Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 17 years in prison without parole for child pornography

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for soliciting images and videos of child pornography from several child victims and others online. Charles Ray Sheppard, 33, Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to 17 years and six months in federal prison without parole. On July 8, 2021, Sheppard pleaded […]

Audit Graphic

Greene County taxpayers footed a $25,000 legal bill in connection with 2017 ballot measure ethics probe

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released the audit of the Greene County Commission that included the involvement of a former Greene County commissioner in a 2017 sales tax ballot measure campaign. Among its findings, the audit found that taxpayers paid more than $25,000 in legal invoices sent to the personal address of now-former Presiding Commissioner […]

Audio: Trafficking investigation of Philippines-based church indicates there could be victims in Missouri

The investigation into alleged sex and labor trafficking by a Philippines-based church indicates there could be victims in Missouri.     Administrators at the Kingdom of Jesus Christ are accused of coercing girls and women to have sex with their church leader under threats of “eternal damnation.” The federal indictment alleges they brought church members […]

Fraud Scheme

Final cease and desist order issued against supplement store fraudster in Missouri

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s Securities Division issued a final cease and desist order against Cutting Edge Supplements, LLC, and Desmond R. Bloss for misusing a $60,000 investment by a Missouri couple. Missouri Commissioner of Securities David Minnick found that between November 28, 2016, and June 30, 2017, Bloss solicited and received investments from a […]

Green Hills Animal Shelter website

Audio: Green Hills Animal Shelter keeps a busy schedule with cats, dogs, fundraising and repairs

The Green Hills Animal Shelter houses dogs and cats to be adopted.  Manager Ronda Michael says the shelter tries to keep about 25 dogs at a time.     Ronda Michael notes anyone wanting to adopt a pet can come to the shelter at 3041 East 10th Street in Trenton.     Information about available […]

Child Exploitation

New York man pleads guilty to sexual exploitation of two 8-year-old sisters in Missouri

A Newburgh, New York, man pleaded guilty in federal court to attempting to produce child pornography after soliciting sexually explicit photos and videos of two 8-year-old twin sisters in Missouri. Charles Junious Adams, 38, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Willie J. Epps, Jr., to one count of attempting to produce child pornography. The father […]

NCMC - North Central Missouri College

NCMC to hold annual “Organization Fair” on August 11th

North Central Missouri College announces its annual Organization Fair will be held on Monday, August 17th. It goes from 11 until 1:30. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NCMC will be limiting in-person participation at the fair to campus organizations only. Local businesses, churches, and other organizations are still encouraged to participate by providing flyers, coupons, […]

United States Attorney Office Website

U.S. Attorney urges the public to report suspected COVID-19 fraud

U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison urges the public to report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19 (the coronavirus) by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud hotline (1-866-720-5721) or writing to the NCDF email address at [email protected] The Department of Justice is committed to preventing, pursuing, prosecuting, and punishing individuals and businesses that take advantage of […]

City of Trenton Website

Trenton City Council agenda to include Real Property Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act

The Trenton City Council will consider approval of an ordinance next week regarding the Real Property Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act for the city. The council will meet at the Trenton City Hall Monday night at 7 o’clock. The ordinance would adopt procedures for soliciting bids for tax increment financing projects under the act. Other […]

Main Street Chillicothe

Main Street Chillicothe Executive Director resigns position

Ben White has resigned as the Executive Director of Main Street Chillicothe and will be taking a position with the state Main Street program, Missouri Main Street Connection. His official last day is November 1st. In his new position, Ben will travel across Missouri and provide training and workshops to new Main Street communities looking […]

Smithville Fire Protection District Website

Missouri State Auditor issues follow-up report on Smithville Area Fire Protection District

A follow-up report by State Auditor Nicole Galloway shows the Smithville Area Fire Protection District has made progress to implement many of the recommendations of a 2018 audit. The citizen-requested audit highlighted improper incentive payments to employees, questionable credit card and travel expenditures, and poor planning for the construction of a fire station by the […]

NCMC - North Central Missouri College

Community participation sought for NCMC Organization Fair

Area businesses, churches, and organizations are invited to participate in the annual North Central Missouri College Organization Fair on Student Orientation Day scheduled for Monday, August 19. The Organization Fair is set to begin at 11 a.m. and will run until approximately 1:30 p.m. Organizations participating will be assigned a table and are welcome to […]

Door to Door Scams

Gallatin Police Department reports complaints of door-to-door salesman

The Gallatin Police Department reports having received several complaints regarding satellite TV salespeople going door to door pressuring people to change satellite services. Authorities in Gallatin say it is against the law for anyone to go door to door in Gallatin attempting to sell a product.  If you as a resident have someone come to your […]