10 months later, body in river still a mystery
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) - More than 10 months after a woman's body was found in the Mississippi River near Hannibal, Missouri, the case remains a mystery.
Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn told the Hannibal Courier-Post that his department is revisiting old leads trying to solve the mystery. The death of the still-unidentified woman is being investigated as a homicide. Authorities do not believe she is from the Hannibal area.
The body was found about two miles south of Hannibal on Sept. 15, 2013. Police believe the woman toured Mark Twain Cave in Hannibal two days earlier, with a man and a woman. Police have been unable to track them down.
Authorities believe the woman was between 15 and 30 years old, 5-foot-3 and about 135 pounds.
Former Missouri police chief pleads guilty
JACKSON, Mo. (AP) - The former police chief of Perryville, Missouri, has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of making a false report and will serve 10 days in jail
The Southeast Missourian reports that as part of a plea agreement, Keith Tarrillion on Wednesday surrendered his police license. He received a six-month suspended jail sentence and will serve 10 days in jail - in two-day increments throughout August. He was also placed on probation for one year.
Tarrillion was originally charged with a felony alleging insurance fraud. Authorities said in January that Tarrillion filed a false police report claiming vandalism to a hot tub and table at his home and received $5,400 from his insurer. He resigned as chief in April 2013 after the allegations surfaced.
New Madrid County inmates moving to new jail
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (AP) - The Pemiscot County Jail will house prisoners from a neighboring southeast Missouri county, at least for the next six months.
The Sikeston Standard Democrat reports that the New Madrid County Commission has agreed to pay Pemiscot County $30 per prisoner per day.
The New Madrid County Commission voted earlier this month to move inmates out of its jail, saying it was too costly to make improvements required by the county's insurer. Inmates since then have been housed in another nearby county, Scott County.
Missouri Lottery says game choices affect funding
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Lottery says a decline in the money it provided to education is due partly to the types of Lottery games people chose to play.
The amount of proceeds transferred to education declined by $21.5 million during the state's recently concluded budget year, despite record high sales by the Lottery.
Lottery spokesman Gary Gonder says the sales figures are driven partly by scratch-off games, which typically pay more in prizes and thus less to education. He says sales of the more profitable Powerball game actually were down from the 2013 budget year, which contributed to the decline in education funding.
Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered a review of the Lottery's operations to determine whether it can provide a stable funding source to education.
SPIDER MAN-HOSPITAL WINDOWS
Costumed St. Louis window washers delight patients
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Window washers dressed as Spider-Man are delighting young patients at St. Louis Children's Hospital.
Despite temperatures in the upper 80s earlier this week, Matt McGehee and Andy Weeks couldn't bring themselves to pull off their hoods and full-body superhero suits.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that for the past year and a half, they and the crew from ALLGLASS Window Cleaning have been doing their work at the hospital dressed as superheroes. McGehee says they do it for the kids. Other hospitals around the country also use costumed window washers.
Beth Damsgaard-Rodriguez says it's the first time she'd seen son 10-year-old son Jacob smile in a couple of days. He had an appendectomy after a painful burst appendix.
Chiefs make series of moves ahead of practice
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - The Chiefs signed offensive tackle Ryan Harris and linebacker Josh Mauga while waiving linebacker DeRon Furr on Thursday before their first full-squad practice of training camp.
Of course, the big news of the day is the arrival of Jamaal Charles. The Pro Bowl running back was expected at practice after agreeing to terms on a two-year contract extension that will result in $18 million in additional money and keep him with the Chiefs through the 2017 season.
Outside linebacker Justin Houston is also expected at camp after skipping the entire offseason as he angles for a new deal. He's entering the final year of his rookie contract.
The Chiefs have also placed fullback James Baker on the reserve/did not report list.
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