Jefferson City police have made three arrests in the February 15th death of Johnny Evans. Robert Burks, Charles Thompson and Vincent Smith face murder, burglary and attempted robbery charges. The Jefferson City police say the trio broke into Evans apartment with the intent to rob him. The three men fled after Smith shot Evans as he sat on a couch. Evans was a popular cook and cafeteria worker at Helias High School.
Fulton Public Schools has launched an investigation into a teacher-led activity referred to as a “survey” that has upset participating students and parents.
Reports say that during a Fulton Middle School physical education class on Friday, teachers conducted an activity called “Claim It,” in which students were read various statements about their identity. If the statement applied to a student’s life, he or she stepped forward in a line, according to the “Claim It” activity materials.
Some of the statements that upset parents and students touched on topics such as sexual abuse and financial problems inside the students’ homes.
Superintendent Jacque Cowherd apologized to parents for any stress the activity caused, and said it was a voluntary exercise. According to Fulton Public Schools, the activity was a part of a school day focusing on character education.
Boone County authorities are looking for two stolen camels. The double-hump male camels were stolen along with two steers from a farm in Columbia. They were last seen Monday morning. The animals’ owner says someone likely lured the animals into a trailer. He says the four animals are worth a total of about $20,000.
The male camels are about 3 years old, tan and 9-feet tall. The two 900-pound Black Angus steer have tags on their right ears with the numbers 96 and 97. Investigators say it’s unclear if the camels had microchips or tags.
Moniteau County Prosecutor Shayne Healea will see his case moved out of Boone County. Healea is accused of crashing his pickup into a downtown Columbia restaurant and then driving off. The November accident at Addisons injured four diners. Court records claim that Healea had alcohol in his system at the time of the crash. His trial on assault and leaving the scene charges will now be held in Shelby County.
The Boone County sheriff’s department has a couple of men in custody after a dog fight in a Boone County subdivision leads to gun fire. Deputies say 35 year Josh Williams got a gun and began firing after a neighbor stabbed Williams dog to death after it attacked the neighbor’s dog. Williams faces a long list of charges. A second man was taken into custody for resisting arrest.
A close call for a Rolla toddler. Police in Rolla say they rescued a ten month old from a burning car. The mother of the baby told police she left the baby in his car seat while she went into a business. She say she returned to find the car on fire. Emergency responders began CPR on the boy…then rushed him to hospitals in Rolla and St. Louis. Police say they are looking into the cause of the fire…and the mother may be facing child endangerment charges.
A prominent Republican donor stepped forward Thursday to back up assertions that Missouri’s GOP chairman had made negative remarks about the religion of the state auditor, who killed himself amid perceptions he was the target of an anti-Semitic whispering campaign.
Republican businessman and donor David Humphreys released a signed affidavit saying Republican consultant John Hancock, who later was elected head of the party, told him on Nov. 24 that Auditor Tom Schweich was Jewish.
“The meaning I took from Mr. Hancock’s statement and tone of his comments was clear: He (Tom Schweich) is Jewish — in case you didn’t know — and that being Jewish is a negative attribute for Tom Schweich’s gubernatorial race,” Humphreys said in the affidavit.
Humphreys is the first person to publicly attest to hearing such comments from Hancock.
Hancock said Thursday that he had met with Humpheys at the businessman’s Joplin office to discuss fundraising efforts, but he denied saying anything about Schweich’s religion.
You may have to make a trip to the Lincoln campus to sign up the kids for Jefferson City youth sports. Parks leaders would like to move their offices into the planned multipurpose building proposed for the college campus …
L-U President Dr. Kevin Rome is waiting for the project to move ahead. The city is pledging a one and a half (m) – million dollar line of credit to help with the construction. The plan would free up space in the City Hall annex to move the Municipal Court into.
Rocky Mount Fire Protection District Chief Larry Paynter suffers severe injuries in a deadly head on collision Route Y in Morgan County. Donna Grammer of Rocky Mount was trying to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone when she struck Paynter’s S-U-V head on…and the side swiped the vehicle she was trying to pass. Grammer was pronounced dead at the scene. Paynter was taken to lake Regional Hospital with serious injuries…while the driver of the third vehicle was not injured.