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Police have identified the driver who died in a car accident on Interstate-44 yesterday.

Morgan Ciota was driving eastbound on 44 near the Jefferson exit when she lost control of her car. The driver of a semi truck saw her car start to spin and the driver tried to avoid Ciota. But the semi slid into the car. When emergency crews arrived they pronounced Ciota dead on the scene.

Police believe that speed may have been a factor in the accident. 

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The snow-covered roads have turned deadly in Missouri.

One person was killed in an accident that involved a semi truck. The accident was near the Jefferson exit. All lanes of eastbound I-44 were closed as crews cleaned up the scene. It is not known what caused the accident.

MoDOT officials are still urging residents to stay off the roads--crews continue their work to remove snow from all major routes in the metro area.

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TROY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man has been sentenced to life plus 30 years in prison for killing his terminally ill wife.
 
   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 43-year-old Russell Scott Faria of Lincoln County was sentenced Monday. He was convicted in November of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
 
   Betsy Faria, was found stabbed to death on Dec. 27, 2011. She was battling liver cancer at the time.
 
   At the sentencing hearing, her sister, Julie Swaney, said Betsy Faria had two life insurance policies, and her husband had been beneficiary on both. Swaney says her sister changed the beneficiary on one before she was killed, and planned to do so on the other.
 
   Russell Faria's attorney, Joel Schwartz, says the case was built on conjecture, and he plans to appeal.
 
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OLIVETTE, Mo. (AP) - Funeral services will be on Christmas Eve for a St. Louis-area native killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
 
Services for 35-year-old Joseph Silverman are at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Berger Memorial Chapel in Olivette. Burial will be at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in Chesterfield.
 
Silverman was a chief warrant officer for the Army and a graduate of Parkway Central High School. His family once lived in Chesterfield.
 
Silverman and five other soldiers died Dec. 17 when a Black Hawk UH-60 helicopter went down during a mission in Zabul province.
 
Silverman was living in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the time of his death. He was among five of the soldiers who were based out of Fort Riley, Kan.
 
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CAMDENTON, Mo. (AP) — Wintry weather has contributed to four deadly crashes on Missouri roads in two days.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says one person died Friday morning in Camden County when a vehicle crashed into a minivan after sliding on ice. Later Friday morning in Phelps County, a second person died when a car lost control on an icy road and overturned.

A third person died around noon Friday in Franklin County when a vehicle lost control on an ice-covered bridge and veered into oncoming traffic. The fourth victim died Saturday morning in Henry County when a pickup truck began sliding and hit a tree.

The patrol identified the victims as 42-year-old Karla Brown of Camdenton, 16-year-old Charity Adams of Licking, 23-year-old Whitney Gabathuler of Herman and 80-year-old William Dulaban of Deepwater.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster's office has appealed the stay of execution for convicted killer Allen Nicklasson, calling the federal appeals court ruling "an abuse of discretion."

A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday granted a stay for Nicklasson, scheduled to be put to death at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing businessman Richard Drummond nearly two decades ago.

Late Monday, Koster's office asked for a hearing before the full 8th Circuit. By Tuesday morning, no decision had been made on that appeal.

After going nearly three years without an execution, Missouri had been preparing for its second in three weeks. The state executed racist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin on Nov. 20. It was the first execution in Missouri using a single drug, pentobarbital.

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NEOSHO, Mo. (AP) - A 34-year-old southwest Missouri woman has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty in the methadone overdose death of her 22-month-old son.

Elizabeth Farnam, of Granby, pleaded guilty in September to second-degree involuntary manslaughter in the June 2012 death of Logan Crow.

A toxicology report showed the toddler died from an overdose of methadone, which is prescribed mainly to treat heroin addiction. Investigators said Farnam had obtained the drug illegally.

Farnam told police at the time that she dropped a methadone pill while Logan was sitting on her lap during a church meeting. The toddler began sweating profusely on the drive home and was put down for an afternoon nap, but wasn't checked until the next morning.

KOAM-TV reports Farnam was sentenced Monday in Newton County.

 

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Police have identified the pedestrian who was hit and killed in the Central West End Thursday morning.

Police say 63-year-old Nancy Benson was crossing the road when she was hit by a driver just before 7 AM. The driver stayed on the scene of the accident. He told police he did not see Benson because the weather was bad and she was wearing dark clothes.

Benson was not in a crosswalk when she was hit. Police continue to investigate the accident.

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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:24

Arizona agency seeks fine in firefighters' deaths

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona's workplace safety agency is recommending that the state Forestry Division pay a nearly $560,000 fine in the deaths of 19 firefighters.

The citations proposed Wednesday by the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health say forestry officials managing the Yarnell Hill Fire placed the protection of structures and pastureland above firefighter safety.

The proposals also say that downwind crews weren't removed when suppression became ineffective.

The safety agency is presenting the proposals to the state Industrial Commission at a meeting in Phoenix. The commission has the final say on whether the fines are imposed.

The Arizona State Forestry Division oversaw the blaze that trapped the Granite Mountain Hotshots on state land.

A separate report into the circumstances surrounding the June 30 deaths of the firefighters found communications lapses but concluded that proper procedure was followed.

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Monday, 02 December 2013 12:28

Man's body found in burning home

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) - An investigation is underway after a man's body was found in a burning home in eastern Missouri.

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Mo., reports that firefighters were putting out a house fire Saturday at the Lake Timberline development in St. Francois County when they found the body of 35-year-old Dustin Towey. Authorities say he died of smoke inhalation.

Authorities have not disclosed a cause for the fire.

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