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Rain changes to snow, gusty winds return winter chill

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- The return to winter weather for St. Louis came in right on schedule overnight. Temperatures dropped into the mid-30′s by Sunday morning as another late winter storm rolled by to our south. That storm has stirred up a very gusty northeast wind sending wind chills into the low 20′s.

Communities along and north of Interstate 70 in Missouri and Illinois will miss much, if not all, of the winter precipitation with this event. The storm appears to be getting pressed south by the strength of the cold and gusty winds. What those areas miss in precipitation they will get in wind and cold air. Winds will be quite strong from the northeast Sunday with some gusts possible to near 40 mph at times.

BB gun found at Festus High School

(KTVI)-Two students were taken into custody Friday after a BB gun was seized at Festus High School. Festus Police Chief Timothy Lewis says that officers were called to the school around 10:30am and found a male student in the school office.  Administrators had seized a BB gun from him.

A student had seen the boy with the BB gun and reported it to the school.

An investigation revealed that another male student had brought the BB gun to school and given it to the other teen to hold onto for him.  That student was also been detained by school officials.

The two students were taken into custody. They were taken to the Festus Police Station and later released to their parents after meeting with juvenile authorities.

Chief Lewis is commending the student who reported the BB gun and the school for how it handled the incident.

Sheriff’s department on the lookout for missing Jefferson Co. man

BARNHART, MO (KTVI) – Police are asking for the help to find a missing Barnhart man. Dale Leija, 36, was last seen on Sunday, March 9th leaving a 7-11 around 12:30 am at Catlin Road and Highway M in Barnhart.

Leija is a diabetic and was last seen wearing a dark jeans and a black hoodie.

If you see Leija, please call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 636-797-9999 or your local police department.

Mastodon Fair to be held at Jefferson College

Mastodon Fair to be held at Jefferson College

HILLSBORO, MO (KTVI) – This year’s Mastodon  Fair will be held at the Jefferson College Field House located at 1000 Viking Drive in Hillsboro, Missouri on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 9 am to 12 noon for families and children grades K through 12.

The fair will feature hand on arts and science activities that parent and children will both enjoy, while helping those in need of clean water.

Here’s a partial list of activities:

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River Trails Scouts to hold 5k run/walk

River Trails Scouts to hold 5k run/walk

ARNOLD, MO (KTVI) – The River Trails Scouts in Jefferson County will hold  its 3rd annual 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Arnold City park. The event is open to the public, giving family and friends the opportunity to meet and greet with scouts, venturers and explorer.

The fundraiser will feather a 50-yard dash for kids 11 and under.

Fees for the event are $30 for either the 5K Run or 5K Walk, $20 for the 1 Mile Fun Run and $10 for the 50-yard Dash.

To register, head to http://stlbsa.kintera.org/RiverTrails5k.

Non-for-profit seeking to recruit and certify professionals as teachers

Non-for-profit seeking to recruit and certify professionals as teachers

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The American Board is an education non-for-profit that’s seeking to recruit and certify individuals looking to change careers, paraprofessionals, long-term substitutes, parent volunteers, and school staff into becoming teachers.

The non-for-profit is offering to help those interested in becoming teachers to attend a series of meetings to explain the process to become a certified teacher in Missouri.

List of meetings:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sessions begin at 4 pm or 5:30 pm

Buder Branch Library

Small Meeting Room

4401 Hampton Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63109


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sessions begin at 4 pm or 5 pm

Florissant Valley Branch Library

195 South New Florissant Road

Florissant, MO 63031


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sessions begin at 4 pm or 5 pm

Kirkwood Public Library

One person killed in Arnold house fire

ARNOLD, MO (KTVI) – An Arnold family is devastated after losing their loved one in a house fire.  It happened just before 3:30 on Tuesday afternoon on the 2300 block of Starling Airport Road.

Even though firefighters rushed to the scene, by the time they found this elderly man, it was unfortunately too late; he had already succumbed to the heavy smoke.

Bommarito Automotive SkyFox flew over the scene as it unfolded.  Firefighters worked to figure out what caused these flames to break out, while relatives consoled each other in the church parking lot across the street.

Rock Community Fire Protection District Spokesperson Ron Harder says paramedics had to administer breathing treatments to particularly devastated family members.  A fire department chaplain was also on hand to help the family.