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Missing Person Being Sought, Reward Offered

Update: The family of Edward Hillhouse is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to his location and discovery. The reward will go to the individual who provides the information to Hillhouse’s family or the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department. The reward can be given as soon as 72 hours after he is found and only when he is before his family. If you have any info or know anything... 

Drug Trafficking Fugitives Captured

FBI Special Agent in Charge (SAC) William Woods has announced the capture of all three fugitives of an alleged drug trafficking organization (DTO). The three are part of a larger group of people who have been federally indicted in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, with conspiracy to distribute drugs Fugitives William L. Gavin and Leaha M. Hazza were arrested on August... 
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Man Surrenders to Franklin County Authorities After Response to Woman’s Plea for Help

On December 6, 2016, at approximately 11:22 AM, deputies responded to the 6000 block of Willow Ford Road after receiving a phone call from a package delivery service indicating somebody at a residence may be in need of help. The delivery service driver arrived at the residence and was given a package from a female at the residence to deliver. Written on the package was ‘contact 911’.  As deputies... 

Man Dumped At Hospital Following Overdose

By James B. Bartle A Cuba man was dumped on the grounds of Missouri Baptist Hospital-Sullivan Nov. 23 at 3:57 a.m., following a heroin overdose. Sullivan Police responded to the emergency room after the victim, identified as Jason L. Annin, 42, Cuba, was discarded by other individuals on the grounds of the hospital. Annin was unconscious. Annin was revived and released from the hospital to Sullivan... 

Winsel Creek Bridge Now Open

The Winsel Creek Bridge in Oak Grove is now open after construction. The bridge was closed for repairs back in August. Following an inspection Wednesday morning, it was reopened for traffic. See the Dec. 7 issue of the Independent News for more information.  Read More »

Sullivan Man Charged In Sodomy Case

By James B. Bartle A Sullivan man has been charged with first-degree statutory sodomy statutory sodomy and first-degree child molestation. The incidents occurred during 2014 through 2016. James R. Johnson Jr., 39, Sullivan, was charged on Nov. 6 after his alleged girlfriend found pornographic images on his cell phone of children and then confronted Johnson regarding the photographs, according to the... 

Three Killed In Early Morning Crash Sunday

Three people were killed and six injured in an early morning crash Sunday when a Sullivan man driving eastbound in the westbound lane of Interstate 44 struck another vehicle. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Robert S. Batson, 26, Sullivan, was driving a 2004 Saab at the 236 mile marker. The front left corner of his vehicle struck the front left corner of a 2013 Toyota Sienna driven by Sushma... 

Home Invasion Suspects Still Being Sought

By James B. Bartle “Our department is still following up leads in this case and conducting further investigations,” said Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke Monday, Nov. 28, regarding an alleged home invasion on Nov. 22, off Highway AF. According to Toelke, deputies responded to the residence in the 1700 block of Highway AF at 8:25 p.m. for a home invasion in which the male and female victims reported... 

Scammers Looking For Debit Card Numbers

Police are alerting citizens that scammers are sending out an automated security alert claiming to be from Phelps County Bank  and requesting them to input their debit card numbers. Police say the scam is obvious and they are not aware of anyone who has had a loss.    Read More »

Possible Overdose At Sullivan Wal-Mart Thursday

Police said a 25-year-old man is being treated after a possible overdose Thursday in the bathroom at Sullivan Wal-Mart. The subject, who is from the surrounding area, was found unresponsive. Sullivan police did CPR, then personnel from Missouri Baptist Hospital provided him with Narcan. More information will be provided as it becomes available.  Read More »
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