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Fort Leonard Wood soldier part of murder investigation hours after wedding

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LACLEDE COUNTY, Mo.- Court documents reveal what led to the death of a 23-year-old Lebanon man and how two soldiers at Fort Leonard Wood got involved.

Lebanon Police officers found Ethan Williams lying on the ground in front of his home in the 400 block of North Monroe Street on Friday, December 3. After life-saving attempts, Williams died from a fatal gunshot wound.

Court documents obtained by OzarksFirst detail what led to his death.

According to a probable cause statement, one of the three men arrested in the case, Blake R. Paulson, had just gotten married Friday around 6 p.m. Sometime after the wedding, Paulson and Zackary R. Gillis got a call from Williams asking for help to rob a couple of houses.

Paulson told his Army CID Special Agent about what happened. He stated that Williams’ brother knew people that had stuff for Paulson, Gillis, and Williams to sell. Court documents say Gillis and Williams planned on robbing the house of the supplier before going to the home where Williams was later shot at.

At the first home, the three kicked down the door to a trailer and no one was home. Paulson admitted to stealing an Xbox gaming console from the first house. They then moved to the next house. The three went into the home armed with a .45, AR15, and a Draco gun. Paulson told investigators that Williams and Gillis took marijuana and money that belonged to the person at the home. That person has been identified as a 16-year-old male by the Lebanon Police Department. He is being held at the Camden County Juvenile Justice Center for separate charges not related to this incident.

Court documents say when the three were leaving the home, the 16-year-old started shooting at them and shot Williams with a pistol. After the three got away, they drove to the 400 block of N. Monroe where Williams’ wife lived. Lebanon Police Officers talked with a man who had recorded video of what comes next.

In the video, a white car is seen pulling into a driveway and Gillis and Paulson get out and pull Williams out of the trunk of the car, placing him on the ground and leaving. Paulson and Gillis parted ways so Paulson could hide the weapon and a duffle bag used for the crimes in his girlfriend’s car in Rolla. Paulson then met Gillis in Crocker to turn themselves in to their sergeant.

Investigators later did find Paulson’s girlfriend’s car in Rolla with guns and zip ties.

Gillis and Paulson are both in custody facing second-degree murder and first-degree burglary. Both are currently being held at the Laclede County jail with no bond. They will appear in court on December 13 at 1:30 p.m.

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Fake COVID inspector tries to test QuikTrip workers to pay rent

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Fake COVID inspector tries to test QuikTrip workers to pay rent

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A man was charged with false impersonation and identity theft Thursday after conducting COVID tests on employees at a Quik Trip.

A court document says Eddie Jameson, 27, posed as an inspector from the St. Louis County Department of Health and went to the Quik Trip located at 10739 Page Avenue. He said he was there to conduct COVID tests on store employees “so that county government could analyze the data to determine if certain restrictions should be eliminated or loosened.” He then had five employees fill out a form with their names, dates of birth, driver’s license numbers, addresses, and phone numbers. After the form was filled out, “he administered a nasal swab to the employees.”

He then left the store and drove away in a red Pontiac Solstice convertible. “St. Louis County Health Department employees confirmed that no county employees were conducting tests of the type “performed” by [Jameson],” the court document said. Jameson then went to a market located at 11683 West Florissant and attempted to do the same thing. The employees there refused.

The court document said Jameson returned to the Quik Trip two days later. He told the employees their results would be ready the following day. Police then arrived at the store and arrested him.

Once arrested, Jameson told police that “he had not identified himself as a County health inspector but otherwise admitted administering the tests.” The court document said Jameson “had been working for an organization called Community Wellness America which provides testing for employees. [Jameson] provided the name of a supervisor who confirmed that [Jameson] was working for him but he was not to be administering tests, rather he was to provide the tests so that employees could administer the tests themselves.” Jameson admitted he was not trained on administering a nasal swab. He said he “had never performed one prior to swabbing the employees at the Quik Trip.” According to the court document, James said “he was supposed to receive $20 for every test that was submitted, and explained that he needed money to pay his apartment lease and was trying to obtain the tests in order to get money.”

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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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