In response to several postings on social media, St. Louis city police sent more than 20 officers to Roosevelt High School Tuesday to protect fans and players at a high school football game. Fox2 News reports that the game between the Vashon and College Preparatory junior varsity teams was played at Roosevelt. The move comes after a 16-year-old was shot and killed after leaving a party attended by teens from Vashon and College Prep. Another 16-year-old was taken into custody after the shooting. Police were alerted to the possibility of violence after noticing several alarming posts on social media. There were no incidents at the game, but police say they will continue to monitor the situation.
The owners of a popular Missouri theme park are now the owners of the Harlem Globetrotters. The St. Louis Business Journal reports that Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, the owners of Silver Dollar City, have agreed to purchase the famed basketball team. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, however in June the asking price for the team was between $50 million and $100 millions. The Globetrotters were founded in 1926. In addition to Silver Dollar City, Herschend Family Entertainment owns and operates 26 other theme parks including Dollywood.
Two Missouri residents are among five people killed in a rock slide on a Colorado hiking trail. Chaffee County Sheriff Pete Palmer says all five were members of an extended family.
The sheriff's department reports that 10 year old Baigen Walker and 22 year old Paris Walkup, both of Birch Tree, Missouri, were among the dead.
Their aunt and uncle, 45 year old Dawna Johnson, 46 year old Dwayne Johnson, and the couple's 18 year old daughter, Kiowa-Rain Johnson were also killed.
All of the victim's bodies have now been recovered.
The Johnson's 13 year old daughter, Gracie survived the slide with a broken leg.
After a drug scandal rocked the county courthouse, St. Clair County officials are expanding their drug testing program. The board decided unanimously Monday night to expand the random drug testing to hundreds of additional employees.
Ironically, the new policy won't apply to the circuit court system where the scandal broke. That's because the courts are a separate government entity.
In March, Circuit Judge Joe Christ died while staying with Circuit Judge Michael Cook at a hunting lodge. In May, Cook was charged with heroine possession and a weapons violation. A probation officer and another man are also facing charges.