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Friday, January 31, 2014

High-fives might soon be the official state greeting of Missouri

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Up high!
  • Up high!
In Missouri and Kansas, at least, this is the time of year for politically aware citizens to get upset about the idiotic bills our elected representatives file in the state legislatures. So it's a nice change of pace when state politicians introduce bills that are still idiotic but that don't fill us with blind rage.

Courtney Allen Curtis, a freshman House rep from the St. Louis area, recently filed HB 1624, which would designate the high-five as the official state greeting.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Kansas Supreme Court reverses convictions, life sentences of ex-Kansas police chief Mike Akins Jr.

Posted By on Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Mike Akins Jr. faces a new trial.
  • Mike Akins Jr. faces a new trial.
Citing prosecutorial misconduct, the Kansas Supreme Court has reversed 15 convictions and two consecutive life sentences of ex-Inman, Kansas, police chief Mike Akins Jr.

In 2009, Akins was accused of molesting, inappropriately touching and soliciting his stepchildren. Akins was convicted and sentenced in February 2011. The court remanded the case for a new trial. Read the court's opinion here.

Akins' attorney, Dan Monnat, issued a response to the court's ruling, noting that the court reversed the convictions due to Assistant Attorney General Christine Ladner committing "multiple acts of misconduct at trial. Specifically, the prosecutor posed as her own unsworn psuedo-psychological expert at trial, she misstated the law, and she expressed her personal opinion about the case, both praising the children who testified and calling Mr. Akins a liar."

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Royals Fountain Lady tells Iowa judge she didn't offer sexual favor to KCPD officer, police report says otherwise

Posted By on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Jessica McCoy returns to KC for a January 8 court hearing.
  • Jessica McCoy returns to KC for a January 8 court hearing.
Jessica McCoy made headlines again this week, three months after she earned the moniker "Royals Fountain Lady" by getting arrested for dancing in the outfield fountains at Kauffman Stadium.

McCoy was on vacation in the City of Fountains in August when she showed up to a Kansas City Royals game, had a few too many drinks, and hopped a barrier intended to keep fans out of the fountains beyond the outfield wall at the stadium. Kansas City, Missouri, police officers arrested her for trespassing, but then tagged her with a prostitution charge when she allegedly offered one of them a sexual favor (more on that in a bit).

The 25-year-old Des Moines, Iowa, resident was the subject of a November 5 article in the Des Moines Register, detailing how she lost her job at a bank when video of her antics at Kauffman Stadium became a national news story. First American Bank in Beaverdale, Iowa, fired McCoy for violating a workplace policy that says employees shouldn't embarrass the company during their own time.

So McCoy applied for jobless benefits, leading to an October 22 appearance before an administrative law judge in Iowa to determine whether she was fit for unemployment, given how she lost her job. 

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Sam Brownback responds to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on new Kansas gun law

Posted By on Fri, May 3, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Good things didnt come in the mail for Brownback on April 26.
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  • Sam Brownback is Eric Holder's pen pal.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder have become grudging pen pals in the last week. Brownback lately has been championing a new Kansas law that attempts to shield firearms in the state from federal regulation. It also makes it a felony for federal employees to come to the state to enforce regulations and treaties regarding the weapons.

Holder sent Brownback a letter that basically said the state can't do that. "Kansas may not prevent federal employees and officials from carrying out their official responsibilities. And a state certainly may not criminalize the exercise of federal responsibilities," he scolded the governor.

Brownback didn't care for Holder's stern missive.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

St. Patrick's Day DUI crackdown planned all weekend

Posted By on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 11:17 AM

DUI patrols can smell green beer on your breath.
  • DUI patrols can smell green beer on your breath.
It's going to be 80 degrees this afternoon. The Big 12 tournament is bringing hoops fans downtown. And St. Patrick's Day, America's drunkest 24-hour period of the year, is Sunday. So, yeah, people are going to be driving drunk around town this weekend. And the KCPD is going to try to get those drivers off the street. The police are running DUI checkpoints through Sunday, so you'd be wise to call a cab. Yes, waiting an hour and a half for a taxi isn't fun, but it beats the hell out of getting arrested or worse.

Fox 4 reminds us that last St. Patrick's Day, the KCPD set up at Southwest Trafficway and 39th Street, and made 31 DUI arrests. And if you're on Twitter, be sure to keep an eye on @KCPolice tonight because they'll be doing one of their amazing "Tweet Alongs." With rival college basketball fans mingling and drinking throughout the city, tonight's tweets should be pretty solid.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Ron Partee, wannabe Saul Goodman, pleads guilty to money laundering in drug case

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Its too late to call Saul, Ronald.
  • Partee's website
  • It's too late to call Saul, Ronald.
Better call Saul! That has a better ring than "better call Ronald."

Prominent criminal defense lawyer Ronald Partee found himself in a moment straight out of the law offices of Saul Goodman, Walter White's shady attorney on Breaking Bad.

Wednesday, though, Partee did something that Saul probably wouldn't: He pleaded guilty to laundering money, which he believed had come from the sale of marijuana.

Ah, but there was no pot. And the guy in need of having his money laundered, "Maxwell Gannon"? Uh, he was an undercover agent.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Man accused of ax attack after Pitch reporter asks about homeless-camp killing

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Michael Gullet is now charged with attacking a homeless man with an axe.
  • Michael Gullet is now charged with attacking a homeless man with an ax.
A dark update to one of our stories published this morning: Last week, The Pitch visited a homeless camp along the Missouri River near East Front Street and North Kansas Avenue where Joe Loehr was found dead on September 8.

A person of interest in Loehr's killing, 56-year-old Mike Gullett, was still living there. Two men were hanging out with him on Thursday and talked to The Pitch about the killing. The Pitch's story finished with 47-year-old Gregory Kump passing out drunk on the ground just feet from where Gullett told The Pitch that he thought Loehr might have died.

It turns out that the story didn't really end there.

That evening, a few hours after The Pitch left the camp, police say Gullett attacked a sleeping Kump with an ax.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fast Eddie, British fugitive found in Missouri, gets deported

Posted By on Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Fast Eddie is going back to England.
  • Fast Eddie is going back to England.
Edward John Maher, aka Fast Eddie, a Briton long thought to have orchestrated a 1993 $1.5-million bank heist in Essex, England, who was found to be living in Ozark, Missouri in February has been deported. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the news yesterday.

ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations branch said Maher, who lived undetected in Missouri for 19 years under an assumed name was sent back to Britain, where he was turned over to authorities. His story was an nearly unbelievable story of alleged robbery and escape. Maher, who was 37 at the time of the heist, was working as an armored car driver pulled up to a bank in Felixstowe, England with his partner. While his partner went inside to make deliver some cash. Then, he allegedly put his plan into motion.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Michelle Preston, ex-Shawnee Mission West teacher, must register as sex offender, gets probation

Posted By on Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Michelle Preston will be required to register as a sex offender.
  • Michelle Preston will be required to register as a sex offender.
Michelle Preston, the former Shawnee Mission West teacher accused of having sexual encounters with students, won't be getting prison time. Preston, 28, was sentenced Friday to three years' probation and must register as a sex offender, according to KCTV 5.

Preston reportedly cut a plea deal with the prosecution, and she avoided prison time - even though that's typically the end result in similar cases in Kansas. She had pleaded guilty in April to having sexual contact with three students. Preston admitted having sex with the students multiple times (KCTV 5 says 15 times), and semen from one of the boys was found on a couch cushion in Preston's home.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Red-light cameras work, study says; judge rules some tickets unconstitutional

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Red light cameras might reduce accidents in KC, but St. Louis courts are giving them hell.
  • Red-light cameras might reduce accidents in KC, but St. Louis courts are giving them hell.
The same week that the Kansas City Police Department and American Traffic Solution declared red-light cameras in KC a success, a circuit judge in St. Louis ruled that some tickets ATS sent to motorists are unconstitutional, The Kansas City Daily Record reports.

In a narrow ruling on Monday, Judge Theresa Counts Burke acquitted driver Nicholas Pateri and state Sen. Jim Lembke (R-St. Louis) of running red lights because the tickets ATS mailed to them did not give the drivers a court date or fully inform them about their options to challenge the citations. The tickets only said they could challenge the fines by saying they were not driving or claiming that their cars had been stolen. Burke ruled that a violation of due process. She did not consider whether the use of cameras was constitutional.

It's the second legal blow to ATS from a St. Louis court this year. In February, Judge Mark Neill ruled that the city's red-light camera tickets violated drivers' due process for the same reasons. But Neil's ruling went much further than Burke's. He ruled that the use of the cameras was a violation of the Constitution because the state Legislature never gave cities permission to issue tickets based on photos. St. Louis is appealing that ruling.

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