The trial for the man accused of murdering 7-year-old Willow Long has been postponed again.
Justin DeRyke was set to appear in court next week, but the defense says they need more time to prepare. DeRyke is accused of murdering his niece. The new trial date is February 10.
DeRyke remains in the Effingham County Jail under a $5 million bond.
BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) - An investigation is underway after a man's body was found in a burning home in eastern Missouri.
The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Mo., reports that firefighters were putting out a house fire Saturday at the Lake Timberline development in St. Francois County when they found the body of 35-year-old Dustin Towey. Authorities say he died of smoke inhalation.
Authorities have not disclosed a cause for the fire.
Homicide detectives are on the scene of a fatal stabbing in Soulard.
Police say a man was found in a pool of blood in his apartment that is just a block away from Pontiac Square Park in St. Louis city. The victim has not been identified and no motive has been released.
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.
CHICAGO (AP) — Candidates running for Illinois governor in 2014 have started shaping up their positions on a new pension proposal that lawmakers are expected to consider this week.
Republican venture capitalist Bruce Rauner said in an email yesterday to supporters that it's the wrong deal for Illinois. He says the savings are insufficient and he doesn't agree with how lawmakers reached the agreement.
Meanwhile Republican state Sen. Bill Brady says he's in favor. In a statement, he says that it's package of "meaningful reforms" that would strengthen Illinois' fiscal stability. Brady sat on a bipartisan pension panel for months.
Last week, the state's four legislative leaders announced some details of the deal aimed at solving the state's nearly $100 billion pension crisis. It's estimated to save about $160 billion over three decades.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A recent Missouri Department of Transportation study estimates that the annual economic output of the state's airport system is $11.1 billion.
The study examined the nine commercial and 99 public-use airports that the agency supports. Combined, the airports contribute more than 100,000 jobs with a payroll of $3.1 billion.
Using Federal Aviation Administration guidelines, the study examined direct and indirect impacts. It found that the economic contribution of Missouri airports grew 17.1 percent in the past decade despite the economic recession. The growth was fueled largely by an increase in business activity.
In 2012, an estimated 6.2 million travelers arrived in Missouri via commercial airports and more than 260,000 arrived on general aviation aircraft.
More information about the Missouri Statewide Airports Economic Impact Study can be found online: http://www.modot.org/othertransportation/aviation/aviationgeneralinformation.htm
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. (AP) — The family of a southeast Missouri mother killed by her estranged husband is trying to move forward after a June plea deal that landed the killer in prison while allowing police to recover her body.
Thirty-nine-year-old Jacque Waller, a mother of 5-year-old triplets, was missing for almost two years before her body was found on a Mississippi River island near Cape Girardeau. Forty-two-year-old James Clay Waller the Second pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and received a 20-year prison sentence. The couple was going through an acrimonious divorce at the time of Jacque Waller's disappearance.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Waller's sister and brother-in-law now care for the 8-year-old siblings, who are second-graders. Bob and Cheryl Brenneke recently adopted the Waller children after serving as their legal guardians.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a fleeing motorist has suffered serious injuries from crashing into a suburban St. Louis home.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the 30-year-old St. Charles County woman was leading state troopers on a chase when she slammed into a Ferguson home around 5:45 p.m. Friday.
Police said no one at the home was injured. But the woman's vehicle caught fire, and she was taken to a St. Louis hospital.
Court records show the woman was driving on a suspended license after failing to pay court fees.