EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A Las Vegas man is accused in Illinois of a timeshare scam that federal prosecutors say bilked $10 million from more than 3,000 victims across the United States, Canada and other countries.
A grand jury in East St. Louis has indicted 37-year-old Michael Patrick Sullivan on conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud charges. The fraud allegedly took place from December 2006 to January 2012.
The indictment alleges that Sullivan's Vacation Max telemarketing company falsely represented it found corporate buyers interested in acquiring blocks of timeshare units.
The company solicited fees of up to several thousand dollars from each timeshare owner in purported pre-paid closing costs and related expenses, but no sales actually occurred.
Online court records don't show whether he has an attorney.
Reports of a disturbing case of sexual assault coming from Belleville.
A 45-year-old man is in custody after allegedly raping a 2-year-old girl. Officers say there was a witness present for the assault. The suspect in the case is a relative of the child. The toddler has been taken to a hospital for evaluation.
The case is now in the hands of the State's Attorney.
Police are asking for help to find the suspects who robbed a Cahokia gas station overnight.
The Midwest Petroleum convenience store was robbed around 2:30 AM. Three suspects smashed the front windows of the store. The suspects drove off in a blue Chevy truck with an American flag rear window cover. Police say there is damage to the right rear corner of the truck.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Cahokia Police department at (618)337-9505.
A suspect is in custody after allegedly shooting into a South St. Louis home.
Police were on the scene when they saw the suspect fire several shots into a home near the intersection of Nebraska and Cherokee. Officers chased the man and caught him just a few blocks away.
No one was injured in the home and it is not known why he shot at the house.
Dozens of protesters demonstrated outside St. Louis city police headquarters Wednesday, determined to continue pressuring for an investigation into the shooting death of a St. Louis man.
The anguish of a grandmother as a family seeks answers regarding the shooting death of Carey Ball, Jr. killed last month by St. Louis city police during a traffic stop. Family and friends depict a young man who was getting his life on track, an honor student at Forest Park. Police say he pointed a weapon and they opened fire.
Ball's father says his son did have a gun, but had thrown it down and was surrendering to police when he was shot. Carey Ball, Sr. says they don't want a pity party, just a thorough investigation.
A St. Louis man redefined the phrase, out of the frying pan and into the fire.
Clayton police were conducting a traffic stop when the suspect jumped out of his car and started run. He just didn't have a very good sense of direction...he ran across the street and directly into the St. Louis County Police headquarters.
Officers inside the building took the man into custody and charges are pending.
A north county man is headed to jail after a jury convicted him of molesting a child.
Richard Williams was found guilty of five charges in all. Williams molested the child, who was under twelve when the abuse occurred, between 2010 and 2011.
Prosecutors say Williams was friends with one of the child's grandparents.
Still very little information after a man was shot and killed in north St. Louis this morning.
Police say they found 20-year-old Jermaine Johnson on the street near the city's border with Pine Lawn around 2 AM. Witnesses told officers they heard the gunshots, but did not know much more about the shooting.
St. Louis ciyy and county police are launching a new program that targets violence in high-crime areas.
The "St. Louis Initiative to Reduce Violence" or "SIRV" was announced this morning. Officials say SIRV is a grass roots crime fighting effort that will combine the efforts of additional police resources and community leaders. The pilot program will focus on kids and young adults and include Jennings in North County and the Walnut Park and Baden neighborhoods in north St. Louis.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch, and former police chief Dan Isom, were on hand for the announcement.
Police in Crystal City are turning to the public to identify the suspect in a bank robbery.
Witnesses told police that a white man in his mid-20's walked into the US Bank on Bailey Road early Wednesday afternoon and demanded money from a teller. The suspect ran off with an undisclosed amount of money.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866.371.TIPS.