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Missouri high court rules against caps for some punitive damages

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The Missouri Supreme Court brushed by the legislature’s limits on punitive damages this week, saying they don’t apply to a $1 million verdict a jury awarded to an Excelsior Springs woman. The woman, Lillian M. Lewellen, received the judgment in 2012 after she was defrauded by car dealer Chad Franklin.

$4.1M verdict against KC-area car dealer

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A Clay County jury has returned a $4.1 million verdict against Chad Franklin and his car dealership in a state Merchandising Practices Act case.

10 ways your home could be breaking the law - without you even knowing it

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If you've worked on improving your home or garden, it's worth bearing in mind that there are various ways in which you could be unknowingly falling foul of the law. From putting up a fence to vacuuming out of hours, here are 10 ways your home could be breaking the law without you knowing.

04/22/2018 03:59 AM

Indiana collecting more DNA samples after new law

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Numbers indicate the Indiana State Police lab has had an average of 4,200 DNA samples tested each month from January to March this year, up from 1,100 a month last year. All state county jails are providing samples.

04/21/2018 11:52 PM

Feds say 'overwhelmed' mailman stashed 17,000 pieces of mail

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A postal worker in Brooklyn was charged after law enforcement officials discovered more than 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail in his possession, according to a criminal complaint. Aleksey Germash, 53, allegedly had pieces of undelivered mail in at his home, car and work locker.

04/21/2018 07:33 PM

Man who shot 2 deputies in Florida was mystery to neighbors

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A man who investigators say killed two sheriff's deputies in rural north Florida was a mystery figure in the small agricultural community rocked by the shooting. John Hubert Highnote, 58, had bought a house on a quiet, tree-lined dirt road outside of the tiny town of Bell in 2010, but didn't speak to neighbors and wasn't familiar at the few restaurants or shops on Main Street.

04/21/2018 03:01 PM

Trump says he doesna t think personal lawyer will a flipa

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President Donald Trump said Saturday that he doesn't expect Michael Cohen, his longtime personal lawyer and fixer, to "flip" as the government investigates Cohen's business dealings. Trump, in a series of tweets, accused The New York Times and one of its reporters of "going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will 'flip'" - a term that can mean cooperating with the government in exchange for leniency.

04/21/2018 10:27 AM

Dad stabbed to death as daughter sits in lap at restaurant Source: AP

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A homeless man was charged Friday with murder in a random attack on a California father who was stabbed in the neck as his 5-year-old daughter sat in his lap in a crowded beachside steakhouse. Jamal Jackson, 49, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 35-year-old Anthony Mele.

04/21/2018 05:45 AM

Lobbyist tied to condo leased by EPA chief retires from firm

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In this Tuesday, April 3, 2018, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt attends a news conference at the EPA in Washington, on his decision to scrap Obama administration fuel standards. The fossil-fuels lobbyist tied to the bargain-priced Capitol Hill condo leased by Pruitt is taking early retirement as a result of the scandal.

04/21/2018 01:12 AM

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens charged over charity donor list Source: AP

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St. Louis prosecutors on Friday charged Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens with a felony for using a charity donor list for his 2016 political campaign, adding to the woes of the first-term Republican governor who responded by calling it another effort to "smear" him. The charge of tampering with computer data is in addition to an earlier charge alleging Greitens took and transmitted a nonconsensual photo of a partially nude woman with whom he had an extramarital affair in 2015.

04/20/2018 11:00 PM

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens charged over charity donor list

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In this April 11, 2018, file photo, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks at a news conference in Jefferson City, Mo., about allegations related to an extramarital affair with his hairdresser. Accused of sexual and political misconduct, Greitens is defying calls to resign from top lawmakers in his own party while instead banking on steady support from the voters who backed his populist campaign against "corrupt insiders" and "career politicians."

04/20/2018 11:00 PM

Mother who put children in suitcase charged with child abuse

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In this Wednesday, April 18, 2018 photo, officers investigate after two infant children were allegedly left in a suitcase along West Pierson Pierson Road in Flint, Mich. Both children were taken to a local hospital and listed in good condition.

04/20/2018 08:37 PM

Province's $6.5M will help women escape violence, Public Safety Minister announces

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Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth has just announced nearly $6.5 million in grants to help women escaping violence and other crime prevention initiatives. "Sharing proceeds of crime back with communities, to prevent crime and victimization and help victims to become survivors, is one more way we're enhancing the services that people count on," said Farnworth in a release.

04/20/2018 03:59 PM

Investigators focused on family of 4 in unsolved killings

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A prosecutor says the investigation of the unsolved killings of eight Ohio family members nearly two years ago remains focused on a family of four that left the state for Alaska. Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk also tells the Cincinnati Enquirer two agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and a member of the Pike County Sheriff's Office work full-time on the case.

04/20/2018 01:36 PM

Increase in arsons across West Sussex last year

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Fire services in West Sussex saw an increase in the number of arson attacks on homes last year, figures from the Home Office show. In the 12 months to September 2017, the most recent data available, the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service attended 36 deliberately started house fires, 16% more than the previous year.

04/20/2018 08:53 AM

Judge to hear arguments about delaying Stormy Daniels case Source: AP

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04/20/2018 04:14 AM

California man charged with hate crimes over threats to Jews

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A Southern California man pleaded not guilty Thursday to hate crimes after prosecutors say he threatened prominent members of the Jewish community and had with a "kill list" that included the names of people in the entertainment industry. Nicholas Rose of Irvine pleaded not guilty to making criminal threats and violating civil rights, with sentencing enhancements for hate crimes.

04/20/2018 01:54 AM

Evidence of an oil spill was obvious, but was it a crime?

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In this May 21, 2015, file photo, workers prepare an oil containment boom at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., two days after a ruptured pipeline created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years. A Texas company that owns an oil pipeline that spilled 140,000 gallons of crude along the Santa Barbara coast faces a criminal trial three years after the disaster.

04/19/2018 11:37 PM

Anti-abortion politicians push efforts to prosecute women

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In Idaho, Republicans competing in a crowded field for governor have made it a major campaign issue ahead of the May 15 primary. One candidate promised to back a long-shot effort that would allow women to be prosecuted for getting abortions, and another offered tepid support but doubted it would survive a legal challenge.

04/19/2018 07:08 PM




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