assault and kidnapping

A Princeton man faces four felonies after an incident Friday. Online court information shows 32 year old Jackie Duane Beaman has been charged with first degree endangering the welfare of a child—first offense—no sexual contact, second degree domestic assault, second degree kidnapping, and unlawful use of a weapon. Bond has been set at $10,000 cash […]

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Authorities arrest Trenton man, extradite two back to Grundy County

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Trenton resident on drug-related charges and the extradition of two other individuals on probation violations in the last few days. Sean Philip Biller was arrested Tuesday and has been charged with the felonies of delivery of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of […]

Immigration

Immigrants’ rights groups slam asylum rules taking effect today

Immigration rights groups, including the ACLU, are vowing to sue to stop the administration’s new asylum rules, which take effect today. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that blocks non-Mexican migrants from applying for asylum if they arrive on the southern border without proof they were refused asylum in the first country they […]

Fatal Crash

Novinger couple killed after tractor-trailer truck slams into pickup

A Novinger couple was killed Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident at Monroe City, in Marion County. The highway patrol reports the driver of a pickup, 77-year-old Janie Goodwin, was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger, 72-year-old Earl Goodwin, died less than an hour later at University Hospital in Columbia. The eastbound pickup attempted […]