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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 06:41

Dog rescuer enters not guilty plea

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri woman, who lied about where she found a lost dog to ensure that a shelter wouldn't turn it away, has pleaded not guilty.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 34-year-old Jessica Dudding of Lincoln County entered the plea Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of filing a false police report. Her trial is February 19.
Dudding found the yellow Lab tied to a pipe in a vacant lot two days after Christmas.
Lincoln County has no facility for strays and a deputy suggested she take the dog to Wentzville. He said he wasn't sure if Wentzville would take in a dog that wasn't found locally.
Dudding told Wentzville police she found the animal in Wentzville. Her lie was revealed after the dog's owner came forward.
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   A Lincoln County woman is facing misdemeanor charges for lying to police about where she found a stray dog.

   On December 27th, Jessica Dudding took a yellow Labrador she'd found in Lincoln County to Wentzville and told police she'd found the dog on Wentzville Parkway.  Lincoln County has no animal shelters.  

   Wentzville police took the lost dog to the city shelter.  

   The dog's owner had to pay 250-dollars in shelter fees and a 50-dollar fine for letting his dog roam loose in Wentzville.  So Dudding told police where she really found the dog, so his owner wouldn't be fined.  And that's when police charged her with a crime.  

   Wentzville Police Major Paul West told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that they had to charge her because "you don't get to lie to the police."  

   West says the judge could dismiss the charges when Dudding goes to court January 21st.  

   The dog's owner has said he'll pay any fine assessed against Dudding.

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Police have released a photo of the suspect connected to a robbery that happened outside a Wentzville Walmart.

A little over a week ago, on Sunday, November 17, a woman says she was approached by another woman in the parking lot. The suspect demanded the victim's purse. The victims gave the other woman money.

Police say the suspect left the scene in a 2000's gold of tan Chevy Blazer. The suspect is described as a heavy set woman, who was wearing a pink hoodie and light-colored blue jeans. 

Anyone who information on this case can contact Det. Blake Roth at blakeny.roth@wentzvillemo.org or can call 636-639-2127. You can call anonymously as well to 636-639-2180.

 

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   Hundreds of new jobs are coming to the St. Louis area because of the Affordable Care Act.

   The contract service company, Serco is hiring 600 people in Wentzville to do health insurance processing.  Serco is a private firm that specializes in providing management, technical and other services to the federal government.

   Starting today (Monday) through Friday Serco representatives will be meeting with job applicants at the National Information Solutions Cooperative at One Innovation Circle in Lake St. Louis. The company is asking that applications be submitted online at Serco's website.  

   Anyone who wants to apply in person can do so on Friday only, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

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Missouri may have said no to Obamacare, but the state has said yes to jobs the healthcare initiative will bring to the region.  

Some 600 new positions will be filled by Serco Inc., a company that is designed to process applications submitted under the Affordable Care Act.  The Virginia based company will lease the US Fedelis building in Wentzville and will train employees during September and October.

They expect to begin operations on November 1.

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WENTZVILLE, Mo. -- AP -- Police say a St. Louis-area teenager had a simple answer for leading police on a lengthy, dangerous chase: He didn’t want to miss prom.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the chase happened Friday in Wentzville. The suspect, 19-year-old Daniel Buck of O’Fallon, is charged with felony resisting arrest and several traffic citations.

An officer sought to pull over an SUV for numerous active warrants. Police say Buck saw police and sped away. Stop sticks eventually disabled the SUV.

Buck allegedly told police he fled because he was driving with a revoked license and had nine warrants for failure to appear on various charges. He reportedly said he didn’t want to go to jail because he was supposed to take his girlfriend to prom the next night.

 

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