(Tyrone) (AP) – Relatives will begin burying victims of a southern Missouri shooting spree this week.
Thirty-six-year-old Joseph Jesse Aldridge killed seven people late Thursday in four homes in the unincorporated town of Tyrone before killing himself.
Elliott-Gentry Funeral Home says services are planned for Thursday morning at the First General Baptist Church in Willow Springs for 52-year-old Garold Dee Aldridge, 47-year-old Julie Ann Aldridge, 50-year-old Harold Wayne Aldridge and 48-year-old Janell Arlisa Aldridge.
Arrangements are pending for 68-year-old Darrell Dean Shriver, 46-year-old Carey Dean Shriver and 44-year-old Valirea Love Shriver while a wounded relative recovers.
Bradford Funeral Home owner Doyle Bradford says relatives are planning a private service for Joseph Aldridge and his 74-year-old mother, Alice. She died of natural causes and was found in a home she shared with her son.
(Mammoth Spring) – A Mammoth Spring man faces rape charges after police say he had sex with a 13-year-old multiple times.
KAIT reports that 18-year-old Jacob Richardson was arrested last week and charged with 5 counts of rape. According to a police report, investigators interviewed the victim on January 20, and the victim said she had sex with Richardson a number of times between November 2014 and January 2015.
They later questioned Richardson, who allegedly corroborated the story and told police that he had sex with the girl multiple times, even after finding out she was underage.
At report time, Richardson was held in the Fulton County Jail.
(Salem) – A Missouri man faces felony gambling charges in Arkansas after police say slot machines were found operating in buildings that he owned.
KAIT-TV reports 71-year-old Doresy Williamson of Thayer was arrested after the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office served search warrants at 2 buildings on February 4. Officers found 6 slot machines during the search.
On Thursday, Williamson was arrested by the sheriff’s office and charged with felony operation of an illegal gambling house. He was also charged with 6 misdemeanor counts of gambling devices in a building.
At report time, Williamson was held on $5,000 bond, and he is scheduled to appear in circuit court on March 12.
(Texas County) – Eight Texas County residents suffered minor injuries Saturday in three separate accidents.
The first accident happened in Wright County just after 10:30 AM, when a westbound SUV driven by 46-year-old Kevin Stilley of Houston ran off-road after losing control on a snow-covered section of Highway 60 near Highway 5 South in Wright County. The vehicle then hit an embankment and overturned. Stilley and three passengers were taken to Cox Hosptial in Springfield.
The second accident happened at 1:08 PM on Highway 63 at Twin Bridges in Houston, when the southbound vehicle driven by 17-year-old Jared Lily of Licking was stopped in the roadway due to another vehicle. Lily’s van was then rear-ended by an SUV driven by 28-year-old Diannah Scott of Licking. Lily, a passenger in his vehicle, and an 8-year-old child in Scott’s vehicle were all taken to Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston to be treated for minor injuries.
The third accident happened at 1:15 PM in Howell County on Highway 63 just south of Pomona, when the northbound vehicle driven by60-year-old Janice Pearson of Cabool slid off-road and struck a snow embankment in the medial. Pearson sought her own treatment.
(Jefferson City) – Missouri Senators continue to work on Bill 174, which would create the “Missouri Achieving a Better Life Experience Program”. Bill sponsor Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) discusses the bill, which he says would create a tax-deductible savings account to help families with medical expenses:
Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) sponsors Senate Bill 82, which would require the Department of Health and Senior Services to strongly encourage all long-term care facilities to institute policies that will facilitate familial involvement in the well-being and support of its residents:
Both bills received first-round approval last week.
(West Plains) – If you’re planning a trip to a Spanish-speaking country soon and want to learn how to speak to the residents in their native language, you may want to consider enrolling in the Spanish for Travel class being offered at Missouri State University-West Plains by the Missouri State University Foreign Language Institute.
The class will meet from 6 to 8 PM every Thursday from March 19 through May 7 in Looney Hall Room 102, according to instructor Victoria Howerton. It is designed to teach those enrolled common words and phrases they can use to be understood while visiting the country, she explained.
The cost of the course is $150. To enroll, visit fli.missouristate.edu or call Howerton at 417-255-7943 for more information.
(West Plains) – Drury University is now accepting applications for the 3rd offering of their Professional Wellness Certificate.
The program will start on March 7, and will include a seated mini-session with online coursework to follow. This mini-session will be conducted by instructors Christy Hoover and Ann Leonard, and will include practical information on stress management and key wellness concepts. On a later date, esteemed chef Bryan Hathcock will give a healthy cooking demonstration, in which attendees will be able to sample his culinary creations.
The cost to register for the program is $25 per person with a discounted rate of $15 for students. However, if 2 of your employees join, the cost would be $40, 3 employees for $50, and 4 or more employees for just $65.
To sign up, call 417-257-5700.
(West Plains) – The 6th Annual Zizzer Throwdown Dodgeball Tournament will be held on Friday, April 24 at the West Plains High School Gymnasium.
The tournament starts at 6 PM. Currently, teams of up to 10 people are being sought for the event, at a cost of $5 per player. Admission to the event is $2, or $1 and a canned food item, with proceeds benefiting West Plains veterans at American Legion and the West Plains High School BETA Club
To find out more visit www.zizzers.org/dodgeball
(Washington) (AP) – The Supreme Court will decide whether a bank discriminated against the wives of two Missouri real estate developers by requiring them to guarantee their husbands’ business loans.
The justices said Monday they will hear an appeal of Valerie Hawkins and Janice Patterson, who claim the bank discriminated against them based on their marital status in violation of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.
A federal judge ruled that the law protects only those who apply for credit and not those who guarantee to secure debt. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed.
The women argue that the court ruling conflicts with Federal Reserve Board regulations that say the law covers credit guarantees.
The court will hear arguments in the case when it begins its new term in the fall.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 25-year-old Kayla M. Nguyen of O’Fallon was attempting to merge Sunday morning when her vehicle began to slide. The patrol says her vehicle went off the left side of the interstate before returning to the roadway and colliding with a tractor-trailer.
Emergency workers pronounced her dead at the scene.