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Menards Opens, Heroin-Induced Fatal Car Crash Top April's Most-Read Stories

Take a look back at the most-read stories on St. Peters Patch in the month of April.

April is in the in the books and now 2013 is four months old.

Before we get too deep into May, let's take a look back at April. Here are the 10 most-read stories on St. Peters Patch from the month of April. 

St. Peters Menards Picks April 9 for Opening Day

  • Menards targeted a spring 2013 opening when it first made plans to come to St. Peters. The store did just that, announcing early in April that doors would open April for the first in store in the St. Louis area.

Menards Prepares for Grand Opening Celebration

  • Readers were excited when Menardsannounced it's opening day and were equally interested in the Grand Opening celebration the store was hosting. Athletes and celebrities made appearance at the store as Menards firmly announced it was open in St. Peters.

Fourth DWI Comes With Multiple Leaving Accident Scene and Driving While Revoked Charges

  • A St. Charles County woman faces nine charges related to alcohol-impaired driving, including DWI, leaving an accident scene, driving while revoked and charges. Christine Marie Dalton, 27, of the first block of Ashbrook Drive in St. Charles County near St. Peters, was charged Thursday with DWI as an aggravated offender, two counts of leaving an accident scene, three counts each of failure to comply with an interlock device order and driving with her license revoked. Dalton has three previous DWI convictions.

  • A woman who caused an accident on Willott Road in St. Peters, killing two elderly people April 13, told police she had injected heroin before the accident. Christine Marie Brown, 42, of the first block of Debbie Drive in St. Peters, was charged Thursday with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Second Person Dead From Injuries Following Saturday Crash

  • A second person has died following a car crash Saturday afternoon on Willott Road in St. Peters. St. Peters Police are still investigating the fatal crash that happened at approximately 5 p.m. at Willott Road and Crescent Hills. Ruth Thimmig, a 91-year-old St. Peters resident at Oak Tree Village Retirement Living, was pronounced dead at an area hospital following the crash. On Tuesday morning a second person, Donald Gemienhart, 90, of St. Charles, died at SSM St. Joseph Health Center from injuries sustained in the crash. 

St. Peters Man Apprehended After Firing Shots Inside His Home

  • St. Peters Police have a suspect in custody after shots were fired Monday morning. Police responded to the first block of Julie Lane at around 11:30 a.m. after reports of shots being fired and arrested Timothy J. Copeland, 54, of St. Peters, following an investigation, according to a release by the St. Peters Police Department. When police reached the scene, a neighbor reported a bullet had come through the drywall of her house. During further investigation, police discovered about 10 bullet holes on the side of Copeland's residence. 

Winning Million Dollar Lottery Ticket Sold in St. Peters

  • A winning lottery ticket worth more than $1 million was sold in St. Peters. For the second time in a week, the Missouri Lottery has another winner in the St. Louis area. This time the winner purchased the ticket in St. Peters. The winning ticket, worth $1.1 million, was sold at Dierbergs at 6211 Mid Rivers Mall Drive and matched all six numbers numbers drawn in the April 27 Lotto drawing. The winning numbers were: 3, 14, 25, 32, 35 and 44.

  • A woman is accused of forcing a man into her car at gunpoint April 8. Both the victim and the accused woman also face related drug charges. Antonette Paschall, 41, of the 700 block of Woodland Ridge Drive in St. Charles County, was charged April 9 with making a controlled substance, felonious restraint and armed criminal action. Christopher Lee Hughes, 37, was charged April 9 with making a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine. Court documents listed Hughes as homeless, but his last known address was in the 200 block of Colt Circle west of O'Fallon and south of Lake Saint Louis.

St. Charles County Restaurant and Food Service Inspection Roundup

  • St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment regularly inspects food service establishments throughout St. Charles County, except for within limits of St. Peters. This was a roundup of recent scores. 

St. Charles County Woman Charged Merchandise to Fake ID

  • A St. Charles County woman faces a felony theft charge after using a fake ID at several stores in St. Louis County. Jovanna Davis, 35, of the 3300 block of Arlington Avenue in the Harvester area in St. Charles County, was charged with identity theft March 22.

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