A Liberty man who initially told authorities two cats had overturned his three-week-old baby’s bounce seat has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for causing her death. Thirty-year-old Tristan Williams was been found guilty of causing injuries including broken ribs, facial bruises, retinal hemorrhage and swelling of the brain. The infant was put on life support, but later died.
A soldier who was based in Missouri has been killed.
The Department of Defense says 33-year-old Seargent Trenton Rhea of Oakly, Kansas drowned in Kandahar, Afghanistan, while in combat.
He was previously with the 200th Military Police Command in Belton, Missouri.
This from today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch: A St. Louis man is accused of trying to steal the starter out of a police anti-riot vehicle. The armored vehicle — called “The Raptor” — is equipped with surveillance cameras and displays big white lettering that reads “We are watching you.” Clearly having missed the obvious warning, 26-year-old Jerome Rankins has been arrested and charged with tampering. He was picked up by police after he was picked up on film by the truck’s video cameras.
St. Louis native and Missouri State University graduate John Goodman will not receive an honorary degree from the Springfield school today as planned.
MSU says instead, the university will confer the honorary degree of doctor of humane letters on one of its most famous graduates at its August convocation. University President Clif Smart tells The Springfield News-Leader Goodman couldn’t attend today’s ceremonies because his daughter is also graduating from college this same day.
A man has been killed in a violent road rage incident in St. Louis. Police say a man driving a Lincoln Navigator was allegedly cut off by a box truck on Interstate 70, and began pursuing the truck.
The man in the Navigator reportedly caught up with the box-truck driver at a stoplight on a side street, got out and attacked the truck and the other driver with a hammer. The truck driver drove off with the hammer-wielding man still on top of his truck. The alleged attacker fell off … he later died from his injuries.