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Dealer gets 24 years for running ring linked to deadly ODs

Sep. 17, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man has been sentenced to 24 years in federal prison for running a heroin distribution ring that has been tied to at least two overdose deaths. The Springfield News-Leader reports that 41-year-old Jovan Denson, of Springfield, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in...

Missouri investigation: 12 ex-clergy could face prosecution

Sep. 13, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Friday referred 12 former priests for potential criminal prosecution but stopped short of recommending charges against any top church leaders, despite concluding the Roman Catholic Church was involved in "long, sustained and far-reaching cover-up."...

Missouri gun violence proposal in the works amid bloodshed

Sep. 12, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The speaker of the Missouri House said he hopes to have a proposal aimed at combatting gun violence ready to debate next year, but critics say action needs to be taken sooner as the death toll mounts in the state's largest cities. Republican Rep. Elijah Haahr, of Springfield, said...

Seizure of 3K THC-filled vaping cartridges leads to charges

Sep. 12, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A southern California man has been charged with a dozen felonies more than a year after he was stopped on a Missouri highway with about 3,000 vaping cartridges filled with THC oil. The Springfield News-Leader reports that the 12 counts of delivery of a controlled substance were...

The Latest: Legislative gun violence proposal in the works

Sep. 12, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on gun violence in Missouri's largest cities. (all times local): 10:35 a.m. The speaker of the Missouri House says a group of Republican lawmakers are working on legislation to address gun violence in the state's largest cities. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that...

Man dies after being struck by SUV driven by 89-year-old mom

Sep. 11, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A 59-year-old Missouri man is dead after being struck by a car driven by his 89-year-old mother. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Paul Martin of Brookline Station died in the accident Tuesday. The patrol says Martin was reaching inside a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox to help his...

Sons of woman slain in 1988 pleased with charges in case

Sep. 10, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The sons of 31-year-old Cynthia Smith, who was killed more than 30 years ago in southwest Missouri, say they are happy that someone has been charged in the crime that caused them to be separated as children. Lawrence Gene Timmons, 65, was indicted Friday on a first-degree murder...

Missouri man charged in killing of woman 3 decades ago

Sep. 9, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. (AP) — Thirty-one years after Cynthia Smith was found dead at a rural Missouri cemetery, a suspect is now charged in her death. Meanwhile, a published report said investigators are trying to determine if the man is responsible for two other killings. Lawrence Gene Timmons of Pierce City,...

Big 3rd quarter lifts Montana St. past SE Missouri St. 38-17

Sep. 8, 2019 12:52 AM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Troy Andersen ran for two touchdowns and had two tackles for loss to lead Montana State to a 38-17 win over Southeast Missouri State on Saturday night. After an error-filled first half, the Bobcats (1-1) scored 28 points in the third quarter accumulating 240 yards in the process....

Springfield man sentenced for 2018 home invasion killing

Sep. 7, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in a 2018 home invasion killing. The News-Leader reports that 28-year-old Shane Stamm was sentenced Friday. A jury in March found him guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 38-year-old Kenneth...