The NTSB and FAA are investigating a plane crash in Puerto Rico that killed a St. Louis native.
Monday night, 28 year old Steven Gullberg II and his co-pilot were killed when the cargo plane they were flying crashed along Puerto Rico's north coast. Authorities say the plane had been en route from the Dominican Republic when it descended rapidly over the mountains.
Gullberg was a Hazlewood Central High School graduate.
For the past three months Gullberg had worked for Fort Lauderdale based IBC Airways. Gullberg's family says he had expressed concerns about problems with the maintenance of the company's planes, even questioning their safety.
Suspended Ferguson-Florissant Superintendent Art McCoy says he's still not sure why the school board placed him on administrative leave. McCoy spoke with the press and about 50 supporters at Shalom Church in Berkeley Tuesday afternoon.
McCoy says he learned from media reports, and not the school board that there was a concern about the reporting of attendance numbers in August of 2012.
He says someone four-levels below superintendent actually reports the attendance data. "My expectation for my staff is to review the data and make it accurate," he said. "That's my only involvement, my only conversations about it. No conversations with the board, and no knowing of them even having an issue with it."
McCoy says both he and his attorney have asked for a meeting with the board. But Board President Paul Morris issued a statement saying they've received no such requests since placing McCoy on leave November 6th.
The backlash over Dr. McCoy's suspension may not be fully felt until the next school board election.
Arthelda Busch, chairwoman of the district's Citizens' Taskforce on Excellence in Education stood by McCoy Tuesday afternoon as he spoke to the press and supporters in Berkeley.
McCoy told the crowd that he's never actually been told why the school board voted 6-1 November 6th to place him on administrative leave. Busch says that's one reason she's calling on Board President Paul Morris to step down.
"Mr. Morris' past affiliations with the district and the board's current decisions have created huge concerns and distrust among the community at large," Busch said.
In his statement, Morris said an investigation into several accusations against McCoy is underway and he hopes to resolve the situation soon.
St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch is asking the FBI to help in the investigation of suspicious financial dealings at the county health department. Chief Fitch has asked the FBI to conduct a forensic investigation into the financial records involving former health department administrator Ed Mueth.
County police are trying to determine if Mueth had co-conspirators when he allegedly used a bogus computer company to steal millions of dollars from the county before committing suicide.
Chief Fitch says his department has received hundreds of pages of subpoenaed records and wants to question dozens of people over Mueth's financial dealings.
ST. LOUIS, Mo (KTRS) Moments before an investigative report was supposed to broadcast on a St. Louis television station, it was pulled because the man highlighted in the story, was found dead.
Forty-year-old Jamie Hart filed a lawsuit against the "Better Business Bureau" in 2010, claiming the organization targeted him because he complained that the watchdog group wasn't’ treating him fairly. In the lawsuit, Hart asked for at least $500,000. The BBB denied any wrongdoing and the suit was dismissed a few months later.
Monday night, KSDK-TV decided to pull the "Five on Your Side" investigative story.
Investigators initially found no signs of foul play and the medical examiner said Hart did not suffer a heart attack. Toxicology tests are pending.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports station officials sent an e-mail to KSDK employees, that provided contact information for grief counselors.
FENTON, Mo. (AP) - A 77-year-old woman is dead after falling from the third floor of a suburban St. Louis retirement home.
The accident happened Thursday afternoon at Lakeview Park Independent Senior Living community near Fenton. Authorities told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Shirley Neumann apparently lost her balance and fell from a third-floor balcony.
A spokesman for the company that operates Lakeview says in a statement that the company is working with authorities to determine how the woman fell.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - Investigators continue to look into an accident in which a minivan crashed into a suburban St. Louis health urgent care center.
Authorities on Tuesday identified the man killed in the wreck as Marvin H. Meyer, the 88-year-old driver of the minivan. His 81-year-old wife, Gloria, remains hospitalized in stable condition.
Police say the minivan was pulling out of the entrance to a St. Charles Wal-Mart store Sunday when it was struck by a pickup truck. The impact caused the minivan to go off the roadway and hit the Our Urgent Care clinic.
No one inside the urgent care facility was injured. Occupants of the truck also were not hurt.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police are investigating whether an officer's actions during a homicide investigation jeopardized murder charges against the mother of a 1-year-old whose body was found in a trash bin.
City prosecutors dropped murder and child abuse charges against Melissa Shawneece Jackson on Monday, a week before she was set to go to trial for the death of her 18-month-old son, Marquell. The infant's body was found behind their Jefferson Avenue apartment building in May 2011.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an unidentified patrol officer was placed on administrative duty Wednesday as police conduct an internal investigation into his role.
Defense attorney Scott Rosenblum says the case collapsed after the officer testified in a deposition that he didn't alert detectives about incriminating statements made by Jackson's ex-boyfriend.
Police say that a home invasion in Olivette on Monday, was not random.
Around 10:30 Monday morning, a woman in her 40's and her mother were attacked as they left a house. A neighbor heard the women screaming and called 911. Three suspects drove off, the fourth ran away. Police captured that suspect, who is now identified as Devontez Talley.
He is held on a $1 million bond and faces felony charges. Police say that they learned the identities of two more of the suspects. Investigators also say the victims were specifically targeted.
An independent audit of St. Louis County operations shows Edward Mueth collected $3.4 million from the St. Louis County Health Department before killing himself last month.
Mueth shot himself the day before he was to meet with his bosses at the County Health Department to discuss invoicing irregularities regarding his company, Gateway Technical Solutions.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it's still not clear what goods and services Mueth's company actually delivered to the health department over a six year period.
The audit, delivered to the County Council Thursday, found that the county had approved equipment purchases and leases from Gateway Technical Solutions at prices that were well above retail.
The audit had been commissioned before Mueth's scam came to light. A police investigation into Mueth's financial dealings with the Health Department is ongoing.
Two members of the St. Louis County Police Board are leaving In the midst of a scandal.
Chairman Gregory Sansone is stepping down while federal investigators look into a $3.7 million contact that his company received for work on a new crime lab. Former Gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence is taking Sansone's place on the board.
There is a second change pending on the board. Floyd Warman resigned weeks ago and will be replaced by Dr. Freddy Clark.
Both appointments are expected to be approved by the board next week.