The trial of a St. Louis priest accused of molesting a teenage girl, under the age of 17 last year, is set to begin tomorrow in Pike County. Fr. Joseph Jiang faces charges stemming from four incidents in the Summer of 2012. The 31 year old Jiang is a native of China and was ordained a priest at the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica in May of 2010. Prior to his ordination, he served as a deacon at the Cathedral. In addition to felony endangerment of a child, Jiang faces a witness tampering charge for allegedly leaving the victim's parents a $20-thousand check in exchange for not reporting the incidents. A civil lawsuit claims that St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson asked the parents to give the check to him, but they had already turned it over to prosecutors.
A smash and grab burglary in Olivette has police seeking a Lexus SUV. Timekeepers Jewelry and Clock Shop on Olive Boulevard sits less than 50 yards from the Olivette Police Station, but that didn't stop thieves from smashing a truck through the front of the store. An Olivette police officer at the station heard the alarm bells sound around 5:00 a.m. and went to investigate. He spotted a stolen Dodge Ram pickup that had smashed through the front glass of the store and he a light-colored SUV that was fleeing the scene. Police chased the SUV on northbound 170 to Natural Bridge where the chase was abandoned due to a high rate of speed. An employee of the store says glass showcases, clocks and music boxes were among the inventory left smashed and broken.
Gasoline prices declined in St. Louis again last week. According to GasBuddy.com's Sunday survey of nearly one-thousand gas outlets in St. Louis, a gallon of regular has fallen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past seven days, averaging $3.15 per gallon. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.43 per gallon of regular gas. Prices in St. Louis yesterday were over 40 cents (40.4) per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and over 47 cents ( 47.4) per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 18.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 36.6 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — The budget battle in Washington has kept many of U.S. senators and representatives away from a Midwestern conference of conservatives in suburban St. Louis.
Hundreds of people gathered Saturday for pep-rally-style speeches and panel discussions at the Conservative Political Action Conference in St. Charles.
U.S. Senators Roy Blunt of Missouri and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma were late cancelations, as were numerous U.S. House members.
A convention spokeswoman says they stayed in Washington, where lawmakers face a midnight Monday deadline to pass a funding plan to avert a partial government shutdown.
Utah Senator Mike Lee attended the convention and received a standing ovation for aiding Texas Senator Ted Cruz this week in his filibuster against funding for the federal Affordable Care Act.
The event is sponsored by the American Conservative Union.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — Texas Governor Rick Perry says President Barack Obama's health care law is a failure and should be defunded, but he doesn't think shutting down the federal government is a good option.
Perry spoke Saturday to hundreds of people gathered for the Conservative Political Action Conference in suburban St. Louis.
He told the crowd that "the culture in Washington is broken" and touted efforts in Republican-led states to cut taxes and spur job creation.
Perry said the federal health care law has failed before enrollment even begins Tuesday in new online insurance marketplaces.
This past week, Texas Senator Ted Cruz led an unsuccessful filibuster to block funding for the health care law in the federal budget year that starts Tuesday.
Perry says he supports defunding the law but not closing government.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri residents can begin enrolling Tuesday for health coverage offered through a new online insurance marketplace. But some supporters of the initiative are advising people to wait a while.
The health insurance exchanges are a key part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act signed by President Barack Obama. Though enrollment starts Tuesday, people can wait until December 15th to sign up and still be included when the insurance coverage starts January 1st.
The Missouri Foundation for Health is one of the many nonprofit groups spreading the word about the new insurance options. Foundation vice president Ryan Barker says there likely will be glitches when the website launches. He encourages people to check out the site, do some research and take some time to think about it before enrolling.
CHICAGO (AP) — Days before the launch of President Barack Obama's health care law, Illinois officials say there will be snags as the new health insurance marketplace opens Tuesday.
Officials insist none of the problems will prevent anyone from getting insurance by the start of the new year. But some acknowledge there's a risk people may be discouraged by delays and glitches and give up on the program.
The hurdles include a lag in completing the certification of hundreds of workers who've been trained to help consumers sign up for coverage. So most won't be able to assist people with the process initially.
There are also software problems that are delaying the transfer of applications to the Medicaid program.
People have until Dec. 15 to sign up for coverage that starts Jan. 1.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 40-year-old man with a history of robbing banks in Kansas and Missouri has been sentenced to life in prison for two holdups he was convicted of committing last year.
The U.S. Attorney's office says Eddie Prince Roberts of Columbia, Missouri won't be eligible for parole under the sentence he received Friday in federal court.
Roberts was convicted earlier of robbing Boone County National Bank in Columbia of more than $4,400 in April 2012, and Landmark Bank in Columbia of roughly $8,200 the following month.
He was arrested after the Landmark robbery following a foot chase in which he fought with an officer and was shot during the encounter.
Roberts was convicted in 1993 of robbing five banks in Kansas. He was also convicted of robbing a Missouri bank in 2000.
St. Louis County Police say a woman is missing from a psychiatric treatment center.
20-year-old Sarah Croak walked away from the Castlewood Treatment Center in the middle of the night and was reported missing on Thursday. Sarah is described as a white female, 5’7”, 125 lbs and thin, with green eyes. She has long black curly hair with a blonde patch on her bangs. Sarah has previously attempted suicide and is a cutter with scars on her wrist.
Anyone who sees her or who has information is asked to call the St. Louis County Police at 314/615-0700.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The planned use of a common anesthetic in a Missouri execution next month is raising concerns that the anti-death penalty European Union could limit export of the drug, endangering the supply to thousands of hospitals and clinics across the U.S.
Convicted killer Allen Nicklasson is scheduled to die Oct. 23 in the first execution to use propofol.
Fifty million vials of propofol are administered annually in the U.S. during surgery and other procedures requiring anesthetic. Roughly 85 percent of the U.S. supply is made in Europe by the German company Fresenius Kabi.
But the EU prohibits trade in goods that could be used for executions and is reviewing whether to subject propofol to controls that could slow export to the U.S.
Fresenius Kabi has launched a website expressing its concerns.