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Missouri teen accused of murder in parents' death

The vast majority of teenagers in Missouri and across the country likely experience some degree of conflict with their parents. Often, adolescents may be unable to appropriately express their emotions following a dispute, but conflict rarely results in violence. Unfortunately, law enforcement officials have recently charged a teenager of murder following the death of her parents.

The deaths reportedly happened earlier in the year. Police say that the 15-year-old girl initially told them that her parents died during a robbery. Soon after, they say, she changed her story to say that her 38-year-old father had shot her 37-year-old mother, and then the teenager shot her father. Police discovered the bodies of the two victims in their home.

Missouri police search for woman accused of theft from dog rescue

There are multiple different organizations in Missouri and across the country dedicated to helping. Each organization has different goals, with some focused on helping animals. Unfortunately, a dog rescue now claims that it was the victim of theft.

The organization claims that a former treasurer stole approximately $120,000 from the group during between Nov. 2016 and Sept. 2017. A representative for Mac's Mission, the organization allegedly involved, claims that once the theft was discovered in Oct. 2017, representatives immediately notified authorities and have cooperated with the investigation ever since. It is unclear how the alleged crime was discovered.

Avoiding a bribery charge in Missouri

For many business professionals, the temptation to bribe colleagues and bosses proves apparent. Hoping to receive more compensation, authority or special treatment for specific job promotions constitutes a legal criminal action in many respects.

If a court finds you guilty of bribery, you may subject yourself to serious consequences in Missouri. To avoid criminal charges, all company employees should avoid attempting to persuade colleagues by means of collateral, or you and your business entity could find yourselves in personal and company turmoil.

Missouri sheriff, deputy face assault, multiple other charges

Law enforcement officers have difficult jobs. Often, they are tasked to deal with dangerous criminals and frequently face public criticism. Unfortunately, a Missouri sheriff and a deputy now face criminal charges, including assault.

The 48-year-old sheriff was first elected in 2012. Since his election, several employees have left or been terminated. However, his actions came under additional scrutiny, reportedly in part due to his relationship with a 38-year-old woman he reportedly had a romantic relationship with and hired to serve as a deputy under him.

Drunk driving claim after Missouri crash with serious injuries

It may be difficult to accurately estimate the number people who been saved from serious injuries or from losing their lives due to the use of safety belts. Though many people in Missouri benefit from these safety devices, they are only effective if a driver or passenger chooses to utilize them. Unfortunately, a man in Missouri now faces accusations of drunk driving and other related charges following a crash that left a passenger in his vehicle -- who was not wearing a safety belt -- suffering serious injuries.

The incident is said to have happened on a Saturday morning in mid-July. According to reports, a 44-year-old man was driving on a Missouri road. Unfortunately, he was allegedly unable to negotiate a turn, causing his vehicle to exit the roadway.

Missouri man charged with assault, arson

When a crime is believed to have been committed, police often want to quickly make an arrest. However, it often takes time to gather sufficient evidence to truly understand what happened and why. Often, when an arrest is quickly made, it happens without a full picture of actual events. For example, there are many unanswered questions following the recent arrest of man in Missouri on assault and arson charges.

The incident that led to the man's arrest happened on a day in early July. Police say that emergency responders were called to the scene due to a fire. According to reports, first responders discovered a fully involved vehicle fire at the scene.

Missouri man accused of embezzlement by employer

The average person in Missouri likely has little experience with the criminal justice system. If an individual is accused of a crime, he or she may unfortunately have little idea how to respond to such accusations. Unfortunately, a man may now be unsure of his legal options after he was recently indicted on embezzlement charges.

The indictment was handed down on a day in early June. The defendant is a 44-year-old man, facing accusations of embezzling from his employer, Brewer Science. He was reportedly hired to serve as the company's director of information systems in 2001. At that time, reports indicate, he was given a company credit card to allow him to buy computer equipment and software for the company.

Investigation ongoing in Missouri despite murder charge

When a person dies under suspicious circumstances, both surviving family members and the community as a whole wants -- understandably -- answers. However, in the haste to provide these answers, it may be easy for law enforcement officials to fail to address certain issues surrounding a case. For example, there are many unanswered questions after a man in Missouri was charged with murder.

The incident happened on a day in June. According to reports, the victim was discovered after he died at his home. Reports indicate that he suffered from a slit throat and stab wounds.

What constitutes a misdemeanor in Missouri?

A misdemeanor, by definition, is a “lesser crime.” In contrast to felonies, misdemeanors are punishable by a fine and/or county jail time for up to a year. Offenders who are charged with a misdemeanor alone will not face a state prison term. They will also be tried in a local court.

Some of the common misdemeanors we may think of are petty theft, trespassing, vandalism, possession of cannabis and public intoxication. However, the types of crimes that are considered misdemeanors depend on state jurisdiction and can be classified differently. Here are a few common examples of Missouri misdemeanors:

Missouri man's DWI conviction is overturned by appeals court

When it comes to law enforcement officials, there are many in Missouri who are committed to ensuring that justice is served. Unfortunately, there are also those are who committed to obtaining a conviction regardless of the evidence in a case. However, there must be sufficient evidence to prove that a person is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in order to convict the individual, despite any past interactions with the law. For example, it cannot be assumed that a person was DWI simply because he or she was previously convicted of doing so.

Even if a person is convicted of a crime, they still have the option of appealing the verdict. In fact, a man in Missouri has recently successfully appealed his conviction of driving while intoxicated. In 2015, passersby reportedly took the man home after they spotted him in a road near a crashed truck. A police officer claims that he discovered several empty and partially empty alcohol containers in the truck afterward.

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