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| November 16, 2012
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BOLIVAR, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri man is charged with planning to shoot up a movie theater screening of the final “Twilight” film.  20-year-old Blaec Lammers of Bolivar was charged Friday morning with first-degree assault, making a terroristic threat and armed criminal action.  He is being held on $500,000 bond.   According to the probable cause statement that Lammers’ mother contacted authorities on Thursday. She was concerned that her son had purchased weapons similar to the ones used in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting.  Lammers told authorities he intended to shoot people at a Sunday “Twilight” screening and a Walmart store. Police say he bought a movie ticket, two assault rifles and 400 rounds of ammunition.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House currently has four vacancies as lawmakers who did not seek re-election move on to new positions.  The most recent lawmaker to step down was Democrat Chris Carter, who resigned Oct. 26. He won a special election and now is an alderman in St. Louis. However, Carter still appeared on the ballot for the state Legislature and will need to resign again after the election results are certified.  Gary Fuhr stepped down Sept. 30 and now is the Republican director for the St. Louis County Board of Elections. Also on the Republican side, House Speaker Steven Tilley and Ray Weter both resigned in August.

HILLSBORO, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County man faces stealing and kidnapping charges for allegedly taking a Jeep that had a toddler inside. Ryan Beckler of Fenton is jailed without bail. The 19-month-old girl was not hurt during the Wednesday incident. The girl’s mother reported her Jeep was stolen while it was left running at a gas station.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A top Corps of Engineers official has ordered the release of water from an upper Mississippi River reservoir in an effort to avoid closure of the river at St. Louis.  Corps Major General John Peabody says the release from a reservoir in Minnesota will eventually add 3-6 inches of depth at St. Louis. However, that will fall well short of offsetting the projected drop of up to 3 feet when the corps reduces the flow of the Missouri River starting next week.  The drought has left both the Missouri and Mississippi dangerously low. Barge traffic at St. Louis could come to a halt starting next month. Businesses that work and ship on the Mississippi are seeking a presidential declaration to stop the corps from cutting the Missouri River flow.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police have now identified the woman’s body found on a vacant lot, but the details surrounding her death remain under investigation.  The victim was identified Friday as 31-year-old Danah Marie Jackson of Wright City. Her body was found by a passerby just before 7:00 Thursday morning.  Police have classified the death as a homicide but the cause of death has not been determined. Police are awaiting tests to determine if Jackson had been sexually assaulted.

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