Funeral arrangements are set for a former Missouri state representative from Crystal City who died over the weekend. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ron Casey died early Sunday morning at the age of 61.
Casey had suffered a head wound the week before when he fell on a concrete floor at his brother's home.
Casey represented part of Jefferson County for 12 years in the state House.
Visitation will be held at the Second Baptist Church in Festus on Tuesday from 2-to-8 p.m. Funeral services will also be at the church at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department will soon have an additional $22,000 to find and stop drunken drivers.
The county council agreed to accept $22,000 from the state. The Post-Dispatch reports the county only took the money on the condition that the funds be used for DUI checkpoints and not safety checkpoints. County residents argued earlier this year that safety checkpoints, which include checks for seat belt usage, violated their civil rights. The backlash was so great that the county rejected a grant in October that would have funded DUI and safety checkpoints.
The grant money will be split between covering the cost of officer overtime to man the checkpoints and equipment--such as road flares and safety vests.
Two brothers are facing charges for burglarizing a Brentwood sewing store, but police suspect the pair in nearly three dozen business break-ins in south St. Louis, South County and Jefferson County since mid-October.
Police used GPS tracking to catch Joseph and Mark Been after spotting their car on surveillance video at the scene of several burglaries.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the first time undercover detectives followed the brothers was last week when the pair was tracked to a business where a cash register was stolen. Kirkwood police then stopped the brothers' car and arrested them.
More charges are expected.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's office won't be getting extra cash from the state to help cover the cost of sobriety checkpoints. That's because the County Council on Tuesday turned down a $22,000 grant from the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission. The grant is specifically aimed boosting DUI enforcement.
Sheriff Glenn Boyer told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it's "indicative of the dysfunction of this County Council."
Republican council members, who hold all but one seat, cited constitutional issues and complaints about sobriety checks from residents as the reasons they eschewed the funds.
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.
School board members won't be able to hire family members for supervisory positions in the Fox School District if they adopt a proposed anti-nepotism policy at tonight's board meeting.
The Jefferson County district has been struggling with the issue since the district hired Kelly Nash as food services director late last year. Nash is a former McDonald's assistant manager with a high school diploma and no advanced certifications. She's the daughter-in-law of Linda Nash, who was president of the school board at the time.
The policy to be voted on tonight would prohibit board members from hiring relatives to supervisor positions, such as principals, assistant principals and department directors.
A Jefferson County woman faces child abuse charges after allegedly punching her 3-year-old daughter.
Patch.com reports that Prosecutors say that Amy Jordan hit the girl in February. The alleged abuse was uncovered when a state worker noticed a large bruise under the girls eye. The child abuse charges are a felony.
A multi-vehicle accident this morning along I-55 caused some headaches for drivers. Emergency crews responded around 8:30 near I-55 and Lindbergh in Jefferson County.
KMOV-TV reports a truck hauling a trailer ran off the road and overturned in a ditch. Another vehicle then came to rest on its side. All northbound lanes of I-55 were completely shut down. One person suffered minor injuries.
She'd represented the first Ward on the Arnold City Council for the past three years.
Lang had had a kidney transplant 10 years ago, but needed another one. She was at the top of the transplant recipients list when she died. She was 44 years old.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.