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Saint Louis Zoo wants gun activist who fought its ban to pay legal bills

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — After successfully defending its weapons ban in court, the Saint Louis Zoo is now trying to force the gun-rights activist who challenged the ban to pay part of its $150,000 in legal bills.

The zoo filed a request for its request for legal fees in August, but a judge has yet to rule on the motion.

A lawyer for Jeffry Smith of Cincinnati, Ohio, who challenged the ban on guns called the motion unfair.

A St. Louis judge ruled last year that the zoo could ban guns on its property because it qualifies as a school and a gated amusement park under state law.

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Auburn survives scare from Missouri in first game at No. 1

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O’FALLON, Mo. — The O’Fallon, Missouri, City Council is set to vote Thursday on whether to impeach Councilwoman Katie Gatewood.

She talked exclusively with FOX 2’s You Paid For It investigator Elliott Davis about the case that she calls unfair and a waste of taxpayers’ money.

Gatewood is accused of interfering with a former O’Fallon Police Chief by questioning his decisions. She’s also accused of lying to the Council about the identity of a whistleblower who was giving her information about the police department and chief.

Yesterday, Gatewood’s attorney filed suit in federal court asking a judge to block that Thursday.

The suit said the impeachment is a violation of Gatewood’s constitutional rights. So far, the impeachment effort has cost O’Fallon taxpayers $161,000.

The Council brought in a special attorney to handle the case for the city. Gatewood and her Attorney have also been trying to get three Councilmen thrown off the impeachment board, who they said are biased against Gatewood and have made a public statement as to their positions 

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CU Buffs rally for huge win at Oregon

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EUGENE, Ore. — This Colorado team clearly doesn’t make things easy on itself. And for some reason, the Buffaloes don’t bring their A-game until they have a mountain to climb.

Yet in this case, the aesthetics are irrelevant. Backed into what essentially was a must-win situation to keep alive any hopes at making a charge at an NCAA Tournament berth, CU rallied from a 15-point first half deficit to pick up its biggest win of the season, topping the Oregon Ducks 82-78 at Knight Arena.

With the win, CU avoided its first three-game losing streak since the end of the 2019-20 season, and it ended a six-game losing streak at Oregon.

Oregon hit six of its first seven shots, including three 3-pointers, while building a 15-point lead less than six minutes into the contest.

The fast start by the Ducks obviously wasn’t ideal but, much like CU’s rally from a 17-point deficit that fell just short three days earlier against UCLA, the Buffs didn’t buckle. CU kept pecking away throughout the remainder of the first half, and a Jabari Walker 3-pointer off an offensive rebound from Luke O’Brien cut Oregon’s lead to five points at halftime.

CU used a 10-2 run midway through the second half to surge ahead, taking its first lead on a 3-pointer from Evan Battey. The Buffs pushed their lead to 77-70 on a pair of Keeshawn Barthelemy free throws with 47.3 seconds left.

Walker led the way with his ninth double-double of the season and the 11th of his career, finishing with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Barthelemy also enjoyed a big night, going 9-for-9 at the free throw line while recording 19 points and four assists.

CU finished 8-for-15 on 3-pointers and went 20-for-22 at the free throw line. The Buffs (13-6, 5-4 Pac-12) outrebounded Oregon 30-22.

Colorado 82, Oregon 78

COLORADO (13-6, 5-4 Pac-12 Conference)

Battey 3-8 1-2 8, Walker 9-11 5-5 24, da Silva 5-6 3-4 15, Barthelemy 5-9 9-9 19, Clifford 1-3 0-0 3, Parquet 0-5 2-2 2, Simpson 3-6 0-0 8, O’Brien 1-4 0-0 3, Hammond 0-1 0-0 0, Loughlin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-54 20-22 82.

OREGON (12-7, 5-3)

Guerrier 8-15 3-3 22, Dante 2-3 0-0 4, Harmon 4-9 4-5 14, Richardson 5-8 6-7 17, Young 5-15 1-2 11, Williams 1-5 1-2 4, Kepnang 2-3 0-0 4, Soares 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 28-60 15-19 78.

Halftime — Oregon 42-37. 3-point goals — Colorado 8-15 (Simpson 2-3, da Silva 2-3, Clifford 1-1, O’Brien 1-1, Battey 1-2, Walker 1-2, Parquet 0-1, Barthelemy 0-2), Oregon 7-20 (Guerrier 3-8, Harmon 2-3, Richardson 1-3, Williams 1-4, Young 0-2). Rebounds — Colorado 30 (Walker 11), Oregon 22 (Guerrier 6). Assists — Colorado 17 (Simpson 6), Oregon 11 (Richardson 4). Total fouls — Colorado 13, Oregon 17.

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Man charged months after 28-year-old found dead in Missouri woods

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POTOSI, Mo. — A Potosi mother would not accept that her son died by suicide last March. After nearly a year of demanding answers, there’s been an arrest for her son’s murder.

Kim Little will never forget her 28-year-old son’s last text message, in which he named a person he was with and said, “Help me please.”

“The coroner was telling me the day of my son’s autopsy that they were thinking it was a suicide,” Little explained.

Her son, Christian Hildebrandt, had special needs but lived independently until he was found in the woods, stabbed to death on March 11, 2021. As FOX 2 reported in September, Hildebrandt’s mother refused to accept it was suicide.

Little said, “If I’d have just shut up and accepted what they told me in the beginning this would have never got done and I think getting you involved is what really pushed it over the edge when they knew they couldn’t hide.”

The Sheriff told FOX 2 at the time that they were investigating it as a homicide and that he’d even brought in the Major Case Squad. About ten months since the death, Derek Politte has been arrested and charged for Hildrebrandt’s murder. Kim Little took a picture of the 58-year-old suspect being walked into the courthouse.

“I had kind of mixed emotions Chris,” Little said. “On one hand it’s like finally, it’s what I’ve been saying all along got heard, but I wish we weren’t here to begin with.”

The felony complaint includes Hildebrandt’s final mysterious text message that read, “Help me please left with Derek policy.”

The court record further explains, “Talk-to-text functions on cellular devices will commonly replace the word Politte with the word policy.”

She said Hildebrandt was excited about a job proposition from Politte who was going to pick him up that day.

An officer wrote that Politte gave police contradictory statements and that when investigators found Hildebrandt dead, “His denim jacket was located underneath his upper body with both sleeves turned inside-out, indicating some type of struggle.”

A judge today ruled the defendant will remain in custody on a $1 million bond.

Little sighed in reaction saying, “The breath I took, I think I held my breath until he said that. I hope in the wake of this I’m able to live up to what Christian was – in his honor.”

The defendant’s preliminary hearing is set for April 15.

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