KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Continuous News Continuous News en-us Copyright 2016, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:02:43 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Organization skeptical after Missouri lobbyist gift numbers released http://www.komu.com/news/organization-skeptical-after-missouri-lobbyist-gift-numbers-released/ http://www.komu.com/news/organization-skeptical-after-missouri-lobbyist-gift-numbers-released/ Continuous News Tue, 9 Feb 2016 7:11:28 PM Amber Smith, KOMU 8 News Organization skeptical after Missouri lobbyist gift numbers released

JEFFERSON CITY - Data from the Missouri Ethics Commission revealed Missouri lawmakers as a whole received fewer gifts from lobbyists in 2014 than in 2015. However, the executive director of the commission said it may not be that lawmakers are actually receiving fewer gifts, but receiving gifts in ways that go unreported under current Missouri law.

Progress Missouri is a progressive advocacy organization. The group organized the data from the Missouri Ethics Commission to chart which lawmakers received the most. Progress Missouri Communications Director Kevin Garner said Missouri's ethics laws need improvement.

"Unfortunately, Missouri has probably the worst ethic laws in the country right now," Garner said.

Currently in Missouri there is no cap on how much money lobbyists can spend on lawmakers. Garner said the data doesn't necessarily reveal that lawmakers are receiving fewer gifts, but that there is fewer reports of gifts.

"While we would wish it's because there is a decision to have and receive less lobbyists gifts, which possibly could be true, unfortunately that's also part of the problem with Missouri's lobbyists laws and the lack of transparency. There is a variety of ways to get around reporting gifts or kind of covering up receiving gifts," Garner said. 

Currently if a lawmaker pays back a lobbyist from either his or her personal account of his or her campaign account, it will still show up as receiving zero dollars. Also, if a lobbyist gives the gift to a whole committee or the entire legislature, the individual doesn't have to report it.

KOMU 8 News investigated lobbyist gifts and reporting in a Target 8 report prior to the 2015 session. 

There are many ethics reform bills on the 2016 legislative agenda in Missouri. 

"Some of the items being discussed right now in Missouri are putting for example either a cap on lobbyist gifts to individual members of the General Assembly and other public officials or perhaps even outright banning gifts. That would be a pretty significant step for Missouri because right now our laws do not cap how much a lobbyist can expend upon a legislator," said the Missouri Ethics Commission Executive Director James Klahr.

The Missouri House heard two ethics bills Tuesday. One would prohibit elected officials from investing campaign funds in anything except short-term treasury instruments or short-term bank certificates, and the other would impose requirements for personal financial disclosure and restrictions on conflicts of interest to private advisers of executive branch appointed by the governor.

KOMU 8 News reached out to several lawmakers about the issue Tuesday afternoon, but none responded to requests for comment.  

KOMU 8 News is working to independently analyze the numbers from the state and will update this story with findings.  

 


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Second CPS student brings BB gun to school http://www.komu.com/news/second-cps-student-brings-bb-gun-to-school/ http://www.komu.com/news/second-cps-student-brings-bb-gun-to-school/ Continuous News Tue, 9 Feb 2016 6:09:03 PM Samantha Myers, KOMU 8 News Second CPS student brings BB gun to school

COLUMBIA - A student brought a BB gun to West Middle School Tuesday, a week after a student at Lange Middle School got caught doing the same.

Principal Connie Dewey sent a letter home to parents about the incident. 

She said a student saw the BB gun and reported it school officials. She said officials confiscated the BB gun and were taking appropriate disciplinary action. 

She said parents should make sure children are only bringing allowed items to school.

"In order for our school to remain a safe haven, we must all work together – parents, staff and community members – to provide the quality environment that our children deserve," Dewey said.


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Missouri Supreme Court upholds would-be gunman's conviction http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-supreme-court-upholds-would-be-gunman-s-conviction/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-supreme-court-upholds-would-be-gunman-s-conviction/ Continuous News Tue, 9 Feb 2016 5:28:58 PM The Associated Press Missouri Supreme Court upholds would-be gunman's conviction

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a southwest Missouri man who told police he had considered committing a mass shooting at a Wal-Mart or a movie theater.

The court ruled Tuesday that Blaec Lammers' statements were sufficient to uphold his attempted first-degree assault and armed criminal action convictions.

A detective interviewed Lammers after his mother warned police he had bought two assault rifles and she was worried he wasn't taking his depression medicine.

Lammers told police he had thought about shooting up a Wal-Mart after watching a movie about the Columbine High School shootings, but changed his mind because he didn't want to go to prison.

The court held that Lammers' gun purchases and his shooting practice constituted sufficient steps toward committing the shooting.

 


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Missouri ban on felons carrying guns ruled constitutional http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-ban-on-felons-carrying-guns-ruled-constitutional/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-ban-on-felons-carrying-guns-ruled-constitutional/ Continuous News Tue, 9 Feb 2016 4:04:36 PM The Associated Press Missouri ban on felons carrying guns ruled constitutional

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court said a recent amendment to the state constitution doesn't mean some felons now can carry guns.

The Tuesday ruling by the Supreme Court applies to a 2014 amendment making the right to bear arms "unalienable."

The amendment specified that lawmakers can limit the rights of "violent" felons. That led to confusion about what the change means for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes.

The judges ruled on the case of a man previously convicted of a nonviolent felony and later charged with unlawfully possessing a firearm.

The Supreme Court ruling clarifies that Missouri's current ban on felons possessing firearms is constitutional.

The high court has previously upheld the ban in other felon-gun cases based on a version of the Missouri Constitution that existed before the 2014 amendment.


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Two people jump from moving car after passenger draws gun http://www.komu.com/news/two-people-jump-from-moving-car-after-passenger-draws-gun/ http://www.komu.com/news/two-people-jump-from-moving-car-after-passenger-draws-gun/ Continuous News Tue, 9 Feb 2016 3:58:01 PM Vivien Tran and Jordan McGhee, KOMU 8 Reporters Two people jump from moving car after passenger draws gun

COLUMBIA - A ride to a trailer park ended with two people jumping from a moving car after a gun was drawn.

The Columbia Police Department said it started when two men got a ride from a man and a woman.

Police said a physical disturbance ensued near the High Hill Mobile Home Park and one of the passengers pulled a gun. The man and woman giving the ride bailed out of the car and the Dodge Charger ran into a ditch.

Police chased the suspects on foot and captured one. The other escaped. The gun was found on Rolling Hills Road.

A neighbor in the mobile home park called KOMU 8 News and said, "A guy who looked beaten up came to my door asking for help, and I wasn't going to let him in until a girl running for her life told me that nothing would happen to me if I let them in."

 


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Bill looks to add professional diversity to UM Board of Curators http://www.komu.com/news/bill-looks-to-add-professional-diversity-to-um-board-of-curators/ http://www.komu.com/news/bill-looks-to-add-professional-diversity-to-um-board-of-curators/ Continuous News Tue, 9 Feb 2016 3:10:36 PM Connor Smith, KOMU 8 Reporter Bill looks to add professional diversity to UM Board of Curators

JEFFERSON CITY - Following the resignation of three UM Board of Curators since November, lawmakers at the state capital hope to add more professional diversity to the board. 

Rep. Don Rone, R-Portageville, said a proposed bill would only allow two board members from a single occupation on all higher education boards appointed by the governor. 

"I'm not picking out lawyers, but you take Mizzou right now. They've got six curators, all six are lawyers," Rone said. 

Three other universities have more than two lawyers on the governing board. Missouri State University has four lawyers, Missouri Southern State University has three lawyers, and Lincoln University has three lawyers on their boards.

The UM System said it has no position on Rone's bill. 

Rone said, "It doesn't matter if it's education, what board it is needs more diversification because if you have one group and they control the thinking of that board, you don't need but one member. I know for a fact that a person from southeast Missouri farmer would think different than a St. Louis lawyer."

KOMU 8 News looked into the higher education governing boards in surrounding states to see how the UM Board of Curators compared. The Kansas Board of Regents and the Illinois Board of Trustees each have three lawyers on the board. The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees has four lawyers on its board and the Board of Regents for the state of Iowa has one lawyer on its board. 

Rone said changing the professional diversity of the board might not change the board's final decisions, but it will better represent the people of Missouri.

"It's about diversity of the people of Missouri on those boards. It's about not one occupation controlling one whole board as large as Missouri, or Southeast Missouri State," Rone said. "We don't need one occupation controlling the board of a whole university." 

Rode said no one spoke for or against the bill in Tuesday's public hearing. He said the bill will move to executive session next week. 


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Former Planned Parenthood manager speaks for Pro-Life Action Day http://www.komu.com/news/former-planned-parenthood-manager-speaks-for-pro-life-action-day/ http://www.komu.com/news/former-planned-parenthood-manager-speaks-for-pro-life-action-day/ Continuous News Tue, 9 Feb 2016 2:52:17 PM Morgan Young, KOMU 8 Reporter Former Planned Parenthood manager speaks for Pro-Life Action Day

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Right to Life organization held its Pro-Life Action Day on the first floor rotunda of the Capitol on Tuesday afternoon.

The event's keynote speaker, Sue Thayer, is the former center manager of Planned Parenthood at the Heartland in Storm Lake, Iowa. She said, after working for the organization for 18 years, she believes Planned Parenthood is more concerned with the "bottom line" than on women's health.

"I started there thinking I was really going to help women," she said.

Thayer said the location did not offer abortions when she started working there. She said the events that made her not want to work there anymore included webcam abortions with non-medical personnel, an alleged deceased infant being found in a recycling bin and fund raising to keep law enforcement from receiving womens' pregnancy records. 

Thayer said her faith was a key part of her decision to reach out to pro-life organizations and eventually and start the 40 Days for Life movement in Storm Lake. She said the action caused her to be fired, and called it a blessing.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said Missouri is a world leader in the pro-life movement.

"We have gone from 10 abortion clinics to one," Kinder said. "We're going to continue this by getting some good legislation passed this year."

Planned Parenthood at the Heartland declined refused to comment on the story or Thayer. However, Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri's M'Evie Mead said she has no verification about Thayer's allegations. 

While Mead said she did not know about the events in Iowa, she said the Planned Parenthood locations in Missouri are in complete compliance with all laws.

"One in five people will visit a Planned Parenthood in their lifetime," Mead said. "In Missouri, we serve 60,000 peopl per year and offer the highest quality reproductive health."

Another piece of legislation being supported by the group is called the Simon Law, or House Bill 1915, which aims to give patients and parents of minor patients more control when it comes to end-of-life decisions in hospitals. 

The mother of the child the bill is named for said that more legislation aimed at preserving life could have saved her son Simon who was hospitalized for having an extra chromosome. Sheryl Crosier said there was a do-not-resuscitate order placed on her son's file without her knowledge, and her son was given minimal treatment. 

"Someone determined that my child did not have value," Crosier said. "They violated his human rights. He was also a victim of genetic discrimination, and they took away mine and my husband's parental rights."

There will be another Pro-Life Action day on April 5.

 


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Business Loop 70 attracts education institutions http://www.komu.com/news/business-loop-70-attracts-education-institutions/ http://www.komu.com/news/business-loop-70-attracts-education-institutions/ Continuous News Tue, 9 Feb 2016 2:45:51 PM Michael Lindquist, KOMU 8 Reporter Business Loop 70 attracts education institutions

COLUMBIA - Colleges and universities are viewing the Business Loop 70 as an area "easily accessible" for students.

Higher education institutions are making the Business Loop and the Parkade Center home for their Columbia campuses.

Moberly Area Community College, Central Methodist University and William Woods University are housed in Parkade Canter.

The Mizzou North campus is also located on the business loop.

William Woods University opened their space in January, and CMU partnered with MACC to offer more degree programs for its students.

MACC spokesperson Laura Mertens said the college has been in the Parkade Center since 2010.

"Parkade is a location a lot of people know about, it's been around a long time, people know the Parkade Center when people say it, and we've sort of brought back life to the Parkade Center," Mertens said.

She said the location improves the lives of students and provides a lot of resources to them. 

"The accessibility is nice," Mertens said. "Our student body are commuter students and so we have a lot of parking. They can just come and park wherever they need to and come to class. There's not a lot of barriers walking around campus trying to find the right building, those kinds of things."

Jada Mozee is a student and said she likes having class in the Parkade Center because it's only a 15-minute commute, but says she doesn't have time to get to the restaurants on the Business Loop.

"I wish they had a cafeteria in here, something quicker," Mozee said. "Sometimes you don't have a lot of time. Some of my classes I only have five minutes in between each other So I have no time to get anything to eat."

A Business Loop 70 business owner said he thinks more students in the area is a positive thing for businesses and would welcome more schools to the business loop.

 


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Ferguson City Council expected to vote on DOJ agreement http://www.komu.com/news/ferguson-city-council-expected-to-vote-on-doj-agreement/ http://www.komu.com/news/ferguson-city-council-expected-to-vote-on-doj-agreement/ Continuous News Tue, 9 Feb 2016 2:35:25 PM The Associated Press Ferguson City Council expected to vote on DOJ agreement

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Ferguson City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a police and court reform proposal with the U.S. Department of Justice, an agreement that would cost the St. Louis suburb millions of dollars.

The consent decree would require hiring a monitor, training police on diversity, giving significant pay raises to officers, and buying software and hiring staff to analyze records on arrests, use of force and other police matters.

The city estimates it would cost up to $3.7 million to implement the agreement in the first year alone. Ferguson could face a federal lawsuit if the council rejects the agreement.

Ferguson has been under scrutiny since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in 2014. The officer who killed him has since resigned but was cleared of wrongdoing.


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Missouri House considers expanding overdose medicine access http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-house-considers-expanding-overdose-medicine-access/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-house-considers-expanding-overdose-medicine-access/ Continuous News Tue, 9 Feb 2016 2:32:45 PM The Associated Press Missouri House considers expanding overdose medicine access

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A drug that treats heroin overdoses could become easier to acquire in Missouri under legislation in the House.

The House gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill that allows pharmacists to sell naloxone (nah-LOX'-ohn), a drug that temporarily counteracts the effects of opiates. The drug currently requires a prescription.

Bill sponsor Rep. Steve Lynch said a drug user's friends and family should be able to carry the medicine, because they have the best likelihood of treating an overdose before it becomes fatal.

Rep. Keith Frederick said he worried expanding access to this medicine could give people the wrong impression that opiates are safe.

Another House vote is needed to send the bill to the Senate.

 


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Second high-ranking MU official resigns this week http://www.komu.com/news/second-high-ranking-mu-official-resigns-this-week/ http://www.komu.com/news/second-high-ranking-mu-official-resigns-this-week/ Continuous News Tue, 9 Feb 2016 2:26:28 PM Samantha Myers, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Second high-ranking MU official resigns this week

COLUMBIA - A second MU official announced his resignation Tuesday. The Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs, Dr. Hal Williamson, is leaving his job Feb. 19.

Interim Chancellor Hank Foley announced Williamson's resignation in an email sent to University staff.

Foley said Williamson came out of retirement to fill the position.

"As you may recall, Dr. Williamson returned to the university on an interim basis in mid-December after I re-established the position shortly following my appointment as interim chancellor," Foley said in the email. 

Foley said he has already begun reaching out to his colleagues to find a replacement for Williamson and is making the search a "top-most priority." 

"I want to thank Dr. Williamson again for his commitment to the university and for taking a hiatus from his retirement to return to us," Foley said. 

The College of Education dean announced his resignation Monday.

 


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MU student accused of burglary http://www.komu.com/news/mu-student-accused-of-burglary/ http://www.komu.com/news/mu-student-accused-of-burglary/ Continuous News Tue, 9 Feb 2016 1:59:04 PM Samantha Myers, KOMU 8 Digital Producer MU student accused of burglary

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department accused an MU Student Tuesday of first degree burglary and armed criminal action.

Police said Romell Dewayne Rainey went into a home on Tessa Way in November. They said the victim caught him escaping the scene, and tried to wrestle him. Police said Rainey pulled out a small pistol from his pocket and the victim let him go. 

Police said Rainey has been arrested in the past for forgery, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. 


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Welfare verification wins initial approval in Missouri House http://www.komu.com/news/welfare-verification-wins-initial-approval-in-missouri-house/ http://www.komu.com/news/welfare-verification-wins-initial-approval-in-missouri-house/ Continuous News Tue, 9 Feb 2016 12:39:07 PM The Associated Press Welfare verification wins initial approval in Missouri House

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Legislation requiring a private company to scrutinize Missouri's welfare rolls won initial approval in the House.

Under the bill endorsed Tuesday, the state would hire a company to check people's eligibility for programs such as food stamps. The company would flag cases for state employees to investigate.

Bill sponsor Rep. Marsha Haefner said the proposal could save more than $20 million over the next three years by eliminating waste and fraud.

Some Democrats voiced support for the bill, though others said the Legislature should instead make the funding available for state employees to do the work.

Another House vote is needed to send the bill to the Senate. A similar bill already has passed out of a Senate committee.


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Murder charge filed in 60-year-old jogger's shooting death http://www.komu.com/news/murder-charge-filed-in-60-year-old-jogger-s-shooting-death/ http://www.komu.com/news/murder-charge-filed-in-60-year-old-jogger-s-shooting-death/ Continuous News Tue, 9 Feb 2016 12:29:23 PM The Associated Press Murder charge filed in 60-year-old jogger's shooting death

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 24-year-old Kansas City man was charged in the 2012 slaying of a 60-year-old man who was shot while jogging.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Tuesday she had charged Craig L. Brown with second-degree murder in the May 13, 2012, death of Harry Stone of Raytown.

Stone was shot around 7:15 a.m. and died in surgery.

Baker said Brown was in an automobile accident on Feb. 1, 2015, and police found a black Glock semi-automatic pistol in the glove box. The gun was test fired in June and matched the gun used to kill Stone.

The gun was tracked to a federal prison inmate, who said he sold it to Brown before Stone's shooting.

Brown is being held on $200,000 bond and does not yet have an attorney.

 


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Former Saline County sheriff pleads guilty to stealing $79,000 http://www.komu.com/news/former-saline-county-sheriff-pleads-guilty-to-stealing-79-000/ http://www.komu.com/news/former-saline-county-sheriff-pleads-guilty-to-stealing-79-000/ Continuous News Tue, 9 Feb 2016 12:20:07 PM Samantha Myers, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Former Saline County sheriff pleads guilty to stealing $79,000

JEFFERSON CITY - The Saline County sheriff forced to resign yesterday  pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday for stealing close to $79,000 in public funds. He took state checks issued for prisoner expense for personal gain.

Wallace Newman George, Jr., 70, from Corder, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty. 

George opened a personal bank account and cashed state reimbursement checks totaling nearly $97,083 over a period of five years. The news release said George cashed, partially deposited or deposited close to 34 extradition reimbursement checks.

Acting Sheriff of Saline County Cindi Mullins said there will now be some structural changes within the Saline County Sheriff's Department, but she doesn't think anyone would notice the difference. 

"This has been very difficult for our department. We're going to go ahead and move forward. We corrected the problem. We're going to go ahead like we have been," Mullins said. 

The news release said George specifically pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of stealing $9,592 in taxpayer funds between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014.

Mullins said George was admired and respected in the department, and doesn't think anyone knew about what he was doing.

"Once we knew that there was a problem with the way those were being handled we changed, we took steps to immediately change those procedures," Mullins said. 

George paid $51,162 in restitution to Saline County Friday, and he paid $27,749 in restitution to the state Tuesday. The news release said the government will recommend a sentence of no more than one year and one day. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the United States Probation Office completes a pre-sentence investigation.

George was elected to office in 1979, and held his position for 36 years. A news release said George was the longest-serving sheriff in the history of the state until he was required to resign from office on Monday. It was required as a condition of Tuesday's plea agreement. 

Mullins said she will run for the sheriff's position in November. 

[Editor's note: This story has been updated to include quotes from acting sheriff]

 


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Jefferson City woman found guilty for third DWI http://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-woman-found-guilty-for-third-dwi/ http://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-woman-found-guilty-for-third-dwi/ Continuous News Tue, 9 Feb 2016 11:53:19 AM Yili Liu, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Jefferson City woman found guilty for third DWI

JEFFERSON CITY - The Cole County Prosecuting Attorney's Office said Tuesday a Jefferson City woman was found guilty of Driving While Intoxicated as a repeat DWI offender.

A Cole County jury found Lisa Loesch was guilty of drunk driving and assault on a law enforcement officer on Jan. 30, 2015, according to the prosecutor. It occurred at a parking lot at 2101 Schotthill Woods Dr. in Jefferson City.

Prosecutor said it is the third time that Loesch was found guilty for DWI, which made the present offense a felony. The two prior offenses were in Cole County in 2003 and Branson, Mo. in 1999.

Loesch was also arrested in 2012 for allegedly growing marijuana in her basement.

Prosecutor said Loesch's sentencing is set for April 20, 2016.


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Noranda Aluminum files for bankruptcy http://www.komu.com/news/noranda-aluminum-files-for-bankruptcy/ http://www.komu.com/news/noranda-aluminum-files-for-bankruptcy/ Continuous News Tue, 9 Feb 2016 10:19:22 AM The Associated Press Noranda Aluminum files for bankruptcy

ST. LOUIS (AP) — One of North America's biggest makers of aluminum foil is seeking bankruptcy protection, saying it plans to halt production at a southeastern Missouri smelter within weeks.

Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp. made the Chapter 11 filing Monday in St. Louis.

The company based in Franklin, Tennessee, refines aluminum and mines bauxite. It said it planned to sell its flat-rolled products business and next month halt the last remaining, 400-worker production line at a smelter in New Madrid, Missouri.

Noranda said falling aluminum prices, incidents at the New Madrid plant, high electricity prices, unsuccessful arbitration with the Jamaican government and a below-market contract with a key customer prompted the bankruptcy filing.

Noranda President and CEO Kip Smith said the court-supervised process "will provide us with time and financial flexibility to evaluate options."


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Appeals court rules in fired CPD officer's case for reinstatement http://www.komu.com/news/appeals-court-rules-in-fired-cpd-officer-s-case-for-reinstatement/ http://www.komu.com/news/appeals-court-rules-in-fired-cpd-officer-s-case-for-reinstatement/ Continuous News Tue, 9 Feb 2016 9:46:02 AM Matt Johnson, KOMU 8 Content Manager Appeals court rules in fired CPD officer's case for reinstatement

COLUMBIA - In an opinion announced early Tuesday, the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals ruled the city of Columbia's appeal in the Rob Sanders case will need to be reviewed again.

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton fired Sanders, a former Columbia police officer, in 2011 after the city said Sanders used excessive force. Sanders was seen in a video shoving an inmate in a jail cell. During a 2013 personnel board hearing, City Manager Mike Matthes chose not to reinstate Sanders. In January 2015, Sanders filed legal action to get reinstated and Cole County Judge Patricia Joyce ruled in his favor. Following that ruling, the city of Columbia appealed to the Western District.

In Tuesday's opinion, Judge Mark Pfeiffer says the Cole County Circuit Court did not have the statutory authority to review the case for reinstatement as a "contested" case, meaning in part, the person making the decision [Mike Matthes] about Sanders reinstatement should have been present during Sanders' 2013 personnel board hearing. The opinion also said the decision maker [Matthes] did not hear all the evidence presented in the case and thus the case was reviewed informally and should have been considered "uncontested." 

Columbia Police Officers' Association Executive Director, Dale Roberts told KOMU 8 News Tuesday Judge Joyce will now likely have to rewrite her intial judge's order for reinstatement as an "uncontested" case and the city could then appeal again. That would send the case back to the Western District Court of Appeals. 

"It's yet another delay in a case that has gone on for five years now," Roberts said on Sanders' behalf. "One of the biggest takeaways is that the court of appeals said the city's personnel board hearing was 'nothing more than window dressing.'"  

City manager Mike Matthes did not immediately return our request for comment Tuesday morning. A secretary said Matthes was in meetings most of the day.


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William Jewell names Nebraska educator as new president http://www.komu.com/news/william-jewell-names-nebraska-educator-as-new-president/ http://www.komu.com/news/william-jewell-names-nebraska-educator-as-new-president/ Continuous News Tue, 9 Feb 2016 8:01:43 AM The Associated Press William Jewell names Nebraska educator as new president

LIBERTY (AP) — William Jewell College in suburban Kansas City has picked a Nebraska educator as its newest president.

The Kansas City Star reports that the 1,060-student liberal arts college in Liberty named Elizabeth MacLeod Walls to the post on Monday. She will succeed David Sallee, who is retiring July 31 after serving as president for 16 years.

Walls is in her fourth year as dean of University College at Nebraska Wesleyan University. She oversees graduate and adult education at four campuses.

She previously worked at Bryan College of Health Sciences in Lincoln, where she served in various administrative roles.

Board of trustees chairman John Gill praised Walls in a statement, saying she had "proven success in many facets of higher education administration."


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St. Louis man charged in deadly shooting http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-man-charged-in-deadly-shooting/ http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-man-charged-in-deadly-shooting/ Continuous News Tue, 9 Feb 2016 7:27:07 AM The Associated Press St. Louis man charged in deadly shooting

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man has been charged with a December killing.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 50-year-old Maurice J. Alexander was charged Friday with first-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Leonard B. Arnold. Alexander also is charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action. Bail is set at $1 million cash-only. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

Police say Alexander shot at two people on Dec. 2 after getting out of a sedan. Arnold was hit and pronounced dead at the scene.

Alexander's criminal history includes convictions of stealing, burglary, drug possession and distributing drugs near schools.


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