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Charges are filed against a teen connected to Wednesday's shooting of a Vashon High School senior.

17-year-old Lamarco Love is accused in the shooting. Police say that a group of teenagers were walking to school, when they were approached by Love and two others. An argument followed and when the first group of kids started to walk away, Love allegedly shot at them. A 17-year-old was hit in the back, and he is now in stable condition.

Police do not believe incident was gang related, but the result of a feud between the two groups. 

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A St. Louis man is behind bars after he allegedly tried to sell stolen items on Craigslist.

KMOV reports that Michael Perez allegedly broke into a pair of cars in Wildwood on Sunday. One of the victims called police after he saw what he believed was his radar jammer for sale on Craigslist. The man set up a meeting with Perez and when Perez arrived for the sale, police arrested him. Officers say they determine the radar detector had been stolen.

A search of the suspect's home revealed other stolen property including cash, jewelry and electronics. Perez now faces multiple charges related to the thefts. 

Published in Local News
Thursday, 26 September 2013 13:12

Former Boy Scout volunteer gets more prison time

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A former southwestern Illinois Boy Scout volunteer already imprisoned for molesting boys has been sentenced to 25 more years for sexual misconduct.

Fifty-six-year-old Jon Demers was sentenced to the new prison time this week after pleading guilty to three felony charges, including predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

St. Clair State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said the latest case involved a 12-year-old boy and a 9-year-old boy in 2009.

Monday's sentence will run simultaneously to a six-year term the former Collinsville man got after being convicted in March of 12 sex-abuse counts involving a boy.

Demers was a Belleville Boy Scout troop committee member and merit badge counselor, but his status with that organization has been revoked. He also was a civilian employee of Scott Air Force Base.

 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis-area woman has pleaded guilty to a scheme that cheated victims out of more than $80,000.

Sentencing is Jan. 9 for 46-year-old Theresa Moore, who pleaded guilty Wednesday to four felony fraud charges in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.

Federal prosecutors say Moore used aliases and claimed she worked in law enforcement or the legal profession as part of her scam. One victim was an elderly widower whom Moore convinced was the victim of identity theft. The man paid her more than $60,000 after Moore convinced him he would receive money as part of a legal settlement.

Authorities say an associate of Moore posed as a police detective to aid Moore in another scheme that cost the victim $20,000.

 

Published in Local News
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 13:20

Woman, 60, accused of abducting grandson in 2000

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (AP) - A 60-year-old woman accused of abducting her baby grandson from Florida in 2000 moved around Missouri with the child for more than a decade, working at times in residential care facilities.

Sandy Hatte was arrested and charged this month with felony child abduction.

She appeared in Livingston County court Wednesday when a judge set a preliminary hearing for Oct. 23. Her lawyer, Melinda Troeger, declined comment.

The now-teenaged grandson has been reunited with his father and has returned to live with him in Alabama.

Investigators aren't saying how Hatte and the child got by or where they lived.

But an official with a Sedalia-based residential care company says Hatte worked for the company for a few years and was a "very good employee."

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Two men are in custody, accused of using a skimming device on an ATM.

Creve Coeur police found the skimmer on an ATM at a US Bank on September 17. Surveillance video showed the suspects and caught images of their vehicle. The men were arrested two days later  by St. Charles Police. The suspects had several cloned debit cards and a large amount of cash in their vehicle.

The pair face several felony charges and the Secret Service is now involved in the investigation. 

Published in Local News
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

Published in National News
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 12:58

East St. Louis murder suspect on the run

Illinois State Police continue the search for a murder suspect.

In early September, two men allegedly shot and killed a 20-year-old man at Denese's Place night club in East St. Louis. 36-year-old Damien Floore is already in jail facing charges, but his alleged accomplice, Torcus Boone is at large. Boone lives in East St. Louis and has murder charges and a $9 million bond waiting for him.

Anyone with information is asked to call the CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Within hours of the Navy Yard shootings, the FBI was tracing the gunman's recent purchase of a shotgun, sending agents to the shop in northern Virginia where he bought it — and leaving the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives out of the loop.

The surprising snub between top U.S. law enforcement agencies comes as the ATF struggles to show its relevance in Washington.

The ATF is the federal agency in charge of tracing traces guns used in crimes, including the military-style semi-automatic rifle used in a rampage at a Connecticut school last year, a similar rifle used in the deadly shooting at a Colorado movie theater and a handgun used to kill six people and critically wound a congresswoman, among others, outside a grocery store in Tucson, Ariz.

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CHILICOTHE, Mo. (AP) — A 60-year-old woman has been arrested in the almost 13-year-old abduction of a child in Florida.

The Kansas City Star reports that Sandy Hatte is being held on $25,000 bond in the Daviess/DeKalb County Regional Jail in Pattonsburg. She was arraigned Friday on a charge of felony child abduction. No attorney is listed for her in online court records.

Authorities took custody of the child Wednesday after a school official raised concerns. The biological father traveled to Chillicothe this week to be reunited with his child.

A Livingston County's sheriff's office news release described Hatte as being "somehow related to the family" of the child. Hatte and the child had only lived in Livingston County for about a month.

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