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Mercer teenager charged with burglary and assault

A Mercer resident faces multiple felony charges after she allegedly entered a residence in Mercer County on November 16 without consent and punched someone in the residence multiple times. Online court information shows 18-year-old Alexis Graham has been charged with first-degree burglary, unlawful use of a weapon involving exhibiting, and third-degree assault. Bond was set at […]

Jail or Prison Escape

Inmate being held in Mercer County jail attempts escape

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department reports a female inmate left the Mercer County Jail on Wednesday evening, November 17 but was caught by a deputy. Mercer County Sheriff Jose Lopez reports that a deputy went into the cell to check on a woman who was threatening or attempting to commit suicide. While addressing the issue, […]

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Report confirms disparities in getting behavioral health support

Women and young people have faced increased behavioral health challenges since before the pandemic, according to a new report, which assessed the state of well-being for women and children. The study from the United Health Foundation looked at more than 100 measures, from physical health to emotional, social, and behavioral health determinants. Dr. Ravi Johar, chief […]

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Mandatory 10-digit dialing in 660, 816 and 516 area codes to begin on October 24

The Federal Communications Commission has adopted 988 as a new three-digit number to be used nationwide to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline. The use of this new three-digit number will begin on July 16, 2022. The FCC is implementing this new three-digit number in an effort to simplify the hotline’s […]

U.S.Senator Josh Hawley

Audio: Hawley challenges U.S. Defense Secretary about troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

America’s top military leaders are facing tough questions today from the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee about the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan. The committee hearing follows the Biden Administration’s plan to withdraw troops before thousands of U.S. civilians and Afghan allies were removed from the country and 13 U.S. service members were killed by […]

Farm Safety Week 2021

University of Missouri Extension offers services to help farm families with mental health

Farmers tend to put their families and farm before themselves, but neither can operate unless farmers take care of themselves physically and mentally, says Karen Funkenbusch, University of Missouri Extension health and safety specialist. During National Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 19-25, Funkenbusch reminds farm and ranch families that MU Extension free offers resources […]

Out of Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to host Out of the Darkness Northwest Missouri Walk in Bethany

A walk will be held in Bethany to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The Out of the Darkness Northwest Missouri Walk will be at the South Harrison High School on September 18th. Registration will begin at noon, and the walk will start at 1 o’clock. There will be a raffle, merchandise, […]

Medical Marijuana and Veterans

Veterans Administration sending mixed messages to vets about cannabis use to treat PTSD

(Missouri Independent) – Despite increasing legal access to medical and recreational cannabis in states across the U.S., veterans face unfair treatment and stigmatization because the U.S.  refuses to recognize marijuana as a viable treatment option.  While the VA has embraced the federally illegal status of the drug, agency policy does not allow discrimination against veterans […]

Suicide Prevention

Wright Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions speaks about the importance of talking about suicide

September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness month. Wright Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program is working to raise awareness and educate the community on the risk factors and warning signs of suicide. Talk of suicide should never be dismissed. If you, or someone you know, are thinking of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds school personnel, parents and students about Courage2Report program

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds school personnel, parents, and students the Courage2ReportMO program provides a safe and confidential way to report any concerns regarding their safety or the safety of others. These concerns may include assault, bullying/repeated harassment, cyberbullying, fighting, guns, homicide, human trafficking, knife, planned school attack, imminent school shooting, school shooting threat, […]

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Senator Hawley introduces legislative agenda to hire 100,000 new police officers

Ahead of President Biden’s Wednesday address on the spiking crime throughout America, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) rolled out his own legislative agenda to hire 100,000 new police officers, boost police morale, and keep American families safe. As violent crime continues to plague the country, communities and law enforcement officers are under siege. Homicides are dramatically increasing across American cities, and violent […]

Audio: St. Peters woman in jail after “suicide pact” goes horribly wrong.

A St. Peters woman accused of strangling her adult daughter told police she killed her as part of a suicide pact.     The St. Louis Post Dispatch says 69-year-old Donna J. Scuderi, has been charged with first-degree murder in the asphyxiation death of her 39-year-old daughter, Laura Scuderi, at their St. Peters home. In […]

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Mercer County Sheriff responds to call of suicidal juvenile

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office reports a Children’s Division worker negotiated a peaceful outcome with a suicidal juvenile in Princeton on May 17th. The sheriff’s office and Mercer County Ambulance District responded to the residence where the juvenile was reportedly holding a knife to his or her chest. The ambulance transported the youth to a […]

Suicide Prevention

North Central Missouri Mental Health Center to hold suicide prevention event

The North Central Missouri Mental Health Center in Trenton will provide information and resources on suicide prevention mental health awareness at an event next week. Training will also be provided on several topics on May 25th from 6 to 8 p.m. Topics to be covered include suicide prevention; Question, Persuade, Refer and Crisis Access for […]

Justice Department

Justice Department releases $58 million in solicitations to combat the distribution of illicit drugs and improve officer wellness

The Justice Department announced that the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) has released approximately $58 million in three grant solicitations that will advance community policing, help combat the dual scourges of opioid and methamphetamine use, and promote the health and safety of our nation’s law enforcement officers. “The grant solicitations announced will […]

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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 […]

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MU Extension to offer free 1-hour suicide prevention class

An hour of your time could save a life as the University of Missouri Extension will offer free one-hour suicide prevention training sessions online in April and May. QPR Gatekeeper Training helps participants “question, persuade and refer” someone who may be suicidal, says MU Extension health and safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch. QPR was created in […]