GLADSTONE, Mo. (AP) — Police say the roof of a suburban Kansas City dance studio has collapsed because of the weight of snow on it. No one was in Priscilla and Dana’s School of Dance when the roof gave way. The studio’s owner said a dance instructor noticed the gaping hole when she arrived Friday morning to give a private lesson. The instructor called authorities. Because gas was smelled, Missouri Gas Energy came out to turn off the gas. The building has been condemned. The dance studio is looking for rental space so it can resume classes.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former St. Louis city building inspector has been sentenced to six months in prison for soliciting and accepting bribes. Anthony Davis pleaded guilty to federal charges in October and was sentenced Friday. In addition to the prison time he was sentenced to two years of supervised release. Federal prosecutors say that in 2011, Davis accepted multiple illegal cash payments amounting to more than $2,500 in exchange for assuring that buildings would pass inspection for occupancy permits. Authorities say Davis even gave advice on how to conceal conditions that might arouse the suspicion of other building inspectors.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Columbia school district committee is looking into allowing two district employees to carry firearms. Currently, only Columbia police officers working in district buildings as so-called “school resource officers” can carry weapons. The district’s security director and assistant security director want those in their positions to be able to carry guns, too. The district’s policy committee first looked at the issue last month and delved into more details of the plan this week.
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri NAACP is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to take over the investigation of a St. Louis County police supervisor and whether he ordered officers to engage in racial profiling. Adolphus Pruitt of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People sent a letter last week requesting the federal investigation. A lieutenant for St. Louis County is accused of ordering officers to target and arrest blacks in and around a south St. Louis County shopping center and a Wal-Mart store. County Police Chief Tim Fitch says he welcomes any federal investigation and will assist those involved in it.
OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in central Missouri are citing a recent death to highlight the dangers of “huffing” vapors from aerosol products. Osage Beach police say emergency responders found a 33-year-old man dead Monday morning at a motel. Over three days, the man and female companion had bought more than 50 cans of an aerosol product used to remove dust from a nearby store. Reportedly the cans were all empty. Police said the high from huffing lasts just 15 to 30 seconds and must be repeated several times a day to achieve the desired effect.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The city of St. Louis and St. Louis County are joining together on economic development. The city and county on Friday announced formation of a regional partnership to be known as St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. The organization will guide efforts to support new businesses and help existing firms grow. Officials say the effort will create a unified voice for the region and deliver services more efficiently.