Police board reprimands Chief Jon Belmar

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) – The St. Louis County police chief has been censured over a request to a federal judge seeking leniency for a political ally’s nephew in a drug conspiracy case. The county Board of Police Commissioners voted Wednesday to reprimand Chief Jon Belmar. Belmar led St. Louis County’s response to the fatal Ferguson…

Lawmakers considering lifting campus weapons ban

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri lawmakers have begun discussing whether to allow concealed weapons on college campuses. A Senate committee began hearing testimony Wednesday on a bill that would only allow campuses to ban concealed weapons if the school posts armed guards and metal detectors at every entrance to every campus building. Other bills…

St. Louis Prosecutor’s Law License Suspended

St. Louis, MO (KTRS)  A former St. Louis prosecutor is suspended from practicing law. Bliss Barber-Worrell’s law license has been  suspended after she admitted that she helped cover up a city police detective’s assault on a handcuffed suspect.  Barber-Worrell pleaded guilty in October to a felony charge of misprision of a felony. A court order…

Danish food-packaging maker plans Missouri plant

ROLLA, Mo. (AP) – A Danish food-packaging manufacturer says it plans to build a $30-million factory in central Missouri’s Rolla, creating about 50 jobs. As part of the expansion announced Tuesday by Gov. Jay Nixon, Brodrene Hartmann says the 334,000-square-foot Rolla plant will make molded-fiber egg cartons. The cartons will be made of recycled newspaper…

Man sentenced for robbing 6 Columbia banks

( KTRS ) A Columbia man who robbed six banks and used a bicycle as his getaway vehicle will spend almost five years in federal prison. Shaun Christopher Becker has been sentenced to four years and nine months in prison without parole. He was also ordered to pay $4,490 in restitution. Becker admitted to robbing…

Missouri educator pleads not guilty in assault case

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – An assistant professor at the University of Missouri has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from a campus run-in with student journalists during protests in November. A spokeswoman for Columbia’s city prosecutor says an attorney for Melissa Click entered the plea on Click’s behalf Tuesday in municipal court.…