BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A St. Louis man is accused of intentionally causing a pre-dawn wreck during a two-vehicle southwestern Illinois chase that ended with a teenager dead.
Prosecutors in St. Clair County charged 27-year-old Donald Friese with first-degree murder in the April 29 death of 18-year-old Mercedes Ferrarie-Troisi of Caseyville.
Illinois State Police have said Friese was driving one of two vehicles involved in a chase with each other. Police say both cars went out of control at a curve in Fairmont City and flipped. Ferrarie-Troisi was ejected and died at the scene. Police said Friese fled the scene.
As of Wednesday afternoon Friese was in custody in Jennings, Mo., on unrelated federal charges.
Bail on the murder count is set at $1 million.
It's not immediately clear if Friese has an attorney.
The St. Peters Police need help to find a man who exposed himself to a teenage girl Tuesday.
The victim told police she was in the parking lot of Spencer Creek library when the man called her over to the car, asking if she needed a ride home. When the girl approached the car, she told police she was the man was naked.
The suspect is described as a white man with a goatee, dark hair, and an Irish flag tattoo on his upper right arm. The suspect was last seen driving a green Nissan Xterra with the partial license plate AE9.
Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Peters Police.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A former state senator from St. Louis has been fined more than $270,000 by the Missouri Ethics Commission for violating numerous campaign finance laws.
A decision released Wednesday by the commission found that former Democratic Sen. Robin Wright-Jones used campaign money for personal expenses such as food and clothing. She also received vehicle mileage reimbursements both from the state and her campaign committee. The commission also found numerous instances where the campaign failed to report contributions and expenditures by deadlines.
St. Louis attorney Bernard Edwards Jr. represents Wright-Jones. He called the fine arbitrary and excessive and said the expenses for clothes, food and mileage were legitimately related to her political and official duties. Edwards says he plans to appeal the case to the state Administrative Hearing Commission.
Schools in Wentzville are back to normal operations.
Earlier Wednesday afternoon the schools all went on "tightened security". Police initially said the schools were on lockdown, but students were allowed to move from class to class inside the buildings.
Just after 2PM the all clear was given.
Police say there was never a problem at the schools, but an issue in a neighborhood near the school.
A change at the top of a huge charitable organization in St. Louis.
Effective July 1, Gary Dollar will retire as the President and CEO of the United Way. Orvin Kimbrough will serve as the next president and CEO. Kimbrough has been serving as the Senior Vice President of Major Gifts since 2007.
Dollar leaves the United Way after 29 years of service.
Federal authorities are offering a reward for anyone who can help find the person who stole explosives in Troy, Missouri.
The Lincoln Count Sheriff's Office says the suspect stole two crates that contained 100 pounds of explosives.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of the suspects in the case.
An accident has closed all lanes of EB I-270 at the Chair of Rocks bridge this afternoon.
A listener called in to say the accident involves at least three vehicles, including a semi-truck. Traffic is being directed onto Riverview drive to detour around the accident.
No word on any injuries from the accident.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Police are searching for the car thief who got more than he expected when he took an idling car - a toddler in the backseat.
The 2-year-old is OK after the scare late Tuesday in St. Louis.
Police say a car was left running at an ATM. The child's father got out to use the machine and while he was gone, someone stole the car with the child inside.
Police found the car minutes later in an alley. The child slept through the whole ordeal.
Officers are looking at ATM video in an effort to find the suspect.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A showboat that has been part of the St. Louis riverfront for decades in St. Louis and St. Charles could soon be headed for the scrap heap.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a nonprofit group has failed to raise the money needed to renovate the Goldenrod Showboat. The 104-year-old vessel has been in storage since 2003.
A court-ordered auction in Saturday at the location where the boat is docked near Kampsville, Ill. The auction seeks to cover nearly $70,000 in unpaid mooring fees and other costs.
Unless a buyer steps forward, the dock owner is expected to buy the boat and sell the furnishing and hull piecemeal.
Police have identified the man who died after an incident at a manufacturing plant in Florissant.
An employee at St. Louis Cold Drawn Inc on Pershall Rd found the victim lying on the ground near an electrical box. The man, identified as Mach Nguyen was taken to the hospital where he died.
This is being investigated as an accidental death and a cause of death will be released after an autopsy.