Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law and Order

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law and Order

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ST. LOUIS -- Man pleads guilty to animal abuse: A St. Louis man who previously admitted his role in a dog-fighting ring and is now serving time in federal prison for cocaine distribution has been sentenced in another dog-fighting case.

Keith E. Hayden, 45, of the 4500 block of Margaretta Avenue, pleaded guilty Thursday to a reduced count of animal abuse and was sentenced by Circuit Judge James Sullivan to 30 days of jail time already served.

His lawyer could not be reached Friday.

Hayden was charged with a felony count of dog fighting in 2017. Court documents say a police search warrant served on Hayden's home March 16 of that year uncovered several injured dogs. Charges said one had a cut on its leg as well as numerous bite marks on its ears and legs.

"I observed scarring and open wounds on three additional dogs in various stages of healing," St. Louis Officer Louis Naes wrote in court documents.

The dogs' injuries were consistent with dog fighting, Naes said in court documents.

JEFFERSON CITY -- Parson names circuit judge: Gov. Mike Parson has named Madeline Orling Connolly circuit judge for the 22nd Circuit, which covers the city of St. Louis, the governor's office announced in a news release Friday.

Connolly, of St. Louis, previously worked in the St. Louis circuit attorney's office and later became an associate circuit judge, according to the release.

She earned her law degree from St. Louis University and will succeed Mark H. Neill, who has retired, the release said.

LINCOLN COUNTY -- Judge gets deadline to respond to suit: The Missouri Supreme Court gave a Lincoln County judge until noon Wednesday to respond to a suit filed by the elected circuit clerk, who said she was illegally removed from office.

Presiding Circuit Judge Patrick Flynn appeared in Circuit Clerk Karla Allsberry's office May 28, accompanied by at least two uniformed, armed sheriff's deputies, and ordered her to leave her office, Allsberry's suit says. …

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