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   St. Louis Police are warning baseball fans to watch out for counterfeit World Series tickets.  

   Police say two men are wanted for allegedly selling counterfeit tickets to Cardinals fans in two separate incidents Saturday afternoon.  

   Images of both were caught by surveillance cameras downtown.  

   Anyone who recognizes either man is asked to call St. Louis Police at (314) 444-5627.

MadCo Board member blasts ex-treasurer taking pension

Monday, 28 October 2013 01:58 Published in Local News

   EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A Madison County Board members says it's "disgusting" that the county's ex-treasurer still collects a pension after pleading guilty to a crime.

   Fred Bathon pleaded guilty eight months ago to rigging 2005-2008 tax lien auctions so his political donors could profit from inflated penalties paid by property owners.

   The Belleville News-Democrat reported Sunday that the 58 year old has received more than $340,000 in pension benefits since his 2009 retirement. He was treasurer for 11 years.

   Kathy O'Brien is general counsel with the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. O'Brien says that according to state law a pension is terminated at sentencing, not conviction.

   Court records show Bathon's sentencing is Dec. 6.

   Republican Madison County Board member Jamie Goggin says continuing to collect a pension is abusing the public.

   Bathon's attorney declined comment.

Man dead after falling from high rise

Monday, 28 October 2013 01:11 Published in Local News

   St. Louis police say they don't suspect foul play in the death of a man who apparently fell from the top floor of west end high rise Saturday morning.  

   Police say a jogger found the man lying in front of The Dorchester apartment building in the 600 block of South Skinker about 9:00 a.m.  

   The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.  Investigators say his injuries were consistent with a long fall.

   The man's name has not yet been released.

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