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O’Fallon, Mo., Woman Charged With Assaulting Officer

An O’Fallon, Mo., woman who allegedly resisted arrested while in the back of a Crawford County sheriff’s deputy vehicle is charged with third degree assault of a law enforcement official. According to the probable cause statement, Theresa M. Sisak, O’Fallon, was being combative as she was being transferred into the Crawford County Jail. A conservation officer that originally placed... 

Vehicle accident on Glaser Rd.

 A single-vehicle accident on Glaser Rd. at third curve occurred at 3 p.m. Two people were injured and are being transported to Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital.  Read More »

Update on Franklin County Detention Employee Suspended After Inmates Complained of Suspected Food Tampering

On August 21, the Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Washington Missourian inquiring about a complaint that they had received from a family member of an inmate in the Franklin County Detention Center.  The family member stated that the inmate had been given a piece of pizza that contained pepper spray, a substance used by law enforcement to control combative individuals. An investigation was... 

Local Homeowner Catches Burglary Suspects Leaving Her Driveway

On August 22, at approximately 1:15 PM, Franklin County Communications received a call of a burglary in progress in the 1000 block of Roller Road.  The resident had arrived home and observed a vehicle leaving her driveway.  She confronted the subjects who gave a false story.  As they drove past the home owner, she noticed her jewelry chest in the back seat.  She immediately called the Sheriff’s... 

Huge Home Burglary In St. Clair

During the morning of August 11, deputies responded to a residence in the 1000 block of Virginia Mines road outside of St. Clair in reference to a burglary.   A substantial amount of property had been taken estimated to be around $20,000 to include vehicles. Deputies followed tracks left by one of the vehicles stolen that led to property nearby.  Deputies were familiar with an individual associated... 

KKK Fundraiser Planned This Weekend ‘Somewhere In Sullivan’

By James B. Bartle At this point, a location has not been released, however according to the New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, led by Charles Murray, the Imperial Wizard with headquarters in Abbeville, SC, a fundraiser is being planned for this Saturday and Sunday in Sullivan, MO with an undisclosed location. The Independent News was alerted Sun., Aug. 17, via social media, that the group was... 

Relay For Life In Sullivan On Friday Aug. 15

Schedule Events for the Relay For Life In Sullivan from chairperson of the Relay For Life – Sullivan, Cassie Johnston. 5 p.m. Survivor’s Dinner/ The Rock Worship Team 6:30 p.m. Opening Ceremony/ Survivor Lap 7 p.m. Cake auction 7:30 p.m. Tindall Family 8 p.m. Poker Stroll 10 p.m. Luminaria Ceremony 11 p.m. Music by Torando Tunes/ Frozen T-shirts 11:30 p.m. Poker stroll 12 a.m. Balloon Pop 12:30... 

Owner of Local Payroll Services Company Pleads Guilty To Fraud & Money Laundering Charges

Bradley Ferguson, owner of Fenton based Paymaster Business Solutions, Inc., pled guilty to mail fraud and money laundering charges involving his failure to remit federal, state and local taxes to the proper taxing authorities that had been deducted from victim client bank accounts.  Ferguson also failed to remit FICA withholding to the IRS on behalf of his business clients.  Ferguson’s clients... 

Blown Tire Causes Accident On I-44 Friday

One vehicle accident  was reported on westbound I-44 at 223 mile marker, no injuries, one lane open at 2:55 pm. The vehicle blew a tire causing the accident.    Read More »

Election Results for Crawford, Franklin Counties

Votes have been tallied in Crawford County with ballots left to be counted in Franklin County. In Crawford County, County Clerk Mardy Leathers was defeated by John Martin the Republican primary. Leathers, who was elected to his position in 2010, brought in 1,280 votes to Martin’s 1,605. Presiding Commissioner Leo Sanders received a primary challenge from Wesley Littrell, but held him off comfortably,... 
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