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   A federal prisoner is back behind bars after mistakenly being released by St. Louis County authorities.  But it's still unclear who's responsible for the error.

   Twenty-nine-year-old Shawn Grider was on his way to federal prison to begin a decade-long sentence on drug and weapons violations, when he was brought to the St. Louis County Justice Center for questioning in a burglary. After investigators determined that Grider wasn't involved, he should have been handed over to U.S. Marshalls.  Instead, he was released.  

   Missouri Corrections officials told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that federal authorities had neglected to tell local jailers to hold Grider.  But the U.S. Marshall's office says it was state prison officials who were responsible for passing that information to the county.  

   Grider is back in custody because once freed, he reportedly visited his mother and then turned himself in. 

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 04:39
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   St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley will have to try again to fill a vacant seat on the Board of Police Commissioners.  That after the County Council rejected one of two nominees Tuesday night.  

   The council unanimously approved former Hazelwood Mayor T.R. Carr, but refused to seat former MSD chief Robert Baer.  

   Republican Councilman Greg Quinn said that his objections had centered on Baer's connection to Dooley campaign manager John Temporiti.  Quinn suggested that Baer's appointment was part of a scheme to fire Police Chief Tim Fitch in retaliation for the chief calling in the FBI to investigate the Gregory Sansone-Police Crime Lab contract scandal.

   Dooley called Quinn's reasoning "insulting."

   Two seats remain vacant on the police board.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 02:37
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   Missouri's execution of the "Good Samaritan Killer" remains on hold.  

   Allen Nicklasson had been scheduled to die by lethal injection at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing businessman Richard Drummond in 1994.  Drummond was shot to death after stopping to help when a car carrying Nicklasson and two others stalled along I-70 in central Missouri.

   Monday night, a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted Nicklasson a stay of execution.     Nicklasson is arguing that he didn't receive adequate legal representation at his trial.

   Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster appealed that stay to the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday evening.  Koster says the high court told his office that no ruling would be issued before 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday.  

   If the court rules against Nicklasson, he could be executed at any time on Wednesday.

 

  

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 01:47
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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department will soon have an additional $22,000 to find and stop drunken drivers. 

The county council agreed to accept $22,000 from the state. The Post-Dispatch reports the county only took the money on the condition that the funds be used for DUI checkpoints and not safety checkpoints. County residents argued earlier this year that safety checkpoints, which include checks for seat belt usage, violated their civil rights. The backlash was so great that the county rejected a grant in October that would have funded DUI and safety checkpoints.

The grant money will be split between covering the cost of officer overtime to man the checkpoints and equipment--such as road flares and safety vests. 

 

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 17:28
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EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) - The mother of a 7-year-old southern Illinois girl who authorities say was stabbed to death by an uncle made her first court appearance.

The Effingham Daily News reports 26-year-old Ciara DeRyke of Watson was granted a public defender Tuesday in Effingham County. She faces a misdemeanor obstruction count alleging she lied to authorities.

Authorities say DeRyke claimed to have last seen daughter Willow Long alive in their home the morning of Sept. 8. But the girl was already dead, her body found the next day near a river.

State's Attorney Bryan Kibler says DeRyke wasn't involved in the killing or efforts to conceal it. He alleges she lied to make her appear to be a better mother, covering up that she was out the night of the killing.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 15:27
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has again upheld a law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay for students who chose to attend elsewhere.

The court's unanimous decision Tuesday applies to the Kansas City School District and its suburban neighbors. A similar ruling earlier this year dealt with St. Louis area schools.

A 1993 Missouri law requires unaccredited school districts to cover the costs for students to attend nearby accredited schools.

Kansas City's school district has been unaccredited since 2012, but student transfers have been on hold because of the legal challenge.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an assertion that the student transfer law amounted to an unfunded mandate that violated the state constitution.

 

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 15:19
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A major credit-rating house has taken a more positive outlook on Illinois debt than it has in years after last week's pension-reform vote.

Standard & Poor's affirmed its A- rating on state debt backed by general tax revenue Tuesday but revised its outlook from "negative" to "developing."

The ratings agency says "developing" means the rating could be raised or lowered in the next two years. Analyst Robin Prunty says the change is positive but risk remains because workers unions will likely sue over the pension law Gov. Pat Quinn signed Thursday.

The law reduces state workers' contributions to pensions but cuts their benefits in a 30-year plan to erase a $100 billion retirement-account deficit.

Quinn promised in a statement it would be the "first of many positive developments" for Illinois.

 

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 14:41
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St. Louis County Police sounding another scam alert.

This time, criminals are targeting Ameren customers. The thieves are calling customers and demanding payment of their bill or they could have their power disconnected. The criminals insist on payment by a Green Dot MoneyPak card. Police say this is tricky, because as soon as you give a thief the PIN number on the card, your money is gone.

Ameren wants to remind customers, they will never demand payment over phone and do not ask for personal information such as a Social Security or bank account number.

If you suspect someone is impersonating an Ameren Missouri employee, end the conversation and immediately call Ameren Missouri, 1.800.552.7583.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 14:40
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon chose a monument to the space race manufacturing boon as a backdrop to sign into law a $1.7 billion tax incentive package to lure aerospace giant Boeing to the state.

The governor endorsed the tax breaks for production of the company's 777X jetliner Tuesday morning at a bill signing ceremony at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in St. Louis' Forest Park.

More than 100 civic and business leaders joined Nixon, hours before Boeing's self-imposed deadline for offers from eager local and state governments across the country. The presumed manufacturing site is on the edge of Lambert St. Louis International Airport.

The tax credits are worth up to $150 million annually over 23 years if Boeing meets its target of 8,000 new jobs.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 12:40
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A state panel says that former St. Louis mayor Freeman Bosley can expect to face disciplinary action from the Missouri Supreme Court for mishandling clients' legal fees.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Bosley acknowledged improper financial practices at his law firm during a Monday hearing of the court's Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel .

The state alleges Bosley combined his own money with clients' funds, used trust-account money to pay personal expenses and failed to keep accurate records. The state investigation shows Bosley may owe about $6,250 to third-party health care providers.

The disciplinary panel's punishment options include reprimand, probation, suspension and disbarment.

Bosley was St. Louis' first black mayor, elected in 1993. He lost a 1997 re-election bid and went into private law practice.

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