PINE LAWN, Mo. (AP) - A suburban St. Louis police officer is recovering after injuring his arm while struggling with a suspect.
The officer was one of two Pine Lawn officers who stopped a car at 1:20 a.m. Monday. After two men in the car were told to get out, the driver and an fought over a weapon. That officer hurt his arm in the struggle, but he and his colleague were able to gain control of the weapon.
Charges are expected against the two men.
Services will be held today for three teens killed in a car accident in Wildwood last week. 18-year-old Christopher Lenzen and sisters Kathleen and Lauren Oliver died when the car Lenzen was driving veered off the road and struck a house on Homestead Manor Drive. Lenzen was a Marquette graduate ready to study business at Mizzou. 18-year-old Lauren Oliver was a recent graduate of Eureka High School. Her younger sister Kathleen was a senior at Eureka High. Visitation for the Oliver sisters will be held at Windsor Crossing Community Church in Chesterfield from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Funeral services begin at 1 p.m. Lenzen's visitation is from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Schrader Funeral Home in Ballwin. His funeral will be held Tuesday.
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois gun owners who fail to report the theft or loss of a weapon will face tougher restrictions under a new law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn.
The law beefs up background checks and requires firearm thefts or losses to be reported within 72 hours.
Quinn signed the bill Sunday at a South Side Chicago park where police officer was fatally shot in 2010. The Chicago Democrat says the restrictions are common sense and will help crack down on crime.
Democrats State Sen. Kwame Raoul and state Rep. Mike Zalewski sponsored the bill. It's also supported by Chicago Police Chief Garry McCarthy.
The requirement to report thefts goes into effect immediately. The background check changes start next year.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Online retailer Amazon is severing ties with its online associates in Missouri because of a new state sales tax law.
Amazon Associates are people who write blogs or product reviews then link to Amazon.com. They collect commissions if people use their link to buy at Amazon.
The Kansas City Star reports that Amazon blames its decision to sever ties with its Missouri associates on a new state new law that takes effect this month subjecting those transactions to sales taxes. The retailer says it will no longer pay advertising fees for customers referred to an Amazon site after Aug. 27.
Rep. Jeremy LaFaver, a Kanas City Democrat, says lawmakers didn't hear from Amazon when the bill was under debate in the Legislature.
KNOB NOSTER, Mo. (AP) — Members of an Air National Guard wing at Whiteman Air Force base have become the first citizen airmen certified to take part in dropping nuclear bombs.
The Kansas City Star reports the Air National Guard's 131st Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base has passed the Pentagon's stringent Initial Nuclear Surety Inspection, which means it can assist in delivering nuclear bombs.
The wing's certification by the Air Force Global Strike Force Command enables more than 700 Guardsmen, working alongside active-duty airmen, to load nukes into B-2 Spirit stealth bombers and fly them on the orders of the U.S. president.
The Air Force keeps secret the details of the process for certifying air units for nuclear missions. The inspection at Whiteman took four days, and certification was awarded this month.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A judge in southwestern Illinois has sentenced a man to 47 years in prison for beating to death his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that 24-year-old Julian Gates told the St. Clair County judge Friday that he "snapped" when the girl urinated in her bed.
Gates, who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, told investigators he beat Mia Caito with a belt, his hand and an extension cord.
Investigators say the girl was covered "head to toe" in bruises and died of blunt force trauma in the January 2012 assault.
In a victim impact statement, the girl's mother, Brandy Johnson, told the court the little girl loved hugs and kisses, wearing her hair in a ponytail and watching "Dora the Explorer."
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lead company wants lawmakers to override a veto of a bill shielding it from large legal costs.
The Doe Run Company contends its very future is at stake, along with hundreds of jobs.
At issue is a bill limiting punitive damages in liability cases related to old lead mining facilities. Several such lawsuits are pending against Doe Run, including one scheduled for trial in October.
Lawmakers are to convene in September to consider whether to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto. He said the bill violated the state constitution by retroactively limiting damages and by benefiting only certain legal defendants.
Doe Run faces an uphill battle. The bill originally passed the Missouri House 94-63, with six absentees. That means supporters need 15 more "yes" votes to override Nixon's veto.
WILDWOOD, Mo. (AP) — Three teens are dead and one injured after a convertible slammed into a deck and a tree in the St. Louis County town of Wildwood.
The accident happened Thursday night. KSDK-TV reports that county police identified the victims as sisters Kathleen and Lauren Oliver of Chesterfield.
Kathleen was 17 and her sister 18. Both were riding in the back seat of a 2013 Infinity G37S convertible that ran off Homestead Manor Drive and hit a deck on the back of a house, then went into a wooded area and hit a tree.
Eighteen-year-old Chris Lenzen, the car's driver, also died. A fourth teen from Eureka was injured but survived the wreck.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Members of the United Mine Workers of America have voted to ratify a settlement with bankrupt Patriot Coal.
The union said Friday night that current or laid-off Patriot workers in West Virginia and Kentucky voted 85 percent to 15 percent in favor of the agreement reached late last week.
Some 1,800 members from 13 locals were voting.
St. Louis-based Patriot says it wants the company to survive, and union President Cecil Roberts says a deal may let that happen.
The settlement would restore most wage cuts that Patriot had sought as part of its reorganization.
Roberts says the deal also reduces the restoration of some benefits and the continuation of others.
Pension benefits for thousands of current retirees would be maintained, and active employees would continue earning pension credit.
STEELVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri judge has found probable cause for the second-degree murder trial of 59-year-old James Crocker, accused of killing a man on a float trip who stopped on or near Crocker's property.
Crocker, of Steelville, is charged in the death of 48-year-old Paul Dart Jr. Crawford County Associate Circuit Judge Scott Bernstein heard more than an hour of testimony Friday before ruling the case should move forward.
The shooting happened in July after Crocker spotted people from a Meramec River float trip party on a gravel bar that Crocker considered part of his property. Dart was shot in the face during the confrontation.
Defense attorney Michael Bert says Crocker was protecting himself and his property, and felt threatened by rock-wielding members of the float party.