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BUCKHORN, Mo. (AP) - A south-central Missouri man who died after falling into a sinkhole was a Marine from Fort Leonard Wood who lived in a rural area near the fort.
Pulaski County authorities say 31-year-old Curtis Powelson died after he fell into the sinkhole Monday evening in the backyard of his home near Buckhorn. He was searching for a deer that he shot when he disappeared. Emergency personnel and neighbors spent hours looking for Powelson before discovering his body early Tuesday in the sinkhole, which was an estimated 70 feet deep.
Sheriff Ron Long told KSPR that the sinkhole was covered by foliage and debris, and some firefighters almost fell into it because it was so hard to see. Several people had to rappel into the sinkhole to recover Powelson's body.
A $1 million grant was awarded to metro area law enforcement to assist in efforts to aid in the prosecution of sex trafficking suspects.
The grant is courtesy of the US Department of Justice. Funds will be split between helping victims of trafficking and the prosecution of trafficking crimes. St. Louis County Police and St. Charles County Police are sharing the money with three social service groups.
Missouri is one of only six groups being awarded the grant nationwide.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster wants state lawmakers to approve a special gun court in St. Louis after city judges rejected the move earlier this week.
Koster reiterated his call for a new "armed offender docket" at the start of an urban crime summit Wednesday at the downtown St. Louis University law school. The four-day summit began Monday in Kansas City.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, Police Chief Dotson and Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce also want the Legislature to step in. Slay, Dotson and Joyce are each participating in the summit as well.
The city's district court judges met Monday and instead adopted a compromise plan to expedite trial dates for those accused of violent crimes. Dotson called the move "window dressing" that won't adequately address gun violence.