The City of Ellisville is still without a mayor after the City Council vote to reinstate ousted Mayor Adam Paul ended in a 3-3 tie Wednesday night.
The result surprised many residents and Paul supporters. That's because one of three new council members who took offices after Paul was impeached voted not to reinstate him. Many had believed that council member Cindy Pool had been a Paul supporter.
Paul says he was disappointed with Pool's vote. He says she isn't listening to her constituents and that's going to be costly. "You know, it's going to cost the city probably a quarter-million dollars now," he said. "It's just more of the same we had with our last council."
Paul's attorney says he'll ask a judge next week to reinstate Paul while he awaits a ruling on his appeal. The court date for that appeal hasn't been set.
The Council did agree to hold a special election for Mayor in November.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis County woman has been found guilty of federal charges for illegally claiming more than $3 million in tax refunds.
A federal jury convicted 69 year old Nancy Cicero of Kirkwood Wednesday on four counts of filing false claims with the IRS. A sentencing date was not set.
Federal prosecutors say Cicero claimed false refunds for the years 2005 through 2008 on taxes she claimed to have paid on bond income, and falsified documents as part of the scheme.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cicero is an adherent of a theory claiming that those with knowledge of proper procedures can obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in their name being held in trust by the government. An IRS investigator called the argument "frivolous."
Police in Crystal City are turning to the public to identify the suspect in a bank robbery.
Witnesses told police that a white man in his mid-20's walked into the US Bank on Bailey Road early Wednesday afternoon and demanded money from a teller. The suspect ran off with an undisclosed amount of money.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866.371.TIPS.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A St. Louis man is accused of intentionally causing a pre-dawn wreck during a two-vehicle southwestern Illinois chase that ended with a teenager dead.
Prosecutors in St. Clair County charged 27-year-old Donald Friese with first-degree murder in the April 29 death of 18-year-old Mercedes Ferrarie-Troisi of Caseyville.
Illinois State Police have said Friese was driving one of two vehicles involved in a chase with each other. Police say both cars went out of control at a curve in Fairmont City and flipped. Ferrarie-Troisi was ejected and died at the scene. Police said Friese fled the scene.
As of Wednesday afternoon Friese was in custody in Jennings, Mo., on unrelated federal charges.
Bail on the murder count is set at $1 million.
It's not immediately clear if Friese has an attorney.