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Highway 94 was closed in both directions between H and Church Rd. for several hours while the Missouri Highway Patrol investigated a fatal accident.

A man attending to some yard work in St. Charles County was killed this morning after being hit by a car that spun off the roadway. The accident happened shortly after 7:30 on Highway 94 at Church Road. The Highway Patrol says the car spun off the roadway, hit an embankment and flipped over several times, striking the victim. He died at the scene. The driver was injured and transported to the hospital.  Authorities did not say what caused the driver to lose control.

No charges have been filed and the names of the victim and driver have not been released.

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The suspect in a fatal carjacking has pleaded guilty to killing an 85-year-old grandmother.

21-year-old DaQuan Barnes will get a 60-year-sentence for the murder instead of life in prison under an agreement with prosecutors.

Prosecutors say Barnes and two accomplices, identified as 39-year-old LaTosha Cunningham and 30-year-old DeMarcus Barnes, waited for Yoko Cullen outside of a Collinsville bingo hall in May of 2011. Barnes force her into the trunk of her car, drove to east St. Louis, and set the vehicle on fire.

Investigators say Cullen was alive as the vehicle burned. 

 

 

 

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STEELVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri murder case will hinge on claims of self-defense and whether a property owner had the right to shoot a canoer who may have intruded on his land.

James Crocker had grown weary of the people encroaching on his property along the Meramec River. A nasty confrontation in July ended when Crocker allegedly shot and killed Paul Dart Jr., who was on a canoe trip.

Defense attorney Michael Bert says Crocker is covered by the state's castle doctrine, which allows the use of deadly force to protect property. Bert says Crocker also felt his life was in danger.

Prosecutors cited witnesses who said Crocker flew into a rage and opened fire after a man relieved himself near his yard. He has been charged with second-degree murder.

 

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It was a deadly holiday weekend on Missouri roadways.

The Missouri Highway Patrol says seven people died over Labor Day weekend, including two in St. Louis. Two deaths in the metro area were motorcyclists in town for the Ride of the Century, including Michael Evans. Evans was attempting to pass a car stopped at a light when he clipped the side-view mirror and ran into a pole.

Troopers investigated 248 crashes that resulted in the deaths and 112 injuries. A bright spot, the number of drunk-driving arrests was down from last year--119 this year, 147 in 2012.

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Police have a man in custody connected to the murder of a woman and her unborn baby.

Hazelwood officers found Denitra Jones dead in her apartment on Monday morning. Investigators say Jones had recently discovered she was pregnant. The coroner ruled Jones' death a homicide. After an investigation, officers presented their case against Michael Collins. Prosecutors issued charges against him including two counts of murder in the first degree.

Collins is held on a half-million dollar bond.

 
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An investigation continues after a woman was found dead in her Hazelwood apartment.

Around 9:45 a.m. police were asked to check on the welfare of 27-year-old Denitra Jones. When officers arrived, they found her body. Investigators say the circumstances surrounding her death were suspicious and the coroner confirmed her death was a homicide.

Police say they have a person of interest in custody and are presenting the case the prosecutors.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Richard "Dick" Thien, a veteran journalist who played a pivotal role in developing USA Today for Gannett Co. Inc., has died. He was 73.

Thien died Friday of natural causes at Missouri Baptist Hospital in suburban St. Louis, his son, Mark Thien, said Monday. Thien was a two-time cancer survivor.

In 1981, Gannett's CEO, Al Neuharth, chose Thien to be one of five prototype editors for USA Today, the nation's first national general-interest newspaper that made its debut the following year. USA Today immediately made a splash with its colorful look, frequent use of graphics and shorter, tighter stories, setting a trend followed by many newspapers around the world.

Thien was described in the book "The Making of McPaper: The Inside Story of USA Today," as "a gruff, cigar-chewing type who barked like an old-time city editor."

The Associated Press named Thien one of the 12 best editors in the country in 1986. It was among many awards he won in a career that spanned more than four decades.

Thien grew up in St. Louis and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1963.

He worked at newspapers in several states and was a longtime coach in the Chips Quinn Scholar program for young minority journalists. He also taught journalism at the State University of New York in Binghamton, the University of Kansas and at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he earned a master's degree in journalism in 1998.

Thien was a first lieutenant in the Army in the 1960s.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Elaine, three children and three grandchildren. A funeral service is Friday at Kutis Affton Chapel in suburban St. Louis.

 

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Charges are filed against a 20-year-old man for allegedly shooting and killing his teenage sister.

Police say Marcus Anderson accidentally shot his sister, Alicia Anderson in their North St. Louis home Thursday afternoon. It appears that Marcus, who has a mental disability, was playing with a shotgun when he fired the shot. Investigators say the gun did not belong any family members, but was being stored for a family friend.

A judge set Anderson's bond at $20,000.

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Family and friends laid 18-year-old Christopher Lenzen to rest today.

He was the third teen killed in a crash that happened in Wildwood last week. The funeral for sisters Lauren and Kathleen Oliver was yesterday.

Police say Lenzen was driving the car when it went off the road and crashed into a tree and deck in the backyard of a Wildwood home.

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WILDWOOD, Mo. (AP) — Three teens are dead and one injured after a convertible slammed into a deck and a tree in the St. Louis County town of Wildwood.

The accident happened Thursday night. KSDK-TV reports that county police identified the victims as sisters Kathleen and Lauren Oliver of Chesterfield.

Kathleen was 17 and her sister 18. Both were riding in the back seat of a 2013 Infinity G37S convertible that ran off Homestead Manor Drive and hit a deck on the back of a house, then went into a wooded area and hit a tree.

Eighteen-year-old Chris Lenzen, the car's driver, also died. A fourth teen from Eureka was injured but survived the wreck.

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