Children playing on floor

Missouri Children’s Division grapple with 80% turnover rate among welfare workers

Missouri has about an 80% turnover rate among child welfare workers on the front lines handling child abuse and neglect cases. They are the ones out there investigating the 60,000 reports made each year through the state’s child abuse and neglect hotline. They are also handling the cases involving the roughly 13,700 foster kids in […]

Child Sex Crimes

Alabama man pleads guilty in Missouri to enticing a minor for sex

An Alabama man pleaded guilty in federal court to enticing a 16-year-old victim, whom he met through the “Game of War” application on her cell phone, to engage in illegal sexual activity. James Reece Vance, 46, of Madison, Ala., pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips. The investigation began when the child victim’s […]

Trooper Matthew Neely awarded Medal of Valor by Governor Parson

Governor awards Missouri Public Safety Medals to first responders and civilians for heroic actions in 2018

Governor Mike Parson awarded Missouri Public Safety Medals to a total of 18 first responders and 6 civilians for heroic and life-saving actions in 2018. The awards are the state’s highest recognition for first responders working as individuals and as members of teams during critical incidents. The civilians were honored for taking on extreme risks […]

Families and Friends of the Developmentally Disabled with Bus

FFDD celebrate Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Grundy County Families and Friends of the Developmentally Disabled Executive Director Kayla Graham explains the designation is to raise awareness of disability employment and celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities. Graham says FFDD is “very fortunate” to have several employers in the community that employs individuals […]

Caleb Kettner

Man who left victim unconscious and lying in road pleads “Guilty”

A Belton man accused of restraining someone, causing the person to lose consciousness twice, and leaving him lying in the road or ditch in Jamesport pleaded guilty in Division One of Daviess County Circuit Court on Wednesday. Amended information was filed for Caleb Kettner, and he waived formal arraignment. He was charged with felony second-degree […]

Charges Filed

Additional charges filed in Mercer County against Drake Kately, charges also filed against Princeton man

Additional felony charges have been filed in Mercer County against the Kansas City man the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office reports has escaped from jail twice. The sheriff’s office notes 27-year-old Drake Kately has not yet been found by law enforcement following his latest escape the night of August 28th. Additional charges for Kately are escape […]

Saousoalii P. Siavii, Jr

Former KC Chiefs player charged with illegal firearms after being tasered while resisting arrest

A former Kansas City Chiefs football player, who was tasered twice while struggling with officers and resisting arrest, was charged in federal court with illegally possessing firearms. Saousoalii P. Siavii, Jr., also known as “Junior,” 40, of Independence, Missouri, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., […]

Daviess County Courthouse

Bond amended by court for men accused of assault and kidnapping in Daviess County

Bond was taken up and amended by stipulation in Division One of Daviess County Circuit Court on Wednesday for a Belton man accused of leaving someone lying in the road or ditch in Jamesport after restraining him and causing him to lose consciousness twice. Online court information shows Caleb Kettner’s bond was reset at $50,000 […]

Rollover Accident

Two from Princeton injured in Sunday rollover crash

Two Princeton residents were injured in a rollover accident Sunday afternoon four miles east of Princeton. The driver, 32-year-old Mirlande Hector, and her passenger, 34-year-old Wenchel Dorzin were taken by emergency medical services to the Wright Memorial Hospital with moderate injuries. The car was westbound when it crossed the center of Highway 136 and drove […]

Trenton Missouri Municipal Airport

Trenton City Council approves development of plans for new hangars at airport

On a split vote, the Trenton City Council approved a motion last night to develop plans that could ultimately lead to the possible construction of new hangars to replace aging facilities at the airport. City Administrator Ron Urton told the council Trenton has $118,000 in Federal Aviation Administration credits that need to be committed or […]