(Kansas City, MO) – A special prosecutor has been appointed to investigate the fatal shooting of a Kansas City man by police officers. Some local clergy and civil rights activists have criticized the shooting of Malcolm Johnson, 31. Rachel Smith, a district attorney in the St. Louis County District Attorney’s Office will determine if the shooting was justified. Jackson County District Attorney Jean Peters Baker had requested the special prosecutor because his office indicted Johnson in another fatal unrelated shooting in 2014. Officers shot Johnson at a convenience store last March.
(St. Louis, MO) – St. Louis County Council plans to meet with public health officials on Thursday to discuss a mask warrant. The council has once again delayed its decision. He has repeatedly rejected warrants after voting to overturn a mask order issued late last month by county executive Sam Page. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has filed a lawsuit to block the order. A county judge ruled last week that the mask warrant could not be enforced until the court rendered a final judgment in the case.
(Oxford, MS) – A plea deal is expected to be filed with a Mississippi court on Friday in the shooting death of a St. Louis student. Ally Kostial’s ex-boyfriend is accused of killing her two years ago during her freshman year at Ole Miss. The case was essentially put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic. His former classmate Brandon Theesfield is expected to be sentenced to life in prison when he pleads guilty to first degree murder. When Theesfield was arrested, police found blood on his clothes and a gun in his truck.
(Eureka, MO) – Plans have been revealed to restore a historic Route 66 bridge in Eureka. Great Rivers Greenway says it is working with Missouri State Parks and the Parks Foundation on the project. The 90-year-old bridge is in poor condition and was threatened with demolition five years ago. A team of engineers was assembled to evaluate the bridge and confirm the estimated cost of its restoration at nine million dollars. Project partners will cover six million and the rest will come from private donations and grants.
(St. Louis, MO) – The St. Louis Cardinals are calling this his final season. The team have reached a deal on a one-year, $ 10 million contract with veteran wide receiver Yadier Molina. This will be the future Hall of Fame catcher’s 19th season in St. Louis. He had won nine Gold Glove awards and two World Series titles. The 39-year-old star is a nine-time member of the National League All-Star Team. This season, he’s reached 0.259 with eight home runs and 51 RBIs. He’s caught up to 43 percent of runners who attempted to steal a base – the league average is 25 percent.