Missouri is scheduled today to execute 74-year-old Cecil Clayton for the 1996 murder of a Barry County Deputy. Clayton attorney Cynthia Short is pushing last-minute arguments that to execute Clayton would violate state and federal prohibitions on executing someone who has a mental disability…
If Short’s arguments fail, Clay will die by lethal injection tonight at the prison at Bonne Terre.
One lane of westbound I-70 in Cooper County is closed due to a crumbling bridge. Over the weekend MoDOT inspectors found a crack in a girder on the I-70 bridge across the Lamine River. Mo DOT officials say there is no money in the budget to replace the bridge…but they are patching the crack…and should be done sometime late Wednesday.
Everyone gets out safely after a Sunday Jefferson City fire. Firefighters were called to the building in the 600 – block of Linn Street around 12:30. The fire had started on a bed but everyone inside managed to escape. While the fire was contained to one apartment, several other families were put out of their units as well. Firefighters were also called to several illegal yard waste fires. The open burning season is over for the year.
A two year old Camden County child is in the hospital this morning…after he was found floating in a neighborhood pond Sunday evening. Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home just south of Camdenton about 7 oh clock Sunday night…after the child wandered off from family members while they were outside. The child was found about 45 minutes later. Deputies performed CPR until a helicopter arrived and flew the two year old to Lake Regional Hospital. The sheriff’s department did not release details on the toddler’s condition overnight.
When “Thursday Night Live” starts up in Jefferson City again this Spring, it’ll be without any Cole County funding. Presiding Commissioner Sam Bushman, says the concerts may be fun, but they don’t deserve taxpayer dollars. he says they won’t contribute any more.
On KWOS Open Air, Bushman says Jefferson City’s 4th Of July Celebration qualifies as economic development, and the county will chip in 10-thousand dollars for the event.
A special prosecutor reviewing how a young Iowa man drowned in handcuffs in the Lake of the Ozarks has stepped aside, saying it would be a conflict if she stayed on the case.
Osage County Prosecutor Amanda Grellner on Wednesday filed a motion to recuse herself. She told The Star that she was close to a decision on whether to pursue criminal charges in the death of Brandon Ellingson, but would not say what that was.
She said she had stepped down because of a “conflict that developed recently in the additional investigation that is being performed.” She would not say what that conflict was.
“I feel I have no choice,” Grellner said in a telephone interview. “I have asked the judge to appoint another prosecutor so that person can give this case the additional attention it deserves and review the additional information I was able to obtain when I reopened it. … I believe it’s very important that a new prosecutor be appointed.”
Ellingson drowned in May 2014 while in the custody of a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper. Jurors at a coroner’s inquest in September found the death to be accidental, and Grellner announced days later that she would not file criminal charges against the trooper.
A much quieter night in Ferguson where protestors took to the street for the second night after the announcement that the police chief in the embattled town was stepping down. Now violence reported one night after two police officers were shot at close range. Both will survive. No word on any arrests in the case yet.
A group of 50 to 60 protestors took to the University of Missouri campus last night…marching to the steps of the home of chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. The group chanted slogans for about a half hour between 10-30 and 11 before disbanding.
Leaders from Lincoln University are back in mid Missouri after a trip to Cuba. The delegation, lead by Lincoln president Dr. Kevin Rome went to explore opportunities for researching agriculture and look into exchange programs for students and staff. President Obama recently loosened some restrictions on the communist nation.