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Smoke detectors saved Cottleville family

COTTLEVILLE, MO (KTVI)– A family of five woke up to flames engulfing their home at 2:30 Thursday morning and if the smoke detectors had not gone off they could have been seriously hurt.

A neighbor went to the bathroom and saw flames shooting out of the house next to theirs.

The garage was fully engulfed with flames and the fire was making its way towards the kitchen when one family member woke up to the alarms.

All five family members, a chinchilla and the cat escaped through different exits. The husband went out the back, his wife out the front door, his daughter and her husband out the basement exit after grabbing their 2 and half year old daughter and pets.

The Cummings are planning to rebuild their home and replace their cars. The tangible things can be replaced, their lives however can`t.

That`s why smoke detectors will be the first thing Bob Cummings will install in the new home.

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24 arrested for immigration violations in Missouri & Illinois

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Immigration and Customs Enforcement along with local authorities have arrested 24 individuals on criminal, fugitive and immigrations violations in St. Charles County Mo., New Madrid County Mo., Champaign County Ill., McLean County Ill., Effingham County Ill., and Jackson County Ill.

The arrest is part of an ongoing effort by ICE to enforce immigration and removal operations of criminals and immigration violators. Those arrested were wanted for sexual misconduct, felonious restraint, violating protection orders, felony driving under the influence causing bodily harm, battery, resisting arrest, criminal damage to property and illegal re-entry after deportation.

The nationally breakdown of the 24 men arrested, was as follows: Mexico (14), Guatemala (9) and India (1).

Brazilian BBQ at Tucanos Brazilian Grill

(KTVI) – Casey McClure of Tucanos Brazilian Grill dropped the Mid-day to show off of the delicious BBQ that the St. Charles restaurant has on its menu. Two the dishes are, Tucanos Salada de Frutas da Primavera-Brazilian Spring Fruit Salad, and a Vinagrete de Morango com Maracuya-Strawberry Passion Vinaigrette.

If you would like to visit Tucanos, their located at 1520 South Fifth Street

How long should I keep my tax and financial records?

(KTVI) – The 2014 tax season is wrapping up today, and one question that tax professionals answer on a regular basis is “How long should I keep my records?” While the answer may vary, there are some general rules of thumb you can follow. Bob Wamhoff, President of Wamhoff Financial Planning and Accounting Services, explains to Anthony Kiekow.

Rams give fans a chance to win $100,000

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The St. Louis Rams are giving fans the chance to win $100,000 if they can correctly predict all 17 weeks of the 2014 regular season schedule. In order to win, fans must correctly select the opponent, location, and day of each game, including the bye week.

In the event of a tie, a trivia contest will be held to determine the winner of “Guess Our Game” contest.

There will be only one winner for the contest and only one entry per person.

To enter the contests, go to www.stlouisrams.com/guessourgames. The contest started Monday, April 14th and will end on April 21, 2014 at 11:59 a.m.

For details and official rules the contest, click on here.

Missing 13-year-old Troy teenager found

UPDATE: The Troy, Missouri police department is reporting 13-year-old Tyler Herron has been found safe.

TROY, MO (KTVI) – Police are on the lookout for a missing 13-year-old. Tyler Herron was last seen Sunday night at around 10pm near his family’s home.

Police say Tyler is 5’2”, 95 pounds, with dark blond hair, and green eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray hooding, jeans and blue shoes. He has in his possession some clothes in a backpack and a Playstation 3.

If you have seen Tyler or know of his whereabouts call the Troy Missouri Police at 636-528-4725 or call the Lincoln County 911 at their non-emergency 636-528-6100.

Coldwater Creek closing St. Louis stores

(KTVI) – Coldwater Creek, the women’s clothing chain has filed for bankruptcy and will close all ‘Coldwater Creek’ stores by the summer. Clearance sales will be coming soon, as the retailer liquidates its inventory.

‘Coldwater Creek’ has stores in Fairview Heights, at the St. Louis Galleria, West County Center, and at the Meadows at Lake St. Louis.