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   The St. Francois County Sheriff's Office is now investigating Monday's fatal fire near Park Hills as a double homicide.

   Firefighters arrived about 4:30 a.m. to find the home on Halter Lane fully involved.  Authorities say flames were too intense to try to attempt a rescue.  

  Firefighters later found the body 50 year old Stanley Halter on a back porch and that of 46 year old Tammy Halter in the kitchen.  The couples children were not home at the time of the fire.  

   Authorities aren't releasing the couples cause of death, only saying that the autopsies gave them reasonable cause to pursue a homicide investigation.

   Park Hills is about 65 miles south of St. Louis.

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A suspect is in custody connected to a fatal hit and run crash last week.

 

Police arrested Yelena Pelts. She was initially a person of interest in the crash when they linked her vehicle to the scene. Now police believe she was involved in the accident that killed 41-year-old Roy Joseph.

 

Charges are expected against Pelts on Wednesday.

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Monday, 10 February 2014 07:23

Two children dead after house fire

Two children are dead and two others hurt after house fire in North County Monday morning.

 

Fire crews were called to a home on Airport Road just east of I-270 in Berkeley areound 5:30 this morning. After the blaze was extinguished, firefighters searched the home and found the children dead in the house.

 

A third child and an adult were taken to the hospital in unknown condition.

 

Authorities have no identified the victims and the cause of the fire is unclear. 

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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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KTRS - O'Fallon, MO - One person is dead, two others injured after a traffic accident in O'Fallon, Missouri.

 

Police say a car driving on Weldon Spring pulled in front of a car that was driving on Technology Drive. A passenger in the vehicle on Weldon Spring died, the driver of that car was injured.

 

The driver of the other vehicle was also injured.

 

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   LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rescuers and investigators were working amid the smoldering wreckage of a private jet and the hangar it hit after landing at a Southern California airport, but they did not expect to find any survivors from the flight from Idaho with an unknown number aboard, officials said.

   "This was an unsurvivable crash," Santa Monica Fire Department Capt. John Nevandro said at a media briefing hours later at Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

   Because the hangar collapsed in flames around it and a crane would be required before the plane could be reached, investigators had been unable to determine how many people were aboard the twin-engine Cessna Citation designed to hold eight passengers and two crew members, officials said.

   It had taken off from Hailey, Idaho and landed in Santa Monica when it went off the right side of the runway at about 6:20 p.m. and struck the hangar, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

   The blaze did minor damage to two other buildings and destroyed the hangar.

   "It was a total loss," Fire Department spokeswoman Bridgett Lewis said.

   News helicopter footage showed all but the tail of the plane trapped under a collapsed section of the small building.

   Investigators could not immediately say whether anyone was inside the hangar.

   A plume of smoke rising above the airport could be seen in the twilight sky over the populous neighborhoods surrounding the airport in the hours after the crash.

   After hearing a loud boom, several neighbors ran toward the airport and saw the fire.

   "It was very, very terrifying, it was sad to see just so much smoke, and the building collapse and the loud boom, you just put it all together and it's scary," witness Alyssa Lang told KABC-TV.

   Witness Charles Thomson told the TV station the plane appeared to make a "perfectly normal landing" before veering off course.

   The jet, a Cessna 525A manufactured in 2003, is registered to a Malibu, Calif. address and its corporate owner, Creative Real Estate Exchange, is based in Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta, according to FAA public records.

   Phone messages left after hours at the real estate company's two offices were not immediately returned.

   The National Transportation Safety Board would take over the investigation as is routine in such crashes.

   Santa Monica Airport, located in the coastal tourist destination known for its trendy bars, restaurants and wooden-pier carnival, is home to many private jets, many of them used by wealthy Southern Californians from the entertainment industry.

   The airport in Hailey serves Idaho's Sun Valley resort area, which is a frequent destination for many celebrities, and the rich and powerful alike.

 
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Highway 94 was closed in both directions between H and Church Rd. for several hours while the Missouri Highway Patrol investigated a fatal accident.

A man attending to some yard work in St. Charles County was killed this morning after being hit by a car that spun off the roadway. The accident happened shortly after 7:30 on Highway 94 at Church Road. The Highway Patrol says the car spun off the roadway, hit an embankment and flipped over several times, striking the victim. He died at the scene. The driver was injured and transported to the hospital.  Authorities did not say what caused the driver to lose control.

No charges have been filed and the names of the victim and driver have not been released.

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A fatal accident shut down Eastbound I-44 on Saturday.

A man driving a pickup truck ran into an empty police car that was parked there to divert traffic after an earlier accident. The truck ricocheted into a tractor trailer. The pickup then burst into flames. 

The driver of the pickup truck died at the scene.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:43

Charges filed for fatal double shooting

One man faces charges, including first degree murder, for allegedly shooting two men Tuesday night.

Police say 20-year-old Ralph Cato approached three people as they sat on the front porch of a home near Fairgrounds Park and started shooting. The shots hit two men, critically injuring one man and killing the other. The victim has been ID'ed as Charles Moorehead.

Prosecutors issued six felony charges against Cato, ranging from murder to assault and armed criminal action.

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   One man is dead and another is in critical condition after a shooting in North St. Louis Tuesday afternoon.

   Police say about 4 p.m, a man approached a home near Fairground Park.  He reportedly yelled at the people sitting on the front porch and then fired shots at them.  

   One man was hit in the chest.  He later died.  Another man was hit in the back. He's hospitalized in critical, but stable condition.  

   Police say a 20 year old man has been taken into custody in connection to the shooting.  Police say a disagreement over a debt led to the confrontation.

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