Services for 7 year old Willow Long will be held in her hometown of Watson, Illinois on Monday. The funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church. A visitation is scheduled to take place Saturday at the Hearts Rock Cafe in Effingham High School from 5 to 9 p.m. Willow's uncle, 22 year old Justin DeRyke, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder. Prosecutors say he told investigators he killed his niece to end her suffering after she accidentally fell onto a brush pile and pierced her neck with a stick. DeRyke is being held on $5 million bond and hiring an attorney. He's set to appear again in court next Thursday.
Construction will cause delays for Interstate 64 drivers in Chesterfield Valley overnight Saturday. Crews will be setting bridge girders for the new ramp from Chesterfield Airport Road to westbound I-64.
Transportation officials say lane closures will start in the eastbound direction at 8:00 p.m. Saturday. And then move to the westbound lanes. The highway will be narrowed to just one lane to allow crews to work. All traffic will be halted for 15 minute intervals while the bridge girders are set into place.
All lanes should be open by 9:00 a.m. Sunday.
The company that's taking over Ameren's coal-fired power plants in Illinois wants to take over their 5 year pollution waiver as well.
Dynegy Inc. agreed to acquire the plants six months after the Illinois Pollution Control Board granted a variance giving Ameren more time to meet stricter air pollution limits at their central and southern Illinois plants.
Ameren and Dynegy are expected to argue that the subsidiary formed to acquire the plants can't afford the costly pollution controls in a depressed power market, and would have to close some plants if a waiver isn't granted.
Several St. Peters residents are calling for their alderman to resign after he was charged with marijuana possession. Alderman Tommy Roberts was charged after St. Peters police found marijuana in his home August 7th.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that about a half-dozen residents called for Roberts resignation at Thursday night's meeting of the Board of Aldermen. None of the aldermen responded to the comments last night.
Roberts, who has Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer, said shortly after his arrest that the marijuana possession was "a medical issue."