CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A former suburban St. Louis police officer faces sentencing Dec. 20 after being convicted of corruption for telling a female motorist she could either have sex with him or face a drunk-driving arrest.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 50-year-old Timothy H. Jones of Troy, Mo., was found guilty Friday in St. Louis County Circuit Court. Prosecutors are seeking a four-year prison sentence.
Jones was an officer in Country Club Hills. Court documents show that he pulled over a 24-year-old woman on suspicion of drunken driving on Interstate 70 in 2010.
After a field-sobriety test, he allegedly told her she could either be arrested or have sex with him. Court documents say he drove her in his patrol car to her home, where they had sex.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Serving Illinois prisoners two meals a day instead of three was supposed to save the state money.
But Corrections Department officials told lawmakers this week it will cost $200,000 per prison to implement the "brunch" program.
Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer now says the main goal is to reduce inmate movement - a cost savings - and avoid serving breakfast in dark morning hours.
Prisons in Robinson and Galesburg have begun the program and the Mount Sterling lockup will follow soon. Shaer says the rest of the two dozen state prisons could follow after Jan. 1.
Prison director S.A. "Tony" Godinez said in early 2012 it would save $2 million in the following year. Shaer says there might be savings down the line but security is the top concern.
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.