St. Louis is about to turn 250, and several events are planned for the big anniversary. Organizers of a group called stl250 announced their plans today at the Missouri History Museum. The festivities start on New Year's Eve at a First Night event in Grand Center. Other highlights include a birthday celebration weekend starting Friday, February 14th with an appearance by Pokey LaFarge on Art Hill, and a historical reenactment of the city's founding on February 15th at Laclede's Landing. More information can be found at stl250.org
A metro-east sheriff already accused of harassing a former female employee is now facing a second lawsuit. The new suit names Madison County and Sheriff Robert Hertz. In Wednesday's court filing, Madison County Sheriff's Captain Eric Decker claims Hertz violated his rights by searching his phone records and personal records. The day before, Hertz's former secretary, Jaimie Linton, had filed a lawsuit alleging the sheriff had created a hostile work environment. Hertz denies the all of allegations.
Police are searching for the boyfriend of a young mother who was murdered in East St. Louis. Police say 25-year-old Montrell Cooper is wanted for questioning in the stabbing death of 25-year-old Michelle Rowling. Rowling was found dead Saturday night inside her apartment at the Gomper's Housing Complex. Cooper has been arrested for assaulting Rowling in the past, including a 2012 conviction for stabbing her. Friends say Rowling had recently expressed concern for her safety, posting a message on Facebook saying if anything should happen to her, she wanted friends to tell her children and her mother that she loved them.