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MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A body found in the Little River in eastern Tennessee has been identified as a Missouri man last heard from in February.

Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said Friday that the cause of death for 29-year-old Lance Michael Larson O'Fallon, Mo., remains under investigation.

Berrong said investigators are searching for O'Fallon's tan 2003 Kia Spectra, 4-door, with a Missouri registration CF1S9R.

Larson traveled to Lynchburg, Va., in February from his home in O'Fallon, Mo. Berrong said his last known contact with family was around Feb. 20, when he told his parents he was headed back to Missouri. It is not known why Larson was in the Rockford area.

Larson's body was found in the Little River Thursday downstream from the Roddy Branch boat access area in Rockford.
Saturday, 16 March 2013 10:58
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Patriot Coal Corp. has asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to modify collective bargaining agreements with the United Mine Workers of America, allowing the coal company to cut health care coverage for retired miners.

St. Louis-based Patriot said in the filing on Thursday that the action is necessary to save more than 4,000 jobs. Patriot also seeks to change wages, benefits and work rules for existing workers in an effort to make the company more competitive.

Union leaders have been anticipating the move for some time, holding protests in St. Louis last month that drew more than 1,000 people. UMWA President Cecil Roberts says the loss of benefits would cause financial ruin and threaten the health for thousands of retirees.

Patriot filed for bankruptcy in July.
Friday, 15 March 2013 15:57
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HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — Officials in Hannibal now say foul play is not suspected in the death of a man found at a hotel.

The body of 63-year-old Howard Miller was discovered Wednesday morning at the Best Way Inn, just a few blocks from the Mark Twain historic sites in the northeast Missouri town.

The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that the cause of death remains a mystery after a preliminary autopsy. Marion County Coroner Darrell McCoy says it may be several weeks before the cause is known.
Friday, 15 March 2013 15:56
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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The 18-year-old triggerman in a 2011 shooting death in St. Joseph has been sentenced to 75 years in prison.

Elijah Pickett was sentenced Friday for killing 28-year-old Brian Ulmer during a robbery attempt at Ulmer's home. He was convicted in January of second-degree murder and several other charges.

Prosecutors say Pickett shot Ulmer three times at point-blank range.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports Pickett said he planned to appeal because he was unhappy with the effort of his attorney.

Two other defendants, Kasey Hall and Xavier Johnson, were each sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. A fourth defendant was found not guilty. A fifth defendant is in federal prison and no date has been set for his trial.
Friday, 15 March 2013 15:54
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A review of a terrible case of child abuse from 2010 in O'Fallon, Missouri, has led to felony charges.

The story dates back to an anonymous tip of child abuse in 2010. When police arrived at the home named in the tip, they found a six-year-old boy with autism locked in a cage in the basement. The boy was naked and sitting in urine and feces. Police also found five other children living in the home. All the children were taken into protective custody, but later returned to the home.

St. Charles County prosecutor Tim Lohmar assumed office at the beginning of the year and made child safety a top priority. When he reviewed this case, he determined that although the parents may have felt overwhelmed, it was no excuse for the dangerous neglect they subjected their son to. The parents, Victoria and Terry Smith now face charges of child endangerment, but they are not in custody.
Friday, 15 March 2013 14:20
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Teens are being targeted in a crack down to enforce seat belt laws in Missouri.

Police say on 66 percent of Missouri teens wear their seat belt when driving or riding in a vehicle. Under the graduated driver's license law, all passengers in a car being driven by someone 16 to 18 years must wear their seat belt. Otherwise, police can pull the driver over and issue a ticket.

Safety officials say eight out of 10 teens killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled. And wearing a seat belt is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.
Friday, 15 March 2013 14:17
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JEFFERSON CITY - Still no word on what caused nearly two dozen people to become sick at the Missouri Coroner's and Medical Examiners Association conference.

The conference began Tuesday at the Truman Hotel in Jefferson City and by Wednesday several attendees became sick with symptoms that include coughing, fever, chest pain, and muscle ache. By Thursday, 27 of the 100 association members had fallen ill with five taken to the hospital. One remains hospitalized.

Cape County Coroner John Clifton tells KTRS news he had to take his deputy to the hospital."He was there for five hours. They didn't know what it was. They assured it wasn't contagious." Clifton tells KTRS News among those ill are the Perry County coroner and both the Scott County coroner and his deputy.

The general manager of the Truman Hotel, Lisa Steiner, told KOMU-TV the Department of Health investigated the hotel today and could not find a problem. Steiner said the investigators were not able to advise her on any action to take. The rooms of those who became ill have been closed off.
Friday, 15 March 2013 11:18
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Legendary comedian Jerry Seinfeld is coming back to St. Louis. He'll be performing his stand-up act that launched him to stardom at the Fabulous Fox Theatre on May 18th. Yada yada yada tickets for the show go on sale March 22nd at 10am.
Friday, 15 March 2013 09:16
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Fire damaged at the House of India restaurant in University City. The front door is boarded up following a fire overnight Friday. The building is now condemned. The fire started around 12:15 a.m. at the 20-year-old restaurant which is located at Delmar Blvd.and Berick Drive. University City firefighters got a call for reports of smoke coming from the roof. Crews found a fire in the kitchen. They were able to keep the fire to the kitchen and put it out in less than 45 minutes. The restaurant had only been closed a couple of hours. There are no reports of injuries.
Friday, 15 March 2013 07:58
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A former Boy Scout troop volunteer will be sentenced in May after being convicted of a dozen counts of sexual abuse involving a teenage boy.

St. Clair County jurors Thursday convicted 55 year old John Demers after less than two hours of deliberation.

The charges involved a teenager who said Demers had inappropriate contact with him between 2005 and 2011.

Demer's attorney says his client maintains his innocence.
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