KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com News News en-us Copyright 2016, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:04:11 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Schaefer meet and greet turns into protest http://www.komu.com/news/schaefer-meet-and-greet-turns-into-protest/ http://www.komu.com/news/schaefer-meet-and-greet-turns-into-protest/ News Fri, 29 Apr 2016 8:09:09 PM Emma Henderson, KOMU 8 Reporter Schaefer meet and greet turns into protest

COLUMBIA - What was supposed to be a simple meet and greet resulted in a change of location and some heated protests against state Senator Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia.

The event was originally supposed to last 2 hours at the Heidelberg, but was cancelled on Facebook.  Protestors still showed up to the restaurant, not knowing the event had been moved to the Mizzou Student Center.

Protestors eventually caught up to the event and outnumbered the attendees.  There were a few students from Mizzou Republican organizations, and some members of the community in attendance.

Schaefer's campaign manager refused to talk on camera, and told other campaign workers not to speak to KOMU 8 News.


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Students showcase musical talents at MSHSAA Music Festival http://www.komu.com/news/students-showcase-musical-talents-at-mshsaa-music-festival/ http://www.komu.com/news/students-showcase-musical-talents-at-mshsaa-music-festival/ News Fri, 29 Apr 2016 8:01:31 PM Patrick Windsor, KOMU 8 Reporter Students showcase musical talents at MSHSAA Music Festival

COLUMBIA – High school students from all over the state traveled to Columbia for the MSHSAA Music Festival, the state-level competition for high school music students.

More than 5,000 high school band, orchestra and choir members performed individual and group music pieces in front of judges who gave ratings and critiques on the student’s abilities.

To perform at the state level, the students had to qualify by earning an exemplary rating at their district-level music festival.

Selene Hernandez, orchestra director at Van Horn High School, said this event is something music students strive for and look forward to.

“It’s a time for them to be able to express themselves and also get out of school and do something exciting to represent their community,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez said this event will be something that students can talk about years down the road when they’re older.


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Senior center holds garage sale for facility improvements http://www.komu.com/news/senior-center-holds-garage-sale-for-facility-improvements/ http://www.komu.com/news/senior-center-holds-garage-sale-for-facility-improvements/ News Fri, 29 Apr 2016 5:35:47 PM Mia Johnson, KOMU 8 Reporter Senior center holds garage sale for facility improvements

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Senior Activity Center began its two day spring garage sale on Friday.

The annual garage sale was created to keep the center running because of its lack of government funding.

"We're still paying off the debt on the building while maintaining it," said Jody Cornwell, the special events chairwoman at the center.

Patrons of the senior center and others donated enough items in the garage sale to fill up the outside entrance, the front lobby, the cafeteria and an additional large room. 

Donations from the community included books, household items, toys for children and furniture. 

Customers flooded into the senior center long after its 3 p.m. planned end time to browse and buy from the collection.

All of the items sold will go toward paying off and maintaining the senior center.

Aside from a lack of government funding, there are other factors making it especially important that fundraisers like the garage sale take place to keep the facility in operation.

"There's no membership fee to participate," said Cornwell.

The chairwoman said previous fundraiser money was used to help pay for new carpet and air conditioning in the building.

Coordinators at the center say their next focus will be to improve the landscaping around the building. 

Still, while the facility receives improvements, money raised will have to be set aside to pay off the building debt.

The center will collaborate with the Columbia Entertainment Company in June for its next fundraiser.


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Missouri will face more insects after poor winter http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-will-face-more-insects-after-poor-winter/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-will-face-more-insects-after-poor-winter/ News Fri, 29 Apr 2016 7:07:44 PM Amie Stone, KOMU 8 Digital Reporter & Katie Cammarata, KOMU 8 Reporter Missouri will face more insects after poor winter

COLUMBIA - Missouri residents will see more insects this Spring and Summer because temperatures did not hit below freezing enough throughout the winter. 

This December in Missouri "the state report[ed] its warmest December since offical records [started in] 1895," with average state-wide tempratures at 42 degrees, which is 9 degrees higher than the long-term average, according to the Misouri Climate Center.

March was the warmest since 2012, and the lowest temperature was recorded in Green City, Missouri, at 13 degrees.

Ryan Whitesides, owner of Guardian Pest Control, said the increase in insects is because there is "no cold weather to kill anything off."

He said his business has seen a huge increase since last year.

"What we do is we end up doing a yard spray of course inside and outside treatment and do our monthly service and take care of everything and always offer our 100% gurantee that is there. If there is a problem we will come back and take care of it and just keep fighting," Whitesides said.

He said he's seen wasps, fleas, ants and spiders in and around peoples homes. 

Despite, available home remedies Whiteside said "if they worked as good as a lot of people say we wouldnt be in business."

If you have found an increase of insects in your home it is advised you contact pest control.  

 

 


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Thousands in Columbia receive incorrect utility bills http://www.komu.com/news/thousands-in-columbia-receive-incorrect-utility-bills/ http://www.komu.com/news/thousands-in-columbia-receive-incorrect-utility-bills/ News Fri, 29 Apr 2016 5:36:02 PM Justice Henderson, KOMU 8 Reporter Thousands in Columbia receive incorrect utility bills

COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia utility department recently sent out 8,000 incorrect utility bills.

Assistant Director Jim Windsor said the city was going through a process of moving certain billing cycles and accidentally sent out wrong bills as a result of it. 

"The first bill that was sent out did not have the D and R fees, which are fees that the state requires to be paid for both sewer and water and also the storm water charges were at a level that did not get transfered when customers were transfered from one cycle to another," Windsor said.

A customer called the city and informed them that the fees were missing. The city then looked into the issue and quickly rectified it. 

"We looked at the situation and found how extensive it was and immediately took steps to correct it," Windsor said.

The city is required to correct bills as soon as any issue is detected, so even thought the charges were relatively small, they went ahead and issued new bills. 

"The first bill is basically canceled and the second bill is what applies," Windsor said. 

The city has made sure that anybody that has automatic withdrawal for their utility bill, had the correct amount taken out and there was only about 560 of this customers impacted.

Eight-thousand out of about 60,000 customers were impacted by this issue, and they have all been issued new bills with corrected amounts. 


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Governor signs mid-year budget boost http://www.komu.com/news/governor-signs-mid-year-budget-boost/ http://www.komu.com/news/governor-signs-mid-year-budget-boost/ News Fri, 29 Apr 2016 4:08:53 PM The Associated Press Governor signs mid-year budget boost

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a mid-year increase to Missouri's budget that adds more than $460 million in spending to the state's current $26 billion budget.

Nixon on Friday approved the additional spending, of which more than $150 comes from the federal government.

Most of the additional spending will go toward health care for people with low incomes, which the state is legally required to fund through Medicaid. Growing drug prices has been the biggest factor driving up costs, and caseloads also have increased.

The supplemental budget also covers an increase of more than $19 million for special education and $4 million for soil and water conservation grants.

The current budget expires June 30.


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Westminster student group places fourth in national competition http://www.komu.com/news/westminster-student-group-places-fourth-in-national-competition/ http://www.komu.com/news/westminster-student-group-places-fourth-in-national-competition/ News Fri, 29 Apr 2016 3:59:34 PM Marissa Rubino, KOMU 8 Reporter Westminster student group places fourth in national competition

FULTON - A student organization from Westminster College was recently recognized at the Clinton Global Initiative University meeting held at the University of California - Berkeley campus. 

The group, Global Development and Progress (GDP), placed fourth overall in the "Up to Us" competition, a program that challenges student organizations to raise awareness on their campuses about the long-term national debt. 

They were awarded $2,500 and placed higher than organizations from Cornell University, NYU, and Ohio State University. 

GDP's biggest push came from getting over 30% of students on campus to sign a petition to a local congressman regarding the national debt back in October. This was the highest participation percentage out of all the competing organizations. 

The first-year organization is advised by Dr. Jeremy Straughn, a transnational studies professor at Westminster.

"These guys, their optimism is contagious," Straughn said of the team members. "They promote such a positive vision for change for young people."

Executive member Ayush Manandhar, from Nepal, had the opportunity to represent his team in California. He said the organization was born out of the curiosity raised in Dr. Straughn's class for global issues. 

"Being a small campus and taking part in the competition for the very first time, really made us think that maybe we could test how deep the water was," Manandhar said. "But then again, when we came first in terms of student body covered it really encouraged us." 

Manandhar said meeting former President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea was an honor.

Other executive members of the club are Isidora Simeunovic, Joseph Opoku, Nicolas Lopez, and Mustafe Elmi, all international students. 

 

 


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Firefighters rescue hunter from Missouri River floodwaters http://www.komu.com/news/firefighters-rescue-hunter-from-missouri-river-floodwaters/ http://www.komu.com/news/firefighters-rescue-hunter-from-missouri-river-floodwaters/ News Fri, 29 Apr 2016 3:43:12 PM Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Firefighters rescue hunter from Missouri River floodwaters

COLE COUNTY - Firefighters rescued a man who was trapped by floodwaters from the Missouri River on Friday morning, according to the Jefferson City Fire Department.

At 11:22 a.m. Friday, the Regional West Fire Protection District and JCFD responded to a report of floodwaters trapping a hunter.

It happened at the Marion Bottoms Conservation Area along the Missouri River.

Jerry Blomberg, division chief in training of JCFD, said after going into the conservation area, the hunter returned to his vehicle only to discover water from the river had risen. 

The man could not cross the water, which cut hit off from his vehicle, Blomberg said.

He said firefighters used a watercraft to cross the water and rescue the hunter. Ten firefighters responded to the water rescue.

Firefighters want to remind people of how dangerous floodwaters can be.

"Use caution around all moving water and never attempt to cross moving floodwaters in your vehicle or on foot," their statement read.

They advise caution with rising water levels and expected heavy rains.


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Moving season begins, the Better Business Bureau warns of scams http://www.komu.com/news/moving-season-begins-the-better-business-bureau-warns-of-scams/ http://www.komu.com/news/moving-season-begins-the-better-business-bureau-warns-of-scams/ News Fri, 29 Apr 2016 3:42:37 PM Emma Balkenbush, KOMU 8 Reporter Moving season begins, the Better Business Bureau warns of scams

COLUMBIA - With moving season almost in full swing, the Better Business Bureau is warning customers to be cautious as they decide which company to use. 

BBB nationwide sent out 1.7 million requests for customer reviews and received more than 8,300 complaints regarding American moving companies in 2015.  

Regional Director of the mid-Missouri BBB, Sean Spence, said examples of common complaints are bills that were higher than estimates and items being held for ransom. 

"You might have movers who are not quite as ethical as we wish they would be," Spence said. "They might hold onto your items until they get paid a certain amount of money." 

Spence said good documentation, such as making sure the company is insured, will help prevent these types of incidents. 

"Once a moving company has your stuff, their ability to exert power over you is much greater," Spence said. 

TLC Moving Manager Crystal Regazzi said she believes part of the reason people get scammed by a company is because they do not look into the business enough. 

"Definitely research your moving company before you just blindly trust them," Regazzi said. 

She said TLC works to avoid these incidents by charging based on weight rather than hour and keeping their employees at a low number. 

"There are companies that don't push their workers to work fast or they will take many breaks," Regazzi said. 

Regazzi said their busiest moving time begins in early to mid-May and goes throughout the Summer. 

"If anything by us gets broken or damaged we either fix it or replace it," Regazzi said. 

Spence said a moving scam can also go both ways when a person may take advantage of a company. 

"Somebody who is using a moving company can say that something got broken when it got broken after the move was already done or something was missing when it wasn't already on the truck," Spence said. 

He said it is important for customers to check the references of a company they are considering to use. 

"Not just read reviews on a website, but actually talk to someone who has used them because they're going to be moving your whole life from one place to another and it really does put them in a position of power," Spence said. 

He also said it is important to make sure the company is properly insured.

"If you'll do these simple things, generally it's going to be a very good experience. Most moving companies are honest, it's just that small minority that can make the rest of them look bad," Spence said. 


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MU diversity leader to return to previous role in law school http://www.komu.com/news/mu-diversity-leader-to-return-to-previous-role-in-law-school/ http://www.komu.com/news/mu-diversity-leader-to-return-to-previous-role-in-law-school/ News Fri, 29 Apr 2016 3:09:44 PM Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer MU diversity leader to return to previous role in law school

COLUMBIA - In an email to faculty, staff and students Friday, MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley announced a diversity leader will step down in the fall.

Chuck Henson has served as the interim vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity and equity since November. Foley's email said in the fall, Henson will return to his role in the MU School of Law.

Prior to serving as a diversity leader, Henson was the associate dean for academic affairs and trial practice professor of law.   

Foley said in his role as the  interim vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity and equity, Henson "has made significant progress as we work toward a more inclusive and welcoming environment at Mizzou."

Henson has laid the groundwork for the new division, Foley said.

"The original charge to Chuck was to improve the campus climate, ensuring that everyone who teaches, works, studies and visits at MU feels welcomed and included," Foley's email said. "Since Nov. 10, he has been creating the Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, getting input from a team of university leaders and reaching out to every constituency on campus and many throughout the community."

Foley said Henson has developed the Diversity@Mizzou orientation training program for incoming students, implemented training for those who hire faculty, created a group of student leaders called "The Working Group," and made lecture series and seminars.

The university will conduct a search to fill Henson's role.


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Multiple charges for man involved in shootout with ranger http://www.komu.com/news/multiple-charges-for-man-involved-in-shootout-with-ranger/ http://www.komu.com/news/multiple-charges-for-man-involved-in-shootout-with-ranger/ News Fri, 29 Apr 2016 2:34:01 PM The Associated Press Multiple charges for man involved in shootout with ranger

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man accused of shooting at several people in a St. Louis park, including a park ranger, is now facing multiple charges.

KMOV-TV reported that 36-year-old Demetrius Webb is charged with crimes that include armed criminal action, assault and unlawful possession of a firearm for shootings on Sunday in Carondelet Park.

Authorities said the incident began when Webb shot a man in the back and torso after a verbal confrontation, then shot a second victim in the foot.

Webb left but a park ranger followed the vehicle and tried to pull it over. Webb allegedly fired at least one shot at the ranger, who returned fire and struck Webb. An update on his condition was not immediately available Friday.

The ranger is on administrative leave pending the investigation.


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Planned Parenthood license topic of Missouri hearing http://www.komu.com/news/planned-parenthood-license-topic-of-missouri-hearing/ http://www.komu.com/news/planned-parenthood-license-topic-of-missouri-hearing/ News Fri, 29 Apr 2016 2:31:49 PM The Associated Press Planned Parenthood license topic of Missouri hearing

COLUMBIA (AP) — A federal judge for now is leaving in place a preliminary injunction barring the state from revoking Planned Parenthood's license to perform abortions at a Columbia clinic.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey is weighing the matter after a hearing Thursday.

Attorneys for the Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri argued that the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services buckled to political pressure rather than follow the law.

Planned Parenthood is fighting to keep the license after University of Missouri Health Care canceled St. Louis physician Colleen McNicholas' privileges that allowed her to provide medication-induced abortions at the clinic.

James Layton countered for the state that Planned Parenthood was notified of the revocation last October but still has not responding with a corrective plan.


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Mid-Mo conference exposes statewide health disparities http://www.komu.com/news/mid-mo-conference-exposes-statewide-health-disparities/ http://www.komu.com/news/mid-mo-conference-exposes-statewide-health-disparities/ News Fri, 29 Apr 2016 2:19:02 PM Ashley Holt, KOMU 8 Reporter Mid-Mo conference exposes statewide health disparities

COLUMBIA - Doctors, educators and activists from all over the country met Friday for a conference, with the goal of diminishing health disparities throughout Missouri. 

With the theme "Healthy Lives - Healthy Communities," health professionals had honest conversations about where Missouri health is falling short, and what can be done to turn some things around.

This was the first year the conference expanded past medical practices, and included other contexts people may have that affect their health and health care. 

"We have the best health care system in the world for people with money," said Karen Edison, Director at the Center for Health Policy. 

She said a disparity most people suffer from is health literacy. 

“You can go in to the doctor’s office or the hospital and they can use a word like cancer, or Lupus, or Melanoma that can just stop understanding, and you’re health literacy can go way down in an instant," Edison said. “If we don’t give it to them in a way they can understand it, and use it, we haven’t done our job.”

She said the purpose of the conference was to help health professionals understand all of their patients, and their array of needs. 

“We may think we don’t see color, we may think we don’t see gender, we may think that none of these things really matter, but they do, and they do affect the outcomes," she said.“We need to go beyond the four walls of our clinics and our hospitals.”

President of the Missouri Foundation for Health Bob Hughes said without a doubt, the most apparent disparity he's seen in Missouri lately is race.

“Those are reflected in everything from shorter lifespans to less access to health care, having lower health care access opportunities, Hughes said. “I want to leave this society better for my kids, and the next generations than we have today.”

President and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation, and Co-Chair of the Ferguson Commission Starsky Wilson also said he attended the conference not just to make change, but for his kids. 

“I care as a dad whose sons and daughters will grow up in this environment," Wilson said. 

He's seen and worked with African Americans firsthand who have had their race affect their health. 

“People are living 18-20 years longer if they’re living in a community that’s predominantly white," Wilson said.

The greater context of how health affects all parts of a person's life was essential to this conference for him. 

“Everything is health, and health is everything," Wilson said. 

 


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Gov. Nixon announces anti-child hunger campaign http://www.komu.com/news/gov-nixon-announces-anti-child-hunger-campaign/ http://www.komu.com/news/gov-nixon-announces-anti-child-hunger-campaign/ News Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:58:39 AM Zachary Reger, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Gov. Nixon announces anti-child hunger campaign

AFFTON — Gov. Jay Nixon announced a new anti-hunger initiative during a visit to Rogers Middle School on Friday.

Share our Strength, an anti-hunger non-profit, will partner with state agencies and other community groups to form No Kid Hungry Missouri.

The No Kid Hungry program seeks to address the problem of child nutrition in schools. According to a press release, organizers of the program will work alongside school districts to increase student access to school breakfast, after-school snacks and summer meals.

The Department of Health and Senior Services, Department of Social Services, Department of Secondary and Elementary Education and the Family and Community Trust are working to develop strategies and goals for No Kid Hungry.

Duke Storen will serve as the program's senior director. He says "strategic partnerships" are the core of making No Kid Hungry a reality in Missouri.

The program will be partly funded through a $500,000 federal grant.


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Prosecutors: Missouri man raped woman days before he killed http://www.komu.com/news/prosecutors-missouri-man-raped-woman-days-before-he-killed/ http://www.komu.com/news/prosecutors-missouri-man-raped-woman-days-before-he-killed/ News Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:47:35 AM The Associated Press Prosecutors: Missouri man raped woman days before he killed

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Missouri prosecutors say a man imprisoned for a 2013 strangling had raped a woman days before the killing but avoided arrest by claiming the sex was consensual.

Greene County prosecutors charged 27-year-old Sean David Roberson on Tuesday with first-degree rape. Online court records don't show whether he has an attorney.

Court documents allege that in March 2013, the alleged rape victim secretly left a note in a Springfield convenience store, saying she had been kidnapped and attacked. Investigators say the note asked for help and gave Roberson's address.

Police notified about the note questioned Roberson but made no arrest. He insisted the sex was consensual.

Roberson is serving a 15-year sentence for manslaughter in a Branson strangling that took place six days later.


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Couple charged in Callaway County homicides appears in court http://www.komu.com/news/couple-charged-in-callaway-county-homicides-appears-in-court/ http://www.komu.com/news/couple-charged-in-callaway-county-homicides-appears-in-court/ News Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:41:26 AM Ashley Holt, KOMU 8 Reporter Couple charged in Callaway County homicides appears in court

FULTON — A Fulton couple charged in Tuesday's double homicide in Callaway County had their first court appearance Friday.

Next court dates were set for the couple. 

Dale Horton is set to appear on May 27 and Jennifer Grayson June 3. The judge gave Grayson more time in case the couple decides they wish to be represented separately. Both are being represented by the same public defender. 

While in jail, the couple will have court appearances via video conference. 

Both waived their right to have to plea guilty or not guilty at the first appearance. They won't have to plea until their case is bound over to the circuit court. 

Their entire court process is expected to take at least a year. 

Horton and Grayson were charged after Horton's mother, Sherry Horton, and brother-in-law Joshua Griffith were found dead Tuesday night at the family's home.


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Jefferson City Public Schools names Teacher of the Year http://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-public-schools-names-teacher-of-the-year/ http://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-public-schools-names-teacher-of-the-year/ News Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:15:37 AM Zachary Reger, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Jefferson City Public Schools names Teacher of the Year

JEFFERSON CITY — Jefferson City Public Schools named Nikki Carel 2016 Eisinger Teacher of the Year on Thursday.

Carel is a first-grade teacher at Pioneer Trail Elementary School. She was awarded Teacher of the Year during the annual Teacher Appreciation Banquet held Thursday night at Lewis and Clark Middle School.

At the banquet, Linda Tobar received the 2016 Eisinger Outstanding Educator Award. She is a seventh-grade science/math integration teacher at Lewis and Clark.

The Jefferson City School District encompasses seventeen different school buildings across Cole and Callaway Counties.

 

 


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Former jail guard accused of sex with inmate gets probation http://www.komu.com/news/former-jail-guard-accused-of-sex-with-inmate-gets-probation/ http://www.komu.com/news/former-jail-guard-accused-of-sex-with-inmate-gets-probation/ News Fri, 29 Apr 2016 9:19:17 AM The Associated Press Former jail guard accused of sex with inmate gets probation

ST. CHARLES (AP) — A former St. Charles County jail guard accused last year of having sex with an inmate has been given a four-year suspended sentence and placed on probation.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 33-year-old Nathaniel Dean Johnson pleaded guilty Monday to acceding to corruption by a public servant. He will be on probation for five years.

A grand jury indictment last summer alleged that Johnson had sex with an inmate in June. The revised charge submitted this month alleged that he accepted favors from an inmate in return for supplying cigarettes to the inmate.

Johnson's employment with the county corrections department ended in August.


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DEA: 240 gangs operating in St. Louis http://www.komu.com/news/dea-240-gangs-operating-in-st-louis/ http://www.komu.com/news/dea-240-gangs-operating-in-st-louis/ News Fri, 29 Apr 2016 9:15:34 AM The Associated Press DEA: 240 gangs operating in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration says 240 gangs are roaming the streets of the St. Louis area, and most of their money is made through the sale and distribution of illegal drugs.

DEA agent James Shroba told KMOV-TV that the gangs create a toxic environment. Shroba says gang members are constantly attacking each other due to the competition in the drug trade.

The DEA announced a "360 Strategy" in January in which it is teaming up with police, schools and the medical community to fight the heroin epidemic. Gangs play a key role in trafficking of heroin.


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Ex-pastor accused of having sex with girl, 16, sentenced http://www.komu.com/news/ex-pastor-accused-of-having-sex-with-girl-16-sentenced/ http://www.komu.com/news/ex-pastor-accused-of-having-sex-with-girl-16-sentenced/ News Fri, 29 Apr 2016 9:10:09 AM The Associated Press Ex-pastor accused of having sex with girl, 16, sentenced

STOVER (AP) — A former Missouri pastor accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl in 2005 has been sentenced to four years in prison.

The Kansas City Star reports that 45-year-old Travis Smith entered an Alford plea last week in Laclede County to charges of statutory rape and statutory sodomy, and was sentenced. When a defendant enters an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges there's enough evidence for a conviction.

A mistrial had been declared in 2011, when a potential juror commented about a witness in the case.

Prosecutors say the girl's father caught her and Smith, who was her youth pastor at Pilot Grove Baptist Church in unincorporated Moniteau County at the time, having sex at a cemetery.

As part of the plea, Smith pleaded guilty in two other cases involving two other teenage girls.


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