State News

Teen gets life for killing of best friend's mom

Jackson County Judge W. Stephen Nixon sentenced Eddie George, 18, on Friday after a jury in May convicted George of first-degree murder and assault in the stabbing death of Pamela Marquez and the slashing of her husband, Joe Marquez.

Man convicted in 1996 rape of girl, 9, sentenced to 20 years

Jackson County Circuit Judge William Kramer imposed the sentence on Dwayne C. Jones, 47, on Friday after convicting him in April in a bench trial on four counts of rape and sodomy.

Man sentenced to 120 days in jail for damaging church

Daniel W. Singleton, 28, received the sentence Thursday in Platte County Circuit Court after pleading guilty in May to repeatedly striking the Weston Community Church of the Nazarene with his Jeep.

Three found dead in southwest Missouri

The dead were identified as Carl Miller, 42, of Washburn; his former wife, Rhonda Miller, 39, also of Washburn, and Donald F. Horton Jr., 45, of Bentonville, Ark. They had been shot to death.

Springfield woman charged with reporting fake rape

If convicted, the woman faces up to a year in jail and a $500 fine.

Man arrested for videotaping “The Dark Knight"

Police said officers were called about 9:40 p.m. to the Eastglen theaters, where security officials said they had caught the man making the bootleg copy.

Hyatt supports memorial for walkway collapse

A group seeking to build a memorial nearly 30 years after two walkways collapsed at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center is receiving support from the hotel.

State jobless rate fell in June; number of jobs slid, too

The June unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent, down from a three-year high of 6 percent a month earlier. Missouri also lost 1,900 jobs.

Deal reportedly reached on Ballpark Village

The St. Louis Business Journal says preliminary work for the $650 million development is expected to begin later this summer. Construction will not be completed by next year’s All-Star game in St. Louis.

Anti-tax group begins running TV ads against Luetkemeyer

The Washington-based Club for Growth, which has endorsed Republican rival Bob Onder, says it is spending $100,000 for the ads to attack Luetkemeyer as a supporter of higher taxes. A Luetkemeyer spokesman blasted the ad as ”a politically motivated distortion of Blaine Luetkemeyer’s record."

Nixon’s office wants special attorney general appointed in e-mail lawsuit

The attorney general’s office on Friday asked a state judge to name a special assistant attorney general to pursue a lawsuit against Gov. Matt Blunt over access to e-mail records.

Poem by Pulitzer Prize winner donated to Southeast Missouri State University

The poem, “About a Little Girl,” was written by William Carlos Williams and will be kept in the rare book room of the university’s Kent Library. The family of the girl who the poem was written about donated the manuscript.

Florissant man drowns at Lake of the Ozarks

The Missouri State Water Patrol says Ronald Lichtenberg of Florissant was last seen Thursday afternoon on the steps of a retaining wall in Camden County. About 15 minutes later, he was found in the water. A neighbor tried unsuccessfully to revive him.

UPDATE: Mo. woman pleads guilty in plot to swipe newborn

Police initially linked the woman to a plan to abduct a pregnant teen and cut the baby from her womb. But she said the plan was to steal the baby after the 18-year-old gave birth.

Missouri lieutenant governor has lesion removed

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder had a precancerous lesion removed from his face.

July testing at Lake of the Ozarks found low levels of E. coli

The Department of Natural Resources took 55 samples on July 7 from the Community Toll Bridge to mile marker 30. June tests found high levels of E. coli, mainly in high-traffic areas near Tan-Tar-A Resort.

Couple slain in mall had protection orders against each other

A divorced couple who died in a murder-suicide inside a suburban St. Louis mall had a violent relationship that prompted at least four police visits and each to seek orders of protection against each other, court records show.

Mo. woman says Wal-Mart, health officials discriminated against her monkey

Debby Rose of Springfield said in the lawsuit that the 10-year-old bonnet macaque helps curb a social anxiety disorder that can cause her to have panic attacks in public.

Securities regulators visit Wachovia's St. Louis offices

Missouri officials said they conducted what they called a “special inspection,” part of a broad probe into questionable practices involving auction rate securities.

Harris unveils proposals to block phone calls, spam

The Democratic candidate for attorney general unveiled plans to expand the state’s no-call list and crack down on e-mail spammers.