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The man who jumped off the Meramec River Bridge to avoid authorities, has been arrested.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says they found the man this afternoon. Troopers did not release the suspect's name, but family members of Jeff Henning spoke media outlets earlier today saying they believed the missing man was their relative.

The incident started at 1:30 AM Wednesday, when police pulled over the suspect. He sped off and while crossing the bridge, exited his car and jumped into the river.

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Wednesday, 12 June 2013 15:43

Arrest made in Highland shooting

Wednesday, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney announced charges against a suspect in one Tuesday night shooting.

Davonta Coleman faces several charges after allegedly shooting six people outside of a north St. Louis home around 10:30 Tuesday night. The victims told police that two cars stopped in front of the house and Coleman got out of one vehicle and started shooting.

The incident could be the result of a dispute between two families, but the investigation continues. 

 

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A St. Charles County man is facing charges for molesting children on three different occasions.  

Prosecutors say Donald Knaust was at a Fort Zumwalt North High School sporting event when he improperly touched and 8-year-old boy. That event was in January of this year.

Then earlier this month, while out of jail on bond, he was accused of having sex with another 8-year-old boy on two separate occasions.

Knaust faces a laundry list of charges including child molestation and statutory sodomy. He is held on a half-million dollar bond.

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Police say they've caught the man who exposed himself to a teenage girl near a St. Peters library earlier this week.

49-year-old Kevin Flatley was arrested yesterday (Thursday) and charged with 2nd Degree Sexual Misconduct. Police say they tracked him down through a tattoo of an Italian flag similar to one described by the witness.

 Flatley's bond has been set at $20,000.

 
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Seven men, including an East St. Louis Police detective, face federal drug charges.

Prosecutors say Detective Orlando Ward was found with 11 pounds of cocaine earlier this week. Ward, along with six East St. Louis residence have been charged with conspiracy to distribute and weapons charges.

Investigators believe the men are part of drug trafficking ring. The bust had a street value of more than $1 million.

Chief Michael Floore will hold a news conference Friday to discuss the charges.

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Three suspects have been arrested, two are still on the loose after a jogger was robbed in south St. Louis early Thursday morning.

Police say the male jogger was attacked and had his cellphone stolen in the 6200 block of Leona around 12:15 a.m. when three men and two women pulled up in a car and asked for directions.

The jogger was unhurt.

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GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in southwestern Illinois' Granite City say they've arrested a suspect in the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy.

Granite City Police Maj. Jeff Connor says he believes Clayton Veninga's death Wednesday night was not accidental, though he didn't elaborate on the possible motive or what led police to the suspect.

Connor said he expected to seek charges Friday against the suspect, who Connor said was an acquaintance of the victim and is old enough to be prosecuted as an adult.

Connor has said the boy was sitting on a friend's porch when he was shot. He died later at a hospital.

 

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   Granite City police say they have made an arrest in the murder of a 13 year old boy.  

   Clayton Veninga had been sitting on a Cleveland Boulevard porch around 9:30 pm Wednesday night when he was shot.  

   Police say this suspect is an adult male who was an acquaintance of Veninga's.  No word as to what led to the shooting, but police say this was not an accidental or random act.  

   Assistant Police Chief Jeff Connor says the public has been instrumental in helping solve the crime.

   Charges are expected later this morning.  

   Earlier Thursday evening, a large group of family and friends came together for a vigil in Veninga’s honor.  They stood in the rain, some clutching umbrellas, others just getting wet, as they burned candles and shared stories about Veninga's love of sports and the promising future he no longer has.  They also offered prayers for the teen's family and for an end to violence in their community.  

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Actress Reese Witherspoon says she is "deeply embarrassed" about her actions.

The Oscar winning actress and her husband were arrested in Atlanta, Georgia early Friday.

"I'm not going to comment on that since that's fresh."

Her husband, Hollywood agent Jim Toth, was pulled over and charged with drunk driving. Witherspoon was charged with disorderly conduct after a state trooper said she wouldn't stay in the car during her husband's field sobriety test.

Witherspoon did not stop to talk to reporters as she walked the red carpet in New York Sunday night - for the premiere of her new film "Mud." Her co-star Matthew McConaughey was asked for his thoughts. "I'm not going to comment on that since that's fresh."

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department official says the Boston Marathon bombing suspect will not be read his Miranda rights because the government is invoking a public safety exception.

That official and a second person briefed on the investigation says 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be questioned by a special interrogation team for high-value suspects. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to disclose the information publicly.

The public safety exception permits law enforcement officials to engage in a limited and focused unwarned interrogation of a suspect and allows the government to introduce the statement as evidence in court. The public safety exception is triggered when police officers have an objectively reasonable need to protect the police or the public from immediate danger.

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