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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Traffic offenses committed near emergencies on Missouri highways could lead to new penalties.
Violations for speeding or passing within an emergency zone when responders are present would carry a $250 fine, on top of any existing penalties.
The new law creates the offense of endangerment of an emergency responder. It would include passing within an emergency zone, speeding by at least 15 mph and using a lane not marked for motorists. Fines will range from up to $1,000 if no one is hurt to $10,000 if a responder is killed.
The highway legislation is among several new Missouri laws taking effect Wednesday.
Supporters say it is intended to protect law officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel.
O'Fallon Police are asking for the public's help in locating a man who they say exposed himself Tuesday morning. Around 6:00 a.m., police received an anonymous tip that a man exposed himself near Calumet Ranch Trail and Knaust Road. A short time later, a woman contacted the responding officer and told him that a man inappropriately touched her while she was jogging. The suspect is described as a white male wearing a black hoodie, black spandex-style pants, and black shorts. Anyone with information is asked to call the O'Fallon Police Department.
A man who fatally shot a St. Charles Green Beret has been convicted with reckless homicide by a jury in Tennessee. Attorneys were seeking murder charges against 28-year-old Ben Schweitzer after he shot and killed 26-year-old Nic Moses in March of 2012. But defense attorneys successfully argued that there was no motive and no ill will when Schweitzer opened fire on Moses in a home where Schweitzer was staying as a guest. Schweitzer claimed he was under the influence of a sedative and he thought Moses was an intruder in the home. Sentencing on the reckless homicide charge is expected October 29.