Court News

Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court news for Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Preliminary hearings were waived on Tuesday by three defendants who appeared in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Each had their cases bound over to the December 9th session of Division One, Circuit Court. Zachary Lee Wilson faces charges of exhibiting and unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action, and first-degree property […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 15 years in prison for illegal firearms

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing firearms after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase from Bolivar, Mo., to Springfield, Mo. Milton W. Sparks, 38, of Aurora, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 15 years in federal prison without parole. On April 15, 2021, Sparks […]

Weed Zapper

Weed electrocution research sparks interest as herbicide resistance impedes current methods

Move over, herbicides. There’s a new sheriff in town. And he’s toting some powerful guns loaded with electricity to kill weeds.  This shocking new method of weed control was demonstrated at the 2021 Pest Management Field Day at the University of Missouri Bradford Research Center in Columbia.  As more weeds develop resistance to herbicides, electrocution […]

Leadership Northwest Missouri 2021 Graduation Photo

Leadership Northwest Missouri class of 2021 graduates 19 from the region

Leadership Northwest Missouri recently held their 2021 graduation ceremony in Cameron at the Cameron Community Center. The celebration began with a welcome by Master of Ceremonies, Julie Robertson, Chair of the Graduation Planning Committee and 2020 LNWMO alum. Tim Wymes, 2020 LNWMO alum, blessed the group with an invocation prior to dinner. Katelyn Addison and […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 21 years in prison without parole for leading meth conspiracy

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in leading a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in southwestern Missouri. Nathen D. Libertus, 31, of Stella, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 21 years in federal prison without parole. On May 20, 2020, Libertus pleaded guilty to participating […]

Life Flight Helicopter

Teenagers from Braymer injured in ATV crash, both life flighted to Children’s Mercy Hospital

The Highway Patrol reports two Braymer teens sustained serious injuries due to the loss of control of an all-terrain vehicle four miles west of Braymer on Thursday evening, May 13th. The driver, a 15-year-old boy, and the passenger, a 15-year-old girl, were transported by air ambulance to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. The ATV […]

Find Your Future

New college/career exploration program helps middle schoolers find their “sparks”

March 2020 would have been the fifth year of Camp CaPow—College Access-Planning Our Way. Held at the University of Missouri’s Family Impact Center in Columbia, Camp CaPow is a weeklong opportunity for middle school students to explore career and postsecondary education options through workshops, tours of Missouri college campuses, meetings with professionals from a range […]

Division One of Circuit Court

Judge hands down prison sentences in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court

The judge faced a busy docket on Thursday, January 15, 2021, in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court. Probation was revoked for Trenton resident Emily Marie Hendee when she admitted to violations. The court ordered her to serve previously-imposed sentences with the Department of Corrections, including five years for passing a bad check and […]

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Eleven defendants indicted for $4.1 million meth conspiracy

Eleven residents in the Kansas City, Missouri, and St. Joseph, Missouri, areas have been added to a federal indictment that now charges a total of 25 defendants for their roles in a $4.1 million drug-trafficking conspiracy that distributed more than 520 kilograms of methamphetamine over three years. Bobbie Lynn King, 51, and Patricia Gail Nelson, […]

Arrest

Grundy County Sheriff reports arrest of two on warrants

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of two area residents on Wednesday, Feb February 5, 2020, on capias warrants involving felony non-support, total arrears in excess of 12 monthly payments due under an order of support. Forty-year-old Robert Eugene Ewing was already in custody on another Grundy County charge. He is accused of […]

Crime and Courts

Four waive preliminary hearings in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court

Four defendants have waived preliminary hearings on various charges and each was given a December 12th date to appear in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court. Sean Philip Biller of Trenton is charged with delivery of a controlled substance or synthetic cannabinoid. Sara Kay Sparks of Spickard is charged with non-support. Both Brandon Tyler May […]

Arrest

Spickard woman arrested at correctional center in Vandalia

A woman who listed a Spickard address has been picked up at the Woman’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Correctional Center in Vandalia. Twenty-six-year-old Sara Kay Sparks was returned to Grundy County to appear in the Associate Division of Grundy County court on Tuesday. Her original charge is a felony for alleged non-support. The Grundy County […]