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Dispute between Missouri cousins leads to murder charge

The relationship between family members can often become volatile, especially if there is money involved. Though these disputes may lead to anger and arguments, they rarely lead to violence. Despite this, a man in Missouri is now charged with murder in connection to the death of his cousin.

The incident that led to a fatality and subsequent arrest reportedly happened during the evening hours of a day in early June. According to reports, police discovered a 26-year-old man lying in the street, reportedly suffering from several gunshot wounds. He was transported to the hospital but ultimately passed away.

Company's CFO charged with fraud in Missouri

Those who have positions of power in a company have multiple important decisions to make that could ultimately impact a company's success and the jobs of several people. Unfortunately, those in such positions also face additional scrutiny should something go wrong -- such as if money goes missing. Unfortunately, a chief financial officer in Missouri now faces accusations of fraud.

The 45-year-old man now faces three counts of wire fraud. Reports indicate that the man was employed by The Boyd Group, a company that runs Boyd Sleep, Accent Furniture and The Bedroom Store. Prosecutors have accused him of stealing approximately $3.8 million from the company.

Assault charge, termination for Missouri officer

Most people would agree that police officers have difficult jobs. In addition to their lives being at risk, their interactions with those charged with a crime can create a great deal of stress. Unfortunately, an officer in Missouri who was fired as a result of an interaction with a prisoner now faces an assault charge as well.

The incident that led to the charge reportedly happened on a day in April; it is said to have been caught on surveillance video. The alleged victim in the situation was reportedly in court as a result of violating a court order. Footage initially shows the inmate sitting on one side of a table with the officer standing on the other.

Missouri woman accused of drunk driving following crash

Even drivers who have spent hundreds of hours behind the wheel of a vehicle have moments when they panic while driving. A slight miscalculation can easily cause someone to overcorrect, resulting in an accident. Despite this, police in Missouri believe that a woman was drunk driving when she was reportedly involved in a single-vehicle accident that sent her to the hospital.

The accident that resulted in the woman's arrest happened just before 7 p.m. on a day in mid-May. According to reports, a 26-year-old woman's car ran off the road and struck guardrails several times before ultimately coming to a stop after striking a large rock and several small trees. She was wearing her seatbelt at the time; reports indicate that her vehicle was totaled.

Missouri community college accuses employee of embezzlement

Most people in Missouri work hard at their jobs. Many dedicate large portions of their lives to one employer. Unfortunately, one man who has worked at a community college since 1992 is now being accused of embezzlement.

Reports indicate that the man was the manager of the college's Workforce Solutions Group. As part of the fund associated with this job, businesses can hire the college for employee training or receive reimbursement from the fund if they choose to hire a third-party trainer. The college claims that they were notified of potential irregularities with the fund -- of which the man now accused allegedly was the only person with access -- in late April.

Missouri police officer charged with assault in on-duty shooting

Police officers have difficult jobs. They frequently put their own lives at risk while trying to protect the lives and property of others. Often, they must make decisions in the heat of a moment that could make the difference between suffering a personal injury or returning home safely to their families after their shift. Unfortunately, an officer in Missouri is now charged with second-degree assault following what she describes as an "innocent mistake."

The incident that led to criminal charges against the police officer reportedly happened on a day in April. The 37-year-old officer became involved with a 33-year-old woman after receiving a call from a grocery store; the caller reported that two women left the store without paying. The officer reportedly confronted one of the women in the parking lot, and a "struggle" ensued.

What are the field sobriety tests in Missouri?

In recent history, law enforcement has acquired more sophisticated ways of testing whether or not a driver is under the influence. Specifically, breathalyzer tests can almost instantly determine the level of alcohol in a person’s blood.

However, the field tests that predate this technology are still used by officers today — especially when a driver is suspected of being under the influence of a prescription, over-the-counter or illegal drug. Here are the tests you could be asked to perform in Missouri.

Missouri man faces life in prison over drunk driving allegations

The criminal justice system is often complicated. In addition to court proceedings, there are often unique circumstances that could lead to more severe punishments and charges. For example, a man in Missouri could potentially spend the rest of his life in prison after being charged with his seventh drunk driving offense.

The most recent incident that led to an arrest warrant for the 56-year-old man happened on a day in early August. According to reports, a witness claims to have seen a male driver run over several curbs. The same witness also claims to have seen the driver strike a parked car as he attempted to park his vehicle at an apartment complex.

Are police sketches accurate?

Police sketches are old as our entire justice system. Yet, they’re still being used today as one method for identifying the perpetrator of a crime.

But, as the United States has aged, many of its city populations have grown to hold more faces that could potentially match the vague image of a police sketch. Is this dated method of crime solving now doing more harm than good?

Missouri college student charged with assault due to protest

Most people in Missouri and across the country would agree that many people in the United States have strongly held political beliefs that they would go to great lengths to protect. Unfortunately, opposing views can often lead to conflict. In fact, a college student has recently been charged with assault due to his alleged actions in a protest.

The events that led to the 23-year-old man's arrest reportedly happened on a college campus on a day in mid-April. Reports indicate that the man and several others were protesting a talk given by a controversial political commentator. The school's chancellor acknowledged that opposition to the speaker had sparked peaceful protests earlier in the day.

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