Illinois State Police are preparing to step up traffic enforcement for the holidays.
This year, the officers are dedicating the push a fallen officer. "Operation Kyle" is a 24 hour traffic enforcement push between Tuesday and Wednesday. Trooper Kyle Deatherage was hit and killed by a semi-truck during a traffic stop on November 26, 2012. The truck driver, 52-year-old Johnny Felton Junior faces multiple charges and 14-years in prison if convicted.
The Illinois State Police will have increased patrols through the New Year, they will place an emphasis on speeding, use of seatbelts, DUI's, and distracted driving.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The Boulder County Coroner's Office says the climbing death of a 20-year-old Missouri man in Rocky Mountain National Park was an accident.
The Daily Camera reports Paul Nahon of Springfield died after falling about 150 feet from the Narrows on the Keyhole Route on Longs Peak on August 15th. The route had ice in several spots.
Nahon, a 2011 graduate of Glendale High School in Springfield, won state tennis titles in 2010 and 2011 and held the record for most tennis wins in Missouri Class Two high school history with an overall record of 117-7.
He had recently transferred to Colorado College.
Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says Nahon worked as an intern in his Washington office over the summer.
Police officers were not able to save two people from a fiery crash over the weekend.
The single-car accident happened on I-170 on Sunday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 27-year-old Nicholas Nelson's car left the road, hit a median cable and sign, then flipped over and caught fire. An off-duty St. Louis County police officer and Berkley officers tried to put out the fire and rescue the occupants, but failed.
Nelson and passenger Ilana Elbert both died.
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A woman charged with murder in the death of a toddler in 2011 will not go on trial this week as scheduled after her attorney was injured in an accident.
A mistrial was declared in St. Louis County on Tuesday in the second-degree murder trial of 31-year-old Jennifer M. Winkler, of Eureka. Her attorney, Neil Bruntrager, suffered a concussion during a fall. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Bruntrager was treated and released at a hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
Winkler is charged with second-degree murder and felony child abuse in the shaking death of 13-month-old Lily Annabella Rieger. The girl was injured while Winkler was at her home watching Lily.
A babysitter is on trial today for her role in the dead of a 13-month-old child who was under her care.
Jennifer Winkler is charged with second-degree murder for the death of Lily Rieger. Prosecutors say Winkler called 911 after allegedly shaking Lily.
The child was taken the hospital where she died with a fractured skull and brain injuries.
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.
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Disabled students studying science and engineering at Southern Illinois University will have scholarships compliments of a $1.3 million gift from a late couple.
The Carbondale university says scholarships from the money donated by SIU alumnus James Greenwood and his wife, Martha, will begin in the fall of next year.
James Greenwood died in 2009, and his wife died in January.
James Greenwood graduated from SIU in the 1960s, after enrolling there because it was among few universities that could accommodate his wheelchair.
Greenwood went on to work for IBM for 29 years.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A popular circus performer from St. Louis has been identified as the victim of a fiery accident.
Police on Tuesday said 21-year-old Reginald Moore died in the wreck. Moore lost control of his 2003 Toyota Corolla on Friday afternoon and crashed into a concrete support for a railroad trestle.
A passing motorist stopped and pulled Moore from the car before it completely caught fire, but he had severe head and face injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The injuries were so severe that it took days for positive identification.
Moore was a juggler and acrobat for Circus Harmony.
An early morning accident leaves a woman and two children dead.
Around 5:30 Friday morning, a cargo van crashed into a Chevy Impala on Interstate 55 near Litchfield, Illinois. Investigators say it appears the Chevy was either stopped or moving very slowly when the accident occurred. A woman sitting in the front seat of the car was killed and two kids in the back seat of the car died as well. Two other children were taken to Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis.
The driver of the van was not injured.
A broad warning from the Food and Drug Administration to consumers who buy "jerky treats" for their animals.
Nearly 600 dogs and cats have died from a mysterious outbreak that is tied to the treats. The FDA says there is not one particular brand to watch for, but the questionable treats come from China.
There is a fact sheet on the FDA website, so that owners can identify possible symptoms. That sheet can be found here: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm371413.htm