TRIMBLE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities have confirmed that three people found dead in a rural northwest Missouri home were killed in a double murder-suicide. Clay County Sheriff Bob Boydston said yesterday that authorities believe 70-year-old Jan Hepworth committed suicide after killing his 69-year-old wife, Cheryl Hepworth, and her 14-year-old cousin, Damin Russell. The three bodies were found Monday in the family’s home, east of Smithville Lake and about 25 miles north of Kansas City.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police are looking for thieves who have targeted the same church four times over the past two months. During the most recent break-in at St. John’s Lutheran Church, the thieves destroyed gifts for the homeless. They previously stole Christmas gifts and food.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County man is jailed for allegedly threatening violence at a church. The pastor of the Matthias Lot Church in St. Charles told police that someone on Sunday night left three voice mail messages threatening violence. The church message recording device captured the phone number of the caller, leading police to 26-year-old Derek Ficik of Maryland Heights. Ficik was charged yesterday with two counts of making a terroristic threat. He’s jailed on $50,000 cash-only bond.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court will hear arguments next month on whether to remove a St. Louis judge who let a clerk handle hundreds of cases while she was on vacation. The court has scheduled arguments for January 3rd. The high court will discuss whether Associate Circuit Judge Barbara Peebles should be removed from the bench.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 32-year-old eastern Missouri man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for arson fires at four buildings. Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old Roy Gunn set fire to the buildings in Elsberry during a three-month period in 2011. The Elsberry man pleaded guilty in October and was sentenced yesterday.
SARCOXIE, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri man pleaded guilty to evading federal reporting rules to conceal the fact that some of the cooking oil he sold was stolen. Under a plea agreement yesterday, 46-six-year-old Jesse Arnold of Sarcoxie was required to forfeit nearly $208,000. Arnold operated 4 States Grease Company, which collected used cooking oil and resold it to be used as biodegradable diesel fuel and made into recyclable products.
ARNOLD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man is facing murder charges in Alabama for allegedly killing an elderly man inside the victim’s home. Missouri authorities said yesterday that 37-year-old Scott Jones of Arnold has been extradited to Mobile County, Alabama where he’s jailed on $100,000 cash-only bond.