The final member of a massive prearranged funeral scam has been convicted for his role in the fraud.
David Wulf was found guilty of 18 counts of various types of fraud. Prosecutors say Wulf and other executives at National Prearranged Services hatched a $600 million dollar scheme to defraud customers.
The remaining five defendants, including heads of the company Doug and Brent Cassity, all pleaded guilty. All six convicts will be sentenced in November.
GOLDEN CITY, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say a body found in southwest Missouri is that of 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton, who had been missing since Monday.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol announced the identification late Thursday. Adriaunna was last seen when she got into a vehicle in Golden City, where she lived with her father. Her mother lives in Overland Park, Kan.
A man who once worked with the girl's father, 34-year-old Bobby Bourne Jr. of Lamar, has been jailed on charges of kidnapping. He's being held on $1 million bond.
The Joplin Globe reports Bourne is now in the Jasper County jail. Derek Walrod, a captain with the Jasper County Sheriff's Department, says Barton County officials wanted Bourne transferred to a larger, more secure jail.
It has come to the attention of KTRS management that a commercial running on KTRS Radio, voiced by Texas Governor Rick Perry, is asking Missouri business to move to Texas. When the order was placed, KTRS was under the assumption these commercials were going to promote tourism to Texas. Once we, the Management of KTRS realized these commercials were instead focused on stealing locally owned companies away from St Louis, we suspended airing these commercials immediately. We understand people have different viewpoints on public policy and we welcome that debate everyday on our airways. But as one of the few remaining locally owned radio stations in the country, we feel the need to stand strong with other small locally owned business and defend our region. Governor Rick Perry, Don't Mess with Missouri, and don't mess with St Louis.
A man who fatally shot a St. Charles Green Beret has been convicted with reckless homicide by a jury in Tennessee. Attorneys were seeking murder charges against 28-year-old Ben Schweitzer after he shot and killed 26-year-old Nic Moses in March of 2012. But defense attorneys successfully argued that there was no motive and no ill will when Schweitzer opened fire on Moses in a home where Schweitzer was staying as a guest. Schweitzer claimed he was under the influence of a sedative and he thought Moses was an intruder in the home. Sentencing on the reckless homicide charge is expected October 29.
Mehlville middle and high school students will have a ride home from after-school activities, even if they've transferred in from the unaccredited Riverview Gardens School District.
The Mehlville School board approved a plan (5-2) Thursday to use district buses to haul students to north county after late activities. The $76,000 needed will come from tuition received from the unaccredited district.
Mehlville Superintendent Eric Knost says he expects at least 15 of the 215 transfer students will need the late ride each day.
Riverview Gardens is responsible for general transportation costs, but it doesn't have to cover after-school activity runs.
Missouri school districts and parents are getting a more detailed picture school performance with the release of the state's new rating system today. The new system replaces the old 14 point scale with a percentage score based on test scores, attendance, graduation rates and other criteria.
The changes mean finer distinctions between high-performing districts.
It could also mean more districts lose accreditation, including two local districts that don't quite measure up under the new standards: University City and Ferguson-Florissant. But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that state officials are not likely to use the scores to take away accreditation until at least 2015, when they have three years of data to consider.
The figures show just how far struggling school districts have to go to become fully accredited again. The unaccredited Normandy district earned just 11 percent. The unaccredited Riverview Gardens district faired a little better at just under 29 percent. And the provisionally accredited St. Louis Public Schools scored just below 25 percent. Districts need 50 percent for provisional accreditation and 70 percent or more to be fully accredited.
Metro Transit officials and union leaders will resume contract negotiations early next month.
Bi-State Development Agency President & CEO John Nations officials with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788 have assured him there will be no work stoppages before both sides sit down and talk the week of September 9th. The union represents MetroBus and MetroLink operators as well mechanics and some clerical staff.
Nations says a work stoppage would be unfair to the nearly one million passengers a week who ride MetroLink and Metro buses.
CHICAGO (AP) - Unemployment fell in seven of Illinois' 12 metro areas in July. But some of the increases were sharp and driven by manufacturing declines.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday that unemployment dropped in areas that included Champaign-Urbana, Springfield and the Metro East near St. Louis. The last of those three saw a steep drop, from 9.6 percent in July 2012 to 8.6 percent.
But some areas dependent on manufacturing experienced large increases. Unemployment jumped from 8 percent to 9.4 percent in Peoria, where Caterpillar Inc. has its headquarters. The company has cut employees as demand drops. Some of those layoffs have been in Decatur, where unemployment rose to 13.2 percent from 11.3 in 2012.
Illinois had the second-highest July unemployment rate in the country at 9.2 percent.
Emergency crews are on the scene of a hazmat situation in North County.
Several homes in Black Jack have been evacuated. Authorities say a 5 gallon container, filled with an unknown liquid, was found in a garage. Electrical wires from the house were connected to the container. Bomb and arson crews remain on the scene.
Police are asking for help to find suspects accused of attacking a hot dog vendor in a Ferguson Home Depot with a hammer.
Police say the victim was standing at the front entrance around 3 PM when a group of shoplifters took his cell phone. The vendor chased them out of the store and that is when one of the suspects hit him in the head with a hammer.
The victim has serious injuries and is in the hospital.