Police are looking for a suspect in an early morning smash and grab at Fenton Pawn Store. The burglary happened just after 1 am in the 400 block of Gravois in Fenton.
Fenton police say they found a broken glass door into the store. They also discovered two display cases that had been smashed and looted of their merchandise.
KSDK Newschannel 5 reports the owner says estimated a total in excess of $15,000.00 in gold chains and assorted gold jewelry was stolen in the break-in.
A surveillance tape shows the bandit wearing a nylon mask and smashing his way into the store and into the glass cases where the valuables were stored. Police say the suspect is a light skinned male wearing blue shorts and a long-sleeve blue shirt.
Guests staying at three city hotels found their car windows smashed overnight.
Witnesses at the Drury Inn at Interstate 44 and Hampton say at least eight cars were broken into.
Cars parked in lots at the Millennium and Hyatt hotels in downtown St. Louis were also targeted.
St. Louis police are still sorting out the chain of events that left two people injured outside a north side club overnight. Police were called to a nightclub at Union and St. Louis Avenue around 1 a.m.
They arrived to find one person had been struck by a car and another beaten with a baseball bat. Both were taken to the hospital and are expected to recover.
One person has been taken into custody.
St. Louis police say a 9 year old boy who was shot while riding in a car early Wednesday morning has died.
Police say Tyrese Short had been riding in a car with his father, another man and a woman in north St. Louis, when a man in another car shot him. No one else was injured.
The boy was taken to a nearby police station for help. He was rushed to St. Louis Children's Hospital, but died later in the day.
St. Louis Police Captain Michael Sack says investigator suspect that the boy's father or the 22 year old man driving had been the gunman's target. An 18 year old woman was also in the car. Police say it's unclear why the child and his father were out at 3:30 in the morning.
No information has been released about a possible suspect.
SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says she's looking into whether Gov. Pat Quinn can legally cut lawmakers' pay.
Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislators' paychecks from a budget bill Wednesday. He says it's the consequence for lawmakers failing to address the state's $97 billion pension shortfall.
Topinka says questions have been raised about whether Quinn's actions are constitutional.
A provision of the Illinois Constitution says changes in lawmaker salary should not take effect during the term in which they were elected.
Topinka says she has requested a legal review. It should be complete before Aug. 1, when lawmakers are scheduled to receive their next paychecks.
Quinn says a prior court ruling gives him the authority. He also says he's not changing their salary, just withholding the money to pay it.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed legislation that would have expanded an infrastructure surcharge for gas companies.
Gas utilities have been allowed to seek approval from the Public Service Commission to levy a surcharge for infrastructure replacements. The charge is levied between formal rate cases, and the gas companies must file for a more involved rate case every three years.
The legislation would have required full rate cases every five years and would have increased the cap on how much gas companies could collect through the surcharge.
Nixon said the legislation also would have allowed companies to recover from customers much of the uncollectable debt from customers who do not pay.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri is naming its side of a new Mississippi River span the "Stan Musial Memorial Bridge" for the late St. Louis Cardinals great.
But the state might not have the exclusive naming rights. Federal legislation approved by Congress and awaiting action by President Barack Obama names it the "Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge." That name represents a compromise between Missouri lawmakers who wanted to honor Musial and Illinois lawmakers who wanted to honor military veterans.
Governor Jay Nixon signed Missouri's legislation Wednesday. It also names part of a highway for construction worker Andy Gammon, who died while building the new Mississippi River bridge.
Missouri's legislation also names an existing St. Louis bridge for former Congressman William Clay, who won the first of 16 U.S. House terms in 1968.
Keith Conway, the former mayor of Kinloch, find himself in a courtroom again.
Conway is charged with falsifying his employment records while staying at a halfway house. He was staying at the halfway house after serving 21 months for using city money to pay for personal expenses, including buying a condo in Florida. As part of conditions for full release from the bureau of prisons, Conway was to obtain full time employment.
Court documents allege that Conway submitted false paycheck stubs to officials. He faces a five year sentence if convicted of lying.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A gun owner whose lawsuit spurred the Illinois concealed carry law that took effect this week is asking a federal court to allow the public possession of firearms immediately.
Mary Shepard and the National Rifle Association filed a motion for an injunction Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for southern Illinois. Shepard's motion says gun owners should not have to wait to carry because of Illinois lawmakers' "procrastination."
A federal appeals court ruled in December that it's unconstitutional for Illinois to continue prohibiting concealed carry. But lawmakers finally adopted a plan Tuesday - the court's deadline. Now the Illinois State Police have six months to set up a system and three months to approve or deny applications after that.
The motion notes the ban remains in effect until then.
St. Louis County cell phone retailers are invited to a cell phone theft forum tomorrow.
The St. Louis County Police Department is holding the event in response to the recent string of smash-and-grab store robberies. Retailers are invited to attend Thursday at 4PM in the Grace Union Church in the 3900 block of Union.