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POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI

Missouri governor names new public safety director

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has named a new state public safety director, nearly three weeks after the police shooting of Michael Brown led to violent protests in a St. Louis suburb.

The governor announced Wednesday that former St. Louis police chief Daniel Isom will take over as director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety on Sept. 1.

Nixon says he'll replace Jerry Lee, who is retiring after almost three years as director.

Nixon has come under criticism for the state's response to protesters and looters following the Aug. 9 shooting of the black 18-year-old by a white Ferguson police officer. Nixon eventually put the State Highway Patrol in charge and called in the National Guard.

The public safety director oversees both the patrol and the guard.

POLICE CRUISER STOLEN

Man escapes with Kansas City police cruiser

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri State Highway Patrol has identified a man suspected of stealing a Kansas City police car and abandoning it along Interstate 35 as a 30-year-old Liberty resident.

The patrol and Daviess County sheriff's deputies continued searching Wednesday morning for Joshua Boyd, who is suspected of overpowering a Kansas City police officer around 2:20 a.m. and driving off with his vehicle.

Patrol spokesman Sgt. Jake Angle says the vehicle was found a few hours later at the 75-mile marker near Pattonsburg, about an hour north of Kansas City, and a shotgun that had been inside was missing.

Angle says Boyd is considered armed and dangerous.

Kansas City police spokesman Capt. Tye Grant says officers tried to negotiate with Boyd over police radio in the car but were unsuccessful.

BOATING FATALITY

St. Louis man dies in boating accident

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 56-year-old St. Louis man died in a boating accident on Lake Taneycomo near Branson.

The patrol says Gary Bernhardt was in a boat that drifted and hit a tree limb and overturned Tuesday afternoon about a quarter-mile mile east of the lake's dam.

Two other men on the boat were able to hold on to the boat and tree limb until they were rescued.

Bernhardt was taken to Cox Hospital in Branson where he was pronounced dead Tuesday evening.

CHILD SEX ABUSE-AMENDMENT

Lawyer criticizes Missouri child abuse proposal

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A prominent criminal defense attorney is raising concerns about a Missouri ballot measure that would allow allegations of past wrongdoing to be used against people facing child sex abuse charges.

Attorney Kim Benjamin, of Belton, is the past president of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She said Wednesday that proposed Constitutional Amendment 2 could result in more wrongful convictions for people falsely accused of sex crimes.

The proposal would allow prosecutors to use allegations of past criminal actions against defendants facing new sex-related charges involving victims younger than 18. It would essentially undo a 2007 Missouri Supreme Court decision that struck down a similar state law.

Prosecutors and police are supporting the measure.

Benjamin says defense attorneys haven't raised money for an organized campaign against it.

ANDY WILLIAMS THEATRE-EMBEZZLEMENT

Woman pleads guilty to theater embezzlement

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Branson woman has admitted that she embezzled thousands of dollars from the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre, where she worked from 1992 to 2009.

The U.S. Attorney's office says in a news release that 59-year-old Dawn Cleveringa (kleh-ver-ING-uh), of Kirksville, pleaded guilty Tuesday to filing a false tax return while working as controller at the theater.

Cleveringa responsibilities included supervising financial transactions of the theater. She admitted in her plea that she made unauthorized payments from theater funds to herself for personal expenses in 2007 and 2008.

Cleveringa pleaded guilty in state court in 2012 to embezzling more than $678,000 from the theater. The federal charge is related only to the part of the embezzled income for which Cleveringa did not pay federal income taxes, a total of $262,656.

LOTTERY-TWO WINS

Man wins a second sizeable Lottery prize

DOE RUN, Mo. (AP) - Lottery luck has struck twice for an eastern Missouri man.

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Missouri, reports that 65-year-old Doe Run resident Ronald Stotler won $5,000 on a scratch-off ticket in May. On Aug. 11, he won $20,000 playing the Missouri Lottery's "$500 Frenzy."

Stotler says he has no plans to stop playing lottery games.

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