TROY, Mo. (AP) — Just in case the unthinkable ever occurs, authorities in Lincoln County, Missouri want school staff, teachers and students to be ready if someone with a gun ever enters the building.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department has conducted active shooter drills at 13 schools since August. Lieutenant Andy Binder says the program has helped develop new policies for how both teachers and police respond to threats.
The exercise is an example of active shooter response training and is part of a program for schools established by a new Missouri law.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — More than 80 Missourians are serving sentences of life without parole that the U.S. Supreme Court says are unconstitutional because they were juveniles at the time of their crime.
A Missouri state senator has introduced legislation that would allow those 83 people convicted of first-degree murder to receive a new sentencing hearing.
The measure would allow those older than 16 to serve life without parole or a 50-year minimum sentence. Offenders younger than 16 could also spend their lives behind bars or be eligible for parole after 35 years.
In 2012, the high court said states can't automatically impose life without parole sentences for juveniles. It said states must account for differences between juveniles and adults when sentencing them for murder.
St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A St. Louis man is in custody, accused of holding a woman captive for three months and repeatedly sexually assaulting her.
The Post-Dispatch reports that Clifton Wilkes is charged with sodomy, kidnapping, rape, assault, and several misdemeanors.
Police say that the victim went to Wilkes' apartment on October 15. She told investigators that she woke up the next day in his bedroom. She was missing her pants and the door to the room was locked. The victim says that over the next three months she was raped, choked, and punched. She was beaten so severely that she lost a tooth.
The Post-Dispatch reports that the victim was able to escape the house on Wednesday. She ran to a neighbor's home for help, but Wilkes broke in and took her back to his apartment.
Wilkes is now held on a $500,000 bond.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Governor Jay Nixon has set an August 5th special election to fill three vacant Missouri House seats.
Nixon announced the House election dates Friday, but he did not call for a vote to replace Senator Ryan McKenna, who he appointed in December as the state labor director.
The 120th House District has been vacant since Republican Jason Smith of Salem resigned in June upon winning a special election to Congress.
The two other House seats opened up in December. Democratic Representative Steve Webb, of Florissant, resigned while facing criminal charges. Republican Representative Dennis Fowler of Advance resigned when Nixon appointed him to the state Board of Probation and Parole.
The special election announcements come as Nixon is facing a lawsuit seeking to compel him to call the elections.