ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two neighbors and a police officer are credited with rescuing a disabled teen from a burning home in north St. Louis County.
Firefighters say the teen, who uses a wheelchair and can't talk, was trapped in the home when an apparent electrical fire broke out early Tuesday. The child's mother was in the room screaming for help moving the teen as the house filled with smoke.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that neighbors Kendall Wilkes and his cousin, Lamar Wilkes, crawled through the bedroom window and wrapped blankets around the girl before handing her out the window to a police officer who had just arrived. The officer wasn't identified.
The Wilkes cousins also then helped the mother get out through the same window. No injuries were reported.
The former St. Charles County teacher who sexually assaulted a 10-year-old, will serve probation.
KMOV reports the victim's family did not want the case to go to trial and that led to the plea agreement. Joseph Maddock will serve five years of probation after pleading guilty to child molestation charges. The abuse happened in early 2013 after Maddock had convinced the boy's family to allow him to home school the child.
Maddock has previously taught at 10 schools in the St. Louis area.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Two Missouri Democratic lawmakers are calling for state Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro to step down, saying she has demonstrated a tendency "to abuse power."
Sen. Paul LeVota, of Independence, and House member Genise Montecillo, of St. Louis, said in a statement Tuesday the most recent example arose in recently disclosed emails from the education department dealing with a ballot measure to end teacher tenure and require that student performance guide employment decisions.
A department staff member originally proposed reporting to the state auditor's office that the initiative had potential for significant unknown costs to local school districts. Nicastro changed that to say the cost was unknown.
A Department of Elementary and Secondary Education spokeswoman didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.
The State Board of Education appoints the education commissioner.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A man who has performed as the Kansas City Chiefs' mascot for more than two decades is in stable condition after a weekend accident at Arrowhead Stadium. His attorney said Tuesday the injuries appear to have been caused by human error.
Dan Meers has played KC Wolf since the mascot's inception in 1989. He was seriously injured Saturday while rehearsing a zip line routine ahead of Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers. No details about the injury have been released.
Attorney Tim Dollar says Meers' injuries appear to have been caused from how an outside company secured the riggings. He says an investigation is pending.
According to the website mascothalloffame.com, Meers previously performed as Fredbird, the St. Louis Cardinals' mascot, and the University of Missouri's mascot Truman the Tiger.
U.S. Congressman Bill Enyart announced his candidacy for re-election Tuesday with stops in Belleville and Carbondale.
The Illinois Democrat says he is continuing his mission to bring common sense to Washington, adding "Our nation, our region cry for leadership while political parties bicker. I am sickened by the political posturing that goes on in Washington, as well as in Springfield."
Enyart is a veteran of both the Air Force and Army. He retired in 2012 as Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard in order to run for Congress. He was elected in November of 2012 to succeed retiring Congressman Jerry Costello.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis area man who posed as a Marine veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq in soliciting donations for a bogus raffle will spend a year in federal prison.
Forty-one-year-old Matthew Buckingham of St. Louis County was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. He pleaded guilty in August to a felony count of impersonating a federal agent.
Authorities say Buckingham falsely claimed he was affiliated with a veterans' charity and solicited donations for a raffle to benefit wounded or homeless soldiers, veterans or other military personnel.
Prosecutors say he also claimed to be employed by various government agencies or departments. But Buckingham never held the raffle and was not a veteran or an employee of any of the governmental agencies he claimed.
The National Weather Service has updated its numbers regarding the violent storms that ripped through the Midwest earlier this month.
The agency says two dozen tornadoes struck Illinois and another 28 hit Indiana. The latest figures underscore what officials have been saying since the tornadoes roared through on November 17th: There's never been a November day like that one on record.
The tornado that cut a half-mile swath through the central Illinois community of Washington is the strongest in November in Illinois since modern records began being kept in 1950. Six people died during the storms in Illinois and 147 people were injured.
Keeping citizens safe and their property secure are the top priorities for the St. Louis County Police, so the department has announced that it's annual Holiday Enforcement/Crime Prevention Program in underway.
The County Police Department will have both uniformed and undercover officers working in and around shopping centers.
The Metro Air Support Unit will also continue patrolling commercial parking lots and shopping centers. Officers of the St. Louis County Police Department’s Highway Safety Unit will be working additional patrols throughout the holidays, emphasizing DWI enforcement.
Chief Tim Fitch stated, "We want everyone to enjoy a safe and happy holiday season. In addition to each precinct implementing specific strategies for their area, officers from our Division of Special Operations, such as the Highway Safety Unit, will also be highly visible. Remember, keep your eyes and ears open and immediately call the police if you see suspicious activity. Prevention is the key, and if we all pitch in and work together, I know we can be successful."
ST. LOUIS (AP) - An Arizona company that installs and operates red-light cameras across Missouri has hired a former state Supreme Court chief justice to lead an appeal before that court.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports former justice Michael Wolff will spearhead an appeal sought by American Traffic Solutions Inc. and Ellisville of a ruling earlier this month that said Ellisville's red-light camera ordinance is not enforceable.
The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern Division said in a Nov. 5 opinion that state law requires points to be assessed for moving violations, which can be committed only by a driver or pedestrian.
Many cities ticket the owner of a vehicle caught running a red light, regardless of who was driving, and do not report the infraction to the state to have points assessed.
A two year old boy and his grandmother are recovering from gunshot wounds after an ambush attack in north St. Louis Monday night. It happened a little before 8 p.m. in the 1900 block of Semple.
St. Louis Police say a woman in her 50s was in a car with her adult daughter and two children when a gray or silver Pontiac pulled up. Two men got out and began shooting into the car.
The grandmother was struck in the shoulder. The toddler suffered a graze wound in the stomach.
Its not clear what motivated the shooting or who was the intended target.
Police are still looking for the gunmen.