St. Charles city police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a woman whose body was recovered in the Missouri River. The 38-year-old victim was reported missing Tuesday night and her body was found about 1 a.m. Wednesday. Police found her vehicle at Ed Bales Park in the 23-hundred block of North Main St. . Police have not released the victim's name and a cause of death has not been determined.
September is Emergency Preparedness Month and Metro Transit is teaming up with the Red Cross to offer the public tips on how to survive an emergency. Representatives from both organizations were handing out emergency pamphlets to commuters at the Shrewsbury Metrolink station Thursday. Metro spokeswoman Patti Beck says being prepared is the key to surviving an emergency...
"You need to be prepared for anything," Beck said. "From fire, flooding, earthquake, tornado...anything and everything. There could be a chemical spill or even a hazardous waste spill."
The Red Cross suggests keeping an emergency kit handy, stocked with water, food, flashlights, medications, blankets, and of course...a batter-powered radio.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - The owner of a former license-and-title service in the metro-east is accused of duping more than $30,000 from clients.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports St. Clair County prosecutors charged 52 year old Brian Rainbolt on Tuesday with felony theft and a misdemeanor count of not having a state license as a remittance agent.
Rainbolt's business, Duffy's License and Title Service in Belleville, has been closed since police descended upon it in May while investigating complaints involving vehicle titles and registrations.
Rainbolt allegedly pocketed payments for titles, registrations or other state fees instead of turning the money over to the state to complete the legal transaction.
Online court records don't show whether Rainbolt has an attorney. He does not have a listed home telephone number.
Arnold city hall is draped with black bunting and flags are flying at half staff in memory of Councilman Randy Crisler, who died Wednesday after a month-long battle with an infection. He was just 38-year-old.
Crisler leaves behind a wife and three children.
A fundraiser to benefit Crisler's family will be held September 22nd at Dylan`s Sports Bar and Grill, where the councilman worked as a bartender.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
The conditional use permits issued for a proposed new Walmart in Ellisville are set to expire Thursday, and the fate of the project remains unclear.
Developer Sansone won a major court challenge to the $50 million project last week, but still has acquired only about eight acres of land and that doesn't include the Clarkchester Apartments. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that contracts Sansone had with some of the complex's nine owners expired in July, and at least two have declined to renew.
The city issued a building permit Wednesday and Public Works Director Bill Schwer told the paper Sansone could break ground Thursday on the property it does own.
But at Wednesday night's city council meeting, Mayor Adam Paul asked City Attorney George Restovich to find out if the city could legally terminate its agreement with Sansone which includes $10 million in tax increment financing approved last year, before half the council was replaced in the last election.
Also Wednesday night, the City Council voted 4-3 to have Restovich draft a resolution terminating long-time City Manager Kevin Bookout, a proponent of the project. Bookout was also involved in the attempt to oust Mayor Paul earlier this year, but Paul says Bookout's termination isn't about revenge.
Dream of a life under the big top? Ringling Brothers has an opportunity for you then.
The circus is coming to town for auditions this weekend. The tryouts will be held Saturday at the City Museum from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Applicants must register in advance at the group's website. Everyone trying out should have a 3-5 minute routine prepared.
Successful auditioners will be offered a contract to tour to more than 80 U.S. cities with an upcoming production of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.
Register here: www.Ringling.com/clownauditions
The suspect in a fatal carjacking has pleaded guilty to killing an 85-year-old grandmother.
21-year-old DaQuan Barnes will get a 60-year-sentence for the murder instead of life in prison under an agreement with prosecutors.
Prosecutors say Barnes and two accomplices, identified as 39-year-old LaTosha Cunningham and 30-year-old DeMarcus Barnes, waited for Yoko Cullen outside of a Collinsville bingo hall in May of 2011. Barnes force her into the trunk of her car, drove to east St. Louis, and set the vehicle on fire.
Investigators say Cullen was alive as the vehicle burned.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The $50 million renovation of the Illinois Capitol building includes three copper-covered wooden doorways that cost $669,608.
State officials released the price tag for the doors Wednesday in response to media inquiries more than a week ago. They had first said the cost could not be itemized.
Capitol architect J. Richard Alsop III says materials and fabrication made up $535,808 of the cost and installation and engineering make up the rest.
Alsop says the doors give the building a "desired and appropriate historical fabric." A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan explained the cost by noting that the building is a national landmark.
The $50 million project is being paid for with construction bonds. It includes replacement of heating and air-conditioning and bringing the building up to current safety codes.
The St. Louis-based food chain, Lion's Choice is being sold, but keeping its roots in St. Louis.
The owner and co-founder of the chain, Marvin Gibbs, is selling the chain's parent company to a private equity group headquartered in St. Louis. The Post-Dispatch reports that Mark Disper, who was the chain's first franchisee is the new CEO. Disper hopes to add as many as 15 new locations to the existing 23 in the metro area.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Drivers headed to the Cardinals games this weekend should be aware of some closures on I-64.
MoDOT will be closing lanes on 64 at the Poplar Street Bridge starting Friday night. Crews will reopen lanes for one hour before and after the Cardinals games to accommodate the additional traffic. Fans headed to the Rams game on Sunday will also be dealing with closures.
The closures are all part of the project to replace the driving surface on the Poplar Street Bridge.
Here is the work MoDOT is planning for this weekend in St. Louis City:
- Friday, September 6, crews will be closing two left lanes on westbound I-64 at the Poplar Street Bridge starting at 8 p.m. At 12:01 Saturday, crews will close the left two lanes on eastbound I-64. At least one through lane on I-64 will remain open in both directions on the bridge and in the city. All lanes will reopen before 5 a.m. Monday.
- Saturday, September 7, crews will close the ramp from eastbound I-70 to the Poplar Street Bridge at 12:01 a.m. Crews will reopen the ramp before the end of the Cardinal games on Saturday and Sunday. They will close the ramp one hour after the end of the Cardinal games on each day. The ramp will reopen before 5 a.m. Monday.
- Saturday, September 7, crews will be shifting traffic on eastbound I-64 between Kingshighway and Boyle. Crews will close the two left lanes at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning. Crews will have at least two eastbound lanes open an hour before the start of Saturday’s game. Once the game starts, crews will close lanes again. All lanes are projected to be reopened by 5 a.m. Sunday. When the lanes reopen all three through lanes of traffic will be shifted to the right.