Counterfeit resident alien cards, social security cards, state driver’s licenses and foreign driver’s licenses were all available from a St. Louis-area false document lab in 2010.
And now three men have pleaded guilty to the lab's operation, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.
Mauricio Aparicio-Gonzalez, 24, and Mauro Martinez-Espinosa, 23, pleaded guilty today, while Reinaldo Pereida, 49, pleaded Jan. 31. All three men are Mexican nationals and their sentencings are set for May 2011.
St. Louis police are investigating the death of a former St. Louis city prosecutor who was shot at her home.
Jessa Schauman died Thursday, a day after police were called to a home she shared with a former St. Louis police officer. She had been shot in the head. Police say that the initial call indicated a suicide attempt, but a preliminary investigation led officers to classify the death as suspicious.
Jeffrey Sterling of O'Fallon, Mo., waived extradition Monday during a brief federal court appearance in St. Louis. The timing of his flight back to Virginia is unclear. Sterling recently had a knee replaced and he will be returned to Virginia as soon as it is medically possible.
Snow plows stand at the ready for the Missouri Department of Transportation. The National Weather Service is predicting another snowfall of 3-6 inches for the St. Louis area beginning this afternoon. (Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)
MoDOT crews began treating roads last night with a salt brine mix. Bruce Pettus, maintenance superintendent for MoDOT, says as the snow begins to fall, conditions will begin to deteriorate during rush hour traffic, making it difficult for crews to clear the roads.
"That's why we're asking the motorists to minimize travel, maybe leave a little early from work. And make that commute before we get accumulating snow. And then this evening, do the same thing, minimize travel. We're gonna have all of our forces on the road, but it'll just allow us more space to work."
Pettus says MoDOT will have over 200 trucks on the road once the snow begins to accumulate.