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WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (AP) - Victims of this week's Missouri floods are being warned of possible scammers.

Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long issued a statement Thursday cautioning residents to be alert for identity thieves posing as government officials or charity workers offering help. Long says the scammers may request personal information, such as a Social Security number. The sheriff says the scammers might also go through trash and flood debris set out for disposal.

Other threats come from people representing fake charities who pressure potential donors for cash contributions for flood relief.

The sheriff also says natural disasters tend to attract shoddy contractors known as "storm chasers" who go door-to-door claiming to specialize in flood repair. Long says it's a good idea for homeowners to contact their insurance carriers for names of approved contractors.

 

Thursday, 08 August 2013 17:50
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   It took standing in line for hours, but hundreds of drivers were able to resolve traffic tickets in Pine Lawn yesterday.

   The city had sent out letters warning ticket holders that they had outstanding $50 fines.  All of the letters warned that failure to appear at court on August 8th at 3:30 PM would result in a warrant being issued.  That meant a line of ticket payers that wrapped all the way around the block.  

   It took several hours for everyone to get into court, but by late Thursday evening, everyone had seen the judge.

   Several people in line said they had received no prior warning about the tickets, but city officials say previous warnings had been distributed and that the long waits could have been avoided if violators had paid their fines on line. 

 
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A Missouri company tested a bullet-proof shelter in a school for the first time Wednesday.

A Christian School in western Missouri served as the testing grounds for the shelter. Teachers were excited to see the shelter was shot several times with armor piercing rounds and the bullets showed no signs of penetrating the steel.

The same shelter could also be used for protection during a tornado.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - An Illinois appeals court has thrown out 31 convictions involving a woman who drunkenly caused a 2009 wreck that killed four people, although the panel let stand a 20-year prison sentence the woman said was excessive.

On Wednesday, the Mount Vernon, Ill.-based 5th District Appellate Court threw out all but one of Melissa Weiser's 32 convictions for felony aggravated driving under the influence, ruling them redundant even though the former East Carondolet woman pleaded guilty to the charges.

The 31-year-old unsuccessfully pressed to have her 20-year prison sentence reduced in connection with the Clinton County wreck that killed her fiance and three occupants of the another vehicle on Memorial Day weekend in 2009.

Weiser admitted she had been drinking and had smoked marijuana before the accident.

 

Thursday, 08 August 2013 15:36
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The former massage therapist who videotaped clients while they undressed, will spend nearly a decade behind bars.

Kirk Jackson faced 56 years in prison after pleading guilty to 14 charges of invasion of privacy. The judge sentenced him to four years on the first two charges and issued a suspended sentence on the remaining 12 charges. That means if he violates parole after release, he faces 48 years in prison.

Authorities uncovered Kirk Jackson's hidden videotaping operation at Atlas Massage Therapy after a tip from a victim. A search of Jackson's office uncovered 140 videos of women in the restroom, tanning beds, and massage rooms.

Thursday, 08 August 2013 14:22
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One group says they have no plans to sue the Mehlville School District.

The Children's Education Alliance of Missouri had been discussing filing a lawsuit on behalf of families in the Riverview Gardens School District.

In a news release Thursday, CEAM said the Mehlville and Kirkwood Districts have not identified spots for all students who wanted to transfer. They believe Mehlville and Kirkwood officials have been negotiating in good faith and are trying to find a positive resolution for all parties involved. 

 

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ST. PETERS, Mo. (AP) - None of the three big winners in the near-record Powerball drawing bought their tickets in Missouri, but a $1 million consolation prize ticket was purchased in suburban St. Louis.

The Missouri Lottery says a ticket matching all five white-ball numbers was purchased for the Wednesday drawing at a Huck's convenience store in St. Peters. That ticket failed to match the Powerball number of 32, but did match the white-ball numbers: 5, 25, 30, 58 and 59. The Powerball jackpot was $448.4 million.

Players have 180 days from the drawing to claim their prize - in this case, until Feb. 3.

Thursday, 08 August 2013 12:49
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Authorities in Pulaski county have identified the mother who is presumed to have died in flash flooding this week.

Sheriff Ron Long says that 4-year-old Elyjah Lee died after the car he was in was swept off the road on Tuesday. His mother, 23-year-old Jessica Lee was not with the car when emergency crews arrived.

The search for Jessica continues, but authorities assume she is now dead. 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A new state report shows the number of Illinois children killed by abuse or neglect over the past year likely will be the state's most in a quarter century.

   The report released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services showed 94 of the 223 deaths investigated during the latest fiscal year that ended June 30 involved credible evidence of abuse or neglect.

   With 45 cases still being investigated and awaiting an official ruling, the number of abuse-related deaths appears likely to surpass the state's previous high of 102 in the 1989 fiscal year.

   Explanations for the latest increase remain elusive.

   But DCFS spokesman Dave Clarkin says the numbers underscore the importance of citizens proactively reporting suspected abuse or neglect before it proves fatal.

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 ST. LOUIS (AP) - A southwest Missouri woman is dead after another round of torrential downpours caused flash flooding.

   McDonald County emergency management director Greg Sweeten says the woman died early Thursday when her car was swept off Missouri Route 90 near the town of Jane, Mo. Sweeten says normally-dry Brush Creek came up suddenly.

   The National Weather Service says parts of southwest Missouri got 10 inches of rain overnight. The town of Hollister was especially hard hit, with about 100 buildings damaged. More than two dozen people had to be rescued from homes, mostly mobile homes, in Hollister, which is near Branson in Taney County.

   The weather service says more heavy rain is likely for southern Missouri in the coming days.

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