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Sheriff’s departments in Cole and Callaway counties have refused to remove decals that state “In God We Trust” in response to a request from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. 

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  Some small northwest Missouri towns are deciding it's too expensive to run police departments.

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Federal authorities are working with the Christian County Sheriff's department to determine why some of the department's fully automatic weapons are unaccounted for.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that interim Sheriff Dwight McNiel says in a 19-page report that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is working with the department to account for the missing weapons. The report says the weapons may have been legitimately transferred to another agency or authorized firearms dealer.

A southwest Missouri sheriff has been indicted by a federal grand jury on allegations that he stole property recovered in criminal cases and sold a stolen firearm.

U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson says in a news release Tuesday that 46-year-old Ronald Snodgrass of El Dorado was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield. Snodgrass was St. Clair County sheriff from January 2001 to December 2012 before losing a bid for re-election.

A central Missouri woman who has been missing with her daughter for four days called her boyfriend from a suburban Kansas City motel but was gone when police arrived to check on her.

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Missouri sheriffs say the state isn't paying them enough to cover the cost of housing state prisoners.