St. Louis, MO – A state appeals court in St. Louis yesterday said police may get a search warrant for a blood sample if a drunken-driving suspect refuses a breath test.
The ruling preserves how authorities handle DWI cases statewide. At issue was whether drunken-driving suspects could avoid giving blood or urine samples by first refusing a Breathalyzer test. Current state law says no test shall be given to a DWI suspect if he or she refuses.
But the judges said that applies only to police who seek other tests without a warrant.
Jefferson City, MO – Natural gas prices could rise this winter. Warren Wood-the Missouri Public Service Commission's energy department manager-says the average gas customer in the state could pay about 100 dollars more this winter than last year.
St. Louis, MO – A group of plaintiffs led by St. Louis radio personality Lizz Brown claims St. Louis schools interim superintendent William Roberti is unqualified to serve as head of the district because he has not met state certification requirements.
Plaintiffs' attorney Donnell Smith says not having an experienced educator leading the district causes "irreparable harm" to students.
Columbia, MO – The University of Missouri today permanently dismissed Ricky Clemons from the basketball program, ending his troubled tenure with the Tigers.
Clemons earlier pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in a case involving a woman who said she was choked and held against her will at his Columbia apartment last year. Then Clemons was involved in an ATV crash near the home of the MU president on the night of July fourth. He was supposed to be serving his sentence in a halfway house.
Collinsville, ILL – A jockey from the Metro-East is still hospitalized after he was thrown from his horse this weekend in Collinsville.
Christopher Quinn, of Fairmont City, was riding "Wiley Hunt" at Fairmont Park Race Track Saturday night when another horse clipped his. Quinn was trampled after he fell off the horse. A hospital spokeswoman yesterday listed Quinn in critical condition.
Fairmount Park spokesman Jon Sloane says state investigators have ruled the collision an accident.
St. Loius, MO – Two sides in a lawsuit over the St. Louis School Board loan plan are trying to reach an accord.
The suit deals with the board's attempt to borrow money from the desegregation settlement fund. The lawyer who represented students in that desegregation case, William Taylor, is negotiating with the Board.