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Former SEMO coach pleads guilty in car theft ring

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 07:19 Published in Local News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The women's basketball coach at Highland Community College in northeast Kansas pleaded guilty to being part of a car theft ring.
 
William Smith, the former women's basketball coach at Southeast Missouri State University, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of conspiracy and five counts of mail fraud.
 
Prosecutors say Smith and 20 other people - mostly from the St. Louis area - stole or fraudulently obtained vehicles from individuals and automobile dealerships in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. They then staged accidents and filed false theft reports to obtain insurance money.
 
The St. Joseph News-Press reports Smith pleaded guilty to obtaining fraudulent transfer titles from the Osage Nation for five vehicles in 2011 and 2012. The transfer titles allowed the vehicles to be resold.
 

Illinois commencement speaker is out of this world

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 07:11 Published in Local News
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Astronaut and University of Illinois graduate Michael Hopkins will deliver the commencement address at his alma mater's spring graduation next month.
Hopkins recently returned from a 166-day stay aboard the International Space Station. He says in a statement released by the university that he'll be every bit as nervous delivering his speech as he was for his first walk in space.
 
Hopkins graduated from Illinois in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering. He was also a member of the school's football team.
The Richland, Mo., native was accepted into NASA's astronaut training program in 2011 after trying without success for almost 12 years.
 
The spring commencement ceremony will be May 17 in Memorial Stadium in Champaign.
   
 

Miller, Blues blank Flyers 1-0 in shootout

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 23:20 Published in Sports
 
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Ryan Miller stopped 31 shots and T.J. Oshie and Kevin Shattenkirk scored in a shootout in the St. Louis Blues' 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
 
St. Louis has 109 points, one fewer than Boston for the top spot in the NHL.
 
Miller, who earned his 29th career shutout, made a skate save against Vincent Lecavalier and a glove save on Claude Giroux in the shootout.
 
One of Miller's best saves came with 1:30 to go in overtime when he stretched out and denied Jakub Voracek's bid to slide the puck under his pads.
 
Emery earned his 16th career shutout and second this season.
 
Oshie, who scored on a backhand, is 9 for 12 in the shootout. Giroux is 5 for 10.
 
Both teams killed penalties in the final five minutes of regulation, with a high-sticking call to Giroux stretching into the first 36 seconds of overtime for Philadelphia. St. Louis penalty killers have allowed three goals on 36 chances the past 12 home games.
 
The Flyers played in St. Louis for the first time since the 2010-11 opener.
 
Miller foiled two breakaways in the opening minutes, one created when defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Shattenkirk collided. He made an outstanding left pad save on Michael Raffl to thwart a 2-on-1 break early in the second period.
 
Two Blues hit the goalpost in the second period, Jaden Schwartz in the opening minute and Pietrangelo in the final minute.
 
Notes: Flyers D Kimmo Timonen did not make the trip after taking a puck to the chin. Alex Gustafsson played for the first time since Feb. 27. ... The Blues tricked a fan between the second and third periods who was blindfolded at center ice and then shot several yards wide of the net, telling him he'd won $15,000. The fan did a celebratory belly flop on the ice before being told he'd been duped. ... The Blues' last 0-0 regulation game was March 22, 2012, at Los Angeles, a 1-0 shootout loss. ... The Flyers have been shut out four times.
 

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