Bodies of father, son found in Missouri state park
WILDWOOD, Mo. (AP) - St. Louis County police say a man and his son were found dead in a state park near St. Louis.
The bodies of 57-year-old Douglas Potter and his 20-year-old son Joseph were found Tuesday near a hiking trail in Babler State Park in Wildwood. Spokesman Brian Schellman says police believe Douglas Potter shot his son and then killed himself.
A couple walking in the park found the bodies and a vehicle that belonged to one of the men was discovered nearby.
Authorities evacuated the park except for a group of students who were on a camping trip in an area away from where the bodies were found.
House bill bars points on traffic camera tickets
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri drivers would not have points assessed against their license for tickets issued by automated traffic cameras under legislation endorsed by the state House.
The House gave initial approval to the bill Wednesday that would regulate red-light and speeding cameras.
Photo traffic enforcement systems for Missouri municipalities have been the subject of ongoing court cases and many cities have temporary halted enforcement. The measure would require cities to meet certain standards in order to operate speeding or red-light cameras.
Supporters say the measure would streamline traffic enforcement across different municipalities and give guidance to the courts. Opponents say it circumvents the point system and could keep dangerous drivers on the road.
The bill needs one more affirmative vote before moving to the Senate.
Man gets 4 years in prison for sex trafficking
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Chicago man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for sex trafficking involving two female victims.
Jamall Brown was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.
Authorities say Brown advertised the prostitution services on Backpage.com. Brown drove the victims to St. Louis and Denver, where they acted as prostitutes.
St. Louis police were contacted in June, when one of the victims was hospitalized. She told police that Brown assaulted her and broke her nose after she told him that she wanted to stop being a prostitute.
The U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis did not disclose the ages of the victims.
St. Louis Co. probes possible database misuse
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - Attorneys for St. Louis County continue to investigate whether police drivers for County Executive Charlie Dooley improperly searched a law enforcement database.
KMOX-AM reports that internal police investigators have concluded a two-month probe into whether one or both of Dooley's drivers used the database for some other purpose, including political reasons.
Deputy County Counselor Bob Grant says a review is underway to determine whether any disciplinary action is warranted.
Teen who tried to walk across I-70 dies
O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) - A teenager struck by a car earlier this week while trying to walk across Interstate 70 in suburban St. Louis has died from his injuries.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 17-year-old Noah Jones of O'Fallon, Mo., died Tuesday afternoon at a hospital.
Police say Jones crossed the eastbound lanes of the interstate just before 9:30 a.m. Monday, but couldn't get over an 8-foot-tall median. When he turned to go back he was hit by a Pontiac Grand Prix. The driver of the car is not expected to face charges.
Missouri man denies prostituting wife in ND
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Missouri man has pleaded not guilty to prostituting his 41-year-old wife at a hotel in North Dakota's capital city.
Bismarck police arrested 67-year-old Marvin Lord in early February. The Bismarck Tribune reports that hotel staff alerted authorities.
Lord's wife is from China and doesn't speak English. She pleaded guilty to prostitution charges and spent two weeks in jail.
Lord appeared in court Tuesday and is currently being held in the county jail.
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