Community Reels After Family Murdered

(Manchester, IL)  --  The small community of Manchester, Illinois is in shock after a family was brutally murdered. Police say Rick Smith killed three adults and two children inside their home yesterday.  He died several hours later in a shootout with cops. A six-year-old girl was also shot, but remains in critical condition.  Smith reportedly carried her to a neighbor's house before fleeing the scene.

Body Found On Bike Trail Identified

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Police have identified a woman found dead along a bike trail near the Mississippi River.  The body of 57-year-old Robyn Robel was found early Wednesday morning on Lewis Street.  Autopsy results show she was strangled to death.  The investigation into the murder continues.

Five Suspects Arrested In Overland Murder

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Five people are in custody in connection with a murder in Overland. Twenty-two-year-old Zachariah Anderson was gunned down just inside the front door of his home Sunday night.  Police have arrested four adults and a 16-year-old boy, all charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree murder. Investigators reportedly have a sixth suspect in mind.

River Levels Should Begin To Fall Today

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Mississippi River levels have begun falling in St. Louis.  The river crested yesterday at just over 35 feet.  It's expected to be back below flood level by Sunday. Just four months ago, the river was within a few feet of historic low levels.

Bob Barker Has Deal For Wash U

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Former "Price Is Right" host Bob Barker is playing "let's make a deal" with the medical lab staff at Washington University.  According to the "Post-Dispatch," Barker has fired off a letter to the school's chancellor asking them to stop using live cats for medical training.  The 89-year-old animal activist is offering to donate 75-thousand dollars for the school to buy mannequins for its infant life-support course.  But experts say that's not a good way to learn the procedures.

Suspect Dead After Brandishing Weapon At City Police

(St. Louis, MO)  --  A suspect is dead after brandishing a weapon at city police last night.  The 25-year old unidentified male reportedly pulled out the handgun while being chased by officers just north of the Edward Jones Dome around nine-thirty.  Police subsequently opened fire killing the suspect.  It is unclear why the man actually ran from police.     

Kirkwood Student Taken To Juvie For Alleged Gun Violence Threats

(Kirkwood, MO)  --  A Kirkwood student was taken to juvenile detention for alleged gun violence threats.  An investigation began after two students at Nipher Middle School reported the threats to school leaders, claiming they were the targets.  No word on possible charges.         

Scott AFB On Lockdown Over Suspicious Package

(Mascoutah, IL)  --  Scott Air Force Base was on lockdown for a short time Wednesday while security forces responded to a suspicious package.  The envelope was discovered around 2:30 p.m. at a communications building.  The package was deemed safe and the lockdown lifted around four.     

St. Louis Priest Indicted For Child Porn

(St. Louis, MO)  --  A St. Louis priest is indicted for possessing child porn.  Father William Vatterott was ordained in 2003.  The thirty-six-year-old was first assigned to Holy Infant Church in Ballwin.  Allegations against his behavior occurred while he was at St. Cecilia's in the city.  Vatterott is expected before a Federal Judge early next week to answer to the charges.              

Illinois Breaks Ground For New Vets With Families Housing

(Chicago, IL)  --  Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is scheduled to break ground this morning in Chicago on new housing for eligible veterans.  It will be one of the first developments in the U.S. to address the issue of Vets with families at risk of homelessness.  The first phase of construction on the "Hope Manor Apartments" is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

St. Louis Man Participating In National MS Run

(St. Louis, MO)  --  A St. Louis man is participating in this month's national "MS Run."  The endurance rally spans from Los Angeles to New York.  Bill Sinik will be taking on the 200-mile leg from Steamboat Springs to Hudson, Colorado.  He will be running a marathon a day for nine straight days in support of MS research.


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