Nixon reaches out to Dooley over possible closure of county parks
Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon says his administration has begun discussions with St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley in hopes of helping to keep open some county parks slated for closure. Dooley announced last month that up to 23 county parks could be closed due to budget constraints.
The nearly 10-year-old effort to build a new city animal shelter came a big step closer to completion today, when the Board of Estimate and Apportionment approved the use of $170,000 in capital improvement funds to retrofit an old vehicle emissions station on St. Louis's north side to safely and humanely house animals.
Update 5:26 p.m. (adds more information, replaces 3:27 p.m. update):
Just a little over 24 hours after reporting her son missing an Affton woman has been charged in the child’s death.
Twenty-year-old Shelby Dasher faces a second-degree murder charge.
She’s accused of killing her 13-month-old son Tyler Dasher, then disposing of his body near a cemetery.
St. Louis County Police chief Tim Fitch says skilled investigators and interviewers helped bring the case to a head quickly.
“One of our first supervisors on the scene yesterday was a very experienced lieutenant who used to for most of his career handle child abuse cases,” Fitch said. “So he recognized rather quickly that this wasn’t just a missing person. That there was a lot more to this than just a baby missing out of his bed.”