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Missouri State Highway Patrol to participate in “Operation CARE” on July Fourth holiday weekend

The July Fourth weekend is a great opportunity to enjoy one of Missouri’s national parks, recreational opportunities, lakes, and rivers, or a backyard barbecue. Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, reminds Missouri’s travelers to make smart choices for a safe July Fourth holiday. Safety should be at the top of […]

Kidnapping

Bethany man faces charges of kidnapping, domestic assault and endangering the welfare of a child

A Bethany man faces several felonies after law enforcement responded to a report of a domestic assault in progress in the 500 block of South 15th Street in Bethany Sunday. Thirty-seven-year-old Richard Gene Moad has been charged with second-degree kidnapping, third-degree domestic assault, resisting or interfering with an arrest for a felony, and first-degree endangering […]

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Parson vows to veto crime bill if it includes penalties for lying under oath to Missouri legislature

(Missouri Independent) – The fate of a wide-ranging crime bill was called into question on Tuesday over a provision that would stiffen penalties for lying under oath to the legislature or obstructing a legislative investigation. During a conference committee on Tuesday morning convened to work out differences on Senate Bill 53, House members said the bill […]

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Bipartisan coalition of lawmakers hope to fund free tampons, pads in Missouri prisons

(Missouri Independence) – In Missouri, incarcerated women’s access to feminine hygiene products depends on where they’re housed. Some are forced to pay to buy tampons and pads to meet their needs, while others are provided with such low-quality products they end up having to make their own. A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers hopes to change that […]

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Audio: Man who wounded 3 and killed 1 in southern Missouri, jailed without bond

Article note: We were initially sent the incorrect booking photo of the suspect, Christopher Lindley, and have requested and received the correct booking photo.  We apologize for the error. ——————— Prosecutors in far southern Missouri say the suspect charged in that deadly weekend shooting at a Koshkonong convenience store is jailed without bond this (Monday) […]

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Biden calls on U.S. Senate to act on background checks after Colorado mass shooting

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged the U.S. Senate to immediately pass legislation to close loopholes on background checks for guns and to ban assault weapons, following a mass shooting that killed 10 at a Colorado supermarket. “This should not be a partisan issue,” Biden said. “This is an American issue.” Biden’s […]

Pilot of plane that crashed near Galt ignored suggestions to stay in Moberly until weather improved

A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report indicates the pilot of the single-engine plane that crashed near Galt on February 8th ignored warnings about bad weather before the crash. Grundy County Coroner Dewayne Slater confirmed 85-year-old Philip Lefevre, Senior of Saint Louis, and 47-year-old Philip Lefevre, Junior of Sunset Hills, died in the crash. The […]

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Unionville man and three from Moberly, along with four others, indicted in $4.1 million meth conspiracy

Eight defendants have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a $4.1 million conspiracy to distribute more than 520 kilograms of methamphetamine. Tina Marie Bailey, 36, and Martin Lee Williams, 58, both of Kansas City, Mo.; Mark Williams Hildebrand II, 31, and Harry Richard Watson Jr., also known as “Ricky,” 35, […]

Sex Trafficking

Defendant sentenced to 36-years in prison on multiple counts of sex and drug trafficking

Prince Bixler, 41, of Lexington, Kentucky, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Wier to 36 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $333,100 in restitution to three sex trafficking victims. In September 2020, a federal jury convicted Bixler of 15 federal felonies related to his […]

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Biden backs reparations study, as House Democrats push for commission

(Missouri Independent) – The White House on Wednesday indicated that President Joe Biden would support studying reparations for slavery, the same day that House Democrats held a hearing on legislation that would set up a reparations commission. But White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stopped short of saying Biden would sign the bill under consideration […]

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Iowa man to be arraigned in Caldwell County court after road rage incident where he repeatedly rammed car

An arraignment has been scheduled for a man from Iowa who faces multiple felony charges in Caldwell County after what was described as a road rage incident by law enforcement in December. Forty-two-year-old Ty Matthew Vaughn of Morning Sun, Iowa is scheduled in Division One of Circuit Court on February 9th. Vaughn has been charged […]

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No charges to be filed against Cleveland officers over 2014 shooting of Tamir Rice

The Justice Department announced that the career prosecutors reviewing the independent federal investigation into the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice on Nov. 22, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio, found insufficient evidence to support federal criminal charges against Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback.  The department notified counsel for Mr. Rice’s family […]

Charges Filed

Bethany man faces three felonies in Daviess County after allegedly letting 12-year-old drive UTV and crashing it

A Bethany man has been charged in Daviess County with three felonies after allegedly letting his 12-year-old son drive a utility terrain vehicle on December 5th, and the vehicle rolling on Beacon Avenue near 260th Street. Online court information shows 38-year-old Clifford McCrary has been charged with abuse or neglect of a child—no sexual contact, […]

Guilty Plea

Missouri man pleads guilty to illegal firearm following shootout at Independence motel

 A Missouri man pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally possessing a firearm following a shootout at an Independence, Mo., motel. Randy K. McGaugh, 54, of Wellington, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lajuana M. Counts to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. By pleading guilty, McGaugh admitted that he […]

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Missouri Attorney General’s office denies allegations it broke law in medical marijuana lawsuit

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office dismissed accusations that his office and the state department of health illegally concealed records and violated the Sunshine Law during the course of a medical marijuana lawsuit, calling the charges “frivolous” and “baseless.” The accusation arose last week in a motion seeking sanctions against Schmitt’s office and […]