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Village of Leasburg Audit Finds Evidence of Theft, Fraud and Cover-Up

Thousands of dollars in missing funds, altered financial documents and lax oversight by local officials were among the significant findings released today in an audit of the Village of Leasburg by Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway. The audit, a result of a citizens’ petition, recommends that the Village of Leasburg Board of Trustees work with law enforcement officials to pursue possible criminal... 

Cadet Man Charged With Statutory Sodomy

A Cadet man has been charged with first-degree statutory sodomy involving a person less than 14-years-old. Russell D. Halbert, 26, is in custody for the alleged incident, which is reported to have occurred at a Steelville residence in July 2011. According to charging documents, Halbert was the boyfriend of the alleged victim’s mother. The victim was 4-years-old at the time.  Read More »

National Guard Drug Task Force Assist In Arrest Of Franklin County Man

A man wanted on two felony probation violation warrants was captured Wednesday after SWAT members from Franklin and Jefferson counties used tear gas to gain entrance to the residence he hid in and found firearms, narcotics and stolen property. Shawn Ingram, 31, was arrested along with a 48-year-old man from Pacific, a 24-year-old man from Robertsville and a 26-year-old woman with unknown origins. Authorities... 

Franklin County SWAT Team Assist Maryland Heights Police In Arresting Villa Ridge Man

Wed., Nov. 18th  the Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Maryland Heights Police requesting assistance arresting a subject wanted by their agency for resisting arrest who was located in Franklin County.  The subject was in a residence in Charring Cross off Hwy 100 in Villa Ridge.  The subject was refusing to come out of the residence. Deputies contained the area and a search warrant was obtained. ... 

Bourbon Man Accused Of Molesting 5-Year-Old

A Bourbon man was arrested Tuesday after an investigation into sexual abuse of a child. Dale Waters, 26, is charged with three counts of child molestation and is being held on a $375,000 bond. Waters is accused of molesting a 5-year-old on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at his residence in Bourbon. Waters is the boyfriend of the victim’s mother, who lives in Dent County.  Read More »


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Deputies Arrest 3 Men on Narcotics Violations, Burglary and Stealing

Three men were arrested in Union Monday after deputies went to serve a warrant and recovered stolen property and prepackaged marijuana at Star Circle mobile home park. Justin Quick is one of the three men arrested. The other two, a 23-year-old man from Lonedell and a 22-year-old man from the St. Louis and Lonedell areas, were arrested. Charges are coming on the two subjects. Quick, who was out on bond... 

St. Clair Man Arrested for Second-Degree Assault

A St. Clair man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly attempted to run over people at a residence on Highway K. Cody Utz, 21, was arrested for second-degree assault and is being held on a $25,000 bond. Franklin County sheriff’s deputies responded to the 1000 block of Highway K where witnesses said Utz had shown up. A dispute began and a victim attempted to stop Utz by reaching into his vehicle... 

Franklin County Takes Burglary Suspect Into Custody

A Gerald man was arrested Nov. 6 after Franklin County sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglary in progress in Beaufort and found stolen property near his vehicle. Cody Schutte, 21, is charged with second-degree burglary and he’s being held on a $25,000 bond. Deputies responded to the 200 block of Vee Cee Estates and located a vehicle with a male and female occupant parked nearby. Others... 

White Powdery Substance Leaked By Train

According to Bourbon Fire Protection District Chief Daniel Whatley, the department was called to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad crossings in downtown Bourbon at 4 p.m. Thursday due to a white powdery substance on the railroad crossings. According to Whatley, the substance is believed to be soda ash and the department has washed the roadway clear, however it appears that the train car started... 
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