ST. LOUIS (AP) — The National Weather Service confirms that at least one tornado barreled Friday night through portions of the St. Louis area as part of a storm that damaged dozens of homes but caused no serious injuries.
The weather service's Jayson Gosselin says the twister that hit portions of St. Charles County was an EF-3, which packed winds up to 165 miles per hour. A tornado of that magnitude also has been confirmed to have affected the Roxana area in Illinois' Madison County, northeast of St. Louis.
Gosselin says crews are trying to determine if damage in St. Louis County was also from a tornado.
Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency.
Ameren says over 50,000 homes are without power as of Sunday morning.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An exhibit of drawings of fallen Illinois soldiers on display in Springfield has been extended for another month.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum announced Friday the "Portrait of a Soldier" exhibit will remain open until after July 4. The display originally was scheduled to close Friday.
The new closing date will give more visitors a chance to see the traveling display of hand-drawn portraits of Illinois soldiers killed since Sept. 11, 2001.
Artist Cameron Schilling of Mattoon has drawn all the portraits. He began drawing them in August 2004.
Gov. Pat Quinn says the exhibit honors Illinois heroes. The free exhibit is at the library portion of the museum campus.
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) - A Missouri mother caught stuffing cocaine, heroin and marijuana into her 4-year-old son's coat pocket during her Illinois arrest for shoplifting expected to get probation for the offense. But a judge wasn't so forgiving about her parenting.
The Quincy Herald-Whig reports that 28-year-old Jennifer Shurtleff of Hannibal was been sentenced in western Illinois' Adams County to four years in prison.
Shurtleff pleaded guilty heroin possession, retail theft and child endangerment charges stemming from her December arrest at a Kmart in Quincy.
The county's probation department recommended probation for Shurtleff. But Judge Scott Walden says he couldn't go with that because she involved her son.
The judge said prison time could be a potential deterrent to parents "exposing children to the horrors of drugs."
Damage to the St. Charles Family Arena by Friday night's severe weather prompted Francis Howell School District officials to to cancel all three of its high school graduation ceremonies for today (Saturday).
Colene McEntee, a spokesperson for the St. Charles County government, said the Family Arena has a big hole in the roof on the street side and lots of water pouring into the concourse.
As of midnight Friday, damage was confined to a 10 sq mile area between Caulks Hill and Pitman Hill Road. Trees and power lines were down.
Several homes at Whitmoor Country Club in Weldon Spring suffered structural damage along with homes in Cambridge Crossing and Camelot and Haversham subdivisions.
Due to extensive storm damage, MetroBus currently is not able to serve the #34 Earth City route.
Two MetroBus routes are impacted by flooding at this time:
#75 Lilac Hanley
The following MetroBus routes in North St. Louis County are still impacted by power lines and trees down in the roadways.
#35 Rock Road
#36 Spanish Lake
#45 Ferguson Florissant
#75 Lilac Hanley
There are still service disruptions, delays and multiple reroutes on several of these routes.
MetroLink is on time. There are no delays. Trains are running on schedule. Metro Call-A-Ride is operating normal service.
Strong storms swept though the metro St. Louis area Friday evening, bringing strong winds, lightning, heavy rain and even some unconfirmed reports of tornadoes.
One metro-east town is heartbroken after the storm did serious damage to a structure with historic and sentimental significance.
Gillespie High School sustained heavy damage in the storms. The concession stand along the athletic fields was wiped out. The roof was peeled back on the building housing the weight room. But most upsetting was the damage to the school's historic gymnasium. The building was heavily damaged in the storm, one brick wall crumbling when part of the roof was ripped away.
The Macoupin County emergency manager is reporting that 25 to 30 homes in the Gillespie area sustained roof damage. Several large trees were knocked down, taking many power lines with them.
Power is out to the entire town of Gillespie and much of the area surrounding the town about 50 miles northeast of St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Waves of violent weather spawning high winds and tornado have torn through the St. Louis area, downing trees and power lines and sending gamblers rushing from a casino floor. There were no immediate, confirmed reports of injuries.
The storms that began pounding the region around 6:30 p.m. prompted numerous tornado warnings, with at least a few confirmed sightings from Montgomery County about 70 miles west of St. Louis into St. Louis County itself. Many homes were damaged in St. Charles County, specifically at Whitmoor Country Club and other nearby subdivisions.
Emergency management officials say the Hollywood Casino in Maryland Heights lost its roof. Investigators did find the building structurally safe. The casino is set to reopen at 8 a.m. Saturday.
Audience members at Friday night's Circus Flora performance were moved from under the big top to the nearby VA shelter during intermission in the city's Grand Center Theater District.
8:10PM: A line of severe storms is moving through the St. Louis metro area.
These storms are capable of producing damaging straight-line winds, hail, and flash flooding.
A Tornado Warning has been issued for St. Louis county that expires at 8:15 PM
An Amber Alerty issued for Missouri has been canceled. Police found missing 8-year-old boy Lu'Vell Maurice Dukes.
Police say the boy is in good condition and is being taken to see his mother. The boy's biological father, Von Harrell Jr. has been arrested.
An Amber Alert is active for Missouri.
Police say 8-year-old Luvell Maurice Dukes was abducted by his father Friday afternoon. The full Amber Alert is below:
The Bel Nor Police Department has issued an Amber Alert for a child abduction that occurred Thursday May 30. Abducted was Luvell Maurice Dukes, an 8 year old black male, 3'06" 43 lbs., black hair and brown eyes.
The suspect is believed to be Von Harrell, a 30 year old black male, 5'08" 155 lbs., black hair and brown eyes.
The suspect vehicle is a grey 2007 Chevrolet Impala bearing Missouri registration MG3Z8W.
Anyone seeing the victim, suspect or vehicle or anyone having any information related to the abduction should immediately dial 911 or call the Bel Nor Police Department at 314-381-2971.
One of the brothers injured during a botched robbery this morning in south St. Louis, has died. Now, they are asking for help to local the suspect in the murder.
On Friday, the suspect walked into a store at 4400 Chippewa. He demanded money from the owners--who were brothers. One of the men pulled out a baseball bat. That is when the suspect produced a gun and shot the two men.
19-year-old Haris Gogic was shot in the head and died later Friday afternoon. His brother was shot in the arm and is in stable condition.
The suspect is on the loosed. He is described as a black male, dark complexion, slim build, approximately 6 feet tall, late 20's - early 30's, having a mustache and goatee . He was wearing a grey shirt, grey pants and grey baseball cap.