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2nd cop loses job over Ferguson protest threats

GLENDALE, Mo. (AP) - Another St. Louis area police officer is out of a job over threats to Ferguson shooting protesters found online.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Glendale officer Matthew Pappert was fired Thursday over Facebook comments suggesting protesters of the shooting death of 18-year-old should be "put down like rabid dogs."

Pappert's comments included Facebook postings that the protesters were "a burden on society and a blight on the community." He had been suspended with pay since last week.

In St. Ann, police Lt. Ray Albers resigned Thursday in response to cellphone video that shows him pointing his rifle at demonstrators while threatening to kill a protester.

A St. Louis County police sergeant forced the officer to lower the weapon and escorted him away.


Missouri senator a constant presence at rallies

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Missouri state senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal is a constant presence in Ferguson since an officer fatally shot an 18-year-old.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Chappelle-Nadal, a self-proclaimed "unpopular" state senator, has become more popular with some constituents since being involved in protests over the death of Michael Brown.

The Democrat from University City represents Ferguson in the Missouri Senate.

Chappelle-Nadal has criticized Gov. Jay Nixon over his efforts to communicate with those protesting. She uses a cardboard cutout of the governor's head she calls "Flat Jay" at the rallies.

Nixon responded to the senator's comments at a news conference, saying, "I try to put gasoline into the engine of fire engines when I see them, not on the fires that are existing."


Deputy resigns over pepper spray incident

UNION, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri deputy has resigned after allegedly putting pepper spray on pizza before giving it to inmates.

The Washington Missourian reports that the deputy met with Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke Wednesday afternoon and submitted his resignation. A disciplinary hearing had been scheduled for Thursday.

The deputy's name has not been released. He has not been charged with a crime.

The incident happened Aug. 19 when the deputy allegedly put pepper spray on the pizza and offered it to an inmate, who shared it with three other inmates. All four suffered what Toelke described as stomach and mouth "discomfort." One was treated at a hospital and later returned to jail.


No signs of KC man accused of stealing squad car

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Two days after a homeless Kansas City man is accused of stealing a police squad car and abandoning it in northern Missouri, investigators say they've not seen any signs of the 30-year-old suspect.

Joshua Boyd was charged Thursday in Jackson County with second-degree robbery and resisting arrest in connection with the theft early Wednesday of a Kansas City police cruiser from a gas station after an officer confronted him.

The car was found on Interstate 35 near Pattonsburg, about an hour north of Kansas City, but a shotgun that had been in the vehicle was missing.

Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Jake Angle said Friday his agency has received no tips or reports of suspicious activity, which he says is surprising because Boyd was believed to be on foot.


State report: Normandy district still declining

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Newly released state data shows the struggling Normandy school district in St. Louis County saw its academic performance drop to the lowest in the state during a tumultuous school year that saw hundreds of its students transfer.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the performance report Friday. The report uses test scores and other data to evaluate districts, with the results used to help make accreditation decisions.

Normandy earned 7.1 percent of the points possible, a drop of 3.9 percentage points from last year. The unaccredited Riverview Gardens district received a score of 45.4 percent, a 16.8 percentage point increase from last year's score.

Under the system, districts must earn 50 percent of overall points or face the risk of becoming unaccredited if they aren't already.


Lawsuit filed by Kansas City district dismissed

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a racketeering and defamation suit filed by a Kansas City entertainment district against a law firm and two attorneys.

Cordish Companies, which owns the Power & Light District, sued the Dickens Law firm after its sued Cordish, alleging the company employed people to start fights with black patrons to discourage them from coming to the entertainment district.

Cordish strongly denies the allegations. It claimed the law firm and two attorneys threatened to expose the alleged scheme to the public to help a client, and defamed Cordish in comments to the media.

The Kansas City Star reports U.S. District Judge John Lungstrum ruled that Cordish's allegations did not describe activity required under the racketeering law, and the lawyers were only working to defend their client.


Bicyclist critical after being struck by lightning

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (AP) - A suburban St. Louis man is hospitalized in critical condition after being struck by lightning while riding his bicycle.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 51-year-old Joseph Adams of Ballwin was biking along the Maryland Heights Expressway Thursday afternoon when he was struck in the head by lightning and went into cardiac arrest.

Police say Adams works in the Riverport area and was biking home despite a strong storm. Witnesses stopped to help and paramedics who arrived within four minutes were able to revive him.

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