Wednesday, 18 December 2013 12:32 Published in Local News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A suburban St. Louis man is accused in an alleged real estate scheme that bilked investors out of more than $2.5 million.
Federal prosecutors say 53-year-old Ronald L. Roberts of Town and Country was charged Dec. 11 with three counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud. The indictment was unsealed and announced Tuesday.
The charges relate to what prosecutors call a bogus land deal with Wal-Mart near Poplar Bluff, Mo. Roberts alleged told lenders they would make huge returns on the money. But, prosecutors say, no deal with Wal-Mart ever existed, and Roberts allegedly gambled at a casino with the money given to him.
Roberts does not yet have a listed attorney.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 12:31 Published in Local News
A 15-year-old McCluer High School student was arrested for bringing a gun to class today.
Police say the principal heard rumors that a student had brought a gun to school. The school's resource officer approached the student and found a handgun in the student's backpack. The student was taken into custody and charged with unlawful use of a weapon.
The suspect has not been identified because he is a juvenile.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:57 Published in Local News
URBANA, Ill. (AP) - A University of Illinois graduate who is an astronaut on the International Space Station is going to take a walk in space.
The Champaign News-Gazette reports that Mike Hopkins will go with another American astronaut on what NASA calls an urgent spacewalk to fix a broken cooling line. The first walk will take about six hours and NASA has scheduled another one for Monday and a third to take place next week, possibly on Christmas Day.
Hopkins is a 1991 engineering graduate who was also a co-captain of the Illini football team. He has been on the space station for about seven months in what is his first space flight.