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Metal Detectorist Saves the Day After Proposal Gone Wrong

Man finds $3K engagement ring that Seth Dixon dropped in pond while proposing

(Newser) - It was the "little plop" heard 'round the world. Seth Dixon and Ruth Salas likely thought they'd never find Salas' $3,000 engagement ring again after Dixon accidentally dropped it off a wooden footbridge and into a pond while proposing in Kansas City earlier this month. But... More »

In a Twist, Cops Were the Ones Chanting in St. Louis

'Whose streets? Our streets' went the refrain after arrests

(Newser) - A common chant could be heard on the streets of St. Louis Sunday night as protesters demonstrated over a police shooting. "Whose streets? Our streets" went the refrain, a common one used by Black Lives Matter protesters. This time, however, it was police officers who were doing the chanting,... More »

Dozens Arrested on 3rd Night of St. Louis Protests

Protesters chanted, 'Stop killing us'

(Newser) - Police made dozens of arrests in St. Louis on Sunday night when people ignored orders to disperse after a third night of vandalism that followed largely nonviolent daylight protests. Police had warned those still on downtown streets late Sunday that they would be arrested if they didn't leave the... More »

Ex-Cop Acquitted in Fatal Shooting: 'I Did Nothing Wrong'

Jason Stockley speaks out in exclusive interview with 'St. Louis Post-Dispatch'

(Newser) - Demonstrators said they were pepper-sprayed by police , at least 10 cops were injured , and U2 and Ed Sheeran canceled concerts in St. Louis over the weekend as protests continued over a not-guilty verdict for Jason Stockley, a white ex-police officer who shot dead a black motorist in 2011. Stockley is... More »

National Guard Ready After Verdict in Mo. Cop Shooting

Jason Stockley acquitted in 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith

(Newser) - Tensions ran high in St. Louis Friday, with barricades surrounding a federal courthouse and the Missouri National Guard on standby, as the city awaited a verdict in the murder trial of a white cop who shot a 24-year-old black motorist in 2011, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch —and that... More »

Woman Critically Injured in Attack on Police Officers

Bullet struck victim in head while she was doing laundry

(Newser) - Authorities have arrested two men suspected of wounding two St. Louis police officers in an attack that also left a 24-year-old woman in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head, the AP reports. Acting Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole said Friday evening that the third victim was in... More »

Thousands in St. Louis Likely to See Wage Drop With New Law

Missouri makes city's new higher minimum wage illegal

(Newser) - Thousands of workers in St. Louis will likely see smaller paychecks starting Monday, when a new Missouri law takes effect barring local government from enacting minimum wages different than the state minimum, the AP reports. The law is drawing protests in St. Louis and in Kansas City, where a recent... More »

DNA Evidence Saves Man From Execution With Hours to Spare

Missouri governor issues stay of execution for Marcellus Williams

(Newser) - With only hours to spare, the execution of a convicted murderer was stayed by the governor of Missouri, CNN reports. According to the Washington Post , 48-year-old Marcellus Williams was convicted in 2001 of the 1998 murder of Felicia Gayle, who was stabbed 43 times in her home. But attorneys for... More »

Missouri School Yanks Gay Teens' Yearbook Quotes

It worried quotes about being in the closet could 'potentially offend another student'

(Newser) - Joey Slivinski and Thomas Swartz are out and proud, and the high school seniors chose yearbook quotes to reflect that. So the students in Kearney, Mo., were less than thrilled when they opened up their new yearbooks to discover blank spaces under their names, reports KCTV5 , instead of the quotes... More »

Volatile Post About Trump May End Lawmaker's Career

Missouri's Maria Chappelle-Nadal said she hoped president would be assassinated

(Newser) - A state lawmaker in Missouri may have derailed her own political career with a jaw-dropping online post about the president. "I hope Trump is assassinated!" state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal wrote during a Facebook exchange on her personal, non-public page Thursday morning. The Democrat preceded it by writing that... More »

Man Accused of Killing Cop During Traffic Stop Arrested

Ian McCarthy charged with murder of Missouri officer

(Newser) - A man charged with killing a western Missouri police officer during a traffic stop was arrested Tuesday evening, authorities say. Missouri State Highway Patrol dispatchers say Ian McCarthy, 39, was taken into custody in Henry County, which includes the city of Clinton. McCarthy is charged with first-degree murder in the... More »

Cop Is Shot to Death During Routine Traffic Stop

Suspect is now at large in Missouri

(Newser) - Authorities are searching for a 39-year-old suspect in the fatal shooting of a Missouri police officer during a traffic stop. Clinton police officer Gary Michael, 37, who had been on the force less than a year, died late Sunday near Clinton, about 75 miles southeast of Kansas City, said Missouri... More »

For First Time, NAACP Advises Against Travel to a State

Beware of civil rights violations in Missouri, organization warns

(Newser) - The NAACP has issued a travel advisory for a US state, a first in the civil rights group's history. The Missouri NAACP first circulated the advisory against travel to the state in June, and the national organization has now voted to adopt it, McClatchy reports. The advisory comes after... More »

Man Accused of Dropping TV 3 Stories Onto Woman

The victim suffered life-threatening injuries

(Newser) - A Missouri man is accused of critically injuring a woman by purposely dropping an old television set onto her from a third-floor balcony, the AP reports. Jackson County prosecutors charged 36-year-old Otishus Kirkwood of Kansas City with first-degree assault and armed criminal action. Authorities say the victim, who was not... More »

Lethal Tick Bite Claims Woman in Missouri

Tamela Wilson is fifth known person to have contracted the Bourbon virus

(Newser) - Tamela Wilson was no stranger to tick bites. The 58-year-old assistant superintendent at Meramec State Park in Missouri had worked at a state park for more than a decade and would pick the bugs off her skin routinely, reports CBS News . But in late May, just four days after she... More »

Man Takes Hershey's to Court for Under-Filled Candy Boxes

Missouri man unsatisfied with $1 boxes of Whoppers, Reese's Pieces

(Newser) - Hell hath no fury like a sweet tooth scorned. Consumerist reports a Missouri man disappointed with the amount of candy in his boxes of Reese's Pieces and Whoppers is suing Hershey's. According to KCUR , Robert Bratton bought a number of boxes of each candy at a grocery store... More »

Man Pleads Guilty to Tricking Dozens of Women Into Sex

Mario Antoine allegedly told women they were rehearsing for roles in porn films

(Newser) - A Kansas City-area man has pleaded guilty to duping dozens of women into having sex with him on camera by telling them they were rehearsing for roles in pornographic movies, the AP reports. The US attorney's office says 34-year-old Mario Antoine pleaded guilty to one wire fraud count and... More »

Engineering Student Builds Too-Realistic Rubber Band Gun

Saint Louis University was locked down over the student's class project

(Newser) - An engineering student at Saint Louis University did too well on a class assignment to build a toy gun, creating a model so realistic that it prompted a campus-wide lockdown and hunt for a possible shooting suspect, the AP reports. The private, Catholic university in Missouri warned all students to... More »

Protester in Famous Ferguson Photo Is Dead

Edward Crawford died Thursday of self-inflicted gunshot wound

(Newser) - A Ferguson protester seen hurling a police tear gas canister in a famous 2014 photo has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The father of 26-year-old Edward Crawford confirmed he died Thursday, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . According to St. Louis police, a man was in a car with two... More »

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 »

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