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Alleged murderer’s wife charged with child endangerment

The wife of the suspect charged with murdering a handicapped man in Davisville now faces charges for endangering the welfare of her 13-year-old son.

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Family still seeking info on missing woman

    The family of a missing St. James woman is still seeking assistance in finding their family member.
    Amanda Caudill, 27, of St. James, has been missing since Monday, December 15.

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Cause Momentum raises $3,600 for Vietnam monument

The Crawford County Vietnam War Era Monument is closer to becoming a reality thanks to the generous donations made during a recent Cause Momentum effort sponsored by the Crawford County Foundation. A total of 49 donors gave more than $3,600 toward the project.

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High-profile murder case topped county stories in 2014

    Crawford County saw a lot of good and bad news during 2014. The county was in the spotlight by the St. Louis media during a murder trial over a shooting on the Meramec River and local residents selected new county leadership in the November election. Here are some of the top stories from the past year:

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Christmas Angel Ministry brings joy to local children - PHOTO GALLERY

    A very special Christmas party was held at the Meramec Music Theatre on December 22—one that provided joy to close to 350 local children. The Christmas Angel Mission is an outreach of Mission Gate Ministry, founded and supported by Rick and Trish Mathes.
    Each child who attended not only received three age- and gender-appropriate gifts, but they also got to participate in a great community worship service. Music was provided by NHIM fellowship and a special message was provided by local Jesus Jam organizer John Breese.
    The children invited to these parties are those whose parents are either currently incarcerated or are ex-offenders or are those who receive free lunches at school.
    “We’re just trying to find kids who won’t have much of a Christmas without our help,” Rick explained.
    Many of the volunteers who help at the Christmas events are graduates from Mission Gates’ program. Its goals are to regenerate, rehabilitate and reintegrate former criminals. According to the ministry’s website, “Upwards of eight out of 10 released convicts return to crime within four years in the normal criminal justice system. Our nine-month aftercare program has reversed this trend and over eight out of 10 who complete our program never return again. The state statistics have shown that of those who complete our program, 94 percent never return to prison.”
    In addition to the annual event in Steelville, Mission Gate also sponsors similar Christmas parties in the St. Louis area. Any leftover gifts go to Hope House, a residence for single mothers and children in that area.
    In Crawford County, Mission Gate Ministry offers assistance to those in need through Fort Good Shepherd and Hannah’s Ranch. The organization was founded in 1985 with the mission to assist Missouri prisoners in changing their lives for the better.
    Rick noted their work is aimed to help people recover their lives after making poor decisions and they especially want to help the children who have been affected.
    “If we work with the kids, they won’t have to go through what we did,” he said. “Mission Gate is a ministry. (Part of) our purpose is to turn children away from the lives of their parents.”
    Trish added, “Ultimately our goal is to spread the gospel, and to get people to know Jesus. He’s made such a difference in our lives and we want that for them.”
    Both expressed thanks to the local churches and businesses that helped make this event possible.

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