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Registered sex offender sentenced to 15 years in prison for possessing images of child sexual abuse

A man was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for possessing images of the sexual abuse of children. Ian Andrew Zearley, 40, of Louisa County, Virginia, pleaded guilty to possession of obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children in July 2021. According to court documents, Zearley […]

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Missouri inmate, freed after serving more than 40 years, sues over medical care in prison

(Associated Press) –  A Kansas City man released from prison after serving more than 40 years for a wrongful conviction is suing the company that provides medical care for Missouri prison inmates. Kevin Strickland alleges in his lawsuit that medical care provided by Corizon LLC officials left him dependent on a wheelchair and able to […]

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Missouri Governor’s budget proposes moving prisoners from Western to Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron

One of the proposals in Governor Mike Parson’s state budget request involves the Cameron prison population. Alisa Nelson of Missourinet provides details on the proposal involving moving operations from the Western Missouri Correctional Center to the nearby Crossroads Correctional Center.  

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Kansas man sentenced to 12 years in Missouri prison for heroin conspiracy

A Kansas man was sentenced in federal court for his role in a heroin trafficking conspiracy. Solomon B. Hawthorne, 31, of Kansas City, Kansas was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips to 12 years and one month in federal prison without parole. The sentence includes a term of two years for violating his federal […]

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December 2021 was the warmest on record in Missouri and Kansas – by a long shot

(Missouri Independent) – Kansas and Missouri logged their warmest average December temperatures on record last month, according to data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Average temperatures over the last half of 2021 were higher than they’ve ever been in either state — and across the country. Meanwhile, despite a devastating cold snap that forced […]

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Trooper serving in St. Joseph and native of Trenton promoted to lieutenant

Captain Clark N. Stratton, commanding officer Troop H, in St. Joseph announced the following promotion effective January 1, 2022. Sergeant Michael P. Quilty, Troop H, has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant and remains assigned to Troop H, St. Joseph, Missouri. Quilty was appointed to the Patrol on January 1, 1997, as a member […]

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North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission recommends names for roads near East Locust Creek Reservoir

At the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission meeting, the Commissioners took up the issue of adopting a “Naming Convention” that will guide the naming of approximately 113 features at or near the East Locust Creek Reservoir ELCR.  Features include, but are not limited to; roads, bridges, branches, coves, points, the marina, boat launch areas, […]

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Novinger man life-flighted to Columbia after crashing on Highway 149

An accident on Monday in western Adair County injured a driver from Novinger. Seventy-three-year-old Richard Entwistle received serious injuries and was flown by medical helicopter to University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia. Entwistle was not wearing a seat belt when the pickup he was driving traveled off Highway 149, struck a tree, and an embankment. […]

Lieutenant Gara Howard promoted to Captain

Lieutenant Gara N. Howard promoted to Captain as of January 1, 2022

The superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the following promotion effective January 1, 2022, Lieutenant Gara N. Howard, Q/RDD, is being promoted to captain and named director of the Criminal Justice Information Services Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, MO. Howard joined the Patrol as a member of the 75th Recruit Class on February […]

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NCMC hosts legislative forum with four state representatives, one senator, two representatives for federal legislators and president of MCCA

Four state representatives, one state senator, two representatives for federal legislators, and the president of the Missouri Community College Association spoke at a forum in Trenton November 29th. The legislative forum was in Cross Hall on the campus of North Central Missouri College. The speakers were asked to answer one question: What is your perspective […]

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Audio: Missouri Western State University requiring masks again, effective immediately

A Missouri University is requiring masks again, effective immediately.     Missouri Western President Elizabeth Kennedy announced the decision in a message to everyone on the St. Joseph campus. Kennedy says the decision was made after the university COVID-19 response team reviewed the coronavirus data for the greater St. Joseph area, observing increases in case […]

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Climate funds in infrastructure bill aimed at drought, wildfires, floods

(Missouri Independent) – The recently passed bipartisan infrastructure bill isn’t just about roads and bridges — it also spends billions to address wildfire, drought, flooding, and other effects from climate change, Interior Department officials said Wednesday. The $1.2 trillion measure, which is awaiting President Joe Biden’s signature after the House cleared it last week, includes pay […]

Rising Food Prices

People are grappling with rising food prices and supply issues

From supply-chain issues to rising food costs, local food shelves are navigating a sea of obstacles in gathering enough supplies for those needing help. Iowa locations say to meet the nutritional needs of clients, the public could help in a variety of ways. The Food Bank of Siouxland, which covers several counties in northwestern Iowa, […]

Audio: Evidence hearing grew tense during testimony in Kevin Strickland case

An evidence hearing grew tense about a man convicted of killing three people in Missouri in 1978. Day three of Kevin Strickland’s hearing continues in western Missouri’s Jackson County. Strickland has maintained his innocence and has said he was not at the crime scene. Jackson County prosecutors say a woman shot during the murders later […]

Child Sex Crimes

Kansas sex offender sentenced to 21 years in a Missouri prison for illicit sex with a child

 A registered sex offender from Kansas City, Kansas, was sentenced in federal court for crossing state lines to engage in illicit sexual activity with a 14-year-old Missouri victim he met on Facebook. Montoryon Harris, 45, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 21 years and eight months in federal prison without parole. […]

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Federal grand jury subpoenas sought records from Missouri medical marijuana regulators

(Missouri Independent) – Twice last year a federal grand jury demanded the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services turn over records pertaining to the medical marijuana program.  The pair of subpoenas, issued by the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri in September 2020, were redacted by the department at the […]

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Portions of the Green Hills Region remain in drought despite rainfall

Less of northern Missouri is experiencing abnormally dry conditions this week than last week, according to the U. S. Drought Monitor Map. This week’s map was released the morning of October 28 and is based on conditions as of October 26. In the Green Hills area, Mercer, Putnam, Grundy, and Sullivan counties no longer have abnormally […]