(Jennings, MO) — A man has been found dead in Jennings. Residents who live along Willett Drive called police Thursday night after they saw a body in the street. Investigators say the man had been shot to death, although neighbors say they didn’t hear any gunfire.
(Warren Co., MO) — An escaped Warren County suspect remains at large. The man managed to elude deputies following a short chase and crash yesterday afternoon off Highway 47. After being struck from behind by a police cruiser, he escaped on foot.
(Jefferson City, MO) — A machete wielding suspect was jailed in Jeffco Wednesday. He reportedly held a woman in a Fenton home on Cove Drive, questioning her about stolen money and drugs, even threatening to kill her at one point. The unidentified man remains in custody.
(Lebanon, MO) — A Lebanon woman is admitting to her part in a sex slave situation. Marilyn Bagley dodged a trial after entering a guilty plea today, admitting she helped her husband entrap a 16-year-old girl to be used for sex. Her husband, Edward Bagley, has argued that the relationship with the teen was consensual. In exchange for her guilty plea, Bagley could possibly be sentenced to probation.
(Kansas City, MO) — Missouri ranks near the bottom when it comes to helping smokers kick the habit. Danny McGoldrick from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says the state ranks 46th in the nation. Although the state rakes in 242-million dollars in tobacco taxes each year, it only spends 60-thousand dollars on tobacco prevention efforts. The state has the lowest tobacco tax in the nation at 17-cents per pack.
(St. Charles, MO) — Police say the man accused of strangling a four-month-old baby was dating the child’s mother. Twenty-four-year-old Jordan Prince of St. Charles was arrested on charges of second degree-murder in the death of the little girl, named Ashland. Prince told police he was watching Ashland while her mother slept in the next room, and choked the baby when she wouldn’t stop crying.
(Kansas City, MO) — An off-duty Kansas City police officer working security at a KCMO Walmart delivers a baby. Officer Matt Phelps came to the rescue of a woman who had stepped out of the store after her water broke Saturday evening. Phelps said he realized what was about to happen and he and a firefighter helped the woman give birth on a bench in front of the store. Baby and her mother are doing fine.
BUNKER, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in the southeast Missouri town of Bunker are trying to determine if a methamphetamine lab was the cause of a fire that killed two young brothers. The blaze broke out in the early hours of December 1st, killing 2-year-old Charlie Piatt and his 3-month-old brother, J.J. Three other children in the home suffered minor burns.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Governor Jay Nixon spent $15.5 million on his re-election campaign and still has hundreds of thousands of dollars left over. Campaign finance reports released yesterday show Nixon’s fundraising committee had a balance of nearly $414,000 at the start of December. Nixon has changed his committee to indicate that he now is seeking an unspecified statewide office in 2016 and has given it a new name — “A Better Missouri With Governor Jay Nixon.”