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A grand jury in Effingham County has indicted 22-year-old Justin DeRyke on three counts of first-degree murder.

DeRyke is accused of stabbing his 7-year-old niece Willow Long to death on September 8. For each count of murder, he faces a mandatory term of life in prison if convicted.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has taken her brother into protective custody and is investigating Willow's mother.

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St. Louis Police say they have arrested the people responsible for a series of robberies and shootings earlier this week.

Officers say a 32-year-old man and 28-year-old woman are responsible for three robberies on Monday night. The first happened just after 8 PM, when the pair allegedly shot a victim. About an hour later, police say the couple robbed and shot a victim. And just 10 minutes later and just blocks away, the pair robbed another person.

The suspects were captured after police released a photo of the woman using a debit card that was taken from one of the victims. 

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A $1 million grant was awarded to metro area law enforcement to assist in efforts to aid in the prosecution of sex trafficking suspects.

The grant is courtesy of the US Department of Justice. Funds will be split between helping victims of trafficking and the prosecution of trafficking crimes. St. Louis County Police and St. Charles County Police are sharing the money with three social service groups.

Missouri is one of only six groups being awarded the grant nationwide.

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A north county man is facing 10 charges for allegedly sexually abusing a young girl.

Prosecutors say that over a two-year period starting in July of 2011, Derrick Lowery molested a 12-year-old girl. Lowery faces sodomy and child molestation charges. The St. Louis County Police Department fears there may be additional victims and are asking any to come forward.

Information can be called in to the police or CrimeStoppers at 866.371.TIPS (8477).

 

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A St. Louis man is headed to prison for the rest of his life for murdering a newspaper manager.

Rico Paul was given the sentence for shooting and killing Paul Reiter, the manager of the St. Louis American. Reiter was shot as he was calling 911 to report a burglary that Paul was committing.

A jury found Paul guilty in his second trial--the first ended in a mistrial when jurors were unable to reach a verdict. 

 

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Area residents should be on the lookout as a Chesterfield grandmother fell victim to a scam.

Police say the woman was contacted by a group of scammers who told her that her grandson was being held in a foreign prison. The woman says that over a series of phone calls, she was convinced to wire a quarter-of-a-million dollars to a bank in Peru.

Chesterfield police say they have not received other reports of similar scams, but residents should still be aware.

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EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Two central Illinois men are facing charges after authorities say they stole more than $1 million in equipment from Caterpillar Inc.

John R. Peters, 50, of East Peoria, and 35-year-old Eliot J. Wells, of Peoria, are each being held on $500,000 bond in the Tazewell County Jail. Both have ties to the Peoria-based heavy equipment maker. Peters used to work for Caterpillar, while Wells is a current employee.

Court document show the stolen machinery was being sold on eBay.

It wasn't clear if the two men had retained attorneys. Peters' phone rang unanswered Tuesday. Meanwhile, Wells' number wasn't listed.

Caterpillar officials said in a statement that they're working with authorities as part of the investigation into the thefts.

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013 12:11

Audit critical of Navy security review system

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say a draft Defense Department audit criticizes one of the Navy's security review programs for lower level contractors. But that process was not the one used to evaluate the former reservist who gunned down 12 people Monday at the Washington Navy Yard.

Aaron Alexis, the 34-year-old information technology contractor involved in the shooting rampage, had a secret security clearance for his job. He went through a different, more extensive review.

The Defense Department Inspector General found that a separate system used to review some contractors did not properly vet the workers. That program is generally for contractors who don't have security clearances.

Officials described the audit on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss a draft report. He was granted the clearance in March 2008.

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NORTHWOODS, Mo. (AP) - A St. Louis County man is facing charges for allegedly shooting at three young siblings.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 31-year-old Jerome McKay of Northwoods is jailed on $75,000 bond. He is accused of shooting and wounding an 8-year-old boy Friday night. The boy was struck in the arm and taken to a hospital. His 4-year-old brother had a graze wound and was treated at the scene. A 12-year-old boy was unhurt.

Police say McKay is a cousin of one of the boys. Police have not discussed a motive and have not said if the boys were the intended targets.

 

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TROY, Mo. (AP) - A former St. Charles County middle school teacher has been sentenced to seven years in prison for secretly videotaping boys as they undressed in a camp shower.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 39-year-old Matthew Hansen of Winfield was sentenced last week for possession of child pornography. Hansen is also awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in federal court to eight counts of attempted production of child porn. The state and federal sentences will run concurrently.

Hansen is a former math teacher at West Middle School in the Fort Zumwalt district.

Authorities say the crimes happened between 2007 and 2012. School officials have cited evidence that Hansen videotaped at least 80 boys at an outdoor education camp in Cuivre River State Park in Lincoln County.

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