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Man shot wife, himself in Dutchtown murder-suicide Police found them dead Saturday, but details still unclear BY KIM BELL St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS • A man fatally shot his wife, then himself in what police are calling a murder-suicide discovered Saturday in the city’s Dutchtown neighborhood. Police on Tuesday identified the victims as Stacey Aubuchon, 28, and James Aubuchon, 32. The Aubuchons lived in the 4400 block of South Spring Avenue, in the city’s Dutchtown

neighborhood. Officers found them dead in their home there about 12:40 p.m. Saturday after a child in the home contacted a family member, who called police. It’s not clear exactly when they died. The Aubuchons had been married about seven years, according to Stacey Aubuchon’s mother, Kathy Schohn of Cambria, Ill. Schohn was reeling from the death of her daughter and struggling Tuesday to understand why it happened. Schohn said she had no indication that James Aubuchon was physically abusive, although Stacey Aubuchon had complained to her mother that James had been increasingly crit-

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ical in recent months. “After Thanksgiving, she said he started to talk mean to her,” Schohn said. He would call his wife stupid and say he wanted a

divorce, Schohn said. “She didn’t know how much more she could take and was thinking about packing up and leaving,” Schohn said of her daughter. James Aubuchon kicked his wife out of the home twice since August, and she went to live briefly with her sister once and with Schohn another time, Schohn said. But he would call Stacey Aubuchon days later and say he missed her and wanted her back home, and she would return, Schohn said. “He’s never raised his voice in front of us, never showed that side,” Schohn said. “To me, there were no signs.”

Schohn said James Aubuchon had two children from a previous relationship; he had custody of them, a boy about 8 and a girl about 10, and they lived with the couple at the home on South Spring. It wasn’t clear whether one or both was home at the time of the murder-suicide. James and Stacey Aubuchon worked to repair cars in a garage on their property. Funeral arrangements were pending. Kim Bell • 314-340-8115 @kbellpd on Twitter kbell@post-dispatch.com

LAW & ORDER ST. LOUIS > Police ID stabbing victim • The man stabbed to death by an intruder last week in the Dogtown neighborhood was Jonathan DeTurk, 36, of the 1000 block of Art Hill Place, police said Tuesday. He was found dead inside a home there about 4:45 p.m. Friday with multiple wounds. A woman, 25, sufered what police said were minor puncture wounds and was taken to a hospital. Homicide detectives said a man entered the residence, stabbed both with a knife and led. LINCOLN COUNTY > Woman faces prison for manslaughter • Paulette Lee Eaker, 53, convicted of voluntary manslaughter for using her SUV to run down and kill her boyfriend, will be sentenced Feb. 10. On Dec. 14, a jury found Eaker guilty of manslaughter as an alternative to a tougher second-degree murder charge sought by prosecutors. Eaker, of the irst block of Chapman Lane, west of Winield, also was convicted of leaving the scene of an accident. Authorities said Eaker told them she hit and killed William Solomon Horstman, Eaker 52, because he wouldn’t move out of her way. A witness said the two argued earlier in the day. Eaker told investigators that after she hit Horstman, she saw him in her mirror, crawling back to his vehicle. Horstman He was found unconscious inside his vehicle on the side of a road near his home on Graves Lane. He died of blunt force trauma to his head and chest, including 20

broken ribs and massive brain bleeding. Police said the autopsy showed that Horstman was not facing Eaker’s SUV when he was struck. The jury recommended a 15-year prison term on the manslaughter conviction and four years for the other charge. ST. LOUIS > Man charged with making terrorist threat • A Paciic, Mo., man has been charged with making a terrorist threat after he reportedly told a Planned Parenthood employee there were multiple bombs in the building in the Central West End on New Year’s Eve. John Patrick Ryan, 64, was charged Sunday with one felony count of making a terrorist threat. Ryan told an employee walking into the clinic at 4251 Forest Park Avenue that there were multiple bombs inside the building, according to charging documents. The documents said Ryan knew he was lying to the employee but did it to frighten her and to cause the clinic to close. Ryan was released from the city jail Tuesday after he posted a $1,500 bond. ST. LOUIS COUNTY > Fire death accidental • Authorities said the death of Herman Williams Sr., 64, in a house ire in the Spanish Lake area on Dec. 22 was accidental. He was found in a bedroom of his ranch-style brick home at 11518 Criterion Avenue. A relative said Williams had been sufering from early signs of dementia. Spanish Lake Fire Chief Richard Swain said “all indications point to the kitchen” and that the victim was known to leave pots unattended while cooking.

FRANKLIN COUNTY > Man accused of making threats • Patrick Sean Howard, 56, has been charged with assault and other crimes for allegedly pointing a gun at his wife’s head on Dec. 28, then pouring gasoline on a grandchild’s crib and threatening to light it. Howard was held in lieu of $50,000 cash-only bail. Franklin County Sherif Steve Pelton said in a prepared statement that deputies were called to the home in the 5700 block of Willow Ford Road, south of Robertsville, about 11 p.m., but Howard had led. He was arrested the next day. BELLEVILLE > Man found dead • A man identiied as Richard Kelley was found dead Tuesday morning lying along a street here, the St. Clair County coroner’s oice said. No cause of death was given. Police said they were sent to the 7400 block of Westchester Drive at 4:48 a.m. The scene is near Emge Junior High School, which is closed for the holidays until Wednesday. No other details were available. NORMANDY > Public works director charged • Rodney C. Jarrett, the Normandy public works director, used a city vehicle to stop a driver and demand his driver’s license, according to a charge accusing Jarrett of impersonating a police oicer. Jarrett, 63, of Berkeley, was named Thursday on one misdemeanor count. Herman L. Pruitt told the Post-Dispatch last year that he was driving on Bermuda Road in Normandy on Sept. 7 when he stopped for a Ford F-150 truck with lashing lights. Jarrett accused Pruitt of running or rolling through a stop sign and asked for the man’s license, according to Pruitt and court

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documents. Jarrett warned Pruitt to watch the stop signs and let him go, Pruitt said, but Pruitt complained, which led to a St. Louis County police investigation and the charge. Jarrett, a Normandy city employee for nearly four decades, was put on leave after the incident. His main job responsibilities include code enforcement, streets, parks and sanitation — but not stopping vehicles, the city said. ST. LOUIS > Man charged in chase • One man has been charged with resisting arrest and three men are in custody after a police pursuit New Year’s Eve that began with shots ired at oicers and ended with a crash. Shortly before 10 p.m. oicers approached a car near Gasconade Street and Oregon Avenue that matched the description of a car reportedly taken in an armed robbery about 30 minutes earlier. Oicers were within 10 feet of the car when a man inside pulled a gun and ired multiple shots at them, according to police. The car left at a high rate of speed. The driver ran several traic lights before crashing into another car. The police report did not include crash details. Four men inside the car were taken into custody. The driver, Renard Jones, 19, of the 8800 block of Lowell Street, was charged Sunday with one felony count of resisting arrest. Jones was released from the city jail Tuesday after posting a $10,000 bond, according to court documents. Police said Tuesday they expect to ile charges against the three other suspects, two 18-year-olds and one 19-year-old.

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JEFFERSON CITY > Free Uber rides, free parking Monday • City council members approved a plan Tuesday that will allow free rides with the ridesharing company Uber on the day Gov.elect Eric Greitens takes oice. Residents spoke in favor of the

proposal sponsored by Councilman Rick Mihalevich, saying the one-day trial period would be convenient for visitors and generate employment for locals. The council also approved free parking on Monday, in designated areas. Some speakers said they worried about public safety. Uber drivers receive background checks through the company, including criminal history and driving records going back seven years. The mobile app required to summon a ride provides GPS tracking of all rides. Drivers also carry vehicle insurance. Uber provides up to $1 million of liability insurance per driver. It is unclear whether coverage includes property and physical damage. About 150 drivers are ready to serve riders within a 20-mile radius of the capital city on Inauguration Day. Some Uber cars will be identiied with the “U” logo sticker, a lobbyist representing the company said Tuesday. City oicials recommended the temporary service run for 24 hours, starting at 8 a.m. (Ashley Lisenby)

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JEFFERSON CITY > State lawmaker to become a top aide to Greitens • Rep. Caleb Jones, R-Columbia, is the latest in a series of personnel moves being rolled out by Republican Eric Greitens, who will be sworn in as governor on Jan. 9. Jones, who has served in the House since 2011, is expected to become deputy chief of staf. “We’re excited to have Caleb Jones join our team. He’s a great conservative leader who will help us to take Missouri in a new direction,” said Greitens’ senior advisor Austin Chambers in a

prepared statement. The 36-year-old Republican practices law in Columbia and previously worked in Washington, D.C., for U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof of Sikeston. He also served as a special assistant in the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the Bush administration. “For me, this was about answering Governor-elect Greitens’ call to service and joining an administration that will have a real positive impact on Missouri families,” Jones said. Jones will serve under Michael Roche, a longtime Anheuser-Busch attorney who earlier was announced as Greitens’ chief of staf. Other top hires include former state Senate stafer Jennae Neustadt as legislative director and St. Louis lawyer Will Scharf as policy director. (Kurt Erickson)

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ST. LOUIS > Murders tied 2015 pace • Murders in the city neither increased nor decreased last year as the 188 cases in 2016 tied with 2015, the police department said Tuesday. St. Louis maintained the highest level in 20 years. The 2015 number had represented an 18.2 percent increase from the 159 murders in 2014. The city’s record high was 267 during the “crack wars” of 1993; the lowest mark since then was 74, counted in 2003. (Post-Dispatch staf)

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