An investigation continues after a woman was found dead in her Hazelwood apartment.
Around 9:45 a.m. police were asked to check on the welfare of 27-year-old Denitra Jones. When officers arrived, they found her body. Investigators say the circumstances surrounding her death were suspicious and the coroner confirmed her death was a homicide.
Police say they have a person of interest in custody and are presenting the case the prosecutors.
NEW MADRID, Mo. (AP) - The search continues for an 83-year-old southeast Missouri woman missing since last week.
Eighty-three-year-old Barbara Stoffer of New Madrid (MAH-drid) was last seen on the afternoon of Aug. 20. She is 5-foot-2 and weighs 120 pounds with gray hair. Stoffer drives a green 1993 Volvo with Missouri license plate number 073RYW.
KFVS-TV reports that hundreds of people gathered Sunday night at a candlelight vigil for Stoffer. City police and the county sheriff continue to search for her.
Friends say Stoffer visited the nearby Mississippi River daily. The search includes river dive teams from the state Highway Patrol.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - City efforts to force repairs at hundreds of deteriorating St. Louis homes remain stymied as the property owner's identity is shrouded in mystery.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Urban Assets LLC holding company owns more than 200 distressed houses on the city's north side. Many have multiple code violations, unpaid fines and unpaid tax penalties.
The holding company's registered agent says he is bound by confidentiality to not disclose the owner's identity. The city is trying to sell dozens of Urban Assets' houses at nuisance property auctions after the company failed to pay property taxes. Only one has sold so far.
Sweltering heat is already forcing some high school football teams to change game times this weekend.
Hazelwood School District officials rescheduled games for Hazelwood Centrals and Hazelwood East. Both games have been moved from 1 PM to 10 AM. Temperatures this weekend are expected to be in the upper-90's with heat indexes above 100.
The games new times are:
Hazelwood Central High School
HCHS vs. Webster Groves High School
10 a.m. at HCHS
15875 New Halls Ferry Road, Florissant, MO 63031
Hazelwood East High School
HEHS vs. McCluer High School
10 a.m. at HEHS
11300 Dunn Road, St. Louis MO 63138
A man called Outlaw is headed to prison for his role in two violent crimes.
Stanley "Outlaw" Carter was sentenced in federal court to 20 years behind bars. In 2008 Carter was first involved in an armed home invasion and stole a large amount of marijuana. Later in the year he was involved in a shooting that left two men dead.
A judge said both of the crimes were related to a drug trafficking operation and the fruits of a federal investigation.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal appeals court will hear arguments Oct. 3 over a push by gun rights advocates to let Illinois residents immediately tote firearms in public under the state's fledgling concealed-carry law.
Mary Shepard and the Illinois State Rifle Association want the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to intervene after failing to sway a federal judge in East St. Louis to allow immediate concealed carry.
The Illinois Legislature passed the last-in-the-nation concealed-carry law July 9 against Gov. Pat Quinn's objections, giving Illinois State Police 180 days to set up the permit process and an additional 90 days to process applications.
Shepard and the rifle group consider that "foot-dragging."
The state counters the legal challenge is moot, and that the permitting process should be allowed to run its course.
CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says the outline of a pension reform proposal from a bipartisan panel is "positive indeed."
However, the Chicago Democrat was less clear about whether he's fully behind it or not, saying he wants to see final details.
He told reporters Sunday after an unrelated event that the panel tasked with coming up with a way to address the state's nearly $100 billion pension problem has made progress.
Pensions have been Quinn's top issue. He recently halted lawmakers' pay after lawmakers missed another one of his deadlines to solve the issue.
The pension committee is considering a plan that would, among other things, end automatic 3 percent cost-of-living increases for retirees. Increases would instead be linked to the rate of inflation.
Committee members say the details are preliminary.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri lawmaker arrested for possessing marijuana says he is resigning from a Democratic campaign position but not from office.
Rep. Jeremy LaFaver said Monday he is stepping down as chairman of the House Democratic Victory Committee, which raises money for House candidates.
But LaFaver told The Associated Press he is not resigning from the House, because he believes he can still be an effective lawmaker.
The Missouri Republican Party has said LaFaver should resign.
LaFaver was arrested Sunday after a traffic stop in Boone County for possessing a marijuana pipe and up to 1.2 ounces of marijuana. He has apologized for the incident.
LaFaver sponsored an unsuccessful bill this year that would have lowered penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana.
A suspect is back in custody after police say he escaped a St. Louis hospital.
Why was he in the hospital? He was shot in the face during an attempted burglary.
The owner of an East St. Louis towing company was patrolling the company grounds when he saw two burglars. The owner shot one of the men in the head before calling police. One suspect was arrested, the other taken to SLU hospital. While the injured suspect was in the hospital, he managed to escape and fled to his girlfriend's apartment. Police quickly found him and arrested him again.
The suspect will need reconstructive facial surgery, but is expected to survive.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Richard "Dick" Thien, a veteran journalist who played a pivotal role in developing USA Today for Gannett Co. Inc., has died. He was 73.
Thien died Friday of natural causes at Missouri Baptist Hospital in suburban St. Louis, his son, Mark Thien, said Monday. Thien was a two-time cancer survivor.
In 1981, Gannett's CEO, Al Neuharth, chose Thien to be one of five prototype editors for USA Today, the nation's first national general-interest newspaper that made its debut the following year. USA Today immediately made a splash with its colorful look, frequent use of graphics and shorter, tighter stories, setting a trend followed by many newspapers around the world.
Thien was described in the book "The Making of McPaper: The Inside Story of USA Today," as "a gruff, cigar-chewing type who barked like an old-time city editor."
The Associated Press named Thien one of the 12 best editors in the country in 1986. It was among many awards he won in a career that spanned more than four decades.
Thien grew up in St. Louis and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1963.
He worked at newspapers in several states and was a longtime coach in the Chips Quinn Scholar program for young minority journalists. He also taught journalism at the State University of New York in Binghamton, the University of Kansas and at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he earned a master's degree in journalism in 1998.
Thien was a first lieutenant in the Army in the 1960s.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Elaine, three children and three grandchildren. A funeral service is Friday at Kutis Affton Chapel in suburban St. Louis.