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   Six people, including four children are being treated for injuries at a Jefferson County hospital after a school bus accident west of Herculanium.  

   The Missouri Highway Patrol reports the accident happened on Highway Z at Persimmon Point.  Police say its not yet known what caused the bus to roll off the road and into a ditch.

   The bus driver, an aide and four students were taken to Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Festus with what police are calling minor injuries.  

   The bus had been transporting children home from the Maperville State School.  The school serves severely disabled children.

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   IMPERIAL, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Highway Patrol says two drivers were killed in a head-on crash when one of them drove north in the southbound lanes of a highway south of St. Louis.
   The crash happened shortly after noon Tuesday on Missouri Hwy. 21 in Jefferson County.
   Investigators said 82 year old Mary E. Burke, of St. Louis, mistakenly entered the southbound lanes. Her car eventually collided with a pickup truck driven by 25 year old James R. Sybert, of De Soto. Burke was pronounced dead at the scene, and Sybert died at a hospital.
   Police said Burke may have driven as far as four miles in the wrong direction.
 
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   It looks like the search for a missing Jefferson County man is over after a body was found near Barnhart Monday afternoon.

   Sheriff Glenn Boyer says the body of a white man was discovered at about 4:30 p.m. in a drainage ditch near Catlin Drive and Old State Road M.  Jefferson County investigators aren't releasing the identity of the man, but family members say it is Dale Leija.  

   The 36 year old had last been seen leaving a Barnhart convenience store on March 9th.  

   Police say there are no obvious signs of foul play, but the investigation is ongoing.

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Monday, 17 February 2014 08:23

Former Mo. State Rep. Ron Casey dies

   Funeral arrangements are set for a former Missouri state representative from Crystal City who died over the weekend.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ron Casey died early Sunday morning at the age of 61.

   Casey had suffered a head wound the week before when he fell on a concrete floor at his brother's home.

   Casey represented part of Jefferson County for 12 years in the state House.  

   Visitation will be held at the Second Baptist Church in Festus on Tuesday from 2-to-8 p.m.  Funeral services will also be at the church at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department will soon have an additional $22,000 to find and stop drunken drivers. 

The county council agreed to accept $22,000 from the state. The Post-Dispatch reports the county only took the money on the condition that the funds be used for DUI checkpoints and not safety checkpoints. County residents argued earlier this year that safety checkpoints, which include checks for seat belt usage, violated their civil rights. The backlash was so great that the county rejected a grant in October that would have funded DUI and safety checkpoints.

The grant money will be split between covering the cost of officer overtime to man the checkpoints and equipment--such as road flares and safety vests. 

 

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   Two brothers are facing charges for burglarizing a Brentwood sewing store, but police suspect the pair in nearly three dozen business break-ins in south St. Louis, South County and Jefferson County since mid-October.  

   Police used GPS tracking to catch Joseph and Mark Been after spotting their car on surveillance video at the scene of several burglaries.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the first time undercover detectives followed the brothers was last week when the pair was tracked to a business where a cash register was stolen.  Kirkwood police then stopped the brothers' car and arrested them.  

   More charges are expected.

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   The Jefferson County Sheriff's office won't be getting extra cash from the state to help cover the cost of sobriety checkpoints.  That's because the County Council on Tuesday turned down a $22,000 grant from the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission.  The grant is specifically aimed boosting DUI enforcement.

   Sheriff Glenn Boyer told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it's "indicative of the dysfunction of this County Council."  

   Republican council members, who hold all but one seat, cited constitutional issues and complaints about sobriety checks from residents as the reasons they eschewed the funds.

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A person in Jefferson County has tested positive for West Nile virus.

Health officials say the patient actually suffered from a more severe strain of the illness known as West Nile Neuro-invasive disease. Residents of Jefferson County are being reminded to take precautions such as using insect repellents. Another tip, wear light-colored clothes in areas where mosquitoes are active.

To report a mosquito-breeding source in Jefferson County call 636-797-3737.

 

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   School board members won't be able to hire family members for supervisory positions in the Fox School District if they adopt a proposed anti-nepotism policy at tonight's board meeting.  

   The Jefferson County district has been struggling with the issue since the district hired Kelly Nash as food services director late last year.  Nash is a former McDonald's assistant manager with a high school diploma and no advanced certifications.  She's the daughter-in-law of Linda Nash, who was president of the school board at the time.

   The policy to be voted on tonight would prohibit board members from hiring relatives to supervisor positions, such as principals, assistant principals and department directors.

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A Jefferson County woman faces child abuse charges after allegedly punching her 3-year-old daughter.

Patch.com reports that Prosecutors say that Amy Jordan hit the girl in February. The alleged abuse was uncovered when a state worker noticed a large bruise under the girls eye. The child abuse charges are a felony.

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