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Moberly MO man, William Haynes, Wins $100,000 Scratchers Prize
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Moberly MO man, William Haynes, Wins $100,000 Scratchers Prize

Moberly, MO (STL.News) - A Moberly man has uncovered one of the remaining $100,000 prizes in the Missouri Lottery’s “Money Money Millionaire” Scratchers game. William Haynes purchased the winning ticket at Daily Mart, 300 West Rollins Street, in Moberly, Missouri. There are more than $7 million in remaining prizes in “Money Money Millionaire,” including three more $100,000 prizes and one more top prize of $1 million. In the most recent fiscal year, players in Randolph County won more than $4.9 million in Missouri Lottery prizes.  County retailers earned more than $478,000 in commissions and bonuses, and an additional $2.1 million went to educational programs in the county.
Missouri Attorney General: Three Additional Federal Indictments Secured Through Safer Streets Initiative
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Missouri Attorney General: Three Additional Federal Indictments Secured Through Safer Streets Initiative

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Thursday that Special Assistant United States Attorneys (SAUSAs) deputized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office through the Safer Streets Initiative have secured three more federal indictments, bringing the total number of unsealed indictments to seven since the initiative was launched. On July 10, 2019, a federal grand jury indicted Brandon Phillips for multiple counts of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, unlawful possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  In that same indictment, Jonathan Luster is charged with possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and unlawful possession of a firearm ...
Branson, MO Police Warn Residents about Tragedy-Related Scams
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Branson, MO Police Warn Residents about Tragedy-Related Scams

Branson, MO (STL.News) - The Branson Police Department is warning residents of potential scams and malware campaigns in the wake of the recent shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. While the Police Department hasn’t had any reports of this happening locally, Police want to make sure the community is aware that it is happening and to be on the lookout for possible malicious cyber activity seeking to capitalize on these tragic events. To avoid becoming a victim of malicious activity people should: Exercise caution in handling emails related to the shootings, even if they appear to originate from trusted sources. Be aware that fraudulent emails often contain links or attachments that direct users to phishing or malware-infected websites. Know that emails requesting donations...
Bosnian National, Armin Harcevic, Sentenced for Providing Material Support to Terrorists
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Bosnian National, Armin Harcevic, Sentenced for Providing Material Support to Terrorists

St. Louis, MO (STL.News) – Armin Harcevic, 41, of Ballwin, MO, appeared today before U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry.  Harcevic was sentenced to 66 months in prison for conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and providing material support to terrorists.  Harcevic was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal to begin his sentence immediately.  Based on the offenses for which Harcevic was convicted he is subject to deportation and removal from the United States. According to court documents, Armin Harcevic, Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, his wife Sedina Unkic Hodzic, Nihad Rosic, Jasminka Ramic and Mediha Medy Salkicevic conspired with others to support the activities of Abdullah Ramo Pazara and others, including a conspiracy to commit outside the United States an act that woul...
Missouri News: Michael Brown’s father wants prosecutor to reopen case
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Missouri News: Michael Brown’s father wants prosecutor to reopen case

Ferguson, Missouri (STL.News) -  On the 5th anniversary of the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mike Brown, Sr. urged St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell to re-open the case. Prior to the annual ceremony, Mike Brown, Sr., held a press conference outside of the St. Louis County Justice Center in Clayton. It was there where he called on the new St. Louis County Prosecutor, to re-open the case into his son’s death. “I could not protect him that day and it breaks my heart.  I will stand and fight for justice until the day I die.” said Brown. Brown said he has been communicating with Bell. Bell has not said whether or not he will re-open the case.  He did release the following statement: “Our office is doing everything we can to understand the underlying ...
Kansas City, James E. Lee, Man Sentenced for Trafficking Crack Cocaine
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Kansas City, James E. Lee, Man Sentenced for Trafficking Crack Cocaine

KANSAS CITY, MO (STL.News) - A Kansas City, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court Wednesday for possessing crack cocaine to distribute. James E. Lee, 45, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 12 years and seven months in federal prison without parole. On Dec. 10, 2018, Lee pleaded guilty to possessing crack cocaine with the intent to distribute.  Lee admitted that he sold crack cocaine to an undercover police detective and a confidential informant on three occasions.  On July 26, 2016, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Lee’s residence.  Lee jumped out a second story window when officers entered the residence and was taken into custody after a short foot chase.  Officers seized a Springfield .40-caliber handgun, a Taurus .45-caliber revolver, 18 gram...
Springfield Man, Robert Simon Rees, Pleads Guilty to Fraud Scheme
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Springfield Man, Robert Simon Rees, Pleads Guilty to Fraud Scheme

SPRINGFIELD, MO (STL.News) - A Springfield, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to a bank fraud scheme to cash stolen and counterfeit checks. Robert Simon Rees, 39, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of bank fraud and one count of possessing stolen mail. By pleading guilty today, Rees admitted that he engaged in a bank fraud scheme from April to July 3, 2017, to cash stolen and counterfeit checks and to use the stolen and counterfeit checks to purchase merchandise.  The amount of the financial harm attempted during the bank fraud scheme totaled approximately $19,696 to 10 or more victims.  Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, Rees must pay $1,607 in restitution to the three victims who suffered actual losses. Rees, aided and ...
Independence Man, Travis Howard White, Sentenced to 16 Years for Producing Child Pornography
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Independence Man, Travis Howard White, Sentenced to 16 Years for Producing Child Pornography

KANSAS CITY, MO (STL.News) - An Independence, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court Wednesday for producing child pornography. Travis Howard White, 26, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 16 years and three months in federal prison without parole. White, who pleaded guilty on July 12, 2018, admitted that he used a 13-year-old victim to produce child pornography.  White met the child victim on Facebook and they engaged in sexually explicit online chats.  During one of those chats, White directed the child victim to produce a pornographic image, which she sent to him. According to court documents, this was part of an enticement scheme, which soon culminated in the then-14-year-old child victim moving from Kansas to live with White in September 2016.  White had sexual ...
Kansas City Day Care Owner, Sharif Karie, Sentenced for $556,000 Fraud Scheme
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Kansas City Day Care Owner, Sharif Karie, Sentenced for $556,000 Fraud Scheme

KANSAS CITY, MO (STL.News) - The owner of a Kansas City, Missouri, day care center was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to fraudulently receive more than $556,000 in federal benefits. Sharif Karie, 41, of Olathe, Kan., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to four years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. On Jan. 11, 2019, Karie was convicted at trial of participating in a conspiracy to steal government property, theft of government property, three counts of aggravated identity theft, three counts of wire fraud, 15 counts of money laundering, and six counts of mail fraud. Karie, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia, was the owner and CEO of a day care center established under two businesses and two names for the same location, wi...
Kansas City Man, Timothy Hood, Sentenced for Stolen Vehicle Conspiracy
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Kansas City Man, Timothy Hood, Sentenced for Stolen Vehicle Conspiracy

KANSAS CITY, MO (STL.News) - A Kansas City, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to steal high-end sport utility vehicles and pick-ups from out-of-state dealerships and transport them to Kansas City for sale on the black market. Timothy Hood, 38, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips to three years and 10 months in federal prison without parole.  The court also ordered Hood to pay $212,998 in restitution. On March 22, 2019, Hood pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport stolen vehicles across state lines and one count of aiding and abetting the transportation of stolen vehicles across state lines.  Hood admitted that he participated in a conspiracy from Dec. 1, 2015, to Feb. 2, 2016, to steal at least 10 high-end ...
Disaster Unemployment Benefits Available to Flood, Tornado Victims in Six Additional Missouri Counties
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Disaster Unemployment Benefits Available to Flood, Tornado Victims in Six Additional Missouri Counties

Individual Assistance Now Available in 26 Missouri Counties; Application deadline for those in original 20 counties is August 9 JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) – On August 5, 2019, an additional six counties were added to the list of 20 Missouri counties already declared as major disasters.  The declaration and yesterday’s amendment allow Missourians in those 26 counties whose employment was lost or interrupted due to severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that began April 29, 2019 and continuing, to apply for up to 36 weeks of Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). The newly added counties include Callaway, Jefferson, Lewis, McDonald, Newton and Saline Counties.  The Missouri Department of Labor’s Division of Employment Security will accept applications for DUA for individuals whose emplo...
Columbia Missouri City Manager John Glascock names Geoff Jones as Columbia Police chief
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Columbia Missouri City Manager John Glascock names Geoff Jones as Columbia Police chief

COLUMBIA, MO (STL.News) - At a press conference Monday, Aug. 5, Columbia City Manager John Glascock announced the selection of Geoff Jones as the chief of the Columbia Police Department. Jones has served in the interim chief role since Feb 3; his appointment as chief will be effective immediately. "Since my appointment as city manager, I have spoken with a number of community leaders and activists, non-profits, local law enforcement leaders and many others. Overwhelmingly, they support Geoff in the role of police chief," Glascock said. "I have evaluated the performance of Chief Jones in his interim role. Every challenge I asked Geoff to work on when I appointed him as interim chief, he has met or exceeded. Morale has improved, the Police Department's image in the community has improved, r...
St Louis News: MoDOT to hold informational public meeting on bridge replacement on Ladue
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St Louis News: MoDOT to hold informational public meeting on bridge replacement on Ladue

ST. LOUIS, MO (STL.News) - Drivers who use Ladue Road between Route 141 and I-270 may want to attend an open house style informational public meeting August 20 to discuss a bridge replacement project planned for next summer. The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold the open house-style public meeting to share information about Hibler Creek bridge replacement, which will close a stretch of Ladue between Route 141 and I-270 next summer. The open house-style public meeting is 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, in Room 209 of the MoDOT Transportation Management Center, 14301 South Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield MO, 63107, During the meeting, MoDOT engineers will share information about the project, schedule, and expected impacts to commuters for the project, and hear concerns from resi...
Health Advisory: Missouri adds legionellosis to list of infectious diseases that require reporting within 24 hours
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Health Advisory: Missouri adds legionellosis to list of infectious diseases that require reporting within 24 hours

DHSS enhances legionellosis protections St Louis, MO (STL.News) - The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has investigated over 100 cases of Legionnaires’ disease, a serious lung infection, across Missouri so far this year; five of those who have contracted the disease are reported to have died.  Although most people exposed do not develop illness, approximately 10-25 percent of Legionnaires’ disease cases are fatal.  Reports of Legionnaires’ disease are increasing in Missouri and nationally.  In response, DHSS has strengthened Legionnaires’ disease detection and prevention efforts. Recently, DHSS filed emergency rules to reduce the timeframe for reporting legionellosis from three days to one day and introduced new testing methods at the Missouri State Public Health L...
Missouri AG Schmitt Launches Investigation into Missouri State University For Alleged Ticket Quotas
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Missouri AG Schmitt Launches Investigation into Missouri State University For Alleged Ticket Quotas

Springfield, MO (STL.News) - Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office launched an investigation into the Missouri State University, Office of University Safety, for allegedly enforcing a parking ticket quota and violating Senate Bill 5 and other related legislation.  The Attorney General’s Office learned through whistleblowers that officials in Missouri State University’s Office of University Safety allegedly encouraged officers to write an increasing amount of parking tickets, satisfying quotas of parking tickets, in order to increase funding for the department and University. “Students attending Missouri State University already have enough financial burden between tuition, books, boarding, and more – overzealously ticketing on campus only subjects student...
St Louis Mayor Krewson Signs An Executive Order Establishing a Census 2020 Complete Count Committee
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St Louis Mayor Krewson Signs An Executive Order Establishing a Census 2020 Complete Count Committee

St Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson signed Executive Order #62 on Wednesday, establishing the Census 2020 Complete Count Committee St Louis, MO (STL.Newz) - Data from the 2020 Census will be used to determine funding to state and city governments, redistricting, projecting future transportation needs, assessing areas eligible for housing assistance, and designing facilities for people with disabilities. The purpose of the Census 2020 Complete Count Committee is to ensure an accurate census count, so that St. Louisans receive an equitable share of federal funding to meet the City’s needs.  The Committee, comprised of up to 25 members, will be appointed by Mayor Krewson. A committee chair, also appointed the mayor, will delegate responsibilities. Mayor Krewson will draw from a wide-range of stakeh...
Missouri News: MoDOT Now Offering Apprenticeship Program
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Missouri News: MoDOT Now Offering Apprenticeship Program

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) - Individuals looking for a career in maintenance with the Missouri Department of Transportation can now take advantage of an apprenticeship program that provides maintenance employees with on-the-job training combined with related classroom instruction, all while earning a paycheck.  The program is also available to current MoDOT employees. The U.S. Department of Labor-Missouri Office of Apprenticeship recently recognized MoDOT’s existing employee training programs as meeting the requirements for the federal apprenticeship program. “The good news for all employees, both current and new hires, is that they will earn a Completion of Registered Apprenticeship certificate provided by the U.S. Department of Labor once they finish the program,” said Natalie Roark...
Former Lake City Ammunition Plant employee, Brooke Brooks, sentenced for fraud scheme
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Former Lake City Ammunition Plant employee, Brooke Brooks, sentenced for fraud scheme

KANSAS CITY, MO (STL.News) - A Buckner, Missouri, woman, Brooke Brooks, was sentenced in federal court today for a more than $160,000 embezzlement scheme while employed at the Lake City Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo. Brooks, 37, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to 18 months in federal prison without parole.  The court also ordered Brooks to pay $163,493 in restitution. On Jan. 18, 2019, Brooks pleaded guilty to stealing government property. Lake City is a U.S. Army facility previously operated by Orbital Alliance Tech System, a defense system contractor.  Brooks was employed by a company called Fastenal, a subcontractor for Orbital Alliance Tech System engaged in daily operations of the Lake City plant.  Brooks was responsible for ordering materials and equipm...