Soybeans

Audio: Market analyst says jump in soybean prices is driven by supply more than demand

Market analyst Clayton Pope takes issue with the contention that current higher soybean prices are demand-driven. Pope concedes that USDA’s 75-million-bushel jump in soybean exports is significant for the market, but he says the August to November soybean supply dropped 346 million bushels. “Calling this a demand market is a little bit of a misnomer, […]

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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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 […]

Murder

Missouri Supreme Court issues ruling involving woman who was 16 when her crime was committed

A Missouri prisoner who was 16 when she killed a man during a meth transaction in western Missouri’s Cass County will remain in prison for now, under a key ruling Tuesday from the Missouri Supreme Court. The inmate, 41-year-old Jessica Hicklin, was sentenced in April 1997 to mandatory life without parole. Hicklin is incarcerated at […]

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Braymer man charged in Diemel brothers case bound over in Caldwell County for theft

A Braymer man charged with two counts of murder, first degree in Johnson County, in connection with the deaths of two brothers from Wisconsin had a charge of stealing involving a motor vehicle/watercraft/aircraft bound over to the circuit court in Caldwell County November 23rd. A formal arraignment for 26-year-old Garland Joseph Nelson is scheduled for […]

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Two from Trenton arrested on drug charges; Galt man arrested on two domestic assault charges

Three individuals are facing felony charges in Grundy County following their arrests on Friday. Both 38-year-old Christopher James Warren of Trenton and 41-year-old Kimberly McCracken of Trenton are charged with possession of a controlled substance or synthetic cannabinoid—listed as methamphetamine. Each also is accused of unlawful possession or use of drug paraphernalia which was described […]

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Livingston County to institute face mask mandate on November 20, 2020

An executive order will go into effect in Livingston County on November 20th establishing the requirement to wear a face mask in certain locations to prevent or limit the spread of COVID-19. The executive order by the Livingston County Health Center, Chillicothe Mayor Theresa Kelly, and Presiding Commissioner Ed Douglas requires all persons at least […]

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Woman from Kenya pleads guilty in Missouri to marriage fraud

A Kenyan national pleaded guilty in federal court to her role in a marriage fraud conspiracy. Fidelina Mwelu Mutisya, 61, of Winchester, Ohio, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lajuana M. Counts to one count of criminal conspiracy.  By pleading guilty, Mutisya admitted that she participated in a conspiracy to enter into fraudulent marriages for […]