FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A grand jury declined Monday to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by a white officer sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and exposed deep racial tension between many African-Americans and police.
The jury is expected to go into deliberations this afternoon in the Jesse D. Driskill double murder case.
Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long has announced the names of the mother and son killed in flash flooding in Waynesville Tuesday.
The body of Joe. K. Bartholomew has been found.
Laclede County remains under a flood warning through 11 a.m. today. The Missouri Department of Transportation has reported that Route J, west of Missouri 5 is closed due to high water. Other low-water crossings have also been impacted. The Daily Record has also received reports that water is over Potomac Drive, as well as Routes BB, O and Z. Route B at Caleb's Creek has also been flooded. Officials are reminding drivers not to attempt to cross areas that are flooded. Road conditions are not expected to improve greatly, as the National Weather Service is predicting more rain over the next 24 hours. The Daily Record will have more information as it becomes available.
Laclede County is under a flood watch through Wednesday. The National Weather Service is expecting several inches of rain to fall on the area during the next two to three days.
KANSAS CITY — A suburban St. Louis man has pleaded guilty to participating in the commercial sex trafficking of a woman whom prosecutors allege was coerced into being a sex slave. Thirty-three-year-old Bradley Cook of Kirkwood entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Kansas City. The case revolves around a woman who said she was a teenager when she moved into the rural Lebanon, Mo., trailer of co-defendant Edward Bagley and his wife. The accuser said she was used as a sex slave for years and came to authorities only after going into cardiac arrest after a torture session. Prosecutors said Cook watched the victim being abused in live online sessions. They said he also traveled to Lebanon, where he provided sexually explicit images so he could participate in torture sessions.
An early morning Sunday fatality pedestrian traffic accident wasn’t the first time that night that the Saint Joseph man had been hit by a car in the same location. The Lebanon Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding two separate pedestrian traffic accidents that involved Rickey Bringus, 44, of Saint Joseph, that happened early Sunday on Evergreen Parkway. The second accident, which occurred at about 1:55 a.m. Sunday, resulted in the death of pedestrian Donna Romero, 50, of Bon Terre. “We’re still looking into the incident. We want to make sure no one was pushed into the road or anything like that. Although, it does appear like they were running towards the vehicle,” said LPD Public Information Officer Detective Tim Early. For more on this story, see the Monday edition of The Daily Record.