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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Junky Mom Leaves Kids in McDonald's play area while getting heroin fix in bathroom, St. Charles County Missouri


Kelli L. Horton (St. Charles County Department of Corrections photo)
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St. Charles County woman left children in McDonald's play area, used heroin in bathroom, police say

BY SHANE ANTHONY
post-dispatch.com
July 27, 2011

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WELDON SPRING • A St. Charles County woman was arrested at a McDonald's on Highway 94 Tuesday after leaving her children in a play area while she took heroin in the bathroom, police say.
Kelli L. Horton, 36, of the 7800 block of Mexico Road, was charged today with felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
Lt. Craig McGuire of the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department said Horton took her children, 4 and 2, with her to buy heroin in St. Louis, then drove to the McDonald's at 5950 Highway 94.
Police said Horton left her children in a play area while she ingested two capsules of heroin in the bathroom.
McGuire said someone called police after Horton came out of the bathroom appearing to be delusional and unsteady on her feet.
Investigators said Horton had several used heroin capsules, two syringes and two spoons with suspected heroin residue.
McGuire said the children were taken into protective custody. Prosecutors could consider adding other charges.

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Accident near New Haven, Mo. Kills Teen

Eliot McDonald
UPDATE: July 28, 2011
McDonald was riding the bed of a pickup truck driven by River A. Filla, 16, Villa Ridge, according to the amended Patrol report.
The initial report listed the driver as Samantha J. Pritchett, 17, New Haven.
Filla was driving northbound on Vedder Road about a mile south of Route Y. As he rounded a curve, McDonald was ejected, according to the amended report.
The patrol said the accident occurred about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.
The patrol reported that Pritchett, who allegedly claimed to be the driver, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of filing a false report and interfering with an investigation.
A funeral Mass will be Saturday, July 30, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Washington.
Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery, New Haven.
Visitation will be held Friday, July 29, from 2-8 p.m. at Oltmann Funeral Home, Washington.

Crash Report Details (UPDATED July 28, 2011 - LINK) {Different Driver Reported}

Crash Information
Investigated By Incident# Date Time County Location Troop
TPR. J. CONRAD (237) ASSISTED BY TRP. C. BISHOP (202) 110230889 07/26/2011 11:45PM FRANKLIN VEDDER ROAD 1.1 MILE SOUTH OF ROUTE Y C
Vehicle Information
Veh. # Vehicle Description Damage Disposition Driver Name Driver Gender Driver Age Safety Device Driver City/State Driver Insurance Vehicle Direction
1 2001 DODGE RAM NONE DRIVEN FROM SCENE FILLA, RIVER A MALE 16 YES VILLA RIDGE, MO SELECTIVE NORTHBOUND
Injury Information
Veh. # Name Gender Age Injury Type Safety Device City/State Involvement Disposition
1 MCDONALD, ELIOT L MALE 19 FATAL NO BERGER, MO. OCCUPANT TAKEN TO ST. LOUIS COUNTY MORGUE BY RUSSELL COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME.
Misc. Information
CORRECTED COPY - DRIVER'S INFORMATION UPDATED - VEHICLE 1 TRAVELLED AROUND A CURVE. PASSENGER 1 WAS IN THE BED OF THE PICKUP TRUCK. PASSENGER 1 WAS EJECTED FROM VEHICLE 1. FATALITY PRONOUNCED BY NEW HAVEN EMS PARAMEDIC CHRIS S. MILLER AT 00:16 HOURS.

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Borgia Graduate Dies Early This Morning After Being Ejected from Truck Bed

 by jcovington
www.klpw.com
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Last night around eleven-forty-five the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrived to the scene of a fatal accident near New Haven. The patrol says the incident occurred on Vedder Road.
According to Missouri State Highway Patrol Accident reports, 17-year-old Samantha Pritchett of New Haven was driving a Dodge Ram when she traveled around a curve about a mile south of Route Y on Vedder.
The patrol says 19-year-old Eliot McDonald of Berger was riding in the bed of the pickup when he was thrown from the vehicle. The recent 2010 Borgia High School graduate was pronounced dead by New Haven Paramedics shortly after midnight.
The patrol said the accident occurred about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Crash Information
Investigated By Incident# Date Time County Location Troop
TPR. J. CONRAD (237) ASSISTED BY TRP. C. BISHOP (202) 110230889 07/26/2011 11:45PM FRANKLIN VEDDER ROAD 1.1 MILE SOUTH OF ROUTE Y C
Vehicle Information
Veh. # Vehicle Description Damage Disposition Driver Name Driver Gender Driver Age Safety Device Driver City/State Driver Insurance Vehicle Direction
1 2001 DODGE RAM NONE DRIVEN FROM SCENE PRITCHETT, SAMANTHA J FEMALE 17 YES NEW HAVEN, MO. SELECTIVE NORTHBOUND
Injury Information
Veh. # Name Gender Age Injury Type Safety Device City/State Involvement Disposition
1 MCDONALD, ELIOT L MALE 19 FATAL NO BERGER, MO. OCCUPANT TAKEN TO ST. LOUIS COUNTY MORGUE BY RUSSELL COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME.
Misc. Information
VEHICLE 1 TRAVELLED AROUND A CURVE. PASSENGER 1 WAS IN THE BED OF THE PICKUP TRUCK. PASSENGER 1 WAS EJECTED FROM VEHICLE 1. FATALITY PRONOUNCED BY NEW HAVEN EMS PARAMEDIC CHRIS S. MILLER AT 00:16 HOURS.

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Bird Fossil: Maybe, Maybe-Not


This undated photo provided by Luis Chiappe shows the Berlin specimen of Archaeopteryx lithographica, housed at Berlin's Museum für Naturkunde. The Berlin specimen of Archaeopteryx lithographica, widely considered the earliest known bird, is getting a rude present on the 150th birthday of its discovery: A new analysis says Archaeopteryx isn’t a bird at all. (AP Photo/Luis Chiappe)
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Famed fossil isn't a bird after all, analysis says

July 27, 2011
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NEW YORK (AP) -- One of the world's most famous fossil creatures, widely considered the earliest known bird, is getting a rude present on the 150th birthday of its discovery: A new analysis suggests it isn't a bird at all.
Chinese scientists are proposing a change to the evolutionary family tree that boots Archaeopteryx off the "bird" branch and onto a closely related branch of birdlike dinosaurs.
Archaeopteryx (ahr-kee-AHP'-teh-rihx) was a crow-sized creature that lived about 150 million years ago. It had wings and feathers, but also quite un-birdlike traits like teeth and a bony tail. Discovered in 1861 in Germany, two years after Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," it quickly became an icon for evolution and has remained popular since.
The Chinese scientists acknowledge they have only weak evidence to support their proposal, which hinges on including a newly recognized dinosaur.
Other experts say the change could easily be reversed by further discoveries. And while it might shake scientific understanding within the bird lineage, they said, it doesn't make much difference for some other evolutionary questions.
Archaeopteryx dwells in a section of the family tree that's been reshuffled repeatedly over the past 15 or 20 years and still remains murky. It contains the small, two-legged dinosaurs that took the first steps toward flight. Fossil discoveries have blurred the distinction between dinosaurlike birds and birdlike dinosaurs, with traits such as feathers and wishbones no longer seen as reliable guides.
"Birds have been so embedded within this group of small dinosaurs ... it's very difficult to tell who is who," said Lawrence Witmer of Ohio University, who studies early bird evolution but didn't participate in the new study.
The proposed reclassification of Archaeopteryx wouldn't change the idea that birds arose from this part of the tree, he said, but it could make scientists reevaluate what they think about evolution within the bird lineage itself.
"Much of what we've known about the early evolution of birds has in a sense been filtered through Archaeopteryx," Witmer said. "Archaeopteryx has been the touchstone... (Now) the centerpiece for many of those hypotheses may or may not be part of that lineage."
The new analysis is presented in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature by Xing Xu of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, and colleagues. They compared 384 specific anatomical traits of 89 species to figure out how the animals were related. The result was a tree that grouped Archaeopteryx with deinonychosaurs, two-legged meat-eaters that are evolutionary cousins to birds.
But that result appeared only when the analysis included a previously unknown dinosaur that's similar to Archaeopteryx, which the researchers dubbed Xiaotingia zhengi. It was about the size of a chicken when it lived some 160 million years ago in the Liaoning province of China, home to many feathered dinosaurs and early birds.
Julia Clarke of the University of Texas at Austin, who did not participate in the study, said the reclassification appeared to be justified by the current data. But she emphasized the study dealt with a poorly understood section of the evolutionary tree, and that more fossil discoveries could very well shift Archaeopteryx back to the "bird" branch.
Anyway, moving it "a couple of branches" isn't a huge change, and whether it's considered a bird or not is mostly a semantic issue that doesn't greatly affect larger questions about the origin of flight, she said.
Luis Chiappe, an expert in early bird evolution at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County who wasn't part of the new study, said he doesn't think the evidence is very solid.
"I feel this needs to be reassessed by other people, and I'm sure it will be," he said.
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Online:
Nature: www.nature.com/nature

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Ameren Nuke Permit Backers Hope to Piggyback on Special Session's Economic Development Bill

Callaway Nuclear Power Plant #2 (proposed) - Near Fulton, MO ________________________________________________________________________ 

Sponsor says Ameren bill’s backers ready if bill brought up in special session
by Mike Lear
July 27, 2011
www.missourinet.com 
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The Senate sponsor of the Ameren site permit bill thinks the alliance that backed it is ready to support it in the special session in September.  Senator Mike Kehoe’s legislation would allow electric companies to pass along to customers the cost of getting a new site permit.

In addition to Ameren, it was supported by Empire District Electric, Kansas City Power and Light, the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, Associated Electric Cooperative and the Missouri Public Utility Alliance. Kehoe says those entities are still talking daily and are in agreement on a balanced approach.

Kehoe thinks the bill fits in with the economic development package already being discussed because the project to build a new nuclear power plant at the Callaway County site would create jobs.

The Senator believes passing the site permit bill in special session could also make the project eligible for grants being considered now in Washington D.C. He says the grants would further reduce the amount ratepayers incur.

So far the special session will deal with the economic development bill and a change in the date of Missouri’s presidential primary.

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Possible Closings: 167 Missouri US Post Offices Targeted

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Is your post office on the hit list?

by Bob Priddy 
July 27, 2011
www.missourinet.com

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167 Missouri post offices are on the United States Postal Service’s hit list as targets for possible closing. They’re part of a postal service plan to possibly shut down almost 3700 small post offices nationwide.
The postal service says the closings are not done deals; the list is only of “possible” closings.
The service is considering closing about ten percent of its offices nationwide, saying the increase use of e-mail and the recession-caused decline in advertising mail produced a 58-million dollar financial loss last year.
List of possible closings after the jump:
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  • GWEN B GILES SAINT LOUIS 63112
  • JEFFERSON MEMORIAL SAINT LOUIS 63101
  • JORDAN W CHAMBERS SAINT LOUIS 63106
  • ROCKBRIDGE ROCKBRIDGE 65741
  • TRUXTON TRUXTON 63381
  • WHITESIDE WHITESIDE 63387
  • FLETCHER FLETCHER 63030
  • GRUBVILLE GRUBVILLE 63041
  • MAPLEWOOD SAINT LOUIS 63143
  • ALDRICH ALDRICH 65601
  • ARROW ROCK ARROW ROCK 65320
  • BLACKBURN BLACKBURN 65321
  • BLAIRSTOWN BLAIRSTOWN 64726
  • CLARKSBURG CLARKSBURG 65025
  • DEERFIELD DEERFIELD 64741
  • DOVER DOVER 64022
  • DUNNEGAN DUNNEGAN 65640
  • EAST LYNNE EAST LYNNE 64743
  • EMMA EMMA 65327
  • FLORENCE FLORENCE 65329
  • FORTUNA FORTUNA 65034
  • FOSTER FOSTER 64745
  • GILLIAM GILLIAM 65330
  • HARWOOD HARWOOD 64750
  • HENRIETTA HENRIETTA 64036
  • HOUSTONIA HOUSTONIA 65333
  • HUGHESVILLE HUGHESVILLE 65334
  • JERICO SPRINGS JERICO SPRINGS 64756
  • MALTA BEND MALTA BEND 65339
  • MC GIRK MC GIRK 65055
  • METZ METZ 64765
  • MIAMI MIAMI 65344
  • MILO MILO 64767
  • MOUNDVILLE MOUNDVILLE 64771
  • ROSCOE ROSCOE 64781
  • SAINT THOMAS SAINT THOMAS 65076
  • SYRACUSE SYRACUSE 65354
  • CENTER SQUARE KANSAS CITY 64105
  • CIVIC CENTER KANSAS CITY 64106
  • HICKMAN MILLS KANSAS CITY 64134
  • ALLENDALE ALLENDALE 64420
  • AMITY AMITY 64422
  • ARMSTRONG ARMSTRONG 65230
  • BLYTHEDALE BLYTHEDALE 64426
  • CLEARMONT CLEARMONT 64431
  • CLYDE CLYDE 64432
  • COFFEY COFFEY 64636
  • COSBY COSBY 64436
  • DE KALB DE KALB 64440
  • DE WITT DE WITT 64639
  • DENVER DENVER 64441
  • FILLMORE FILLMORE 64449
  • FRANKLIN FRANKLIN 65250
  • GENTRY GENTRY 64453
  • GLENWOOD GLENWOOD 63541
  • GRAHAM GRAHAM 64455
  • GUILFORD GUILFORD 64457
  • HELENA HELENA 64459
  • HUMPHREYS HUMPHREYS 64646
  • JAMESON JAMESON 64647
  • LACLEDE LACLEDE 64651
  • LEVASY LEVASY 64066
  • LIVONIA LIVONIA 63551
  • MARTINSVILLE MARTINSVILLE 64467
  • MC FALL MC FALL 64657
  • MOORESVILLE MOORESVILLE 64664
  • PARNELL PARNELL 64475
  • PICKERING PICKERING 64476
  • POLLOCK POLLOCK 63560
  • PURDIN PURDIN 64674
  • REA REA 64480
  • ROSENDALE ROSENDALE 64483
  • SUMNER SUMNER 64681
  • TURNEY TURNEY 64493
  • UTICA UTICA 64686
  • WHEELING WHEELING 64688
  • WINIGAN WINIGAN 63566
  • WORTH WORTH 64499
  • AVILLA AVILLA 64833
  • BRUNER BRUNER 65620
  • CEDARCREEK CEDARCREEK 65627
  • FREISTATT FREISTATT 65654
  • HURLEY HURLEY 65675
  • NECK CITY NECK CITY 64849
  • PONCE DE LEON PONCE DE LEON 65728
  • POWELL POWELL 65730
  • PURCELL PURCELL 64857
  • STOTTS CITY STOTTS CITY 65756
  • TIFF CITY TIFF CITY 64868
  • WENTWORTH WENTWORTH 64873
  • BIXBY BIXBY 65439
  • BLACK BLACK 63625
  • BLODGETT BLODGETT 63824
  • BRAGG CITY BRAGG CITY 63827
  • BRAGGADOCIO BRAGGADOCIO 63826
  • BROWNWOOD BROWNWOOD 63738
  • BUCYRUS BUCYRUS 65444
  • CANALOU CANALOU 63828
  • CATRON CATRON 63833
  • DAISY DAISY 63743
  • DUTCHTOWN DUTCHTOWN 63745
  • ELK CREEK ELK CREEK 65464
  • FREMONT FREMONT 63941
  • GIBSON GIBSON 63847
  • GIPSY GIPSY 63750
  • GOBLER GOBLER 63849
  • GRAYRIDGE GRAYRIDGE 63850
  • HARDENVILLE HARDENVILLE 65666
  • HARTSHORN HARTSHORN 65479
  • HARVIELL HARVIELL 63945
  • HOLLAND HOLLAND 63853
  • HUGGINS HUGGINS 65484
  • JADWIN JADWIN 65501
  • KEWANEE KEWANEE 63860
  • KNOB LICK KNOB LICK 63651
  • LAKE SPRING LAKE SPRING 65532
  • LOWNDES LOWNDES 63951
  • MACOMB MACOMB 65702
  • MILL SPRING MILL SPRING 63952
  • MONTIER MONTIER 65546
  • OLD APPLETON OLD APPLETON 63770
  • OXLY OXLY 63955
  • PEACE VALLEY PEACE VALLEY 65788
  • PERKINS PERKINS 63774
  • POWERSITE POWERSITE 65731
  • REDFORD REDFORD 63665
  • REYNOLDS REYNOLDS 63666
  • RUETER RUETER 65744
  • STURDIVANT STURDIVANT 63782
  • SUCCESS SUCCESS 65570
  • TALLAPOOSA TALLAPOOSA 63878
  • TIFF TIFF 63674
  • VANDUSER VANDUSER 63784
  • WHITEOAK WHITEOAK 63880
  • WHITEWATER WHITEWATER 63785
  • ZANONI ZANONI 65784
  • BRINKTOWN BRINKTOWN 65443
  • CHERRYVILLE CHERRYVILLE 65446
  • CLIFTON HILL CLIFTON HILL 65244
  • DAVISVILLE DAVISVILLE 65456
  • ELMER ELMER 63538
  • EMDEN EMDEN 63439
  • ETHEL ETHEL 63539
  • EXCELLO EXCELLO 65247
  • HOLLIDAY HOLLIDAY 65258
  • HUNNEWELL HUNNEWELL 63443
  • JACKSONVILLE JACKSONVILLE 65260
  • LEONARD LEONARD 63451
  • MORRISON MORRISON 65061
  • NEWARK NEWARK 63458
  • NOVELTY NOVELTY 63460
  • OLEAN OLEAN 65064
  • PLEVNA PLEVNA 63464
  • PORTLAND PORTLAND 65067
  • RENICK RENICK 65278
  • REVERE REVERE 63465
  • RUTLEDGE RUTLEDGE 63563
  • SAINT PATRICK SAINT PATRICK 63466
  • SANTA FE SANTA FE 65282
  • SAVERTON SAVERTON 63467
  • STEEDMAN STEEDMAN 65077
  • STOUTSVILLE STOUTSVILLE 65283
  • TEBBETTS TEBBETTS 65080
  • WESCO WESCO 65586
  • WILLIAMSTOWN WILLIAMSTOWN 63473
  • WOOLDRIDGE WOOLDRIDGE 65287



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