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No charges after handgun was found in MO Capitol restroom

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 05:40 Published in Local News

   A congressional staffer won't face any charges after leaving his loaded handgun in a mens' room at the Missouri Capitol. 

   Police say the gun belongs to 64 year old David Evans, legislative assistant to House Speaker Tim Jones. And Evans has a conceal-carry permit.  

   Capitol Police say the Kahr CM9 9mm pistol was in a holster and had a hollow point bullet in the chamber, along with six others in the magazine.  It was found Friday morning on top of a toilet paper dispenser in a restroom near a House hearing room.

   Police say no charges will be filed because Evans didn't break any laws.  State law allows Missouri lawmakers and their staff to carry concealed weapons in the Capitol, as long as they have a permit.

   St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch is coming out against a proposal to combine city and county crime statistics for FBI reporting. 

   County Police Chief Tim Fitch and City Chief Sam Dotson sent that proposal to the FBI Monday.  They argue that reporting St. Louis crime stats regionally would be more accurate since other cities include suburban and rural areas in their figures. 

   McCulloch told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that combining the numbers is deceptive because the city isn't part of the county.  And he said, it would be unfair to county residents.  McCulloch said the move would cut the city's murder rate in half, while increasing the county's murder rate more than 8 fold.

   The STL County crime stats only include unincorporated areas and the municipalities that contract with County PD for protection...about 40-percent of county residents.

   The paper reports that the proposed change would have ranked St. Louis 8th instead of 2nd in violent crime among cities with populations between 500,000 and 999,999 in 2010.

Militant group: hostages alive in Kenya mall

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 04:16 Published in National News

   NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The militant group that attacked a Nairobi mall and killed at least 60 people says it is still holding hostages alive inside and that its fighters are "still holding their ground."

   The Twitter messages posted Tuesday by the al-Qaida-linked rebel group al-Shabab came after Kenyan government assurances of success in the fourth-day of the standoff.

   Al-Shabab says the hostages "are still alive, looking quite disconcerted but, nevertheless, alive."

   A security expert with contacts inside said Monday night there were at least 30 hostages when the assault began Saturday and at least 10 were believed to be still inside the upscale mall. Officials did not give a figure, saying only that "most" hostages had been released.

   Sporadic gunfire could be heard from the building Tuesday as government forces pressed on inside.

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