Nov 08, 2019 3:51 PM

$300K settlement reached over Missouri jail suicide attempt

Posted Nov 08, 2019 3:51 PM

TROY, Mo. (AP) — The mother of a man who died after a suicide attempt at an eastern Missouri jail has settled a lawsuit for $300,000.

A federal judge approved the settlement Thursday. The suit says Mark Jaconski told a Lincoln County corrections officer that he was bipolar and schizophrenic after his June 2015 arrest on outstanding traffic warrants. The suit says his mother, Monica Brown, also left voicemails to let officials know her son had prescribed medications for his mental health issues.

After two days in jail, a municipal judge authorized his release. But Jaconski was placed in an isolation cell that day after saying that he needed his medication and was going to hurt himself. A short time later, he attempted to hang himself and died seven months later.

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Nov 08, 2019 3:51 PM
Former Missouri lawmaker fined for ethics violation

Bruce Franks, Jr. courtesy photo

ST. LOUIS (AP) — 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.

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.