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Dad Accused of Shooting Baby Is 'Devastated'

Cops say he was aiming at his wife

(Newser) - Diata Crockett, the St. Louis man accused of shooting his 8-month-old son dead as his wife fled with the baby in her arms is "obviously devastated over the loss of his son," his lawyer says. Crockett turned himself in Wednesday morning after making arrangements through attorney Scott Rosenblum,... More »

Cops: Dad Kills His Baby While Trying to Shoot Wife

St. Louis man forced family into car at gunpoint

(Newser) - A manhunt is underway for a St. Louis man who fired a shot at his fleeing wife and killed the 8-month-old son she had in her arms, police say. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says that during a domestic dispute Tuesday afternoon, Diata Crockett forced his wife and three... More »

Ex-St. Louis Police Officer Charged With Murder

Jason Stockley, 35, charged in death of Anthony Lamar Smith

(Newser) - Prosecutors have charged a former St. Louis police officer with first-degree murder in a 2011 shooting that killed a 24-year-old man after a chase, the AP reports. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce charged 35-year-old Jason Stockley on Monday and a judge ordered him held without bond. Prosecutors say Stockley... More »

Mom Dies in Crash on Way to Give Birth

Missouri doctors managed to save Sarah Iler's child

(Newser) - A Missouri woman died in a car crash going to the hospital to give birth, but her baby managed to survive—leaving her grieving family to pick up the pieces, the AP reports. The baby's father, Matt Rider, was driving Sarah Iler from Cape Girardeau to Poplar Bluff on... More »

Missouri Executes Man for 2002 Triple Murder

This could be the state's last execution for a long time

(Newser) - A man who killed two people in a drug dispute and a sheriff's deputy in a subsequent shootout was put to death Wednesday in what could be Missouri's last execution for some time. Earl Forrest died by injection for the December 2002 deaths of Harriett Smith, Michael Wells,... More »

His Dad Injected Him With HIV 24 Years Ago. Here's How He's Doing

Brryan Stewart still sees life as an adventure

(Newser) - Brryan Stewart was only 10 months old when his father injected him with HIV-positive blood—and now, burdened with health challenges at age 25, Stewart is not only surviving but seeing the positive. "Man, either I could be sitting around being so mad at the situation, or I can... More »

Woman Poisoned by Mom and Sister Speaks Out

She forgives them, Sarah Staudte says

(Newser) - A 26-year-old Missouri woman poisoned and nearly killed by her mother and younger sister in 2013 is speaking out following their convictions this year. "I forgive them for what they did because forgiveness is the right thing to do," Sarah Staudte tells ABC News . Staudte's father Mark... More »

FBI Offers $25K Reward in Theft of Warhol Soup Prints

Seven of the Missouri museum's 10 prints were stolen last week

(Newser) - Federal investigators looking into the theft of artwork from a Missouri museum—including Andy Warhol prints of Campbell soup cans—hope a $25,000 reward stirs up leads, the AP reports. According to the Springfield News-Leader , the FBI says the break-in at the Springfield Art Museum took place early last... More »

Walmart's Firing of Hug-Happy Cashier Causes a Stir

Supporters are planning a protest

(Newser) - Just a few weeks before he marked his 20th anniversary working for Walmart, Frank Swanson was fired Saturday—partly for hugging his customers, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The 52-year-old West Plains, Mo., cashier was canned after his supervisors told him his hugging was inappropriate, as well as for selling... More »

US Student Who Vanished in Siberia Found Dead

No one knows why Colin Madsen took off into freezing cold in middle of the night

(Newser) - A Missouri man attending college in Russia headed with friends on Easter weekend to a popular resort town known for its mineral springs, with plans to hike a mountain, the AP reports. But when 25-year-old Colin Madsen's friends—two Russian locals and an American student—woke up early Easter... More »

'War on Gardens' Flares in Mo. Town

New ordinance restricts front yard gardens; guy says it's targeting only him

(Newser) - Score one for lovers of the lawn in Sugar Creek, Mo. The city has passed new restrictions on front-yard vegetable gardens, KSHB reports. One man, Nathan Athans, says he's the sole target of the new rules that prohibit growing food within 30 feet of the street. "We are... More »

Robber Wannabe Fails With Water Gun: Police

Victim not fooled by toy's bright colors

(Newser) - If you're going to attempt a robbery, you probably won't succeed if your intended victim sees you're using a fake gun, especially if it's all different colors. That's what police say happened to Amanuel Perkins, who's accused of trying to rob a Missouri business... More »

Clinton Wins as Sanders Concedes Missouri Primary

Sanders avoids recount 'to save the taxpayers of Missouri some money'

(Newser) - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he will not seek a recount of results in Missouri's Democratic primary, conceding defeat to Hillary Clinton. Sanders tells the AP it's unlikely the results will affect the awarding of delegates in the state and he would "prefer to save the taxpayers... More »

Surprise $4.99 Find in Goodwill Bin: a Purple Heart

Ariz. woman's post seeking its owner goes viral

(Newser) - Laura Hardy says she and her husband were browsing in their local Goodwill in Mesa, Ariz., over the weekend when her husband spotted something unusual in the jewelry section: a Purple Heart medal with the name Eual H. Whiteman on it. "It was just classified as purple jewelry for... More »

Husband Mistakenly Tosses Wife's $400K Wedding Ring

But a trash company miraculously finds it

(Newser) - If it wasn't for a trash company worker going the extra mile, the $400,000 wedding ring that Missouri man Bernie Squitieri gave his wife 25 years ago would now be in a radioactive waste site instead of on her finger. Squitieri tells ABC News that he accidentally tossed... More »

Missouri Might Need 2 Recounts

Both races within half a percentage point

(Newser) - Missouri voters in both parties are split on who should be their nominee. As of Wednesday morning, the results from Tuesday's voting remained too close to call with recounts possible for both, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . Hillary Clinton led Bernie Sanders by about 1,500 votes, and Donald... More »

Kasich Stays Alive in Ohio; Trump Wins 3

Marco Rubio drops out after Florida loss

(Newser) - It's a campaign-saving win for John Kasich and a campaign-ending loss for Marco Rubio. In the latter race, Donald Trump easily defeated the Florida senator in Rubio's home state. The contest had been seen as do-or-die for Rubio, and it turned out to be die: He suspended his... More »

Cops: Motorists Drove Around Dying Boy, 11

East St. Louis boy killed in hit-and-run

(Newser) - Cops in East St. Louis want to speak to several callous drivers: The one who fatally injured 11-year-old Maurice A. Richards on Wednesday night, and the ones who drove around the dying boy afterward. Police say the boy was hit around a block away from his home in the Illinois... More »

Fugitive Arrested in Kansas-Missouri Killing Spree

5 are dead in 2 states

(Newser) - A man suspected of fatally shooting four people at his neighbor's home in Kansas before killing another man about 170 miles away in a rural Missouri house was taken into custody early Wednesday morning after an extensive manhunt, the Missouri State Highway Patrol says. The Highway Patrol tells the... More »

Black Student Has to Change Schools Because of His Race

Thanks to a decades-old anti-segregation ruling

(Newser) - A black third-grader is being booted from his St. Louis school over the wording of a 30-year-old Missouri desegregation ruling, Fox News reports. Edmund Lee's family is moving from St. Louis to a new school district in the suburbs, but Lee wanted to stay at the Gateway Science Academy... More »

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