Charges are filed against a man accused of lighting a dog on fire.
A north St. Louis resident came home in late August to find that his dog, a pit bull named Zeus, was missing. The owner's neighbor called police to say he found Zeus badly burned in the back yard. The Humane Society took Zeus and was forced to put the dog down due to the severity of the burning.
Prosecutors say Wesley Reid attacked the dog. Investigators examined Reid's phone and discovered he was in the area at the time of the attack and he sent text messages indicating he planned on burning the dog.
Reid faces up to four years in prison if convicted.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A 19-year-old Ballwin man faces multiple charges in connection with the robbery and beating of six University of Missouri-St. Louis students near campus.
Tremayne Jamaal Valdez is charged with four felony counts of robbery, five counts of armed criminal action and one count each of second-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. Police say Valdez and two others attacked the students as they walked on Natural Bridge Road near its intersection with North Hanley Road on Sept. 6 in Bel-Nor.
KMOV-TV reports that two other men also face charges related to the attack. Police said the suspects were caught on camera taking credit cards, cash and cellphones from the students.
Valdez remains jailed on a $150,000 cash-only bond. Online court records don't identify his attorney.
A person in Jefferson County has tested positive for West Nile virus.
Health officials say the patient actually suffered from a more severe strain of the illness known as West Nile Neuro-invasive disease. Residents of Jefferson County are being reminded to take precautions such as using insect repellents. Another tip, wear light-colored clothes in areas where mosquitoes are active.
To report a mosquito-breeding source in Jefferson County call 636-797-3737.