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A Collins, Mo., man who is a registered sex offender was sentenced in federal court today for receiving child pornography on his cell phone. more
The Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce wrapped up its 20th Annual Light the Park on Saturday, Dec. 30. The event features light displays throughout Bolivar’s Dunnegan Memorial Park, provided by businesses and organizations. more
A Bolivar man is facing felony charges in Polk County Circuit Court after breaking into Bolivar City Hall on Friday night, Dec. 8. more
On Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received information stating Jess Rush, a felon on parole, possessed a black, semi-automatic, 9mm pistol in Polk County, Missouri. Jess Rush is on parole after receiving a life sentence for the kidnapping and murder of Trudy Darby in Camden County in 1991. more
A Bolivar man was indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday, June 27 on charges related to the sexual exploitation of a child victim. more
A man from Polk County was arrested on murder charges after a body was found deceased near Polk. more
The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) is currently conducting an investigation regarding an officer-involved shooting. more
On Monday, April 3, Bolivar R-1 Schools announced that the district had entered a Level 2 lockdown, preventing outside access into school buildings while the Bolivar Police Department investigated alleged comments made by a man at the Bolivar Walmart. more
A Polk County man faces felony charges after allegedly choking and terrorizing a woman earlier this month. more
The Bolivar Police Department was recently made aware of a phone scam targeting local residents. more
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 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 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
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
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
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