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34-year-old man pleads guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS

Thirty-four-year-old Kristopher Sean Matthews (aka Ali Jibreel) admitted to conspiring to provide material support to the designated foreign terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham/Syria (aka ISIS), announced Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Gregg N. Sofer for the Western District of Texas, and FBI Special Agent in Charge […]

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Kansas City, Kansas man indicted with hate crime for racially-motivated threat of a minor

The Justice Department announced that a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Kansas, returned an indictment charging Colton Donner, 25, with threatening an African-American male juvenile, because of the victim’s race and because the victim was living in a home in Paola, Kansas, in violation of Title 42, U.S. Code, Section 3631. For a separate […]

Unemployment Rate

October unemployment rate in Green Hills counties remains fairly steady

October unemployment rates among area counties remain fairly steady when compared to September. The latest county by county unemployment rates were released on Tuesday, November 24, by the Missouri Division of Employment Security. The majority of area counties have rates below the Missouri unemployment rate of 3.8%. Grundy County’s October rate is 3.4% which is […]

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Five members of Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang charged with murder

Five members of the violent Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) international street gang are set to appear in court following charges of conspiracy and murder in aid of racketeering, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Wilson Jose Ventura-Mejia, 24; Jimmy Villalobos-Gomez, 23; Angel […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to life in prison without parole for 2017 murder

Joshua Oldham was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of probation or parole for the 2017 killing of Marshall “Luke” Helm. Oldham was also sentenced to 30 years for Armed Criminal Action and 10 years for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and all sentences will run consecutively. This case was handled by the […]

Arrest

Grundy County authorities report one arrest for failure to appear in court

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Harrisonville man in Jackson County on November 24th on a capias warrant on failure to appear in court. Thirty-year-old Kevin Michael Miller’s original charges were tampering with a motor vehicle—first degree, stealing—all other property, and delivery of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less […]

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Gallatin Board of Aldermen, with lengthy agenda, approve ordinance related to commercial structures billed for utility cost

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen approved an ordinance on November 23rd establishing rules related to multiple-unit commercial structures to be billed for utility cost of service. City Clerk Hattie Rains explains the ordinance provides a definition and acknowledges that multiple units within the same commercial structure would have to adhere to additional cost of service […]

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With no statewide mandate in Missouri, more local governments are requiring masks

(Missouri Independent) – In early July, the Columbia City Council passed an ordinance requiring everyone over 10 years old to wear a face mask when in close contact with someone from outside their household. Since that vote, a requirement for face masks has been in every health order issued for the city of 123,000 by the Columbia-Boone […]

Court News

Court news for the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court on Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Two Trenton residents, facing drug-related charges, appeared Tuesday in Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Kimberly Sue McCracken pleaded not guilty and waived a preliminary hearing. Her cases were bound over to division one of the circuit court for an arraignment scheduled for December 10th. Docket information shows McCracken posted a $7,500 personal recognizance […]

Veterans

109 veterans have died of COVID-19 in Missouri veterans homes since September 1

The Missouri Veterans Commission’s Veterans Homes continue to fight COVID-19, and according to spokesman Jamie Melchert, they are continuing daily testing using PCR and antigen testing; training on the proper use of PPE and enhanced PPE; cleaning and disinfecting and enhanced training in these areas; infection control inspections and additional training; additional supervision, including from […]

Arrest

Kirksville man arrested in Grundy County for violating order of protection

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Kirksville man on November 23rd on the misdemeanors of violation of an order of protection for an adult and violation of a child protection order, first offense. Forty-nine-year-old Jared Michael Newman’s bond was set at $25,000 cash only, and he was scheduled for the Associate […]