New Orleans native. Loyola University New Orleans graduate (Class of 2002). Worked in TV news since August 2003. Moved to St. Louis in February 2008. Avid dog lover. Writer of short sentences.

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  • 11-year-old found safe after going missing in south St. Louis

    Update: Police say Mia Conawa has been found and is safe. ST. LOUIS – Detectives with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 11-year-old girl. According to Evita Caldwell, a police spokeswoman, Mia Conaway was last seen on September 28 around 11:30 p.m. in the 5400 block of Alabama Avenue in the Carondelet neighborhood. Police described Conaway as a Caucasian girl, standing 5’2″ and weighing approximately 130 pounds. Anyone with information […]

  • Woman charged with striking Menards employee with vehicle in store parking lot

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged a 31-year-old woman Tuesday with shoplifting inside a Menards and then striking a store employee with her car in the store parking lot. The incident occurred on the evening of Wednesday, September 25, at the Menards on Manchester Road. According to prosecutors, Debbie Penn entered the store with her five children. They walked around the store and loaded a shopping cart with merchandise. Penn allegedly distracted a […]

  • 8-month-old exposed to fentanyl; police searching for man who brought child to hospital

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO – St. Louis County authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating a man wanted for potentially exposing a male infant to opioids over the summer. On Monday, the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged 23-year-old Portis Williams with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child and resisting arrest for a felony. According to Officer Tracy Panus, a county police spokeswoman, the incident unfolded on the evening of July 10 outside at Christian Northeast […]

  • 15-year-old found dead in Coldwater Creek in Florissant

    FLORISSANT, Mo. – A 15-year-old was found dead Monday behind a local grocery store in Coldwater Creek. Investigators with the Florissant Police Department were called to investigate a possible crime scene in a wooded area behind the Dierbergs in the 200 block of N. Highway 67. Florissant Police Chief Timothy Fagan said on Sunday evening, the family of Deonte Jenkins contacted authorities to say they had not heard from him. Deonte’s mother told police that her son’s friends told her […]

  • NASA is close to finding life on Mars but the world isn’t ready for the discovery, the agency’s chief scientist says

    NASA’s next mission to Mars will be its most advanced yet. But if scientists discover there was once life — or there is life — on the Red Planet, will the public be able to handle such an extraterrestrial concept? NASA chief scientist Jim Green doesn’t think so. “It will be revolutionary,” Green told the Telegraph. “It will start a whole new line of thinking. I don’t think we’re prepared for the results. We’re not.” The agency’s Mars 2020 rover, […]

  • 88-year-old man reported missing in St. Charles County

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – Authorities in St. Charles County are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 88-year-old man. According to Val Joyner, a county police spokeswoman, Dean Lairmore was last seen driving a 2014 dark silver Dodge Journey in the 1300 block of Clairmont Lane. Laimore was described as a Caucasian man, standing 5’11” tall and weighing approximately 210 pounds. He was reportedly wearing blue pants, a blue plaid short-sleeve shirt, and suspenders. Joyner said Laimore […]

  • East St. Louis man charged in shooting death of budding rapper Cold Kase

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – The St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office charged an East St. Louis man Friday for the murder of an aspiring rapper. Cedric Gooden, aka “Cold Kase,” was gunned down Monday evening outside the Mobil Gas Mart on State Street in East St. Louis. The gunman reportedly fired several shots at the parking lot, which was full of customers. Gooden died at the scene. State police were called to investigate the murder and identified Teran Jeffries […]

  • Woman shot in the head and killed in south St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS – Homicide detectives with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department were called to a south city neighborhood Thursday evening after a woman was shot in her head. The shooting happened just after 7 p.m. in the 4200 block of Norfolk Avenue, located in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood. The victim, a woman in her 20s, was shot in the head and arm. She was not conscious or breathing. Police later declared the woman had died as a result […]

  • Jefferson County confirms first vaping-related illness

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. – Missouri announced its seventh vaping-related illness Thursday. The individual, a male between the ages of 15 and 24, was diagnosed with “vaping associated pulmonary injury” on September 12, the Jefferson County Health Department said. As of September 20, there were 22 reports of vaping-related illness in the state. Seven of those cases have been confirmed. The Jefferson County Health Department said it will work with school districts to spread awareness of the dangers of vaping to […]

  • Parson: Democrats jumped the gun on impeachment

    ST. LOUIS – A day after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, Missouri Governor Mike Parson believes Democrats have acted rashly. During a sit-down interview with Fox 2’s Vic Faust, the governor said he understands most people have their minds made up if they do or don’t like the president. However, Parson said Democrats jumped the gun without having all the facts. “I think it’s kind of ridiculous that you’d go […]

  • Missing teen, suspected kidnapper located in South Dakota

    KADOKA, S.D. – A missing Edmundson teenager has been found safe and the 26-year-old man accused of kidnapping her is in custody. The Edmundson Police Department reached out to the FBI and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children earlier this week. Police said 16-year-old Gabrielle Yonko and Christopher Johnson were last seen on Monday, September 23, at the home of Gabrielle’s uncle in the 9800 block Treadway Lane. Authorities said Johnson took the teen in his vehicle and they […]

  • Alton man with violent criminal history sentenced to life in prison

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – A 55-year-old Alton man will spend the rest of his life in prison following a conviction for stabbing a cab driver, his third felony conviction. According to the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office, Arthur Smallwood stabbed the driver on the evening of August 8, 2018 in Alton. “This case is the culmination of a lifetime of violence by this defendant,” said Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons. The driver, Jan-Eric Andersson, had picked up Smallwood from Bubby […]

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