TROY, Mo. (AP) - A former St. Charles County middle school teacher has been sentenced to seven years in prison for secretly videotaping boys as they undressed in a camp shower.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 39-year-old Matthew Hansen of Winfield was sentenced last week for possession of child pornography. Hansen is also awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in federal court to eight counts of attempted production of child porn. The state and federal sentences will run concurrently.
Hansen is a former math teacher at West Middle School in the Fort Zumwalt district.
Authorities say the crimes happened between 2007 and 2012. School officials have cited evidence that Hansen videotaped at least 80 boys at an outdoor education camp in Cuivre River State Park in Lincoln County.
Researchers from the University of Missouri are making strides to help protect the valuable soybean crop. Scientists at Mizzou, the University of Georgia, and the Beijing Genome Institute have identified two genes can help defend soybeans from the root-knot nematode parasite, which causes more than $50 million of annual yield loss. The research was funded by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Counsil. The United States is the world's largest producer of soybeans, growing roughly 33% of the world's supply.
The boil and water conservation order for St. Charles and St. Peters residents has been lifted this morning. A water main break in a secondary supply line from St. Louis was discovered on Friday. It was repaired, but the boil and conservation order remained in effect until the water could be tested and the water pressure regulated. More than 120-thousand customers in eastern and central St. Charles County were affected. Missouri American Water customers were not affected.
Day one of Chris Koster's Urban Crime Summit gets underway in Kansas City today. Missouri's Attorney General is looking for ways to combat crime in the state's most populated urban centers. After two days of meetings in Kansas City, the summit continues with two days in St. Louis. New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly will speak in K.C. this morning. The dramatic drop in violent crime in New York will be one topic of discussion along with hot-spot policing and gang migration. Police chiefs from both Kansas City and St. Louis, along with the mayors and St. Louis County officials will take part in the summit both in Kansas City and in St. Louis. These meetings are free and open to the public. The St. Louis sessions will be held this Wednesday and Thursday at the St. Louis University School of Law and will run from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. .
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) - Family and friends will say their formal goodbyes to a 7 year old southern Illinois girl who authorities allege was stabbed to death by her uncle.
Services for Willow Long of the tiny village of Watson in Effingham County are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at Effingham High School, followed by private burial.
Twenty-two year old Justin DeRyke was charged last Wednesday with first-degree murder in Willow's death.
Prosecutors say he told investigators he killed his niece to end her suffering after she accidentally fell onto a brush pile and pierced her neck with a stick near the family's home.
DeRyke is being held on $5 million bond and hiring an attorney. He's set to appear again in court Thursday.
BETHALTO, Ill. (AP) - A metro-east village is paying tribute to a hometown Marine who died in 2010 of complications from injuries sustained in Afghanistan.
The Alton Telegraph reports that seven signs honoring Lance Cpl. Kenneth Corzine have been erected at each road entrance to Bethalto.
Corzine was 23 when he died on Christmas Eve of 2010, 19 days after being injured by a roadside bomb that exploded, costing him both legs.
Corzine grew up in Bethalto and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Bethalto is in Madison County, northeast of St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis County man has been charged with threatening violence at his 10-year high school reunion.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 28-year-old Andrew Middleton was charged Friday with making a terroristic threat. Bail was set at $25,000 cash. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.
Middleton is accused of posting several threatening status updates to his Facebook page and a Facebook page created to promote the reunion. Court documents say the reunion had been scheduled for Saturday night but was canceled because of the threats.
Middleton allowed police to search his apartment, and officers found five loaded firearms, a variety of ammunition and a 12-inch knife. Middleton said he was drunk and wrote the comments only "to get a rise out of people."
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A rodeo clown has performed for the first time since a controversial State Fair rodeo act that mocked President Barack Obama.
The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that rodeo clown Tuffy Gessling hammed it up for the crowd during a pro bull riding event Friday in Jefferson County.
Beforehand, Gessling said everything has been very overwhelming and that he's surprised people took offense to the politically themed skit. It featured another clown wearing an Obama mask, while Gessling made comments — including "We're gonna stomp Obama" — to the crowd.
Gessling says the skit had been performed before, and that several past presidents' faces were placed in similar scenarios. Gessling had other shows scheduled between his State Fair and Jefferson City appearances, but they were canceled.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Top Missouri Republicans are looking for ways to ensure greater party loyalty after a supermajority in the GOP-led House recently failed to enact an income tax cut.
Meeting Saturday in Kansas City, the Missouri Republican State Committee proposed a new requirement for candidates registering to run as Republicans. They would be asked to sign a statement saying: "I have read, understand and fundamentally support the platform of the Missouri Republican Party."
Supporters of the measure noted that tax cuts ought to be a central Republican philosophy.
Fifteen Republican House members defected from party leaders this week to help sustain Democratic Governor Jay Nixon's veto of an income tax cut. Some echoed his concerns about the effect on education funding.
The GOP committee took no action Saturday on the proposed policy.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A board member of the group that owns the Edward Jones Dome has quit over what he calls another group's failure to share financial records
Bruce Sommer is a former city alderman who later ran the convention center for 25 years. The Convention and Visitor's Commission operates the football stadium that's home to the St. Louis Rams, while Sommer sat on the board of the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority.
The Post-Dispatch reports that Sommer said convention executives wanted the board to help pay $2 million in legal fees as it tries to negotiate a new lease with the Rams.
Sommer said he resigned after his requests for more detailed budget documents went unfulfilled. The convention commission eventually paid the fees on its own.