Monday, March 31, 2008
Which, by the way, they didn't find. She's suing them, and I hope she wins every last cent that school system has. Snip:
Wright, the lawyer for the school district, says the school's strict drug policy is still in effect. He is not aware of any specific rules on strip searches but stresses the duty of schools "to closely supervise students and provide a safe environment." As for the strip search of Redding, he says it was based on "reasonable grounds."
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From KDPD: The KCMO Police Homicide Unit has advised that two people, one male-one female are in custody (and considered suspects) for this crime. Both people turned themselves in to police, one yesterday, one today.
The case file is being submitted to the Jackson County Prosecutors Office. No other information is being released at this time.
A clerk locked a gunman inside the lobby of a Kansas City gas station early today, but when police arrived, the gunman had broken a window and escaped.
The failed holdup occurred just before 3 a.m. at the Service Oil station, 3816 E. 31st. The clerk told police the gunman entered the store and pushed a black revolver into a sliding drawer in the bullet-resistant glass that separates the cashier from the lobby.
The clerk locked the store’s doors, locking the gunman inside the lobby. The clerk then retreated to a back room to await police.
When police arrived, they found a broken plastic window in front of the store. The gunman was gone. Detectives were reviewing video surveillance tape from the store today.
"We're disappointed with the survey," said Nathaniel Quarterman, director of the correctional institutions division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. "It is not matching up with our data."
Which the worrywarts down at the police station are calling "child abuse." Not sure if the teacher, who serves at the high-school level, is also being charged for making the kid do 100 pushups, too.
USA Today has a report on how some police departments are using civilian employees -- "field service officers" -- to take reports on low-level incidents, such as fender-benders and property damage. They say it frees sworn officers to respond to the really serious situations. And civilian employees tend to work cheaper than full police officers.
The FOP says, yes, there are some cases where civilian workers can be a big help. But they note that even "routine calls" can become something very serious, very quickly. Someone who gets into a fender-bender, for example, might actually be a bank robber.
Story is from Edgerton, Kan. Yeah, nothing like threatening a pregnant lady to win the court's sympathy.
It's from Macon, Mo., up in the north-central part of the state. A couple goes on Social Security, but their checks go to another man, who "handles their finances." He pays their rent, sure, but then embezzles most of their money.
He gets their food at a local charity pantry. Not that it was enough -- the wife was seen salvaging food out of neighbors' trash cans. The husband did a little repair work on lawnmowers for $20 to $25 -- which he then turned over to his "caretaker," who keeps it for himself.
The good news? The caretaker and his wife have pleaded guilty. Sentencing is set for this summer.
Hat Tip: Many thanks, Jim!
James Keown -- who used to be an on-air personality at a Jeff City radio station -- is supposed to go on trial this week in Massachusetts. Keown is accused of killing his wife by poisoning her Gatorade with antifreeze, so he could collect on her insurance policy. Here's a backgrounder on the case from the News-Tribune.
Here's a press release from the DA handling the case.
Sad story from the St. Louis area, where authorities have found the remains of Anquiaette Parker, a pregnant 19-year-old, and her 4-year-old cousin, Cermen Toney Jr., whom she was baby-sitting. The two of them disappeared in late 2005.
Their remains were recently discovered in Madison County, Ill., when a landowner was doing some bulldozing. He discovered the bodies buried in a cistern that had been covered over with railroad ties and dirt. Police now suspect the man who previously owned the property.
Story is from Houston, where a cleaning crew found the apparent fetus in an airplane bathroom. The plane had come from LaGuardia in New York. It's not clear if the fetus was viable.
A robber left an important clue as he fled a hold-up in Kansas City today: his wallet.
The man ordered a sandwich at the Subway at 7719 State Line Road about 4:30 p.m. and then went to the restroom. When he returned, he put his wallet on the counter and quietly demanded money. Then he fled without the wallet, which held his ID.
“We know who is and we have a pickup order for his arrest,” said Detective Tammy Payne. “It’s just a matter of time before we find him.”
The same man is suspected of robbing the Hardee’s at 6323 Independence Ave. about 90 minutes earlier.
Hat Tip: Many thanks, JUNGLE JIM!
Protesters march against Westboro Baptist Church, WDAF reports. I think the best quote was, "The absolute hardest part about being Christian is loving Fred Phelps."
Here's more from the Cap-Journal. Also? Westboro Baptist responds on their official blog. Be warned, there's some bad language, but the church is actually thrilled about the march ... something about God hating America and wanting to destroy the world and how the march helps that happen. But I'm not a Bible scholar, so I might be missing the finer points.
Hat Tip: Many thanks, JUNGLE JIM!
Apparently, he act disoriented after the police showed up, but one of the club's waitresses noted that he was coherent to allegedly order a series of drinks and private dances, station WIVB reports.