Court News

Court news for the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court on Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Probation has been ordered for two Trenton residents who, on Tuesday, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child on November 9 in Trenton. A sentence of 45 days in the Grundy County Jail were issued to Kyle Nathan Wilson and Lacy Jo Vestal. Judge Steve Hudson suspended the execution of […]

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Former Harrison County deputy sheriff sentenced to jail time and probation on tampering charge

A former Harrison County deputy sheriff has been sentenced in Harrison County after he entered a plea of guilty to misdemeanor tampering with a public record. Forty-four-year-old Kevin Lawson of Gilman City was sentenced to six months in jail. The court suspended the execution of the sentence, and he was placed on probation for two […]

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 […]

Pictured from left: Joni Williams, Brylee Williams, and Advisor Bryan Williams.

Brylee Williams of Princeton FFA Chapter named Area 2 Star in Agribusiness

The Missouri FFA Association recognized Brylee Loren Williams of the Princeton FFA Chapter as the Area 2 Star in Agribusiness and one of four finalists at the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention. Her parents are Bryan and Joni Williams of Princeton. Her advisor is Bryan Williams. Area Stars in Agribusiness are selected based upon outstanding work […]

Hansen of Chillicothe Chapter named State FFA Vice President

Chillicothe FFA student named State FFA Vice President for 2021-2022

During the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention, Seth Hansen was named the 2021-2022 State FFA Vice President. Hansen is a member of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter. His parents are Kevin and Bobbi Hansen of Chillicothe. His advisors are Brook Kreatz, Lance Martin, Randy Plattner, and Neal Wolf. Hansen’s supervised agricultural experience program consists of a flock […]

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Missouri FFA to honor members April 30 and May 1 in Sedalia

The Missouri FFA Association will honor fellow members for outstanding achievements April 30 – May 1 at the Mathewson Exhibition Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds, Sedalia. Due to COVID-19-related health concerns, attendance at the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention will be by invitation only. Sessions will be live-streamed at THIS LINK. Convention results will be online […]

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Chillicothe woman accused of operating illegal daycare has bond amended to “own recognizance”

A Chillicothe woman accused of operating an illegal daycare out of a home had her bond amended in the Associate Division of Livingston County Circuit Court on March 29th. Online court information shows 24-year-old Jessica Maurine Busker’s bond was amended to own recognizance posting pending making bond in Greene and Warren counties. No bond was […]

Bomb Threat

Woman threatens to bomb prep school, kill officials and students because school published same-sex wedding announcements

The Justice Department announced today that Sonia Tabizada, 36, of San Jacinto, California, was sentenced to 15 months and 13 days for intentionally obstructing persons in the enjoyment of their free exercise of religious beliefs by threatening to bomb Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, D.C.  In May 2019, school officials announced that Visitation Prep, […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 70 years in prison without parole for sexual exploitation of a minor

A Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court for coercing a minor victim to engage in illicit sexual activity. Tracy Todd Presson, 55, of Gainesville, Missouri was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 70 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Presson to spend the rest of his life […]

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Chillicothe couple accused of operating illegal daycare; both charged with six counts of endangering the welfare of a child

A man and a woman accused of operating an illegal daycare out of a home and having unsanitary living conditions have been charged in Livingston County. Twenty-four-year-old Jessica Maurine Busker of Chillicothe and 21-year-old Cloyce Oliver Wollard (no address given) have each been charged with six counts of felony first degree endangering the welfare of […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 15-years in federal prison for child pornography found on lost phone at truck stop

A Missouri man whose lost cell phone containing child pornography was found at a truck stop was sentenced in federal court. Christopher Lee Caven, 40, of Belton, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 15 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Caven to 12 years of supervised release […]

Sex Trafficking

Defendant sentenced to 36-years in prison on multiple counts of sex and drug trafficking

Prince Bixler, 41, of Lexington, Kentucky, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Wier to 36 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $333,100 in restitution to three sex trafficking victims. In September 2020, a federal jury convicted Bixler of 15 federal felonies related to his […]