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   After an Illinois primary election that saw relatively low turnout yesterday, one metro-east sheriff is out, another is in.  

   Glen Carbon Police Chief John Lakin took 64 percent of the vote to defeat Madison County Sheriff Bob Hertz in the Democratic primary.  With no Republican candidate, Lakin will officially win the post in November.  

   St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson had been appointed in 2012 to replace the late Mearl Justus.  Watson easily won the Democratic nomination.  Again, no Republican candidate means he'll begin his first full term after the November election. 

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TROY, Mo. (AP) — Just in case the unthinkable ever occurs, authorities in Lincoln County, Missouri want school staff, teachers and students to be ready if someone with a gun ever enters the building.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department has conducted active shooter drills at 13 schools since August. Lieutenant Andy Binder says the program has helped develop new policies for how both teachers and police respond to threats.

The exercise is an example of active shooter response training and is part of a program for schools established by a new Missouri law.

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Authorities in Pulaski county have identified the mother who is presumed to have died in flash flooding this week.

Sheriff Ron Long says that 4-year-old Elyjah Lee died after the car he was in was swept off the road on Tuesday. His mother, 23-year-old Jessica Lee was not with the car when emergency crews arrived.

The search for Jessica continues, but authorities assume she is now dead. 

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CRYSTAL CITY, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri sheriff is raising safety concerns about gatherings at an old sand mine now used as a recreation complex.

The 200-acre site near Crystal City once provided sand to a glass factory. It is now known as Crystal City Underground.

The site is also rented out to parties. A gathering on April 6 drew hundreds of people. Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that deputies issued eight summonses, including three for underage drinking and two for drugs.

Boyer is concerned about whether emergency vehicles could get to the site, and if a bridge meets safety standards.

Owner Tom Kerr says an emergency plan is in place and plans are in the works for a new road and bridge to the site.

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