St. Charles County Sheriff's deputies say two people are now safe after their pickup truck ran off the road into the flood waters of the swollen (peru) Peruque Creek.
It happened about 5 a.m. at Highway 79 and Firma Road. One of the people in the truck got out right away and went to a nearby farm for help. Authorities say the car was in an area barricaded because it often floods from the creek and heavy rain had been falling. No word yet if charges would be filed.
Rescue crews with the O'Fallon, Missouri fire department pulled the second person out of the water just after 5:30 a.m.
UPDATE: The mother of a a five-year-old boy found wandering late last night at I-55 and Loughborough has been located but questions remain as to whether the child named Noah is physically back with his family.
KTRS' Michael Golde reported from a police substation in Holly Hills that police say is the boy, who identified himself only as Noah, is in protective custody. The boy's mother was located sometime after 5:00a.m. Friday but police would not say how they found her.
St. Louis Police spent Thursday night and Friday morning looking for Noah's parents after he walked into the Schnucks at Loughborough and I-55 just after 11:00 Thursday night. Authorities say the rain soaked child told officers his name was Noah, he didn't know his last name nor his address. He said the dog with him was named King and they were both hungry. The child and his dog were fed by the store manager. A security guard called police.
Some reports indicate the boy lives nearby and has wandered off before.
The new Common Core education standards are meeting local resistance before they've even been implemented in Missouri.
About 150 people in the Lindbergh School District attended an informational meeting held last night. But the state education official was heckled while she tried to explain the new standards. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Maureen Clancy-May was met with calls to "tell the truth" and questions about using kids as a science experiment.
Missouri is one of 45 states that have adopted the Common Core standard, a set of national goals for reading, writing and math skills.
Many at last night's meeting wanted to know why the state Legislature wasn't involved in the decision to adopt the standard.
Legislatures in several states, including Missouri, are now debating a repeal.
Granite City police say they have made an arrest in the murder of a 13 year old boy.
Clayton Veninga had been sitting on a Cleveland Boulevard porch around 9:30 pm Wednesday night when he was shot.
Police say this suspect is an adult male who was an acquaintance of Veninga's. No word as to what led to the shooting, but police say this was not an accidental or random act.
Assistant Police Chief Jeff Connor says the public has been instrumental in helping solve the crime.
Charges are expected later this morning.
Earlier Thursday evening, a large group of family and friends came together for a vigil in Veninga’s honor. They stood in the rain, some clutching umbrellas, others just getting wet, as they burned candles and shared stories about Veninga's love of sports and the promising future he no longer has. They also offered prayers for the teen's family and for an end to violence in their community.
P.E. & F. Inc., a St. Louis establishment, is recalling approximately 123 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat meatballs due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The following products are subject to recall: 15-oz. packages of "Fazio's Meatballs"
Each package has a lot code of "041114," and bears the establishment number "EST. 13051" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on April 11, 2013, and sold at retail locations in the St. Louis area.
The problem was discovered by FSIS routine sampling for Listeria monocytogenes. The company inadvertently did not hold the product pending test results. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Nick Lamia at (314) 308-1530.
Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.
WASHINGTON, May 2, 2013 – Nestlé Pizza Company, a Little Chute, WI establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of frozen pizzas that may be contaminated with extraneous materials and are the subject of a recall administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), FSIS announced today.
The following products are subject to USDA recall:
• California Pizza Kitchen® Limited Edition Grilled Chicken with Cabernet Sauce, UPC 71921 00781; production code is 3059525952.
• DiGiorno® Crispy Flatbread Pizza Tuscan Style Chicken, UPC 71921 02663; production codes are 3057525922 and 3058525921.
Each product package above has an establishment number of P-5754.
In addition, the following products are subject to FDA recall:
• DiGiorno® pizzeria!™ Bianca/White Pizza, UPC 71921 91484; production code is 3068525951.
• California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) Crispy Thin Crust White®, UPC 71921 98745; production codes are 3062525951, 3062525952 and 3063525951.
The problem was discovered after the firm received consumer complaints that small fragments of plastic were found in the CPK Crispy Thin Crust White Pizza. The problem was related to the lot of spinach used in the production of three additional varieties of pizza subject to recall. There has been one consumer report of injury thus far (a chipped tooth) associated with consumption of these products. The fragments are of clear, brittle plastic, in irregular triangles, and may have sharp edges.
All the pizzas being recalled were produced between February 26 and March 9 of this year and shipped to retail establishments nationwide.
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Nestlé USA Consumer Services at 800-456-4394 or email@example.com for further instructions. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., E.T. and this Saturday, May 4 from Noon to 8 p.m. E.T.
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A former barge worker from Granite City has received the maximum sentence of 20 years for his role in a foiled plot to abduct, extort and electrocute a wealthy metro-east lawyer.
A federal judge sentenced 46 year old Brett Nash on Thursday, fined him $500 and ordered a mental health evaluation. Nash pleaded guilty in December to a felony count of solicitation of a violent crime.
Authorities said Nash's scheme involved forcing the intended victim into a hot tub and tossing in a radio to electrocute him. Nash then wanted to throw in the intended victim's cat with the hope that police would think the animal caused the electrocution. The intended victim hasn't been identified.
Nash argued at the sentencing that he never planned to commit murder.
How big a Cardinals fan are you? Enough to be buried with your team's logo?
That is exactly what one company is offering. Brand Memorials gives fans the chance to be buried in a casket with the birds on the bat. The company says urns are also available.
The price to be buried with your team? Urns start at $600 and caskets at $2,400.
The convenience store that sold a winning lottery ticket last month, may be luckier than the jackpot winner.
A QuikTrip on Lindbergh in Florissant sold its second grand prize winning ticket in the last year. The store sold a ticket worth $1.1 million in April of 2012--both times the store got a $5,000 bonus.
The most recent jackpot winner is Kenneth Yates of Florissant, he will take home $2.7 million.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois House has approved a comprehensive pension-reform plan for the first time after years of talks.
The House voted 62-51 Thursday to advance the measure sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan.
The Chicago Democrat's proposal is designed to close a $97 billion deficit that dogs the state's pension plans. Underfunding for decades has left the accounts short of what they need.
The legislation requires employees to contribute 2 percent more of their earnings to their pensions. They would also have to delay retirement and accept less-generous annual cost-of-living increases.
The state would guarantee it would make its required contribution every year.
The measure now goes to the Senate where President John Cullerton has his own ideas about reform.