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Suspect calls in fake active shooter at Festus hospital to distract police from pursuit

Mercy Hospital in Festus was forced to go on lockdown Wednesday night, after a suspect being chased by police called in a false report about an active shooter, hoping to divert officers from the pursuit.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH - 2018-08-16 12:21:00

Mercy Hospital in Festus put on lockdown for suspicious person on campus

JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO – Mercy hospital in Festus is on lockdown Wednesday night, after a report of a suspicious person on the campus. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says there was a suspicious man on the campus who was threatening to fire shots, but no shots were fired. Instead, they say the s

FOX2NOW.COM - 2018-08-16 03:29:07

Jefferson County teams find West Nile-carrying mosquitoes for 5th time this summer

JEFFERSON CO., Mo. — For the fifth time this summer, mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus were found in Jefferson County.The nasty little bugs can make you and your family sick.The mosquitoes were found in Kimmswick, Arnold, Imperial, Cedar Hill and most recently in Crystal City.5 On Your Side he

KSDK - 2018-08-15 22:14:38

20-year-old man dead after head-on crash in south county

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – A 20-year-old man has died of his injuries from a Wednesday morning crash in south St. Louis County.Benjamin Noelle, of Imperial, Missouri was transported to a hospital for life-saving treatment, but was later pronounced dead.Telegraph Road in south St. Louis County was closed for

KSDK - 2018-08-15 13:40:28

Feud at rural fire district leads to lawsuits, police reports, recall vote in Jefferson County

The tug of war at the district serving about 3,000 residents in areas around Pevely, Festus and Hillsboro has featured mass resignations; accusations of theft, nepotism and revenge; a lawsuit; and complaints to police and the state attorney general.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH - 2018-08-16 11:30:00

Two lawn tractors stolen from Herculaneum Buchheit store

Herculaneum Police are investigating the theft of two new lawn tractors from the Buchheit store, 200 Riverview Plaza Drive, in Herculaneum. The theft happened about 10:25 p.m. Aug. 9, after store hours, Herculaneum Police Chief Mark Tulgetske said.


Attorney general: No further investigation on complaint

The City of Park Hills received a letter from the Missouri Attorney General’s Office on Thursday regarding the recent complaint made by Park Hills Police Chief Bill Holloway citing corruption and/or illegal acts by Mayor Daniel Naucke. The letter indicated that no further investigation would be purs

DAILY JOURNAL - 2018-08-16 23:30:00

Mosquitoes with West Nile virus found in Crystal City

The Jefferson County Health Department has found a fifth sample of adult mosquitoes that tested positive for the West Nile Virus this summer in Jefferson County.The latest positive sample was collected Aug. 13 in Crystal City. The four previous positive samples were collected in Arnold, Kimmswick, I

MYLEADERPAPER.COM - 2018-08-16 22:30:00

Burglary suspect calls in false active shooter call to hospital as diversion during pursuit

FESTUS, Mo. — A suspect wanted for a burglary in Festus called Mercy Hospital in Crystal City saying there was an active shooter as a diversion during the pursuit.Crystal City police officers along with Jefferson County police officers responded to the hospital and determined there was no active sho

KSDK - 2018-08-16 03:58:36

St. Louis man says he was on drugs at time of crash that killed two in High Ridge

Sokol N. Zuko, 30, of St. Louis admitted he had used heroin and Xanax a few hours before he was involved in a January 2016 crash that killed two men in High Ridge, a probable-cause statement said.On Aug. 6, Zuko pleaded guilty in Jefferson County Circuit Court to involuntary manslaughter and two cou


Pevely modular home damaged in fire

A vacant modular home in the 1800 block of Willow Drive in Pevely was severely damaged by fire early Aug. 8, said Chief Brad Williams of the Dunklin Fire Protection District.At 3:18 a.m., the district got a call about the fire and arrived on the scene at 3:22 a.m. to find flames showing through the

MYLEADERPAPER.COM - 2018-08-16 01:15:00

Mosquitoes in Crystal City test positive for West Nile virus

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 80 percent of the people who become infected don’t have symptoms, but some develop flu-like symptoms, which can last for weeks or even months. Such symptoms include, but are not limited to: fever, headache, body ache, fatigue, nausea


Queen of Hearts drawing builds momentum

“It’s been doing really, really well,” Green said. “We’ve been able to produce income for our athletic department and even income we could utilize within other departments of the school.”

REPUBLICTIMES.NET - 2018-08-15 11:53:00

More than $4,000 in equipment stolen from Imperial shed

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a recent theft of more than $4,000 in equipment from a shed in the 1000 block of Wolf Hollow Road in Imperial. The theft happened between 5 p.m. July 17 and 4:30 p.m. July 18, the report said.

MYLEADERPAPER.COM - 2018-08-15 21:54:00

Felony meth arrest in Waterloo

Scott M. Reinhold, 36, is charged with a Class X felony in the incident, which took place at Fast Stop, 409 S. Illinois Route 3. If convicted, a Class X felony carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of six to 30 years.

REPUBLICTIMES.NET - 2018-08-15 13:58:00

Charges filed in earlier escape attempt

Charges have been filed against the man who was allegedly involved in a police chase in mid July resulting in two officers being injured in separate accidents.Brandon Molina, 27, of St. Louis, is being charged with two class E felonies of resisting arrest stemming from the July 12 incident, and will

DAILY JOURNAL - 2018-08-15 10:15:00

Cities, homeowners frustrated by remediation

Park Hills and other communities in the area have been the site of residential lead remediation at the direction of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), by use of contracted excavation, landscaping and lawn care crews at the expense of the Doe Run Company.The remediation efforts seek to identi


About $3,400 in items stolen from House Springs home

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary at a home in the 6000 block of Parkedge Drive in House Springs, where about $3,400 in items were stolen. The burglary occurred between 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 1, the Sheriff’s Office reported.


Red Bud pharmacy owner pleads guilty to federal healthcare fraud charges

Steven P. Gibson, 29, is the owner of Gibson’s Discount Drugs in Red Bud. According to a press release from the U. S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Gibson admitted to submitting false and fraudulent claims in the names of his family members and customers for prescription medication


2 adults make court appearance; accused of keeping children in 'special rooms'

Daryl Justen Head, 38, and Laura Elizabeth Cheatham, 38, were charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree and four counts of kidnapping in the second degree. Both are being held on $500,000 bond each.