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Flooding closed Interstate 44 at mile marker 172 near the city of Jerome early Wednesday morning. As of Wednesday night it was still closed, but MoDOT officials say it could reopen Thursday morning.
In addition, Missouri Route 63 is now closed in two locations - south of Vienna in Maries County and at Westphalia in Osage County - further complicating detour routes.
Motorists are encouraged to use U.S. 60, I-70 or U.S. 36 as alternate routes. This is especially important for commercial motor vehicle traffic approaching Missouri from other states.
Motorists traveling on Route 63 to destinations south of Vienna should take U.S. 50 to Route 28 to U.S. 63. Those traveling to areas north of Vienna should use Routes U and E to get around the closure.
National Weather Service predictions indicate water will overtake the lanes of U.S. 50 at Mount Sterling by mid-morning on Thursday, making travel in the area even more difficult.
“We don’t know for certain when flooded roadways will reopen or what additional flooding might occur,” said Travis Koestner, assistant district engineer of MoDOT’s Central District. “We appreciate motorists' patience as we monitor these roadways and ask motorists not to drive around barricades or attempt to drive through water.”
When the water recedes, MoDOT will inspect pavement and bridges for safety before opening highways for public use.
An 82 year old Alton woman who's been missing since Monday morning has been found alive.
Madison County authorities say horseback riders found Shirley Plunk Wednesday evening. She and her minivan were stuck in the mud at the end of a dirt road in Mitchell, Illinois.
Plunk told police the van got stuck Monday afternoon. She got out, slipped in the mud and became stuck herself.
Plunk was taken to a local hospital for evaluation and reunited with her family.
A massive amount of untreated sewage found its way into the Mississippi River Wednesday.
The spill, which happened at an MSD Treatment Plant in North St. Louis, released 3.5 million gallons of wastewater. Officials with the Metropolitan Sewer District say the plant suffered a power outage just after noon on Wednesday. Within two hours, officials say they restored power and operations resumed.
MSD says any spill is unacceptable, but they are confident there is a minimal risk to the health of people or the environment. The spill occurred in a part of the river not commonly used for recreation and drinking water suppliers commonly test for bacteria. An incident report has been filed with the Department of Natural Resources.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - One of two suspects in a central Missouri homicide has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges in the case.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 21-year-old Durantrae D. Logan of Columbia was sentenced Tuesday to two 20-year sentences, to be served concurrently.
Logan pleaded guilty in Boone County Circuit Court to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the March 2012 shooting death of 39-year-old Lamont Sargent.
Prosecutors said the shooting occurred during a drug deal.
A co-defendant in the case, Larrell M. Banks of Fulton, is also charged with second-degree murder and attempted distribution of a controlled substance. He has a hearing scheduled for Sept. 30 and a jury trial Oct. 9 in Boone County Circuit Court.
There is an emergency meeting scheduled tonight for the Mehlville Board of Education.
The meeting will be held at 8 PM at the Mehlville administration building. The meeting will focus on “legal action, causes of action or litigation.”
A St. Louis County man is in custody after police say he robbed a bank and pharmacy then tried to make his getaway in a taxi.
54-year-old John Barbera allegedly robbed a First Bank branch inside a Creve Coeur Dierbergs, then went to a Wallgreens and tried to rob the pharmacist. Police arrested Barbera while he was trying to get a cab ride to escape the scene.
He is held on a $150,000 bond.
WARRENTON, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a long string of burglaries dating back more than two decades.
A Warren County judge on Tuesday sentenced 31-year-old George Dustin Augusta III of Truesdale. He pleaded guilty in June to 14 counts of burglary and 14 counts of stealing for crimes dating to the 1980s.
Augusta told authorities he broke into the homes to steal items and sell them so he could pay child support.
There could be delays on a stretch of Highway 40 starting this weekend.
MoDOT crews plan a lane shift this weekend near Kingshighway. The workers will also be closing one or two lanes between 6 AM and 3 PM on Satuday between Tower Grove and Kingshighway. After the lanes reopen, westbound lanes will split around the workzone.
Any westbound drivers looking to exit at Kingshighway will have to use the right two lanes, the left lane will have no access to the exit ramp.
All three westbound through lanes will remain open weekdays from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. At least one westbound lane will remain open evenings and weekends, MoDOT says.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Thousands of St. Louis area residents hoping to avoid extended legal entanglements are flocking to events this week that give low-level offenders a second chance to resolve outstanding warrants and avoid arrest.
Hundreds came to St. Louis Community College's Florissant Valley campus Wednesday morning to receive vouchers they can use at participating courts. The vouchers and a nominal payment allow participants to schedule future court dates on their own rather than going to jail if stopped for an unrelated traffic violation.
Event organizer James Clark of the Better Family Life community group emphasizes that the program is not a "get out of jail free card." He says it helps keeps otherwise law-abiding citizens out of the penal system while also generating needed revenue for the 43 participating municipalities.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - A Florida prison inmate says he knows what happened to a St. Louis-area boy who disappeared 25 years ago, and authorities in Missouri are trying to determine if his story is legitimate.
Scott Kleeschulte of St. Charles was 9 when he disappeared on June 8, 1988, while walking near a wooded area not far from his home.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 47-year-old Chuck Miceli is a former police officer from the Chicago area who has turned informant on several cases. Miceli was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2010 on a federal fraud charge.
He has claimed a former cellmate abducted Scott. St. Charles authorities have spent the past seven weeks checking his story.
The Kleeschulte family declined comment.