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The death of Godfrey, Illinois man is being called a tragic accident.

Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn says 78 year old Richard Gonzales was killed Tuesday afternoon in the driveway of a relative's home in Alton. Crews were called to the home in the 3300 block of Lincoln about 2:30 p.m.

Nonn says Gonzales had apparently tried to exit his car before putting it in park. When the car started rolling, he tried to get back inside to stop it, but was pinned between the open door and a fence.

Rescue crews tried to resuscitate him at the scene, but Gonzales was pronounced dead at the hospital.

His family says they believe the accident happened while he'd been delivering Valentine Day cards to family members, as was his custom on holidays.
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 00:18
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A woman who allegedly stole items from several Sam's Clubs then sold them on eBay, faces federal charges.

Authorities say that Tammy Baggio stole from Sam's Club locations in several states, including stores in St. Louis in St. Charles, between February and August of 2012. Baggio would post the stolen items on eBay. If convicted, she could serve up to five years in prison and faces fines up to a quarter million dollars.
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 17:41
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Republican senators are making another push to alter the wages paid by government entities for public works projects.

One proposal considered by a Missouri Senate committee Tuesday would eliminate the "prevailing wage" altogether.

Missouri calculates the prevailing wage for various construction trades in each county based on surveys of wages already paid on jobs.

The measure's sponsor, Sen. Dan Brown, of Rolla, told the panel the current wage calculation does not adequately reflect construction wage rates in rural Missouri, thus driving up a project's cost.

Another bill would keep the prevailing wage intact, but would use a federal database to set the guidelines for projects in rural counties.
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 17:39
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers have endorsed separate measures focused on the open meetings and records law, commonly called the Sunshine Law.

The Senate and House each gave first-round approval Tuesday to their versions of a bill to renew security exemptions that expired at the end of 2012. One had covered security systems and structural plans and the other dealt with plans for responding to terrorism incidents.

The Senate legislation also would require officials give more notice before meetings and disclose general topics of closed sessions. Plus, it would put the burden on the governmental body to demonstrate something can be closed.

The House measure states that logs and records from elected officials' flights are an open record.

Both versions of the legislation require another vote before moving to the other chamber.
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 17:38
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The Town and Country police are warning residents of a scam that involved the popular Green Dot prepaid credit cards.

Police have received calls about various scams using the Green Dot cards. On one call are resident said he had won a million dollars and a new car, but had to pay a $400 IRS fee before getting his prizes. The victim loaded the money onto a Green Dot prepaid card and gave the caller the information. That resident called police when he received another call saying he needed to send $4000 on prepaid cards to get the prizes.

Police say do not send money to anyone calling you about the cards.
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 15:10
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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois village clerk seeking to be mayor is free on bond after being accused of sneaking a cellphone to a jailed relative while working as a records clerk for the sheriff's department.

Alorton Village Clerk JoAnn Reed was arraigned Monday on charges of official misconduct and bringing contraband into a penal institution.

St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson says he suspended Reed with pay in the wake of allegations she smuggled food and a cellphone to her niece while that relative was jailed Feb. 3 in Alorton on charges that accused her of assaulting a pregnant woman.

Reed's attorney, John O'Gara, declined to comment after Monday's court appearance.

The charges are the latest involving officials in Alorton. A former mayor and a former police chief are in prison.
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 14:41
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - An appraisal of land purchased by the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis suggests that the museum overpaid by about $615,000.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the appraisal was released Tuesday.

The museum purchased the land from former Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. in 2006, paying Bosley and a business partner $875,000. The appraisal determined the land's value at about $260,000 at the time, and about $215,000 now.

The land was also contaminated, requiring up to $300,000 for environmental cleanup.

Robert Archibald resigned as museum president in December, though both he and Bosley denied that personal or political connections played a role in the deal.
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 14:18
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A woman is found dead in East St. Louis, police say she was shot in the face. The Illinois State Police are assisting East St. Louis in the investigation of the city's third homicide this year. The victim is a 29-year-old woman and she was a known prostitute. Police do not have a motive or suspect at this time.
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 13:10
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The St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority has hired investment banking firm Goldman Sachs to help find a way to keep the Rams in the Edward Jones Dome, or at least in St. Louis.

Goldman will advise the authority on how to pay for dome renovations and increase revenue if the Rams leave the building. The authority board approved the hiring yesterday.
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Eleven St. Charles West High School students are suspended for their involvement in a brawl Friday that began on Twitter.  Superintendent Jeff Marion says some male students exchanged words with some male students from the Ferguson-Florissant School District using the social networking site.

 Two St. Charles students helped orchestrate the brawl, and let four teens who were not students in the district into the building just as classes were dismissing for the day.  Six teens were arrested after the fight.  Of the 11 suspended Monday, six were female; all the students were ages 15 to 17. 

 

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