A motorcyclist who was killed over the weekend during the Ride of the Century has now been identified. 32-year-old Michael Evans was killed when his motorcycle clipped a parked police car on January Avenue near Elizabeth. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says a group of four riders were speeding down the street when three of them veered to the left of the unmarked car. But the motorcycle driven by Evans attempted to pass on the right-hand side when he clipped the side-view mirror of the car. The motorcycle veered out of control and struck a pole in a wooded area near January Avenue. Evans, a Harrisburg, Illinois resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Muslim civil liberties group says religious bias is behind an attack on an 18 year old college freshman is St. Louis. The local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations wants police to investigate last month's assault on LaSalle Park Court as a possible hate crime. The victim spent three days hospitalized in intensive care after he was hit in the back of the head during an argument with a neighbor's boyfriend, who said his car had been scratched. Police say the suspect demanded money for the vehicle damage after the victim came to the girlfriend’s home to discuss the matter. Members of the victim’s family say they have previously had their tires slashed, windows broken and been the target of religious slurs.
A 19-year-old University of Illinois student remains in custody today after authorities say he threatened classmates while referencing the shootings at Virginia Tech. Dany Sammack is being held on $250,000 bond after he was charged with felony disorderly conduct. The Champaign News-Gazette reports Sammak was arrested over the weekend after he made what authorities said were "terrorist-like threats" and made shooting gestures with his hands. A search by law enforcement of Sammak's home, computer and other property didn't turn up any evidence that he was part of a larger plot to harm others.
Firefighters responding to a call in Park Hills, Missouri got more than they bargained for when they found a marijuana growing operation in the basement. The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills reports that emergency crews were called to the home when the resident's mother fell asleep with a lit cigarette, catching her mattress on fire. This happened early Saturday morning. After firefighters extinguished the blaze, they searched the home and reportedly found about 20 plants, as well as lighting and watering equipment in the basement. Formal charges have not yet been filed.