Criminal Justice

Judge puts off ruling in Missouri illegal gambling case

BY: - February 26, 2021

LINNEUS — A  Linn County judge said Thursday he needed time to determine whether games seized in a Brookfield Eagles Lodge are illegal slot machines or a legal raffle. Associate Circuit Judge William Devoy didn’t say when he would rule whether the felony charge against Florida-based Tritium International Consulting would go to trial in circuit […]

Missouri Gaming Commission strife continues over secret report

BY: - February 24, 2021

The person making accusations that Missouri Gaming Commission staff altered or omitted important material from licensing investigation reports is “a coward” for not coming forward, a member of the commission said Wednesday. During the regular monthly meeting of the commission, Dan Finney renewed his criticism of the decision to spend almost $400,000 to investigate the […]

Deskin’s gum dispenser: 1913 ruling seen as key to Missouri illegal gambling cases

BY: - February 24, 2021

Sometime around 1911, George Deskin opened a lunchroom in Moberly about a block from the railroad yards that made the north Missouri community a prosperous place. Along with meals, Deskin’s restaurant offered a game in the form of a gum dispenser. For a nickel, patrons could buy gum and potentially win 10 cents to $1 […]

‘Imaginary friend’: Missouri Gaming Commissioners fight over secret report on licensing

BY: - February 23, 2021

A report on Missouri Gaming Commission license investigations, so secret only the five commissioners themselves have seen it, is the fruit of “imaginary” allegations from Chairman Mike Leara, a fellow commissioner said Monday. Dan Finney, in a statement to The Independent, said the report “finds the allegations unsubstantiated and does not identify the informant” who […]

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Bill increasing penalties for protesters wins initial approval in Missouri Senate

BY: - February 23, 2021

Republican state Senators advanced sweeping legislation early Tuesday morning aimed at penalizing protestors who block streets, while also providing further protections for law enforcement under investigation for misconduct or excessive force. The bill also aims to prevent municipalities from decreasing the budgets for law enforcement agencies in Missouri by more than 12 percent over five […]

Top Hawley aide to be questioned in Democrat lawsuit alleging Sunshine Law violation

BY: - February 19, 2021

Democrats are seeking to question one of U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley’s longtime advisers as part of a lawsuit alleging the attorney general’s office under Hawley knowingly violated Missouri’s open records laws. On Thursday, a subpoena was issued for Daniel Hartman, who served as Hawley’s chief of staff during his short tenure as Missouri attorney general […]

With gun deaths climbing, Missouri lawmakers push to loosen firearm restrictions

BY: - February 15, 2021

While Missouri continues to struggle with one of the highest rates of gun deaths in the country, Republican lawmakers are advancing a litany of bills aimed at further loosening the state’s gun laws.  One proposal would allow guns on college campuses, while another would ban churches from prohibiting guns in places of worship. Others aim […]

‘Road to hell’: Students who faced abuse at Missouri boarding schools call for action

BY: - February 10, 2021

Thrown to the ground and restrained for hours. Forced to eat food they had thrown up. Silenced with duct-tape over their mouths. Beaten without immediate medical care. Those were just some of instances of the horrific physical and sexual abuse former residents, parents and staff described witnessing in youth residential facilities within Missouri and across […]

Missouri Gaming Commission spent $400K on licensing report. It won’t make it public

BY: - February 8, 2021

The Missouri Gaming Commission is citing attorney-client privilege for refusing to release a report on how it conducts licensing investigations. The report, prepared by a Kansas City law firm at a cost of almost $400,000, was received by the five-member commission during a closed session Jan. 27. When The Independent filed a Sunshine Law request […]

Federal appeals court sides with journalists who were tear-gassed in Ferguson protests

BY: - February 6, 2021

On the fifth day of the Ferguson protests in August 2014, St. Charles County sent their SWAT team in armored military vehicles to help block off West Florissant Avenue, which was considered “Ground Zero” for the protests.  Ash-har Quraishi, Marla Cichowski and Sam Winslade — reporters who were working for Al Jazeera America news network […]

Bill to ban chokeholds now paired with controversial residency bill for Kansas City police

BY: - February 2, 2021

Just as a criminal justice reform bill appeared to be gaining traction in the Missouri Senate, it was attached on Monday to a controversial measure to eliminate the requirement that Kansas City police officers live in the city. On its own, Democratic Sen. Brian Williams’ bill would ban police chokeholds, specifically neck restraints that restrict […]

Missouri Republican legislator indicted for fraud, illegal prescriptions

BY: - February 1, 2021

A freshman lawmaker from southwest Missouri was charged Monday in a 20-count federal indictment alleging she sold fake stem-cell treatments and illegally prescribed narcotics at her medical practice in Springfield. State Rep. Tricia Derges, R-Nixa, appeared Monday before Magistrate Judge David P. Rush, who released her without bail as she awaits a trial date. The […]