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Missouri man accused of mutilating Craigslist cats placed on house arrest; neighbors are concerned

ST. PETERS, Mo. – Some people living in 20-year-old Kaine Loudazer’s St. Peters neighborhood told KTVI Monday they are not happy that he’s out of jail.

“I’m surprised that he’s out this quick,” said neighbor Doug Custer.

“It has kind of put things into a tense situation actually you know?” said another neighbor, Tim Weber.

Louzader was arrested just a few doors down from them Friday and charged with animal abuse. Police said he bought dozens of cats and kittens on Craigslist, only to kill and mutilate them.

“It’s disturbing,” Weber said.

“I don’t understand what makes people’s brains work that way,” Custer said.

Louzader’s attorney, Eric Boehmer said he is surprised by this case.

“This kind of came out of the blue,” Boehmer said. “No criminal history, no previous allegations of similar behavior. He had good grades in school.”

Louzader worked at Mercy Hospital in St. Charles. 

In a statement to KTVI, the hospital said:

“As soon as we learned of the charges, we immediately suspended his employment with Mercy. He has since resigned. He is no longer employed by Mercy.”

KTVI asked if the hospital is investigating Louzader’s conduct with patients, but they didn’t receive a response.

Boehmer said his client’s mental health is being evaluated.

“He will be on house arrest,” Boehmer explained. “He will be confined to his parents’ house to monitor him, to keep an eye on him and will have a GPS electronic monitoring.”

The Humane Society of Missouri advised people adopting out pets to use extra care. 

“The use of entities such as Craigslist definitely are not a good idea to find a new home for a pet because they do not vet the prospective new owner,” president Kathy Warnick said. 

The prosecuting attorney’s office told KTVI more charges are possible as detectives continue to investigate.

‘Pickle Split’ dessert has foodies flocking to Festus, Missouri

FESTUS, Mo. – You’ve heard of a banana split, but how about a pickle split?

Foodies are finding their way to Festus, Missouri to try this bizarre take on a tradition split.

“It was just something fun.  It looked pretty.  I took a picture of it and it got shared and we thought, ‘Oh it will go away.’  It didn’t go away,” said Deanna Farrar, Owner Pine Mountain Country Coffee House, and Mercantile.

It all began when Farrar was a teenager and took a weird food combination dare that turned into a social media sensation.

The pickle split.

“It was a surprise.  We saw it on the menu.  We came for ice cream and saw banana split or pickle split and it was great’” customer Josie Barton told KTVI.

A Vlassic Kosher Dill Spear instead of the banana split. And if you’re put off by the sounds of the pickle split well, you’re going to have to dill with it. This pickle split is here to stay at the old mercantile building that takes you back in time.

“I originally told my husband I wanted it to look like the Walton’s like Ike’s store where everyone was coming in and interacting with one another like they were family,” said Farrar.

Man demolishes childhood home to create golf course for neighborhood kids

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City man tore down his childhood home Monday to make way for a golf course he has dreamed of creating for over two decades.

Chris Harris’ pitch-and-putt golf course has been 25 years in the making – that’s the time it took for him to acquire each lot on the blighted city block.

The last vacant house standing, the home Harris grew up in, faced a wrecking crew Monday to clear space for another green and six more tees at what’s become the Harris Park Sports and Activity Center.

Through a partnership with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and The First Tee of Greater Kansas City, Harris’ dream of providing city kids a place to learn golf has become a reality.

“I just felt like in the neighborhood, I didn’t have the opportunity to get up, come outside and play the game of golf,” Harris said. “I really do believe that if we have the opportunity in the neighborhood, there will be a lot more people playing the game of golf. I think golf is accessible to us as well. My goal is to make sure I come out here and take care of this golf course, make it beautiful. Make the beautification that helps the neighborhood, gives the kids another opportunity to get scholarships. It can open so many other doors along with other sports.”

Harris said his goal was to make the course as nice as any on the PGA tour, and many say he’s succeeded.

Groups like the Kansas City Vette Ryders have helped raise money for the project, but Harris takes it upon himself to maintain the grounds, pick up trash and cut grass every week.

In another month or so, children and adults are expected to be a common sight on this course, learning the basics of a sport that may help transform their lives.