EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - The chief federal judge in southern Illinois is warning citizens not to fall for a telephone scam involving jury duty and possible identity theft.
U.S. District Judge David Herndon says the caller poses as a court official and threatens prosecution for shirking jury duty. The caller then tries to extract confidential data from the call's recipient.
Herndon warns the calls don't involve actual court officials, are bogus and could be used for identity theft and fraud if the person called divulges such things as his or her Social Security or credit card numbers.
The judge adds federal courts don't require anyone to provide sensitive information by telephone, with most legitimate contact taking place by mail.
Herndon urges anyone who gets such a call to notify the local federal court clerk.
Even as some metro-east school districts continue to wrestle with budget shortfalls, Belleville District 201 teachers will be getting a pay raise.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the school board Monday night unanimously approved a partial salary step increase this year and next. Superintendent Jeff Dosier told the paper that instead of a full step increase, teachers will get 75 percent of a step increase.
The cost of the pay raises will be covered by retirements and vacant teaching positions not being filled.
The teachers' new contract goes into effect September 1st.
The school board also approved new contracts with the district's custodians, engineers and teacher aids.
Missouri Transportation officials are warning drivers to expect more nighttime lane and ramp restrictions along Interstate 70 near the Blanchette Bridge this week.
MoDOT says drivers should expect at least one lane to be closed eastbound on the Blanchette Bridge from 8 p.m. through 5 a.m. each weeknight, as crews near completion of the north span rebuild.
Officials say additional lane and ramp closures are likely through next weekend in the final push to get both the eastbound and westbound bridges back to five lanes in each direction by Monday, August 26th.