KANSAS CITY, Mo.– A man has been arrested after he allegedly broke into a south Kansas City home and raped a woman yesterday morning. The victim was inside her home near 113th and Bennington when she was confronted by a masked man who then tied her up, rummaged through the home and sexually assaulted her. When police arrived after the attack they saw the same vehicle pass in front of the victim’s home three times. Officers pulled the vehicle over and arrested the driver, who matched the suspect’s description.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An audit says Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has made the finances of his office look better by shifting $1.7 million of costs to other agencies over several years.
The report released Wednesday by Republican State Auditor Tom Schweich (shwyk) says the Democratic governor has tapped the finances of state departments to pay for staff, travel costs and association dues that should have been paid through the governor’s office.
ROLLA, Mo. (AP) — Mark Twain National Forest in south-central Missouri is no longer restricting open fires. Officials say remnants of Hurricane Isaac dropped enough rain on the forest in the last week to at least temporarily ease fire dangers. and therefore the open fire restrictions implemented June 27 are no longer in effect. But officials are urging visitors to continue to be careful with any open fire because drought conditions could return after only a few days. The Mark Twain Forest covers about 1.5 million acres in southern and central Missouri.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court is considering whether criminal defendants can be required to pay cash to be released from jail before trial. The case is from St. Charles County, where a judge set a $75,000 cash-only bail for a man accused of invading people’s privacy by using a concealed camera in a massage therapy business. An attorney representing the defendant argued Wednesday before the state high court that the cash-only bail is unconstitutional in Missouri.
CLAYTON, Mo. — A woman was assaulted this morning by a man pretending to be a police officer. He pulled the woman over on Hanley Road in Clayton shortly before 9:00. The victim says the fake cop then pulled her out of her car, punched her and tore her shirt. The suspect is described as a white man in his late 30s, wearing a police-type uniform and driving a car with dashboard emergency lights.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A northwest Missouri brother and sister have pleaded guilty in a scheme to provide thousands of identity documents to illegal immigrants. Twenty-five-year old Stephen Vanvacter, and his 22-year-old sister, Jessica Gonzalez, both of St. Joseph, pleaded guilty Friday and Tuesday, respectively. A third defendant, 22-year-old Ranfe Adaias Hernandez-Flores of Carthage, is scheduled to change his plea on Oct. 15.
BALLWIN, Mo. — Police in Ballwin uncovered a possible meth lab. They say they were investigating a strange smell coming from a home on Ballwin Avenue when they uncovered several items used to make methamphetamine. A man and woman were taken into custody, and a four-month-old baby inside the home was handed over to Child Protective Services.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri Bar is recommending that voters oust a St. Louis County judge from the bench. The attorneys’ association recommended Wednesday that Associate Circuit Judge Dale Hood should not be retained in the November elections. The group recommended that all 50 of the other appellate and trial court judges up for retention elections this year should keep their jobs. Hood did not immediately return a phone message left Wednesday at his office.