Category: Legal

Charges filed in deadly shooting on New Year’s Eve caused by man playing with a gun in north St. Louis County

Charges were filed Monday morning against a man who police said shot and killed another man on New Year’s Eve in north St. Louis County. The shooting occurred when one man was playing with a semi-automatic handgun in a parked car, according to police. Devin Booker, 23, of the 4400 block of Paddock Point Drive in Black Jack, was charged Monday with first-degree involuntary manslaughter. His bond is set at $25,000. Booker was playing with […]

Horse-drawn carriage rides in Tilles Park brought to a halt due to cold weather, lawsuit

St. Louis County announced it will prohibit horse-drawn carriage rides at Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park this weekend due to extremely cold temperatures. The decision from county officials comes after an animal rights group sued to stop the carriage rides at the park in Ladue. St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger responded by releasing a statement Thursday afternoon stating the carriage rides would be brought to a halt the when the temperature dips to 15 degrees or […]

Missouri Ethics Commission dismiss complaints against STL County Executive challenger

The Missouri Ethics Commission dismissed an ethics complaint against St. Louis County executive hopeful Mark Mantovani regarding a contribution but still fined the candidate for not filing campaign finance reports in a timely manner. According to a letter sent on Dec. 21 from James Klahr, executive director of the Missouri Ethics Commission, there was a complaint filed against Mantovani and Mantovani for STL group alleging that they failed to timely file a 48 Hour Report […]

Shooting in North County downgraded to fatal leaving the scene of an accident

After the completion of an autopsy on a man who was shot last week near Spanish Lake, it has been determined the victim died of other physical injury, not by gunshot wounds as initially believed by first responders and medical professionals, St. Louis County Police said Thursday. The incident is now being investigated as a Fatal Leaving the Scene of an Accident, police said in a written statement. At around 8 p.m. on Dec. 20, […]

Judge refuses to dismiss Rams lawsuit

A St. Louis area judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the City of St. Louis and the area’s sports authority over NFL’s Rams departure to Los Angeles. St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Christopher McGraugh issued the ruling on Wednesday, which will result in the case most likely going to court. The lawsuit filed in April alleges that the National Football League’s Rams failed to meet a league relocation requirement when the team left […]

Missouri Supreme Court rejects challenge to new SB5

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — An October Planned Parenthood suit filed in the Jackson County Court against portions of 2017’s special session SB 5 was rejected by the Missouri Supreme Court prior to Christmas. The suit challenged the 72-hour law. Circuit Judge S. Margene Burnett denied the suit later in October, saying it does not pose an undue burden. The Court of Appeals then denied the Writ of Prohibition on November 1. On December 19, the […]

Court of Appeals rules Governor did not overstep by withholding funds from public defenders

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It seems the Missouri Public Defender System is subject to withholds from the Governor, despite being from a different branch. According to the Western District Court of Appeals ruling issued on Tuesday, the Governor’s Office did not violate separation of powers by withholding funds from Public Defender’s office. The case stems back to Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to restrict a $3.5 million increase from the office’s budget in 2016. The public […]

Teenager arrested for Jennings carjacking

A teenager has been accused of carjacking a person at gunpoint in Jennings last July, police said Thursday. Teryon Weeden, 18, of Berkeley, was charged with one count of robbery and one count of armed criminal action after allegedly taking a victim’s vehicle in the 6400 block of West Florissant Avenue around 10 a.m. on July 16. According to the probable cause statement, the defendant was identified as the person who stole the victim’s vehicle […]

St. Louis divorce lawyer disbarred after stealing clients’ money

The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday yanked the law license of a St. Louis divorce attorney who failed to file paperwork for several clients and instead kept their money. The court disbarred Dennis J. Molamphy for misappropriating client funds and violating rules of professional conduct. Molamphy had been a lawyer in Missouri and Kansas since 1978 with offices in both St. Louis and most recently Wichita, Kan. over that time. He also was disbarred by the […]

Parson, Schmitt defend rural Missouri with ‘no’ votes on ending low-income housing tax credits

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Housing Development Commission met Tuesday, voting 8-2 to cancel the state’s tax credit match for federal low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC), a move criticized by Lt. Gov. Mike Parson as one that will hurt rural Missouri by drastically limiting housing options for the disabled, the elderly, and veterans in rural Missouri. Wait list estimates for LIHTC developments soar towards 30,000 – double the population of an average city in Missouri. “I […]