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MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old schoolmate when he was 17 has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child endangerment charge as part of a deal with prosecutors.
Matt Barnett entered the plea Thursday during a court hearing in his hometown of Maryville. He was sentenced to two years of probation and a four-month suspended jail term.
The girl says Barnett raped her at a house party in January 2012. Barnett says the sex was consensual.
The local prosecutor dropped the case because he said the girl's family stopped cooperating.
A special prosecutor was tasked with re-examining it after it received widespread attention last fall.
As severe winter weather begins to subside, the American Red Cross is asking all eligible blood and platelet donors to help offset a weather-related shortfall in donations.
Approximately 300 blood drives in 25 states across the U.S. were canceled due to snow and extreme cold. The blood drive cancellations resulted in a shortfall of nearly 88-hundred blood and platelet donations since
In the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region, severe winter weather forced the cancellation of nearly 30 Red Cross blood drives, resulting in nearly 900 fewer than expected blood donations over the past five days.
“It’s the blood products already on the shelves that help save lives when severe weather hits,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Region. “Thanks to generous Red Cross blood and platelet donors, blood products were available for patients who still needed transfusions despite the weather. Now we invite those previously ‘frozen out’ from giving blood or platelets to come in soon.”
Platelet donors, as well as blood donors with the most in-demand blood types — O positive and negative, A negative and B negative — are urgently needed to give blood in the days and weeks ahead to offset the shortfall.
Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, must be transfused within five days of donation, so donations are constantly needed. Red blood cells, the oxygen carrying component of blood, are the most widely transfused blood product and must be transfused within 42 days.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.
Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
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The Metropolitan Police Department will host a graduation ceremony for 28 new police
officers on Thursday. The ceremony will take place in the Anheuser-Busch
Auditorium and begins at 7:00 p.m.
After 28 weeks of rigorous physical training and hours of classroom instruction, the
newest members of the Metropolitan Police Department are ready to embark on their new
journeys as St. Louis Police Officers. The new officers will be sworn in and presented their
official police badges at the ceremony. Mayor Francis Slay and Chief Sam Dotson will address
the new officers. The Deputy Chiefs and various commanders will be in attendance.