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Disabled veteran wins fight to drive UTV on Illinois highway

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Disabled veteran wins fight to drive UTV on Illinois highway

MASCOUTAH, Ill. – A dispute between a military veteran and Mascoutah Police all came down to one street – N. 6th Street. That street just so happens to be a state highway that runs in front of the town’s elementary school.

Afghanistan war veteran James Poggi works food service at the school. He lost his leg in the war and says he needs his utility terrain vehicle to get to work.

Police said he couldn’t do it, citing Illinois law that forbids all-terrain and utility terrain vehicles on state highways.

FOX 2 featured Poggi’s story on Oct. 8. Just over a month later, Poggi won a special accommodation.

“It’s a great victory. I definitely know I was within my rights (under the Americans with Disabilities Act),” he said.

Kenneth Flaxman, a civil rights attorney from Chicago, was just about to file a civil rights lawsuit. He said neither he nor Mascoutah’s city attorney found any precedence for this case. He said the case could have continued for years.

“…potentially going to the Supreme Court,” Flaxman said. “This is a very important issue about the ADA…Because of the publicity from FOX 2, the city saw its way to do the right thing.”

Flaxman and Poggi secured an agreement from the city that says in part, “In an effort to resolve the dispute, with neither party admitting fault, the City of Mascoutah agrees to exercise its discretion not to enforce any law which may tend to prohibit the operation of Poggi’s UTV on this section of the Road between his residence and Mascoutah Middle School.”

The agreement does not mean anyone can drive an ATV or UTV on N. 6th Street. It’s just for James Poggi—and only him—to go to and from work.

“I don’t drive it willy-nilly if the kids have a soccer game on 6th Street,” Poggi said. “I follow the rules just like everyone else has to.”

Poggi said he has no hard feelings about the matter. In fact, he wants to thank Mascoutah city officials.

“They were willing to listen with open ears,” he said.

Mascoutah Police Chief Waldrup said this was a good example of handling things the right way.

“It’s a pleasure to be able to use discretion to work out problems,” he said.

The chief said the initial disagreement was always about the law and public safety.

“Since I was able to get word from legal counsel that the city or the police department would not incur any liability had God forbid, he had an accident there on that road, once I had that assurance, then I was very happy to be able to reach an accommodation for him,” he said.

A fight that could’ve taken years took just weeks to resolve. Now Poggi says he can feel good about his unique approach to continuing his service to the community.

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Get ready for warmer days with MSHP boating safety classes

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Get ready for warmer days with MSHP boating safety classes

JEFFERSON CITY – Want to think Summer on a cold Winter day? Then sign up for a Missouri State Highway Patrol boating safety course to get ready for the boating season. Missouri law requires everyone born after January 1, 1984, who operates a vessel on Missouri lakes to have a certified boating safety education card. This includes personal watercraft operators.

You can sign up for a certified course at: https://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/WP02Web/app/safetyEdClasses

The courses are free, but registration is required and the boater ID card costs $15.

Don’t see classes in your troop location? Contact your nearest troop headquarters and ask to speak with a marine operations supervisor to check the possibility of additional classes.

Troop Headquarters Contact Information:
Troop A Lee’s Summit- (816) 622-0800
Troop B Macon- (660) 385-2132
Troop C Weldon Spring- (636) 300-2800
Troop D Springfield- (417) 895-6868
Troop E Popular Bluff- (573) 840-9500
Troop F Jefferson City- (573) 751-1000
Troop G Willow Springs- (417) 469-3121
Troop H St. Joseph- (816) 387-2345
Troop I Rolla- (573) 368-2345

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St. Louis woman charged in McDonald’s shooting over french fries

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McDonald’s employee shot in north St. Louis County Wednesday afternoon

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KTVI)– Authorities have charged a woman who is accused of shooting a McDonald’s restaurant employee Wednesday after an argument over a discount on french fries escalated. The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office has charged Terika Clay, 30, of St. Louis, with first-degree assault and armed criminal action.

Normandy Police say Clay came through the drive-thru at the McDonald’s on the 1700 block of South Florissant Road in Cool Valley Wednesday afternoon when she argued with the victim, who was working the drive-thru window, about a discount on french fries. Court documents say Clay threatened to shoot the victim. When the employee left for a break, the confrontation continued, with a probable cause statement saying Clay hit the victim with the weapon before shooting her with it. The incident was captured on surveillance cameras, according to police.

The victim, police say, suffered a superficial wound and has been released from the hospital.

Clay is being held on $150,000 bond. A bond reduction hearing is scheduled for next week. If she’s released, a judge has ordered that she stay out of contact with the victim or other employees at the restaurant location and that she cannot be within 1,000 feet of the victim or the restaurant.

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Four Stylish Homes from LIV Sotheby’s International Realty that Just Hit the Market

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Four Stylish Homes from LIV Sotheby’s International Realty that Just Hit the Market

The selling season is officially here in Colorado. Buyers and sellers are hitting the ground running this month rather than waiting for the start of spring when the market typically begins heating up. This sooner-than-normal start to the season means there are exciting new listings entering the market every day that are ready to help the lucky buyers than claim them live the life they love in Colorado.

As Colorado’s leading luxury and lifestyle-focused real estate brokerage, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty (LIV SIR) represents some of the most spectacular homes along the Front Range and beyond. Here is a look at some of the most recent luxury listings to enter the market.

Craftsmanship Near the City
Start your next chapter in the classic Denver home located at 675 N. Humboldt St. Listed by LIV SIR broker, Debra Fagan, for $4,200,000, every inch of this home is exquisitely designed to create a luxury city living experience. Offering five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and ample space for formal and casual entertaining, this Denver residence is a must-have for those looking for a home that can do it all. Originally built in 1908, the house was taken down to the studs before being completely redesigned using the finest finishes and materials. Box beam ceilings, elegant colonnades, custom built-in storage, interior corbels, hand-cuts stair railings, leaded glass windows, mahogany wood floors, Bradbury & Bradbury wall treatments, and more is what you’ll find in this richly designed residence.

Timeless Elegance in Castle Rock
Sophistication and style abound at 918 Dakota Dr., listed by LIV SIR broker, Audrey Will, for $2,950,000. This stunning, spacious home is situated on over an acre of land adjacent to natural, open space in Castle Rock. The moment one enters this five-bedroom, five-bathroom estate, they are greeted by soaring ceilings and an abundance of natural light pouring in from the many oversized windows throughout the home. An entertainer’s dream, this home features incredible spaces for hosting friends and family such as the two-story great room, lower-level recreation room, wet bar, and movie theater. Each room within the home is teeming with luxurious finishes that elevate this already incredible home.

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