Police in O'Fallon, Missouri are investigating after a woman was found dead inside a home Tuesday evening. Police say they were called shortly after 5:00 yesterday to check on the well being of a resident on Downing drive. When police arrived, they found the 55 year old woman dead of an apparent gunshot wound. The death remains under investigation, but police do not believe it was a random act.
St. Louis County Police are investigating another robbery of a pizza delivery driver. This one happened around 10:30 last night in unincorporated North St. Louis County. Police say the victim was returning to his car after a delivery when a black male suspect approached him and asked for a cigarette and money.
Police say the suspect was armed with a gun. After receiving a small amount of cash and a cigarette, the suspect ran from the scene.
The suspect is described as black male, 6'0 - 6'2 wearing all black.
Anyone with information can call police or Crimestoppers at 866-371-TIPS.
Another St. Louis suburb has passed a law making it illegal to discriminate against renters and home buyers on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Webster Groves City Council approved an amendment to the city's Fair Housing Code in a unanimous vote last night. St. Louis County passed a similar law in November, and several other communities in the county have passed anti-discrimination measures.
Home prices are on the rise in the St. Louis area. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that prices were 3.2 percent higher in December compared with a year earlier. That's according to new data from CoreLogic.
Still, the housing price recovery in metropolitan St. Louis is lagging behind the nation. Prices across the country rose 8.3 percent for 2012, while St. Louis home prices - excluding distressed properties - rose 3.1 percent for the year. The rate of foreclosures is lower in St. Louis than in the nation overall.
The House Elections Committee approved a state constitutional amendment that would ask voters whether to allow the photo ID requirement. The committee also approved a separate bill that would implement the photo identification requirement.
The vote was along party lines, with Republicans saying the photo ID requirement would increases transparency and reduce voter fraud. Democrats said there are no reports of voter impersonation and that the plan could disenfranchise voters.
Currently when Missourians vote, they can show a photo ID or other means of identification such as utility bills or bank statements.
Both measures head to the House Rules Committee for further consideration.
About 80 officers will saturate the College Hill neighborhood this morning. And Chief Sam Dotson says the extra patrols will be there until they've contained the violence.
Dotson says the College Hill intervention is an extension of the city's hot spot policing program.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police plan to conduct roll call in the street, station a command vehicle on site, use dog patrols and make a door-to-door plea for help in solving recent shootings in the neighborhood just west of I-70 and north of downtown.
Tuesday's assaults were the latest in a series of violent incidents over the last month at Menard Correctional Center and other Illinois state prisons. Last Thursday, a Menard inmate died in what one official called suspicious circumstances.
Union officials say the violence is a result of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to close several prisons around the state to save money.
Tuesday's assaults happened as about 200 union members marched outside the prison in the southern Illinois town of Chester. They were protesting over what they say are growing threats to their safety.
Corrections officials say the attack led to a lockdown.
The bill given initial approval Tuesday night is aimed mainly at the Kansas City School District, which lost its accreditation in January 2012.
Under current law, Missouri officials must wait until at least June 30, 2014, before intervening in the Kansas City district.
The Senate legislation would let the state intervene immediately after a district loses its accreditation. The state Board of Education could prescribe conditions under which the existing local school board could continue to oversee the school, or it could set up an alternative governing structure.
Those alternatives could include creating a special administrative board, merging the district with neighboring ones or splitting the district into several new ones.
Fire crews had evacuated residents near the interstate Tuesday evening after a tanker truck hauling toxic material began leaking. Authorities say the evacuations were just precautionary.
Eastbound I-64 was closed for several hours between mile markers 61 and 69 while the material was offloaded to another truck and the road was washed down. The interstate reopened a little before 3:00 a.m.
The suspect wore a wig and heavy makeup in Monday's robbery. He has also been connected to a December 14 robbery in south county, and the January 30 First Bank robbery in Town and Country. Police are asking anyone with information to call it in so they can capture this serial bank robber.