A total of three people now face charges connected to last week's fatal hit-and-run accident outside of Cahokia.
Kevin Powell was charged with several crimes Thursday, including reckless homicide, for allegedly hitting and killing 9-year-old Fabian Teson last Thursday.
A passenger in the vehicle, 17-year-old Devan Harris, was charged with two counts of obstruction justice.
25-year-old Alysa Sherwood owns the car that Powell was driving. She faces charges for letting him use the car.
Three kittens are getting veterinary help after they were left in a dumpster in downtown St. Louis and tormented by a hawk.
A Good Samaritan was walking down the street and heard the cats meows. When he found the cats, a circling hawk had already snatched of the kittens. The Samaritan took the remaining three cats to the Animal House for care. It is not clear who dumped the kittens into the dumpster.
Animal House is a no kill shelter who plans to care for the kittens until they can be put up for adoption.
SALEM, Mo. (AP) - The owners of a yellow Labrador retriever facing euthanasia ordered by an eastern Missouri town's mayor for allegedly chomping on a 7-year-old girl say experts about dog bites conclude the pooch didn't do it.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/13DJS5f ) reports that Phineas' fate has developed into a legal struggle that has delayed the dog's sentence, which was imposed by Salem's mayor in July of last year after the girl was bitten.
Mayor Gary Brown concluded the dog needed to be put down, based on a police report and photos of the wound.
But two dog-bite experts say in court filings that Phineas wasn't the culprit. They say the wound is too small, and that the dental pattern isn't consistent with Phineas' teeth.
Salem is 125 miles south of St. Louis.
Traffic will be moving a little smoother in downtown St. Louis this weekend. After nearly three months of construction and $5.5 million dollars, the Jefferson Avenue bridge will be open to traffic Friday night. The Missouri Department of Transportation says the bridge over I-64 will be open sometime around 8pm. However, there will be occasional lane closures for the next few weeks while crews put on the finishing touches. Also, the ramp from eastbound I-64 to southbound Jefferson Avenue will also remain closed until August 1st.
GRAFTON, Ill. (AP) - A Mississippi River ferry service linking southwestern Illinois' Jersey County to Missouri's St. Charles County is about to be back in business after being shut down for more than two years.
The (Alton) Telegraph (http://bit.ly/1146MGq ) reports that the Grafton ferry will resume next Friday, thanks to dredging efforts that cleared out river silt that kept the service from operating.
Owned by the 670-resident city of Grafton northeast of St. Louis, the ferry had served as a key shuttle for motorists trying to cross the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.
The ferry will operate from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
A former Texas Tech graduate student from St. Louis has been executed in Texas. Vaughn Ross received lethal injection last night (Thursday) in Huntsville.
He'd been convicted in the 2001 shooting deaths of an 18-year-old woman with whom he had been feuding and an associate dean at the university in Lubbock.
Over 250 acres of land surrounding MidAmerica Airport will be appraised in an effort to develop the property into a business park. The Belleville News Democrat reports that Convenant Aerospace is interesting a building business park centered around the construction of cargo planes near the airport. The company estimates the venture could create nearly 2,200 jobs. MidAmerica hasn't turned a profit since opening in 1998 as an alternative to St. Louis' Lambert International Airport.
A man who was convicted of killing five members of a central Illinois family is set to be sentenced. Christopher Harris is scheduled to be sentenced this afternoon for five counts of first-degree murder. He faces a mandatory life sentence. The 34-year-old used a tire iron to kill five members of his ex-wife's family in 2009 in Beason, Illinois. He admitted killing 14-year-old Dillen Constant, but Harris' lawyers said he only did so after the teenager killed the rest of the family. Harris was also convicted of killing Dillen's mother, his stepfather, his 16-year-old sister, and 11-year-old stepbrother. The community of Beason is about 45 miles northeast of Springfield.
Recent efforts to curb crime are working. That's according to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson when he spoke with hundreds of people who gathered at the Demetrious Johnson Center for a town hall meeting Thursday night.
Mayor Francis Slay was also there along with several parents of murdered children. All seemed to agree that keeping the dialog going was critical to fighting violent crime in the city.
Chief Dotson says a total of 56 people have been murdered in St. Louis in 2013, 10 fewer than by this time last year. He credits a recent surge of ATF agents in the city with taking more than 200 criminals of the streets.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - A Southeast Missouri State University building will remain closed through mid-August after a rooftop fire.
The university made the announcement Thursday after insurers and engineers assessed the damage that Monday's fire caused to Robert A. Dempster Hall. The building houses business programs and some administrative offices.
The university said in a news release that portions of the building sustained roof, water and smoke damage. Vice president for finance and administration, Kathy Mangels, says the first priority is to get classrooms ready for the fall semester.
During the closure, students and staff have been moved to alternative locations.