A judge in a St. Charles Court will consider a motion to limit the number of uniformed law enforcement officers in the courtroom during the trial of Serghei Comerzan.
Charlie James, Comerzan's attorney, says the troopers are trying to send a message to the judge to influence him. Additionally, he says it is a waste of taxpayer money for them to be present in the courtroom when it is not lawfully necessary.
Comerzan is charged with second degree murder of Missouri State Trooper James Bava on State Road FF in Audrain County in August of 2015. Authorities allege Comerzan was speeding on his motorcycle, and when Bava gave chase he lost control of his vehicle. He died in the crash.
The hearing is scheduled for 2:00. His trial is scheduled for April.
A home in Mexico sustained minor damage in a fire yesterday afternoon in the 800 block of Trinity.
Mexico Public Safety responded at around 3:23. The residents reported a fire in the kitchen of the home about an hour before seeing smoke coming from an outside attic vent.
Fire crews found a small fire in the attic around the stove exhaust duct. It was quickly contained and extinguished.
There were no injuries in the incident.
-A fight in progress at 935 West Buchanan
-suspicious activity at 1722 Huntingfield Drive, 522 Yale, 1600 Bassford and on South Clark
-fraud reported to 300 North Coal
-fire at 808 South Trinity
-shoplifting at 4820 South Clark
-missing juvenile in the 200 block of North Grand
-stealing at 121 West Anderson
-unwanted subject at 326 West Robinson
-and juvenile problems in the 600 block of East Monroe
Three teens were injured after the driver hit Wal-Mart in Mexico just before 8:00 last night.
According to a preliminary report from Mexico Public Safety, 19 year old Miranda Sutphin said she passed out before she hit the building.
Sutphin, Kelly Maggard and Bianca Westfall, both 17 years old, were taken by Audrain Ambulance District to SSM Health Audrain for what appeared to be minor injuries. All three were treated and released.
Wal-Mart had a bay door and nearby pole in the automotive department damaged in the crash.
-shots fired at 510 South Washington
-burglary in progress at 621 Yale
-traffic accident on Summit
-civil dispute at 812 South Union
-suspicious activity at 725 East Monroe and at Plunkett Park
-fire on Mansfield
-fraud at 920 Mars
-missing juvenile in the 900 block of Latney
-unwanted subject at 615 South Missouri
-careless driver on Green Boulevard and at 4820 South Clark
-burglar alarm at 2875 South Clark
-harassment at 420 West Monroe
-and trespassing at 621 Yale.
Nine people, including a Mexico woman have been arrested in connection to a multi-state drug trafficking conspiracy.
33 year old Louetta Dorsey was arrested yesterday when police and federal agents made a series of early morning raids in the St. Louis and Hannibal areas.
A federal grand jury handed down an indictment against 13 men and women in December. It was unsealed yesterday just before the arrests began.
According to the 19 page indictment, 45 year old Tyrone Williams of Hannibal and 31 year old Justin Woodson of St. Louis would obtain cocaine in Austin Texas and bring it to St. Louis where they hired couriers to transport the drugs to Hannibal where it was converted to crack cocaine for distribution.
Additionally the indictment alleges members of the conspiracy also distributed heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine in the Hannibal area, and in Eastern Missouri.
Dorsey went before a federal magistrate yesterday, and is being detained pending a detention hearing tomorrow.
-unwanted subjects at 1114 North Clark and 115 West Promenade
-traffic accidents on South Clark and on North Western
-domestic verbals in the 1100 block of North Clark
-civil disputes at 812 South Union and reported to 300 North Coal
-stealing reported to 300 North Coal
-scam at 2751 South Clark
-vehicle break in reported to 300 North Coal
-physical domestics in the 200 block of North Alabama and in the 100 block of North Mississippi
-utility problem at 3130 West Orange
-natural gas odor at 705 East Love
-drug activity in progress at 806 East Liberty
-suspicious activity at 2920 Lake Road
-and a search warrant served at 19 Marine Drive.
The Mexico School Board votes to cut the budget next year by approximately three hundred fifty thousand dollars.
Mexico Schools Superintendent Kevin Freeman says one the biggest cuts is to cap insurance at 95%.
Some of the other cuts include cutting back to paying half of employees memberships to the YMCA.
Freeman says the board also voted to operate the salary schedule.
The Board voted 7-0 to make the cuts to next years budget.
The Missouri Department of Transportation will be closing Route ZZ for culvert replacement on March 8.
The work will be done between Audrain County Route Z and Monroe County Route D.
Work is expected to be completed between the hours of 8 AM and 2 PM.
Motorists are asked to use a different route during this time.
A 32 year old Holts Summit man suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle crash yesterday afternoon on Missouri.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports Ryan Miller was riding an Indian Motorcycle when he lost control on a curve, approximately 863 feet east of Bennett Drive in Boone County.
The motorcycle then struck a culvert, became airborne then hit the ground ejecting Miller.
Miller was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.
The Mizzou Womens team is set to take on Ole Miss tonight at 7:00 in Mizzou Arena.
The Kansas City Royals will have Right hander Josh Staumont on the mound for their spring training opening game on Saturday against the Texas Rangers.
The St. Louis Cardinals are taking a secret team field trip today. The St. Louis Post reports Mike Matheny said there is a purpose to the trip that will be clear later, and he requests the team be left alone to do what they need to do.
One person was arrested on numerous charges after crashing his vehicle during a police chase in Audrain County last night around 11:30.
According to Larry Dudgeon, Centralia Chief of Police, 22 year old Dakota Mathews of rural Audrain County, failed to yield for a traffic stop in Centralia.
The chase ensued down Highway 22, to Route E. The chase ended when Mathews crashed his Ford Ranger into a ditch on Audrain County Road 360. He was not injured and was arrested at that location without further incident.
Mathews is being held in the Boone County Jail. The Audrain County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted in the incident.
A truck crashes into a propane tank causing a leak and an evacuation of the Break Time on Business Loop 70 East in Columbia this (Thursday) afternoon.
According to firefighters a truck was making a delivery to the gas station when it backed into the propane tank.
The electricity was turned off to the Break Time for a while, employees were later able to return to work.
The area of the propane tank is blocked off.
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has not flown on a state airplane, and is instead using private donors and campaign funds to pay for flights.
Greitens Chief of Staff, Michael Roche, said the governor is committed to spending as little of the taxpayers money as possible for travel.
Campaign funds were used to pay for a recent commercial flight to Washington, and to finance a private plane to fly to southern Missouri for ceremonial signings of a the right to work law prohibiting mandatory union fees.
The Mizzou Mens Basketball Team fell to the Kentucky Wildcats last night at Mizzou Arena, 72 to 62.
The Mizzou Women's basketball team is set to take on Ole Miss tomorrow night at Mizzou Arena at 7:00.
Major League baseball has come to an agreement to eliminate the formality of intentional walks. Traditionally, a pitcher had to throw 4 pitches to a catcher standing 4 feet from home plate. After the agreement, a manager can gesture to the umpire to give the batter a pass.
The St. Louis Cardinals have announced Luke Weaver will be the starting pitcher in Saturday's spring training opening game against the Miami Marlins.
A 38 year old construction worker from Fulton died on the job in Minnesota yesterday afternoon.
The Minnesota Highway patrol reports David Earl Hyde was working on a construction project on Highway 169.
Hyde was helping to unload large metal pipes from a trailer, when one rolled off and landed on Hyde.
Hyde was pronounced dead on the scene.
An on scene investigation will continue today.
The Mizzou Mens Basketball Team will take on the Kentucky Wildcats at Mizzou Arena tonight.
The number 11 ranked Kentucky enters tonight's game on top of the Southeastern Conference with a record of 12 and 2.
The Tigers are 2 and 12.
Mizzou Tigers Womens Basketball player, and Columbia Native, Sophie Cunningham, has been named SEC Player of the week. This is Cunningham's second weekly honor this season and the 8th of her career. Cunningham led the team to wins of Florida and South Carolina averaging 27 points per game.
The St. Louis Blues came up short against the Florida Panthers last night 2 to 1. The Blues are entering a 5 day break.