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Family’s Home Destroyed In Fire

The home of a rural Spickard woman and her children was destroyed in a fire Thursday morning.
According to Spickard Fire Training Officer/Public Relations Official Jesse Richmond, the blazed occurred at the home of Amanda Higgans and her children at about 7:51 a.m. The two-story farm house, located about three and one-half miles west of the Spickard city limits, was owned by Amanda and Stony Coffman. An Amish man walking

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WMH Physicians Clinic Ruled As Exempt

The Missouri State Tax Commission has ordered Grundy County Assessor Kathy Veatch to classify the property known as the Physician’s Clinic at Wright Memorial Hospital as exempt.
The petition for exemption was filed by Saint Luke’s Hospital d/b/a Wright Memorial Hospital stating that the property is a not-for-profit corporation under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) and is classified as a public charity under IRC Sections 509 (A)(1) and 170 (b)(A)(III). The

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Domestic Violence Was Motive In Local Killing

Domestic violence was the motive behind the murder of a Trenton woman on Sunday evening.
David Call, a 50-year-old Kansas City man and former Trenton resident, shot 53-year-old Rebecca Taul (also known as Becky Nelson) Sunday evening. Her body was found in her burning home at 602 Grundy St. shortly after 9 p.m. Firefighters found Ms. Taul and her pet, a bulldog, deceased. Autopsy results showed she had been shot

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Man Who Committed Suicide Had Been Charged In Fatal Fire

A man who committed suicide after firing his weapon at law enforcement officers had been sought in connection with a fatal fire in Trenton on Sunday evening.
According to on-line court records, a warrant had been issued Monday for the arrest of David Call, 50, who had an address of Kansas City. The charges included first degree murder, armed criminal action, first degree arson and abandonment of a corpse. He

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Person of Interest In Fatal Fire Found Dead

A man who is possibly a suspect in a fatal fire in Trenton has committed suicide
According to the St. Joseph News-Press, multiple law enforcement officers had surrounded the home Monday in the McFall area after a man barricaded himself inside and fired at law enforcement officers.
The man, a 50-year-old white male, is believed to be a person of interest in the investigation into a dead body that

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Park Department Releases Rental Process, Rules For Rock Barn, Shelter House

The Trenton Park Department has released new policies and procedures for the rental of the Rock Barn and enclosed shelter house at Moberly Park.
The department recently took over the rental process for the facilities, which had previously been handled by employees at city hall.
The policies include:
• Reservation of the facilities will be done by phone or at the park department office (located on the north side of

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Body Cameras Sought For Trenton Police Department

By Ronda Lickteig
R-T Newswriter

All you have to do is mention the word “Ferguson” and immediately the recent unrest over alleged excessive force by police in the St. Louis suburb comes to mind – and the thought that often follows is that without a video, it’s hard to know what really happened. The result is that a family is left wondering what really happened to their son when he

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Brian Courtney Pleads Guilty To Murder

A Galt man avoided a trial by pleading guilty to second degree murder and armed criminal action this morning in the Circuit Division of Grundy County Court.
Patrick Brian Courtney, who had been scheduled to be tried by a jury this week reached a plea agreement with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office and pleaded guilty to the amended charges. He had originally been charged with first degree murder and armed

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Jury Returns Guilty Verdict In Child Molestation Case

A Grundy County jury found a Trenton man guilty of first degree child molestation on Thursday.
Grundy County Prosecuting Attorney Cristine Stallings said the jury deliberated about an hour before returning the guilty verdict against Robert Johnstone, a 36-year-old man who had been living in Trenton at the time of his arrest in July 2013. The child victim, who was eight at the time of the abuse, took the stand,

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