Former Kansas City Municipal Judge Deborah Neal has been sentenced to 28 months in federal prison for fraud. The federal prosecutor says Neal solicited money from lawyers and others. Some of those she asked for money were lawyers with cases over which she presided. Neal had pleaded guilty in May. The prosecutor says she was charged with fraud because she conducted a sceheme to deprive citizens of the right to honest services of a judge. At least 17 lawyers and three bonding companies gave her nearly $36,000, loans, and tickets for concerts and sporting events.
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A federal grand jury accuses two Kansas City men of a racially-motivated murder. Nine charges have been filed against Gary Eye and Steven Sandstrong, who are white, accusing them of shooting William McCay last March. The federal prosecutor says the only reason McCay was killed was because he was black. Eye had been facing state charges but the Jackson County prosecutor has withdrawn them to let the federal case go forward. That move will let prosecutors try to get the death penalty.
The Blues acknowledged yesterday that former Utah Jazz and New York Knicks GM David Checketts put in the highest bid to buy the team and there will now be 30 day window to negotiate a final price tag. Checketts founded and runs Sports Capital Partners, a sports investing firm.
It’s believed that Checketts has offered around $110-120 million.
Winger Keith Tkachuk returned to Blues Practice yesterday after being suspended almost two weeks ago for being overweight. The Blues open their regular season next Wednesday against the Red Wings.
The Royals blew a 5-0, but bounced back to beat the Twins 10-6 at the Metrodome Thursday. Kansas City trailed 6-5 going into the sixth inning, but left the frame with a 10-6 lead. All five of their runs in the rally were the result of home runs. Mark Teahen and John Buck hit solo shots and Mike Sweeney hit a three-run homer to end the rally. Sweeney finished with five RBI’s. His two-run double in the second inning but the Royals on top 5-0.
In the first inning, Matt Stairs drove in a run with a single and Angel Berroa hit a single to drive in two more.
Royals’ starter Mike Wood was charged with all six of the Twins’ runs. Nick Punto cut into the Royals lead with a two-run homer in the third and Lew Ford made the score 5-3 with an RBI single.
Wood allowed a three-run homer to Luis Rodriguez in the fourth inning, which gave Minnesota a 6-5 lead.
D.J. Carrasco picked up the win in relief, pitching and inning and a third.
The Royals signed Alex Gordon on Thursday ending a long holdout by the second pick in the 2005 Major League Baseball draft. Gordon, inked a deal that will pay him the richest signing bonus in Kansas City Royals history—$4 million.
Gordon, who was the NCAA’s player of the year, hit .372 with 19 homers and 66 RBI’s for the University of Nebraska. The Royals hope to get Gordon on the roster of an Arizona Fall League this fall.
Gordon is a third baseman, but could end up in the outfield.
The driver of an SUV that hit and killed highway patrolman Jay Sampietro last month has been charged with manslaughter. The charge says Wendye Chesher failed to slow slow down, failed to yield to an emergency vehicle, and failed to follow Sampietro’s directions. The Webster County Prosecutor says Chesher was running about 60 miles an hour when she swerved into the median and hit Sampietro. He was the first of two troopers killed recently in southern Missouri. The Texas County Proscutor is waiting for a full crash report before he decides whether to file a charge against the motorist who hit and killed Trooper Kevin Floyd, who was killed during a traffic stop last week.
The battle around the city of Rivas had been fierce before the American unit was forced to retreat. One of the men left badly wounded and unconscience was a lieutenant from Missouri. It was night when he regained consciousness. Despite a leg wound, he pulled himself upright and stumbled in the darkness out of the city and found a horse on the outskirts of town. He rode it sixty-five miles to safety and a long life of adventure. He was James Carson Jamison, a soldier of fortune who had missed the Mexican War because he was too young. He was born in Pike County, near Paynesville. When he was fifteen, his father died and he was shipped off to a cousin when the large family had to break up.
The confirmation of Chief Justice John Roberts passed easily in the U.S. Senate, but a University of Missouri law professor says the next one won’t be so easy. Richard Reuben says Roberts passed easily because he’s a conservative replacing a conservative. But Reuben says retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Conner is a moderate and a moderate is not likely to be chosen by President Bush. Reuben says that could mean a much more contentious confirmation process this time around.
The rise of zero tolerance in the schools might be behind it – the State Education Department doesn’t have a firm handle on what’s behind the 69 percent increase in expulsions of public school students in the last five years. The Education Department says 193 of the 900,000 public school students in Missouri were expelled in the last school year. The Department’s Stan Johnson says it takes serious behavior problems to lead to an expulsion. The youngest student expelled last year was in the second grade.
The two top collegiate debaters of Great Britian wrap up a week in Missouri tonight at Truman State University in Kirksville. Sion Owen of Oxford University and Kenny Fleming of Glasgow University have debated in St. Louis and at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. Those were the first legs of their 26-college tour of America. Owen says he has been noticing a difference in how the British and the Americans approach debate. He says Americans put forward more evidence, while the Brits use a lot of passion. Owen is from Wales; Fleming from Scotland. They say they hope to learn more about America during their tour, and hope to bust a few stereotypes about the British.