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3 found in possession of drugs in Missouri

A massive drug bust has resulted in three arrests, according to authorities in Callaway County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol has confirmed the arrest of three individuals who were allegedly found in a vehicle in possession of drugs, the street value of which is estimated at $217,000, including 6 pounds of what is believed to be methamphetamine. All three now face drug charges that could result in serious jail time if they are convicted. 

According to MSHP troopers, the vehicle occupied by the three individuals was stopped on Interstate 70 around 5 p.m. on the evening of April 8. It is not clear why officers pulled the vehicle over, but apparently the stop culminated in a search of their vehicle. Police say this is when they discovered the alleged drugs, which prompted the arrest of a 26-year-old, a 29-year-old and a 25-year-old, all from out of state. 

3 charged with murder in Missouri shooting

When a person is charged with a crime, he or she faces multiple decisions that will likely have a significant impact on the rest of their lives. Most people in Missouri in such a situation feel unprepared to make these decisions without professional guidance. Unfortunately, three teenagers, now charged with murder, are now likely considering their options.

The three were arrested in response to the death of another 19-year-old outside of a pool hall. Reports indicate that the victim told a witness that he was going to step outside to meet one of the 19-year-olds now accused of his murder. Surveillance footage reportedly shows the victim stepping out into the parking lot and waiting as if he were meeting someone.

Driver crashes into Missouri restaurant, charged with DWI

When driving a motor vehicle, a slight mistake can often have serious consequences. For example, pressing the gas pedal instead of the brake can result in a collision. Unfortunately, it may be easy to assume that an accident that happens at night is the result of DWI. In fact, a man in Missouri now faces criminal charges after he allegedly drove his van into a restaurant.

The incident happened at approximately 9:30 p.m. on a day in late March. According to reports, a 26-year-old man picked up a take-out order from Poor Richard's, a sports club and restaurant. However, he allegedly backed his van through the front of the building while attempting to leave.

Missouri woman accused of murder in boyfriend's death

The unexpected death of a loved one is always a difficult situation. Being suspected of playing a role in that person's death creates additional stress following a traumatic event. Unfortunately, a Missouri woman is believed to have been involved in her boyfriend's accidental death, leading to her arrest after being accused of murder.

The incident that led to to the 37-year-old woman's death reportedly happened on a day in March. The woman reports that she and her boyfriend were watching a movie at the home they shared together. The man reportedly suggested that they reenact a scene from a movie they were watching together, allegedly prompting the woman to get a handgun.

Sale of dental insurance plan leads to fraud accusations

Most people would admit that a job that requires a direct sale to clients has its challenges. However, many people who work in such a position excel at what they do and are able to succeed in their chosen profession. Unfortunately, police in Missouri claim that a man who sold dental insurance policies was actually involved in a fraud scheme.

The events that led to the 32-year-old man's arrest reportedly happened in March 2018. Law enforcement officials claim that he approached at least four different people at a food bank. He reportedly made appointments to meet with them at their own home to discuss whether they may qualify for grants for dental work.

Missouri couple faces drug charges after welfare visit

In many areas, it is relatively easy for people to report any concerns about a child's welfare. While the intent behind this is likely to ensure that all children are adequately protected, the process could potentially be abused. Unfortunately, a request for a welfare check in Missouri has recently resulted in multiple drug charges -- among several others -- against a man and woman.

The incident that led to the man and woman's arrest reportedly happened one afternoon on a day in early March. Police claim that they were called to the home after a request was made to check the welfare of children. The details of that request are unclear. Unfortunately, the 32-year-old man and 30-year-old woman were arrested.

How alcoholism leads to criminal behavior

Alcoholism is one of the rare substance abuses that is legal to practice if you’re over the age of 21. However, in addition to declining your health, perpetually drinking alcohol often leads to activities that are illegal.

Here are just a few examples of how alcohol dependency can lead to criminal behavior.

Missouri vehicle shooting leads to assault charge

Police are often asked to investigate a variety of different allegations. While most are interested in ensuring that justice is served, it may be easy for even the most dedicated of law enforcement officers to draw conclusions that are not fully supported by evidence. For example, there are many unanswered questions -- including questions about a potential motive -- in an alleged shooting incident in Missouri that resulted in assault charges.

State troopers and deputies became involved after receiving a call one morning on a day in late February. The caller reported that a vehicle at a residence that had been struck by a bullet. Police talked with an elderly person at the home who was reportedly injured.

Drunk driving suspected in 2-vehicle crash in Missouri

A motor vehicle accident can happen before a driver even has an opportunity to respond to a changing condition. A suddenly slowing vehicle or a single moment of distraction, for instance, can easily lead to a collision. Unfortunately, police in Missouri and across the country may be quick to assume that an accident was the result of drunk driving regardless of the evidence.

In fact, a man from another state is now facing accusations of driving under the influence after he was reportedly involved in an accident on a Missouri interstate. The incident happened on a day in February. According to reports, a 32-year-old man was headed north when his pickup truck struck the rear of another northbound vehicle.

Missouri woman accused of fraud

There are many workers in Missouri who are dedicated to performing their job tasks as expected. However, even the most dedicated employees are capable of making mistakes. Unfortunately, if those mistakes ultimately lead to the loss of money, employees could find themselves facing accusations of fraud. In fact, a former employee of an excavating company has recently been charged.

The woman at the heart of the case was hired by the company in 2017 and fired in 2018. Reports indicate that she worked as the administrative clerk. As part of her job, she was responsible for oversight of the company credit cards.

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