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Officers cleared in fatal shooting of armed woman

POSTED: 11:19 AM CDT Aug 06, 2014    UPDATED: 12:35 PM CDT Aug 06, 2014 
Shooting scene near Sunshine Street at Missouri 360
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -

Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson on Tuesday said he will not file charges against the four law enforcement officers involved in the shooting death of an armed woman in May.

Greene County Sergeant Robert Pounds, Deputy Justin Adamson, and Springfield Police Officers Marc Stevens and Jason Bohannon fired shots at 50-year-old Tracey Lynn Liniger on May 13 at a storage business where she worked on May 13. Officers responded to the business after two men reported Liniger had fired shots at them.

In a letter to Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott and Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams, Patterson writes, “Ms. Liniger knowingly raised her firearm and pointed it toward the officers. At that time, the officers reasonably believed that they were in imminent danger of death or serious physical injury. The officers’ use of deadly force in response to Ms. Liniger’s hostile act involving the threat of imminent death or serious physical injury was reasonable.”

Patterson added that law enforcement officers are not required to allow a suspect to actually shoot the firearm at them before returning fire.

In a statement, Arnott said, “We have analyzed the situation, as we do with all cases, and are implementing some additional training for officer safety purposes. Although the result in this incident is unfortunate, law enforcement officers are faced with these types of situations on a daily basis, making split-second decisions to ensure the safety of the citizens we serve.”

Family members told reporters immediately after the shooting that Liniger was suffering from a terminal illness at the time of the shooting and had been severely depressed.

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Blunt, GOP leaders continue criticism of new EPA rules

POSTED: 08:12 AM CDT Jun 04, 2014 
Coal fired power plants
WASHINGTON, DC -

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt is keeping up the drumbeat against new EPA regulations.
During the Senate Republican Leadership Stakeout Tuesday, Blunt criticized President Barack Obama’s announcement this week regarding Environmental Protection Agency regulations on coal-fired power plants.

Blunt co-sponsored the “Coal Country Protection Act,” which U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R ) Kentucky, introduced to block President Obama’s proposed regulation on existing power plants unless appropriate agencies can prove it will not eliminate jobs, cost our economy, increase electricity prices, or reduce electricity reliability.

Trail of Tears markers unveiled in Stone County

POSTED: 03:34 PM CDT May 31, 2014    UPDATED: 04:59 PM CDT May 31, 2014 
Stone County Trail
CRANE, Mo. -

The Trail of Tears can now be better remembered along its path through Southwest Missouri. The National Park Service and the Stone County Historical Society unveiled 15 new Trail of Tears National Historic Trail signs at the Old Wire Road Conservation Area, north of Crane.

“The National Park Service is proud to be a part of this collaborative effort to install signs marking the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail through Stone County, Missouri. This effort will help all Americans to understand and appreciate this important but painful and often hidden episode of our shared history." says Superintendent Aaron Mahr of the National Park Service’s National Trails Intermountain Region.

The National Park Service works with communities and partners across the trail to increase awareness of the Trail of Tears. The National Trails Intermountain Region administers the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. The trail’s purpose is to commemorate the 1838-1839 forced removal of the people of the Cherokee Nation from their homelands in the eastern U.S. to Indian Territory in what is now Oklahoma.

55-year old soldier graduates basic at Fort Leonard Wood

POSTED: 07:28 AM CDT May 30, 2014 

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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -

When most men his age are thinking retirement, Sgt First Class John Taffe was going back to basics - in a big way.

After 10 weeks of training at Fort Leonard Wood, Taffe, a 55-year-old Soldier, graduated from Basic Combat Training.

During physical training Taffe set high standards for his much younger battle buddies. He graduated with a physical fitness test score of 331 out of a possible 300 - the second highest in the company.

"Because of my age and rank, I felt like I had to prove myself a little more in some cases," Taffe said.

Taffe started Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood in March.

"I don't think I have ever sent a Soldier to Basic Combat Training who could outrank his drill sergeants," said Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Karr, Recruiting Center Alameda, Calif., commander.

Taffe began his military career in 1977 with the U.S. Navy. Most of his time was spent as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal technician, diver, parachutist and instructor. He served for almost 14 years before being released from active duty in 1991 with the rank of chief petty officer or E-7 equivalent.

When he returns to California, Taffe plans to join his Reserve unit and return to his job as a security specialist at the U.S. Coast Guard in Alameda.

Springfield-based bank purchased by Arkansas firm

POSTED: 11:02 AM CDT May 28, 2014    UPDATED: 11:45 AM CDT May 28, 2014 
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PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) -

Pine Bluff-based Simmons First National Corporation has announced that it is buying Springfield, Missouri-based Liberty Bancshares in an all-stock transaction valued at more than $206 million.
 
The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter and is subject to approval by shareholders.
 
Through the end of March, Liberty had assets of $1.1 billion, loans of $811 million and deposits of $885 million.
 
Simmons First Chairman and CEO George A. Makris says Liberty's expertise in small business lending will enhance commercial offerings.
 
Liberty Chairman and CEO Gary Metzger called the merger a "win, win, win situation."

Arkansas advises hepatitis C testing for baby boomers

POSTED: 10:47 AM CDT May 28, 2014 
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -

Arkansas has a warning for baby boomers about hepatitis C. An estimated 38,000 adult Arkansans may be living with the blood borne virus that harms the liver. It contributed to at least 1,538 deaths in Arkansas between 1999 and 2012. To put this number into perspective, Hep C has contributed to more deaths than HIV in Arkansas each year since 2006. To reduce the number of Arkansans who may be faced with irreversible liver damage or early death, the Arkansas Department of Health recommends all adults discuss Hep C testing with their doctor.

It is recommended that all people born between 1945 and 1965 get tested for Hep C. Injection drug users, people who received a blood transfusion before 1992, and several other at-risk groups should also be tested. Those who fall into these groups should talk with their doctor about getting tested for Hep C, even if they do not feel ill. The majority of people with Hep C often do not know they are infected. Testing can help identify infected people before irreversible liver damage occurs. Hep C is known as the “silent killer” because many people have the infection for decades and experience no symptoms. However, Hep C typically develops into a chronic infection and eventually destroys the cells of the liver. It is a major cause of cancer and cirrhosis and is the leading cause of liver transplants in the United States.

“Hep C is a very serious illness and early detection and treatment are the only way to avoid permanent liver damage and possible death,” said Dr. Gary Wheeler, Medical Director for Infectious Disease at the Arkansas Department of Health.

Before 2013, Hep C was treated with drugs that caused side effects such as flu-like symptoms and depression, and required injections of interferon for nearly one year or longer. Now, treatments for Hep C are more effective, easier to tolerate and shorter in duration. If you are currently living with Hep C, ask your doctor about new treatment options. Your doctor will be able to decide when treatment should begin.

Road closed this week around Table Rock Dam

POSTED: 07:20 AM CDT May 26, 2014    UPDATED: 07:43 AM CDT May 26, 2014 
BRANSON, Mo. -

It will be a little tighter squeeze for drivers around the Table Rock Dam this week.
One lane of Highway 165/265 between Table Rock Lake's dam and spillway will be closed from 7 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday to conduct a bridge inspection.

If you are traveling in this area, please expect delays, and operate cautiously around equipment and work crews.

Officials at the Army Corps of Engineers Table Rock Project Office say they regret any inconvenience this may cause, and ask for the public cooperation during the inspection. Officials ask travelers to plan alternate routes and allow extra time to reach their destinations.

UPDATE: Teens now safe, mom in custody

POSTED: 12:32 PM CDT May 25, 2014    UPDATED: 06:17 AM CDT May 26, 2014 

Vernon County Sheriff

NEVADA, Mo. -

Authorities in the Ozarks have now found both teenaged siblings reported missing Sunday safe, and arrested their mother. 14-year-old Christopher Otter and his 15-year old sister Haley are safe and 36-year old mother, Kelly Otter is in custody.  The Missouri Highway Patrol issued an Endangered Persons Advisory out of Nevada, Mo. for the teenagers Sunday morning.

The Patrol reports the two went willingly with their mother, who does not have legal custody. Police say Kelly Otter has a history of drug abuse and multiple warrants for her arrest.

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Health officials give hepatitis update, vaccinations in Springfield scare

POSTED: 11:43 AM CDT May 22, 2014    UPDATED: 02:24 PM CDT May 22, 2014 

VIDEO: Health Department gives Hepatitis A briefing; begins vaccinations

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -

The Springfield Greene County Health Department opened a special vaccination clinic on Thursday morning to treat people who may have been exposed to Hepatitis A while eating at the Red Robin restaurant in Springfield.

Dozens began lining up at about 9:30 Thursday morning at Remingtons event center on Republic Road at Kansas Expressway.  Some came to the clinic with small children, concerned they may have been exposed to the disease.

The health department says 5,000 people may be at risk of getting sick. The health department says, if you ate at the Red Robin on South Glenstone Avenue in Springfield between May 8 and May 16, you should get vaccinated against hepatitis A.

Not only were people in line concerned about the spread but volunteers say people from all over the country have been calling the health department's hotline with questions.  So far they say they've taken more than 500 calls.

The health department ordered 4,000 vaccinations for the people who may have been exposed. Remingtons will host the free immunization clinic on Thursday until 6 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to noon.   It's at 1655 W. Republic Road.

Mercy will also offer vaccinations at the Smith Glynn Callaway Clinic at 3231 S. National Ave. on May 24-26 from noon to 4.

CoxHealth will also offer vaccinations at urgent care at the Turner Center at 1000 E. Primrose St. from noon to 4 on May 24-26 (Saturday - Monday).

If you have any questions about hepatitis a, you can call (417) 829-6200 for answers.

It will be staffed until  7 p.m. Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

Fire badly damages home in northern Springfield

POSTED: 11:03 AM CDT May 21, 2014    UPDATED: 12:07 PM CDT May 21, 2014 
1200 N. Rogers Fire
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -

A vacant house in northern Springfield suffered significant damage after a fire on Wednesday morning.  Fire crews answered the call just after 9 a.m. and found the burning house in the 1200 block of North Rogers Avenue.

Investigators say the fire started in the rear of the house, where they found an open door.  A fire marshal is investigating.

One fire fighter suffered an ankle injury while on the call.

Diabetic pharmacist sentenced to jail for fatal crash

POSTED: 08:24 AM CDT May 21, 2014 
GAVEL 3
CRYSTAL CITY, Mo. (AP) -

A Missouri pharmacist who was suffering a diabetic episode during a fatal accident has been sentenced to 120 days in prison.
 
A Jefferson County judge on Tuesday ordered 52-year-old Thomas Griggs to serve the "shock time" for a February 2013 crash that killed Londa Crump of Crystal City.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Griggs told officers he remembered getting lost on Interstate 55 that day but doesn't remember anything about the crash in Crystal City.
 
Prosecutors said Griggs didn't properly manage his blood sugar levels that day.
 
Griggs' attorney, Ethan Corlija, said Griggs followed his doctor's advice on using insulin to manage his Type 1 diabetes.
 
Griggs pleaded no contest in February to second-degree involuntary manslaughter.

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Reeds Spring man killed in crash near Branson

POSTED: 05:14 AM CDT May 15, 2014    UPDATED: 06:18 AM CDT May 15, 2014 
New Generic Crash
BRANSON, Mo -

A crash north of town killed a man from Reeds Spring.

The highway patrol says Richard Kidwell ran a stop sign on highway 248 and slammed into a rock bluff Wednesday night. 

Troopers say Kidwell, 30, wasn't wearing a seat belt.

Blunt, McCaskill demand answers on Missouri VA hospital

POSTED: 08:13 AM CDT May 14, 2014 
Blunt Visits FLW

Office of Sen. Roy Blunt

WASHINGTON, DC -

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt has called for an investigation into recent reports of delays and inefficiencies in mental health treatment for veterans at the John Cochran Veterans Affairs Hospital in St. Louis. Blunt’s remarks came after he sent a letter with fellow Missouri senator Claire McCaskill to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and the VA St. Louis Health Care System to demand answers for Missouri’s veterans.

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Bum knee cancels governor's commencement speech in Springfield

POSTED: 11:36 AM CDT May 08, 2014    UPDATED: 12:26 PM CDT May 08, 2014 
Jay Nixon
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -

Gov. Jay Nixon's bum knee will keep him from speaking at Kickapoo High School's commencement Friday evening. Nixon had to cancel because he is recovering from knee surgery on Tuesday, according to Press Secretary Scott Holste.  Holste says the governor had hoped to get up and around to make the speech, but it didn't work out.

Springfield Schools Director of Communication Theresa Bledsoe says the governor was a special additional guest speaker, so there are no plans to replace Nixon on the program.

Springfield's five public high schools hold their commencements this week, with Parkview, Hillcrest and Glendale handing out diplomas on Thursday and Kickapoo and Central on Friday. In all, the five schools will graduate about 1,700 students.

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Chase looks to hire 300 at Springfield location

POSTED: 12:01 PM CDT May 04, 2014    UPDATED: 12:02 PM CDT May 04, 2014 
Chase Bank
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -

A big employer will put out the help wanted sign this week. Chase is looking to fill 300 positions through a career fair scheduled on Tuesday from 2 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

The Springfield Chase Service Center houses numerous functions for the company including customer service, quality assurance, and marketing services.

In a news release, Chase reports it offers full time employees three weeks of vacation, and provides many resources for employees to use for career development, mobility, networking, mentoring and charitable participation.

“Chase offers a variety of career opportunities for the young adult just entering the workforce to the busy parent looking for non-traditional hours to the seasoned professional,” said Shirley LaBella, head of recruitment for Chase’s service center. “We have a great team in Springfield who are committed to their customers, colleagues and community. We look forward to adding more local talented and dedicated workers here.”

Chase wants Interested candidates to come with a resume and be ready to interview at the Springfield Chase Service Center at 303 East Republic Road.

High school ag programs flourish as farms dwindle

POSTED: 11:47 AM CDT May 04, 2014    UPDATED: 11:49 AM CDT May 04, 2014 
Agriculture
ST. LOUIS (AP) -

High school agriculture programs sprouting across the nation's Corn Belt are teaching teenagers that careers in the field often have nothing to do with cows and plows.

Such offerings are taking hold as school budgets tighten and the numbers of farms in the U.S. decline.

Supporters tout the classes as rich in science and as stepping stones for college-bound students considering careers in everything from urban forestry to renewable natural resources and genetic engineering of crops.

Tens of thousands of jobs open up each year in the broader agriculture field, and roughly half are filled by college grads with actual ag-related degrees.

The growth of such programs has swelled membership of Future Farmers of America.

Senate discusses Blunt's military mental health bill

POSTED: 07:46 AM CDT May 02, 2014 
Blunt Visits FLW

Office of Sen. Roy Blunt

WASHINGTON, D.C. -

The U.S. Senate discusses a bill aimed at improving mental health care for military members.

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt spoke on the Senate floor Thursday to discuss the “Caring For America's Heroes Act,” bipartisan legislation that builds on his ongoing efforts to ensure all Americans have access to quality behavioral health treatments – including members of the military, veterans, and their families. The bill is co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow, (R) Michigan and Jerry Moran, (R) Kansas.

Blunt, who serves as a member of both the defense authorizing and appropriations committees, introduced the Caring For America’s Heroes Act to bring mental health treatment in-line with the way physical injuries are treated under TRICARE.

Missouri Senate passes cannabis extract bill

POSTED: 12:29 PM CDT May 01, 2014 
Medical Marijuana
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -

Legislation has passed the Missouri Senate that would allow use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy isn't relieved by other treatments.
 
The Republican-led Senate passed the bill 32-0 on Thursday. The bill now returns to the House, which approved a different version last week.
 
The bill would allow use of "hemp extract" containing little of the substance that makes marijuana users feel high and greater amounts of a chemical called cannabidiol, or CBD.
 
The vote came after Sen. Eric Schmitt gave an impassioned speech about his son, who has epilepsy. Schmitt says he doesn't know if CBD oil will work but that a lot of families are willing to try. Schmitt's family watched the debate from the Senate chamber.
 

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Deadline near for charity fishing tournament

POSTED: 01:33 PM CDT Apr 20, 2014 
Kids Fishing

Missouri Department of Conservation

BRANSON, Mo. -

The 10th Annual Cops for Kids Buddy Bass Tournament, one of the largest annual fishing tournaments on Table Rock Lake, is set for Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at State Park Marina in Branson, Missouri.  Fishermen can register by going to www.copsforkidstournament.com.  Entry deadline is Monday, April 21.

Three flights will have a staggered departure based on the sequence of registration between 6:30 AM and 7 AM.  Check-ins are between 3 PM and 3:30 PM.  All contestants are eligible for a draw prize of a Nitro Z6 with 115 Mercury Motor.  Cash prizes are awarded for first through tenth places. 

The mission of Cops for Kids is to provide financial assistance to non-profits dedicated to children, believing that community programs targeted out the youth can make a true impact on children’s growth, development and future success.  Catch-A-Dream Foundation and Children’s Smile Center are the benefiting charities.

 

Catch-A-Dream is a national, charitable, non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation, that provides once-in-a-lifetime dream hunting and fishing trips to children across the United States and Canada, age 18 and younger, who suffer from life-threatening illnesses. Through these adventures, and exposure to outdoors-minded people who care, the program instills in these children a message of encouragement at a time when they need to know that hope does, indeed, exist.

Children’s Smile Center is a local nonprofit organization that provides preventive and primary dental care at no charge to the families of children ages 1-19 and pregnant women with active Medicaid who reside in Barry, Christian, Lawrence and Stone Counties.  Children’s Smile Center has offices in Ozark, Aurora and Branson West.

Missouri Republicans outline new gun proposal

POSTED: 11:04 AM CDT Apr 19, 2014 
Missouri Governor Nixon vetoes bill that nullified federal gun laws
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -

Missouri Republicans have outlined a new approach to prevent federal agents from enforcing gun control laws the state considers to be infringements on gun rights.
 
Under the bill endorsed by a Senate committee, federal agents who enforce those laws would be banned from future service in any state or local law enforcement agency.
 
The change comes as House and Senate backers try to reach a compromise on the legislation that has been passed separately by each chamber. The current version is pending in the Senate.
 
Supporters say the measure would make federal agents think twice before enforcing a gun control law. But the new approach is unlikely to sway opponents of the measure, who still say it is unconstitutional because states cannot nullify federal laws.
 

Woman injured in shooting in Brighton Friday evening

POSTED: 10:56 PM CDT Apr 18, 2014    UPDATED: 10:50 AM CDT Apr 19, 2014 
Brighton shooting image
BRIGHTON, Mo. -

Greene County Sheriff's authorities are investigating a shooting that injured a woman Friday evening in Brighton, Missouri.

Investigators believe the shooting was a domestic dispute over property off of Farm Road 6.  A woman suffered minor injuries after the bullet grazed her in the head.  She was taken to a Springfield hospital. 

Investigators took into custody a second person involved for questioning.

 

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Marionville Mayor: I agree with Frazier Miller's beliefs, not behaviors

POSTED: 07:36 PM CDT Apr 15, 2014    UPDATED: 04:56 PM CDT Apr 16, 2014 

VIDEO: Marionville mayor on Frazier Glenn Cross: I agree with him

MARIONVILLE, Mo. -

Kansas prosecutors filed state murder charges against the white supremacist accused in a shooting spree that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites over the weekend.

Johnson County District Attorney announced Tuesday the charges against Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller.  He's charged for the deaths of a 14-year-old boy, Reat Underwood; the boy's grandfather, William Corporon; and a woman, Terri LaManno.  The capital murder count is for the deaths of Corporon and Reat, said Johnson County district attorney Steve Howe.  The premeditated murder count is for the death of LaManno.

Cross, 73, lives in the Aurora area and his racist activities have long drawn the attention of hate-group monitors.

"He was always a little bit different," said Brent Kasinger, who knew Frazier Cross as Frazier Miller. "He was always real nice and polite. He was not shy, that's one thing. He was not a shy person at all. He spoke his opinion, which you know, you could respect that at least. You may not like his opinion, but at least you knew it. You knew exactly where he stood with him."

Marionville's new mayor, elected Tuesday, calls Miller a friend.

"He was always nice and friendly and respectful of elder people.  He respected his elders greatly, a long as they were the same color as him," said Mayor Daniel Clevenger. "Very fair and honest and never had a bit of problems out of him."

In addition to being mayor, Clevenger, also owns a repair shop.  He knew Miller by many names.

"When I first met him, he called himself Frazier Mais.  I think that was spelled Mais, if I remember right," he said.  "Then all of a sudden he started calling himself Frazier Miller."

Despite the name change, Clevenger said Miller's biased beliefs stayed strong.

"Kind of agreed with him on some things, but I don't like to express that too much," said Clevenger.

That hasn't always been the case.  Nearly a decade ago, Clevenger wrote a letter to the editor of the Aurora Advertiser.

"I am a friend of Frazier Miller helping to spread his warnings," wrote Clevenger. "The Jew-run medical industry has succeeded in destroying the United State's workforce."

The letter continued.

"Made a few Jews rich by killin' us off."

He also spoke of the "Jew-run government backed banking industry turned the U.S into the world's largest debtor nation."

Years later, Clevenger's views haven't seemed to change.

"There some things that are going on in this country that are destroying us.  We've got a false economy and it's, some of those corporations are run by Jews because the names are there," he said.  "The fact that the Federal Reserve prints up phony money and freely hands it out, I think that's completely wrong.  The people that run the Federal Reserve, they're Jewish."

After prosecutors charged Miller, known as Cross, with murder, Clevenger said his opinion of his friend has changed.

"It was shocking that he would do something like that, but knowing him and how much was built up inside of him, I can understand why he would be the one to do that," said Clevenger. "He didn't expect to live very long. So after he done this, I kind of speculated that he might be wanting to go out proving his point big time on that. I imagine when he goes to trial, he will be able to really state his views on things, and I think he's just wanting to go out with a bang."

Although Clevenger puts blame on some minorities, he said he stands firmly against violence.  He also said he doesn't hate anyone.

"I think it's terrible what Frazier did," said Clevenger. "He didn't have any right to do that and I think he should pay with his life."

Jasper School employee is accused of having sex with students

POSTED: 06:27 AM CDT Apr 16, 2014    UPDATED: 10:34 AM CDT Apr 16, 2014 
Janice Rusk
JOPLIN, Mo. -

Jasper County officers arrested a former school employee on charges that she had sexual contact with at least one student.  Janice Rusk, 42, of Jasper faces charges of statutory rape and statutory sodomy after an investigation by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department.

The investigation began in March after the sheriff’s department received information that Rusk had sexual contact with several Jasper students while she was a special education teacher's aide.  The school district says she is no longer employed there.

The sheriff’s department says more charges are likely as the investigation progresses.  A judge set Rusk's bond at $5,000.

Fire destroys RV, backs up traffic on I-44

POSTED: 12:49 PM CDT Apr 12, 2014    UPDATED: 12:57 PM CDT Apr 12, 2014 
Rv Fire 6
STRAFFORD, Mo. -

No one was hurt when fire destroyed an RV on I-44 late Saturday morning. Crews from Strafford and other fire departments responded to the fire at the 86 mile marker in the eastbound lane of the highway.

As crews fought to put out the burning RV, the flames spread to the grass by the side of the highway. The fire forced the Missouri State Highway Patrol to stop traffic in the eastbound lane for a while. At least one accident occured in the backed up traffic.

No word on what caused the fire in the RV.

There are currently no severe weather alerts.
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