Donald Peckham

Audio: Missouri jury finds 86-year-old former minister to be violent sexual predator

The attorney general’s office has convinced a Jasper County jury in southwest Missouri that an 86-year-old former minister is still at risk of sexually abusing teenage boys.     That’s even after he completed a 15-year prison sentence for the abuse. The unanimous verdict determined that Donald D. Peckham is a sexually violent predator who […]

House Fire

Fire destroys home at Roach Lake south of Chillicothe

A residence at Roach Lake is considered a total loss after a fire on Wednesday morning. The fire is under investigation by the Missouri State Fire Marshal. Chillicothe Fire Chief Eric Reeter reports the residence, owned by Tracy Englert, was fully involved in fire when the Chillicothe Fire Department arrived and requested Dawn, Hale, Wheeling, […]

Crime and Courts

A busy day for Tuesday session of the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court

Preliminary hearings were waived by five defendants during Tuesday’s session in the Associate Division of the Grundy County Circuit Court. Tonya Arlene Baumgartner of rural Spickard is charged with felony driving while intoxicated involving serious physical injury as well as failure to drive on the right half of the road and no proof of insurance […]

Child Pornography

Truck driver, prior sex offender pleads guilty to child pornography

A Kentucky truck driver and prior sex offender pleaded guilty in federal court for transporting child pornography. Gregory Marshall, 58, of Paducah, Kentucky, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool. According to court documents, a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper stopped the tractor-trailer Marshall was driving on U.S. Highway 60 in Wright County, […]

Convicted

Jury convicts two former corrections officers in Missouri of assaulting an Inmate

Two former corrections officers at the Jackson County Detention Center have been convicted by a federal jury of physically assaulting an inmate in violation of his constitutional protection against unreasonable force. “These corrections officers abused their authority by physically assaulting an inmate,” said U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison. “Our Constitution protects every citizen from the use […]

Indictment

Twenty defendants in Missouri indicted in drug-trafficking conspiracy

Twenty defendants, primarily residents of Kansas City, Missouri, have been indicted for their roles in a drug-trafficking conspiracy. Most of the defendants were arrested during a law enforcement operation last week that resulted in seizures of firearms, heroin and other illegal drugs, and large amounts of cash. Ladele D. Smith, also known as “Dellio” and […]

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 […]