A Hillsdale police officer is among six people charged in an FBI drug sting. The six are accused of trafficking in more than $2.4-Million of cocaine. According to U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway, alleged ringleader Bobby Wood arranged for couriers to drive through Hillsdale, where Police Sergeant Christopher Cornell would arrest the drivers. The couriers’ cars would then be towed by someone who was in on the plot, with the drugs then stolen from the towed vehicles. The indictments claim Cornell was paid between $200 and $1,000 each time he pulled over a drug courier and allowed his alleged cohorts to tow a car and steal the drugs.
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Authorities searching the property of the woman accused of kidnapping a Lonedell infant and slashing the throat of the baby’s mother have found a grave. Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke says the marked grave at Shannon Torrez’s home contained a fetus that apparently died in 2000. Torrez faces several charges in connection with the attack on 21-year-old Stephenie Ochsenbine and the kidnapping of baby Abigale Woods. Torrez had told investigators she had just suffered a miscarriage. The woman has pleaded not guilty but remains jailed on one-million dollars bond.
A computer crash could mean a week’s worth of St. Louis Police Department data is lost. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Department’s computer system crashed this week, and authorities don’t know how much of the information on crime and accident reports is missing. A Department official says ten days of activity, or 6,000 records, could be gone. The Department expects to know on Monday which information will have to be restored from officers’ notes.
While the Royals won’t make the playoffs this year, and may not for the next few generations, they are doing their best to play the role of spoiler. KC blasted three home runs in the top of the 11th inning to knock off the Tigers in Detroit 9-7.
The comeback win took awhile to materialize. Kansas City found themselves down 5-0 early, but with two runs in the fifth, and one in each of the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, they found themselves tied and headed for extra frames.
After Emil Brown and Paul Phillips both went deep, Jeff Keppinger capped the Royals’ scoring by adding a two-run shot of his own. Joel Peralta got the last two outs in the bottom half of the eleventh to earn his first save on the year.
Zack Greinke, recently recalled from Class Double-A Wichita, picked up his first victory of the season.
Related web sites:
Royals’ Official Website
Cards’ fans can breath a little easier today, thanks to last night’s 10-5 shallacking of the Brewers. With the Astros’ 4-1 loss to the Braves in Atlanta, St. Louis’s magic number is down to just two.
Preston Wilson’s two-run homer in the second allowed the Cards to jump out to an early 2-1 lead, and starting pitcher Jeff Weaver took it from there. The in-season trade acquisition gave up three runs in five and two-thirds innings, earning his fifth victory in a Cardinals’ uniform.
Albert Pujols added his 48th home run of the season in the fifth. Chris Capuano took the loss for Milwaukee.
Related web sites:
Cardinals’ Official Website
That bronze bust of Kansas City Royals great George Brett, stolen from the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield, has been found. The bust was found in a box in a ditch near Camdenton. The Camden County Sheriff’s Office says the bust, which went missing from the Hall of Fame earlier this week, was found in a box labeled, “Please return to the police, stolen property.” Officials with the Hall of Fame say they’re happy to have the bust recovered. They don’t know of a motive for the theft.
Governor Matt Blunt is asking President Bush to approve a Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance as a result of the tornadoes and other severe weather that hit the southeastern part of the state last weekend. The request follows the gathering of information by five Damage Assessment teams from the federal, state, and local levels. Those teams identified more than 600 homes and 75 businesses that suffered storm related damages. The twelve counties for which the Governor is requesting assistance are: Butler, Crawford, Dunklin, Howell, Iron, Madison, New Madrid, Perry, Phelps, Reynolds, Ripley, and St. Francois. Approval of the Governor’s request would see Individual Assistance providing disaster grants or low-interest loans to families, individuals, and businesses to help recover uninsured personal property and business losses.
A taxi cab driver has been honored by the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission for helping police solve a bank robbery. Frank James Utely of St. Louis Country Club has been honored for turning in a suspect who hired him to drive to a casino. The Commission says the suspect paid Utely with money taken from the Pulaski Bank and Utely alerted a security guard with the casino. Utely became suspicious when he saw the stain on the money left from the dye pack the bank had inserted.
A posthumous law degree has been awarded to Lloyd Gaines during the Missouri Bar’s annual convention in St. Louis. Gaines’ quest to enroll in the University of Missouri’s law school in 1938 went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. When the Court ruled that MU had to either enroll Gaines or create a separate law school for Blacks, the university set up a very basic law school for blacks. Discouraged, Gaines left for the University of Michigan, where he earned a master’s degree in economics, but he disappeared in 1939, last seen leaving a Chicago boarding home.
Arguments about how best to use the Mississippi River have become increasingly contentious in Washington – so contentious that talks have broken down on a bill that includes nearly $4-Billion to build locks on the Mississippi River, as well as the Illinois River. And the issue has been put on the shelf until after the elections. Senator Kit Bond had been pushing the bill, but says Congress has run out of time to get it passed. The largest project in the bill is construction of 1,200 foot locks on the upper Mississippi River and two on the Illinois River. Barge operators, farmers and unions have all campaigned for the project. The bill would also authorize more than a billion and a half dollars for environmental work, such as rebuilding side channels.