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15 students and 3 adults are in the hospital after a bus crash in Montgomery County this afternoon. Just after 1 PM, a bus carrying students from the Missouri School for the Deaf went off the road and turned onto its side. The students were returning home from a summer camp in Fulton. All of the injuries are considered non-life threatening. There was rain falling in the area at the time of the accident, but it is not clear if that had anything to do with the crash.

Friday, 02 August 2013 17:45
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CAHOKIA, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois lawmaker wants to change the state's new concealed-carry law to ban guns in places of worship.

The law bars concealed weapons from schools, courthouses, government buildings, libraries and public transit. But churches, mosques and synagogues must to post signs if they don't want people carrying guns onto the property.

Democratic Sen. Dan Kotowski of Park Ridge has introduced an amendment to change that, saying houses of worship "should be off-limits."

Pastor Charles Burton of Unity Fellowship Church in Godfrey supports the amendment, saying he refuses "to be governed by fear." But Pastor Cory Respondek of Living Water Church in Cahokia says churches should be able to decide for themselves.

The law was passed July 9 to comply with a federal appeals court ruling striking down Illinois' last-in-the-nation ban.

 

Friday, 02 August 2013 15:20
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A 21-year-old Lincoln County man is facing charges for statutory rape after allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

The Sheriff's Department says they started investigating Elsberry resident Trever Sawyer July 23. Officials say the victim showed officers a string of messages from Sawyer that confirmed the rape. There were also allegedly instructions from Sawyer on how to destroy the messages.

After his arrest, Sawyer said he was suicidal. He has been taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Friday, 02 August 2013 15:18
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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.

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