Officials at an eastern Missouri jail say a detainee used a blanket to hang himself.
The Park Hills Daily Journal reports that 71-year-old Earl Tripp of Fredericktown died Wednesday afternoon at the Madison County Jail in Fredericktown. A jailer found Tripp in his cell, hanging without a pulse. No other inmates were in the cell.
Sheriff Bobby Spain says Tripp was not considered a suicide risk. He was being held on several sodomy counts.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating. An autopsy is planned.
A man now faces four murder charges in connection to the fire in southern Illinois that left four children dead.
Police say 33-year-old Derrick Twardoski is responsible for the fatal blaze. The fire broke out just before 2 this morning in Percy.
The victims were identified as 12-year-old Ethan Owen, and his siblings 9-year-old Kailey, and 5-year-old twins Brandon and Landon. Their parents and cousin survived.
Percy is a village in a rural area with a popaulation of about 1,000 people. It is about 60 miles southeast of St. Louis.
Fans of Chesterfield, MO singer Caroline Glaser have started an online petition through Facebook to get the area teen back performing on NBC's "The Voice."
Caroline Glaser was eliminated during Wednesday night's show. Just before the audience votes were revealed, the show announced there were some discrepancies with online and text votes but claimed results were not compromised. Fans are questioning that as well as what they say was inadequate time for Coach Adam Levine to choose between Caroline or competitor Sarah Simmons. With time running out, Levine chose to save Simmons.
The petition can be found at https://www.change.org/petitions/nbc-s-the-voice-bring-caroline-glaser-back#share
Festus homeowners are anxious to learn the details of a plan to clean up lead contamination in their yards from a nearby scrap metal recycling center. But residents learned last night they'll have to wait until a deal is finalized between the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and MW Recycling which operates the Shapiro Brothers scrap yard.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that elevated lead levels were found in 16 yards, with as many as 15 more still to be tested. Water tests in a nearby creek also showed lead and cadmium contamination.
The company will pay for and conduct the remediation operations with DNR oversight.
MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) - Air Force streamlining efforts mean nearly three dozen civilian jobs have been cut at Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports the 33 jobs at Scott's Air Force Network Integration Center were eliminated when a contract with the workers' employer ended at the end of last month.
But Col. Brenda Campbell, a spokeswoman for the Air Force Space Command at Colorado's Peterson Air Force Base, says the lost Illinois jobs will translate to nine new in-house positions at Peterson.
Campbell says the Air Force will save money long-term through the consolidation.
Determined not to let the statute of limitations keep them from prosecuting a serial rapist, St. Clair County authorities have charged a suspect identified only by his DNA profile with a 2005 assault in East St. Louis.
The profile is linked to four other sexual assault cases between 1997 and 2008.
Prosecutors say they to the action in order to file charges before the 10 year statute of limitations runs out.
Illinois State Police Lt. Dave Wasmuth says he believes the serial rapist will eventually be arrested. "We're just waiting for his DNA to be taken, submitted to the DNA index, and a match will occur, Lt. Wasmuth said. "And then the warrant would be amended and actually put that person's name on the warrant."
St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly says the victim, who no longer lives in the St. Louis area, is "happy" that authorities are pursing a conviction so aggressively.
This is the first time St. Clair County prosecutors have filed charges against a suspect identified only by a DNA profile, but similar legal actions have been taken elsewhere in Illinois.
Bail for the unnamed suspect has already been set at $750,000.
Limited seating is available for next week's "It's in the Cards" Gala.
The event benefits the Thompson Foundation for Autism, which supplies assistance to families of kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Center Director Dr. Stephen Kanne tells KTRS News the gala shines light on the issue, but it isn't enough on its own, "Autism isn't something for us that happens once a year during the gala. You know, we have to deal with the issue yearlong as do the families and kids."
Dr. Kanne says anyone can donate at thompsonfoundation.org.
There are also resources there for families who think their children might have autism spectrum disorder.
An Affton man admitted to giving alcohol to his preteen stepson just hours before the boy drowned in the Meramec River.
Todd Combs told prosecutors he had supplied alcohol to several minors, including 12-year-old Christopher Marks, on August 5 of last year. The family was having a picnic in the Pacific Palisades conservation area. Family members told police Marks went to use a rope swing by the river, but never returned.
After days of searching, teams found the boy's body miles downstream.
Combs will be sentenced next month for seven counts of child endangerment.
Lambert Airport is being rewarded for what analysts are calling "prudent fiscal management".
The Fitch Ratings Agency upgraded the facilities credit rating to BBB+. The rating cited stability in air traffic and an adequate ability to meet financial commitments.
Fitch assigns ratings that range from D at the low end up to AAA. BBB+ is considered in to be at the high end of mid-grade investments.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Public school administrators say some local districts would have to raise property taxes if they're forced to cover the cost of teacher pensions.
The school officials testified Thursday at a special hearing called by House Speaker Michael Madigan.
The Chicago Democrat says suburban and downstate districts get a "free lunch" because the state pays their teacher pension costs. He says Illinois is in grave financial trouble and the districts must be part of the solution.
The administrators say potential tax increases would depend on how much money districts have and how much of the burden the state shifts to districts.
Public university representatives also testified Thursday. They say the change could result in a 2 percent tuition increase.
Madigan has vowed to address the issue before the General Assembly adjourns.