SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A former southwest Missouri man is serving nine years in prison without parole for an investment scheme that defrauded senior citizens out of nearly $1.2 million.
Federal prosecutors announced Monday that 68-year-old Steven Gwin, formerly of Ozark, was sentenced Friday and ordered to pay $1.17 million in restitution.
Gwin pleaded guilty Aug. 20 to mail fraud and money laundering. Between August 2005 and March 2007, Gwin solicited investments for retirement ventures and conducted seminars for senior citizens to promote the investment programs.
But prosecutors say once individuals invested with Gwin, he used their funds for personal expenses.
It came down with a... whisper.
Unlike demolition, deflation is a little quieter, as witnessed by those who watched the Explorer Dome's 16 year run hosting special exhibits, weddings and parties at the St. Louis Science Center came to an end Monday morning. It will take about six weeks to clear up the area and plans for the next exhibit remain under discussion.
Science Center president Bert Vescolani says the new exhibit will feature the area's strengths,"Celebrate what the region does really well and some of the things that are special about this region. We are fortunate to have such a huge science, technology, engineering, math community, so we've got a lot of content and a lot of resources to work with."
It took less than ten minutes to deflate the Explorer Dome, which opened in 1997 as a temporary exhibit space.
A man was found dead inside a Best Buy "Geek Squad" car today.
Police found the car along the side of eastbound Interstate 64 in Chesterfield around 9:30 this morning. KMOV reports there were no clues as to his cause of death. The victim has not been identified.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri man will serve one year and one day in prison with no chance of parole for evading federal reporting rules to conceal a scheme to sell stolen cooking oil.
The U.S. Attorney's office says in a news release Monday that 46-year-old Jesse Arnold of Sarcoxie was sentenced Friday. He also must also forfeit $207,817.
Arnold operated 4 States Grease Company, which collected spent cooking oil for recycling. He admitted last December that he knew he was buying old cooking oil that had been stolen by various drivers from businesses in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
Prosecutors said Arnold avoided federal reporting requirements by making withdrawals from his business checking count for less than $10,000. Banks must file a currency transaction report for any financial transaction over $10,000.
Wayne Hubert, the man who allegedly left his son in a sweltering car last week, is out on bond.
Police say Hubert loaded his 23-month-old son in the car, then went inside and forgot about him. The boy was found until hours later, and died. The inside of the car reached over 100 degrees. Investigators say Hubert was drunk when they arrived.
He faces involuntary manslaughter charges.
IBERIA, Mo. (AP) - A missing 13-year-old girl has been found dead in rural central Missouri.
The Miller County Sheriff's Office said Sunday that the body of the girl was found in a wooded area at an unoccupied farm near Iberia.
Macala Shelton has been reported missing Saturday by her grandmother, and the sheriff's office had issued an endangered person advisory for her. The grandmother told authorities that Macala had gone to bed shortly before midnight Friday but was not there the next day.
The sheriff's office says an autopsy is being conducted.
The father of Christopher Marks, the 12-year-old who drowned in the Meremac River last year, faces sentencing today for supplying alcohol to minors. 43-year-old Todd Comes has been charged with 7 counts of child endangerment. Police say Combs supplied alcohol to his son and six other children during a family picnic last August. His stepson Christopher was last seen on a rope swing near the Pacific Palisades Conservation Area around 7:30 that night. A massive search of the river and surrounding areas turned up nothing for days...but the boy's body was later discovered a few miles away.
A three-year effort to rebuild part of a busy downtown street is nearly finished. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the 10-block rebuilding of Tucker Boulevard is expected to be done by August. The project cost nearly $34 million, in part because it required demolition of the rusting bridge-like structure over an old underground streetcar line. Federal stimulus money funded much of the project, which also includes streetscape improvements. The new street will serve as a main route to and from downtown to the new Mississippi River bridge expected to open early next year.
For the third week in a row, St. Louis area residents are cleaning up after weekend storms pounded the metro area. Storms on both Saturday and Sunday brought strong winds, lightening and heavy rain to St. Louis. Flash flooding an issue on many roads over the weekend. The metro-east was hit especially hard, with the National Weather Service reporting 50-mile-per-hour wind gusts and nearly 4-inches of rainfall in about three hours in St. Clair County yesterday. The deluge left up to a foot of standing water on some roads. St. Charles and Warren counties in Missouri were also hit hard with nearly 2-and-a-half inches of rain falling in just two hours. The rain caused a three-hour delay at Busch Stadium and prompted the Muny to cancel the last performance of "Spamalot" last night.
Twinkies snack cakes may be back on store shelves next month, but the bakery jobs that left St. Louis when Hostess closed up shop here aren't coming back.
Metropoulos & Company, and Apollo Global Management bought Hostess cakes earlier this year for $410 million. Both companies are known for buying troubled brands and then selling them for a profit.
Since the sale, Hostess headquarters have been moved from Texas to Kansas City, Missouri and production has been consolidated from 11 bakery plants to four. The plant in St. Louis was eliminated.