• Former school employee pleads guilty to sexual contact with student Posted on 16 October 2018 at 9:43am

    CALIFORNIA - A former employee in the Russellville and California school districts pleaded guilty Friday to having sexual contact with a student.

    Prosecutors charged Clairyssa Lorenz with statutory rape and sexual contact witha student in March after a teenager told investigators he and Lorenz had sex on a number of occasions in Moniteau and Cooper Counties.

  • Mississippi River waters begin to recede north of St. Louis Posted on 16 October 2018 at 9:38am

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Water levels on the Mississippi River are dropping north of St. Louis after high waters forced road and ferry closures.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that in the hardest-hit communities, floodwater crested over the weekend at almost nine feet above flood stage. Hannibal saw the Mississippi River reach about 8.8 feet above flood stage, although it was spared property damage. Water levels hit 8.1 feet above the mark at Clarksville.

  • Man pleads guilty in deadly 2017 crash Posted on 16 October 2018 at 9:37am

    COLUMBIA - A man will spend the next nine years in prison after pleading guilty to a deadly November 2017 crash.

    Prosecutors initially charged William Lauer with involuntary manslaughter, unlawful possession of a gun and leaving the scene of a crash. Lauer pleaded guilty on October 9 to only the latter two charges.

  • State treasurer warns of tax scam Posted on 16 October 2018 at 9:12am

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri State Treasurer’s Office put out a warning monday about a tax scam attempt.

    According to the release, a scammer tried to steal over $1,000 from someone by pretending to work for the Department of Revenue during a phone call. When the person did not pay, the scammer then asked her to mail a check to a post office box in St. Louis, saying it was for the Department of Treasury.

  • Man charged in death of woman who was stabbed 17 times Posted on 16 October 2018 at 9:06am

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities have charged a suburban St. Louis man with stabbing a woman 17 times after catching him in the slain woman's vehicle covered in blood.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 56-year-old Gregory Boston is charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and stealing a motor vehicle in the death of 60-year-old Valerie Holliday. His bail is set at $500,000 cash-only.

  • Suspect in 2 deadly St. Louis shootings linked to a third Posted on 16 October 2018 at 8:14am

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a suspect in two deadly St. Louis shootings has been linked to a third.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 21-year-old William Malik Pearson Jr. is charged with first-degree murder and other charges in the November 2017 shooting that killed 21-year-old Leon Smith Jr. and wounded an 18-year-old woman. His attorney didn't immediately return a phone message. He's been jailed since earlier this year.

  • Missouri Capitol to get interior renovations Posted on 16 October 2018 at 8:38am

    JEFFERSON CITY - The state Capitol building is set to receive interior upgrades after the Missouri Capitol Commission met with a consultant on Tuesday.

    The interior renovations would repair things like cracked ceilings, peeling paint and flooring problems.

  • Families search for the missing in the hurricane's aftermath Posted on 15 October 2018 at 9:44pm

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Joanne Garone Behnke has replayed every possible scenario in her mind a hundred times.

    Maybe her 79-year-old aunt sought shelter at the sturdy condo nearby that withstood Hurricane Michael's devastating winds. Maybe she was rescued and is lying in a hospital bed somewhere. The pile of rubble that was once her Mexico Beach home is shallow, too shallow for a body to go unnoticed, Garone Behnke tells herself.

  • Firms cite law in Missouri boat accident, seek mediation Posted on 15 October 2018 at 8:24pm

    (AP) - Two companies facing multiple lawsuits over a summer tourist boat accident in Missouri that killed 17 people have invoked an 1851 law that allows vessel owners to try to avoid or limit legal damages as they also seek settlement negotiations with victims' family members.

    Attorneys for Ripley Entertainment Inc., based in Orlando, Florida, and Branson Duck Vehicles of Branson, Missouri, cited the federal law in a filing Monday in federal court, where multiple lawsuits are pending.

  • Federal judge dismisses Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit against Trump Posted on 15 October 2018 at 7:57pm

    (CNN) - A federal judge has dismissed adult film star Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump.

    Daniels sued Trump after he said in a tweet that her story of a man threatening her not to come forward with her story of her alleged affair with Trump was "a total con job."