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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 »

Police Add Ice Cream Truck as Outreach Tool

'Operation Polar Cops' is delivering free ice cream in St. Louis

(Newser) - St. Louis police will have a question to ask as they take their new truck into neighborhoods: One scoop or two? Police Chief Sam Dotson calls it "Operation Polar Cops," a truck that will give away ice cream treats at various events, part of an effort to improve... More »

Missouri Cop Shot in Traffic Stop Is Paralyzed

Michael Flamion suffered 'catastrophic' spinal cord damage

(Newser) - The suburban St. Louis police officer shot in the neck during a traffic stop on July 8 is paralyzed from the neck down and on a ventilator, unable to breathe on his own, says Ballwin Police Chief Kevin Scott. Michael Flamion is, however, "very alert," able to move... More »

Cop Shoots Home Invader After Black Lives Matter Dispute Online

St. Louis County chief says officer had no choice

(Newser) - A Missouri man ended up dead after he tried to follow up a Facebook argument about Black Lives Matter with real-life violence, police say. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says an off-duty officer shot 20-year-old Tyler Gebhard dead after he threw a 50-pound concrete planter through the officer'... More »

Undercover Cop's Online Demo Leads to Arrest

Nova Scotia officer posing as young teen girl is bombarded with graphic images, texts

(Newser) - The arrest of a St. Louis-area man charged with eight counts of sexual misconduct involving a child younger than 15 has its roots in Nova Scotia, where an undercover officer was performing a simple demonstration. The officer, who is a member of the provincial Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit, was... More »

For 1st Time, Miss America Will Have an Openly Gay Contestant

Erin O'Flaherty crowned Miss Missouri

(Newser) - Missouri has its first openly gay Miss Missouri, and she will represent the state at the Miss America pageant later this year, the AP reports. Erin O'Flaherty, 23, was crowned Miss Missouri on Saturday in Mexico, Missouri, and is the first openly gay woman to be named Miss Missouri,... More »

Mo. County Voted Against Lowering Flags for Orlando Victims

Commissioners did a U-turn after public outcry

(Newser) - The Pulse Orlando shooting was the worst mass shooting in US history and the deadliest terror attack in the US since 9/11—but commissioners in one Missouri county decided it didn't merit lowering flags to half-staff. By a 2-1 vote, Cole County commissioners decided against lowering flags on county... More »

Teen's Gunshot Death Likely a Selfie Gone Wrong

Police say no adults were home when 15-year-old DaMontez Jones shot himself

(Newser) - An attempt at a selfie gone horribly wrong apparently killed a St. Louis-area 15-year-old who fatally shot himself in the chest last week. Local police say DaMontez Jones likely found the loaded and unlocked gun on a top shelf of a bedroom closet, and that it went off on Friday... More »

Police May Have Suspect in 1989, 1994 Cold Cases

Murder of Sarah Jo DeLeon may be linked to slaying of Diana Marie Ault 2 years earlier

(Newser) - They aren't naming names yet, but police detectives in Kansas City, Kan., say they have identified a suspect in the unsolved murder of Sarah Jo DeLeon, who was 19 when her body was found in 1989. What's more, they say the suspect is a woman from the area,... More »

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 »

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