Nov 08, 2019 7:05 PM

Fraternity closes troubled chapter at University of Missouri

Posted Nov 08, 2019 7:05 PM

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A University of Missouri fraternity chapter with a troubled history is closing for now but could reopen with new members as early as 2022. The Columbia Missourian reports that the Executive Committee of Sigma Chi International Fraternity announced Thursday that the chapter on the Columbia campus has been suspended.

The organization's international president, Steven Schuyler, wrote in a letter that, "The severity of the offenses that the chapter has committed are simply too grievous to allow the culture that exists within the group to perpetuate." Current members will be barred from fraternity activities until 2024. The chapter had been suspended by the university for four years in October 2002 in response to hazing violations. More recently, it got into trouble for providing alcohol to minors.

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Nov 08, 2019 7:05 PM
$300K settlement reached over Missouri jail suicide attempt

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.