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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
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