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   Police say the victims' 18 year old son is among the four suspects arrested in the deaths of a St. Francois County couple whose home burned Monday morning.  

   The bodies of 50 year old Stanley Halter and his 46 year old wife, Tammy were found after firefighters extinguished the pre-dawn blaze at the couples rural Park Hills home.  Police say an autopsy indicated that Stanley and Tammy Halter had been murdered.  

   Four people are now in custody, including 18 year old Dallas Halter, the couple's son.  Also in custody are 19 year old William Carrico, 19 year old Adam Moore and 24 year old Maxwell Lee.  All four were arrested on Wednesday at different locations in and around Ironton County.

   Police haven't released a possible motive for the killings.

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   Two brothers are facing charges for burglarizing a Brentwood sewing store, but police suspect the pair in nearly three dozen business break-ins in south St. Louis, South County and Jefferson County since mid-October.  

   Police used GPS tracking to catch Joseph and Mark Been after spotting their car on surveillance video at the scene of several burglaries.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the first time undercover detectives followed the brothers was last week when the pair was tracked to a business where a cash register was stolen.  Kirkwood police then stopped the brothers' car and arrested them.  

   More charges are expected.

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Tuesday, 24 September 2013 14:34

4 charged in Chicago shooting held without bail

CHICAGO (AP) - A judge denied bail for four men charged in connection with a shooting at a Chicago park that injured a 3-year-old boy and 12 others.

All four appeared before a Cook County judge Tuesday wearing street clothes.

Authorities say last Thursday's attack on the city's southwest side was gang related and in retaliation for another shooting that occurred earlier in the day, injuring one of the defendants.

Tabari Young, Bryon Champ, Brad Jett and Kewane Gatewood are all charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery. Prosecutors say the four are members of the Blackstone street gang. The park where they opened fire was inside territory frequented by members of the Gangster Disciples.

Investigators say Young and Champ were alleged gunmen.

Police say they don't believe they were targeting specific people

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Three St. Louis residents are in custody for alleged election offenses.

The prosecutor says Jerrell Sherod, Rachelle Olive, and Andrew Schafer committed potential voting fraud. The allegations stem from a possible improper request for absentee ballots. Schafer faces the most severe charges, multiple election offenses and two counts of forgery.

Police started to investigate after they were contacted by the St. Louis County Board of Elections.

 

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   Two men wanted for shooting a 12 year old girl Sunday are now in police custody.  

   Police say the two men had been arguing at Loretta Hall Park near 15th and Cole when they fired several shots.  Police believe it was a stray bullet that hit the girl in the hand.  The men fled the scene.  

   St. Louis Police spokesperson Schron Jackson says the suspects were arrested Tuesday at an apartment in the 1000 block of Suntree Drive in St. Louis County.  

   The suspects are being withheld until charges are filed.

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Guns, drugs and the arrest of more than 150 people in the St Louis area is the result of a four month undercover investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

For four months--more than 80 ATF agents from around the country as well as federal prosecutors and local police were involved in a massive drugs and arms investigation.  It's known as The Violent Crime Reduction Partnership and is the ninth “multi-month” operation conducted by the ATF. 

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports on Wednesday 159 people were arrested.   Agents say they have more than 1,700 previous arrests between them, and 78 percent are previously convicted felons.

Agents also seized 267 guns as well as more than seven pounds of marijuana, three pounds of cocaine, a pound and a half of heroin and 25 ounces of meth.

 

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Two suspects are under arrest in the shooting of a man who tried to get help at a Quiktrip gas station in Berkeley 

Authorities said while the suspects are in custody but charges have not yet been filed. 

St. Louis County Police spokesman Randy Vaughn said 20-year-old Paul Moore drove to the gas station in Bel Ridge near I-170 and Natural Bridge Rd.

Police said the shooting happened in the 9300 block of Koenig Circle in Berkeley. 

Moore was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.

Authorities said more information on the case would be released if charges are filed.

 
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal indictment accuses 21 people in a multi-state car theft conspiracy.

Most of the suspects are from the St. Louis area. One is from Highland, Kan. Sixteen of the 21 have been arrested.

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that the suspects used a variety of means to steal luxury cars, SUVs and pickup trucks from individuals and dealerships in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Indiana. The cars were taken to Missouri and sold or disposed of. More than 100 vehicles were involved.

The indictment also accuses the suspects of falsely obtaining insurance proceeds. Charges include conspiracy, bank fraud, mail fraud and receipt of a stolen motor vehicle.

 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police are advising parents to keep their teenagers from loitering in downtown St. Louis after two dozen people, mostly juveniles, were arrested over the weekend.

Twenty juveniles and four adults are facing charges after police received complaints Saturday night that large groups of young people were blocking traffic and sidewalks in the area around Broadway and Market.

The juveniles were charged with disturbing the peace. The adults were charged with peace disturbance and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

 

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Eleven St. Charles West High School students are suspended for their involvement in a brawl Friday that began on Twitter.  Superintendent Jeff Marion says some male students exchanged words with some male students from the Ferguson-Florissant School District using the social networking site.

 Two St. Charles students helped orchestrate the brawl, and let four teens who were not students in the district into the building just as classes were dismissing for the day.  Six teens were arrested after the fight.  Of the 11 suspended Monday, six were female; all the students were ages 15 to 17. 

 

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