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TROY, Mo. (AP) -- A bank robber who was caught at gunpoint by the president of the eastern Missouri bank has been sentenced to six years in prison.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the sentence was handed down Friday for 58-year-old Donald Ray Lee. He pleaded guilty last month to second-degree robbery.

Lee was wearing a Halloween mask when he robbed the People's Bank & Trust in Troy on Oct. 30. He demanded money from the teller and put his hand in his coat pocket, indicating he had a gun.

He didn't really have a weapon, but bank president David Thompson did.

Thompson grabbed his Colt .380 handgun and followed Lee o the parking lot. He held Lee at gunpoint until police arrived.

Lee had $4,779 of the bank's money.
Saturday, 02 March 2013 07:36
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ROLLA, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri University of Science and Technology is planning a "Jeopardy!" watch party for a faculty member who landed a spot on the game show.

Ilene Morgan will make her debut on Tuesday's episode of the show. The university says the watch party is planned for 4:30 p.m. that day in the Gale Bullman Multi-Purpose Building on the Rolla campus.

Morgan is an associate professor of mathematics and statistics. She tried twice to land a spot on the program before succeeding last year. She traveled to Culver City, Calif., to compete on Oct. 29 and 30.

Morgan described her "Jeopardy!" experience as "bucket-list awesome." She said she was having fun and wasn't thinking about the audience, the camera or the prize money.
Saturday, 02 March 2013 07:35
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man is in custody in St. Louis, accused of beating his girlfriend to death with a baseball bat.

Police say the crime happened Thursday evening. The 71-year-old suspect's name has not been released.

Police say the man was arguing with his girlfriend, 54-year-old Carolyn Richardson, then struck her in the head several times with the bat. Richardson was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Saturday, 02 March 2013 07:33
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A Swansea, Illinois woman found dead in her apartment Friday was killed by someone she knew. That's according to police who day the body of 50-year-old Carmen Boyd was found by her landlord.

That's according to police who day the body of 50-year-old Carmen Boyd was found by her landlord. Police arrested 37-year-old Kristofer McDavid Saturday. A day later, the St. Clair County prosecutor charged McDavid with first-degree murder.

Captain Jeff Wild, deputy commander of the Major Case Squad said Boyd and McDavid were acquaintances."It was not random. There's no randomness to this whatsoever. I would just leave it that it was a confrontation that led to the untimely death of our victim."

Police aren't sharing many details about the murder, but court records indicate that Boyd was stabbed. McDavid's bail has been set at five-million dollars.

Swansea Police Chief Mike Arnold says this was the first homicide in the metro-east community since 2006.
Monday, 04 March 2013 06:00
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois House has approved a measure that would prohibit using cell phones while driving.

The 64-46 vote Friday moves the bill to the state Senate for consideration. The measure would force drivers to use hands-free devices or use speakerphone features for calls.

Police would be able to stop and ticket drivers holding a cell phone except during emergency situations. Chicago Democrat Rep. John D'Amico (duh-MEE'-koh) says 76 Illinois communities -- including Chicago -- already ban talking on phones and driving.

Opponents say the bill is unfair to individuals with hearing problems and those who cannot afford high-tech phones. D'Amico touted his measure as a public-safety matter.

Texting while driving is already illegal in Illinois.
Friday, 01 March 2013 16:26
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The Edwardsville man convicted of molesting two young relatives in 2008, will spend the rest of his natural life in prison.

Michael Burgund of Edwardsville told turned himself into police and said he assaulted the girls, aged two and three in 2011, but later withdrew that confession. This was the mandatory minimum penalty based on the number and types of charges Burgund faced.
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Joseph Wambach has been charged for exploding a device outside of South County business. Earlier:
An explosion rocked a South County neighborhood this week. St. Louis County police now say they have a suspect in custody.

Police responded to a blast on Tesson Ferry in Sappington Wednesday night after people reported damaged. The suspect allegedly placed the explosive device outside of an Avon store, then walked into a nearby bar.

Police say the man resisted arrest, but was taken into custody. No motive has been announced.
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A group in Kansas City will bid on the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Organizers envision most of the convention taking place at the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City. But say other events could be held at venues in the city's Kansas suburbs. The Republican convention was held in Kansas City in 1976.
Friday, 01 March 2013 11:42
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SAVERTON, Mo. (AP) - Juveniles are suspected in a series of fires at a tiny Mississippi River town in northeast Missouri.

Ralls County and state investigators say three fires over the past four months at vacant homes in Saverton were intentionally set by youngsters. The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that the names and ages of the suspects, and the number of them, were not released.

The matter has been turned over to juvenile authorities.

Saverton is an unincorporated town of about 75 residents near Hannibal and about 100 miles north of St. Louis.
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - As Republican state lawmakers consider increased access to firearms, a new study claims Missouri's gun-friendly policies have increased gun violence. The study's author says homicides involving firearms have increased in Missouri by 25 percent between 2008 and 2010. Daniel Webster, a professor and gun policy analyst at Johns Hopkins University, cites the repeal of the state's "permit to acquire law" in 2007 as the turning point. Prior to that year, people had to get a permit and a background check from the local sheriff's office to acquire a firearm even in cases of private sales. Now, no such check is required for gun purchases. Webster's research shows that Missouri's increased level of gun violence in the last five years runs counter to the national trend.
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