Friday, 21 February 2014 10:23 Published in Local News
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds of Illinois pleaded guilty on Friday to violating Zimbabwe's immigration laws.
He was sentenced by the Magistrate's Court in Harare to five days' imprisonment or a fine of $100.
The court ordered that once he has paid the fine or served the prison sentence that he be deported from Zimbabwe.
He is still facing separate charges of possessing pornography, to which he has pleaded innocent. He will appear in court again Friday afternoon on those charges.
The state alleges that Reynolds had images of naked men and women on his iPhone 4S.
U.S. Embassy officials brought him some food in court on Friday morning but declined to speak to the media.
Reynolds, 62, resigned from his congressional seat in 1995 after being convicted of statutory rape.
TROY, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say an 83-year-old Missouri man is the victim of fraud, a crime allegedly committed by another man the same age.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Charles Day of Lincoln County had power of attorney for the victim from August 2011 to February 2013.
Police say Day improperly used his authority to raid the victim's bank accounts, a CD and credit union, taking more than $75,000.
The money includes the payout from a life insurance policy on the victim's dead wife.
Day is charged with felony stealing and financial exploitation of the elderly. He is free on $25,000 bond.
GALENA, Mo. (AP) - A National Guardsman from southwest Missouri is suing Stone County because his job was given to someone else while he was deployed.
In a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday, Ryan Joy says when he was deployed in May 2012, he was a mechanic working as shop manager for the Stone County.
When he returned in 2013, the county told him he would no longer be the manager. He was given a lesser position and eventually left because of what he calls a hostile workplace.
Joy says he contacted the Department of Labor, which told county officials that they were violating a federal law by not reinstating Joy to his previous position.
The Springfield News-Leader reports the county filed court documents denying many of Joy's claims.