St. Louis' extremely cold winter weather has claimed the life of an Alton, Illinois man.
Police say 66 year old Carl Walker had been removing snow with a snow blower outside his home Thursday morning when he became short of breath. He went inside and his wife called 9-1-1.
Walker was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he died.
Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn says Walker suffered a heart attack.
Nonn says its important for everyone, especially those with heart and other health conditions to use extra caution in cold conditions.
CASEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a former metro-east police officer has been charged with driving under the influence and impersonating a police officer.
Caseyville Police Chief Jose Alvarez says 56 year old Harold J. Johnson of Brooklyn is being held in the St. Clair County Jail with bond set at $10,000.
Authorities say Johnson was pulled over for a traffic violation early Saturday. Alvarez says Johnson was driving under the influence and claimed to be a Brooklyn police officer during the stop. He had a loaded gun with him, which police seized. Police later learned Johnson had been fired from the Brooklyn police force earlier this year, but he hadn't turned in his gun and badge.
It was not immediately clear if Johnson has an attorney.
The water in some parts of Edwardsville may be a little brown, but it's still safe to drink. That's the message from Public Works Director Tim Harr.
He says a break in a 14 inch transmission line caused workers to reroute water city-wide and that may have stirred up sediment. As a result, about a thousand of the more than 9,000 water customers in Edwardsville, including the Public Works Department, are seeing discolored water from their taps.
Harr says the water is safe to drink. "We’ve tested it," he said. "The chlorine residuals are where they’re supposed to be, within the epa regulations. It doesn’t taste funny. It just looks a little funny with the sedimentation."
Harr says city workers opened 4-5 hydrants Wednesday to help flush the system and it might help if residents run their own taps 10-15 minutes to flush the lines.
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A Madison County Board members says it's "disgusting" that the county's ex-treasurer still collects a pension after pleading guilty to a crime.
Fred Bathon pleaded guilty eight months ago to rigging 2005-2008 tax lien auctions so his political donors could profit from inflated penalties paid by property owners.
The Belleville News-Democrat reported Sunday that the 58 year old has received more than $340,000 in pension benefits since his 2009 retirement. He was treasurer for 11 years.
Kathy O'Brien is general counsel with the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. O'Brien says that according to state law a pension is terminated at sentencing, not conviction.
Court records show Bathon's sentencing is Dec. 6.
Republican Madison County Board member Jamie Goggin says continuing to collect a pension is abusing the public.
Bathon's attorney declined comment.
Another metro-east official is in trouble with the law. Alorton Fire Chief Carlos Darough is facing drug charges and a federal parole violation. KMOV TV reports that Darough was pulled over for running a stop sign.
Officers reportedly found marijuana in his car. He's been charged with possession with the intent to deliver drugs and violating his parole.
Court records show Darough has been arrested multiple times over the last 20 years on charges ranging from speeding to domestic battery.
A metro-east man is facing felony charges for allegedly shoplifting a single bottle of liquor.
Madison County prosecutors have charged 23 year old Jason Whitney of Alton with felony theft. Police say a worker at a Godfrey supermarket caught Whitney red-handed early Saturday morning.
Sheriff's Captain Mike Dixon told the Belleville News-Democrat that the alleged theft qualifies as a felony because of Whitney's burglary conviction earlier this year.
Two women who were elected to a metro-east park board may have to sue to take their seats on that board.
Ruby Mattox and Dora Warren finished first and second in an election to fill two vacant seats on the Stites Township Park District Board in Brooklyn, Illinois.
St. Clair County Clerk Tom Holbrook certified the election results months ago. But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the park board has refused to swear them in, calling their election "a mistake."
Mattox told the paper that her opposition to no-bid contracts the park board has awarded may be why the board is now claiming there were no vacancies to fill.
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois man who insisted he was not bound by U.S. tax laws faces up to two decades in federal prison after being found guilty of falsely claiming hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax refunds.
A federal jury on Wednesday convicted 47 year old Destry Marcotte of Belleville of four counts of filing false claims for federal tax refunds.
Federal prosecutors say evidence presented at trial showed that Marcotte submitted the false claims for refunds for years, claiming a total of more than $600,000.
Marcotte claimed to be a "sovereign citizen," contending he was not subject to U.S. tax laws.
After the jury's verdict, Marcotte was ordered detained pending his Jan. 17 sentencing.