PARK HILLS, Mo. (AP) - Authorities in the area around the eastern Missouri town of Park Hills are investigating four suspicious fires in the past two weeks.
The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills (http://bit.ly/18SnwpQ ) reports the latest fire was early Wednesday at an abandoned home near Bismarck. The owner said no one had lived there for two decades. The home was fully engulfed in fire by the time firefighters arrived.
The other three fires also occurred in abandoned buildings - in a rural area along Missouri Route D, in Doe Run and at a two-story building in Park Hills.
A St. Peters woman is accused of leaving a loaded rifle in her toddler’s crib and tying the girl to the garage. 37-year-old Cheryl Dudley face eight counts of endangering the welfare of a child, along with one count of child abuse. Neighbors called police when they saw the child tied to the garage. In the house, officers say they found a loaded rifle in the toddler’s crib. Dudley allegedly said she put it there after hearing noises in her back yard but forgot to take it out after realizing nobody was there. There were also allegedly drugs in a dresser in a house and the house was in deplorable condition.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party plans to step down from the leadership post next month.
Mike Sanders was elected state party chairman in November 2011 and was re-elected in January. He also is serving his second term as Jackson County executive.
Sanders announced his plan to step down in a statement Wednesday from the Missouri Democratic Party. He says he looks forward to working with the next chairman to advance the state and party.
The Democratic Party plans to select a new party leader during the state committee's meeting Aug. 24 at a hotel in Jefferson City.
A St. Charles County man has been found guilty of breaking into an ex-girlfriend's house and beating her dog.
Charles Zidek broke into the woman's home in late 2011. Once inside the house, Zidek attacked her greyhound dog named Vinny. Vinny's injuries were so bad he had to be euthanized.
Zidek was convicted on two felony charges including animal abuse.
Federal, state, and city officials will be on hand this week for the groundbreaking ceremony for the first project of the CityArchRiver 2015 plan.
The 'Park over the Highway' project will feature a landscaped structure over I-70 that will improve the accessibility to the park for walkers. The park project is being funded through a combination of Federal and State dollars, as well as $10 million from the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation.
CityArchRiver expects implementing the plan will create over 4,000 jobs.
A Hazelwood man faces charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 14.
29 year-old Justin Markham was arrested July 8 for first-degree child molestation. Police say Markham touched the victim in an inappropriate manner between March 1, 2012 and April 31, 2012.
Markham remains at the St. Louis County Justice Center.
MoDOT is preparing to open a highway exit ramp after wrapping up a project.
The ramp from eastbound I-64 to Jefferson Avenue is slated to open sometime this afternoon. The right lane on eastbound 64 will remain exit only at Jefferson until the middle of next month when shoulder work is completed.
NEW MADRID, Mo. (AP) - The former office manager for the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department in southeast Missouri is facing theft charges.
Authorities on Wednesday announced that Deborah L. Cowan is accused of stealing property or service worth more than $25,000. Police have not detailed what was allegedly stolen.
Cowan is free on bond and due in court for a hearing on Aug. 8. She was office manager for the sheriff's department for 20 years.
The charges follow an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol at the request of Sheriff Terry Stevens.
A Hiring Our Heroes job fair is scheduled for next week in downtown St. Louis.
At least 85 employers are expected to attend the fair. They will be looking to hire veterans and military spouses of all ranks, levels, and experience. The fair take place Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at America's Center Convention Complex. Job seekers should register in advance for free at hoh.greatjob.net, but walk-ins are allowed. Veterans must show proof of service.
Since its creation in March 2011, Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 570 job fairs which hired more than 20,200 veterans and military spouses.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois' 177 lawmakers won't be getting paid as scheduled Thursday unless a court intervenes.
The pay stoppage is Gov. Pat Quinn's punishment for inaction on pension reform. Legislative leaders are suing Quinn over the move. They're asking a Cook County judge to issue an emergency injunction.
Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says her office can't issue the checks because the salaries were in a budget bill. The governor did not eliminate his own salary, but asked for the comptroller to withhold his check. Topinka's office says he can restart his pay any time.
Members of the bipartisan pension committee say they are several weeks away from presenting a plan. Committee members say they are waiting on savings estimates as they prepare a proposal touted by several of the state's university presidents.