You might remember Trooper--the dog who was nearly killed after being dragged for nearly a mile down Interstate 55 almost a year ago.
Trooper was injured after Benetta Johnson tried to return then six-month old Trooper to her estranged husband by tying the dog to the bumper of her husband's truck. He did not notice the dog and dragged the puppy down I-55, until a fellow motorist notice Trooper and got him to pull over. Johnson was convicted on misdemeanor animal abuse charges and ordered to perform community service, take animal care classes, and make a donation to the Humane Society.
You can apply to adopt Trooper at: www.hsmo.org/adopttrooper.
Applicants must answer lifestyle questions and provide information about their home environment. Trooper is best suited to a home without other animals and with older children. He will be a good fit for an adopter who understands how to lovingly manage intelligent, strong dogs and has time to spend further training him and providing appropriate exercise. A secure outside area is also a necessity.
ST. LOUIS, Mo (KTRS) The FBI sent KTRS News surveillance photos of the suspects from the bank robbery in St. Louis Tuesday.
The PNC Bank on South Grand near Ted Drewes' was robbed just after 10:30 a.m.
Federal agents tell us both suspects are black and could have been armed. One of the perps is about 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds. He was wearing a flannel shirt over a dark hoodie. The hood partially covered a red knit cap that may have the words "St. Louis" on the front. He was also wearing jeans and tennis shoes.
The other suspect was more slender and stands about 6-foot-5. He was wearing a burgundy sweater vest over a white top, and jeans. He draped some type of blue clothing over his head.
Police are offering a $1,000 reward for tips that lead to an arrest.
Copy and paste this link into your browser to see the surveillance photos: http://bandittrackerstlouis.com/2013/11/pnc-bank-2/
ST. LOUIS, Mo (KTRS) Blockbuster officials announced Wednesday that they would be closing their doors nationwide by the end of January, but what does that mean for the local stores in St. Louis?
KTRS News tried to find out when the remaining local Blockbuster stores would be closing. We called the store on Chippewa and Watson Road in Webster Groves and the Sales Associate we spoke with did not know when or if there will be a last day.
Blockbuster's current owner, DISH Network Corporation said there will be about 50 U-S stores operated by franchises not affected by the announcement.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon says the state will help finance the estimated $2 million needed to remove mold and make repairs at the historic Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City.
The prison has become a major attraction since it stopped housing inmates in 2004, but high levels of mold forced officials to close it to the public in October. Officials say it had been on pace for more than 20,000 visitors this year.
Nixon said Wednesday the state and the Jefferson City government will share the costs evenly, with a goal of resuming public tours next spring. Three buildings and the gas chamber will be repaired.
The penitentiary began housing inmates in 1836 and was the oldest continually operating prison west of the Mississippi River when it closed.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The chairman of a special Missouri House panel is outlining potential Medicaid changes that could expand coverage to lower-income adults while reducing it for children.
Jefferson City Republican Rep. Jay Barnes offered a detailed financial estimate Wednesday showing the potential changes could save about $42 million in revenues by the time the changes are fully implemented in 2021.
That figure assumes Missouri would spend more money to add adults living in poverty to its Medicaid rolls and subsidize private insurance policies through a federal online marketplace for adults earning slightly more than the poverty level.
It assumes savings to the state by eliminating Medicaid coverage for some children and blind adults. Barnes says they could get policies through the federally run health insurance exchange.
ST. LOUIS, Mo (KTRS) Moments before an investigative report was supposed to broadcast on a St. Louis television station, it was pulled because the man highlighted in the story, was found dead.
Forty-year-old Jamie Hart filed a lawsuit against the "Better Business Bureau" in 2010, claiming the organization targeted him because he complained that the watchdog group wasn't’ treating him fairly. In the lawsuit, Hart asked for at least $500,000. The BBB denied any wrongdoing and the suit was dismissed a few months later.
Monday night, KSDK-TV decided to pull the "Five on Your Side" investigative story.
Investigators initially found no signs of foul play and the medical examiner said Hart did not suffer a heart attack. Toxicology tests are pending.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports station officials sent an e-mail to KSDK employees, that provided contact information for grief counselors.
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A woman charged with murder in the death of a toddler in 2011 will not go on trial this week as scheduled after her attorney was injured in an accident.
A mistrial was declared in St. Louis County on Tuesday in the second-degree murder trial of 31-year-old Jennifer M. Winkler, of Eureka. Her attorney, Neil Bruntrager, suffered a concussion during a fall. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Bruntrager was treated and released at a hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
Winkler is charged with second-degree murder and felony child abuse in the shaking death of 13-month-old Lily Annabella Rieger. The girl was injured while Winkler was at her home watching Lily.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois lawmaker is engaged to his partner just hours after the state Legislature approved same-sex marriage legislation.
State Rep. Sam Yingling of Round Lake Beach proposed to his partner during a celebration Tuesday at the Governor's Mansion. The couple has been together three years and has three children.
Yingling tells The Associated Press they'll get a marriage license as soon as the law goes into effect in June.
The Democrat says he's been carrying a ring back and forth to Springfield for about a year, waiting for the chance to propose.
He says the two grew up in Illinois and wanted to get married in their home state.
Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll the bill this month. Illinois will become the 15th state to allow gay marriage.
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - An organization that formed after a May 2011 tornado destroyed parts of Joplin is celebrating the opening of its 100th home in the southwest Missouri city.
Rebuild Joplin held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday at the home of Ron and Margaret Campbell, whose house was damaged during the tornado. The couple had begun repairs but did not have the money to complete them.
The Joplin Globe reports Rebuild Joplin began as a website after the tornado to connect people with resources. It eventually began construction projects using volunteer labor. Since November 2011, the organization has completed 47 new constructions and 53 home repairs.
Chad Carson, executive director of Rebuild Joplin, says the organization is still trying to find people who need help to recover from the tornado.
A Missouri State Representative is facing felony charges for misuse of campaign money.
Prosecutors say Representative Steve Webb of Florissant stole campaign funds and spent them on himself. The Post-Dispatch reports that Webb took a campaign contribution, deposited it in a political account, then moved the money to a personal account. Webb is the minority deputy whip. The paper also reports that Webb has taken nearly $29,000 in gifts from lobbyists--there is no limit on the amount of gifts he can take. About $18,000 of that amount has come from utility companies. Webb serves on the House Utilities Committee.
Webb's lawyer says he will surrender himself to authorities when an arrest warrant is issued.