A metro-east school was placed on lockdown as a precaution as police search for a suspect.
Fox 2 reports that shots were fired at a business near Caseyville Elementary School around 12:30 PM. The search was centered around Highway 157 near Caseyville. The school was locked down only as a precaution.
More details as they are available right here.
The search for a missing a 7 year old Effingham County, Illinois girl will continue overnight.
Authorities and hundreds of volunteers have been looking for Willow Long since she disappeared from her Watson, Illinois home on Sunday. The Effingham County Sheriff's Department has sent the volunteers home for the night so that an Illinois State Police Flare Plane, which detects heat, won't pick up false readings during the overnight search.
Willow is about four-feet tall and weighs just 46 pounds. She has shoulder-length red hair and was wearing a long purple t-shirt as a nightgown. Willow's mother says she checked on the kids Sunday morning before taking a nap. When she woke up, Willow was gone.
The Effingham County Sheriff's Department is coordinating the search and investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities at 217-342-2101.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri will pay a southern California search firm $100,000 to guide the hiring process for the next chancellor of its Columbia campus.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates of suburban Los Angeles will screen prospective candidates to succeed Chancellor Brady Deaton, who is retiring in November. His replacement will be chosen by the university's Board of Curators and system President Tim Wolfe.
The California company's recent work includes the chancellor search at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and presidential searches at Carnegie Mellon and California State University, Los Angeles.
As with its recent presidential searches, Missouri won't disclose the names of finalists. Wolfe has set two meetings this week to solicit comments on desired qualifications for the next MU chancellor.
The search is underway for a paroled sex offender who authorities say bolted from his East St. Louis halfway house.
The Illinois Department of Corrections is searching for Frederick Buettner. He was convicted in 2004 after being charged with felony predatory criminal sexual assault. He was paroled in May.
A man and woman remain on the loose after allegedly trying to rob a man at a Metro-East restaurant.
Around 8:30 Saturday night, employees at a Collinsville Hardee's called police to report the suspects attacked a customer in the restroom. The victim said a man followed him into the restroom, hit him, and tried to steal his wallet. Surveillance tape shows the suspect getting in a car with a woman and driving off.
They were last seen in a white Ford Escape. Anyone with information is asked to call the CrimeStoppers.
Emergency crews have resumed the recovery effort for a woman who fell off a Mississippi River ferry Friday.
Police say the St. Louis County woman fell off the front of the Golden Eagle Ferry. Crews have used sonar, rescue swimmers, and helicopters, but the woman has not been see since she first went under water. After a rescue effort was suspended last night, crews transitioned to a recovery effort Saturday morning.
The Golden Eagle Ferry runs between St. Charles County and Calhoun County in Illinois.
A ten month old girl is safe and sound after being abducted by her father this morning. Police say around 9AM Bryan Grant kicked in the door of the girl's home and kidnapped the girl. About six hours after an Amber Alert was issued, police found the girl outside the home of one of Grant's friends. Grant remains on the loose.
The suspect is identified as:
Brown eyes, black hair.
The child’s name is Demi Grant, b/f, 11 months of age.
The search for a northern Illinois man and his teenage son who disappeared on the Meramec River will resume after sunrise Wednesday.
St. Louis County Police say the man's wife reported the pair missing early Tuesday afternoon. She told police she'd last seen her husband, 36 year old Mike Hill and her 16 year old son David near the Pacific Palisades launch two hours before. They had been gathering up fishing gear.
Police say there's been no sign of them or their fishing gear and so far, they have found nothing to indicate that the pair has drowned.
Kirkwood police are looking for a 19 year old man wanted for murder. Police say Nicholas Lunceford shot an 18 year old man about 4:30 Monday afternoon at a home on Pleasant Court.
Police say Lunceford should be considered armed and dangerous.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that relatives of the victim have identified him as Brandon Richards, a recent graduate of Kirkwood High School.
Anyone with information about the crime or Lunceford’s whereabouts is asked to call Kirkwood Police Detective Dave Smith, at 314-698-3646.
Missing Franklin County children 13-year-old Erica Linsey and 11-year-old Scotty Warner have been found unhurt.
The two friends were last seen at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday playing outside near White Road south of St. Clair.
Sheriff Gary Toelke says the area where the kids went missing in a very remote location close to the Meramec River. Just before 10:00am Thursday, Warner was found and led searchers to his 13-year-old neighbor. Erica Linsey was found hiding under porch. Searchers are trying to coax her out. Reportedly, she had fought with her sister the night before.
Earlier, Sheriff Gary Toelke told KTRS News there was no reason to believe the two were runaways. There was concern about the safety of the area due to mine shafts, caves, and the Meramec river.
Initially, Toelke says there were initial indications the two used a cell phone to access the Internet just before midnight from the area where they were reported missing.