A Washington Park trustee is among 15 people indicted for Medicaid fraud.
St. Clair County probation officer and Washington Park trustee Darron A. Suggs is among those named. If convicted, he and others charged can receive up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton says the indictments grew out of complaints concerning the Home Services Program.
The program is intended for people under 60 and designed to reduce Medicaid expenditures by cutting down on institutional care.
However, Wigginton says the state of Illinois paid for ghost employees and fictitious services that, with one exception, did not keep anyone out of an institutional setting.
PACIFIC, Mo. (AP) - A St. Louis area man faces a murder charge after he allegedly provided heroin to a woman who later died of an overdose.
Franklin County authorities say 27-year-old Christopher Albrecht was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder and heroin distribution. He is being held on $100,000 bail.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Albrecht allegedly supplied heroin to 32-year-old Danielle Jeanine Barlow and her boyfriend in April. The boyfriend overdosed first but Barlow and her 11-year-old son were able to revive him.
Police say after he woke up, Barlow took another dose and was found dead the next morning.
The group behind improvements to the Arch Grounds, CityArchRiver.org, has released a new video offering an idea of what the "Park Over the Highway" would look like in 2015.
On Wednesday, MoDOT officials announced St. Louis based KCI Construction Company was awarded the "Park Over the Highway"contract to connect the Arch grounds with downtown St. Louis.
Construction is expected to begin in August, and is a scheduled to be completed by July 2015. Construction will start near the Martin Luther King Bridge, then move to Walnut Street.
For more information go to http://www.cityarchriver.org/