There is a growing trend for citizens recording police encounters. Many say that this protects their rights or the rights of those being arrested by holding officers accountable. Others say they feel safer with a camera rolling. Every time someone has an encounter with the police, their constitutional rights are implicated. Whether it's a traffic stop or a drug raid, citizens have the right to proper process and procedure.
A grocery store owner plead guilty recently to grand larceny after police uncovered a welfare fraud scheme common in the industry. The man was accused of basically buying food stamp credits from card holders and retaining a portion of the proceeds. Because food stamps are non-transferable and are to be used exclusively for food, this was considered a property theft by law enforcement authorities.
High truancy rates continue to plague the public school system all over the United States. Different states are working on a variety of solutions. Some states have increased the mandatory attendance age from the federally required 16-years-old to 17 or 18 years old. Other states revoke driver's licenses for habitually truant students. In some cases, parents may pay the price in jail time and fines.
A married couple that used to operate a grain storage facility in Northwest Missouri will be sentenced on March 8th after entering a guilty plea for mail fraud, bank fraud, conspiracy and interstate transportation of stolen goods.
The FBI had dubbed him the "Same Coat Bandit" because surveillance videos showed identical tan coats in each of the robberies. The man has been charged with two counts of second-degree robbery. The present charges are for a single incident involving two different tellers. Authorities are also accusing him of robbing up to five other area banks in recent weeks.
Two men plead guilty recently to charges that they illegally imported human growth hormones from China and sold the drugs in local gyms. The men admitted to buying the steroids from China and shipping them in to the United States using false customs declarations.
An outing to the popular restaurant and arcade Dave & Busters turned in to a confrontation when four patrons were denied entry. Two of the four now face a variety of charges, including assault, as a result of the incident.
There are many causes of state crimes including familial and financial stress. One 52-year-old Missouri man is accused of arson after allegedly having a stresss-related mental breakdown while home alone in his O'Fallon residence.
A jury recently found a man from Pacific, Missouri, guilty of the homicide of his girlfriend. The jury deliberated for about six hours yesterday and returned the verdict this morning.