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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri authorities are trying to determine what to do with at least 1,700 concealed-carry permit holders who received their required firearms training from a man accused of shortchanging his students.

Fifty-two-year-old Donald Crangle is charged in St. Louis County Circuit Court with seven misdemeanor counts in the case. His attorney, Williams Buchholz, didn't immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an investigation began when a permit applicant presented a certificate showing he'd received eight hours of firearms training that very day. The St. Louis County police records clerk was stumped because it was only 1:30 p.m.

Undercover officers then attended Crangle's class. Police said participants were told they'd completed the course after just three hours and without meeting any state-mandated criteria.

Sunday, 14 April 2013 09:11
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Officials say a state employee was fired after an investigation found he had taken sexually explicit photos and a video of himself at work and emailed inappropriate images.

The Illinois Executive Ethics Commission reported Friday that the Illinois Department on Aging fired John Hastings in December. Hastings was responsible for authoring computer code and inputting data for agency programs.

An executive inspector general's investigation found 225 pornographic images on his state computer. There were 13 explicit images and a video of a man identified as Hastings.

The heavily redacted report indicates Hastings took at least some of the photos at work and sent an inappropriate image to a female co-worker.

The report says Hastings acknowledged the wrongdoing. A phone number could not be located for him

Saturday, 13 April 2013 08:01
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the recent shooting deaths of two bald eagles in northwest Missouri.

The Missouri Conservation Department said in a release Friday that one bald eagle was found shot to death in January in Caldwell County. The other bald eagle was found shot to death in February in Clay County.

The department says a reward is being offered for information leading to a conviction in the case. It's a state and federal offense to shoot a bald eagle.

Anyone with information about the case can call the Missouri Operation Game Thief hotline, 800-392-1111.

Saturday, 13 April 2013 07:57
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Social Security Administration says one of its fraud investigators received a readable list of Missourians who have concealed-weapons permits but that the list was later destroyed.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that the agent received the list in a readable format from the Missouri State Highway Patrol in January.

Patrol officials told a Missouri Senate committee Thursday the data were never accessed at the federal level because of a technical glitch. But the Social Security Administration's Office of Inspector General told The Post-Dispatch the unreadable version was sent to the agent in 2011.

The investigator was planning to check if anyone who met Missouri's mental health qualifications for a weapons permit had also sought benefits for a mental disability. But the project was dropped.

Saturday, 13 April 2013 07:54
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One Boeing employee faces charges after authorities found meth-making materials in one of the company's buildings yesterday.

Prosecuting Attorneys say Dennis Banker admitted to police that he not only put the materials in another employee's office, but left a note saying another employee was the one who brought the chemicals into the office. Authorities were alerted to the situation when a fire alarm tripped early Thursday morning.

A check of security cameras showed, Banker entered the building minutes before the alarm.

Friday, 12 April 2013 17:35
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri sheriffs say they stand ready to issue photo ID cards for concealed gun holders if the Legislature helps pay for the equipment.

The Missouri Sheriffs' Association said Friday that it's willing to work with legislators on efforts to shift the responsibility of producing the cards from the state Department of Revenue to the local sheriffs who already handle applications.

Some lawmakers want to strip the Revenue Department of the duty because of concerns that agency databases on concealed gun permit holders could be used to infringe on their privacy rights.

The Revenue Department recently began making electronic copies of concealed gun permits. The Highway Patrol also has acknowledged that it got a list of concealed gun permit holders from the department and shared it with a federal investigator.

 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A western Missouri judge has scheduled a hearing next week to determine if Gov. Jay Nixon can be deposed for a Chillicothe man's third murder trial.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Platte County Circuit Judge Owens Lee Hull Jr. set the hearing for Thursday.

Attorneys for Mark Woodworth are seeking to depose Nixon, who was attorney general when then-special state prosecutor Kenny Hulshof was appointed to the case.

Woodworth's 1995 conviction for the shooting death of neighbor Cathy Robertson was overturned on appeal. Woodworth was convicted again four years later and sentenced to life in prison. The Missouri Supreme Court overturned that conviction in January.

Woodworth now is facing a third trial.

The judge denied requests from Woodworth's attorneys to dismiss the case and to impose sanctions against prosecutors.

Friday, 12 April 2013 14:43
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Police have identified the Normandy High School freshman who died after being punched in the chest yesterday.

Wellston Police say 15-year-old Marquez Oliver and a friend were goofing around during lunch--they were taking turns punching one another in the chest. Oliver collapsed and was rushed to the hospital where he died.

Authorities are still investigating to see if Oliver had a preexisting medical condition that contributed to his death.

Friday, 12 April 2013 14:09
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A day after a Normandy High School student died following an incident at the school, police are still trying to piece together what happened. 

KMOV TV reports police say the 15-year-old student collapsed after another student, 14, reportedly struck him in the chest. 

Officers say the interaction was believed to be friendly, and the students were simply horsing around. After the student collapsed, he was taken to St. Louis Children’s Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The incident was believed to have happened shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday. It is unknown if the student suffered from a preexisting medical condition that may have led to the collapse. Police are currently collecting statements from other student witnesses.

 
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All lanes on Hanley Road, south of Manchester, are now open.

Lane restrictions of varying severity had been in effect on Hanley since Wednesday, when a Metropolitan Sewer District contractor began repairing a damaged storm sewer pipe that runs below Hanley. That work is now complete.

However, MSD’s contractor will return to the scene within the week to permanently restore any pavement uprooted by its repair project. (Temporary patches presently cover these excavated areas.)

The permanent restoration will require lane restrictions that will be announced later by MSD.

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