QUINCY, Ill. (AP) - A Missouri mother caught stuffing cocaine, heroin and marijuana into her 4-year-old son's coat pocket during her Illinois arrest for shoplifting expected to get probation for the offense. But a judge wasn't so forgiving about her parenting.
The Quincy Herald-Whig reports that 28-year-old Jennifer Shurtleff of Hannibal was been sentenced in western Illinois' Adams County to four years in prison.
Shurtleff pleaded guilty heroin possession, retail theft and child endangerment charges stemming from her December arrest at a Kmart in Quincy.
The county's probation department recommended probation for Shurtleff. But Judge Scott Walden says he couldn't go with that because she involved her son.
The judge said prison time could be a potential deterrent to parents "exposing children to the horrors of drugs."
Damage to the St. Charles Family Arena by Friday night's severe weather prompted Francis Howell School District officials to to cancel all three of its high school graduation ceremonies for today (Saturday).
Colene McEntee, a spokesperson for the St. Charles County government, said the Family Arena has a big hole in the roof on the street side and lots of water pouring into the concourse.
As of midnight Friday, damage was confined to a 10 sq mile area between Caulks Hill and Pitman Hill Road. Trees and power lines were down.
Several homes at Whitmoor Country Club in Weldon Spring suffered structural damage along with homes in Cambridge Crossing and Camelot and Haversham subdivisions.
Due to extensive storm damage, MetroBus currently is not able to serve the #34 Earth City route.
Two MetroBus routes are impacted by flooding at this time:
#75 Lilac Hanley
The following MetroBus routes in North St. Louis County are still impacted by power lines and trees down in the roadways.
#35 Rock Road
#36 Spanish Lake
#45 Ferguson Florissant
#75 Lilac Hanley
There are still service disruptions, delays and multiple reroutes on several of these routes.
MetroLink is on time. There are no delays. Trains are running on schedule. Metro Call-A-Ride is operating normal service.
Strong storms swept though the metro St. Louis area Friday evening, bringing strong winds, lightning, heavy rain and even some unconfirmed reports of tornadoes.
One metro-east town is heartbroken after the storm did serious damage to a structure with historic and sentimental significance.
Gillespie High School sustained heavy damage in the storms. The concession stand along the athletic fields was wiped out. The roof was peeled back on the building housing the weight room. But most upsetting was the damage to the school's historic gymnasium. The building was heavily damaged in the storm, one brick wall crumbling when part of the roof was ripped away.
The Macoupin County emergency manager is reporting that 25 to 30 homes in the Gillespie area sustained roof damage. Several large trees were knocked down, taking many power lines with them.
Power is out to the entire town of Gillespie and much of the area surrounding the town about 50 miles northeast of St. Louis.