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Police say the victims' 18 year old son is among the four suspects arrested in the deaths of a St. Francois County couple whose home burned Monday morning.
The bodies of 50 year old Stanley Halter and his 46 year old wife, Tammy were found after firefighters extinguished the pre-dawn blaze at the couples rural Park Hills home. Police say an autopsy indicated that Stanley and Tammy Halter had been murdered.
Four people are now in custody, including 18 year old Dallas Halter, the couple's son. Also in custody are 19 year old William Carrico, 19 year old Adam Moore and 24 year old Maxwell Lee. All four were arrested on Wednesday at different locations in and around Ironton County.
Police haven't released a possible motive for the killings.
A metro-east school district is trying to determine if one of its teachers helped students cheat on state achievement tests last year. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Highland Community Unit School District 5 has launched an internal investigation this week.
Superintendent Michael Sutton tells the paper they're investigating allegations from some students that point toward "testing irregularity" during administration of the Illinois Standard Achievement Test last school year (2012-13). The teacher under investigation isn't being identified.
The district's findings will be submitted to the state Board of Education which will make a final determination.
Metro-east authorities aren't sure how a woman found slumped over the wheel of a rental van in a store parking lot actually died.
The Madison County Coroner's Office has identified the victim as 42 year old Frances M. Ragan of East Alton. The coroner's officer reportst that an initial autopsy found no signs of violence or trauma. Further testing, including toxicology tests, will be performed.
An employee of the Dollar General store in the 400 block of Broadway in South Roxana had discovered the woman Saturday morning and called police.
Investigators are asking anyone who spoke to Frances Ragan over the past several days to contact them.]]>
The University of Missouri will hire outside, independent legal counsel to investigate the school's handling of matters related to former Mizzou student Sasha Menu Courey. The swimmer committed suicide in 2011, 16 months after claiming she'd been raped by members of the Missouri football team.
The University of Missouri Board of Curators voted Wednesday night to approve the recommendation of University President Tim Wolfe, to hire an independent investigator. The board has not yet chosen a firm, but stipulated that it must have independence from the university.
The board wants the inquiry completed in time for the board's next meeting in Rolla on April 11th.]]>