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An argument between neighbors ends after an hours-long standoff.

The incident started around 7:30 this morning in the Mark Twain neighborhood of North St. Louis. A man started arguing with his 63-year-old neighbor, when the older man got a gun and shot at the victim's home. The victim went into his house and called police. The elderly man went back into his home and grabbed a machete to threaten his neighbor with. When police arrived, the machete-wielding neighbor went back into his home.

Two hours later, he surrendered to police. No one was injured in the incident.

 
Thursday, 01 August 2013 13:10
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Supporters of a Missouri initiative to restrict passengers on motorcycles can begin collecting signatures to get the proposal on the 2014 ballot.

   The secretary of state's office announced Wednesday that the petition met standards for circulation. Proponents have until next May to collect enough signatures to get the proposal before voters.

   The proposal would require Missouri motorcycle operators to be at least 21 and complete a rider-safety class before they could carry passengers. The restrictions would not apply to those who have had had a motorcycle license for the previous two years and were born in 1984 or earlier.

   The first violation would be a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $300. Penalties would increase for repeat offenses.

 
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 ALTON, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois man is jailed on $1 million bond after being accused of sexually assaulting a girl for about three years.

   The (Alton) Telegraph reports Madison County prosecutors charged 48-year-old Jack Garrett of Alton with eight counts of predatory sexual assault of a child and five counts of criminal sexual assault of a child.

   The charges related to alleged sexual conduct when the girl was between 11 and 13 years old, from February 2001 and July of this year.

   A spokeswoman for the county state's attorney's office says the investigation began when the girl reported the allegations to a family member, who then notified authorities.

 
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   PARK HILLS, Mo. (AP) - Authorities in the area around the eastern Missouri town of Park Hills are investigating four suspicious fires in the past two weeks.

   The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills (http://bit.ly/18SnwpQ ) reports the latest fire was early Wednesday at an abandoned home near Bismarck. The owner said no one had lived there for two decades. The home was fully engulfed in fire by the time firefighters arrived.

   The other three fires also occurred in abandoned buildings - in a rural area along Missouri Route D, in Doe Run and at a two-story building in Park Hills.

 

 
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