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An O'Fallon, Missouri woman is facing murder and child abuse connected to the death of her four-month-old daughter.

Court documents say Jessica Howell was allegedly willing to let her boyfriend have sex with her infant daughter. The day after prosecutors say Howell to the girl, identified as Ashlynn Peters, to her boyfriend's house, she was found strangled to death and had been sexually assaulted. Prosecutors say Howell knew her boyfriend had previously been convicted of having sex with a minor.

The boyfriend, identified as Jordan Prince, has been charged with murder and sodomy. 

Monday, 17 June 2013 13:32
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Crews are exhuming the body of a young girl was was found decapitated 30 years ago.

The girl was never identified and goes by Jane Doe, as well as Hope. She was found in a vacant building in 1983, with her hands tied behind her back. Hope was buried in the Washington Park Cemetery in Berkeley, but is has become run down.

They are moving her body to the “Garden of Innocents” in Calvary Cemetery on West Florissant Rd. in north St. Louis.

Washington University researchers used old photographs to find the girl's burial place.

Monday, 17 June 2013 13:11
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200 jobs are coming to Kirkwood when a new restaurant opens its doors next month.

Billy G's, a member of the Gianino Family of Restaurants, is holding a job fair this week. The fair runs today through Friday, from 11 AM to 6 PM, at 4587 Chesnut Park Plaza in Oakville. They are hiring for every position from managers to the kitchen staff.

Billy G's will serve traditional Italian and American food with additions inspired by the Kirkwood Farmer's Market.

 

Monday, 17 June 2013 12:13
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A Troy, Missouri man has his prized gun back thanks to an apparent change of heart by the thief, following an emotional appeal on Facebook.

KSDK-TV  reports that Chad Smith of Troy discovered Saturday that his Smith & Wesson pistol had been stolen. The gun had been handed down to him from his father.

Both Smith and his dad worked as pastors. Smith currently runs a ministry for troubled kids. He suspected one of them may have stolen the gun.

Smith posted a video offering forgiveness for the thief. Word spread through friends and strangers about the video.

On Sunday - Father's Day - the gun turned up on Smith's porch.

Monday, 17 June 2013 08:35
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Actor John O’Hurley will star in tonight's first show of the Muny's 95th Season featuring Monty Python’s Spamalot. John is best known as “J. Peterman” on Seinfeld.

 When the curtain goes up on the 2013 season at 8:15 each night, theatre-goers will be treated to something new...cooler, quieter fans that were installed during the off-season. 

The Muny's seven-show season runs through mid-August and like last year patrons can take the Muny Trolley between the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station and The Muny, They are offered on 20-minute intervals from 7:22 p.m. to 8:02 pm. before the show and for two trips or more if necessary, to the station after the performance ends. The cost is $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 5 to 12.

During the day, the #3 Forest Park Trolley conveniently connects area residents and tourists to all of the Forest Park attractions and the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station. For $2 for adults, $1 for children 5 to 12, and $1 for seniors 65 and older and disabled customers (with a valid Metro Reduced Fare Permit), visitors can ride the #3 Forest Park Trolley all day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Labor Day. Visitors don’t have to worry about driving in traffic congestion in the park, finding parking or moving their cars as they enjoy more than one attraction in the park by hopping on and off the Trolley. The #3 Forest Park Trolley conveniently drops off and picks up passengers at the front door of the park attractions. 

Customers purchase tickets aboard the Trolley bus and the ticket is valid for unlimited rides on a single day on this #3 Forest Park Trolley route only. All Metro tickets, passes and transfers are accepted on the route as well. The Trolley runs every 20 minutes. A schedule and map of the route for the #3 Forest Park Trolley is posted on Metro’s website at www.metrostlouis.org. Customers can also call Metro Transit Information at 314-231-2345 or 618-271-2345 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for more information.

The Forest Park Trolley service is a partnership between Metro and Forest Park Forever and its Park Partners: Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Science Center, and Saint Louis Zoo. 

 
Monday, 17 June 2013 08:04
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ALTON, Ill. (AP) - A long-running southwestern Illinois car show was canceled after only a dozen classic cars showed up to go on display.

Organizers of Sunday's All-Wheels Drive-In Car Show in Alton tell The Telegraph that they couldn't afford to run the 16-year-old event with so few entrants.

Typically, about 150 classic cars, hot rods and other vehicles are displayed.

The annual car show raises money for Alton Main Street and Time Machines Unlimited Car Club.

Organizers tell the newspaper they plan to reschedule for late July and are hoping for a better turnout.

 
Monday, 17 June 2013 06:40
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   An off-duty St. Louis firefighter is being called a hero after rescuing a man who had driven his truck into the River Des Peres Sunday.  

   Firefighter Chris Dimza was driving in the area just west of I-55 when he saw a crowd of people was pointing toward the river.  He stopped to see why.

   Upon learning that a truck had gone into the rain-swollen river, Dimza, who's part of a water rescue unit stationed in north St. Louis, dove into the water and swam toward bubbles.  A man surfaced briefly and the firefighter was able to bring him safely to shore.  

   Fire Department divers later pulled the man's truck from the water.  

   The driver was taken to a hospital.   He has not been identified and his condition is unknown.  No one else was injured in the incident.

Monday, 17 June 2013 02:45
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   EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - An East St. Louis program aimed at helping at-risk students is celebrating after every high school senior enrolled in the program graduated and was accepted to college.

   Pathways began in 2011, working with students in sixth grade through high school. There are 168 participants, including this year's six graduates.

   The program at the Christian Activity Center in East St. Louis focuses on academics. Director Angela Whitlow tells the Belleville News-Democrat she'll continue to work with the graduates to help them navigate paperwork, registration and financial aid issues.

   Seventeen year old Paul Graham will be a first-generation college student when he begins studying in a pre-veterinary program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale this fall.

   He says his mom is proud.

   Less than two-thirds of East St. Louis students graduate from high school.

 

Monday, 17 June 2013 02:35
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A tearful plea today from the grandmother of a two-year-old boy who was killed by a hit and run driver Sunday night in Spanish Lake. "Whoever you are, please have a conscience.  (sobs) And just come forward. My grandson did not deserve this."

St Louis County police say two-year-old Darion Griffin ran out into the street around  8 p.m. in the 1500 block of Redmond Road.  Witnesses told police that a white SUV with tinted windows was speeding eastbound on Redmond near Bellefontaine Road when it hit  the toddler and his 17-year-old aunt, Sheria Evans.   Police say Evans was trying to pull the child from the path of the vehicle. The SUV didn't stop.  

Both victims were rushed to a nearby hospital where the boy was pronounced dead. The teen suffered minor injuries.  

Anyone with information is urged to call St. Louis County Police.

 

Monday, 17 June 2013 00:42
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police say two people have died in a collision involving a tractor-trailer and an SUV just outside the St. Louis city limits.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that after the collision early Saturday, the tractor-trailer continued southbound driving through two power poles, hitting a fence and a pontoon boat. The trailer wound up on its side, spilling its contents of beer bottles and cans across the road.

The drivers of both vehicles were killed. The names of the victims haven't been released.

Police also said a section of the roadway would be closed while authorities investigated the cause of the accident and debris was removed from the scene.

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