Missouri Highway Patrol

Ferguson
4:27 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Johnson Pleads For Peace After Ferguson Demonstrations Flare Up

Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson speaks Wednesday during a press conference. He told reporters five people were arrested in Ferguson last night.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

After protests in Ferguson flared up overnight, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson says he’s ready to use the riot gear that became a staple of the August demonstrations over Michael Brown’s death.

But Johnson said he’s not willing to place automatically a larger police presence on West Florissant Avenue, adding that he’s monitoring the situation on a “day-by-day” basis.

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Leadership vacuum
10:30 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Stenger Says Ferguson Unrest Warranted County State Of Emergency Declaration

Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton, said the county should have brought into a state of emergency -- would he said would have filled a "leadership vacuum" that occurred after the Ferguson unrest began.
Credit Parth Shah | St. Louis Public Radio

Councilman Steve Stenger says St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley should have taken the county into a state of emergency at beginning of the unrest in Ferguson. 

Stenger, the Democratic nominee for county executive, said that move would have allowed Dooley to temporarily take control of the St. Louis County Police Department – which he said could have avoided a “leadership vacuum” throughout August.

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Mo. State Highway Patrol
1:18 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Audit of Mo. Hwy. Patrol Criticizes $5.6M Airplane Purchase, Examines School Bus Inspections

(Courtesy Hawker Beechcraft)

A state audit released today sharply criticizes the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) for spending $5.6 million on a new airplane.

According to the audit, the state of Missouri operated 23 aircraft prior to the purchase of the King Air 250.  State Auditor Tom Schweich (R) says that included five passenger airplanes. 

"There were 113 days in which none of the five existing planes flew, and there were no days in which all five of them flew," Schweich said.  "So that leads to the question about why do you need to spend $5.6 million on a new plane?"

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Winter Storm
5:04 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

St. Louis Area Wrestles Winter Storm Aftermath

A motorist is helped after encountering a snow drift on Highway 64 in Ladue, Mo. on February 21, 2013.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

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state airplane
5:31 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

More Questions Over Mo. Highway Patrol's $5.6M Airplane Purchase

MSHP Superintendent Col. Ron Replogle answers question from Senate budget writers about the $5.6M airplane purchase.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Lawmakers in the Missouri House and Senate continue to grill members of Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) administration as to why it was necessary to spend $5.6 million on a new airplane.

Colonel Ron Replogle of the Missouri State Highway Patrol told Senate budget writers on Wednesday that he made the call to buy the King Air 250.

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MSHP airplane
11:48 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Doug Nelson Confirmed As Mo. Commissioner Of Administration, Despite Airplane Concerns

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri senators have confirmed Gov. Jay Nixon's appointee to a key administrative post, despite concerns about his role in approving the purchase of a new $5.6 million airplane.


The Senate on Monday signed off on the appointment of Doug Nelson as Commissioner of Administration.


Nelson had been scheduled for confirmation last week. But that was delayed after lawmakers learned Nelson — as Acting Administration Commissioner — had approved the purchase of the plane by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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MSHP airplane
5:31 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Replogle Answers Questions About Mo. Hwy. Patrol's $5.6M Airplane

Mo. State Hwy. Patrol Col. Ron Replogle answers questions before the House Budget Committee regarding the Patrol's $5.6 million purchase of a new airplane.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol is defending the agency’s purchase of a new airplane.

Colonel Ron Replogle told House budget writers that it was his idea to buy the $5.6 million aircraft.  More than one committee member asked him about the quick timetable on the plane’s purchase, as the bid went out around December 6th and was awarded on the 17th.  Replogle says Beechcraft was offering a discount on that particular King Air 250 because it was a year-old model.

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MSHP airplane
6:43 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Mo. Senate Delays Confirmation Of Nixon's O.A. Chief Over Airplane Purchase

An example of a King Air 250 airplane -- the same type of aircraft purchased by the MSHP in December.
(Courtesy Hawker Beechcraft)

Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) choice to head up his Office of Administration will have to wait a bit longer before permanently taking over.


Acting Commissioner Doug Nelson’s confirmation is being delayed in the Missouri Senate after news broke that the State Highway Patrol spent around $5.6 million on a new airplane, which has been designated for use by the Governor and other statewide officials.  State Senator Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia), who sponsored Nelson’s nomination, first wants to know who made the decision to buy the plane, and why.

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MO Statehouse
1:04 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Concerns Raised Over Mo. Highway Patrol Purchase Of New $5.6M Plane

An example of a King Air 250 airplane - the same type of aircraft reported to have been purchased by the state in December.
(Courtesy Hawker Beechcraft)

Updated at 7:07 p.m. with comments from State Sen. Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City).

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Morning Round-Up
9:07 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Morning headlines - Monday, September 10, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Mo. traffic fatalities continue climbing

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says traffic deaths are taking a troubling turn upward this year.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says through Sept. 4, 554 people had died on Missouri roads, compared to 498 over the same period in 2011. Fatalities in 2011 reached their lowest total since the 1940s.

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