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A St. Charles County man has been found guilty of breaking into an ex-girlfriend's house and beating her dog.

Charles Zidek broke into the woman's home in late 2011. Once inside the house, Zidek attacked her greyhound dog named Vinny. Vinny's injuries were so bad he had to be euthanized.

Zidek was convicted on two felony charges including animal abuse.

 
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 16:35
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Federal, state, and city officials will be on hand this week for the groundbreaking ceremony for the first project of the CityArchRiver 2015 plan.

The 'Park over the Highway' project will feature a landscaped structure over I-70 that will improve the accessibility to the park for walkers. The park project is being funded through a combination of Federal and State dollars, as well as $10 million from the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation.

CityArchRiver expects implementing the plan will create over 4,000 jobs.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 16:26
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A Hazelwood man faces charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 14.

29 year-old Justin Markham was arrested July 8 for first-degree child molestation. Police say Markham touched the victim in an inappropriate manner between March 1, 2012 and April 31, 2012.

Markham remains at the St. Louis County Justice Center.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:26
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MoDOT is preparing to open a highway exit ramp after wrapping up a project.

The ramp from eastbound I-64 to Jefferson Avenue is slated to open sometime this afternoon. The right lane on eastbound 64 will remain exit only at Jefferson until the middle of next month when shoulder work is completed.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:23
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NEW MADRID, Mo. (AP) - The former office manager for the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department in southeast Missouri is facing theft charges.

Authorities on Wednesday announced that Deborah L. Cowan is accused of stealing property or service worth more than $25,000. Police have not detailed what was allegedly stolen.

Cowan is free on bond and due in court for a hearing on Aug. 8. She was office manager for the sheriff's department for 20 years.

The charges follow an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol at the request of Sheriff Terry Stevens.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:19
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A Hiring Our Heroes job fair is scheduled for next week in downtown St. Louis.

At least 85 employers are expected to attend the fair. They will be looking to hire veterans and military spouses of all ranks, levels, and experience. The fair take place Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at America's Center Convention Complex. Job seekers should register in advance for free at hoh.greatjob.net, but walk-ins are allowed. Veterans must show proof of service.

Since its creation in March 2011, Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 570 job fairs which hired more than 20,200 veterans and military spouses.

 

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 13:42
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois' 177 lawmakers won't be getting paid as scheduled Thursday unless a court intervenes.

The pay stoppage is Gov. Pat Quinn's punishment for inaction on pension reform. Legislative leaders are suing Quinn over the move. They're asking a Cook County judge to issue an emergency injunction.

Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says her office can't issue the checks because the salaries were in a budget bill. The governor did not eliminate his own salary, but asked for the comptroller to withhold his check. Topinka's office says he can restart his pay any time.

Members of the bipartisan pension committee say they are several weeks away from presenting a plan. Committee members say they are waiting on savings estimates as they prepare a proposal touted by several of the state's university presidents.

 

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 13:36
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It appears the St. Louis Community College system will be seeking a new Chancellor.  

The St. Louis Post Dispatch is reporting that the board of trustees has voted in closed session not to renew Myrtle Dorsey's contract. Her tenure runs out in June of 2014.

Dorsey has come under criticism for the handling of an attack on a female student in a restroom on the Meramec campus and the followup  handling of the suspect. The fallout forced George Wasson, then president of the Meramec campus, to resign.

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Police have identified the man found shot to death inside his truck this morning.

Investigators say 29-year-old Bao Nguyen was shot twice and died at the scene. 

A passerby found a man shot man’s body hanging out of the a Nissan Frontier around 6:45 a.m.  Police do not know how long the victim had been there or how many times he had been shot. 

There are no suspect details at this time.

 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Renovations are underway at the Illinois governor's mansion, even though the 158-year-old home hasn't been used much during the past two administrations.

Lee Enterprises newspapers' Springfield bureau reports the state's awarded almost $339,000 for three contracts on work to the 16-room Georgian-styled home.

Contractors are spending the summer replacing climate-control systems and an emergency generator at the Springfield manor.

The home hasn't undergone a major renovation since 1971.

The property's been mostly unoccupied for the past two administrators. Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his family continued to live in Chicago and Gov. Pat Quinn said he'd live in the property, but the newspaper says he spends most nights in Chicago.

The work is paid for by liquor taxes, license plate fees and video gaming proceeds.

 

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