Reward offered in the search of missing teen, Kylan Stubler

May 5, 2011

COLUMBIA — The family of a Columbia teenager who has not been seen since April 21, 2011 has offered $10,000 for information that leads to his return or an arrest in connection with his disappearance.
According to a flyer made by his family, “The reward will be issued to the person or persons that are responsible for Kylan’s safe return home or for information leading to the arrest and conviction to the person or persons responsible for Kylan’s disappearance.”

Kylan Stubler, 17, told his father his ride had arrived and left his father’s house that afternoon, family spokeswoman Wendy Swetz said at a news conference held at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.
Swetz is a friend of Stubler’s father, Dan Stubler. His mother is Kersten Roberts. Neither parent appeared at the news conference. Swetz said they were too distraught to appear in public.

Surveillance video from the Break Time convenience store at 900 Conley Road shows Stubler there at 2:03 p.m. last Thursday, shortly after he left his father’s house, Latisha Stroer, public information officer for the Columbia police, said.

Swetz said that later that day, Stubler was seen at the Dollar General at 3020 Paris Road and that he was visibly upset. But there is no surveillance video or police confirmation of this sighting.

Swetz said Stubler spent the night at a friend’s house and was last seen by that friend leaving Friday morning. Stubler’s father had paid him $40 for housework on Thursday, but his family didn’t know whether he had more money.

“He didn’t have the means to travel,” Swetz said. She added “he had no reason to be running.”

Swetz said that Stubler had been planning to take summer class at Hickman High School and re-enroll there in the fall. He had also been applying for jobs recently.

Police said Stubler had been living with friends and did not have a permanent residence, a driver’s license or a car at the time of his disappearance.

According to Missouri, Stubler was charged with felony marijuana possession after he was arrested on February 19. He was released on a $4,500 bond, and a preliminary hearing on the charge was scheduled for May 18.

Stubler is described as 6 feet tall and weighing approximately 155 pounds with brown hair.

In Missouri, the age at which one is considered a legal adult is 17. Therefore, Kylan is considered a legal adult and this case is listed and treated as a missing person case rather than a kidnapping. If it were considered a kidnapping, the Columbia Police Department would engage in a full-scale investigation as kidnapping would involve criminal charges. The family says that it is unusual for Kylan to go this long without reaching out to family or friends.

In addition to the $10,000 that his family is offering, Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,500. Anonymous tips can be given to Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.

“There’s someone out there who knows something,” Swetz said. “Please put yourself in the family’s shoes. They’re so desperate to have their son back.”

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Black Judge Marvin Teer, Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri

August 15, 2008

Judge Marvin Teer, Jr. shows off the lamp he donated for a charitable organization

Judge Marvin Teer, Jr. shows off the lamp he donated for a charitable organization

On Fri, Jul 15, 2005, a press release was distributed regarding the appointment of a black judge in St. Louis’ municipal court.

Mayor Slay Appoints New Municipal Judge

ST. LOUIS – Mayor Francis G. Slay today announced he has appointed Marvin Teer, Jr., as a Municipal Judge in the City of St. Louis. Judge Teer was an assistant city counselor and is the president of the Mound City Bar Association, one of the oldest African American bar associations west of the Mississippi River.
“Marvin Teer is a terrific lawyer. His experience as a prosecutor, assistant attorney general, and assistant city counselor will serve him well in his new capacity,” Slay said.

“I am very pleased that Mayor Slay had enough confidence to appoint me to this important position,” Judge Teer said. “I will make him and the City proud.”

Municipal judges hear cases ranging from traffic violations, to housing cases, to problem properties. It pays $70,694 per year.

Mound City Bar Association
PO Box 1543
St. Louis, MO 63188

Judge Marvin Teer, Jr.
4326 W. Pine Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 267-6132

Ann Peebles, “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” Makes St. Louis Native Shine

July 14, 2008

Ann PeeblesAnn Peebles was born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, and she was discovered as a talent by Gene “Bowlegs” Miller of Hi Records during a 1968 trip to sit in singing with him at a Memphis, Tennessee, nightclub.

Peebles released many successful albums that were well received by the critics produced by Willie Mitchell on Hi Records in the 1970’s.  Her music was drowned out by the crashing waves of the disco fad in the late 1970s.

Hi Records was eventually sold but Peebles hooked up with Willie Mitchell in 1989 for her comeback album called “Call Me.”

Her most recognizable song is titled:  “I Can’t Stand the Rain”  Ann Peebles unique voice shines through on this song.

In 2006 she released the album Brand New Classics which consists of re-recordings of some of her songs in an acoustic style.  Ann Peebles has been sampled by many Hip Hop artists, such as Missy Misdemeanor Elliot, Wu Tang Clan and RZA.  In 1997, artist Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott recorded an interpolation of “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” entitled The Rain (Supa Dupa FLy),  as the first single from her debut album Supa Dupa Fly. The single reached the top ten in the US and UK, peaking at number 3 in U.S. Billboard Hot Single Sales.


Want the original Ann Peebles album? There are a few left on Amazon.

Ann Peebles on YouTube

Want to check out Missy Elliott’s rendition?

Missy Elliott “The Rain”

Bruce R Watkins Kansas City, Missouri Leader and Successful Black Entrepreneur

July 14, 2008

Bruce R Watkins, Kansas CityBruce R. Watkins was Kansas City’s first African Ameriican city council member and he also made a serious run for Kansas City mayor.  Richard Berkley beat him, but make no mistake in that Watkins made a deep impact.

The impact was so deep that Kansas City considers Bruce R. Watkins as a local hero worthy of historic recognition.  In his name and honor are the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center located in Kansas City and the Spriti of Freedom fountain.

Watkins stepfather was Theron B. (T.B.) Watkins, who married his mother, Olivia and adopted Bruce when he was a young boy.  Theron served on the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners from 1941 to 1948.  The T.B. Watkins Housing Complex was named after him and is located on 12th and Woodland for his hardwork and commitment to the community.

T.B. was big on rallying folks together to work on community projects such as the Kansas City clean-up campaign of 1940.  He  organized the Gateway Athletic Association to help the Kansas City youth by participating in sports and raised money through fundraisers for the construction of the Paseo branch of teh YMCA.

Bruce Watkins, who rose to become chairman of the Jackson County Democratic Committee, once followed in his father’s footsteps and actively served in the Republican Party.

As city councilman, Bruce successfully fought for civil rights issues by pushing for equal employment opportunities at city hall. He introduced Public Accommodations Ordinance No. 29153, which prohibited discrimination against African-Americans in all public business establishments, including restaurants, stores and theaters. The city council passed the ordinance on September 13, 1963. The ordinance was then subjected to a public referendum in one of the city’s most heated campaigns. The issue passed by 1700 votes on April 8, 1964.

Bruce was sworn in as a Jackson County Circuit Court Clerk in 1966, where he is credited with streamlining the office’s accounting system, investing idle funds, upgrading office equipment and establishing a businesslike approach to employee problems.

Bruce R. Watkins lost his battle with cancer in 1980 but his legacy still lives on.  Undoubetedly, his own son, Bruce R. Watkins, Jr. is active in the Kansas City community and continues in his father’s footsteps as a successful businessman.

Theron Watkins Father of Bruce R Watkins Kansas City, Missouri

July 13, 2008

watkins_theron.jpgTheron Watkins (1877-1950), or T.B. Watkins, a prominent African American of Kansas City and father of local politician Bruce Watkins. Watkins was born near Indianapolis and came to Kansas City in 1909 as an undertaker and soon co-founder of Watkins Brothers Funeral Home at 1729 Lydia Avenue, which became “one of the most successful black businesses in Kansas City”. He became a leader and activist in the community starting in the 1910s and candidate for city alderman in 1921 and the Missouri legislature in 1944.

Excerpt taken from “Take Up the Black Man’s Burden: Kansas City’s African American Communities, 1865-1939” (Hardcover)
by Charles E. Coulter (Author)

Missouri Association of Social Welfare Pass Phil Curls Resolution

January 21, 2008

Senator Phil Curls, Kansas City, Missouri

Senator Yvonne Wilson presented SR 1244, honoring the late Phil Curls, who passed away a few days earlier. 

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