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Dent County Woman Sentenced For Embezzling Money From Sears

A Dent County woman was sentenced Friday to three months in prison and six months of home confinement after being found guilty of embezzling from Sears. Court documents say Demea Loyd, Salem, owned two stores in Washington and Rolla and entered into a contract with Sears Authorized Hometown Stores, LLC to exclusively distribute Sears merchandise from the two stores. The contract called for Loyd to... 

Driver Travels 24 Miles Wrong Way On Interstate 44

Update: A Sullivan man has serious injuries after the vehicle he was traveling in tried to avoid a vehicle driving in the wrong direction of Interstate 44 Friday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Sarah G. Kain, 19, Pacific, was driving a 2006 Pontiac Sunfire westbound in the eastbound lane of Interstate 44 at the 232 mile marker when she nearly struck a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven Robert... 

Discarded Syringes, Drug Arrests, Theft Increase In 2016

The Sullivan Police Department recorded increases in discarded syringes, drug arrests and theft in 2016. There were 129 discarded syringes recovered. In 2010, Sullivan police recorded just five discarded syringes. Three deaths were attributed to heroin overdoses in the city and 16 more overdoses occurred where the user survived. See more on the 2016 crime report in the Feb. 22 issue of the Independent... 

Former City Employee Receives Probation For Theft

A former city of Bourbon employee pleaded guilty Feb.7 in Crawford County Circuit Court to a misdemeanor theft charge and received two years probation. Tina C. Hamblin, 48, Bourbon, was originally charged with felony theft after being accused of embezzling more than $22,000 from the city. Hamblin was employed by the city from Sept. 5, 2006 to July 2, 2013. Due to a Missouri Supreme Court ruling in... 

Union Teen Charged With Vehicle Tampering

A Union teen has been charged with tampering with a motor vehicle after a stolen vehicle was located at a residence in the 9000 block of Whiskey Spur Creek in Union. Sydney Cates, 19, was arrested and her bond has been set at $10,000. According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were requested by the Farview Heights Police Department to check Cates’ address for a vehicle... 

Charges Pending Against Two Franklin County Suspects In Aluminum Theft

Charges are pending against a Beaufort man and Washington woman after they were arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing aluminum off Ameren UE box cars. Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton said deputies responded to the area of Highway EE and Paige Marie Drive for a report of trespassing on railroad property. The reporting party was an employee of Ameren UE and witnessed the subjects near box cars... 

St. Clair Woman Arrested In Theft Investigation

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation into a shoplifting incident at a Dollar General in Villa Ridge led to the arrest of a St. Clair woman for possession of a controlled substance and possession of a marijuana. Carlee L. Gerren, 23, has been charged. According to Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton, deputies responded to the store Feb. 2 for a shoplifting in progress.... 

St. Clair Man Accused Of Punching Brother With Brass Knuckles

A St. Clair man is charged with second-degree assault, third-degree assault and unlawful possession of a weapon after he allegedly punched his brother with brass knuckles. Bobby Fenner, 50, is being held on a $15,000 bond. According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the 5700 block of Dry Branch Road Feb. 13 for a domestic disturbance. Deputies learned it was a fist... 

Gov. Greitens Orders Flags to Half-Staff on Wednesday

Today, Governor Eric Greitens ordered that the flags of the United States and the State of Missouri at all state government buildings in Jackson County, Clay County, Platte County, and Cass County be flown at half-staff on Wednesday (Feb. 15) in honor of Battalion Chief Thomas G. Byrne, of the Kansas City Fire Department. Battalion Chief Byrne, age 51, died on Feb. 11 while serving the citizens of... 

Bland Man Sentenced on Federal Child Pornography Charges

George Patterson, Bland, was sentenced to 121 months in prison on charges of possession of child pornography. According to court documents, in December 2015 and January 2016, the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children (MOICAC) Task Force received a tip that an email address, later found to belong to George Patterson, uploaded suspected child pornography images to a Google Plus photos account. On... 
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