A trial date is set for the O'Fallon, Missouri man accused of killing a Caruthersville police officer.
The trial of 31-year-old Deonta Williamson will start January 27. Prosecutors say Williamson first tried to set his stepfather on fire and burn down his home in O'Fallon. Hours later Police saw the suspect driving a stolen SUV on Missouri 84 in the bootheel. Officers set up spike strips to stop Williamson, but he rammed a police cruiser. The collision killed officer Evan Burns.
In addition to the first-degree murder charge, Williamson faces assault, arson and armed criminal action charges from the O’Fallon incident.
Unemployment is trending down in the St. Louis area.
The unemployment rate in the metro area sits at 7% in May--that is down from the level last year. The local unemployment rate is also lower than the national level of 7.3 percent.
The St. Louis workforce now sits just a bit above 1.3 million.
Parents of students in one Jefferson County school district can expect a letter after a tense incident Tuesday morning.
The bomb and arson team was called to House Springs Elementary after a suspicious was found near the school. Investigators determined the package was a bundle of sparklers. The superintendent of Northwest R-1 District plans to send a letter to parents about the incident.