Free Gospel Concert in Adrian/ Sponsored by the Adrian Fire Department

Free Gospel Concert in Adrian/ Sponsored by the Adrian Fire Department

The Adrian Fire Department will sponsor a Free Gospel Concert on January 26th . This concert will feature Jeremy Cato and The Allegiance Trio.

This gospel concert will be held at the Adrian High School on January 26th at 7:00 p.m. It’s just for fun and community involvement. The public in invited to attend.

The Adrian High School is located at 601 North Houston Street in Adrian.

That’s a free concert January 26th sponsored by the Adrian Fire Department.


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Bates County Prosecuting Attorney LAW DAY

Tuesday January 16, 2018 was LAW DAY at the Bates County Courthouse.  There were over 150 cases on the day’s docket.

A pre-trial conference was held at Tuesday’s Law Day for the trial of Joey Thornburg.  Thornburg was charged in 2012 with 6 counts of Statutory Sodomy with children under the age of 12.  Thornburg has waived his right to a jury and the bench trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday January 23, 2018.  Thornburg is being represented by Scott Friederich and Prosecuting Attorney Hugh C. Jenkins will represent the State in the upcoming trial.


In other Law Day proceedings,


Shaun Dampier pleaded guilty to 3 counts of statutory Sodomy and 4 companion counts of felony child endangerment.  Dampier was sentenced to 10 years each on the 3 counts of statutory sodomy and 7 years each on the 4 counts of child endangerment.  Judge Journey ruled all sentences to run concurrently. Dampier, upon eventual release, will have to register as a sex offender.

Brian Thompson pleaded guilty to 3 counts of felony burglary. Judge Journey sentenced Thompson to 5 years with a suspended imposition of sentence with supervised probation and 200 hours of community service.

Kaleb Hurshman pleaded guilty to 1 count of felony possession of a controlled substance.  Hurshman was given a 5-year suspended imposition of sentence by Judge Journey, supervised probation and 200 hours of community service.

Sarah Dean was given a 5-year suspended imposition of sentence, supervised probation 200 hours of community service, additionally Judge Journey ordered Dean to pay a fine of 100.00.

George Franklin pleaded guilty to a felony DWI and was given a 4-year SES with 5 years supervised probation, 10 days Shock Time, 200 hours community service and was ordered to pay 1050.00 restitution.

Jamesha Wright pleaded guilty to Felony Stealing by deceit and one count of Felony Forgery.  Judge Journey handed down a 5-year suspended imposition of sentence, 200 hours of community service and 1050.00 Restitution.

Evan Corder was charged and pleaded guilty to Felony Resisting arrest and was ordered to do 28 days shock time along with a five-year suspended imposition of sentence and 200 hours of community service.

Judge Journey sentenced Justin Hammer to a 7- year suspended execution of sentence with 5 years of supervised probation and 200 hours of community service for pleading guilty to 2 counts of Felony Possession of a controlled substance.

Joel Mendel pleaded guilty to 1 county of felony possession and Judge Journey handed down a 4-year suspended imposition of sentence 200 hours community service, a 250.00 fine on a misdemeanor charge and another 250.00 fine for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Prosecuting Attorney Hugh C. Jenkins represented the State at Tuesday’s Law Day.

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Newton County: Kenneth R. Rush Former Police Officer Accused of Child Abuse

Former Newton County Deputy Sheriff was arrested on December 19th in Jasper County.   Kenneth R. Rush, age 51 of Joplin, began his law enforcement career in Bates County is 2003.

Rush is currently being held at the Joplin Police Department in Joplin on a “No Bond” after child abuse charges were filed.  Kenneth R. Rush stood before Judge Joseph Hensley in Jasper County Circuit Court on January 10th with a plea of not guilty.

The Probable Cause indicated:

The two- month old child in the care of Rush was taken to a hospital via EMS due to having breathing problems and what was believed to be a seizure. Once at the hospital, the child seemed to have bleeding on the brain and the hospital staff transported the child to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City for further treatment.

Children’s Mercy SCAN team was contacted to consult and further treat the child. Children’s Mercy’s medical team advised the injury to the eyes was the result of a non-accidental abusive head trauma.

Throughout the investigation, Mr. Rush acknowledged he was the cause of the injuries and explained what had happened while the child was in his care.

The explanation varied from, tossing the child into the air, to tripping and falling while holding the child, to his bouncing the child while laying on the couch.

Rush was a 14-year veteran in law enforcement. He began his career with the Butler Police Department in 2003. According to Newton County Sheriff Chris Jennings, Rush was a short-term deputy who had worked with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office for the past few months. Rush was terminated from his position with the department when the Joplin Police began investigating the incident.

Rush is being held by the Joplin Police Department. His next court hearing is scheduled for 9:00 am January 31st, 2018.

Joplin Police Dept.
Joplin Sheriff’s Office
Joplin City Administrator Eric Theise
Joplin Prosecuting Attorney Teresa Kenney
Case Net #18AO-CR00022

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Missouri Farm Bureau Launches Podcast Program “Digging In”

Missouri Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general farm organization, today launched “Digging In,” a weekly podcast that will highlight current news and developments affecting Missouri agriculture in state and national politics. The MFB legislative team will give insight into what is happening with legislation, regulations and the decision makers involved, and will analyze how those developments will affect rural Missouri and the state’s farmers and ranchers.

Digging In will also feature interviews with newsmakers about current developments in agriculture and rural policy.

This week’s episode is available for listeners today on the iTunes App Store, SoundCloud and

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