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Former Tina-Avalon physical education teacher pleads “Not Guilty” to rape, sodomy and sexual contact

A former Tina-Avalon R-2 physical education teacher accused of having sexual contact with a student entered a plea of not guilty in the Associate Division of Carroll County Circuit Court Wednesday. Twenty-five-year-old Preston McMullen of Smithton was continued to June 16th. McMullen has been charged with the felonies of sodomy or attempted sodomy—first degree, statutory […]

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Families and Friends of the Developmentally Disabled’s Walk Against Hunger raises over $2K

More than $2,100 was raised during the Families and Friends of the Developmentally Disabled’s Walk Against Hunger last week. FFDD Executive Director Kayla Graham and some walk participants April 30th presented a $1,052.50 check to Bright Futures Trenton and another $1,052.50 to Backpack Buddies of Grundy County. Twenty-four Families and Friends of the Developmentally Disabled […]

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Unionville man facing felony child abuse charges after dropping 3-month old daughter on her head three times

A Unionville man has been charged in Putnam County after allegedly dropping his three-month-old daughter on her head three times. Twenty-seven-year-old Tyler James Hurt faces felony abuse or neglect of a child—serious emotional or physical injury—no sexual contact. Bond was set at $25,000 cash only, and an initial appearance in court is scheduled for May […]

Underage Drinking and Driving DWI

Driver injured in Macon County crash west of Bevier; driver accused of driving while intoxicated

A Macon county accident late Wednesday night resulted in the driver being injured and accused of alcohol-related offenses. Twenty-year-old Kade Shaver of Callao received serious injuries when the pickup traveled off Highway 36 and struck a tree. Shaver was not using a seat belt, and the truck was demolished in the accident one mile west […]

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Milan man charged with rape and sodomy in case regarding 16-year-old girl at a party

A Milan man accused of raping a 16-year-old girl at a party earlier this month has been charged with four felonies. Twenty-four-year-old Zakaria Zouon faces charges of second-degree statutory sodomy, first-degree rape or attempted rape, second-degree rape, and second-degree statutory rape. Bond was set at $75,000 cash only. A probable cause statement from Sullivan County […]

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Brookfield man facing charges of assault and armed criminal action

A Brookfield resident accused of swinging a broken bottle at another person in the 300 block of Sanford Street in Brookfield on April 19 faces charges. Twenty-year-old Gabriel Michael Donovan has been charged in Linn County with the felonies of second-degree assault and armed criminal action. A probable cause statement from Brookfield Police Officer Austin Lucky […]

Child Sex Crimes

Former Tina-Avalon teacher charged with sodomy and rape of a student

A former Tina-Avalon physical education teacher has been charged in Carroll County after an alleged sexual assault in late March or early April 2020 involving a student. Twenty-four-year-old Preston McMullen faces felony charges of first-degree sodomy or attempted sodomy, second-degree statutory rape, and sexual contact with a student. His bond is $250,000 cash or licensed […]

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Grundy County Sheriff reports arrest of five area individuals

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of several area residents in the last couple of days. Forty-year-old Lori Ann Pennington of Trenton was arrested April 14th on felony driving while intoxicated—aggravated and misdemeanor driving while revoked or suspended—second or third offense. Bond is $5,000 cash only, and she is scheduled for the Associate […]

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Senator Hawley introduces the “Trust-Busting for the Twenty-First Century Act”

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced the Trust-Busting for the Twenty-First Century Act, new legislation to take back control from big business and return it to the American people. Senator Hawley’s bill will crack down on mergers and acquisitions by mega-corporations and strengthen antitrust enforcement to pursue the breakup of dominant, anticompetitive firms. Senator Hawley […]

Motorcycle Crash

Motorcycle rider strikes deer in roadway on Highway 129

A Unionville man, operating a motorcycle, was injured on Sunday afternoon when he attempted to avoid a deer in the road, and the machine overturned on Highway 129, eight miles north of Green City. Twenty-eight-year-old Carl Mendenhall received moderate injuries and was transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. Mendenhall was not using safety […]