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Maryville residents look for way through violence during tense times

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MARYVILLE, Mo. — With every act of violence committed against law enforcement officers and every video circulated of a person in a minority group killed at the hands of a police officer, tensions multiply and divide.

Now Maryville residents face the fallout, searching for the best way forward.

Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Bob Rice held a press conference Wednesday morning to make a public statement of support for law enforcement officials. Rice said he was motivated to do so by violence against law enforcement officers over the past three weeks in Dallas, Baton Rouge, and recently Kansas City.

“As I monitor the events throughout the nation, it seems to me that there are organized calls for violence against police,” his written statement reads.

These “organized calls,” Rice said, come from “certain groups” operating to create chaos.

Although Rice never mentioned the Black Lives Matter movement specifically, other officials around the country blame the group’s rhetoric for increasing anti-police sentiment.

In an interview with CNN on Sunday, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke attributed the violence against law enforcement to the movement. Clarke said that since the movement began two years ago, the anti-police sentiment has “fueled this rage against the American police officer.”

Supporters of the movement counter these statements online, in nonviolent demonstrations, and in public statements that Black Lives Matter doesn’t condone violence to anyone. On the movement’s official website, it states, “it is not an anti-police-officer movement” and is not an “anti-white proposition.”

The website does specify that the movement rejects the idea that disrespect is criminal, and that it questions giving officers the “benefit of the doubt when it comes to policing black communities” due to broken trust with law enforcement. Continue reading “Maryville residents look for way through violence during tense times”

Pocket monsters pop up in Maryville

Battle ground

MARYVILLE, Mo. — When the Pokémon craze had children battling for little monsters during recess 20 years ago, some of the game’s most loyal fans dreamed that one day they would actually find Pikachu or Charizard in the wild.

As of last week’s release of Pokémon Go, those dreams have come close to actualization.

“It’s s about as close as it gets,” said Iñaki Irisarri of Maryville.

Pokémon Go, an augmented reality game played on smartphones, blends technology from GPS and cameras to place the pocket monsters in real places. After players download the app, they can activate the cameras on their phones to find a map of their area and locate images of the monsters. To catch and collect them, players “throw” a Pokéball by sliding their fingers up the screen at the monsters.

Pokémon are sneaky, though. If players don’t catch them in time, they disappear from the screen. The chase continues, and players wander the streets with their phones out and cameras on to spy another critter to capture into their collection.

Since the game was released in the United States last week, downloads have sailed past 7.5 million. BBC News reported Thursday that shares for Nintendo, the parent company of the Pokémon Franchise, has increased 56 percent since the game’s release. Continue reading “Pocket monsters pop up in Maryville”

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