STEELVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri judge has found probable cause for the second-degree murder trial of 59-year-old James Crocker, accused of killing a man on a float trip who stopped on or near Crocker's property.
Crocker, of Steelville, is charged in the death of 48-year-old Paul Dart Jr. Crawford County Associate Circuit Judge Scott Bernstein heard more than an hour of testimony Friday before ruling the case should move forward.
The shooting happened in July after Crocker spotted people from a Meramec River float trip party on a gravel bar that Crocker considered part of his property. Dart was shot in the face during the confrontation.
Defense attorney Michael Bert says Crocker was protecting himself and his property, and felt threatened by rock-wielding members of the float party.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House Majority Leader John Diehl (deel) is promising to raise money for the Republican cause - not his personal political aspirations - if colleagues nominate him as the next House speaker.
The fundraising pledge is one of several promises contained in a letter Diehl sent colleagues as part of a behind-the-scenes campaign.
A similar letter was sent to House Republicans by Diehl's rival for speaker, Rep. Caleb Jones. But Jones' letter makes no mention of fundraising.
The Associated Press obtained copies of both of the lawmakers' letters.
Republicans are meeting in St. Louis to discuss the potential override of Gov. Jay Nixon's vetoes of several bills. They're expected to vote during the September veto session on a nominee for House speaker in 2015.
A reminder to parents to keep an eye your teen's cell phone. A 20-year-old Swansea man faces charges for sexting with a minor.
Police say that the teen's mother contacted police earlier this month after discovering the explicit images. Kordale Cotton was arrested and now faces charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim between the ages 13-17.
He remains jailed on a $125,000 bond.
ROLLA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri University of Science and Technology is expecting a record enrollment this fall.
The Rolla Daily News reports that Missouri S&T officials estimate the total fall enrollment at about 7,900, which would break the record of just under 7,800 set in fall 1982.
The university also says the number of its first-time freshmen is expected to be 1,225, which would be the fourth-largest freshman class in Missouri S&T's history.
Classes begin Monday at the school in Rolla.
Saint Louis University officials now have a timeline to move forward replacing President Lawrence Biondi. He announced today that he will retire September 1.
On May 4 Biondi told students and faculty he intended to retire, but today's announcement is the first time he has give a specific date for the move. In a statement from Biondi, he says “Just as I helped lead SLU’s transformation when I arrived here more than 25 years ago, I know it is now time for the next transformation to begin.”
Biondi is one of the longest serving presidents at an American Jesuit college or university.
The westbound span of the Blanchette Bridge is opening just in time.
Officials in St. Charles expect 300,000 visitors to the Festival of the Little Hills this weekend. Festival kicks off at 4 this afternoon and runs until 10 PM. The celebration and activities continue on Saturday and Sunday. This is the 44th year for the event.
Booths take over Main Street from Monroe on the north to Boone's Lick on the south, as well as Frontier Park along the banks of the Missouri riverfront. 350 exhibitors will be present.
Despite opening three westbound lanes on the Blanchette Bridge earlier today, MODOT wants to remind drivers that work continues on the bridge complex.
Some median work as well as painting of the overhead trusses is still to be completed. Tonight, the two left lanes of westbound I-70 will be closed and there will be lane closures eastbound as well.
If you are planning to go to St. Charles for the Festival of The Little Hills this weekend, MODOT encourages using 370 and 364 as alternate routes.
The tradition continues tomorrow night in St. Louis when bikers take to the streets for the annual Moonlight Ramble.
The nighttime biking event is celebrating its 50th year with proceeds to benefit HI-USA and Kingdom House. Pre-ride festivities and registration begin at 9 p.m. Entry fee is $20 with cash and credit cards accepted.
The ride through the streets of St. Louis gets underway just after midnight. All ages are welcome to participate, but youngsters under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The starting point for this year’s Ride is Busch Stadium Parking Lot C at the corner of 8th & Cerre.
For more information call 314-613-7966 or log onto moonlightramble.com.
The new Saint Louis University law school at the corner of Tucker and Chestnut is officially open after a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning. Mayor Slay and Father Biondi were among the dignitaries on hand. The building, originally constructed in 1964, underwent a total renovation, as the outside was fitted with a shiny glass skin that runs up and down the middle and across the top of the building. The law school also features a new rooftop pavilion and patio, all for the cost of $32 million dollars.
Authorities say dozens of people face drug or weapons charges as part of a crackdown in parts of the metro-east that the St. Clair County prosecutor says are "in a state of lawlessness."
State's Attorney Brendan Kelly says most of the more than 50 people charged are from East St. Louis, Washington Park, Alorton and Cahokia. The three-month investigation, dubbed "Operation Wild, Wild East" was funded by a federal grant overseen by Illinois State Police.
Kelly says the communities where the alleged offenses took place don't have enough policing, and that laws simply aren't being enforced.