Former Missouri lawmaker

fined $14,000

ST. LOUIS | A former Ferguson activist who became a state representative, only to resign in August, will pay the state $14,169 after an investigation found he spent thousands of dollars from his campaign fund on personal expenses and failed to file accurate reports.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Democrat Bruce Franks Jr. of St. Louis signed a consent order with the Missouri Ethics Commission on Thursday. He agreed to pay at least $250 a month until the fine is paid off.

Franks did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Franks announced his departure from the Legislature in May, in part citing struggles with anxiety and depression. He was first elected in 2016, two years after leading protests in Ferguson in response to the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.

Teens charged

in videoed robbery posted

to social media

OLATHE, Kan. | Four suburban Kansas City high school students have been charged with two Halloween night armed robberies, one of which was recorded and circulated on social media.

The Kansas City Star reported that police in Overland Park, Kansas, said the teens took clothing and electronics in the two robberies, which were committed around 4:30 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. on Oct. 31.

Police found the sport utility vehicle that the suspects had been driving around 10:30 p.m. and took the occupants into custody.

The teens are each charged in juvenile court with two felony counts of aggravated robbery. The Star isn’t naming the teens because they are minors.

Police: Man hid more than

163 pounds of pot

in minivan

LINCOLN, Neb. | Police said officers arrested an Illinois man after finding marijuana hidden in his minivan along Interstate 80 in Nebraska.

The Lincoln Police Department said the vehicle was stopped for speeding Monday in Lincoln. Lancaster County Court records said a police dog alerted officers to drugs in the minivan, and they found 164 vacuum sealed bags of marijuana under a black sheet in a rear cargo area. It weighed out to more than 163 pounds.

The records said 58-year-old Terry Tucker, of Rockford, Illinois, is charged with possession for sale. The court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for him.

His next court hearing is scheduled for Dec. 3.

Man convicted

of hate crime

for tearing down LGBTQ flag

NEVADA, Iowa | A jury convicted a man of a hate crime and other counts for tearing down and burning an LGBTQ flag flying at a church in Ames.

Television station KCCI reported that 30-year-old Adolfo Martinez was found guilty Wednesday of a hate crime, third-degree harassment and being a habitual offender.

Martinez was arrested in June. He told KCCI in an interview that he tore down the flag that had been hanging from the United Church of Christ and burned it because he opposes homosexuality.

Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds said Martinez faces 15 years in prison when sentenced. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Suspected carjackers charged in

crash death

of accomplice

ST. LOUIS | Two St. Louis men have been charged in the death of a suspected carjacking accomplice in a crash.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that 22-year-old Percy Robinson and 18-year-old Courtney Clay were charged Wednesday with second-degree murder.

Their suspected accomplice, 20-year-old Christopher Gragg, died around 2 a.m. Tuesday, just blocks away from where a GMC Acadia was stolen at gunpoint from a woman and her 3-, 5- and 8-year-old sons. The woman and her children weren’t hurt.

Under Missouri law, prosecutors can file murder charges against accomplices if someone dies during the commission of a felony, even if the accomplices didn’t directly cause the death.

Robinson and Clay also face robbery and armed criminal action charges. They’re jailed without bail.

No attorney is listed for them in online court records.

— From AP reports