Voting Rights

With voting rights stalled, some senators mull an update to the Electoral Count Act

(Missouri Independent) – A bipartisan group of senators is exploring legislation to overhaul how Congress counts Electoral College votes, but backers of stalled voting rights legislation are lukewarm on the effort as a substitute. The Electoral Count Act is an obscure law that has come under recent scrutiny, a year after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. […]

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Former City of Trenton employee files suit alleging discrimination in the workplace

The city of Trenton is the defendant in a lawsuit filed this week by a former employee. Scott Shull is alleging discrimination while he was employed by Trenton Municipal and working with the water and wastewater department The suit was filed in Division One of the Grundy County Circuit Court. According to the suit, Shull […]

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Missouri Senate hears bipartisan push to forgive mistakenly overpaid unemployment benefits

(Missouri Independent) – Tracie Engelmeyer was among hundreds of bus drivers who were furloughed in St. Louis County in March 2020 because of the pandemic. School-district authorities told them that even though drivers are contracted labor, they would qualify for unemployment benefits and urged them to apply. Engelmeyer recalled the conversation she had with a […]

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Pattonsburg woman arrested after allegedly assaulting grandmother

A Pattonsburg woman faces charges in Daviess County after she allegedly assaulted her grandmother on January 12th. Online court information indicates 20-year-old Rhiannon Richelle Stieh has been charged with the felonies of second-degree assault involving a special victim and stealing a controlled substance or meth manufacturing material. She also has been charged with the misdemeanors […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 9 years in prison for conspiracy to steal 1,400 cell phones in dozens of burglaries

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for his role in a $1 million conspiracy to steal more than 1,400 cell phones in dozens of commercial burglaries across several states, as well as for obstruction of justice. Bryan C. Kirkendoll II, also known as “B Boy” and “Blockboy,” 32, of Kansas City, was sentenced […]

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Civilian pharmacist at Missouri military base charged with stabbing supervisor multiple times

A civilian pharmacist at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, was charged in federal court with assaulting his supervisor with a knife and stabbing him multiple times. Robert E. Sapp, 63, was charged in a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Springfield, Missouri., with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon with the intent […]

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Chillicothe police arrest two for trespassing and two on property damage allegations

The Chillicothe Police Department responded to reports of individuals trespassing and property damage on November 26th. Assistant Police Chief Rick Sampsel reports a 37-year-old man from Tennessee and a 27-year-old woman from Iowa were taken into custody after officers responded to a business in the 1000 block of Graves Street in reference to the two […]

Judge sets aside conviction: After 43-years in prison, Kevin Strickland is a free man

After spending  43-years in prison, a Kansas City man convicted of a triple murder is a free man.     Judge James Welsh concluded that prosecutors met the burden of providing convincing evidence that undermines Strickland’s conviction in the 1978 murder of three people. The judge also pointed out that there was no physical evidence […]

Prison Sentence

Man sentenced to 11 years in prison for armed robbery of a pharmacy

 A man was sentenced in federal court for his role in the armed robbery of a Walgreens pharmacy in Jefferson City, Missouri. Daijahn Antwan Reed, 22, of Indianapolis, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 11 years and three months in federal prison without parole. On Aug. 17, 2021, Reed pleaded guilty […]

Guilty Plea

Missouri man pleads guilty to robbing a family and business at gunpoint

A Kansas City, Missouri, man who was charged in two separate federal indictments pleaded guilty in federal court to the armed robberies of a local business and a family in their residence. Chase M. Murphy, 20, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to two counts of robbery and one count of using a […]

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Trenton police report unknown vehicle crashes into street sign and knocks down utility pole

Trenton Police say an unknown motor vehicle knocked down a utility pole and street sign Sunday morning at the intersection of West 13th Court and Normal Street. A police officer’s report indicates the vehicle, which appeared to be westbound on West 13th Court, traveled off the south side of the street before leaving the scene. […]

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Prosecutor asks Missouri governor to ignore AG’s demand to be removed from Agape case

(Missouri Independent) – The county prosecutor who Attorney General Eric Schmitt said “does not intend to seek justice” for victims of alleged abuse and neglect at a southwestern Missouri boarding school urged Gov. Mike Parson to not remove Schmitt’s office from assisting in the case. In a letter sent Tuesday, Cedar County Prosecuting Attorney Ty […]

Department of Justice announces Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Grants awarded to Missouri in 2021

The Department of Justice announced that the Bureau of Justice Assistance, a component of the department’s Office of Justice Programs, has awarded almost $187 million to support state, local, and tribal public safety and community justice activities. The awards, from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, are going to all 50 states, […]

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Roadblocks facing Kevin Strickland’s innocence claim is nothing new for Missouri

(Missouri Independent) – Kevin Strickland was hopeful Thursday was going to be his first step towards freedom after 40 years in prison. A new law that went into effect on Aug. 28 gave Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker a legal avenue to free Strickland, who she says is innocent and wrongly incarcerated. But opposition […]

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Governor Parson awards Missouri Public Safety Medals to first responders and civilians for heroic actions in 2020

Governor Mike Parson awarded Missouri Public Safety Medals to a total of 15 first responders and 7 civilians for heroic and life-saving actions during 2020. The awards are Missouri’s highest recognition for first responders acting during critical incidents. The civilians, who include a 12-year-old boy who performed a life-saving rescue at age 11, were honored […]

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Daviess County Library to participate in 9/11 Memorial and Education Exhibit

Daviess County Library announces its participation in September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World, a downloadable educational exhibition that presents the history of 9/11, its origins, and its ongoing implications through the personal stories of those who witnessed and survived the attacks. Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images […]

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Audio: The dignified transfer of Marine Lance Corpopral Jared Schmitz of Wentzville, Missouri

The body of a Missouri Marine killed in Afghanistan came home to the U.S. on Sunday.     It was a somber and silent ceremony as President Biden, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and others witnesses the dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base of 13 service members killed in Afghanistan […]