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Road Construction: I-64 In East St. Louis

Road Construction: I-64 In East St. Louis

The exit ramp from westbound I-64 onto 25th Street will be closed to all traffic beginning Monday, August 1, 2011, weather permitting.

In addition, westbound I-64 traffic lanes will be changed in order to move to stage 3 construction. One of the two westbound lanes will use the newly constructed inside westbound lane, and the other westbound lane will utilize the constructed cross-over using an eastbound lane as a westbound lane.

Westbound lanes and the eastbound lane will be separated by temporary concrete barrier. These traffic changes are necessary in order to replace the bridge deck carrying I-64 over the MetroLink Railroad.

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Child Drowns In Family Pool

Child Drowns In Family Pool

A two year old boy has drowned in his O'Fallon, Illinois home.  Police say the incident happened on Sunday in the family's above ground pool. Police say Devan Jacob's mother, Amber, was in the kitchen and thought her son was in the next room playing with his siblings.

When she noticed he wasn't there, she searched and found his body n the four-foot deep pool. Police say Devan climbed into the pool about 10 to 15 minutes before his body was discovered.

Two Overnight Fires In Cahokia Called Suspicious

Two overnight fires very close to each other are under investigation in the Metro East and the State Fire Marshal has been called in.  Crews from the Camp Jackson Fire Department near Cahokia responded to both blazes- they were basically out all night long.

Tuesday morning, both fires are being called suspicious.  The first blaze broke out around 10:20 last night at a home on Amelia Drive.  The roof was burned off the house- a father and his three teenage kids lived there but weren't home when the fire started.
We're told they lost everything.

Then, a little more than an hour later, the second blaze happened just a few blocks away on Laura Lee Drive.  That home was vacant and actually caught fire back on July tenth as well.

Fortunately, nobody was hurt in either fire.  But the Camp Jackson Fire Department Chief, Chris Davis, told us some of his firefighters did suffer the effects of the heat in battling the blazes.

Suspects Charged For Robbing Domino's Manager

Suspects Charged For Robbing Domino's Manager

Two people are charged in the armed robbery of a Belleville Domino's manager. Prosecutors Saty Cristina Calimano and Cortez Tallie robbed the victim from behind, by pressing something agains the back of the manager, demanding the bank bag.  When the manager turned around, police say Tallie hit the manager, running off with the loot.  Bond for both suspects has been set at twenty thousand dollars.

Ameren Illinois Warns Against Imposters

Ameren Illinois Warns Against Imposters

Ameren Illinois today issued a warning that con artists are attempting to defraud customers and may be attempting to steal identities.

“Ameren Illinois representatives will never call you and threaten to disconnect your utility service unless you immediately give the caller your credit or debit card number,” said Stan Ogden, vice president of Customer Service and Public Relations. “Our representatives will never come to your home and demand payments. Our field representatives will not accept payments for service.”

Identification carried by every Ameren Illinois employee shows the individual’s photograph, name, employee number and an official Ameren logo.

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Collinsville Soldier's Remains Returning Home

Collinsville Soldier's Remains Returning Home

An American soldier is finally coming home after four decades. The remains of a Collinsville soldier missing in action since 1971 are identified and will return to the St. Louis area this week. Randy Dalton was killed in action when the helicopter in which he was a gunner was shot down over Cambodia.

His body could not be retrieved. In 1989, bones were turned over to the U.S. and earlier this year, Dalton was positively identified using DNA supplied by his three sisters.

He was the son of former Collinsville mayor, the late Fred Dalton. Randy Dalton will be buried next to his father this Sunday. Coincidentally, Sunday is the 40th anniversary of his death on July 24, 1971.

Jeep Crossing Of America Tour

It's as American as apple pie and baseball: the Jeep. That is especially true when it's wrapped up in the Stars and Stripes. The Crossing of America began on May 27, just prior to Memorial Day Weekend, aboard the deck of the USS Midway in San Diego Harbor, and concludes on Thursday, September 8, 2011, on the deck of the USS Intrepid in New York Harbor. The closing ceremony of The Crossing of America will mark the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.

The Crossing of America tour will travel over 12,700 miles through 43 states and the District of Columbia during its 105-day trip.

The “Crossing Of America” tour will stop at the Oliver C. Joseph Chrysler/Dodge dealership in Belleville, IL at 1:00pm on Tuesday, July 19, 2011.