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Remains Found in Missouri ID'd as Missing 21-Year-Old

Police are trying to identify 2nd skull found at scene

(Newser) - Police in Missouri have had to give the parents of Jessica Runions the news they dreaded: One of two skulls found outside Kansas City this week is that of their 21-year-old daughter, who disappeared in September. Police say the case is now a homicide investigation, People reports. Authorities say that... More »

Explosion Launches 1.5-Ton Boiler 500 Feet, Killing 3

The van-sized boiler caused casualties in 2 different St. Louis buildings

(Newser) - A bizarre and deadly accident happened in St. Louis on Monday when a 1.5-ton boiler exploded, killing one person—with the force of the blast then propelling the boiler out of the building and through the roof of another, with equally deadly consequences. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the... More »

She Begged Shop Not to Sell Her Girl a Gun. It Did Anyway

Colby Sue Weathers bought a pistol with a disability check, then killed her father

(Newser) - In 2012, when a doctor told Janet Delana's schizophrenic adult daughter to stop an aggressive drug regimen that wasn't working and come back for a checkup in four days, the mother picked up the phone. Colby Sue Weathers had been hearing voices for five years and bought a... More »

Man Who Wanted to Vilify Ex Arrested in JCC Case: Feds

Juan Thompson, arrested in St. Louis, believed to be behind at least 8 threats

(Newser) - A jilted ex-boyfriend is behind at least eight of the scores of threats made against Jewish community centers nationwide, plus a bomb threat to New York's Anti-Defamation League, in an effort to harass and vilify his former girlfriend, federal officials said Friday. Juan Thompson was arrested in St. Louis... More »

Kansas Shooter 'Said He Killed 2 Middle Eastern Men'

They were actually from India, and one is dead

(Newser) - Five hours after allegedly shooting two Kansas bar patrons from India, Adam Purinton walked into an Applebee's in Missouri and told a bartender he'd just killed two Middle Eastern men and needed a place to hide out, the Kansas City Star reports, based on witness accounts. That bartender... More »

Missouri Executes Man for Killing Woman, 2 Kids

'It was a heinous crime'

(Newser) - Nearly 19 years to the day that Susan Brouk and her two children were taken to a Missouri pond and killed, one of the men responsible for the crime was put to death Tuesday. Mark Christeson was given a lethal injection—Missouri's first execution since May, the AP reports.... More »

Student Was Pulled Over by Cops, Then She Disappeared

Family fears Toni Anderson of Kansas City woman has been abducted

(Newser) - Family members fear a missing student was abducted after she vanished in Missouri early Sunday. Toni Anderson, 20, a student at University of Missouri-Kansas City, was last seen leaving the Kansas City bar where she worked around 4am after telling coworkers she was going to a gas station. She never... More »

Where This Mound Stands Was a City Larger Than Paris

Exploring what remains of Cahokia in modern-day Illinois

(Newser) - What drove the rapid decline of the largest city of North America some seven centuries ago? Annalee Newitz takes an up-close look for Ars Technica after traveling to the outskirts of East St. Louis, Ill., this past summer to help archaeologists dig up what evidence they can of Cahokia, which... More »

Woman Writes Desperate Plea for Help on UPS Package

Police say she was abused by her husband for 15 hours before rescue

(Newser) - Authorities say a UPS driver "made a huge difference" in helping rescue a woman who was being abused by her husband this week in Missouri, KMOV reports. On Monday night, 33-year-old James Jordan allegedly locked the couple's 3-year-old son in a bedroom without food or water and started... More »

Unable to Pay Traffic Tickets, Single Mom Jailed for Weeks

Now she's suing a Missouri city and county

(Newser) - A 34-year-old single mother was arrested and held in jail for two weeks after a traffic accident that wasn't her fault; now she's suing a Missouri city and county she says punished her for being poor. The Guardian reports Nicole Bolden was arrested in front of her toddlers... More »

Woman Stabbed Boyfriend Who Drank Her Blood: Cops

During an argument about vampires, no less

(Newser) - A 19-year-old Missouri woman allowed her intoxicated boyfriend to cut her arm and drink her blood while discussing vampires, and then stabbed him during an ensuing argument, according to police. The AP reports Victoria Vanatter pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of first-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action in... More »

4 Different Cities, 4 Different Cop Shootings in One Day

Sunday saw officer killed, 3 wounded, with 3 of the shootings apparently targeted

(Newser) - It was a tough Sunday for law enforcement across the country, with four separate shootings leaving one police officer dead and three wounded, CBS News reports. And three of the attacks appear to have targeted their victims, authorities say: Detective Benjamin Marconi in San Antonio, Texas, was killed while writing... More »

St. Louis Couple Says WWII Nuclear Waste Made Home Unsafe

Robbin and Mike Dailey sue after tests show radioactive elements

(Newser) - During World War II, St. Louis was home to a purification plant for raw uranium ore as part of the Manhattan Project, which led to a dumping ground and storage site for radioactive waste. Today, residents are still feeling the effects, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday, per the Guardian... More »

In 'Hideous' Photo, Cop Gives Thumbs-Up Over Dead Body

Lawyer for dead man's mother says a lawsuit is coming

(Newser) - A "hideous" photo of a St. Louis police officer is drawing comparisons to photos from Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison , reports BuzzFeed . Leaked to KMOV , it shows a smiling officer giving a thumbs-up as he holds the limp arm of 28-year-old Omar Rahman, a black man who died of... More »

Missouri Woman: Fellow House Candidate Raped Me

His lawyer says accusations 'unfounded'

(Newser) - A Ferguson lawyer who is running for a seat in the Missouri House has accused another Democratic candidate of raping her during an August meeting to discuss how they could work together in the upcoming legislative session, the AP reports. Cora Faith Walker, 31, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which... More »

This May Be the Zenith of Candidates Using Guns in Ads

Or maybe it's the nadir

(Newser) - How gun crazy have political ads gotten? Missouri's supposedly anti-gun candidate for US Senate just released one in which he assembles an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle while blindfolded and bragging that he'd "like to see Sen. Blunt do this." The ad , from Democrat Jason Kander, was created... More »

After Woman's Disappearance, a Chilling Arrest

Kylr Yust was eyed in still-unsolved 2007 case

(Newser) - After 17-year-old Kara Kopetsky disappeared without a trace in 2007, ex-boyfriend Kylr Yust was considered a person of interest but was never charged. Now Yust, said to be 27 or 28, is a suspect in another disappearance—and the circumstances are chilling. Witnesses say Yust was the last person seen... More »

Well-Known Ferguson Activist Found Dead in Burning Car

Darren Seals had been shot, St. Louis County cops say

(Newser) - A Missouri man who became a familiar face in the protests against the Michael Brown police shooting in Ferguson was himself killed Tuesday, St. Louis County police say. The St. Louis American reports that officers discovered the body of 29-year-old Darren Seals (the police are spelling his name as "... More »

Tesla's Autopilot Might've Saved Driver's Life

'I'm very thankful I had it for this experience'

(Newser) - If Joshua Neally had been in any other car, it's possible he might not have survived. But when the 37-year-old lawyer began having "the most excruciating pain" that felt like "a steel pole through my chest" while driving home from work in Missouri on July 26, he... More »

Suspect Is Given Unusual Public Defender —the Governor

Assignment is a protest against chronically overloaded system

(Newser) - Missouri's top public defender says his office is so overworked that he has had to assign a case to a lawyer who can do something about the problem: Gov. Jay Nixon. Michael Barrett says he assigned the assault case to the Democratic governor under a rule that allows him... More »

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