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Volunteer firefighter sentenced to 20 years

OLD MONROE, Mo. (AP) - A volunteer firefighter from eastern Missouri has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for setting several fires last year.

Police say Dustin Matthew Grigsby was sentenced for setting four fires in occupied buildings last year in Lincoln County, although he admitted to setting several other fires. He was a volunteer with the Old Monroe Fire Protection District.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that in one case a man had to be rescued after his home was set on fire.

Grigsby was arrested last August after a surveillance camera recorded his vehicle just before a garage caught fire. He pleaded guilty in April to four counts of arson.

Grigsby in April entered guilty pleas on the four counts. Five other counts were dismissed in a plea deal.


Man sentenced in woman's drive-by death

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A man charged in the death of a St. Louis woman who was killed by a stray bullet has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Twenty-one-year-old Ronnie Mottley was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 39-year-old Patrice Thimes. She died on St. Patrick's Day 2011 when she was hit by a bullet fired in a gun battle between people on the street and a car that drove by.

Two other defendants, Bernard Dorris, and his cousin Sheltkeem Brown, are awaiting trial.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports jurors in May could not reach verdict in a trial for Mottley and Dorris. Their attorneys argued that witnesses were wrong or lied to police to protect the real shooters.


Ala teacher suspended after shooting lesson

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama schoolteacher is suspended without pay after being accused of having students re-enact the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida.

The Selma Times-Journal quotes Dallas County School Superintendent Don Willingham as saying the social studies teacher used poor judgment during a lesson on current events.

School officials haven't identified the teacher, who teaches sixth grade.

Willingham says the teacher told students to research and re-enact a current event of their choosing. He says they picked the killings of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin.

He says students used paper guns and bullets, and students portraying victims fell on pillows.

It's not clear exactly how the shootings were re-enacted since the exact circumstances of each death are in question.


Kansas City settles another discrimination claim

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Council has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle a discrimination complaint from a former water department manager.

The council agreed to the settlement Thursday for Mable Ramey-Moore, who claimed she was discriminated against when she was laid off in May 2013 from the water department.

The Kansas City Star reports the city has paid nearly $3.4 million to settle discrimination claims from city workers since July 2013.

Ramey-Moore, a 62-year-old black woman who worked for the city for 17 years, was laid off after a reorganization of the water department and layoffs in other city departments. She had received positive evaluations throughout her career.

The city's legal department recommended the settlement, saying a jury could believe race, age, and/or gender contributed to her dismissal.


State to ask for lower air permit fee increase

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A proposal to increase permit and emission fees charged to Missouri companies to regulate air pollution has fallen apart, forcing state officials to lower proposed increases and placing a department that monitors air pollution in financial danger.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources Air Pollution Control Program enforces the federal Clean Air Act in the state. It faces insolvency by late 2016 unless fees paid by polluters increase.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports a proposed fee schedule that received support earlier this year would have raised enough to keep the agency operating.

Kyra Moore, director of the air pollution control program, said last week some companies objected to the proposed fee increases, and lower increases were likely. She did not say which companies raised the late objections.

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