KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say a Kansas City-area man has been charged with 18 felony counts in connection with about a dozen recent random highway shootings that have wounded three people. The Jackson County prosecutor charged 27-year-old Mohammed Whitaker of Grandview. The Kansas City suburb is home to an area known as the Grandview Triangle, where three interstates and U.S. 50 intersect.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - An attorney for a Springfield man suspected of kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old girl want statements he made to police after his arrest to be suppressed. Attorney Patrick Berrigan writes in court documents that Craig Wood was suffering from intoxication, emotional turmoil and psychological instability when he was arrested in February in the death of Hailey Owens. The Springfield News-Leader reports Wood is charged with murder, armed criminal action and child kidnapping.
MEYER, Ill. (AP) - A farm cooperative has shut down a ferry service that shuttled agricultural products and other goods across the Mississippi River between western Illinois and eastern Missouri. The Quincy Herald-Whig reports today that the Ursa Farmers' Cooperative made the decision, citing $618,000 in repairs that it can't afford.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa has hired Frank Haith as its men's basketball coach after he spent the last three years at Missouri. The 48-year-old Haith said today that the move came quickly. He says he was contacted Thursday and got more and more interested, particularly by the school's upcoming move to the American Athletic Conference.
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