Missouri defends sending teen to prison for 241 years

Missouri is defending a prison sentence for a man who committed robbery and other crimes on a single day when he was 16 and now isn’t eligible for parole until he’s 112 years old.State Attorney General Josh Hawley says in a US Supreme Court filing that defendant Bobby Bostic’s 241-year

Governor accused of blackmailing mistress poses with bear cub

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens posted photos of himself on Facebook holding a black bear cub Tuesday as he faces a criminal investigation into an extramarital affair.The married Republican governor, who was indicted last month on charges that he blackmailed his mistress, posted on the social media site about his meeting

First responder allegedly spit on child, yelled racial slur at Hooters

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Police say charges are pending against a person identified as a first responder who allegedly spit on and called a child by a racial slur in a suburban Kansas City restaurant.The incident happened Monday night at a Hooters restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas.Police Sgt. John Lacy

Missouri governor accused of blackmailing mistress indicted

A grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on felony invasion of privacy charges following reports that he used a dirty photo to blackmail a woman he was having an affair with. The indictment, which was handed down Thursday afternoon, is directly related to the blackmail allegations, according

Cops to clothes donors: Please remove your drugs before giving

Leave the clothes. Remove the drugs. A Missouri police department is kindly asking do-gooders planning to donate clothes to an area thrift store to “please remove your drugs before donating your clothing.” The Crestwood Police Department in the city of Crestwood said it received two calls last week to respond

Applebee’s restaurant admits it racially profiled customers

An Applebee’s restaurant in Missouri is being temporarily closed after two black women were falsely accused of “dining and dashing” a day earlier. Police were called to the Independence restaurant after a server said she was “almost positive” the two women dining had walked out without paying for their

Father killed in bar just days after burying premature newborn

A father of three known as a “big teddy bear” was gunned down in a Missouri sports bar over an argument about a dog’s weight — just days after burying his own premature newborn daughter. Scott Beary, 43, of Winchester, was killed Wednesday at the Show-Me’s Sports Bar &

Missouri is considering an official day for sliced bread

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers are considering whether to mark an official day to celebrate sliced bread. A bill pending in the state House would designate July 7 as Missouri Sliced Bread Day. Supporters say the day is needed to promote tourism in the northern Missouri city of

Mom believed to have killed husband and baby in murder-suicide

A new mom in Missouri is suspected to be the shooter in a tragic double-murder-suicide last week, killing herself, her husband and their three-month-old baby, a report said Tuesday — as experts considered whether postpartum depression played a role. Mary Jo Trokey, 32, her husband Matthew, 33, and the

Alleged ringleader in summer camp sodomy case gets ‘shock time’

The alleged ringleader of sexual assaults during what one prosecutor called a “night of terror” at a summer sports camp in Missouri has been convicted and will spend at least four months of “shock time” in prison. Joshua Brewer, 20, pleaded guilty on Monday to reduced felony assault charges

Suspect in attempted abduction was Uber driver

COLUMBIA, Mo. — An Uber driver has been charged with attempting to abduct a woman in Missouri. Anthony Todd Rowell, 47, of Holts Summit, was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of second-degree kidnapping. No attorney is listed for him in online court records. Bond is set at $110,000. Police said

Toddler, parents killed in triple homicide

WILLIAMSVILLE, Mo. — A Missouri man was charged Monday with three counts of first-degree murder and other crimes after a toddler and her parents were killed in rural southeast Missouri. Authorities identified the victims as Samara Fontaine Kitts, 23, her 24-year-old boyfriend, Harley Michael Million, and their 17-month-old daughter,

Couple accused of raping girl they kept as a ‘sex slave’

A depraved Missouri couple is accused of raping a teen girl they kept in their home as a “sex slave” for more than a year, prosecutors said. Husband and wife Larry and Alicia Dykes were charged with several felonies Friday for performing sex acts on a child younger than

Man mistakes neighbor’s home for own, kills ‘intruder’: cops

A Missouri man is accused of choking his neighbor to death, after mistaking the man’s home for his own and thinking he was an intruder. Michael Augustine, 43, was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of 60-year-old Clifton King, news station WDAF reported. Police said that Augustine entered King’s

6-year-old boy accidentally shoots 7-year-old sister

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Authorities say a 6-year-old boy accidentally shot and wounded his 7-year-old sister while playing with a gun in southwest Missouri. The Greene County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the girl was taken to a hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries

Cheating governor accused of blackmail is fighting for his career

see also JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens appears to be bracing for a fight to preserve his political life after admitting to an extramarital affair but denying anything more. Greitens met Thursday with Cabinet members and placed calls to rally support while his attorney issued firm denials

Man sentenced to death for raping, killing 10-year-old girl

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A former middle-school football coach convicted of abducting and killing a 10-year-old Missouri girl has been sentenced to death. Circuit Judge Thomas Mountjoy sentenced 49-year-old Craig Wood on Thursday for the February 2014 death of Hailey Owens. Woods was convicted of first-degree murder in November but

Man dies snorkeling during holiday vacation

MARATHON, Fla. — A Missouri man died while snorkeling in the Florida Keys on Christmas Day. Monroe County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Becky Herrin said in a news release that 69-year-old Owen Holmes of Ozark, Missouri, was visiting the Keys with his family over the Christmas holiday. He began to have

Ex-death row inmate re-sentenced to life in prison

ST. LOUIS — A longtime Missouri death row inmate whose conviction in the 1991 rape and killing of two sisters was overturned has pleaded guilty to murdering them and been re-sentenced to life behind bars. Reginald Clemons, who spent 22 years on death row, pleaded guilty Monday to two

City official accused of taunting liberal co-worker with gun

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — A city official in the southeastern Missouri town of Poplar Bluff faces criminal charges for allegedly pumping a shotgun to tease a liberal co-worker. Poplar Bluff Streets Superintendent Denis Kearbey, 53, is charged with the unlawful use of a weapon and is free on $25,000

Man accused of killing toddler for not putting on pajamas

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — A southwest Missouri man is charged in the death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter. Twenty-two-year-old Jalen Vaden was charged Thursday with second-degree murder and felony child abuse in the death of Jayda Kyle, of Carl Junction. The Joplin Globe reports a probable cause affidavit said Vaden

Yogi says he groped 6-year-old boy because he was ‘cute’

A yoga instructor at a Montessori school in Missouri admitted he groped a 6-year-old student, because the kid was “cute,” according to a report. Platte County prosecutors said Wednesday that Christian A. Hammond, 22, admitted to touching one of his students while they questioned him over molestation accusations, The

Cops hope to squash gourd caper with “pumpkin lineup’

These seedy criminals were sure caught off gourd. Police in Maryland Heights, Missouri, received a report Wednesday at approximately 1:40 a.m. of Halloween decoration disappearances eerily cropping up around town. “One of the victims provided our Dispatchers a description of the suspect vehicle seen leaving the area during the time frame of