A Lincoln County woman is facing misdemeanor charges for lying to police about where she found a stray dog.
On December 27th, Jessica Dudding took a yellow Labrador she'd found in Lincoln County to Wentzville and told police she'd found the dog on Wentzville Parkway. Lincoln County has no animal shelters.
Wentzville police took the lost dog to the city shelter.
The dog's owner had to pay 250-dollars in shelter fees and a 50-dollar fine for letting his dog roam loose in Wentzville. So Dudding told police where she really found the dog, so his owner wouldn't be fined. And that's when police charged her with a crime.
Wentzville Police Major Paul West told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that they had to charge her because "you don't get to lie to the police."
West says the judge could dismiss the charges when Dudding goes to court January 21st.
The dog's owner has said he'll pay any fine assessed against Dudding.
St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson is scheduled to give a deposition Thursday in the sex abuse case involving Father Joseph Jiang.
Father Jiang has been charged with child endangerment for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16 year old Lincoln County girl. He also faces witness tampering charges. Father Jiang has pleaded not guilty.
A spokesperson for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says this is the first time a high ranking Catholic official in St. Louis will give a deposition in a criminal child sex abuse case.
A 21-year-old Lincoln County man is facing charges for statutory rape after allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old girl.
The Sheriff's Department says they started investigating Elsberry resident Trever Sawyer July 23. Officials say the victim showed officers a string of messages from Sawyer that confirmed the rape. There were also allegedly instructions from Sawyer on how to destroy the messages.
After his arrest, Sawyer said he was suicidal. He has been taken to a hospital for evaluation.
An interesting program in Lincoln County that encourages speeders to give back to the community.
The Post-Dispatch reports that the Sheriff's Department is giving first or second-time offenders a chance to make a donation to charity instead of getting a ticket. The officers are handing out a card that shows how much the traffic citation would have cost and asks the driver to give that amount to their favorite charity.
Officials say one speeder sent a $110 check to the St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation.
The parents of a Lincoln County girl who reported being molested by a priest are now suing St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson, claiming he knew the priest was a danger to children. The suit, filed Friday in Lincoln County, asks for unspecified damages.
The teenage girl had told police last June that Father Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang, an associate pastor at the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica in the Central West End, had molested her. The 30 year old priest was later charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
A Lincoln County man has admitted to hitting a three year-old-girl girl while he was coming down from a heroin high, but denied allegations that he sexually assaulted her.
Daniel Kittle said he was irritated with his girlfriend's daughter and punched her twice in the head. KSDK reports that medical personnel examined the girl and found injuries to the girl's genitals in addition to bruising to the girl's face. Kittle denied having sexual contact with the girl.
He has been charged with both assault and molestation and is held on a $200,000 bond.
The Department of Conservation says a conservation area in Lincoln County north of St. Louis recorded 7,000 snow geese, with an estimated 15,000 birds in the surrounding area.
Snow geese spend the winter in Missouri and other southern areas of their range. They return north to the Arctic to nest.
The birds are common in marshes, rivers, lakes and crop fields. They move constantly to seek a place to feed.
Authorities say just before noon Sunday, searchers found the body of 48 year old Jennifer Bogert in a creek less than a mile from her Eolia home.
The Lincoln County Sheriff says Bogert appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Sheriff's deputies and volunteers had been searching for Bogert after she failed to show up for work Friday morning.