Stories by Bob
For killing Holts Summit man
Life plus 15 years, plus another 15 years. A Cole Circuit judge ordered those sentences Wednesday for Calvin Hutson, St. Louis, convicted last May of killing Andre Hudson, 41, Holts Summit, on Dec. 27, 2012, while the two men were sitting in a car on a gravel parking lot.
Pastors seek to have charges against them dismissed
The 23 pastors charged with trespassing and obstructing government operations for a May 6 protest in the Missouri Senate Gallery pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning.
Incumbent state Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, wants to serve a second, four-term representing Mid-Missouri’s seven-county 6th District.
One Jefferson City Rotary Club’s members met four of the Cole County candidates on next week’s ballot in an unusual way Monday.
The political battle for the Cole County Division 4 circuit judge’s job generated more than $158,000 in campaign contributions to the candidates during October — making it the most expensive during the month.
Cole County voters on Friday received another postcard from the Washington, D.C.-based Republican State Leadership Committee, promoting arguments for voting against incumbent Democrat Pat Joyce in her re-election bid for a third six-year term as a circuit judge.
At least two-thirds of Cole County’s voters are concerned about “outside, special interest money pouring into” the county’s circuit judge’s race, according to a poll released Thursday by the Washington, D.C.-based “Justice at Stake” group.
Cole County voters received two more postcard advertisements this week, questioning Presiding Circuit Judge Pat Joyce’s record in deciding controversial cases.
Cole County Presiding Circuit Judge Pat Joyce is “Missouri’s most liberal judge,” according to a recent campaign ad from the Washington, D.C.-based Republican State Leadership Committee.
She told the ROTC’s students and the Army professionals she didn’t want to spoil last Friday’s “Hall of Fame” celebration — that they shouldn’t make a big deal of her announcement that she’ll retire next summer, at the end of this school year.
On Friday, the Washington, D.C.-based Republican State Leadership Committee gave another $10,700 to the RSLC-Missouri PAC — bringing its total donation to the Missouri political action committee to $210,700.
In the last 40 years, Lincoln University’s ROTC program has commissioned 383 second lieutenants for the U.S. Army.
Victim told authorities he'd fallen from bluff in Three Creeks Conservation Area between Ashland and Columbia
Third-quarter finance reports tell story up to end of September
Incumbent state Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, was the biggest Mid-Missouri fundraiser among candidates filing reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission for the period from July 1 to Sept. 30.
According to a television ad that started airing Tuesday, Cole County Presiding Circuit Judge Pat Joyce is “groovy” for “radical environmentalists.”
Former Jefferson City Administrator Steve Rasmussen is one of four finalists for the Joplin city manager’s job.
Jefferson City lawyer Sam Trapp can’t practice law for at least a year, the Missouri Supreme Court said Tuesday.
Last week, in a news release on Better Courts’ letterhead, Harris questioned Presiding Circuit Judge Pat Joyce’s accepting campaign contributions from attorneys who try cases in her courtroom. But lobbyist Randy Scherr said Harris no longer controls the “Better Courts For Missouri” name.
Although the focus is on the end of the week, Lincoln University’s 2014 homecoming events begin today with a Gospel music show from 5-7 p.m. in the Mitchell Auditorium.
More than two dozen representatives of Missouri business and agriculture groups met Thursday morning at the Missouri Farm Bureau headquarters, to discuss ways to get the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop trying to expand its authority over water resources.
Since mid-August, 22 Jefferson City High School students have been learning more about the military and military leadership — with the help of Lincoln University’s ROTC program.
After more than nine months of planning and discussion, Cole County’s circuit court soon will offer a “veterans treatment court” as another alternative to prison, for some people facing criminal charges.
Incumbent Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce should return any campaign contributions she has received from lawyers who argue cases in her courtroom, a Jefferson City lobbyist said Wednesday.
Although there’s been some improvement since his last audit, State Auditor Tom Schweich said Tuesday that government agencies still need to do more work following the Missouri’s “Sunshine Law.”
Report of "Sunshine Law" compliance based on nearly 300 audit reports over two-year period.
Brian Stumpe’s campaign for Cole County circuit judge is $100,000 richer this week, thanks to the Washington, D.C.,-based Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC).
The Fair Energy Rate Action Fund, or FERAF, thinks the Missouri Public Service Commission got it wrong last week.
Thomas D. Pawley III, 97, already is a noted playwright, author, actor, poet, university professor and community leader.
A federal judge in California has blocked Missouri’s lawsuit challenging a California state law affecting egg production.
Most of the evidence used to convict David Russell Hosier was obtained improperly and shouldn’t have been allowed, Assistant Public Defender Craig A. Johnston told the Missouri Supreme Court on Thursday morning.
Sam Trapp’s law license should be suspended indefinitely — at least for six months — for sloppy accounting practices and, at least in one case, misappropriating property of a client’s mother, Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel Sam Phillips told the Missouri Supreme Court this week.
They use forum to tout their qualifications
When he was an assistant attorney general, incumbent Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson, a Republican, said his work on a death penalty case in the mid-1980s was one of the events that helped him know “that I wanted to be a prosecutor.”
With unanimous 5-0 votes Wednesday afternoon, the Public Service Commission denied several motions to rehear Noranda Aluminum’s request for a reduction in the rates it pays Ameren Missouri for electricity, and denied Noranda’s complaint that Ameren has taken in more money than commissioners authorized in December 2012 when they set the utility’s current rate schedules.
Judge Kevin Crane didn’t have enough evidence that Gary Leland Coleman, now 51, Jefferson City, threatened to use force during the Oct. 6, 2012, holdup at New Bloomfield’s Bank Star One branch, two judges from the appeals court’s Kansas City division ruled Tuesday.
Thanks to the Troy-based Toyota Bodine aluminum manufacturing company, the State Technical College of Missouri next year will offer an “advanced manufacturing technician” (AMT) degree program.
With the recent Ferguson violence — and the law enforcement response to it — still fresh on many people’s minds, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt spent Monday visiting with law enforcement officials in four Missouri cities.
Today marks the fifth anniversary of Angela and Rodney Gilpin’s murders. Thursday morning, the Missouri Supreme Court will hear arguments on David Russell Hosier’s appeal of his conviction and death sentence for killing Angela, who was 45.
Last week’s announcement that First National Bank of St. Louis will change its name Nov. 14 to “Central Bank of St. Louis” may just be the first step in a series of changes for some of the 13 banks owned by Jefferson City-based Central Bancompany.
St. Louis Cardinals fans hear ads for it on the radio broadcasts.
JoDe and Lisa Layton-Brinker didn’t hear anything in Thursday’s court hearing to make them less optimistic about their case.
Missouri voters in November will be asked to retain two state Supreme Court judges and two appeals court judges for 12-year terms — and a special panel formed to study those judges recommends that voters keep them as judges.
The Missouri appeals court in Kansas City said Tuesday that a Lee’s Summit lawyer — charged with murdering her father and his girlfriend near Sunrise Beach nearly four years ago — can be held in the Clay County Jail until she repays at least part of her father’s estate.
Congressional candidate Nate Irvin announced his support Monday for the campaign to get Gov. Jay Nixon to free Jeff Mizanskey from state prison, where he’s serving a life sentence for multiple marijuana convictions.
As early as Wednesday, Missouri’s Public Service Commission officially could reject Noranda Aluminum’s complaint that Ameren Missouri has earned more money than the PSC allowed when setting the utility’s rates almost two years ago.
Starts Friday evening, not just Saturday
This year’s Old Munichburg Oktoberfest celebration in Jefferson City begins Friday, Sept. 26, instead of just happening on Saturday as in the past.
A St. Louis man who successfully has challenged other state laws through the courts has sued Gov. Jay Nixon, Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro and other state officials over the “Common Core” education standards designed to be the same for states that adopt them.
Osage County, sheriff, others cleared of freed inmate’s accusations
U.S. District Court Judge Nanette Laughrey has dismissed all seven claims Dale Helmig had made against Osage County, former Sheriff Carl Fowler, former deputy Paul Backues and former Highway Patrol trooper Robert Westfall.
Cole County Drug Court honors businesses who help recovery
Brenda Schell, director of the Jefferson City-based Missouri Recovery Network, says drug courts help save lives. 35 area businesses were honored Wednesday for their participation in the program.
In just 2½ weeks, Jefferson City and some other Missouri locations will be featured on “Fireball Run — America’s Frontier,” an online television reality show starting its eighth season.
Just over three weeks after the Public Service Commission said ‘No,’ Noranda Aluminum and the Missouri Office of Public Counsel both asked for a rehearing on Noranda’s request for lower electric rates.