Metro-East News

Evening briefing: Check out some of Tuesday’s news that you might have missed

Shooting suspect has a long record

Lamarc R. Garrett, charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 26-year-old St. Louis man at a Sauget convenience store after a dispute over a spilled beer, previously entered prison in Missouri for relatively minor convictions – before he broke a jailer’s jaw. Get more details here.

West Nile Virus claims life in St. Clair County

St. Clair County recorded its first West Nile virus-related death of 2015 over the weekend, with the reported passing of an elderly woman, according to Marsha Wild, the head of infectious disease control for St. Clair County. Get more details here.

Edwardsville, Althoff top BND football polls

After two weeks of play, Edwardsville garnered four first place votes to hold a slim lead on East St. Louis in the large-school rankings. Althoff received all seven first place votes after a 2-0 start in the small-school rankings. Get more details here.

Former Cardinal Andujar dies at age 62

Colorful former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joaquin Andujar has died. Andujar, nicknamed “One Tough Dominican,” was 62. He was a four-time All-Star who pitched for the Cardinals from 1981-85. He also pitched for Houston (1976-81, 1988) and Oakland (1986-87). Get more details here.

Rauner signs off on enforcing civics requirement for high school students

A state law signed by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has elevated civics to required course for high school graduation, marking the first time the state has enforced such a requirement in a decade. Get more details here.

Lead in slain police officer case comes up dry

The head of a task force investigating the fatal shooting of a northern Illinois police officer said Tuesday that a promising lead — video showing three men in the area — did not pan out but that detectives are now trying to determine the identity of a person who left DNA at the crime scene. Get more details here.

Kentucky clerk leaves jail

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis emerged from the Carter County jail Tuesday afternoon surrounded by Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and her attorney, who vowed that Davis would continue her stand against same-sex marriage. Get more details here.

Queen Elizabeth ready to break Victoria’s record

Queen Elizabeth II is set to become the longest reigning monarch in British history. On Wednesday, she beats the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria – 63 years and 7 months – more than a century ago. Only four other British kings and queens have reigned 50 years or more. Get more details here.