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A massive amount of untreated sewage found its way into the Mississippi River Wednesday.

The spill, which happened at an MSD Treatment Plant in North St. Louis, released 3.5 million gallons of wastewater. Officials with the Metropolitan Sewer District say the plant suffered a power outage just after noon on Wednesday. Within two hours, officials say they restored power and operations resumed.

MSD says any spill is unacceptable, but they are confident there is a minimal risk to the health of people or the environment. The spill occurred in a part of the river not commonly used for recreation and drinking water suppliers commonly test for bacteria. An incident report has been filed with the Department of Natural Resources.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 17:40
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - One of two suspects in a central Missouri homicide has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges in the case.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 21-year-old Durantrae D. Logan of Columbia was sentenced Tuesday to two 20-year sentences, to be served concurrently.

Logan pleaded guilty in Boone County Circuit Court to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the March 2012 shooting death of 39-year-old Lamont Sargent.

Prosecutors said the shooting occurred during a drug deal.

A co-defendant in the case, Larrell M. Banks of Fulton, is also charged with second-degree murder and attempted distribution of a controlled substance. He has a hearing scheduled for Sept. 30 and a jury trial Oct. 9 in Boone County Circuit Court.

 
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 17:25
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There is an emergency meeting scheduled tonight for the Mehlville Board of Education.

The meeting will be held at 8 PM at the Mehlville administration building. The meeting will focus on “legal action, causes of action or litigation.”

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 16:42
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A St. Louis County man is in custody after police say he robbed a bank and pharmacy then tried to make his getaway in a taxi.

54-year-old John Barbera allegedly robbed a First Bank branch inside a Creve Coeur Dierbergs, then went to a Wallgreens and tried to rob the pharmacist. Police arrested Barbera while he was trying to get a cab ride to escape the scene.

He is held on a $150,000 bond.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 16:31
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