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Cecelia Roberts Webb, et al. v. City of Maplewood

Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

Cecelia Roberts Webb and five other motorists have filed a putative class action against the City of Maplewood, Missouri, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, claiming its policy or custom violates their constitutional rights. They assert the City automatically issues an arrest warrant whenever someone ticketed for violating its traffic and vehicle laws fails to pay a fine or appear in court. Once arrested, th... More...   $0 (05-07-2018 - MO)

State of Missouri v. Travis W. Williams

In November 1996, Williams, then 26 years old, pleaded guilty to first-degree
statutory sodomy for inserting his thumb in a minor child’s vagina. He was sentenced to
five years in prison but, after completing a 120-day program in a sex offender assessment
unit, execution of his sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation for five
... More...
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Defendant was charged by substitute information in lieu of indictment with
involuntary manslaughter in the first degree, by recklessly causing the death of Victim by
striking his head, or by striking his head against an object, or by shaking him, or by a
combination thereof. Defendant challenges the sufficiency of the evidence to support her
conviction. Viewed in the light mo... More...
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Missouri Court of Appeals

On August 1, 2015, after cutting grass at a property on North Broadway in the City of St.
Louis, A.M. (“Victim”) put his lawn mower in the bed of his pickup truck and used a bungee
cord to secure it inside the bed. Victim and his girlfriend then went to the store across the street.
While inside, the store clerk saw someone tampering with Victim’s truck. The clerk alerted
Vic... More...
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Jodelle L. Kirk v. Schaeffer Group USA, Inc.; FAG Bearings, LLC

From 1973 to 1982, FAG Bearings Corporation released thousands of gallons
of trichloroethylene (TCE), a volatile organic compound now classified as a hazardous
substance, at its manufacturing facility in Joplin, Missouri. In 1991, the Missouri
Department of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) detected TCE
contamination in residential wells in the Villages of Silver... More...
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Norman Whitney, Sr. v. City of St. Louis, et al.

Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

Norman Whitney, Sr. (“Whitney Sr.”) brought this action after his son, a
pretrial detainee who had recently been treated for suicidal thoughts, hanged himself
in a cell that was monitored by closed-circuit television. Whitney Sr. asserted state
law wrongful death claims and federal claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against
correctional officer Shelley Sharp and the City of St. Louis. T... More...
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State of Missouri v. Antonio Dixson

Defendant was charged, along with Aaron Garrison (“co-defendant”), of tampering with a
vehicle by removing the tires without the consent of the owner. At trial, a police officer testified
that around 11:00 p.m. one night while on patrol he received a radio call for tampering at an address
on Virginia Avenue and responded to it. The officer testified that based on information from ... More...
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State of Missouri v. Thomas Oates

Oates went to a gas station to sell marijuana to a prospective buyer, Darrah Lane,
who had arranged the meeting. Oates brought a gun with him. When Oates arrived, he
walked over to Lane’s vehicle. She was seated in the driver’s seat and accompanied by
Opinion issued February 13, 2018 Leon Davis, who sat in the passenger’s seat. With the driver’s side window down, Oates leaned in... More...
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Christopher Collings v. State of Missouri

Nine-year-old Rowan Ford lived with her mother and stepfather, David Spears.
For several months in early 2007, Christopher Collings lived with the Spears family but
had since moved out.
On November 2, 2007, Spears, Collings, and their friend Nathan Mahurin were
drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana together at Spears’s house. Later in the evening,
the three men went t... More...
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Kerrie Gene Mick v. Wes Raines, et al.

Western District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Joseph, Missouri

Plaintiff Kerrie Gene Mick appeals the judgment of the district court.2 Three orders are before us on appeal. The first granted the motion to dismiss filed by Defendants Porter Hensen, Wade Wilken, Larry King, and Charlie Dawson and the motion to dismiss filed by Defendants Bob Gray, Harold Allison, Randy Simms, Ben Becerra, and Wes Raines. The second granted the motion for summary judgment filed ... More...   $0 (03-08-2018 - MO)

Russell Bucklew v. Anne L. Precythe

Western District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

The issue is whether the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments, as applied, bar
Missouri officials from employing a procedure that is authorized by Missouri statute
to execute Russell Bucklew.
In March 2006, Bucklew stole a car; armed himself with pistols, handcuffs, and
a roll of duct tape; and followed his former girlfriend, Stephanie Ray, to the home of
Michael Sanders, where she... More...
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State of Missouri v. Phillip Douglas and Jennifer M. Gaulter

Jackson County Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

The state appeals from the circuit court’s order sustaining the defendants’ motions
to suppress all evidence seized pursuant to a warrant authorizing search of a residence for
stolen items. The state admits an officer submitted a prepared search warrant form, which
was then executed by a circuit judge, authorizing a search for any deceased human fetus
or corpse despite the fact the... More...
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Annie Rayman v. Abbott Amubulance, Inc.

St. Louis City Courthouse - City of St. Louis, Missoui

Annie Rayman (“Rayman”) appeals from the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in
favor of Abbott Ambulance, Inc. (“Abbott”) on her negligence claim. Rayman sued Abbott for
damages that resulted from an automobile collision between Rayman and a third party. The trial
court granted Abbott’s motion for summary judgment, finding that Abbott did not owe Rayman a
duty of care and that... More...
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State of Missouri v. Gregory Allen Heidbrink

Warren County Courthouse - Warrenton, Missouri

Gregory Alan Heidbrink (Appellant) appeals from the trial court’s judgment
entered after a jury trial convicting him of receiving stolen property. We affirm in part,
reverse in part, and remand for resentencing.
Factual and Procedural Background
The State charged Appellant, as a prior and persistent offender, with one count of
receiving stolen property, a class C Felony, in vio... More...
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State of Missouri v. Jeffrey L. Bruner

Jasper County Courthouse - Carthage, Missouri

Defendant Jeffrey L. Bruner appeals his convictions on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action, alleging the circuit court erred by refusing to submit a self-defense instruction. This Court recently reaffirmed in State v. Smith, 456 S.W.3d 849, 852 (Mo. banc 2015), that if substantial evidence is presented of the elements of self-defense, then the issue is injected and self-defens... More...   $0 (02-08-2018 - MO)

United States of America v. David E. Schultz

Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, MO - St. Louis County Man Sentenced for Scamming Individuals

David E. Schultz defrauded multiple victims by falsely stating that he could provide various legal remedies to them. He demanded victims provide him cash or assets, such as jewelry, gold, silver, and other items of value that could quickly be converted into cash in exchange for future services. Schultz demanded victi... More...
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Ndioba Niang v. Emily Carroll

Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

Missouri statutes require African-style hair braiders to be licensed as barbers
or cosmetologists. Ndioba “Joba” Niang and Tameka Stigers challenge this
requirement under the Fourteenth Amendment. The district court1 granted summary
judgment for the State. Having jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, this court
African-style hair braiders are required to have a license ... More...
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Julianne M. Gross vs. Jackson County, Missouri

Jackson County, Missouri

Wife and Husband were married on May 19, 2006, and three children were born of the
marriage. On February 6, 2015, Wife filed a petition for dissolution. On Wife’s motion, the
court appointed GAL Abraham Kuhl to represent the minor children during the proceedings.
The court ordered that both Wife and Husband contribute $1,000 each as security to be applied
to GAL Kuhl’s fees ... More...
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State of Missouri vs. Melinda Tillitt

Missouri Court of Appeals Western District

Ms. Tillitt was initially charged in May 2015 with four counts of first-degree
statutory sodomy for deviate sexual intercourse involving one of her daughters, K.B.T.
The information was later amended to add one count of first-degree statutory sodomy
for deviate sexual intercourse and one count of first-degree child molestation for sexual
contact involving another daughter, K.D... More...
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On September 1, 2015, Officer Jennifer Nemeth and her partner Officer David Wilson
responded to a call of shots fired at a residence. They arrived in a marked police vehicle wearing
uniforms. Officer Nemeth observed five people on the front porch, including Defendant, who
went into the house. According to Officer Nemeth, Defendant was holding his right arm against
his right sid... More...
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James Boyd v. ConAgra Foods, Inc.

Eighth Circuit Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

James Boyd, a former employee of ConAgra Foods, Inc., brought this action
pursuant to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”). Boyd
seeks to recover severance benefits under an ERISA plan that guarantees these
benefits when ConAgra, in certain circumstances, materially reduces an employee’s
position, duties, or responsibilities. Boyd alternatively claims that ... More...
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In April 2015, Miller approached James Meyers ("Meyers"), proposing that Meyers
trade his 1972 Chevrolet Nova valued at approximately $6,000 for a motorcycle in Miller's
possession. Meyers met Miller to inspect the motorcycle, which was a Suzuki Intruder that
had been converted into a chopper. The two men agreed on a trade. Miller took possession
of the Nova, and Meyers took... More...
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On October 23, 2015, Jones pled guilty to the Class C felony of tampering in the
first degree. After finding that Jones entered his plea knowingly and voluntarily, the trial
court accepted the plea and ordered a sentencing assessment report. A sentencing hearing
was held on December 22, 2015.
At the sentencing hearing, defense counsel highlighted Jones's newfound sobriety <... More...
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Cletus W. Greene v. State of Missouri

In May 2014, officers working with the drug task force in Jackson, Missouri responded to
an anonymous tip reporting drug activity at the Townhouse Inn. Detective Bobby Sullivan and
Officer Chris Newton approached the second-floor balcony where Movant was standing with
Matthew Robinson. Movant was smoking a cigarette. Officer Newton spoke with Movant, who
initially gave him a... More...
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Joseph Wilkinson v. Native American Rights Fund

Missouri Court of Appeals - Western District Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

Native American Rights Fund, et al. (“Appellants”) appeal a trial court’s entry of summary
judgment in favor of Joseph Wilkinson and Donna L. Tweedie (“Respondents”), who are the
successor co-trustees of the Nelvada Dean Trust (“Trust”). Appellants raise two points on appeal.
Both points contend the court erred, because it relied on extrinsic evidence to interpret an
unambiguous tr... More...
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Samuel Topchain v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Missouri Court of Appeals - Western District Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

Samvel Topchian appeals the judgment of the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri,
granting summary judgment to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (Chase), Martin, Leigh, Laws &
Fritzlen, PC (MLLF), and Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc. (SPS) on Topchian’s claims of breach
of contract (against Chase), violations of the Missouri Merchandizing Practices Act (MMPA)
(against Chase, MLLF, and... More...
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Joshua Brenner v. American Education Services

Eighth Circuit Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

Joshua Seth Brenner sued American Education Services (AES), allegingviolations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227. Brenner appeals the district court’s adverse grant of summary judgment. Having jurisdiction
under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, this court affirms.
Reviewing the record de novo in the light most favorable to the non moving
party, this court concludes that summar... More...
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Henry Lyons v. F. Wayne Vaught

Eighth Circuit Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

Henry Lyons worked as a part-time lecturer at the University of Missouri
Kansas City (“UMKC”) for seven semesters, teaching a self-developed Career and
Life Development course. He was not asked to return for the Spring 2012 semester.
In this 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action, Lyons alleges that defendants’ decision not to renew
his contract was retaliation for his criticism of UMKC’s prefere... More...
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Sex Offender

On September 14, 2014, Movant pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to register as a
sex offender, in violation of Sections 589.400 and .425 (RSMo Cum. Sup. 2014). The court
sentenced Movant to 8 years of imprisonment, suspended execution of his sentence, and placed
him on 5 years of probation. On February 4, 2016, Movant's probation was revoked, his
sentence was executed; ... More...
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In October 2003, Stephen Nolte and his wife moved out of their residence at 5519 North Troost in Kansas City, and into a new home. The Troost residence needed renovations before being advertised for sale. On the evening of March 7, 2004, Nolte was working at the Troost residence. At 9:45 p.m., he told his wife that he would return to their new home shortly. Around midnight, Polk asked his wife2... More...   $0 (11-14-2017 - MO)

S.M. v. Lincoln County, Missouri

Eighth Circuit Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

Plaintiffs S.M., L.M., K.W., and K.S. are former participants in the Adult Drug
Court of Missouri’s 45th Judicial Circuit (“Drug Court”), an alternative court
established to dispose of drug cases pursuant to Mo. Rev. Stat. §§ 478.001-.006.
Plaintiffs brought this 42 U.S.C. § 1983 damage action against Lincoln County and
other defendants, asserting that Scott Edwards, then a lieuten... More...
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Jimmy Duane Weed v. Corporal T.R. Jenkins; Colonel Ronald K. Replogle; Colnel Sandra K. Karsten

Eighth Circuit Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

Jimmy Duane Weed participated in a highway overpass protest. Due to traffic
safety concerns, state troopers told the protesters to disperse. Weed did not comply.
1The Honorable John M. Gerrard, United States District Judge for the District
of Nebraska, sitting by designation.
He was arrested. Weed sued, alleging that his arrest violated the First and Fourth
Amendments and that ... More...
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Southern Bakeries, LLC v. National Labor Relations Board

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit - St. Louis, Missouri

Some production and sanitation employees of Southern Bakeries ("Southern"
or "company") attempted several times to end their representation by the Bakery,
Confectionary, Tobacco and Grain Millers Union, Local 111 ("union"). The National
Labor Relations Board ("NLRB" or "Board") twice prevented union decertification
votes due to Southern's unfair labor practices that would have tain... More...
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United States of America v. Ramon "Trey" Luina, III

Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, MO - Former Chief Financial Officer Pleads Guilty to Stealing $2.8 million from Company

Ramon “Trey” Luina III, 42, Chesterfield, MO, pled guilty July 26, 2017 to one charge of mail fraud in connection with his embezzlement of approximately $2.8 million from CMS Communications Inc. Luina appeared today before United States District Judge John A. Ross. Sentencing is set for Nove... More...
   $0 (07-27-2017 - MO)

State of Missouri vs. Pharis Lynn Watt

On July 27, 2014, around 1:00 a.m., Lori Mitchell was driving on Scott Boulevard in
Columbia, Missouri, when she encountered a vehicle swerving on the roadway and driving in the
wrong direction. Mitchell called 911 to report the erratic driving. At 1:23 a.m., Columbia Police
Officers Regan Gustafson and Ryan Holtz responded to the call.
Officers Gustafson and Holtz came upon... More...
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State of Missouri vs. Jamar Markeise Staten

Staten was indicted on September 16, 2015 for one count of assault in the first
degree and one count of armed criminal action. At trial, the evidence was that Staten and
his brother Rodney Jackson ("Jackson") went to a party attended by Jackson's girlfriend
Crystal Coke ("Coke") on or about August 2, 2015. Coke refused to leave the party and
had an argument with Jackson. The... More...
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State of Missouri vs. James Raulerson

The sufficiency of the evidence to support Raulerson's conviction is not at
issue. In January 2014, Raulerson was living with his girlfriend, Paula Malloy, in
the home of Malloy's daughter, Candacee Funk, Funk's husband, and their children.
Funk operated a small daycare center out of her home. One of the children in the
daycare was M.M., who was seven years old. M.M. was in... More...
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State of Missouri vs. Lawrence Mosely

Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District

Mosely was charged with and convicted of two counts of distribution of a controlled
substance in the Circuit Court of Cole County.1 Mosely does not challenge the sufficiency
of the evidence to support his convictions, but he notes that his arrest was based on line-up
identifications by an undercover officer and a confidential informant nearly three years
after the undercover d... More...
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Shoate was charged, as a persistent felony offender, with one count of first-degree
involuntary manslaughter and three counts of second-degree assault after he drove with a blood
alcohol content of .226 and caused a collision between his vehicle and that of the Godding
family, resulting in the death of Gregory Godding (the father) and severe injuries to Donna
Godding (the mothe... More...
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State of Missouri vs. Brian James Adkison

On November 22, 2013, Adkison was charged by indictment with one count of
first-degree burglary, § 569.160, one count of forcible rape, § 566.030, and one count of deviate
sexual assault, § 566.070.1 These charges were the result of Adkison’s unwelcome sexual
contact with L.C.,2 his ex-girlfriend, in the early hours of May 4, 2013.
Adkison’s case first went to trial on Januar... More...
   $0 (04-28-2017 - MO)

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