Author Archives: Warren Krech

  1. hands up! don’t shoot!

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    Attorney General Eric Holder’s trip to Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday brings the full weight of the U.S. government to its investigation of the police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

    Holder is uniquely suited to the task of reassuring protesters that the case will be handled fairly. The first African-American to serve as attorney general, he’s pushed the government into bolder action on civil rights. He’s championed reduced sentences for non-violent drug crimes, opposed voting restrictions and cracked down on brutality and racial bias by police.

    Holder says he knows from personal experience as a young man what it’s like to be stopped and searched by police without cause. And he says the Trayvon Martin case prompted him to warn his teenage son how to act if that happens to him.

  2. mamtek ceo sees charges against him stack up

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    A federal judge has ruled that former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole committed fraud to obtain almost $1.3 million from bond funds that were to be used to build an artificial sweetener plant in Moberly.

    In a ruling issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey rejected all claims raised by Cole and his wife, Nanette Cole, in a bankruptcy case. She ruled that $904,167 transferred to the Coles’ personal accounts and $360,000 sent overseas to Cole’s creditors must be repaid.

  3. THEY’RE BACK! WHO YA GONNA CALL?

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    Like that bad song you can’t get out of your head, the Westboro Baptists Church ‘haters’ make another swing thru Mid – Missouri. This time they’re blaming the Governor and everyone else for what’s going on in Ferguson. Members of the Topeka – based church protested along Highway – 50, at Lincoln University and at J-C High. They’re the group that’s been here before to picket at military funerals.

  4. Dr. Chris Link On Open Air

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    Salt, ticks, carbs, veggies and…gas?

    We talked about them all with Dr. Chris Link of Capital Region Medical Center’s Integrative Medicine Clinic on KWOS Open Air:

     
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  5. ‘tanks’? .. but ‘no tanks’

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    Military – grade vehicles and gear .. you’re hearing more and more about that being part of the debate over the unrest in Ferguson. The Cole County Sheriff’s Department is one of many agencies that now has a surplus military ‘M-RAP’ …

    Sheriff Greg White says their 690 – thousand dollar vehicle was provided for free by the Department of Defense.

  6. what’s the history behind the ferguson protests?

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    It’s happened before, and it will probably happen again.  That’s historian Gary Kremer’s take on the Ferguson riots.

    Kremer is head of the State Historical Society Of Missouri.  On KWOS Open Air, he says the shooting of Michael Brown was only the spark that touched off long-standing racial trouble in St. Louis.

  7. westboro baptist crowd is back in jcmo

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    *From the JC-PD * It has come to the attention of the Jefferson City Police Department and other area law enforcement agencies that the Westboro Baptist Church will be holding a demonstration in a number of Jefferson City locations tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon.

    As a law enforcement agency, we respect the right of citizens and groups to a peaceful demonstration.  In accordance with this respect, we have met with other law enforcement agencies to ensure that these types of demonstrations remain peaceful and safe for both those protesting as well as those counter-protesting.  We have, as evidenced in the previous years when groups such as the Westboro Church and the National Socialist Movement have come to our community, had very few problematic issues that have resulted in any arrests or disorderly conduct, and it is our intent to continue that success.

    We are very fortunate to have an excellent working relationship with the Jefferson City Public School District and Lincoln University, and we have had a number of conversations with them regarding our efforts to maintain safety and order in light of this demonstration.  We are confident that our community will also respect this right of demonstration while maintaining a peaceful atmosphere for the safety of all.

     

  8. Historian Gary Kremer On Open Air

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    Dr. Gary Kremer of the State Historical Society Of Missouri puts  the Ferguson events in historical perspective.  Here’s our conversation on KWOS Open Air:

     
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  9. do police really need military gear?

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    You’re hearing plenty about the cops in Ferguson dressed out in military gear and riding around in armored cars. Jefferson City’s Police Department has its own SWAT vehicle for a reason …

    Captain Doug Shoemaker says the ‘Bearcat’ provides an increased level of protection not only for officers but also for victims who might have to be rescued from a shooting scene.