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One change to city code allows police officers to ticket pedestrians for crossing the street outside of a crosswalk one half hour after sunset to one half hour before sunrise.  The bill adds language saying motorists must yield to pedestrians crossing in designated crosswalks or face a minimum fine of $100. 

Riddick Tudor
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This post has been updated with information shared by the school district 

A ten-year-old boy has died after he was hit by a vehicle near his school.  Riddick Tudor was one of five people who were hit by an SUV while standing on a sidewalk on the northeast corner of Grant and Mt. Vernon.  Police say the driver, 35-year-old Lonnie Yeager, reportedly experienced a medical episode.

A passenger in the vehicle was able to put the vehicle in park but not until after several people were injured.

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The Springfield Police Department is hoping someone might know the whereabouts of a Springfield man who's missing and believed to be endangered.  Officials say 70-year-old Lanny Jackson went missing from his home, in the 1900 block of E. Ridgewood in Springfield, at around 11 Saturday morning (8/26). 

He left in a silver Toyota Highlander with Missouri license plates, YG6P6Y.  Jackson is on medication and may be considered suicidal, according to the police department.  He’s 6 feet, one inch tall, weighs 220 pounds and has gray hair and blue eyes.

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Springfield will see more officers on the city’s streets.  Springfield City Council has given its approval to a bill accepting a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.  The COPS Hiring Program Grant will provide 75 percent of the funding and benefits for 11 full-time officers for three years, according to Springfield police chief, Paul Williams.  The city must match 25 percent.

He said the grant will eventually bring the total of officers in the city up to 352.

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In the aftermath of the August 2014 police shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown of Ferguson Mo., Governor Jay Nixon directed the Mo. Dept. of Public Safety and the Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (POST) to submit by December 1st, new rules to improve access to effective and ongoing training for Missouri law enforcement officers in 3 key areas:  1. Tactical Training, including de-escalation skills.  2.  Fair and Impartial Policing.  3.  Safety, Health and Well-being of Officers.  The goal is to enhance safety for citizens and law enforcement officers alike.