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AX ATTACK

Missouri man who attacked wife with ax sentenced to 5 years

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A 35-year-old Missouri man has been sentenced to five years in prison for attacking his wife with an ax. Alidor Sita Masingo, of Kirksville, was sentenced after he pleaded guilty in late November to first-degree assault. Court documents say a witness told police he saw Masingo holding an ax outside his home while struggling with a woman as children called for help. Three Truman State University students who lived nearby restrained Masingo until law enforcement arrived. The victim as recovered. The attack occurred in June 2018.

OPEN RECORDS LAWSUIT-SCHMITT

Attorney general recuses himself from open records lawsuit

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt says his office will not defend the state in a lawsuit contending the Missouri House violated the state's open records law. Schmitt declined to explain his decision concerning a lawsuit over an internal rule the House passed earlier this year that allows certain exemptions to the Sunshine Law for lawmakers. It is the second time in two years that the state has had to hire private attorneys to defend lawsuits challenging alleged violations of Missouri's Sunshine Law.

TICKET QUOTAS-MISSOURI

Missouri attorney general sues city over ticket quotas

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's attorney general is suing the city of Marshfield for allegedly using traffic ticket quotas to generate revenue. Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Monday announced the lawsuit against the southern Missouri city. His office claims that Marshfield's police chief asked officers to write at least 16 tickets a month. Missouri law bans traffic ticket quotas. City officials dispute that Marshfield has ticket quotas.

CHILD IN CLOSET

Missouri couple accused of locking child in closet for hours

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a mid-Missouri couple is jailed after being charged with repeatedly locking a 9-year-old boy in a closet for hours without food or water. Cole County authorities said 52-year-old Joseph Ciaveralla and 34-year-old Loretta Wilhelm, of Columbia, were charged Saturday after an investigation by state social workers. Ciavarella is charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child and Wilhelm is charged with abuse or neglect of a child. After the investigation, the boy and four other children were removed from the home. The defendants both denied the allegations.

FLU DEATHS-MISSOURI

Flu blamed for 3 deaths in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The cold and flu season is just beginning, but the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says three deaths are already blamed on the flu. The health department on Monday did not release any information about the victims but said the total number of influenza cases in the state has topped 1,500. The department urged people to get vaccinated and to take other precautions, such as avoiding close contact with sick people, washing hands often and thoroughly, and staying home when sick to keep others from getting infected.

COUNTY JAIL-MISSOURI

Inmates lack hygiene products at Missouri jail

BENTON, Mo. (AP) — Concerns are being raised about a rural Missouri county jail where inmates say they are denied basic necessities like soap, shampoo and even feminine hygiene products. Inmates entering the Scott County Jail in Benton are supposed to get a bag filled with deodorant, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, two bars of soap and a comb. The St. Louis post-Dispatch reports that until Friday, the jail had been out of those products for more than two weeks. Female inmates said they were denied feminine hygiene products. One said she had to use toilet paper instead.

DIVORCING COUPLE-BODIES FOUND

Divorcing couple found dead miles apart in St. Louis area

WILDWOOD, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a woman who had filed for divorce was found dead in the parking lot outside her suburban St. Louis apartment shortly before her husband's body was found after a fire at their former home. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police say the deaths of Bobette Everhart-Boal and Michael Boal are related and that there is “no additional danger to the public.” Police found Everhart-Boal's body while responding to a call for shots fired at 12:45 a.m. Sunday in Chesterfield. The fire was reported a short time later in Wildwood. After it was extinguished, firefighters found Boal's body. They were both 59.

CHILD DIES-BEATING CHARGES

Suspect in tot's death gets life for abusing another girl

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield man awaiting trial in the killing of a toddler has been sentenced to two life sentences plus another 10 years for abusing a different child. The Springfield News-Leader reports that Judge Thomas Mountjoy said that 33-year-old Kenneth Davis had demonstrated that he “simply cannot be around children” in ordering the sentence Friday for seven counts of child abuse for the July 2018 beating of an 8-year-old girl. Deputies say Davis' assault left the girl with a bruised and bloodied face and clumps of hair missing two months after the May 2018 death of 2-year-old Kinzlea Kilgore in Buffalo.