SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - One of two Saudi Arabian men accused of kidnapping a woman from a Springfield bar and sexually assaulting her has been found not guilty. Judge Calvin Holden on Monday ruled there was no evidence of sexual intercourse between the alleged victim and anyone else. The woman had claimed 27-year-old Ahmed Alanazi and 22-year-old Rayan Alqabbaa took her from a club on June 1, 2013, went to an apartment and sexually assaulted her. The woman admitted in court that she drank against her doctor's orders and took the painkiller Percocet on the night of the alleged attack.
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Chesterfield teenager faces a felony property damage charge after reportedly using cosmetics to deface a car she thought was improperly parked. St. Louis County prosecutors have charged 18-year-old Carlie A. Hertel with first-degree property damage. St. She is accused of smearing mascara on the windows and mirrors of a Nissan Infiniti at the Chesterfield Jewish Community Center in late June.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - An eastern Missouri woman faces sentencing Nov. 4 after pleading guilty to federal charges for collecting $138,000 in veteran's benefits in the name of her deceased mother. The woman, 69-year-old Victoria Jean Briley of Wentzville, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in St. Louis to one count of theft of government funds. Briley's mother died in 2006, but Briley had control over a bank account in her mother's name. Monthly payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs went into that account through May.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon is urging Missouri school administrators to lobby legislators to uphold his vetoes of various tax breaks. Nixon called the 2014 legislative session "the worst six months for public education in recent memory." The Democratic governor vetoed the bills in June. The Republican-led Legislature is to meet Sept. 10 to consider overriding those vetoes.
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