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Guns, drugs and the arrest of more than 150 people in the St Louis area is the result of a four month undercover investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
For four months--more than 80 ATF agents from around the country as well as federal prosecutors and local police were involved in a massive drugs and arms investigation. It's known as The Violent Crime Reduction Partnership and is the ninth “multi-month” operation conducted by the ATF.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports on Wednesday 159 people were arrested. Agents say they have more than 1,700 previous arrests between them, and 78 percent are previously convicted felons.
Agents also seized 267 guns as well as more than seven pounds of marijuana, three pounds of cocaine, a pound and a half of heroin and 25 ounces of meth.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that included designating part of Interstate 70 as "Graham's Picnic Rock Highway."
Nixon said in his veto message Thursday that the name refers to the Dr. Robert Graham, who owned the farm where the large rock is located.
The rock can be seen in the median of Interstate 70 roughly halfway between Columbia and the St. Louis region.
The governor said a popular outing during the 1880s was to drive horses and buggies to the rock for a picnic. But the rock also has been called "slave rock," which Nixon says comes from a belief that slave auctions occurred at the site.
Nixon says the highway designation would have elevated one part of the site's history above the others.
PACIFIC, Mo. (AP) - A St. Louis area man faces a murder charge after he allegedly provided heroin to a woman who later died of an overdose.
Franklin County authorities say 27-year-old Christopher Albrecht was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder and heroin distribution. He is being held on $100,000 bail.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Albrecht allegedly supplied heroin to 32-year-old Danielle Jeanine Barlow and her boyfriend in April. The boyfriend overdosed first but Barlow and her 11-year-old son were able to revive him.
Police say after he woke up, Barlow took another dose and was found dead the next morning.
The group behind improvements to the Arch Grounds, CityArchRiver.org, has released a new video offering an idea of what the "Park Over the Highway" would look like in 2015.
On Wednesday, MoDOT officials announced St. Louis based KCI Construction Company was awarded the "Park Over the Highway"contract to connect the Arch grounds with downtown St. Louis.
Construction is expected to begin in August, and is a scheduled to be completed by July 2015. Construction will start near the Martin Luther King Bridge, then move to Walnut Street.
For more information go to http://www.cityarchriver.org/
Police are looking for a suspect in an early morning smash and grab at Fenton Pawn Store. The burglary happened just after 1 am in the 400 block of Gravois in Fenton.
Fenton police say they found a broken glass door into the store. They also discovered two display cases that had been smashed and looted of their merchandise.
KSDK Newschannel 5 reports the owner says estimated a total in excess of $15,000.00 in gold chains and assorted gold jewelry was stolen in the break-in.
A surveillance tape shows the bandit wearing a nylon mask and smashing his way into the store and into the glass cases where the valuables were stored. Police say the suspect is a light skinned male wearing blue shorts and a long-sleeve blue shirt.
Guests staying at three city hotels found their car windows smashed overnight.
Witnesses at the Drury Inn at Interstate 44 and Hampton say at least eight cars were broken into.
Cars parked in lots at the Millennium and Hyatt hotels in downtown St. Louis were also targeted.
St. Louis police are still sorting out the chain of events that left two people injured outside a north side club overnight. Police were called to a nightclub at Union and St. Louis Avenue around 1 a.m.
They arrived to find one person had been struck by a car and another beaten with a baseball bat. Both were taken to the hospital and are expected to recover.
One person has been taken into custody.
St. Louis police say a 9 year old boy who was shot while riding in a car early Wednesday morning has died.
Police say Tyrese Short had been riding in a car with his father, another man and a woman in north St. Louis, when a man in another car shot him. No one else was injured.
The boy was taken to a nearby police station for help. He was rushed to St. Louis Children's Hospital, but died later in the day.
St. Louis Police Captain Michael Sack says investigator suspect that the boy's father or the 22 year old man driving had been the gunman's target. An 18 year old woman was also in the car. Police say it's unclear why the child and his father were out at 3:30 in the morning.
No information has been released about a possible suspect.
SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says she's looking into whether Gov. Pat Quinn can legally cut lawmakers' pay.
Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislators' paychecks from a budget bill Wednesday. He says it's the consequence for lawmakers failing to address the state's $97 billion pension shortfall.
Topinka says questions have been raised about whether Quinn's actions are constitutional.
A provision of the Illinois Constitution says changes in lawmaker salary should not take effect during the term in which they were elected.
Topinka says she has requested a legal review. It should be complete before Aug. 1, when lawmakers are scheduled to receive their next paychecks.
Quinn says a prior court ruling gives him the authority. He also says he's not changing their salary, just withholding the money to pay it.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed legislation that would have expanded an infrastructure surcharge for gas companies.
Gas utilities have been allowed to seek approval from the Public Service Commission to levy a surcharge for infrastructure replacements. The charge is levied between formal rate cases, and the gas companies must file for a more involved rate case every three years.
The legislation would have required full rate cases every five years and would have increased the cap on how much gas companies could collect through the surcharge.
Nixon said the legislation also would have allowed companies to recover from customers much of the uncollectable debt from customers who do not pay.