Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

USDA implements measures to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by COVID-19

USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep customers, partners, and stakeholders updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America. Rural Housing Service Single-Family Housing Effective March 19, borrowers with USDA single-family housing Direct […]

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Drake Kately pleads “Not Guilty” in Mercer County Circuit Court

A Kansas City man who reportedly escaped from the Mercer County Jail twice in August waived formal arraignment and plead not guilty to multiple charges in multiple cases in Division One of Mercer County Circuit Court this week. Twenty-eight-year-old Drake Andrew Kately has been charged in one case with the felonies of first-degree assault or […]

Crime and Courts

Three waive preliminary hearings during Tuesday session of Grundy County court

Three defendants waived preliminary hearings on Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Spickard resident John Ervin Peterson has been charged with two counts of receiving stolen property on February 16th. St. Joseph resident Kellie Sue Holtman faces two counts from January 27th: stealing a motor vehicle and stealing of $750 or […]

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Three from Chillicothe accused of first-degree assault in front of tavern

Three Chillicothe men accused of inflicting serious physical injury to someone by punching and striking that person in front of Saale’s Tavern in Chillicothe in December have been charged in Livingston County with assault in the first degree. Bond was denied for Trey Clinton McLemore while Collin Edward Donoho posted an appearance bond, and Aaron […]

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Man who escaped from Mercer County Jail certified to Division One of circuit court

A Kansas City man who reportedly escaped from the Mercer County Jail twice in August had several cases certified to Division One of Circuit Court this week. Twenty-eight-year-old Drake Andrew Kately waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and no bond modification was requested or ordered. Misdemeanor charges from two Mercer County cases were certified […]

Guilty Plea

Missouri business owner pleads guilty to evading $300,000 in employment taxes

An Ozark, Missouri, man has pleaded guilty in federal court to failing to pay more than $300,000 in employment taxes for his businesses in Springfield. John P. Hardwick, 51, waived his right to an indictment and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to a federal information that charges him with attempting to […]

Crime and Courts

Several face judge in Tuesday session of Grundy County court

Three defendants waived preliminary hearings during Tuesday’s session of Associate Division, Grundy County Circuit Court. Two men from Chicago, are to appear in Division One of Circuit Court on felony charges of fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance at a Grundy County business on January 28th. George Ernie Almond had his case moved to […]

Not Guilty Plea

Chillicothe woman accused of shaking baby enters “Not Guilty” plea

A Chillicothe woman accused of shaking a three-month-old girl during a feeding session entered a plea of “not guilty” in Division One of Livingston County Circuit Court. Beatrice Josephine Anderson waived formal arraignment, and the case was continued to March 3rd for a plea or trial setting. She was continued on bond which was previously […]

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Woman accused of shooting incident in Unionville waives preliminary hearing

A Columbia woman taken into custody following an investigation of a shooting in Unionville in December waived a preliminary hearing in the Associate Division of Putnam County Circuit Court. The court accepted 22-year-old Victoria Hope Larsen’s waiver, and the case was bound over to appear in Division One on February 19, 2020. She and co-defendant […]