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On February 2, 2023, a Polk County jury found defendant Raymond L. Hilliard guilty of one count of driving while intoxicated (DWI). Evidence was accepted by the Court to prove that Mr. Hilliard was a persistent DWI offender due to having two prior DWI convictions, from years 2000 and 2018. Due to the persistent offender status, this charge is a class E felony, and carries a range of up to four years in prison. Sentencing is set for April 3, 2023 at 8:30 a.m. more
Polk County Sheriff’s Office recently conducted a murder-suicide investigation at a Bolivar residence on Friday, Feb. 3. more
A man from Springfield was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison without parole on Tuesday, Jan. 24, for illegally possessing firearms and for his role in a conspiracy that distributed at least 11 kilograms of methamphetamine in southwest Missouri, including Greene and Polk counties. more
A man from Fair Play was arrested on Monday, Jan. 9 after allegedly attacking someone with a knife. more
A man and woman from Bolivar face charges for allegedly neglecting a child, resulting in the child’s death. more
A man is now in the custody of Polk County Jail after a manhunt was conducted by The Polk County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, Dec. 19. more
A man considered “armed and dangerous” is now in the custody of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office following a manhunt Monday morning, Dec. 19.Polk County Sheriff Danny Morrison said … more
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is actively searching for a man considered armed and dangerous in the southwest part of Polk County. more
Chad Baker, charged with allegedly killing his 12-year-old son in Bolivar back in August 2020, has recently been placed in the custody of the Fulton State Hospital for an undetermined amount of time after a plea hearing on Thursday, Dec. 1 in Cedar County Circuit Court. more
A crowd gathered Friday, Dec. 1, at Woods Supermarket parking lot for a community vigil, praying for answers regarding the whereabouts of a missing 16-year-old, Kaitlynn Dooley. Family, friends and co-workers are praying for Kaitlynn’s safe return. To report any information about Kaitlynn, contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 417-777-9020. more
A 25-year-old man from Bolivar faces a felony child molestation charge after allegedly inappropriately touching a minor between August 23, 2022 and September 2, 2022. more
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A woman attempted to outrun Polk County authorities in a high-speed chase on Mo. 13 on Thursday, Oct. 27. more
A 48-year-old man from Bolivar faces felony charges after allegedly sexually assaulting a family member. more
A former employee at Bolivar R-1 Schools faces felony charges for allegedly having sexual contact with a student.According to online court records, Scott R. Bryson, 25, was arrested on Monday, Oct. … more
CIVIL ACTIONS The following civil suits have been disposed in Polk County Circuit Court with Associate Circuit Judge Elizabeth V. Rohrs (unless otherwise noted) presiding: Capital One Bank USA … more
A 42-year-old man from Bolivar faces felony rape charges after allegedly having deviate sexual intercourse with a minor on or between January 1, 2022 and June 21, 2022, knowing that the minor was his … more
A Humansville man, Jeffrey Spies, is faced with a warrant and a charge in Cedar County Circuit Court for felony first-degree rape, according to a statement from the office of the Cedar … more
CIVIL ACTIONS The following civil suits have been disposed in Polk County Circuit Court with Associate Circuit Judge Elizabeth V. Rohrs (unless otherwise noted) presiding: Republic Finance LLC, … more
The Polk County Sheriff's Office apprehended an inmate who escaped from custody for a short time on Wednesday morning, Aug, 3.   Polk County Sheriff Danny Morrison found and arrested … more
Eighteen defendants have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine in southwest Missouri after law enforcement officers … more
A Bolivar faces several felony charges, including first-degree rape, after he allegedly had intercourse with a woman while she was unconscious.  According to online court records, David L. … more
A Bolivar man was arrested this week in connection with the death of a pedestrian in Springfield on Tuesday, April 26.  According to a Springfield Police Department news release, John E. … more
Two people were hurt when their vehicle crashed during a pursuit with a Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputy Tuesday, April 26. And following the wreck, deputies found methamphetamine and … more
A fire at the Polk County Jail in the early morning hours of Thursday, April 21, led to the evacuation of inmates.  According to Polk County Sheriff Danny Morrison, the fire occurred at … more
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