The Jefferson County Sheriff's office won't be getting extra cash from the state to help cover the cost of sobriety checkpoints. That's because the County Council on Tuesday turned down a $22,000 grant from the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission. The grant is specifically aimed boosting DUI enforcement.
Sheriff Glenn Boyer told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it's "indicative of the dysfunction of this County Council."
Republican council members, who hold all but one seat, cited constitutional issues and complaints about sobriety checks from residents as the reasons they eschewed the funds.
It looks like Albert Pujols won't be taking a polygraph test to resolve his defamation case against Jack Clark.
Pujols is suing Clark for calling him a "juicer" on his radio show back in August.
Clark's attorney suggested in a letter earlier this week that the dispute could be resolved if both men took lie-detector tests.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Martin Singer, a Los Angeles attorney representing Pujols, wrote back, calling the suggestion "an absurd publicity ploy." Singer wrote that his client is willing to testify under oath in a court of law, where it counts.
Clark's radio show was canceled after his on-air comments that former Pujols trainer Chris Mihlfeld had confided in him about shooting up Pujols with performance-enhancing drugs in 2000. Mihlfeld denies speaking with Clark.
Police say that a home invasion in Olivette on Monday, was not random.
Around 10:30 Monday morning, a woman in her 40's and her mother were attacked as they left a house. A neighbor heard the women screaming and called 911. Three suspects drove off, the fourth ran away. Police captured that suspect, who is now identified as Devontez Talley.
He is held on a $1 million bond and faces felony charges. Police say that they learned the identities of two more of the suspects. Investigators also say the victims were specifically targeted.
A 32-year-old Imperial, Missouri man is behind bars after police say he shot is stepfather during a fight.
On Sunday after, officers arrived at a home in Imperial they found the stepfather with a gunshot wound to the stomach. He told police his stepson had shot him.
Police later arrested Nicholaus Lohrum and he is now head on a $75,000 bond.
MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A former attorney for a Missouri boy accused in a sexual assault case involving a drunken 14-year-old girl says charges were dropped after the girl and her family refused to cooperate in the investigation.
The Maryville case is drawing new attention after The Kansas City Star published the results of a lengthy investigation on Sunday into what happened at a January 2012 party.
In a statement, attorney Robert Sundell says the girl and her mother refused to answer questions during a May 2012 deposition and later offered inconsistencies in another deposition.
Sundell said the boy cooperated with investigators and "freely admitted" to the sexual encounter. The attorney said while the boy's behavior might be reprehensible, it was not necessarily criminal.
The mother denies she and her daughter were uncooperative.
A bank robbery suspect is behind bars after a police chase and manhunt.
Police say the suspect robbed the Bank of O'Fallon in Illinois around 11:30 Tuesday morning. The suspect sped away from the scene and managed to loose police. They found his car near a cornfield in Swansea. After a short search, that involved a police chopper, officers caught the suspect.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri's decision to not use the anesthetic propofol for capital punishment leaves the state with dwindling options as it seeks to execute two convicted murderers.
Gov. Jay Nixon last week halted what was to have been the first U.S. execution to use propofol following threats from the European Union to limit the drug's export. Nixon ordered the state corrections department to come up with a different lethal injection protocol.
Missouri could follow states such as Ohio and Texas that have turned to private compounding pharmacies to prepare new drug formularies. Or it could seek to administer another FDA-approved barbiturate.
Convicted murderer Allen Nicklasson's lawyer has asked the state Supreme Court to not rule on Missouri's request for a new execution date until it selects a new death penalty drug.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri attorney general's office says it has no power to reopen an investigation into allegations that two teenage girls were sexually assaulted by some boys at a party.
The case is drawing renewed attention after The Kansas City Star published the results of a seven-month investigation into the case in Maryville.
Melinda Coleman says justice was denied when Nodaway County authorities dropped charges in 2012 against the boys who her 14-year-old daughter claimed had sexually assaulted her and a 13-year-old friend.
County officials say the case against the boys fell apart because the Colemans would not cooperate. Coleman denies that.
A spokeswoman for Attorney General Chris Koster says Koster's office lacks the authority to review a local prosecutor's decisions in particular cases.
The taxman is back today for those of you who filed an extension with the IRS in April.
Today is the deadline to file those returns. October filers won't be seeing their returns immediately, the IRS says it will not issue refunds until the government shutdown is over. More than 90 percent of IRS workers are currently furloughed.
14 East St. Louis firefighters will keep their jobs after the Firefighters Union and city officials reached an agreement over past due wages.
Mayor Alvin Parks says the firefighters agreed to take a deal that cuts a quarter-million dollars from their back pay. 14 firefighters, or about 1/3 of the city's force, had been targeted for layoffs on September 30. Union and city officials delayed the cuts until October 15 while they worked on an agreement.
Parks says he will use the $250,000 in savings to keep the firefighters on staff.