KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Supporters of a Missouri girl who says she was raped as a 14-year-old by an older schoolmate who wasn't prosecuted are applauding the selection of a Kansas City attorney who is tasked with re-examining the case.
Daisy Coleman's backers and lawyers who have worked with Jackson County prosecuting attorney Jean Peters Baker say her experience handling high-profile cases and as a victims advocate make her a good choice for special prosecutor in Daisy's case.
Baker says her review of the case will be fair and thorough. The Nodaway County prosecutor determined that there wasn't sufficient evidence to justify charges.
Daisy says an older boy got her drunk and sexually assaulted her in January 2012. He says the sex was consensual.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man accused of carjacking a vehicle at a suburban St. Louis hospital, then robbing a credit union, is now facing charges.
Charges of first-degree robbery, armed criminal action and resisting arrest were filed Friday against 34-year-old Robert Gusman of St. Louis County. He is jailed on $100,000 bond.
Authorities say Gusman carjacked a Cadillac at St. Anthony Medical Center on Thursday, then drove to Arsenal Credit Union and robbed the facility. He was later arrested on Interstate 55 after a chase.
Gusman's mother reported him missing on Wednesday, saying she had not seen or heard from him since October 17th.
PARK HILLS, Mo. (AP) - Two eastern Missouri firefighters are facing charges for a string of arsons in the Park Hills area.
The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Mo., reports that the firefighters, both from Park Hills, are jailed on $200,000 bail each. Their names have not been released pending formal charges.
The break in the case came when the two men were questioned by police in nearby Leadington and by state conservation agents for the alleged illegal shooting of a deer. Leadington Police Chief Rick Pouge says that during questioning, the men admitted to setting several fires over the past several months.
Park Hills Fire Chief Jackie Wagganer says his department is cooperating with investigators. The department is made up most of volunteer firefighters.