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Saturday, July 30, 2011

FBI Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending July 29, 2011: San Antonio: Naser Jason Abdo Charged Federally in Bomb Plot

Washington, D.C. July 29, 2011
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  1. San Antonio: Naser Jason Abdo Charged Federally in Bomb Plot
    Naser Jason Abdo, an absent without leave soldier from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, is charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device in connection with a bomb plot. Full Story
  2. New York: Former Sky Capital CEO and Senior Broker Found Guilty of Committing Massive Investment Fraud and Stock Manipulation Scheme
    A former chief executive officer and a senior broker of Sky Capital, LLC were found guilty on four counts in connection with their involvement in a scheme to defraud investors through two successive securities broker dealers. Full Story
  3. Birmingham: Illegal Alien from Uzbekistan Indicted for Threatening to Kill the President and Possessing Machine Gun and Grenades

    A federal grand jury indicted Ulugbek Kodirov, an Uzbek national, for threatening the life of President Barack Obama and illegally possessing weapons. Full Story
  4. Houston: Indictment Charging Houston Police Department Officer Unsealed

    A Houston Police officer was arrested following the return of an indictment by a Houston grand jury charging him with drug trafficking and corruption. Full Story
  5. Sacramento: Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 25 Years in Ongoing Nuestra Familia Gang Prosecution
    Gabriel Caracheo was sentenced to 25 years in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. Full Story
  6. Newark: Former Mortgage Broker Admits Role in Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme
    Ara Mesropian, a former New Jersey mortgage broker, admitted that he participated in a mortgage fraud scheme which defrauded lenders and generated millions of dollars in fraudulent mortgage loans. Full Story
  7. Minneapolis: Minnesota Mortgage Broker Charged in $20 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme
    Derrick Ivan Lance, an Edina mortgage broker, was charged in connection with his role in a $20 million mortgage fraud scheme that involved 57 properties. Full Story
  8. Portland: Federal Indictment Returned Charging Warm Springs Man with Murder in Second Degree
    Ted L. Barney appeared in court on a two-count indictment charging him with second-degree murder and use of a firearm during a crime of violence. Barney faces a maximum sentence of life in prison on the second-degree murder charge, and a consecutive sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted on the crime of use of a firearm during a crime of violence. Full Story
  9. Philadelphia: Alabama Man Pleads Guilty in Multi-Million-Dollar Financial Fraud

    John Wiley Spann pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering arising out of a sophisticated loan fraud scheme that caused losses of approximately $53 million at Equipment Finance, LLC. Full Story
  10. New Haven: Investment Adviser, Race Team Owner Admits Operating $10 Million Fraud Scheme

    Gregory Loles pled guilty to mail, wire, and securities fraud and money laundering offenses stemming from a scheme to defraud investors, including a Connecticut church, of millions of dollars. Full Story
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Five Drownings on Meramec River in Three Weeks

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Fifth drowning on Meramec in three weeks

July 30, 2011
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FRANKLIN COUNTY • A 25-year-old Overland man drowned while rope swinging on the Meramec River Friday night.
The drowning occured at the Arapaho Campground, in Sullivan, Mo. Authorities said Nicholas N. Spangler went under water while throwing the rope swing back to the bank around 6 p.m.
He was rescued from and revived with CPR, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. But Spangler died about an hour later at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.
It makes the fifth drowning on the Meramec in three weeks. The river is known for posing hidden dangers because of its often strong undertow and uneven terrain.
Most recently, Salvatore Jasso, 20, of the 3500 block of Nebraska Avenue and Luis Baez Gonzales, 18, of the 3300 block of Indiana Avenue, drowned while wading in the Meramec at Castlewood State Park on July 26.
They were with two other men, also from St. Louis, who called for help. Officials said alcohol was not involved and that the men may have lost their footing.
On July 23, Michael A. Collins, 56, of High Ridge died on the river near George Winter Park while trying to retrieve his boat, which had floated about 10 feet from shore.
On July 10, Sayed-Abdali Hafiz, 45, of St. Louis, drowned while walking in the shallow waters near Meramec Caverns. Officials said he was pulled into deeper waters by the strong current and did not know how to swim.
There have been more than two dozen drownings on Missouri's waterways this year

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460,000 Pot Plants Destroyed Over 100 Arrested for Marijuana Cultivation by California Police on Public Lands

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California police arrest 100 over marijuana growing

www.bbc.co.uk
July 30, 2011
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Police in northern California have uprooted 460,000 plants and made more than 100 arrests in a major operation against illegal marijuana cultivation.
Authorities said they had seized 1,500 pounds (680kg) of processed marijuana, 27 guns and 11 vehicles over two weeks in Mendocino National Forest.
The 900,000-acre site is part of an area known as the Emerald Triangle for its high number of marijuana plots.
The raids are part of a wider campaign to remove marijuana from public land.
Marijuana for medicinal use is legal in California if you have a permit to grow it or a doctor's note to buy it.
But Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said there was no sign that any of the gardens raided were being used to grow medical marijuana.
In the past, Mexican drug cartels have been blamed for the cultivation large quantities of marijuana in California, though no details were given about those arrested over the past two weeks.
But US Attorney Melinda Haag told the Associated Press that 25 people were already facing federal charges.
"The Mendocino National Forest is under attack by drug traffickers," she said.
Public land is often chosen by clandestine growers because of its remoteness.
Forest Service officials in California have long expressed concern about the environmental impact of the cultivation.


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Friday, July 29, 2011

Hermann, Mo. Man Wins 10,000 Dollar Scratcher Lottery Prize: Bought ticket from Hermann Fuel Mart, Highway 19

Hermann Man Wins 10,000 Dollar Lottery Prize
by dfox
www.klpw.com
July 29,2011
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55-year-old David Abbott thought he may have been holding a profitable lottery ticket when the clerk who sold the scratcher to him said she thought it might be a winner. Abbot bought the “5 Times Bingo” scratcher ticket at the Hermann Fuel Mart off Highway 19.

AbbotT says he then went home to cool off in the A/C and play his ticket in front of the TV. After scratching off the laminate on the Missouri game, Abbott thought he won 1,000 dollars. Abbott says, “I didn’t have my glasses on.”

When the Hermann man looked at the winning ticket again on his way back to the fuel mart, he realized his winning were much greater. AbbotR says a new washer and dryer could be in his immediate future, adding that he’s not quite sure what to do with the money yet, but wants to have a little fun.



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Franklin County Homicide: UPDATE: Warrants issued against 57-year-old Glenda June Smith, Lonedell Woman Held in Shooting Death of Boyfriend

UPDATE: JULY 29, 2011

Warrants have been issued against 57-year-old Glenda June Smith of Lonedell. She faces Second Degree Murder charges in the shooting death of Wayne Dielschneider. Bond has been set at $250,000.00 cash only.
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Franklin County Sheriff’s Department Looking Into Homicide Case

 By dfox
www.klpw.com
July 28, 2011
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Last night police were called to the 2000 block of Highway 47 near Project Road around eight-forty-five. Deputies were contacted by Franklin County Communications stating that a female had shot her boyfriend during a domestic dispute at the residence.
When enforcement arrived they found 57-year-old Wayne Dielschneider of Lonedell, dead in the kitchen. Cause of death is believed to a gunshot wound from a hand gun found in the kitchen. The female admitted to having an argument with the man and said she thought she may have killed him.
The 57-year-old Franklin county woman was taken into custody for a further homicide investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for this morning. The 57-year-old Franklin County woman’s name is withheld pending issuance of any charges in an ongoing investigation.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

PIPE BOMB Scare Shuts Down Hwy "A" in Franklin County, Mo.

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Highway A Currently Closed After Police Find Suspicious Pipe

by dfox
www.klpw.com
July 28, 2011
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Investigation of the Highway A pipe is over. Franklin County Fire Investigator Jim Schumacher believes the crudely constructed device was the work of juveniles. He says motorists are free to move about Highway A as they please. For safety precautions the fake bomb was disposed of at a local rock quarry, typical disposal protocol in investigations such as this one.
As of ten-thirty this morning, Highway A has been closed for investigation of a possible crime scene. A suspicious pipe was found off the route between Union and Washington. The Franklin County Sheriff's Department and Franklin Fire Investigator Jim Schumacher are currently looking into the matter and making sure the pipe is not a bomb device.




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Overturned Mower Kills Man, 81 in Franklin County

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Deputies Investigate Man’s Death in Lawn Mower Accident

July 28, 2011
by dfox
www.klpw.com
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Officers with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department arrived to a residence in the 5000 block of Highway O last night around six-forty-five. As soon as enforcement arrived they spoke with a male witness who stated that he was waived down for held by another man while driving down Highway O towards the residence.

According to department reports, the witness was flagged down for help in saving the life of the flagger’s brother, 81-year-old James McNabb of pacific. Reports indicated that McNabb’s brother found him trapped under a ride along lawn mower after family became concerned when they didn’t hear from him for some time.


Investigators believe the 81-year-old man was cutting the grass near the edge of a culvert on his commercial grade mower when he and the equipment toppled over the edge onto a concrete slab below. The department believes McNabb died after the mower landed on top of him after an eight foot drop.


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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Junky Mom Leaves Kids in McDonald's play area while getting heroin fix in bathroom, St. Charles County Missouri


Kelli L. Horton (St. Charles County Department of Corrections photo)
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St. Charles County woman left children in McDonald's play area, used heroin in bathroom, police say

BY SHANE ANTHONY
post-dispatch.com
July 27, 2011

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WELDON SPRING • A St. Charles County woman was arrested at a McDonald's on Highway 94 Tuesday after leaving her children in a play area while she took heroin in the bathroom, police say.
Kelli L. Horton, 36, of the 7800 block of Mexico Road, was charged today with felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
Lt. Craig McGuire of the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department said Horton took her children, 4 and 2, with her to buy heroin in St. Louis, then drove to the McDonald's at 5950 Highway 94.
Police said Horton left her children in a play area while she ingested two capsules of heroin in the bathroom.
McGuire said someone called police after Horton came out of the bathroom appearing to be delusional and unsteady on her feet.
Investigators said Horton had several used heroin capsules, two syringes and two spoons with suspected heroin residue.
McGuire said the children were taken into protective custody. Prosecutors could consider adding other charges.

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Accident near New Haven, Mo. Kills Teen

Eliot McDonald
UPDATE: July 28, 2011
McDonald was riding the bed of a pickup truck driven by River A. Filla, 16, Villa Ridge, according to the amended Patrol report.
The initial report listed the driver as Samantha J. Pritchett, 17, New Haven.
Filla was driving northbound on Vedder Road about a mile south of Route Y. As he rounded a curve, McDonald was ejected, according to the amended report.
The patrol said the accident occurred about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.
The patrol reported that Pritchett, who allegedly claimed to be the driver, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of filing a false report and interfering with an investigation.
A funeral Mass will be Saturday, July 30, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Washington.
Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery, New Haven.
Visitation will be held Friday, July 29, from 2-8 p.m. at Oltmann Funeral Home, Washington.

Crash Report Details (UPDATED July 28, 2011 - LINK) {Different Driver Reported}

Crash Information
Investigated By Incident# Date Time County Location Troop
TPR. J. CONRAD (237) ASSISTED BY TRP. C. BISHOP (202) 110230889 07/26/2011 11:45PM FRANKLIN VEDDER ROAD 1.1 MILE SOUTH OF ROUTE Y C
Vehicle Information
Veh. # Vehicle Description Damage Disposition Driver Name Driver Gender Driver Age Safety Device Driver City/State Driver Insurance Vehicle Direction
1 2001 DODGE RAM NONE DRIVEN FROM SCENE FILLA, RIVER A MALE 16 YES VILLA RIDGE, MO SELECTIVE NORTHBOUND
Injury Information
Veh. # Name Gender Age Injury Type Safety Device City/State Involvement Disposition
1 MCDONALD, ELIOT L MALE 19 FATAL NO BERGER, MO. OCCUPANT TAKEN TO ST. LOUIS COUNTY MORGUE BY RUSSELL COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME.
Misc. Information
CORRECTED COPY - DRIVER'S INFORMATION UPDATED - VEHICLE 1 TRAVELLED AROUND A CURVE. PASSENGER 1 WAS IN THE BED OF THE PICKUP TRUCK. PASSENGER 1 WAS EJECTED FROM VEHICLE 1. FATALITY PRONOUNCED BY NEW HAVEN EMS PARAMEDIC CHRIS S. MILLER AT 00:16 HOURS.

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Borgia Graduate Dies Early This Morning After Being Ejected from Truck Bed

 by jcovington
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Last night around eleven-forty-five the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrived to the scene of a fatal accident near New Haven. The patrol says the incident occurred on Vedder Road.
According to Missouri State Highway Patrol Accident reports, 17-year-old Samantha Pritchett of New Haven was driving a Dodge Ram when she traveled around a curve about a mile south of Route Y on Vedder.
The patrol says 19-year-old Eliot McDonald of Berger was riding in the bed of the pickup when he was thrown from the vehicle. The recent 2010 Borgia High School graduate was pronounced dead by New Haven Paramedics shortly after midnight.
The patrol said the accident occurred about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Crash Information
Investigated By Incident# Date Time County Location Troop
TPR. J. CONRAD (237) ASSISTED BY TRP. C. BISHOP (202) 110230889 07/26/2011 11:45PM FRANKLIN VEDDER ROAD 1.1 MILE SOUTH OF ROUTE Y C
Vehicle Information
Veh. # Vehicle Description Damage Disposition Driver Name Driver Gender Driver Age Safety Device Driver City/State Driver Insurance Vehicle Direction
1 2001 DODGE RAM NONE DRIVEN FROM SCENE PRITCHETT, SAMANTHA J FEMALE 17 YES NEW HAVEN, MO. SELECTIVE NORTHBOUND
Injury Information
Veh. # Name Gender Age Injury Type Safety Device City/State Involvement Disposition
1 MCDONALD, ELIOT L MALE 19 FATAL NO BERGER, MO. OCCUPANT TAKEN TO ST. LOUIS COUNTY MORGUE BY RUSSELL COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME.
Misc. Information
VEHICLE 1 TRAVELLED AROUND A CURVE. PASSENGER 1 WAS IN THE BED OF THE PICKUP TRUCK. PASSENGER 1 WAS EJECTED FROM VEHICLE 1. FATALITY PRONOUNCED BY NEW HAVEN EMS PARAMEDIC CHRIS S. MILLER AT 00:16 HOURS.

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Bird Fossil: Maybe, Maybe-Not


This undated photo provided by Luis Chiappe shows the Berlin specimen of Archaeopteryx lithographica, housed at Berlin's Museum für Naturkunde. The Berlin specimen of Archaeopteryx lithographica, widely considered the earliest known bird, is getting a rude present on the 150th birthday of its discovery: A new analysis says Archaeopteryx isn’t a bird at all. (AP Photo/Luis Chiappe)
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Famed fossil isn't a bird after all, analysis says

July 27, 2011
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NEW YORK (AP) -- One of the world's most famous fossil creatures, widely considered the earliest known bird, is getting a rude present on the 150th birthday of its discovery: A new analysis suggests it isn't a bird at all.
Chinese scientists are proposing a change to the evolutionary family tree that boots Archaeopteryx off the "bird" branch and onto a closely related branch of birdlike dinosaurs.
Archaeopteryx (ahr-kee-AHP'-teh-rihx) was a crow-sized creature that lived about 150 million years ago. It had wings and feathers, but also quite un-birdlike traits like teeth and a bony tail. Discovered in 1861 in Germany, two years after Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," it quickly became an icon for evolution and has remained popular since.
The Chinese scientists acknowledge they have only weak evidence to support their proposal, which hinges on including a newly recognized dinosaur.
Other experts say the change could easily be reversed by further discoveries. And while it might shake scientific understanding within the bird lineage, they said, it doesn't make much difference for some other evolutionary questions.
Archaeopteryx dwells in a section of the family tree that's been reshuffled repeatedly over the past 15 or 20 years and still remains murky. It contains the small, two-legged dinosaurs that took the first steps toward flight. Fossil discoveries have blurred the distinction between dinosaurlike birds and birdlike dinosaurs, with traits such as feathers and wishbones no longer seen as reliable guides.
"Birds have been so embedded within this group of small dinosaurs ... it's very difficult to tell who is who," said Lawrence Witmer of Ohio University, who studies early bird evolution but didn't participate in the new study.
The proposed reclassification of Archaeopteryx wouldn't change the idea that birds arose from this part of the tree, he said, but it could make scientists reevaluate what they think about evolution within the bird lineage itself.
"Much of what we've known about the early evolution of birds has in a sense been filtered through Archaeopteryx," Witmer said. "Archaeopteryx has been the touchstone... (Now) the centerpiece for many of those hypotheses may or may not be part of that lineage."
The new analysis is presented in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature by Xing Xu of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, and colleagues. They compared 384 specific anatomical traits of 89 species to figure out how the animals were related. The result was a tree that grouped Archaeopteryx with deinonychosaurs, two-legged meat-eaters that are evolutionary cousins to birds.
But that result appeared only when the analysis included a previously unknown dinosaur that's similar to Archaeopteryx, which the researchers dubbed Xiaotingia zhengi. It was about the size of a chicken when it lived some 160 million years ago in the Liaoning province of China, home to many feathered dinosaurs and early birds.
Julia Clarke of the University of Texas at Austin, who did not participate in the study, said the reclassification appeared to be justified by the current data. But she emphasized the study dealt with a poorly understood section of the evolutionary tree, and that more fossil discoveries could very well shift Archaeopteryx back to the "bird" branch.
Anyway, moving it "a couple of branches" isn't a huge change, and whether it's considered a bird or not is mostly a semantic issue that doesn't greatly affect larger questions about the origin of flight, she said.
Luis Chiappe, an expert in early bird evolution at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County who wasn't part of the new study, said he doesn't think the evidence is very solid.
"I feel this needs to be reassessed by other people, and I'm sure it will be," he said.
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Nature: www.nature.com/nature

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Ameren Nuke Permit Backers Hope to Piggyback on Special Session's Economic Development Bill

Callaway Nuclear Power Plant #2 (proposed) - Near Fulton, MO ________________________________________________________________________ 

Sponsor says Ameren bill’s backers ready if bill brought up in special session
by Mike Lear
July 27, 2011
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The Senate sponsor of the Ameren site permit bill thinks the alliance that backed it is ready to support it in the special session in September.  Senator Mike Kehoe’s legislation would allow electric companies to pass along to customers the cost of getting a new site permit.

In addition to Ameren, it was supported by Empire District Electric, Kansas City Power and Light, the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, Associated Electric Cooperative and the Missouri Public Utility Alliance. Kehoe says those entities are still talking daily and are in agreement on a balanced approach.

Kehoe thinks the bill fits in with the economic development package already being discussed because the project to build a new nuclear power plant at the Callaway County site would create jobs.

The Senator believes passing the site permit bill in special session could also make the project eligible for grants being considered now in Washington D.C. He says the grants would further reduce the amount ratepayers incur.

So far the special session will deal with the economic development bill and a change in the date of Missouri’s presidential primary.

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Possible Closings: 167 Missouri US Post Offices Targeted

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Is your post office on the hit list?

by Bob Priddy 
July 27, 2011
www.missourinet.com

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167 Missouri post offices are on the United States Postal Service’s hit list as targets for possible closing. They’re part of a postal service plan to possibly shut down almost 3700 small post offices nationwide.
The postal service says the closings are not done deals; the list is only of “possible” closings.
The service is considering closing about ten percent of its offices nationwide, saying the increase use of e-mail and the recession-caused decline in advertising mail produced a 58-million dollar financial loss last year.
List of possible closings after the jump:
  • FERGUSON SAINT LOUIS 63135
  • GWEN B GILES SAINT LOUIS 63112
  • JEFFERSON MEMORIAL SAINT LOUIS 63101
  • JORDAN W CHAMBERS SAINT LOUIS 63106
  • ROCKBRIDGE ROCKBRIDGE 65741
  • TRUXTON TRUXTON 63381
  • WHITESIDE WHITESIDE 63387
  • FLETCHER FLETCHER 63030
  • GRUBVILLE GRUBVILLE 63041
  • MAPLEWOOD SAINT LOUIS 63143
  • ALDRICH ALDRICH 65601
  • ARROW ROCK ARROW ROCK 65320
  • BLACKBURN BLACKBURN 65321
  • BLAIRSTOWN BLAIRSTOWN 64726
  • CLARKSBURG CLARKSBURG 65025
  • DEERFIELD DEERFIELD 64741
  • DOVER DOVER 64022
  • DUNNEGAN DUNNEGAN 65640
  • EAST LYNNE EAST LYNNE 64743
  • EMMA EMMA 65327
  • FLORENCE FLORENCE 65329
  • FORTUNA FORTUNA 65034
  • FOSTER FOSTER 64745
  • GILLIAM GILLIAM 65330
  • HARWOOD HARWOOD 64750
  • HENRIETTA HENRIETTA 64036
  • HOUSTONIA HOUSTONIA 65333
  • HUGHESVILLE HUGHESVILLE 65334
  • JERICO SPRINGS JERICO SPRINGS 64756
  • MALTA BEND MALTA BEND 65339
  • MC GIRK MC GIRK 65055
  • METZ METZ 64765
  • MIAMI MIAMI 65344
  • MILO MILO 64767
  • MOUNDVILLE MOUNDVILLE 64771
  • ROSCOE ROSCOE 64781
  • SAINT THOMAS SAINT THOMAS 65076
  • SYRACUSE SYRACUSE 65354
  • CENTER SQUARE KANSAS CITY 64105
  • CIVIC CENTER KANSAS CITY 64106
  • HICKMAN MILLS KANSAS CITY 64134
  • ALLENDALE ALLENDALE 64420
  • AMITY AMITY 64422
  • ARMSTRONG ARMSTRONG 65230
  • BLYTHEDALE BLYTHEDALE 64426
  • CLEARMONT CLEARMONT 64431
  • CLYDE CLYDE 64432
  • COFFEY COFFEY 64636
  • COSBY COSBY 64436
  • DE KALB DE KALB 64440
  • DE WITT DE WITT 64639
  • DENVER DENVER 64441
  • FILLMORE FILLMORE 64449
  • FRANKLIN FRANKLIN 65250
  • GENTRY GENTRY 64453
  • GLENWOOD GLENWOOD 63541
  • GRAHAM GRAHAM 64455
  • GUILFORD GUILFORD 64457
  • HELENA HELENA 64459
  • HUMPHREYS HUMPHREYS 64646
  • JAMESON JAMESON 64647
  • LACLEDE LACLEDE 64651
  • LEVASY LEVASY 64066
  • LIVONIA LIVONIA 63551
  • MARTINSVILLE MARTINSVILLE 64467
  • MC FALL MC FALL 64657
  • MOORESVILLE MOORESVILLE 64664
  • PARNELL PARNELL 64475
  • PICKERING PICKERING 64476
  • POLLOCK POLLOCK 63560
  • PURDIN PURDIN 64674
  • REA REA 64480
  • ROSENDALE ROSENDALE 64483
  • SUMNER SUMNER 64681
  • TURNEY TURNEY 64493
  • UTICA UTICA 64686
  • WHEELING WHEELING 64688
  • WINIGAN WINIGAN 63566
  • WORTH WORTH 64499
  • AVILLA AVILLA 64833
  • BRUNER BRUNER 65620
  • CEDARCREEK CEDARCREEK 65627
  • FREISTATT FREISTATT 65654
  • HURLEY HURLEY 65675
  • NECK CITY NECK CITY 64849
  • PONCE DE LEON PONCE DE LEON 65728
  • POWELL POWELL 65730
  • PURCELL PURCELL 64857
  • STOTTS CITY STOTTS CITY 65756
  • TIFF CITY TIFF CITY 64868
  • WENTWORTH WENTWORTH 64873
  • BIXBY BIXBY 65439
  • BLACK BLACK 63625
  • BLODGETT BLODGETT 63824
  • BRAGG CITY BRAGG CITY 63827
  • BRAGGADOCIO BRAGGADOCIO 63826
  • BROWNWOOD BROWNWOOD 63738
  • BUCYRUS BUCYRUS 65444
  • CANALOU CANALOU 63828
  • CATRON CATRON 63833
  • DAISY DAISY 63743
  • DUTCHTOWN DUTCHTOWN 63745
  • ELK CREEK ELK CREEK 65464
  • FREMONT FREMONT 63941
  • GIBSON GIBSON 63847
  • GIPSY GIPSY 63750
  • GOBLER GOBLER 63849
  • GRAYRIDGE GRAYRIDGE 63850
  • HARDENVILLE HARDENVILLE 65666
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

August Busch IV boat needs towed at Lake of the Ozarks



55-foot Sea Ray Yacht
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Busch IV's boat gets towed at the Lake of the Ozarks

BY DEB PETERSON
post-dispatch.com
July 26, 2011
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BUSCH BOAT: Guess whose 55-foot Sea Ray broke down at the Lake of the Ozarks last night and had to be towed to shore? Bingo if you guessed August Busch IV. Busch and a friend named Yolanda were on the yacht when the engine stopped and they called to be towed in.
Busch stayed below deck while the yacht was hitched to another boat and brought in to shore. When they got to the dock, Yolanda came out to pay. The cost was more than $1,000. Yolanda asked the boat captain if he would accept cash and when he said that would be fine, she peeled bills off a roll so thick it didn't make a dent.
The yacht is named Waymo after IV's female mastiff.

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Shelby Winkelmann at Nebraska Campus


Winkelmann picks NU volleyball over hoops

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

By Chad Purcell
World-Herald News Service
July 26, 2011
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LINCOLN — It was mid-May — exactly six months after Nebraska volleyball had signed its 2011 freshman class to letters of intent — when Huskers coach John Cook flipped through his Sunday newspaper and bumped into one of his incoming recruits.

Inside his Parade magazine, Cook found Shelby Winkelmann mingling with the best girls high school hoops players in the country. Winkelmann long ago had committed to play volleyball at Nebraska, but now here she was listed among the elite of the elite — basketball stars who were going to play for programs such as UConn, Stanford and Tennessee.

All of the players on the Parade honor roll had their college choices printed next to their name. Winkelmann, of course, had Nebraska listed, but it wasn’t for basketball.




Cook couldn’t help but wonder whether maybe — just maybe — Winkelmann had second thoughts after receiving this latest round of lofty recognition.

“So I called her,” Cook said, “and said, ‘Are you sure you want to play volleyball?’”

Winkelmann says she’s sure.

A 5-foot-9 dynamo from Rhineland, Mo., Winkelmann has been on NU’s campus since early June, getting to know her new teammates and getting acclimated to college. The Huskers, set to debut in the Big Ten in 2011, will start practicing in August in preparation for the new season.

For Winkelmann, the conversations about why she’s playing college volleyball instead of college basketball aren’t new. In fact, they’ve already grown kind of old.

“It happens almost every day that somebody asks me why I’m not going to play basketball,” Winkelmann said. “But Nebraska has such an amazing volleyball program and such great tradition. The No. 1 goal for Nebraska volleyball is winning, competing at the highest level and having that passion. That’s always been my No. 1 goal, too.”

It also helped that the Huskers started recruiting Winkelmann for volleyball — and showed serious interest in her services — before many basketball coaches began wooing her, too.

She made her unofficial visit to Nebraska at the beginning of her junior year. The Huskers offered her a scholarship, but said they couldn’t wait long without knowing her intentions. By November 2009, Winkelmann told Cook she was on board.

The schools recruiting Winkelmann for basketball included Missouri, Northern Iowa and Creighton.

“I really do love volleyball and basketball the same amount,” Winkelmann said. “Before I got the offer from Nebraska, I was sure I was going to play basketball in college — that was pretty much set in stone, and that’s what I was thinking. Then Nebraska happened and things changed. Some people may think it’s odd. But it’s not their decision, it’s mine.”

The Huskers have a history of turning standout athletes into standout volleyball players, even those who built the bulk of their rsums on the basketball court. Outside hitter Christina Houghtelling, a second-team All-Nebraska basketball player in 2003 at Cambridge High School, would win national player of the year honors before her NU volleyball career was done.

Current Husker senior middle blocker Brooke Delano — a first-team AVCA All-American in 2010 — was a coveted basketball recruit at Bellevue West.

But Winkelmann’s journey will be different in a couple of key ways.

For one, volleyball was never really her secondary sport. She started playing hoops as a fourth-grader, but she said she became as serious about volleyball just two years later.

And unlike Houghtelling and Delano, Winkelmann isn’t coming to Lincoln to hammer kills and put up blocks. As a defensive specialist or libero, Winkelmann hopes to help the Huskers win with her passing and digging — skills critical to team success but often overlooked by the casual fan.

Cook said Winkelmann could be a candidate to redshirt, because it’s never certain how quickly a freshman might be able to adapt to the college game. But the coach sensed something special in Winkelmann when he started scouting her, and he said he’s excited about her potential to make a difference with the Huskers, be it right away or in the future.

“She did some really amazing things in high school, both in volleyball and basketball,” Cook said. “She’s a really great all-around athlete, and she’s a really fierce competitor. She just has that look in her eyes that you see in the great ones.”

The people who know Winkelmann from Hermann High School wouldn’t argue with Cook on any of those points.

In hoops, Winkelmann as a senior averaged 28.3 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals per game.

She led the Bearcats to a 26-6 record and a runner-up finish at the Class 3 state tournament. She averaged better than 21 points per game all four years of her prep career, and she ranks No. 2 in state history with 3,226 total points.

She drained 55 points in one game, and went 22 for 22 from the foul line in another.

In addition to the Parade honors, Winkelmann was Gatorade’s Missouri basketball player of the year as a senior, and she also earned the 2011 Miss Show-Me basketball award.

“She was going to have opportunities at the Division I level, whether she picked basketball or volleyball,” said Hermann girls hoops coach Todd Anderson. “Nebraska put that opportunity for volleyball on the table, and you just can’t turn something like that down. I can’t imagine a scenario where she doesn’t go there and do well.”

In volleyball, Winkelmann was named to the 2010 Under Armour Girls’ High School All-America watch list before helping Hermann win its second Missouri Class 2 state championship in three years.

A four-time all-state selection, Winkelmann averaged better than five kills per set in high school while hitting at a .500 clip. For her career, she set the school record with 1,453 kills, and she also had 256 solo blocks, 224 aces and 885 digs.

Winkelmann also competed in track, and academically, she ranked No. 1 in her graduating class.

“It really was an honor and a privilege to coach Shelby,” said Hermann volleyball coach Linda Lampkin. “We knew Shelby was going to be a special athlete, probably going all the way back to when she was in the third grade. I’ve coached at Hermann for 32 years, and in all that time, we’ve not seen anyone like her. But she really was such a great role model, both on and off the court, and that might be what sets her apart the most.”

Cook said it says a lot about Winkelmann’s character that she’s coming to NU to play a position that isn’t exactly glamorous. The spotlight no doubt could’ve been brighter for the freshman had she decided to keep putting the basketball in the bucket instead of trying to keep volleyballs from hitting the floor.

Then again, if there’s one group of fans who appreciate the little things that make a volleyball team click, it’s the ones who bleed Nebraska red.

“I’m really excited,” Winkelmann said. “I’m going to play my hardest and work my hardest to get into that lineup, one way or another.”


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Band Director Accused Of Sending Student Explicit Emails UPDATE: Hermann Police Arrest Local Man after Gasconade County R-1 School District Incident Report Investigation



HERMANN, Mo. (KMOX/AP) -  A high school band director from Hermann Missouri is accused of exchanging sexually explicit emails with a student.
Among the charges against 31-year-old Joshua James are furnishing pornography to a minor and “using a child in a sexual performance”.
The alleged contact took place between James and a 16-year-old female student in the Gasconade County school district, and reportedly involved illicit photos.
James is free on bond and has resigned from his band director job.

HERMANN, Mo. — An eastern Missouri high school band director is accused of exchanging sexually explicit emails with a 16-year-old student.
KSDK-TV reports that 31-year-old Joshua James was charged last week with using a child in a sexual performance and furnishing pornography to a minor. James is free on $50,000 bond. He does not yet have a listed attorney.
James resigned this month as the high school and middle school band director for the Gasconade County School District in Hermann. Court documents say that on three occasions this month, the student sent James graphic video and photos of herself. He allegedly emailed an illicit photo of himself in return.
A parent alerted school officials, prompting the police investigation.
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Information from: KSDK-TV, www.ksdk.com
By Ann Rubin
Hermann, MO (KSDK) - The former band director of the Gasconade County R-1 School District is facing criminal charges for allegedly exchanging sexually explicit emails with a 16-year-old student.

Apparently the school board did not find out about the allegations against 31-year-old Joshua James until the day after they accepted his resignation. At that point, the superintendent went straight to police.

A parent tipped school officers off that James, the high school and middle school band director, might be having inappropriate contact with a 16-year-old student. An investigation later uncovered numerous emails between the two, including ones where James allegedly enticed the girl to send him pictures.

According to court documents, on three separate instances in July, the student sent James graphic video and photos of herself and he allegedly emailed an illicit photo of himself in return.
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Hermann Police Arrest Local Man After Thorough Criminal Investigation

July 25, 2011
by dfox
www.klpw.com

Friday, officers of the Hermann Police Department arrested a 31-year-old Hermann man after an incident was reported to them by the Gasconade County R-1 School District. The man was arrested after a warrant was filed by the Gasconade County Prosecutor for the use of a child in a sexual performance. That is a Class C felony.  The warrant, based on an Affidavit filed by Hermann Police, helped in the investigation of suspicions of the inappropriate conduct between the man, a former employee of the district, and minor who attends Hermann High School.

Former Hermann High School band director arrested on sex charges

Joshua James, 31, of Hermann, a former Hermann High School band director and music teacher, was arrested Friday (July 22) by police officers after a warrant was filed by the Gasconade County Prosecutor for use of a child in a sexual performance, a class C felony.
The Hermann Police Department arrested James after conducting a criminal investigation of an incident that was reported by the Gasconade County R-1 School District.

The Hermann staff became aware of the matter last Tuesday and immediately contacted police. Police say the investigation continues as evidence collected from the man’s home is analyzed.

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Toxic Seaweed Deadly Algae Slime: Farm Effluent Ruins French Beaches

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Attack of the Deadly Slime: Farm Effluent Ruins French Beaches

By Maryn McKenna Email Author
July 26, 2011
www.wired.com
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Vacationers in northwest France are being warned to stay away from beaches, which are growing a bumper crop of a seaweed that releases a potentially toxic gas. The culprit: Up-stream releases of manure from intensive farming that overload the near-shore waters with nitrates.

The seaweed (sea lettuce, Ulva lactuca) must be removed within 48 hours of washing ashore — because as it rots, it releases so much hydrogen sulfide that swimmers and strollers are endangered. The French ministry for health and the environment has warned visitors to avoid areas with overgrowth, and told workers scooping up the seaweed that they must wear monitors to alert them they have entered especially toxic pockets and must clear out within minutes.

The potentially toxic weed shows up every year in Brittany, but this year’s overgrowth is at least half again the size of last year’s, according to coverage in the The Telegraph and Radio France International.

The pressure group France Nature Environnement is running a campaign to raise awareness of the slime attack. It pins responsibility for it on concentrated swine and poultry farming: Brittany raises half of the pigs and chickens grown in France. According to the group (French), the manure from those farms is as much would be produced by 50 million people.

When farm effluent washes downstream in the United States, it creates a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico — but that zone is offshore and never seems to get much attention. In France, in contrast, the algae deposits are cutting deeply into tourism, one of the area’s economic engines.

Predictably, the issue has been politicized. President Sarkozy, who’s up for re-election, jumped in two weeks ago to defend farming, even though his government last year launched an algae-reduction plan that ascribes responsibility to farm effluent. On a visit to Brittany, he dismissed campaigners against industrial farming as “fundamentalists” (intégristes), called farmers the “first victims,” and said they were “not responsible for economic decisions made a long time ago” (…ne sont pas coupables de choix économiques qui ont été faits il y a bien longtemps).
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The government’s interim proposal is to build additional plants to process the seaweed for biogas. Meanwhile, the agriculture ministry has proposed relaxing regulations on agricultural spraying of manure from pig farms, an action likely to make nitrate concentrations — and the seaweed blooms — even worse.

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