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MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old schoolmate when he was 17 has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child endangerment charge as part of a deal with prosecutors.
 
Matt Barnett entered the plea Thursday during a court hearing in his hometown of Maryville. He was sentenced to two years of probation and a four-month suspended jail term.
 
The girl says Barnett raped her at a house party in January 2012. Barnett says the sex was consensual.
 
The local prosecutor dropped the case because he said the girl's family stopped cooperating.
 
A special prosecutor was tasked with re-examining it after it received widespread attention last fall.
 

Water pipe ruptures at Johnson-Wabash Elementary

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 17:31 Published in Local News
No time line for repairs after a water pipe ruptured at a north county elementary school.
A sprinkler head burst at Johnson-Wabash Elementary School due to subzero temperatures. Two-thirds of the school sustained water damage from the break. District administrators notified families of students at the school and officials are still trying to determine where classes will be held until repairs are done.
The school was closed Tuesday due to frigid conditions.

50 animals removed from Franklin County home

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 17:28 Published in Local News
The Humane Society of Missouri is taking care of 50 animals that were taken from a Franklin County Home.
 
Sheriff's Deputies found the animals while responding to a home where a woman had fallen. The Humane Society will care for the cats, rabbits, and birds until the woman can take care of the animals on her own.
 

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