KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com News News en-us Copyright 2017, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 21 Aug 2017 HH:08:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Two were charged after shots fired at police during a pursuit http://www.komu.com/news/two-were-charged-after-shots-fired-at-police-during-a-pursuit/ http://www.komu.com/news/two-were-charged-after-shots-fired-at-police-during-a-pursuit/ News Mon, 21 Aug 2017 1:55:15 PM The Associated Press Two were charged after shots fired at police during a pursuit

ST. JOSEPH (AP) — Two men face felony charges after shots were fired at police during a vehicle pursuit in St. Joseph.

The St.Joseph News press reports that 25-year-old Dakota Sears was charged Monday with felony assault and 26-year-old Preston Funk with resisting arrest. Police say both men are being held without bond.

They were among three suspects taken into custody after the shots were fired Sunday afternoon during a chase near a festival. A police car ran into a vacant building during the pursuit, which then changed into a foot pursuit.

Officers did not fire back at the suspects. No officers were injured, but one of the suspects was treated for minor injuries. Police also were able to recover a large amount of controlled substance. No information was available at the third suspect.


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Authorities are investigating after officer involved in shooting http://www.komu.com/news/authorities-are-investigating-after-officer-involved-in-shooting/ http://www.komu.com/news/authorities-are-investigating-after-officer-involved-in-shooting/ News Mon, 21 Aug 2017 1:43:41 PM The Associated Press Authorities are investigating after officer involved in shooting

CHILLCOTHE (AP) — Authorities are investigating after an officer was involved in a shooting in northern Missouri.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that details of the incident were unclear following reports of a standoff situation in the Livingston County community of Chillicothe on Friday.

The Livingston County Sheriff's Department disclosed that no one was seriously injured or killed in the incident. Sheriff Steve Cox said he has requested the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Livingston County prosecuting attorney investigate.

A woman who answered the phone in the prosecutor's office told The Associated Press that the office isn't releasing information at this time.


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Attorneys for condemned Missouri man seek halt to execution http://www.komu.com/news/attorneys-for-condemned-missouri-man-seek-halt-to-execution/ http://www.komu.com/news/attorneys-for-condemned-missouri-man-seek-halt-to-execution/ News Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:51:39 PM The Associated Press Attorneys for condemned Missouri man seek halt to execution

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorneys for a condemned Missouri inmate warn that the state is preparing to execute a potentially innocent man.

Marcellus Williams is scheduled to die Tuesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre for stabbing to death former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Lisha Gayle during a 1998 robbery at her home in the suburb of University City. It would be the state's second execution this year.

Attorneys for Williams have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking a new hearing or for his sentence to be commuted to life in prison. They've also asked Gov. Eric Greitens for clemency.

Attorney Kent Gipson says DNA testing conducted in December using techniques that were not available at the time of the killing shows DNA found on the knife used in the killing matches an unknown man, but not Williams.


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An Off-duty officer killed and a woman wounded in Westport district http://www.komu.com/news/an-off-duty-officer-killed-and-a-woman-wounded-in-westport-district/ http://www.komu.com/news/an-off-duty-officer-killed-and-a-woman-wounded-in-westport-district/ News Mon, 21 Aug 2017 1:31:28 PM The Associated Press An Off-duty officer killed and a woman wounded in Westport district

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after an off-duty officer was killed and a woman was wounded at a restaurant in the Westport bar and entertainment district in Kansas City.

The Lee's Summit Police Department has confirmed that the person killed Sunday night on the patio of Californos was Officer Thomas Orr. The department's website say the 30-year-old worked as a school resource officer of Campbell Middle School.

Police say the shooting happened after an argument broke out between patrons. Orr wasn't involved. A woman was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm that wasn't believed to be life threatening.

Police say at least 200 people were on the patio when the shooting happened. The suspect remains at large, and witnesses are urged to contact police.


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Police hunt for robber wearing 'I'm Broke Baby' shirt http://www.komu.com/news/police-hunt-for-robber-wearing-i-m-broke-baby-shirt/ http://www.komu.com/news/police-hunt-for-robber-wearing-i-m-broke-baby-shirt/ News Mon, 21 Aug 2017 1:19:04 PM The Associated Press Police hunt for robber wearing 'I'm Broke Baby' shirt

LEE'S SUMMIT (AP) — Police in suburban Kansas City are on the hunt for a man accused of stealing a television while wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the words "I'm Broke Baby."

Lee's Summit police acknowledged Monday on the department's Facebook page that "yes, we realize his shirt is ironic!" A photo of the hat-clad man shows him wearing sunglasses, clutching a cellphone with one hand and a shopping cart handle in another.

The post said he is suspected of stealing the large television from a retailer but didn't say when the theft happened.


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Man fatally shot near Annapolis http://www.komu.com/news/man-fatally-shot-near-annapolis/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-fatally-shot-near-annapolis/ News Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:57:51 AM The Associated Press Man fatally shot near Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities in eastern Missouri's Iron County are investigating a shooting death in a rural area.

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Missouri reports that Chuck McCabe was fatally shot Friday in Hidden Valley Lakes near Annapolis.

Sheriff Roger Medley says McCabe and a neighbor were involved in an argument that led to the shooting. Medley says it appears that the shooter acted in self-defense, but it will be up to the prosecutor to decide if charges should be filed. The name of the person who fired the fatal shot has not been released.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is assisting Iron County in the investigation.


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Camden County sheriff seeks public help identifying sign thieves http://www.komu.com/news/camden-county-sheriff-seeks-public-help-identifying-sign-thieves/ http://www.komu.com/news/camden-county-sheriff-seeks-public-help-identifying-sign-thieves/ News Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:14:32 AM Margerate Madro, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Camden County sheriff seeks public help identifying sign thieves

CAMDEN COUNTRY - The Camden County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help identifying two people who stole a sign off High Point Road. It was taken Saturday morning.

Additional signs along South 7 were also stolen a few days before.

A statement from the sheriff's office said, "As most of you are aware, we have had thousands of dollars' worth of Camden County road signs taken and greatly appreciate the proactive approach some of our citizens are taking."

Anyone knowing the identity of the thieves should contact the Camden County Sheriffs Office at 573-346-2243.


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Out-of-town guests fill Jefferson City with anticipation of the eclipse http://www.komu.com/news/out-of-town-guests-fill-jefferson-city-with-anticipation-of-the-eclipse/ http://www.komu.com/news/out-of-town-guests-fill-jefferson-city-with-anticipation-of-the-eclipse/ News Sun, 20 Aug 2017 5:55:27 PM Zara McDowell, KOMU 8 Reporter Out-of-town guests fill Jefferson City with anticipation of the eclipse

JEFFERSON CITY - The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a total solar eclipse drew people to Jefferson City over the weekend from all over the United States, including visitors from Wisconsin, Texas and Oklahoma. 

Quinten Rice, co-coordinator of Total Eclipse of the Park, said the group began planning for this event over a year ago.

“We’ve got a lot of people in from out of town and there’s a lot of people who are looking forward to the event,” Rice said.

The Kattchee family travelled from La Crosse, Wisconsin to Jefferson City for a glimpse of totality and is camping in the area for the week.

"Well I'm kind of excited but I'm kind of scared that I'll look into the sun," Gabe Kattchee said.

People of all ages watched a live band, travelled by a free trolley, watched sci-fi movies outdoors and shopped at local vendor booths at Total Eclipse of the Park, located at Riverside Park in Jefferson City. The event will continue Monday with a barbecue and a viewing area for the eclipse.

Parking for Jefferson City events may be scarce, according to Donna Deetz, owner of the Jefferson City trolley, but Deetz recommends taking the free trolley.

“The trolley’s are running a continuous shuttle service from the Capitol Building down to Riverside Park," Deetz said. "Some Jefferson City residents are charging to park in their driveways, but parking at the shuttle stops and parking garages are free Monday."

NASA will broadcast live from downtown Jefferson City between the Capitol building and the Missouri Supreme Court.

Twin sisters Sophia and Natalie Miner of mid-Missouri are celebrating more than the eclipse Monday. It is also their birthday and Sophia Miner said she is excited for "wearing the glasses and celebrating my birthday because I've waited forever to be 9."

Paramedic and Lake Escape owner Thor Fox attended Sunday's Jefferson City event, Total Eclipse of the Park, as a vendor. Fox is also working Monday as a paramedic.

"I think its great to see everybody so excited about some science, actually asking some deep questions and wanting to know more about what's going on with the world and our system," Fox said.

For more information about Jefferson City's eclipse events, visit its website.


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Eclipse live blog: photos and video from the field http://www.komu.com/news/eclipse-live-blog-photos-and-video-from-the-field/ http://www.komu.com/news/eclipse-live-blog-photos-and-video-from-the-field/ News Mon, 21 Aug 2017 7:58:45 AM Annie Hammock, KOMU Interactive Director and Danielle Katz, Daniel Perreault and Mica Soellner, KOMU 8 Digital Producers Eclipse live blog: photos and video from the field

COLUMBIA - Clouds dissipated enough for many people in mid-Missouri to get a good view of the total solar eclipse. Crowds gathered at Cosmo Park cheered as the moon covered the sun and the solar corona appeared.

Thousand of people gathered at meeting points around the region, including Jefferson City, Gans Creek Recreation Area, Boonville and Fulton.

You can contribute to our coverage by tweeting your eclipse photos and videos using the hashtag #ShowMeEclipse or mentioning @komunews or email us at Photos@komu.com.

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Rural Missouri man charged with killing his stepson http://www.komu.com/news/rural-missouri-man-charged-with-killing-his-stepson/ http://www.komu.com/news/rural-missouri-man-charged-with-killing-his-stepson/ News Mon, 21 Aug 2017 6:53:54 AM Associated Press Rural Missouri man charged with killing his stepson

BOWLING GREEN (AP) — A rural northeast Missouri man is charged with fatally shooting his stepson.

Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte said in a news release that 60-year-old Michael Allan Black, of Bowling Green, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 31-year-old Alexander Koch. He is jailed on $1 million cash bond. The prosecutor's office didn't immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press asking whether Black had an attorney.

The release said the shooting happened Friday after Black and Koch had a physical altercation in the home they shared. Black is accused of leaving and returning about 15 minutes later. The release says Black then shot Koch in the abdomen as the men talked outside the home. Koch died about an hour later at a hospital.


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Trespasser hit and killed by Amtrak train east of Sedalia http://www.komu.com/news/trespasser-hit-and-killed-by-amtrak-train-east-of-sedalia/ http://www.komu.com/news/trespasser-hit-and-killed-by-amtrak-train-east-of-sedalia/ News Mon, 21 Aug 2017 5:52:45 AM Caroline Peterson, Digital Producer Trespasser hit and killed by Amtrak train east of Sedalia

SEDALIA - A trespasser was hit and killed by an Amtrak train near the Sedalia train station Sunday evening.

Around 7:30 p.m. Sedalia Police responded to train tracks near East Broadway Boulevard and Air Center Circle.

The person was dead when police arrived. An initial investigation ruled it a suicide. 

The train was delayed for about three hours.


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Rural Missouri gets ready for influx of eclipse watchers http://www.komu.com/news/rural-missouri-gets-ready-for-influx-of-eclipse-watchers/ http://www.komu.com/news/rural-missouri-gets-ready-for-influx-of-eclipse-watchers/ News Mon, 21 Aug 2017 4:25:28 AM Associated Press Rural Missouri gets ready for influx of eclipse watchers

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rural Missouri is preparing for its moment in the sun. Check that: Its moment out of the sun.

A diagonal 300-mile-long, roughly 70-mile-wide stretch from St. Joseph to Cape Girardeau will be in what's called the "path of totality" that will offer the best viewing of the total eclipse on Monday. It's the first total eclipse of the sun in 99 years that will be visible coast-to-coast in the U.S.

Missouri tourism officials expect up to 1.3 million visitors for a glimpse. Hotel rooms in prime viewing spots are mostly sold out.

Much of the best viewing is in rural areas. St. Louis and Kansas City are not in the path of totality. The Missouri Department of Transportation warns that traffic could be congested in places where it normally isn't.


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UPDATE: Man arrested after standoff in connection with rape http://www.komu.com/news/update-man-arrested-after-standoff-in-connection-with-rape/ http://www.komu.com/news/update-man-arrested-after-standoff-in-connection-with-rape/ News Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:39:51 PM Travis Breese KOMU 8 Digital Producer, Lydia Nusbaum KOMU 8 Reporter UPDATE: Man arrested after standoff in connection with rape

BOONE COUNTY - Columbia Police arrested Christopher Moore Sunday night after a standoff that began in the afternoon, according to CPD. The standoff happened on West Cunningham Drive just north of Columbia city limits.

CPD obtained a search warrant for an apartment on West Cunningham Drive. They say they called out to the suspect but he did not respond, so they entered the premises and took him into custody. 

The department began their investigation Sunday morning around 3 a.m. in connection with a home invasion on Old 63 North. Police said Moore broke into a woman's home and used a gun to force her to have sex with him.

Moore faces charges of felony rape, felony sodomy, armed criminal action, burglary, tampering with evidence, domestic assault and more.


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Airport plans for more people than normal during eclipse http://www.komu.com/news/airport-plans-for-more-people-than-normal-during-eclipse/ http://www.komu.com/news/airport-plans-for-more-people-than-normal-during-eclipse/ News Sun, 20 Aug 2017 6:01:59 PM M. Olivia Gerling, KOMU 8 Reporter Airport plans for more people than normal during eclipse

CALLAWAY COUNTY - While many people are preparing to look into the sky for the eclipse Monday, one airport is preparing for people with a different view.

 

Miles Wade met with his group in Clinton Sunday to practice their formation while skydiving. At noon the day of the eclipse, the group plans to meet at the Elton Henley Memorial Airport. From there, they will plan to skydive in a 12-man circle and take a picture from the ground with the eclipse in the middle.

 

However, Wade and his group probably will not be the only people at the airport.

 

“We don’t have any scheduled activities out here tomorrow. However, Jefferson City is expecting 75 airplanes and Columbia I’m sure is expecting a few, so I expect to see some overflow here,” David Hollabaugh said.

 

Hollabaugh is the treasurer for the Kingdom Pilot’s Association. He has his own plane at the Elton Henley Memorial Airport, as well as a pilot’s license. He was out at the airport Sunday, refilling the soda machine for the people he expects could arrive Monday.

 

He said on a normal day, it would not be uncommon to arrive at the airport and be the only one there.

 

“It varies, but frequently you’ll come out here to fly and you’ll find yourself being the only person flying,” Hollabaugh said. “Other times, you may have company.”

 

Wade and his group will meet at the airport at noon Monday to prepare their skydive.


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Senator who hoped for Trump assassination in post apologizes http://www.komu.com/news/senator-who-hoped-for-trump-assassination-in-post-apologizes/ http://www.komu.com/news/senator-who-hoped-for-trump-assassination-in-post-apologizes/ News Sun, 20 Aug 2017 3:51:29 PM The Associated Press Senator who hoped for Trump assassination in post apologizes

FERGUSON (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker who temporarily posted a Facebook comment expressing hope that President Donald Trump would be assassinated is apologizing to Trump and his family, but the Democrat says she has no plans to resign over what she called "a mistake."

Numerous top Republicans and Democrats in Missouri have called upon Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal to step down after she wrote "I hope Trump is assassinated!" on her personal Facebook page Thursday. She later deleted the post.

Her apology came at a news conference Sunday in Ferguson. She asked media outlets to not publish the location beforehand because she'd received death threats since the post.

She apologized to Missouri residents and her Statehouse colleagues, too. She said she'll continue fighting for "issues that are really, really important to me."


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Elementary school students learn about solar eclipse http://www.komu.com/news/elementary-school-students-learn-about-solar-eclipse/ http://www.komu.com/news/elementary-school-students-learn-about-solar-eclipse/ News Sun, 20 Aug 2017 2:38:41 PM Tess Vrbin, KOMU 8 Reporter Elementary school students learn about solar eclipse

COLUMBIA - The total solar eclipse is coming on the fifth day of school, and Columbia teachers are trying to teach their students about it as best they can, particularly in elementary schools.

Columbia Public Schools provided its teachers with a wide variety of eclipse-themed activities and lessons for their classes. They cover almost every subject from math to social studies, but most are in science. District science coordinator Mike Szydlowski said it is usually hard to teach young students about something as abstract as outer space.

“One of the big things we’re pushing for is teaching science with phenomena,” Szydlowski said. “In other words, we shouldn’t just teach science for the sake of teaching science. We should teach it to explain something they actually get to see. And there’s no better phenomenon that I can think of when it comes to astronomy but a total solar eclipse.”

At Fairview Elementary School, Ragan Webb’s fourth-grade class has done hands-on activities such as “small moon, big sun,” she said. Each student held up a small object and tried to block their view of a globe with it. They had to stand all the way at the back of the classroom just to cover the entire globe with it. The goal of the activity was to model the size difference and the distance between the moon and sun.

Szydlowski said some students at some schools will use thermometers to track temperature changes throughout the day on Monday, and others will use small microphones to monitor the behavior of animals.

The eclipse fits into more than just the science curriculum. Some of the lesson plan options include art projects, reading articles about the eclipse and learning the history of what people used to believe about solar eclipses. Szydlowski said in past centuries, people were afraid of eclipses because they did not yet know the science behind them.

Both the eclipse and the interactive lesson plans have brought out enthusiasm in the students, Webb said.

“Whenever you can do something that makes the kids go, ‘Wow, why’d that happen?’, when you start kids asking questions about what they see, that is when real learning occurs,” she said.

Collin Wise and Ariana Willenberg, two of Webb’s fourth-graders, said they are excited about the eclipse and have learned a lot about it. Collin said it was interesting that the sun will still be shining when it’s dark and the stars will come out. Ariana said she learned that the moon’s orbit is not a perfect circle.

“If it were, every year we’d have an eclipse,” she said.

Szydlowski said some parents expressed concerns to the district that students might miss the eclipse. The district is requiring all students to be outside from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Monday to ensure everyone will experience the once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon.


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Researchers look into how animals will react during the solar eclipse http://www.komu.com/news/researchers-look-into-how-animals-will-react-during-the-solar-eclipse/ http://www.komu.com/news/researchers-look-into-how-animals-will-react-during-the-solar-eclipse/ News Sun, 20 Aug 2017 1:22:00 PM Stephanie Sandoval, KOMU 8 Reporter Researchers look into how animals will react during the solar eclipse

COLUMBIA - Researchers are getting ready for the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Not only will they be watching the sky, but they will also be watching what's on the ground, including insects, plants and animals. 

Director of Field Operations Tim Reinbott said researchers at South Farm Research Center, including himself, are going to study how the solar eclipse affects plants that typically close up during the evening. Reinbott also said they are going to have cameras recording how chickens, fish and horses react during the eclipse. 

"We are also wondering what happens to insects and birds," Reinbott said. "We are going to have audio recorders near and in wooded areas to measure the changes in sounds."

Reinbott said in total they will have 11 cameras set up. 

"We're gonna have several cameras on plants, different types of plants, and what they're doing," Reinbott said. "We're gonna have the cameras on the chickens and the horses. We're also gonna have them on a pond. What happens during the solar eclipse on that pond if we can see the action going on."

Reinbott said they are also going to be studying the light. 

"We're also going to measure what happens to the light intensity as well as the light quality, so we can compare that to sundown to see how the eclipse and sundown correlate with one another."

He said they only have one shot to do this right. 

"Well this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and we only have one shot at this," Reinbott said. "So, we're trying to cover all of our basis within the sciences to make sure we are going to backup what we see, and that's why we're doing this as a scientific experiment so that it can be replicated in other eclipses, you know, seven years from now." 

He said a big challenge is they don't know what to expect. 
"And that's OK too because if the plants don't respond, if the animals don't respond that's new information also," Reinbott said.
A PHD graduate student at MU will be studying how bats react during the solar eclipse. 
"We will be setting out Anabat recorders, which are audio recording devices which record at the frequency that bats emit their echolocation calls. So it captures those, we can then download that a computer, put it up on a log graph and look at which species are making calls," Jordan Shroyer said.

Shroyer said a few researchers will also go out to different locations and do visual inspections to see if any bats will fly around during the eclipse. But he said the challenge is not getting distracted by the eclipse itself. 

"This is a once in a lifetime event," Shroyer said. "I know I'm going to be watching the eclipse. It's going to be making sure that we enjoy the eclipse while also taking the time to make sure we're participating in our study, which we should be able to do that just fine."

Shroyer said Bats actually have eyesight that's pretty equivalent to ours. 

"So, interesting enough people used to say, 'blind as a bat,' in fact people still say that, they actually have eyesight that's pretty equivalent to ours, but they also have echolocation on top of it, which allows them to maneuver pretty well," Shroyer said. 

For more Show Me Eclipse Coverage, visit komu.com/eclipse.


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Police: Man pushing disabled car on freeway hit, killed http://www.komu.com/news/police-man-pushing-disabled-car-on-freeway-hit-killed/ http://www.komu.com/news/police-man-pushing-disabled-car-on-freeway-hit-killed/ News Sun, 20 Aug 2017 1:14:03 PM The Associated Press Police: Man pushing disabled car on freeway hit, killed

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Police in Kansas City say a man pushing his disabled car on Interstate 70 was killed when he was hit by another car.

Police say 49-year-old Carey Travis of Raymore died at the scene of the accident about 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Investigators said Travis was eastbound on the freeway when his car overheated. Police say he was pushing the vehicle, using the open driver's door, when he was hit by an eastbound car.

Two passengers in Travis' car and the other driver were not injured.

The crash is being investigated.


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Man injured after forklift collapses St. Louis sidewalk http://www.komu.com/news/man-injured-after-forklift-collapses-st-louis-sidewalk/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-injured-after-forklift-collapses-st-louis-sidewalk/ News Sun, 20 Aug 2017 1:09:41 PM The Associated Press Man injured after forklift collapses St. Louis sidewalk

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police say a man was injured when a St. Louis sidewalk collapsed under the forklift he was driving during a downtown festival, sending him into a sinkhole about 8 feet deep.

KTVI reports that accident happened about 6:45 p.m. Saturday during the Rise Up Festival celebrating the revitalization of the downtown's Washington Avenue area.

The man was taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening. His medical status was not immediately clear Sunday.

There were no other immediate reports of injuries.


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Parents: Girl, 4, duct-taped to chair at Missouri day care http://www.komu.com/news/parents-girl-4-duct-taped-to-chair-at-missouri-day-care/ http://www.komu.com/news/parents-girl-4-duct-taped-to-chair-at-missouri-day-care/ News Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:37:23 PM The Associated Press Parents: Girl, 4, duct-taped to chair at Missouri day care

FLORISSANT (AP) — The parents of a 4-year-old girl are calling for the closure of a suburban St. Louis day care center where they say the child was duct-taped to a chair.

Elysha Brooks and Christian Evans tell KTVI that they learned of the alleged incident after the Missouri Department of Children and Family Services sent them a picture that appears to show their daughter restrained in a chair.

The Florissant day care center isn't commenting publicly about the matter.

Evans says he won't be satisfied until the center is shut down and someone is prosecuted.


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