St. Louis, Mo. – A Wood River, Ill. man Thursday pleaded guilty to making false terrorist threats against the Super Bowl, Gateway Arch, Busch Stadium, and Fair St. Louis.
Henry Hersman faces prison time; he said in court yesterday he was in a fight with a former business partner. He said he lied to the FBI that the man was plotting to crash airplanes into the landmarks.
Hersman will be sentenced June 6th in federal court in St. Louis. He remains in custody.
New Orleans, La. – A military hearing officer Thursday recommended against court-martialing two Illinois pilots who killed four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan last year in a mistaken bombing.
The recommendation was to be announced later today but it was disclosed by defense attorney Charles W. Gittins. Gittins says Col.Patrick Rosenow recommended that all charges against Maj. Harry Schmidt and Maj. William Umbach be dropped.
Springfield, Ill. – Governor Rod Blagojevich's new choice to head the Illinois State Police is a former state trooper from the Metro-East.
East Alton native Larry Trent retired from state police in 1993. He's currently the president of the Growth Association of Southwestern Illinois, a regional chamber of commerce made up of more than 600 businesses.
Shortly after retiring, he also helped Argosy set up security at the Alton Belle Casino.
Crystal City, Mo. – A substitute teacher is under investigation for allegedly having sex with students.
Police in the eastern Missouri town Crystal City say they have recovered videotapes from the home of the teacher. Detectives say the 33-year-old woman was substitute teaching at Crystal City Elementary School in Jefferson County.
Fulton, Mo. – A team from the U-S Nuclear Regulatory Commission will meet with Ameren UE officials next month to talk about the results of last year's safety assessment of the Callaway Nuclear Plant near Fulton.
In its annual reviews, the NRC studies several performance areas, from radiation safety to emergency preparedness.
NRC spokesman Victor Dricks says the plant did experience some minor safety incidents that did not pose any danger to the public
St. Louis – The opening stage of the U.S. led war on Iraq is so far bringing no change to routine jet patrols over the St. Louis area.
Lt. Col. Kathleen Hancox is the executive officer of the 131st Fighter Wing of the Missouri Air National Guard based at Lambert Airport. Hancox says though the wing has received no word of any change in its air patrols, it is tightening access to its facilities.
Washington, D.C. – Area congressional representatives are weighing in on the issue of war with Iraq.
Democrat William Lacy Clay of St. Louis says that he's still opposed to the conflict. He says it will harm diplomatic relations with long-time allies and put American servicemen and women in harm's way unnecessarily.
However, Republican U.S. Senator Jim Talent of Missouri says a peaceful resolution is no longer an option because Saddam Hussein is a "murderous despot with nuclear ambitions."