A 20-year-old Kansas City man will have to spend 30 years in prison for the 2010 shooting death of a convenience store clerk. Phillip Martin was convicted of second-degree murder, armed criminal action and robbery for the slaying of Gurpreet Singh.
The pending yearlong shutdown of a major Interstate 70 bridge over the Missouri River is worrying some St. Charles area business owners. Major repairs to the Blanchette Bridge are set to begin in April and will likely cause backups when westbound lanes are rerouted to the bridge’s eastbound span.
Today’s the filing deadline for presidential candidates to get on the ballot for Missouri’s February 7th primary. Texas Congressman Ron Paul and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum both filed yesterday, bringing the Republican field to 10. There are three Democrats, including President Barack Obama, and one Libertarian.
Joplin’s marking the six-month anniversary of the May 22 tornado with a community memorial service this afternoon. The service will take place in a park next to St. John’s Regional Medical Center, the damaged hospital that became a physical symbol of the tornado that killed 161 people. Organizers plan to hold a moment of silence at 5:41 p.m., to mark the time the twister first hit.
A tent at the center of an Occupy protest outside Columbia’s City Hall remains in place, despite a city ultimatum to move. Protesters say they’re using the tent and its spray-painted slogans to convey their message rather than as a place to sleep.
Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWEYE’-ful) says people who receive gift cards during the holidays should keep their physical card or certificate even if it has expired. Businesses are required to turn over any remaining value to the treasurer’s office after five years. Zweifel says $130,000 worth of gift cards and certificates were returned this year alone.
A mid-Missouri man has pleaded guilty to second-degree involuntary manslaughter in the death of a six-year-old boy who was run over by a school bus the man was driving. Willie Leonberger of Auxvasse (oh-VAWZ’) faces up to four years in prison for hitting Hunter Pitt just seconds after the boy and an older sibling got off the bus and began crossing the street.
A St. Louis-area mortgage banker could face more than three years in prison after pleading guilty to a role in a $1.5 million fraud case. Matthew Kent pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud and will be sentenced in February. Prosecutors say he was vice president of the University City office of Coral Mortgage Bankers when he and a co-defendant solicited money from a man and told him it would be kept in trust.