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Missouri woman charged with murder in alleged road-rage crash

Anyone who has driven in rush hour traffic likely knows the frustration of it. However, most people accept that there is little that they can do and so wait relatively patiently. Unfortunately, police have recently accused a Missouri woman of murder due to an incident that allegedly resulted because she was annoyed with traffic.

The incident happened on a day in November. The 46-year-old woman now facing criminal charges allegedly told police that she was upset because she was stuck in traffic when she needed to get to the bank to make a payment. She reportedly claims that she began "nudging" the vehicle in front of her but ultimately decided to "hit it full out."

Missouri woman hit by wrong-way vehicle accused of drunk driving

There are many actions that a driver can take to avoid an accident. Unfortunately, there is often little a person can do when a wrong-way driver is headed in his or her direction. In fact, police reports indicate that a woman in Missouri is suspected of driving the wrong way and causing a collision. However, the woman driving the vehicle the alleged wrong-way driver struck now faces drunk driving charges.

The incident happened during the early morning hours of a day in early November. According to reports, a 51-year-old woman was leaving a strip club when she began driving the wrong way on a Missouri road. Police claim that she drove approximately two miles before she struck a sedan headed in the correct direction. A third vehicle ultimately became involved in the collision.

Altercation on Black Friday in Missouri leads to assault charges

For many people in Missouri and across the country, the day after Thanksgiving -- Black Friday -- is a day to take advantage of deals at retail stores. Large crowds at stores that offer significant enticements in combination with a limit on the number of products sold at a certain price can lead to conflict. However, the reason for a recent altercation at a mall is unclear even though two teenagers were arrested and charged with assault.

Police reportedly responded to the disturbance around 4 p.m. A news crew at the scene claimed that there was a large police presence. According to reports, "a large group of people" were involved in a fight.

Search at local Missouri business leads to drug charges

In many cases, the reason why a person faces criminal charges may seem fairly obvious. In others, however, it may not seem as clear. For example, a man in Missouri now faces drug charges after law enforcement officials served a search warrant on a business.

The business, Southern Missouri Judicial Services, is described as having a focus on security and private investigation. The services it provides involves surveillance, GPS ankle bracelets and fire fraud investigations, among others. However, law enforcement officials recently served a search warrant on the business. Though the reason the warrant was requested is unclear, officials claim that they discovered narcotics paraphernalia and controlled substances in the search. Electronic storage devices were also seized.

Man arrested in Missouri romance fraud case

The internet has revolutionized the way people conduct business and maintain relationships. Often, it allows people who are hundreds of miles apart an opportunity to connect with others in a way that they would never be able to without the internet and social media. However, it also leaves people vulnerable to certain allegations. In fact, a man has recently been indicted on federal fraud charges in Missouri.

The incident involves a man who lives in another state. Law enforcement officials have accused the man of "victimizing" 13 people over the course of a two-year period. The 33-year-old -- as well as his alleged co-conspirators -- is reportedly a naturalized U.S. citizen who contacted people who had posted advertisements on dating websites or through their personal websites.

2 Missouri teens charged with murder in alleged botched robbery

For many teenagers in Missouri, life is filled with homework and planning for the future. However, police say that three teens have recently been charged, following an alleged robbery that was reportedly botched. Two of the teens are accused of murder.

The incident is said to have happened at approximately 7:30 a.m. on a day in October. According to reports, the alleged victim was attempting to park his car when he was approached by what reports describe as an "armed robber." The victim was reportedly also armed, and an exchange of gunfire allegedly ensued; it is unclear who fired the first shot.

Missouri wrong-way accident results in drunk driving arrest

Anyone who has driven late at night -- even on familiar roads -- likely knows how easy it is to become disoriented. Such disorientation could make it easy to make a wrong turn, potentially causing an accident. Unfortunately, police in Missouri claim that a driver was drunk driving when he headed the wrong way on an interstate and caused an accident that injured two people.

The incident happened one night on a day in Missouri. According to reports, a 52-year-old man was in the southbound lanes headed north. Unfortunately, police say that his vehicle struck a southbound vehicle head-on.

Missouri woman, former city clerk, charged with embezzlement

When people in Missouri work at jobs that require them to handle money, they likely want certain safeguards in place to prevent them from facing accusations of misdeeds in the event that money should go missing. Unfortunately, there are a variety of different reasons why money might appear to go missing, including simple errors that are not related to a crime. Despite this, a retired city clerk now faces accusations of embezzlement.

The 69-year-old woman reportedly worked as a city clerk for approximately 40 years. Now retired, she faces federal accusations that she stole money from the city. According to a U.S. attorney, she ran what he termed a "check for cash" scheme to embezzle money.

Video gambling machine owners could be in trouble

If you have been to a bar or gas station in St. Louis, chances are you have seen some slots or video poker machines near the side of the facility. If you own a similar establishment, you might start thinking it could be a good investment to attract potential customers. People spend thousands of dollars on these machines every year and there are several of them all over the city, so it should be all right to own one in your place. Right?

Unfortunately, it is not that straightforward. Earlier this year, police began cracking down on video gambling machines that are illegal to possess in any place that is not a casino or gambling boat approved by the Missouri Gaming Commission. If you or someone you know has a video gambling machine in an establishment, it is important to know what potential charges will await those that have these illegal devices in their vicinity.

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