Feb 14, 2020 10:00 PM

Owner of closed Missouri hospital files for bankruptcy

Posted Feb 14, 2020 10:00 PM

BOONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas-based owner of a Boonville hospital that abruptly closed in January has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Pinnacle Healthcare System filing for reorganization means the Boonville hospital will reopen, CEO Joe Conigliaro said in a statement Thursday, although he did not provide further details. An Overland Park, Kansas, hospital owned by Pinnacle Healthcare will remain open.

The Chapter 11 filing will allow the companies “to restructure our debts and ensure stable, stronger, and viable business operations now and when we emerge from Chapter 11,” Conigliaro said.

The company owes somewhere between $10 million and $50 million to between 200 and 1,000 creditors, according to its bankruptcy petition.

The Pinnacle Regional Hospital in Boonville hospital suddenly closed Jan. 15, less than two years after Pinnacle Healthcare System bought the hospital. The company said it could not afford to comply with some Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services regulations.

MU Health Care said in a Thursday news release that it has hired several former Pinnacle employees and is working to find space to provide services in Boonville.

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Feb 14, 2020 10:00 PM
Indictment: Kan. felon assaulted undercover officer during gun deal
Nicholas Newman photo Wyandotte County

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Kansas man was indicted Thursday on federal charges of assaulting an undercover officer after she paid him $400 for a handgun, according to U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister.

 Nicholas Newman, 19, Kansas City, Kan., was charged with one count of robbery, one count of assaulting a federal officer, one count of brandishing a firearm in a crime of violence and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

 An affidavit filed in the case alleges that on Feb. 6, 2020, Newman met the undercover officer in the parking lot of a Sunfresh grocery store at 241 S. 18th Street in Kansas City, Kan. The agent gave Newman $400 and he gave her a .45 caliber Ruger Model P234 pistol. She asked if the gun came with a clip and he said it did. Then Newman reached for the firearm and tried to pull it away from her. During the struggle, the agent shouted for help and a second agent grabbed Newman from behind.

 If convicted, Newman could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of felon in possession of a firearm, up to 25 years on the robbery count, up to 20 years on the assault count and not less than five years on the charge of brandishing a firearm.