Metro-east police say the death of a Worchester, NY woman inside a gas station restroom was probably drug related.
Madison County Sheriff Robert Hertz says 25 year old Angela Lamar, a Belleville native, had been traveling through Illinois with her boyfriend, a truck driver, when the couple stopped at a gas station along I-70 just outside of Highland.
Lamar was unresponsive when she was found inside the station restroom around 1:00 a.m. Sunday. She was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that investigators seized a syringe and heroin-filled capsules during their investigation. Sheriff Hertz says investigators suspect a drug overdose, but toxicology tests are still pending.
Police are digging for evidence at the home of an elderly woman who was found frozen to death in her driveway last weekend. Glen Carbon police say their investigation isn't related to the death of 83 year old Mary Kampwerth.
Illinois State Police and local officials say they're acting on a tip regarding some type of criminal activity, but won't comment on what the crime was or who may be involved.
Investigators using heavy equipment have checked 90-percent of the property, focusing a lot of attention on a pond behind the home.
The search of the home and property along Illinois Rte. 159 halted late Tuesday night because of cold and darkness, but investigators say it will resume Wednesday morning.
KTRS, St. Louis, MO - A Metro-east man is headed to prison connected to a fatal hit-and-run that happened near Cahokia last summer.
Kevin Powell was sentenced to five years in jail and five years of probation after his release. Powell was driving the car that hit and killed 9-year-old Fabian Teson. Fabian was riding his bike when he was hit. He was taken to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in critical condition and died two days later. Within a week investigators located the car that hit Fabian and traced it to Powell.
He was driving without a license at the time of the accident.
The frigid temperatures of last week are still causing problems for area residents.
A water main in west St. Louis County broke Tuesday morning and sent a plume of water 30 feet into the area. The main rupture is adjacent to the Bennington Heights Apartment near the Page Avenue Extension. Fox 2 reports that some residents were getting water into their apartment.
The shifting temperatures since last week's storm have cause dozens of water main breaks across the metro area.