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An admitted sex offender is charged for allegedly molesting a nine-year-old girl.

Police say the girl identified 48-year-old Hershel Brown--who is a family friend--as the abuser. The incident allegedly happened late last month. Brown faces several sex crimes charges, including failing to register as a sex offender. He pleaded guilty to forcible rape in 2003 and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Hershel is being held on a $100,000 bond.

Friday, 02 August 2013 14:29
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An elderly man is on the run after police say he robbed a bank in Weldon Spring.

The St. Charles County Sheriff's Department says the suspect robbed the bank just after 10 this morning. The suspect is described as a white man about 60 years-old. He was seen wearing a baseball cap, a teal polo shirt, and blue jeans.

Officers say he was covering his face with a red scarf. No one was injured in the robbery. 

Friday, 02 August 2013 12:59
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Attention shoppers: One of Chesterfield's new outlet malls officially opens their doors today. Taubman Prestige Outlets will be open to the public starting at 10:00 this morning. The mall is located off Highway 40 near the Boone's Crossing exit. The first 1000 customers in line by 9:30 a.m. get a free $20 gift card. Taubman Prestige Outlets has room for about 70 retailers. So far they've about 75% filled. Chesterfield's other new outlet mall, St. Louis Premium Outlets, opens August 22.

Thursday, 01 August 2013 23:17
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East St. Louis police are questioning a relative after a 5-month-old girl was allegedly beaten.

Officers say they were called to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital Wednesday night about a case of possible child abuse. A hospital employee to police the infant had been severely beaten--suffering injuries to her eye, ribs, skull, and brain.

Police say the child was in the care of relatives when she was injured and are questioning that man now.

Thursday, 01 August 2013 17:25
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A man is facing murder charges connected to remains found in an abandoned septic tank.

Prosecutors say Melvin Scherrer murdered Samuel Francis and stuffed his body inside the tank of a home near Bonne Terre. Francis was last seen on December 17 of last year and was reported missing on December 23.

In addition to the murder accusation, Scherrer faces four more felony charges. He is being held without bond.

Thursday, 01 August 2013 17:20
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The Missouri State Highway Patrol has plans to crackdown on drunk drivers this month.

The department issued a statement saying they will up DWI checkpoints through St. Charles, Lincoln, and Jefferson counties. The Highway Patrol says those counties have a high number of drunk-driver accidents.

According to officials, intoxicated drivers are involved in over a quarter of all fatal crashes in the state. 

Thursday, 01 August 2013 17:13
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The Illinois Racing Board handed down a suspension to one of the jockeys in a controversial race at Fairmount park last week.

The board determined jockey John Lejeune did not put forth his best effort when racing against Robert "Cowboy" Jones. Jones was the sentimental favorite to win the race--at 70-years-old he could have been the first jockey to win a race in seven decades.

Lejeune is suspended for 60 days.

Thursday, 01 August 2013 17:10
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Some extra summer vacation time for students in East St. Louis School District 189.

Work to repair the roof of East St. Louis Senior High School is not going to finish on schedule. School was supposed to start on August 21. Classes will now begin on September 3.  

Over 1,300 students at the high school get nearly two extra weeks of time off.

New School Start Time Schedule for 2013-14:

East St. Louis Senior High School — 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

All District Middle Schools  — 7:30 a.m.  – 2:30 p.m.

All District Elementary Schools 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, 01 August 2013 17:07
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In other back-to-school news, starting Friday families have a chance to load up on school supplies and can avoid paying sales tax.

Missouri's annual Sales Tax Holiday runs through Sunday. In most area communities, consumers will not have to pay any sales tax on everything from pencils to computers. There are restrictions on what is exempt from tax and some communities that are not waving local taxes. 

The state sales tax will not be charged on the following items during the holiday:

Clothing that does not have a value of more than $100. Eligible clothing includes standard items of apparel worn on or about the body, and includes footwear. It also includes material to make school uniforms or other school clothing. It does not include accessories such as watches, jewelry, handbags, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands and belt buckles.

School supplies, not exceeding $50 per purchase, that are used in a standard classroom for educational purposes. School supplies include textbooks, notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, crayons, art supplies, rulers, book bags, backpacks, handheld calculators, chalk, maps and globes. School supplies do not include CD players, headphones, sporting equipment, portable telephones, copiers or other office equipment.

Personal computers that don’t cost more than $3,500 and computer peripheral devices that don’t exceed $3,500. A personal computer can be a laptop, desktop or tower computer system which consists of a central processing unit, random access memory, a storage drive, display monitor, keyboard and other related devices. Peripheral devices include items such as a disk drive, memory module, CD drive, microphone, modem, motherboard, mouse, speakers, printer, scanner, sound card or video card. Computer software is considered a school supply and is free from sales tax if its value is less than $350.

 

Come of the counties NOT participating include:

Iron

Phelps

Pike

Reynolds

St. Francois

Ste. Genevieve

Some of the cities NOT participating are:

Alton

Bellerive Acres

Berkeley

Beverly Hills

Black Jack

Brentwood

Bridgeton

Byrnes Mill

Cabool

Charlack

Clayton

Cool Valley

Crystal City

Des Peres

Desloge

DeSoto

Doniphan

Edmundson

Ellisville

Farmington

Fayette

Fenton

Ferguson

Festus

Frontenac

Hawk Point

Kirkwood

Ladue

Manchester

Maplewood

Marlborough Village

Moscow Mills

New Melle

Northwoods

Overland

Pevely

Richmond Heights

Rock Hill

Shrewsbury

St Ann

St Peters

Ste Genevieve

Town & Country

University City

Warson Woods

Webster Groves

 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Humane Society of Missouri's Animal Cruelty Task Force is investigating the death of a kitten.

The animal was found dead Thursday in the front yard of a St. Louis home. A resident who had been feeding the stray came home to find it in a pool of blood on her sidewalk. A rock that may have been used to kill the cat was found nearby.

Humane Society veterinarians believe the male cat was about 8 weeks old and died from a head injury.

The Humane Society says any information will be turned over to police.

 

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