An East St. Louis man is suing the city and a police detective, claiming he was beaten until he falsely confessed to a rape.
Marlon Miller's federal lawsuit alleges former East St. Louis Detective Orlando Ward struck him several times out of the view of police recording devices. During the alleged beating, Miller confessed to attacking the woman as she left a MetroLink train.
DNA tests later absolved Miller of the crime and led to the arrest of another suspect.
Several cases involving Ward have been under review since the former detective was indicted in a federal cocaine investigation.
The extreme cold this winter is bringing some unwanted news to utility customers in the Midwest and Northeast -- higher heating bills.
As many in Missouri and Illinois have already seen, propane rates have skyrocketed in the past few weeks. Gas and electric rates aren't changing, but utility company's say customers should still expect to see higher bills starting this month.
A jump in demand because of the brutal winter weather is to blame, according to utility providers. Demand for natural gas reportedly hit an all-time high during the first week in January.
The situation isn't expected to improve any time soon, as forecasters are calling for more cold weather over the next few weeks.
The day's winter storm is forcing the cancellation of a meeting on unaccredited districts.
The hearing has been rescheduled for Wednesday from 6:30 - 8 PM at the UMSL JcPenny Conference Center. The meeting is being held so that state education officails can gather data as they look to craft a plan to aid and support failing school districts.
The public is invited to attend the hearing, and make comments. Comments will be limited to three minutes, and you must sign-up to make any comments. You can register here.
Improved emergency medical treatment and faster service for southwestern Illinois residents and workers are the goals of a $2.3 million emergency room expansion project now underway at Touchette Regional Hospital.
Touchette’s 24-hour emergency services will remain open during construction which is to be completed by mid-2014.
The project will add seven, private ER treatment rooms, plus a larger triage area for quicker patient evaluation. There will also be a new decontamination unit equipped to manage medical issues related to industrial accidents or natural disasters.
Project funding is through the Hospital Capital Investment Program of the Illinois Department of Public Health.