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 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a civil lawsuit accusing Missouri State Highway Patrol officials of violating the rights of a handcuffed man who drowned can go forward.  U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey also ruled Thursday that a jury can consider allegations that Trooper Anthony Piercy violated Brandon Ellingson's civil rights during the 2014 arrest at Lake of the Ozarks.  Ellingson's family filed the civil lawsuit in 2014 against the patrol, patrol leaders and Piercy.

Crews are searching for a man who was seen with four international soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood before they drowned in floodwaters.

Officials say flooding and resulting strong currents in waterways are the main causes for the increase.

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An upcoming court proceeding will examine the death of a handcuffed Iowa man who went overboard as a Missouri State Highway Patrol boat was transporting him from the Lake of the Ozarks on suspicion of boating while intoxicated.

The Kansas City Star reports that the coroner's inquest in 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson's death is scheduled to get underway September 4th. During the trial-like setting, six jurors will determine whether there was a crime or negligence involved.

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The arresting officer involved in the drowning of a handcuffed Iowa man came back to work Tuesday.

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 19-year-old man drowned in a northwest Missouri river.

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Drowning deaths have risen dramatically in both Missouri and Kansas this year.

State officials say that before this weekend, 24 drownings had been reported this year in Missouri, four more than all of last year. And in Kansas, 12 drownings had been reported before this weekend, double the average for an entire year.

The Kansas City Star reports officials in both states say the pleasant summer weather likely has contributed to the increase, with more people venturing out to the states' waterways.