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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (AP) – An Air Force staffer stationed in Illinois has admitted he possessed pipe bombs that officials say he planned to unleash on local sex offenders.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 24-year-old Justin Vangilder entered the pleas Wednesday in East St. Louis federal court to three felony counts of possessing an unregistered destructive device. He was arrested and charged last October while he was assigned to Scott Air Force Base.
 
An FBI agent’s affidavit says Vangilder had three pipe bombs in his home in Shiloh. Documents say he’d told an informant he fantasized about killing child molesters and sought to “inflict as many casualties as possible.”
 
There’s no indication Vangilder targeted anyone on the base.
 
He is to be sentenced August 1.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:25
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A St. Louis man is facing first-degree murder charges in his mother's death.
 
Prosecutors allege that Courtney Cunningham allegedly shot his mother in their North St. Louis home. Investigators say the shooting happened sometime between Sunday night and Tuesday morning. Cunningham was charged Wednesday in the death of 56-year-old Joyce Boxx.
 
Cunningham is held without bond. 
 
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:22
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has endorsed a bill that would allow motorcyclists over the age of 21 to forgo wearing helmets while travelling on the road.
 
Current law requires motorists to wear helmets or face a fine of up to $25 for each offense.
 
Supporters say adults should have the freedom to decide whether to wear a helmet and argue Missouri misses out on tourism because of the current law. Opponents say the helmet law protects riders during accidents and that the measure would cost the state in higher medical bills.
 
The measure given first-round approval Wednesday needs one more vote before moving to the Senate. Lawmakers adjourn May 16.
 
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:14
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House gave initial approval to legislation that would move the state's primary elections to June.
 
Party primaries for Congress, the state Legislature and statewide offices are currently held in even-numbered years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in August. But the bill endorsed on Wednesday would move the primaries to the first Tuesday after the third Monday in June.
 
Supporters say the earlier primaries would give the winners more time to compete for November's general election. But opponents argue it could also cause lawmakers to campaign more aggressively during the legislative session, which runs through mid-May.
 
The measure needs one more vote before moving to the Senate.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:09
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WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State Police are helping investigate a suspected drive-by shooting death of a 19-year-old man in southwestern Illinois' Washington Park.
 
   Authorities say Lamont Gregory died Tuesday night at a St. Louis hospital shortly after being shot outside the Crown Mart convenience store in the village.
 
   Washington Park Police Chief Aubrey Keller tells the Belleville News-Democrat that the shooting appeared to be a drive-by.
 
   There was no word Wednesday on any arrests, charges or explanation for the shooting.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:55
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A spate of break-ins targeted south city gyms this morning.

 

Fox2 reports thieves hit at least three different gyms in less than a half an hour early today.  Cars were vandalized at the St. Louis Fitness Club on Hampton and Potomac, and another fitness club in Hampton Village near Schnucks as well as at Blast Fitness on Jefferson and Lafayette. Piles of glass greeted many people after their workouts. St. Louis police got the first call around 6:00am. Hampton Village.

 

Police believe the same suspects may be behind all of the break ins. They are described at this point as two males in a dark grey Grand Prix.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 10:34
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - UPDATE: Good news for a Belleville father, his 11-year-old son has been found safe.

 

A SARAA Alert was issued Wednesday morning for DeAngelo Lopez. Police say DeAngelo's mother took the boy sometime on Sunday. DeAngelo's father has full custody, but he let the boy visit his mother.

 

Police say that both DeAngelo and his mother are at Belleville police headquarters. 

EARLIER:Belleville Police are asking for the public's help to find a boy they believe was taken by his non-custodial mother.

 

 Police issued a SARAA Alert this morning for 11-year-old DeAngelo Lopez.  Police say the boy's father had let the child's mother, 30-year-old Coreen Lopez, take him for a visit on Sunday, April 20.  Neither she nor the boy have been heard from since.  DeAngelo Lopez is described as black, 4-foot-11, 80-pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.  He has a black mark on his lower lip and a half-inch scar on the back of his head.  He was last seen wearing Khaki shorts and a white tee shirt.

 

 Coreen Lopez was driving a burgundy Kia Optima with Illinois tags and may have headed to St. Louis.  Anyone with information is urged to call Belleville Police.

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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - It may be coming to a college near you.......with graduation season upon us, bans on selfies are being suggested.

 

Two universities are the latest to follow what could become a trend. Bryant University in Rhode Island and the University of South Florida are both requesting that graduates keep their smart phones in their pockets when receiving their diplomas. University officials are concerned that students taking pictures while on stage will back up the proceedings.

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