Drug Runner Shot By Police

A car chase with a wanted drug trafficker ended peacefully but not before shots were fired. On May 10, at approximately 12:32 PM, Sheriff Gary Toelke says the Missouri State Highway Patrol observed a vehicle out of Illinois that was wanted for drug trafficking. The sighting was on I-44 near Stanton. It was reported that a check revealed that the driver had several warrants for his arrest. They Highway Patrol was unable to stop or catch up to the vehicle and requested assistance from Franklin County Deputies. At one point, the Highway Patrol got in pursuit of the vehicle but they were delayed in continuing. A Franklin County Deputy took over the pursuit which went East on I-44 toward Pacific. As the vehicle approached the Pacific Exit a Pacific Officer deployed spikes. At the same time a Franklin County Deputy attempted to block the vehicle. The driver then pointed a handgun at the deputy and drove around the spikes. The pursuit continued East on I-44 where it was joined by St. Louis County Police, the Highway Patrol, and Eureka Police. The driver drove through several subdivisions and yards to elude law enforcement. The driver also stopped several times but did not exit the vehicle. After stopping, he would accelerate; however, the speed of the pursuit reduced in the area of the subdivisions. The vehicle was eventually stopped in a subdivision where several shots were fired by law enforcement. He was removed from the scene by ambulance.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

2 days 4 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Gus Kleekamp with the Washington Post 218 Junior American Legion Baseball Team. Gus pitches, plays shortstop and bats third on the Junior Legion team that won the state championship in Blue Springs over the weekend. He posted the save in a 4-3 win over Festus in the title game. His batting average is .400 with 47-rbi and 47 runs scored. As a pitcher, he's 5-0 with an ERA of 1.631 and a WHIP of .961.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

2 weeks 1 day ago

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Thomas Jefferson, proponent of the Bill of Rights, could never have conceived just how many venues there are today for First-Amendment protected speech.

What he also could not have conceived is how this phenomenon of pervasive media has actually stymied, not enhanced, the free speech expression of presidential candidates.

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SPORTS CORNER

5 hours 32 min ago

2015 marks the first time in the history of Washington Post 218 American Legion Baseball that all three teams in the program have qualified for state tournament play. The Freshmen team played in the state tournament in Springfield earlier this month. The Juniors won state in Blue Springs last weekend and the Seniors are going to the state tournament in Sedalia this week.