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After winter cold snap drove up natural gas prices, utilities grapple with who should pay

(Missouri Independent) – Penalties that Spire Missouri issued to suppliers who failed to provide natural gas during a February cold snap that forced power outages across the Midwest could drive bills for hospitals, schools, and businesses to astronomical levels, according to a trio of complaints pending before state regulators. During the worst of the cold snap in February, […]

Child Porn Charges

Brookfield man charged with 33 counts of child pornography pleads “Not Guilty

A Brookfield man charged with 33 counts of felony possession of child pornography, first offense has pleaded not guilty in Division One of Linn County Circuit Court. Forty-four-year-old James Dean Jackson waived formal arraignment, and the case was continued to August 3rd. Jackson has also been charged with two counts of felony sexual exploitation of […]

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Court news for the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

A Trenton man accused of driving a pickup and hitting the side of a business building has been sentenced in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Braden Mark Spicer of rural Trenton pleaded guilty on Tuesday to an amended charge of misdemeanor, leaving the scene of an accident, and to one count of […]

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North Central Missouri Board of Trustees address lengthy agenda at latest meeting on Tuesday

The North Central Missouri Board of Trustees received a consolidated budget update on May 25, 2021. The 2021-2022 budget projection includes total operating revenue of $11,111,547. With auxiliary operations of $12,151,045, the total consolidated income is projected at $13,262,592. Revenues include $7,433,078 for tuition and fees and $2,939,169 in state appropriations. The budget projection also […]

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Conservation Commission approves CWD regulation changes by Missouri Department of Conservation

The Missouri Conservation Commission recently approved proposed regulation changes from the Missouri Department of Conservation related to chronic wasting disease surveillance and management efforts. The changes were approved at the Commission’s May 21 open meeting. They add four counties to the CWD Management Zone and reinstate mandatory CWD sampling requirements. The approved MDC regulations add […]

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Gallatin Board of Aldermen approve ordinance regarding wastewater collection

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen approved an ordinance on May 10th authorizing the city to enter into an engineering service agreement regarding a wastewater collection system evaluation facility plan. City Administrator Lance Rains reports the agreement with All-State Consultants involved a Small Community Engineering Assistance Program (SCEAP) grant. The company evaluated the infiltration and inundation […]

Court News

Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court news for Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Preliminary hearings were waived on Tuesday, May 11, by at least three defendants in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Keith Edward Larson of Bethany is charged with felony stealing of a vehicle. He was bound over to the Division One session on Thursday, May 13, 2021. Trenton resident Tracie Leigh Todd is […]

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Governor Parson announces Missouri to end all pandemic-related unemployment benefits

To address workforce shortages across the state, Governor Mike Parson directed the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to notify the U.S. Department of Labor that Missouri will end participation in all federal pandemic-related unemployment insurance programs effective Saturday, June 12 at 11:59 p.m. “From conversations with business owners across the state, we know […]

Child Porn

Brookfield man charged with 33 counts of child porn bound to Division One of Linn County Circuit Court

A case has been bound over to Division One of the Linn County Circuit Court for a Brookfield man charged with 33 counts of felony possession of child pornography—first offense. Forty-four-year-old James Dean Jackson waived a preliminary hearing on May 6th. He is to appear for an arraignment in Division One on June 8th. Jackson […]

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Jury trial scheduled for teenager accused of inappropriately touching child at daycare center

A two-day jury trial has been scheduled in Linn County for a Meadville resident accused of inappropriately touching a child less than 12 years old at a Meadville daycare. The trial will begin on November 16th for 18-year-old Leeroy Nickell. A pre-trial conference is set for October 5th. Nickell waived formal arraignment and entered a […]

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Pattonsburg man charged with multiple counts of child molestation pleads “Not Guilty”

A Pattonsburg man charged with multiple counts of child molestation pleaded not guilty in Division One of Daviess County Circuit Court on April 14th. Seventy-three-year-old Steven Dale Lawrence waived formal arraignment and his motion for a change of judge was sustained. The case was assigned to Judge R. Brent Elliott. The case was continued to […]

Manslaughter

Manslaughter case where woman’s mother died of malnutrition set for trial

A jury trial has been scheduled in Caldwell County for a Polo woman charged with involuntary second-degree manslaughter after her mother’s death. The trial for 42-year-old Rachel Nichols is scheduled for October 25th. A pre-trial conference is on October 12th. She waived formal arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty on April 13th. A […]

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Wollard pleads “Not Guilty” to six counts of endangering the welfare of a child

A man charged with six counts of felony first degree endangering the welfare of a child, creating substantial risk, pleaded not guilty in Division One of Livingston County Circuit Court on April 8th. Twenty-one-year-old Cloyce Oliver Wollard waived formal arraignment, and his case was continued to May 6th for a plea or trial setting. Co-defendant […]

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Co-defendant in illegal daycare case bound to Division One of Livingston County Circuit Court

A man accused of operating an illegal daycare out of a home in Chillicothe had his case certified to Division One of Livingston County Circuit Court on April 7th.  Twenty-one-year-old Cloyce Oliver Wollard waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Arraignment is scheduled for April 8th. Wollard and co-defendant 24-year-old Jessica Maurine Busker of Chillicothe […]

Wire Fraud

Branson performer pleads guilty to fraud scheme

A performer at a Branson, Missouri, theater pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing more than $85,000 from hundreds of his own audience members who donated to his non-existent charity for foster children. “For several years, this performer took advantage of his own audiences by pulling at their heartstrings while stealing from their pockets,” said […]

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Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court news for Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Among cases Tuesday in Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Preliminary hearings were waived by Floyd Wayne Jarrett of Galt, Marquise Terrell Jones of Trenton, Vance Allen Gannon of rural Trenton, and James LeRoy Houk of Princeton. Each had their cases bound over to the docket for tomorrow’s session of Division One of Grundy […]

Missouri Coronavirus

Twelve Months Later: Despite pandemic, Missouri moved forward

Since the first presumptive positive COVID-19 case was detected in Missouri one year ago, Governor Mike Parson and his administration have worked continuously to combat the virus, keep Missourians safe, and move Missouri’s economy forward.  “Since COVID-19 struck Missouri one year ago, we have worked nonstop to take a balanced approach, fight the virus, and […]