A Springfield man mistakenly released from jail while facing 19 felony child sexual assault charges has been caught by immigration authorities at Atlanta Airport. Officials say it appears Antonio Alburquerque had gone to the Dominican Republican and was returning to this country. The charges against him in Springfield say he started assaulting a child younger than 14 in late 1992 and continued doing it until the end of 1994.
A former Cape Girardeau high school science teacher has been found not guilty of a charge that he assaulted a 16-year old student. The boy says teacher Roman Smith applied a choke hold and clamped his feet around the boy’s waist. The Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian reports jurors did not buy testimony from three students.
The boyfriend of a Southwest Missouri woman is suspected of causing the death of his girlfriend’s 22-month old son. The Newton County sheriff has arrested the man after the child’s mother called 911 to report her son was not breathing
State law says wrongful death lawsuits have to be filed within three years of the death. But a Jackson County judge says the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic diocese has engaged in cover-up, fraud, and concealment of abuse by a priest so much that the statute of imitations doesn’t protect it from a lawsuit. The judge has dismissed the Diocese effort to throw out a wrongful death lawsuit against it filed by the parents of a 14-year-old boy who killed himself in 1983. The priest faces about 25 sexual abuse lawsuits.
Another blistering day for Missouri. The National Weather Service says only nine of the 28 cities where it gathers data will have high temperatures of less than 100 degrees today; Chillicothe, Joplin and Springfield, will only make it to 99. St.Joseph and Clinton are forecast to top out at 98. Kirksville 97, Maryville 96, and Kahoka at 95 are the cities forecast to be less than an official 100 degrees today. The outlook for the next week is for highs in the upper 90s or in triple digits.
The owner of a Ferguson sporting goods store faces as much as $2-million in fines and as much as 10 years in prison for selling counterfeit clothing and other things at his store. The federal prosecutor says Same Nidaye has admitted peddling fake Ralph Lauren, Baby Phat, North Face, and other clothing brands that would have been worth $900,000 dollars if they’d been real. His store is closed.
A Jefferson County jury has convicted former policeman Robert Brooks of murdering his fiance in 2006. It’s the second trial for Brooks, who was a Calverton Park policeman at the time. The first verdict was thrown out by the State Supreme court becuase of inappropriate comments by the prosecutor during the first trial. Brooks had claimed he shot fiance Amanda Cates in self defense.
The Doe Run lead company has dealt the city of Herculaneum a double blow. Doe Run has decided not to build a new lead smelter in Herculaneum. And it’s going to close the smelter there and put almost 280 people out of jobs next year. Doe Run says the $100-million price tag on the new smelter is too much of a financial risk. Doe Run’s plant has been processing lead there for almost 125 years.
The deal will be completed that makes AB Inbev,the world’s largest beer-maker, even bigger and will mean that more than half of all beer sold in this country comes from that company. AB Inbev is spending $20 billion to buy the part of Mexico brewer Grupo Modelo that it does not already own. Grupo Modelo makes Corona, Modelo Especial, and Victoria. AB Inbev will be producing more beer than its two closest rivals SAB Miller and Heineken combined.
A company that deceptively steered veterans to for-profit colleges has been, for all intents and purposes, put out of business by the Attorney General’s office. The settlement between the state and QuinStreet Incorporated requires the company to give up any internet site that uses the phrase “G-I Bill,” and must be honest with veterans about the schools it is promoting.