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Susan Smith-Harmon

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MO AG to host crime summit for STL & KC police

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 01:09 Published in Local News

   Hot spot policing, reducing gun violence and reintegrating former felons into society will be among the topics discussed at an Urban Crime Summit being held in St. Louis and Kansas City.  

   Police chiefs, mayors and prosecutors from both sides of the state will join with law enforcement experts this month at Attorney General Chris Koster's four-day summit - two days in KC and two in St. Louis.  

   Both of Missouri's largest cities consistently rank in the top 10 nationally for high levels of violent crime.  

   Koster said in a statement that violent crime is hurting Missouri families and the state's economy.

   Some Missouri counties aren't prepared to issue concealed-carry permits even though a law giving them that responsibility took effect last week. The Southeast Missourian reports that the holdup is occurring in some of the smallest counties in the state.  

   Bollinger County Sheriff Darin Shell says small counties like his are waiting to receive grant money from the Missouri Sheriff's Association to purchase software that allows them to issue the permits.

   A suspect is in custody following an hour-long chase that left police officer injured.  

   Authorities say the chase started about 4:00 p.m. Monday in Potosi after the suspect took off during a traffic stop.

   The suspect stopped briefly for a DeSoto Police officer, but then rammed the police cruiser, causing it to strike the officer.  

   "The subject stopped outside Potosi, the officer exited his car and then the subject went in reverse.  He then hit the officers car." said Sgt. Kevin Miller of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

   It's not clear how serious the officer's injuries are.

  The chase ended about 5:00 p.m. at Telegraph and Tenbrook in Arnold. The Missouri Highway Patrol says the man got out of the vehicle and surrendered. 

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