Inmate charged with capital murder in Kansas deputy deaths
Posted on 22 June 2018 at 9:41pm
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 30-year-old inmate was charged Friday with capital murder in the shooting deaths of two Kansas sheriff's deputies who were overpowered by him while they were trying to move him between a courthouse and jail.
Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree announced that his office charged Antoine Fielder with two counts of capital murder in the deputies' deaths. In Kansas, the intentional, premeditated killing of a single law enforcement officer is eligible for the death penalty.
Credit card skimmer found at Boonville gas station
Posted on 22 June 2018 at 5:49pm
BOONVILLE – Police said a technician at a local gas station found an internal skimmer device inside a gas pump on Friday.
Skimmer devices are designed to collect credit card information when a customer pays for fuel at the gas pump. Internal skimmers are installed inside the pump, making it more difficult to recognize. The installer then comes back later to collect the data.
Fulton man convicted of a dozen sex crimes
Posted on 22 June 2018 at 5:01pm
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A Fulton man could face more than 200 years in prison after being found guilty of 12 sex crimes, most involving children.
A Callaway County jury convicted George Edward Martin, 58, guilty of the offenses of sodomy, statutory sodomy, sexual misconduct involving a child by inducement, enticement of a child, child molestation and sexual exploitation of a minor.
U.S. House passes farm bill, sparking concern from advocacy groups
Posted on 22 June 2018 at 4:49pm
JEFFERSON CITY – The U.S. House passed the 2018 farm bill, formally known as the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, Thursday by a vote of 213 to 211.
The farm bill focuses on things such as commodity support, trade and international food aid, nutrition assistance and conservation.
Missouri farmers affected by drought conditions in spite of the rain
Posted on 22 June 2018 at 4:37pm
FULTON - Despite rainfall these past two days, statistics show most of Missouri is dryer than usual.
Data released Thursday from the National Drought Mitigation Center shows most of northern Missouri is under severe and moderate drought conditions, while parts of southwestern Missouri are seeing "abnormally dry conditions."
Update: Witnesses testify in sentencing phase of Moberly murder trial
Posted on 22 June 2018 at 4:15pm
HUNTSVILLE – The sentencing phase of the trial for a convicted murderer began Friday.
Jeffrey Nichols was convicted Thursday in the 2013 murder of Carmelita Kaser, 92, in Moberly on Easter Sunday. Jurors will now determine whether to recommend the death penalty or a lesser sentence.
University leaders to appeal ruling saying grad students are employees
Posted on 22 June 2018 at 3:32pm
COLUMBIA - Graduate students at the University of Missouri celebrated Thursday after they were officially considered employees, but the celebration may not last.
Judge Jeff Harris of the 13th Circuit approved the decision for graduate students to unionize on Thursday.
UM Curators believe progress has been made since 2015 protests
Posted on 22 June 2018 at 2:43pm
COLUMBIA - MU has faced big challenges in recent years - from changes in administration to loss of state funding to on-campus protests in 2015 - but the UM Board of Curators said progress has been made.
In a statement released by the UM Board of Curators Chair David Steelman, he addressed the protests by Concerned Student 1950 in 2015. Steelman said "mistakes were made" by the previous administration, but the current Board of Curators has "not shied away from discussions around free speech on campus."
UPDATE: Missing girl no longer believed to be abducted
Posted on 22 June 2018 at 11:29am
KANSAS CITY - The Kansas City Police Department has canceled an Amber Alert for Brajean Sledge, a missing 15-year-old girl who they no longer believe was abducted.
Police believe that she is currently with Anthony King, a 18-year-old black male, who is 5' 8" and 140 pounds. King is a person of interest in several crimes regarding the incident.
Confusion swirls on border after Trump reversal on families
Posted on 22 June 2018 at 8:52am
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Immigration enforcement on the U.S.-Mexico border was plunged deeper into chaos over President Donald Trump's reversal of a policy separating immigrant children from parents, causing uncertainty for both migrant families and the federal agencies in charge of prosecuting and detaining them.
A senior Trump administration official said that about 500 of the more than 2,300 children separated from their families at the border have been reunited since May. It was unclear how many of the children were still being detained with their families.