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ST. LOUIS (AP) - An Illinois appeals court has thrown out 31 convictions involving a woman who drunkenly caused a 2009 wreck that killed four people, although the panel let stand a 20-year prison sentence the woman said was excessive.

On Wednesday, the Mount Vernon, Ill.-based 5th District Appellate Court threw out all but one of Melissa Weiser's 32 convictions for felony aggravated driving under the influence, ruling them redundant even though the former East Carondolet woman pleaded guilty to the charges.

The 31-year-old unsuccessfully pressed to have her 20-year prison sentence reduced in connection with the Clinton County wreck that killed her fiance and three occupants of the another vehicle on Memorial Day weekend in 2009.

Weiser admitted she had been drinking and had smoked marijuana before the accident.

 

Thursday, 08 August 2013 15:36
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The former massage therapist who videotaped clients while they undressed, will spend nearly a decade behind bars.

Kirk Jackson faced 56 years in prison after pleading guilty to 14 charges of invasion of privacy. The judge sentenced him to four years on the first two charges and issued a suspended sentence on the remaining 12 charges. That means if he violates parole after release, he faces 48 years in prison.

Authorities uncovered Kirk Jackson's hidden videotaping operation at Atlas Massage Therapy after a tip from a victim. A search of Jackson's office uncovered 140 videos of women in the restroom, tanning beds, and massage rooms.

Thursday, 08 August 2013 14:22
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One group says they have no plans to sue the Mehlville School District.

The Children's Education Alliance of Missouri had been discussing filing a lawsuit on behalf of families in the Riverview Gardens School District.

In a news release Thursday, CEAM said the Mehlville and Kirkwood Districts have not identified spots for all students who wanted to transfer. They believe Mehlville and Kirkwood officials have been negotiating in good faith and are trying to find a positive resolution for all parties involved. 

 

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ST. PETERS, Mo. (AP) - None of the three big winners in the near-record Powerball drawing bought their tickets in Missouri, but a $1 million consolation prize ticket was purchased in suburban St. Louis.

The Missouri Lottery says a ticket matching all five white-ball numbers was purchased for the Wednesday drawing at a Huck's convenience store in St. Peters. That ticket failed to match the Powerball number of 32, but did match the white-ball numbers: 5, 25, 30, 58 and 59. The Powerball jackpot was $448.4 million.

Players have 180 days from the drawing to claim their prize - in this case, until Feb. 3.

Thursday, 08 August 2013 12:49
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Authorities in Pulaski county have identified the mother who is presumed to have died in flash flooding this week.

Sheriff Ron Long says that 4-year-old Elyjah Lee died after the car he was in was swept off the road on Tuesday. His mother, 23-year-old Jessica Lee was not with the car when emergency crews arrived.

The search for Jessica continues, but authorities assume she is now dead. 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A new state report shows the number of Illinois children killed by abuse or neglect over the past year likely will be the state's most in a quarter century.

   The report released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services showed 94 of the 223 deaths investigated during the latest fiscal year that ended June 30 involved credible evidence of abuse or neglect.

   With 45 cases still being investigated and awaiting an official ruling, the number of abuse-related deaths appears likely to surpass the state's previous high of 102 in the 1989 fiscal year.

   Explanations for the latest increase remain elusive.

   But DCFS spokesman Dave Clarkin says the numbers underscore the importance of citizens proactively reporting suspected abuse or neglect before it proves fatal.

Thursday, 08 August 2013 10:48
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 ST. LOUIS (AP) - A southwest Missouri woman is dead after another round of torrential downpours caused flash flooding.

   McDonald County emergency management director Greg Sweeten says the woman died early Thursday when her car was swept off Missouri Route 90 near the town of Jane, Mo. Sweeten says normally-dry Brush Creek came up suddenly.

   The National Weather Service says parts of southwest Missouri got 10 inches of rain overnight. The town of Hollister was especially hard hit, with about 100 buildings damaged. More than two dozen people had to be rescued from homes, mostly mobile homes, in Hollister, which is near Branson in Taney County.

   The weather service says more heavy rain is likely for southern Missouri in the coming days.

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The St. Louis-based Humane Society's Disaster Response Team arrived in Waynesville Wednesday with a trailer that can temporarily house up to 100 animals.

   As of last night, there were 35 dogs, 10 cats and a rabbit owned by people displaced by flooding. The Humane Society also agreed to take 15 adoptable dogs from the Waynesville shelter, opening space to temporarily house pets owned by those affected by flooding.

   The stray dogs will be brought to St. Louis and made available for adoption.

 
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  SAUGET, Ill. (AP) - Illinois and federal agencies are assessing pollution on 380 acres in three southwestern Illinois suburbs.

   Workers are also trying to determine whether companies that once owned the properties should pay the tens of millions of dollars in cleanup costs.

   The Belleville News-Democrat says the 11 sites in Sauget, Cahokia and East St. Louis were used for decades for waste disposal.

   Federal efforts to clean parts of the properties have been ongoing since at least 1995. The land is being proposed for a national priorities cleanup list, which may draw federal money.

   Tom Heavisides works with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He says officials have been addressing human health risks involving the sites. And the state says the pollution may be responsible for deformed animals and fish kills.

 

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475 new students from the Normandy school district are attending classes some 20 miles from their school they used to attend.

The new students began boarding buses as early as 6 a.m. today.  The transfers are the result of a Missouri Supreme Court ruling five weeks ago that allowed students in unaccredited districts to transfer to better performing schools.

Sheri Wilson has two daughters currently at Francis Howell Central High and tells KTRS News, "My girls are open-hearted and they don't see this as any different as any other child transferring in from any other school so they're looking forward to it."

All but one bus made it on time after going to the wrong high school. Students were taken to Francis Howell High instead of Francis Howell Central High and arrived 40 minutes late. 

 

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