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145 workers to be laid off when Doe Run smelter closes

Thursday, 17 October 2013 13:43 Published in Local News

Job cuts are coming to the Missouri town of Herculaneum.

The Doe-Run lead smelter will close at the end of the December and put 145 workers out of a job. The EPA says the company decided to close the plant instead of installing pollution control technology.

The Doe-Run plant has been in operation for over a century and is the last remaining lead smelter in the nation.

The heroin dealer at the center of the St. Clair County courthouse scandal, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday morning.

Sean McGilvery admitted to selling heroin, he now faces a decade in prison when he is sentenced in January. McGilvery is at the center of the case of Judge Mike Cook. Cook was arrested at McGilvery`s Belleville home back in May. McGilvery says the judge was at his house almost every day picking up heroin.

Cook's trial on heroin and weapons charges starts in December.

 

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police are investigating whether an officer's actions during a homicide investigation jeopardized murder charges against the mother of a 1-year-old whose body was found in a trash bin.

City prosecutors dropped murder and child abuse charges against Melissa Shawneece Jackson on Monday, a week before she was set to go to trial for the death of her 18-month-old son, Marquell.  The infant's body was found behind their Jefferson Avenue apartment building in May 2011.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an unidentified patrol officer was placed on administrative duty Wednesday as police conduct an internal investigation into his role.

Defense attorney Scott Rosenblum says the case collapsed after the officer testified in a deposition that he didn't alert detectives about incriminating statements made by Jackson's ex-boyfriend.

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