EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois man is jailed on $5 million bond after being accused of stabbing his 7-year-old niece to death.
Effingham County prosecutors charged 22-year-old Justin DeRyke on Wednesday with three counts of first-degree murder. The criminal complaint alleges DeRyke stabbed Willow Long in the chest with a knife Sunday.
Four of the hundreds of volunteers who searched for the girl found her body Monday night near the small town of Watson, where the girl and DeRyke lived. DeRyke was arrested Tuesday morning.
Authorities have said Willow's mother was feeling ill and went back to bed Sunday morning, only to wake up a short time later and find her daughter missing.
A judge has given time for DeRyke to hire an attorney. DeRyke doesn't have a listed home telephone number.
IDOT and MoDOT continue bi-annual bridge inspections tomorrow. Wednesday, crews had lanes closed on the Chain of Rocks and Clark Bridges.
Thursday, the eastbound right lane on the MLK Bridge will be closed from 8 AM to noon. The eastbound left lane will remain open.
A water main break will cause lengthy delays in Maplewood tonight.
A water main ruptured below Big Bend immediately north of Manchester Road. The break has forced the closure of Big Bends two, "through" lanes. Drivers will still be able to continue southbound on Big Bend across Manchester, but will have to share a lane that is normally dedicated to left turns onto Manchester.
Officials say about 25,000 cars and trucks drive this section of Big Bend everyday. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area this evening.
First responders in O'Fallon, Missouri held a tribute this morning to honor the memories of the victims of the 9/11.
At 8:30, the police department gathered at a memorial in downtown O'Fallon that is made of steel recovered from the World Trade Center. The piece is called "A Tirbute to First Responders".
Police Chief Roy Joachimstaler has remembrance of his fallen brethren, "They didn't know what they were getting into that day, like many of us when we go to work in the morning, but they stepped up to the plate and did what they had to do".
The ceremony included a rifle salute and moment of silence.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A national group is vowing to sue if Missouri legislators enact a law allowing criminal charges against federal agents who attempt to enforce federal gun-control laws.
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence said Wednesday that it is prepared to sue if the Missouri Legislature overrides Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the bill. Lawmakers were convening Wednesday to decide on the veto override.
The legislation attempts to nullify federal policies that "infringe on the people's right to keep and bear arms." It allows state misdemeanor charges against federal authorities who try to enforce those laws or against anyone who publishes the identity of a gun owner.
The Brady Center says the measure violates constitutional provisions protecting free-speech and declaring federal laws supreme over conflicting state measures.
Charges are filed against two men who allegedly broke into a woman's home on Tuesday.
Police say Terrill Wise and Jahon Anderson kicked down the door of the woman's home on Lafayette near I-44. The woman grabbed her one-year-old child and hid in a shower in the upstairs bathroom. The mother says she heard the suspects moving throughout her home and one even came into the bathroom but did not see her. The woman called 911 and when an officer arrived, he confronted the suspects.
The officer says a suspect attacked him and that is when he shot the man. Other officers responded to the scene and both suspects were captured. Wise and Anderson now face multiple felony charges.
The woman and her child were not hurt.
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is joining congressional colleagues in responding to President Obama's decision to pause in taking military action against Syria for its' use of chemical weapons. Negotiators are attempting to iron out a Syrian-Russian plan for Syria to relinquish its' chemical weapons arsenal. Senator McCaskill says she will continue to evaluate and monitor the situation daily, adding “The President made an important case for why Syria’s use of chemical weapons has serious implications for America’s national security and that a credible threat of military force can strengthen the chances of a diplomatic solution."
The St. Louis Public Schools are looking for teachers. The district is trying to replace more than 50 teachers who've resigned in the past 10 weeks. District officials say half of the teachers who've resigned this year, did so after the first day of school.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the 72-school city system faces two challenges in retaining quality teachers: lower pay than in neighboring districts, and greater challenges.
Rick Sullivan, president of the district’s Special Administrative Board, told the paper that keeping talented teachers and principals, and mentoring new hires, is a constant challenge in the district.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Republican push to cut Missouri's income taxes faces resistance as lawmakers decide whether to override Gov. Jay Nixon's vetoes.
The Republican-led Legislature convenes Wednesday for a veto override session. The tax cut is the highest profile issue out of Nixon's 33 vetoes.
The legislation would phase-in hundreds of millions of dollars of income tax cuts for businesses and individuals. Republican legislative leaders say it would spur the economy and help Missouri compete against recent tax cuts in Kansas and other states.
But Nixon says the lost revenues could jeopardize education funding. And he says a drafting error would impose sales taxes on prescription drugs.
A veto override requires a two-thirds majority in both chambers. Supporters may fall short in the House, because several Republicans plan to vote "no."
Normandy school officials are eyeing cuts to cover the $15 million in tuition costs for 1,600 students who transferred out of the unaccredited district. Superintendent Ty McNichols says he's begun identifying teachers and programs that will fall to the budget ax.
McNichols told a group of about 40 people gathered a a policy breakfast at the Show-Me Institute Tuesday that he's also working to bolster academics, attendance and the graduation rate in the failing district. But he says he doesn't expect to make big advances before the next transfer application deadline rolls around in February.
Normandy has just two months to pay the first of the tuition bills which arrived last week, or the Missouri education department will withhold funding.