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S E RV I N G T H E P U B L I C S I N C E 1 878 ã W I N N E R O F 19 P U L I TZ E R P R I Z E STUESDAY ã 08.27.2019 ã $2.50VIOLENCE AGAINST KIDS STATE ACTION…
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S E RV I N G T H E P U B L I C S I N C E 1 878 • W I N N E R O F 19 P U L I TZ E R P R I Z E STUESDAY • 08.27.2019 • $2.50VIOLENCE AGAINST KIDS STATE ACTION APPEARS DOUBTFULCITY OFFICIALS SCRAMBLE TO RESPONDGUN-FRIENDLY LEGISLATURE UNLIKELY TO ADVANCE BILLTHREE MORE CHILDREN ARE KILLED IN OVER 48 HOURS JurneeBY KURT ERICKSON AND JACK SUNTRUPSt. Louis Post-DispatchJEFFERSON CITY — A top Republican in the Missouri Legislature cast doubt Monday on whether state lawmakers will take up any legislation addressing the gun violence that has claimed the lives of at least 13 children in the city of St. Louis this year. A day after a weekend that saw a 15-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl added to the toll, Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz told the PostDispatch he’s open to any solution that might address the problem. But the Franklin County Republican said he hasn’t heard of any potentialfixes that would gain traction in the gun-friendly GOP-controlled Senate and House. “Obviously, anytime we see a rise in this kind of violence it is a problem,” Schatz said. “But I don’t know if anything is on the horizon. I don’t know if anyone has the answer.” Lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol on Sept. 11 for their annual veto session. In addition, Gov. Mike Parson has scheduled a special session to run at the same time dealing with a tax issue affecting car buyers. Democratic leaders have called Please see LAWS, Page A4BY RACHEL RICE AND ERIN HEFFERNANSt. Louis Post-DispatchNyla Witnesses, video led to suspect, A2 Editorial: Young lives on the line, A8ST. LOUIS — Roxzyanna Edwards frantically searched for her 15-yearold son in the early hours Sunday, combing the dark streets of south St. Louis. As the sun began to rise, she saw him. Sentonio Cox was lying in a side yard just two blocks from their home. “I found my baby laying face down, shot in the head,” Edwards said. “It was really dark, but as the sunlight beamed up … God showed me he was right next to me.” Sentonio’s body was found in the 7300 block of Vermont Avenue. He isHeavy rains swamp St. Louis areathe latest of at least 13 children killed by gunfire in St. Louis this year, and the third child killed between Friday evening and Sunday morning. No one has been charged in connection with any of the deaths. City officials are scrambling to respond to the spate of children killed: Mayor Lyda Krewson pushed for an emergency launch of a crime prevention program. City leaders announced a $25,000 reward for tips. U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay and some city aldermen have called a town hall for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Please see CHILDREN, Page A4J&J ordered to pay $572M in landmark opioid trial BY LENNY BERNSTEINWashington PostNORMAN, Okla. — A judge on Monday found Johnson & Johnson responsible for fueling Oklahoma’s opioid crisis, ordering the pharmaceutical company to pay $572 million to remedy the devastation wrought by the epidemic on the state and its residents. Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman’s landmark decision is the first to hold a drugmaker culpable for the fallout of years of liberal opioid dispensing that began in the late 1990s, sparking a nationwide epidemic of overdose deaths and addiction. More than 400,000 people have died of overdoses from painkillers, heroin and illegal fentanyl since 1999. “The opioid crisis has ravaged the state of Oklahoma and must be abated immediately,” Balkman said, reading part of his decision aloud from the bench Monday J.B. FORBES, JFORBES@POST-DISPATCH.COMTyler Freeze, a staff member at Twin Rivers Church on Tesson Ferry Road in Affton, carries a baby through the flooded parking lot on Monday to her waiting mother. Kid Street Day Care operates inside the church as a separate business.Rockwood schools cancel classes after morning storms BY KIM BELLSt. Louis Post-DispatchMorning storms dumped nearly six inches of rain in the Eureka area, swamping cars and forcing the Rockwood School District to call off classes because its buses couldn’t navigate the rain-covered roads. The deluge played heavily on social media, with people posting scary scenes of water rushing along in residential areas and across Eureka ballfields. Cars washed off Highway 109 and floated into ditches. Police reported no injuries in any of the water rescues. Paige Perry, of High Ridge, was trying to get to work Monday morning when she took Highway 109 as a detour. After police redirected traffic onto a parking lot of LaSalle Springs Middle School on Highway 109, Perry said she was on the lot when water started rising fast. A man in a utility truckTODAYROBERT COHEN, RCOHEN@POST-DISPATCH.COMA tow truck driver pulls a car away from a flooded area on Highway 141 under the Interstate 44 overpass on Monday. climbed on top of her vehicle and pulled her out, she said. She said she sat in his truck and watched her car float away, “bobbing up and down the water,” she said. Rockwood School District called off classes Monday because of the deluge. Roads in and around the schools were inaccessible to passenger cars andHigher groundbuses, said Alex Fees, a district spokesman. The district superintendent made the decision after some buses, loaded with students, were already on their way and had to pull over because of flooded roads. Fees said each of the buses were turned around and students were delivered back to their homes.Cards blow out Brewers82°/64° PARTLY CLOUDYTOMORROW80°/63° MOSTLY SUNNYWEATHER B8SPORTSPlease see OPIOID, Page A5The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning through midmorning Monday for St. Louis County and far southern St. Charles County. Kevin Deitsch, a meteorologist with the weather service, said flash floods are hard to predict more than 24 hours out. He said the Weather Service on Sunday warned of localized heavy rain, but forecasters didn’t issue a flash-flood warning for the Eureka area until 6:20 a.m. after they saw some heavy storms moving over the same areas very slowly. With flash flooding, it is difficult to know where it’s going to occur, he said. This particular flooding happened after a storm that was only a five- to 10-mile swath of heavy rain, Deitsch said. Thunderstorms developed Sunday night in central Missouri and moved into the St. Louis metro, said Jim Sieveking, a meteorologist with the weather service. Early on Monday, forecasters were saying theKANSAS CITY — A federal judge said he will issue a ruling Tuesday that will determine whether Missouri’s new abortion law banning abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy will take effect as scheduled this week. During a court hearing on Monday, Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union asked U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs to issue a temporary restraining order to stop the law from taking effect on Wednesday until a legal challenge against it is decided. Sachs told attorneys he had a draft of his written ruling ready, but that he wanted to consider Monday’s arguments before issuing it on Tuesday. He did notPlease see FLOODING, Page A5Please see ABORTION, Page A4Judge set to rule on injunction of abortion law ASSOCIATED PRESSNavy revises reviews of misconduct •A2AG opposes expanding anti-bias law •A3Bluffs subdivision decision delayed •A5Unregistered nonprofit solicits funds •1 M A6 Vol. 141, No. 239 ©2019POST-DISPATCH WEATHERBIRD ®2019 VOLVO S60 T5 MomentumLease For$299/month for 36 months2019 VOLVO XC60 T5 AWD Momentum Lease FVOLVO CARS WEST COUNTY 636-227-8303 14410 MANCHESTER ROAD MANCHESTER, MO 63011wcvolovocars.com$429/month*for 36 months *New 2019 Volvo S60 T5 Momentum stock #20087, MSRP $40,240, includes $1,000 conquest bonus cash. New 2019 Volvo XC60 T5 AWD Momentum stk#19782, MSRP $51,055 with $3,459 cash or trade due at signing, plus tax, title, license and dealer admin fee. Lease @7,500 miles per year. Additional miles available. No security deposit with approved credit. Offer includes available Volvo incentives. Lease through VCFS. Expires 9/2/19. 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LOUIS POST-DISPATCHM 1 • TUeSDAy • 08.27.20191 1 TUESDAY • 08.27.2019 • A2WHAT’S ON STLTODAY.COM BULLPEN IS READYPET CONTESTUPCOMING CHATSSports columnist Ben Frederickson takes a look at the Cardinals bullpen, and why it looks ready for the September spotlight. stltoday.com/cardinalsOur annual cutest pet contest is back for the 11th year. stltoday.com/contestsTuesdayCUSTOMER SERVICE 314-340-8888Wednesday Thursday FridaySports columnist Ben Frederickson, 11 a.m. Ask the Road Crew, 1 p.m. Tom Timmerman talks Blues 1 p.m. MU sports with Dave Matter, 11 a.m. Sports with Jeff Gordon, 1 p.m.Witnesses, video led investigators to suspected shooter of 7-year-old boyCustomer service hours 6:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday-Friday 7–11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday 7–10 a.m. on holidays service@stltoday.com SUBSCRIBE STLtoday.com/subscriberservices 888-785-3201 PLACE DEATH NOTICES STLtoday.com or 800-365-0820 ext. 8600 PLACE CLASSIFIED OR OTHER ADVERTISING STLtoday.com or 314-621-6666 FAX AD INFORMATION: 314-340-8664 BUY REPRINTS: STLtoday.mycapture.comCONTACT US For news tips only, phone: 314-340-8222 Submit news tips: metro@post-dispatch. com Submit calendar events: events.stltoday. com Main number: 314-340-8000 Editor: Gilbert Bailon 314-340-8387 Features: Amy Bertrand 314-340-8284 Local news: Marcia Koenig 314-340-8142 Business: Lisa Brown 314-340-8127 Online: Amanda St. Amand 314-340-8201 Sports: Roger Hensley 314-340-8301 LAURIE SKRIVAN, LSKRIVAN@POST-DISPATCH.COMGOT A STORY TIP? We want to hear from you. Submit news tips online. They are confidential, and you can choose to remain anonymous. stltoday.com/newstipsRose petals, candles and stuffed animals surround photos of Xavier Usanga, 7, at a memorial on Aug. 15 in front of his home. Xavier was fatally shot on Aug. 14. BY ROBERT PATRICKSt. Louis Post-Dispatch PRICING The Post-Dispatch is a Lee Enterprises Newspaper and is published daily. USPS: 476-580. Postmaster send address changes to St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 900 N. Tucker Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63101-1099. Periodical postage paid at St. Louis. Suggested average weekly retail prices for home delivery with full digital access are: Monday-Sunday $14.25, Sunday-Friday $14.25, Monday-Friday $11.75, Thursday-Sunday $11.75, Sat-Mon $10.50, Fri-Sun $10.50, Sun-Mon $8.00, Sat-Sun Only $8.00, Sunday Only $5.50. The subscription price includes all applicable sales tax and a charge for the convenience of having the paper delivered. 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For assistance setting up your account, visit STLtoday.com/ subscriberservices or call 1-314-340-8888.LOTTERY Multistate games POWERBALL Wednesday’s estimated jackpot: $60 million MEGA MILLIONS Tuesday’s estimated jackpot: $103 million LUCKY FOR LIFE Monday: 9-25-30-37-48 Lucky ball: 14Missouri lotteries LOTTO Wednesday’s estimated jackpot: $4.5 million SHOW ME CASH Monday: 2-12-17-26-30 Tuesday’s estimated jackpot: $50,000 PICK-3 Midday: 331 Evening: 495 PICK-4 Midday: 3704 Evening: 9412Illinois lotteries LUCKY DAY LOTTO Monday Midday: 2-11-18-39-41 Evening: 16-23-25-29-44 LOTTO Monday: 20-27-34-41-49-50 Extra shot: 16 Estimated jackpot: $2.75 million PICK-3 Monday Midday: 841 FB: 6 Evening: 004 FB: 4 PICK-4 Monday Midday: 0777 FB: 9 Evening: 2018 FB: 0 Joe Holleman is on vacation.ST. LOUIS — Witnesses and surveillance video led investigators to the man accused of shooting 7-year-old Xavier Usanga, and police have since recovered two pistols and stolen money, court documents say. The documents obtained Monday by the Post-Dispatch show that several witnesses identified Malik Ross, 23, as the shooter. Sometime after the shooting of Xavier — but it’s unclear exactly when — surveillance video captured Ross wearing a “ballistic vest,” dark clothing and a dark-colored backpack, the documents say. Ross is facing a federal stealing charge. Prosecutors say he stole $50,000 from his employer, Garda World Cash Logistics, the day after Xavier’s shooting. He has not been charged with Xavier’s death, nor has any official offered a potential motive. But in court documents filed Aug. 16, federal prosecutors said Ross admitted to firing the bullet that killed Xavier on Aug. 14, using that as one of several reasons tokeep him in jail until trial. Area residents told Xavier’s parents that the shooting stemmed from a dispute over a basketball game between Ross and an 18-year-old, who was shot and wounded Ross at the same time as Xavier. The morning after the shooting, Ross left the Garda truck in the 1800 block of Olive Street with $50,000, and went to a home in the 1600 block of 17th Street, the documents say. He called a friend who took him to the 4300 block of Prairie Avenue, they say. Investigators would later find a backpack and stolen money at the Prairie Avenue address and two guns at the 17th Street address: a Ruger LC9s 9mm pistol and a Smith & Wesson .380-caliber pistol, documents show. They also found a gun case with a magazine and ammunition at a home in the 3600 block of North 22nd Street. Ross is due in federal court Tuesday for adetention hearing and a preliminary hearing, which could shed more light on the investigation. Xavier’s shooting outraged neighborhood parents and city officials. It was one in a series of fatal shootings of children, which have continued since Xavier was killed. Last week, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson called for the city to contract with a Chicago-based nonprofit group that runs the international crime reduction program Cure Violence. She also announced a $25,000 reward for information in four recent cases in which a child 10 years old or younger had died. A spokeswoman for St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner tweeted Sunday that Xavier’s shooting was an open investigation. She was responding to criticism that the St. Louis circuit attorney’s office had yet to charge Ross. Garda declined to comment Monday, beyond saying the company was cooperating with authorities.Navy revises how it reviews misconduct charges BY KURT ERICKSONSt. Louis Post-DispatchJEFFERSON CITY — The U.S. Navy is revising how it grapples with the types of alleged misconduct that helped pave the way for the ouster of Eric Greitens as Missouri’s governor. In a report released to the Post-Dispatch on Monday, the Navy said the new review process will give naval brass more tools to address future situations “when our shipmates behave contrary to the core values of the Navy.” “Our continuing drive towards a‘Culture of Excellence’ requires that we maintain an unrelenting focus on demonstration of our signature behaviors, to engender trust and confidence within our ranks and with the American people,” wrote Vice Admiral John B. Nowell Jr. It wasn’t immediately clear if the 1,130word report’s results would have any effect on Greitens’ return to the service as a lieutenant commander earlier this year. Greitens, 45, left the governor’s office in June 2018, calling an investigation by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner and a probe by a special House investigatory committee a “political witch hunt.” Gardner’s probe resulted in a grand juryaccusing him of felony invasion of privacy for allegedly taking a nonconsensual cellphone photo of his partly clad lover. The legislative inquiry, which was a precursor to a possible call for impeachment, found he had illicitly used the donor list of his former veterans charity, the Mission Continues, for political fundraising. Although Gardner, a Democrat, dropped the charges against the self-described Republican outsider, his departure marked a jarring finish to the former Navy SEAL’s turbulent tenure. Since hastily moving out of the governor’s mansion, Greitens has stayed largely out the spotlight. Earlier this year, he sought to return to military life. But, in May, his reentry to the service prompted the chief of naval operations, Adm. John Richardson, to launch a review of how the service handles personnel cases involving per
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