ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Authorities say the disappearance of a St. Charles man was part of a scheme to fake his own death and cover up allegations that he sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Raymond David Avett of St. Charles disappeared in June, leaving suicide notes at several locations, including inside his Ford Explorer that was found abandoned in downtown St. Louis. He turned up three weeks later in Maryland.
Avett and his former girlfriend, 34-year-old Jennifer L. Callaway, were both charged Wednesday with concealing a felony.
Authorities allege that Callaway coerced Avett into giving her his home, SUV, boat and life insurance in exchange for not telling police about the alleged sexual assault.
Both suspects are jailed, Avett on $250,000 bond, Callaway on $200,000 bond.
Former Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols has filed a lawsuit against another former Cardinal over allegations of steroid abuse. Pujols filed a suit today against Jack Clark, after Clark in August said on the radio that Pujols was a juicer and used performance enhancing drugs. The suit claims that Clark's comments have damaged Pujols' reputation, caused him humiliation, mental anguish, and anxiety. The suit also names Clark as a "struggling radio talk show host" while describing Pujols' reputation as "impeccable and beyond reproach." No dollar figure is mentioned in the lawsuit, but it does seek damages. It also asks for a formal declaration from Clark that the comments are false. Pujols has always vehemently denied steroid allegations.
The Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University is the recipient of two, multi-million dollar grants awarded by the National Cancer Institute. The grants total $26-million and will help establish the School of Medicine as a premier center for innovative leukemia research.
Doctors hope the research will lead to more personalized treatments for patients based on the unique makeup of their leukemia cells. They also hope to discover therapies that improve survival and reduce treatment-related side effects.
In addition, the grant funding will enable the Center to capitalize on research advances at the medical school in order to bring new investigational treatments into clinical trials.
A new museum dedicated to photography is now open in St. Louis. The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum is located at the Grand Center Arts District in the 3400 block of Olive. An open house with free admission and tours will be taking place until 9:00 tonight. The Photography Hall of Fame's permanent collection has over 6,000 cameras and photographic equipment spanning from the 1800's to modern day.