MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (AP) — The death of a 7-year-old boy in Virginia by a stray bullet is drawing attention to the dangers of celebratory shooting.
The practice involves firing a weapon into the sky, often on New Year's Eve and July Fourth.
This summer, a bullet pierced Brendon Mackey's head as he went to a fireworks show in central Virginia. Brendon died the next day.
Police determined that the bullet was probably fired within a 5,200-foot radius. Investigators have knocked on hundreds of doors hoping to find the person who fired the fatal shot. No one has come forward.
A state senator is proposing "Brendon's Law" to curb celebratory shooting and to provide stiffer penalties for those who maim or injure others with stray bullets.
Authorities confirm that one man is dead after a house fire in North St. Louis.
Firefighters were called to the house at the intersection of Lotus and Kingshighway just before 3 PM. The firefighters found the man on the second floor of the home and were unable to revive him.
Investigators continue their work to determine the cause of the fire.
The Wentzville City Administrator died this morning.
T. Michael McDowell was 60 years old. McDowell served in the role since March 4. He previously worked as the city manager of Olivette and city administrator in Creve Coeur. The Wentzville Board of Aldermen plans to meet this afternoon to appoint and interim city administrator.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis music community is mourning the loss of a longtime fixture who died over the weekend after falling into an open elevator shaft.
Bob Reuter died in the accident Saturday afternoon while moving into a downtown loft. Authorities say it was dark inside the elevator shaft. Reuter stepped in, assuming the elevator was there, and fell about 18 feet to his death.
Reuter was recently involved in a new band, Alley Ghost. He also hosted a weekly radio program, "Bob's Scratchy Records," on KDHX-FM.
The accident remains under investigation.
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Police say a small plane has crashed in St. Louis County, killing both people aboard.
St. Louis County Police Captain Randy Vaughn told KMOV that the victims in Saturday morning's crash were an adult male and a female child. Their ages and identities were not released.
KMOV says the Cirrus SR-22 plane was scheduled to leave the Spirit of St. Louis Airport in West St. Louis County at 4:50 a.m. Saturday, and a distress call was received at about 5:10 a.m.
The Monarch Fire Department told KMOX that the plane didn't clear trees after taking off from the airport.
The FAA has been called into investigate.
Joe Duever, who lives near the crash site, told KMOV that it shook his house.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Humane Society of Missouri's Animal Cruelty Task Force is investigating the death of a kitten.
The animal was found dead Thursday in the front yard of a St. Louis home. A resident who had been feeding the stray came home to find it in a pool of blood on her sidewalk. A rock that may have been used to kill the cat was found nearby.
Humane Society veterinarians believe the male cat was about 8 weeks old and died from a head injury.
The Humane Society says any information will be turned over to police.
A St. Charles County man has been found guilty of breaking into an ex-girlfriend's house and beating her dog.
Charles Zidek broke into the woman's home in late 2011. Once inside the house, Zidek attacked her greyhound dog named Vinny. Vinny's injuries were so bad he had to be euthanized.
Zidek was convicted on two felony charges including animal abuse.
Police have identified the man found shot to death inside his truck this morning.
Investigators say 29-year-old Bao Nguyen was shot twice and died at the scene.
A passerby found a man shot man’s body hanging out of the a Nissan Frontier around 6:45 a.m. Police do not know how long the victim had been there or how many times he had been shot.
There are no suspect details at this time.
Charges are filed against Keith Wildharber after police say he accidentally shot and killed his friend.
Wildharber was drinking with his friends on Monday night, when witnesses say he playfully pulled out a gun, pointed it at the victim, asked the victim if he trusted him, and pulled the trigger. The victim died from a gunshot wound to the stomach. Police say Wildharber believed the gun was unloaded.
He now faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A man accused in the deaths of three women whose bodies were found wrapped in trash bags in Ohio has been indicted on 14 counts including aggravated murder and kidnapping.
The Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office announced Monday that a grand jury charged 35-year-old Michael Madison with six counts of aggravated murder, three counts of kidnapping, three counts of gross abuse of a corpse, one count of rape and one count of having weapons under disability.
Police discovered the first of three bodies in a dilapidated East Cleveland neighborhood July 19 after responding to a call about a foul odor. Madison was arrested the same day at his mother's house after a brief standoff with police.
Madison has no attorney listed in the county.