An off-duty St. Louis firefighter is being called a hero after rescuing a man who had driven his truck into the River Des Peres Sunday.
Firefighter Chris Dimza was driving in the area just west of I-55 when he saw a crowd of people was pointing toward the river. He stopped to see why.
Upon learning that a truck had gone into the rain-swollen river, Dimza, who's part of a water rescue unit stationed in north St. Louis, dove into the water and swam toward bubbles. A man surfaced briefly and the firefighter was able to bring him safely to shore.
Fire Department divers later pulled the man's truck from the water.
The driver was taken to a hospital. He has not been identified and his condition is unknown. No one else was injured in the incident.
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - An East St. Louis program aimed at helping at-risk students is celebrating after every high school senior enrolled in the program graduated and was accepted to college.
Pathways began in 2011, working with students in sixth grade through high school. There are 168 participants, including this year's six graduates.
The program at the Christian Activity Center in East St. Louis focuses on academics. Director Angela Whitlow tells the Belleville News-Democrat she'll continue to work with the graduates to help them navigate paperwork, registration and financial aid issues.
Seventeen year old Paul Graham will be a first-generation college student when he begins studying in a pre-veterinary program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale this fall.
He says his mom is proud.
Less than two-thirds of East St. Louis students graduate from high school.
A tearful plea today from the grandmother of a two-year-old boy who was killed by a hit and run driver Sunday night in Spanish Lake. "Whoever you are, please have a conscience. (sobs) And just come forward. My grandson did not deserve this."
St Louis County police say two-year-old Darion Griffin ran out into the street around 8 p.m. in the 1500 block of Redmond Road. Witnesses told police that a white SUV with tinted windows was speeding eastbound on Redmond near Bellefontaine Road when it hit the toddler and his 17-year-old aunt, Sheria Evans. Police say Evans was trying to pull the child from the path of the vehicle. The SUV didn't stop.
Both victims were rushed to a nearby hospital where the boy was pronounced dead. The teen suffered minor injuries.
Anyone with information is urged to call St. Louis County Police.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police say two people have died in a collision involving a tractor-trailer and an SUV just outside the St. Louis city limits.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that after the collision early Saturday, the tractor-trailer continued southbound driving through two power poles, hitting a fence and a pontoon boat. The trailer wound up on its side, spilling its contents of beer bottles and cans across the road.
The drivers of both vehicles were killed. The names of the victims haven't been released.
Police also said a section of the roadway would be closed while authorities investigated the cause of the accident and debris was removed from the scene.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Numerous messages are urging Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to sign legislation that would require doctors be in the room for the initial dose of a drug used in medical abortions.
The Republican-led Legislature approved the legislation. Nixon, a Democrat, has about a month to sign or veto the bill. Otherwise, it will take effect without his signature.
Many people are seeking to influence Nixon's decision. Supporters of the legislation say it would prevent "telemedicine" abortions and is needed to protect women's health and safety.
Opponents say the process is safe, and the legislation seems to be more of an attempt to restrict availability of abortion services.
Abortion drug bill is HB400.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Governor Jay Nixon is leading a Missouri delegation to the Paris Air Show.
The delegation left Friday, and will head from Paris to the United Kingdom, then Belgium and return to Missouri on June 22nd.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 14 Missouri companies and institutions are in the Missouri delegation to show, which is a massive aerospace trade exhibition.
Most of the companies joining Nixon on the trip are in the aviation business, including Boeing Co. and Clayton-based Sabreliner. They're looking for new customers overseas.
State officials say no taxpayer funds are being used on the trip. Delegation members are paying their own way. Travel costs for Nixon and his wife are covered by the Hawthorne Foundation, an economic development nonprofit group funded by private donations.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Branson man who did business arranging employment contracts for workers has pleaded guilty to violating federal laws on foreign labor.
The U.S. Attorney's office says 39-year-old Steven Teel entered the pleas Thursday to harboring aliens and making false statements.
Prosecutors said Teel admitted arranging for 78 people from other countries to enter the U.S. in 2009 under a temporary worker visa program. The workers were supposed to be placed with companies in the South Carolina resort of Myrtle Beach.
Instead, Teel admitted putting them in jobs in Branson to satisfy contracts he had with employers there. But the federal government had not yet approved the temporary worker visa program for the Branson area.
Teel was about $124,000 by Branson employers for providing the workers.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Friends say a St. Louis businessman who killed three employees before turning the gun on himself who had lingering anger years after the divorce from his first wife.
They also say that 59-year-old Ahmed Dirir (DUR'-ur) was an intelligent man and that the Somali immigrant was quick to reach out to other new-arriving Somalis.
Police say Dirir walked into his business, AK Home Health Care LLC, on Thursday, got into a brief argument, and then shot his three employees. Killed were 44-year-old Khadra Muse (KAH'-druh myoos) of Olivette, Missouri, 29-year-old Seaeed Abdulla (SAH'-eed ahb-DOO'-luh) of St. Louis, and 54-year-old Bernice Solomon-Redd of East St. Louis, Illinois.
Police haven't disclosed a motive.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Major insurance companies already have received more than 6,300 claims from people whose property was damaged during recent tornadoes in the St. Louis area.
The state insurance department said Friday that it has received data about the May 31st tornadoes from insurance companies that make up about three-quarters of the state's homeowners insurance market. They reported that 6,321 claims have been filed so far.
The insurance department said most of those claims relate to damaged homes, though some also could be for vehicles.
The department says it's monitoring the situation to ensure consumers receive the benefits due under their policies.
The worst damage from the high winds and multiple tornadoes that struck the night of May 31 occurred in St. Charles and St. Louis counties.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has named a former St. Louis-area school official to the State Board of Education.
Nixon announced the appointment of Vic Lenz Friday. Lenz, a Republican, is the former board president for the Lindbergh School District and immediate past present of the Missouri School Boards Association. He was assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the district from 1988 to 2003. He also worked as a teacher, counselor, administrator and principal from 1966 to 1988.
Lenz's term runs through June 2019 and must be confirmed by the state Senate.
Lenz replaces Sybl Slaugter, whose term has expired.