Offenders filling sand bags

Department of Corrections contributes labor and funds to help flood and storm victims

When storms and floods struck the state in the spring and summer of 2019, the Missouri Department of Corrections staff and offenders invested long workdays and hard-earned dollars to help fellow Missourians. Supervised by staff working extra hours outside their usual shifts, more than 350 offenders from Missouri prisons contributed 1,548 workdays to flood relief, filling and placing […]

Suspect Wanted

Missouri man sentenced for illegal firearm, meth trafficking

A Columbia, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm and methamphetamine to distribute. Elfonta Arnaz Stevens, 44, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to seven years and six months in federal prison without parole. On June 5, 2019, Stevens pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine with the […]

Safe Room for Tornado Safety

Missouri schools build “Safe Rooms” for shelter from tornadoes

The Joplin School District has built 14 safe rooms since 2011, when a deadly tornado killed 161, to shelter students and community residents when the next tornado strikes. The safe rooms, constructed to meet Federal Emergency Management Agency specifications, provide near-absolute protection against injury or death in extreme weather events. Made of reinforced concrete and […]

Armed man arrested at Springfield Walmart for threatening behavior, attire

Audio: Armed man arrested at Springfield Walmart for threatening behavior, attire

A heavily-armed gunman gave shoppers at the Walmart Neighborhood Market at Republic and Golden in Springfield a big scare. Springfield Police say the man, who’s 20, walked through the store after 4 o’clock, using his cellphone to video himself while talking to shoppers. Lieutenant Mike Lucas says an off-duty firefighter who had his own gun […]

Gavel and Law book

Man arrested in Chula with two large knives appears before judge

An arraignment was held in the Associate Division of Livingston County Circuit Court Wednesday for a man accused of being armed with two large knives, threatening others outside of a Chula residence, and fleeing from law enforcement Tuesday morning. Online court information shows 32-year-old Todd Grigsby appeared via Polycom video without counsel. Grigsby entered a […]

Brookfield Police Department Vehicle

Man pulls gun and threatens suicide during traffic stop in Brookfield

The Brookfield Police Department reports officers saw a subject pull a handgun and threaten to harm himself during a traffic stop at the west entrance of the Walmart parking lot near Park Circle Drive in Brookfield Monday night. Officers from the police department, Highway Patrol, and Linn County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene, and […]