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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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WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal law enforcement officials say the man accused in a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard that left at least 12 people dead has been identified as Aaron Alexis.

The two officials spoke Monday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

One of those officials says Alexis was a 34-year-old from Texas. He is believed to have a criminal record there and to be a holder of a concealed carry weapon permit.

That official says Alexis is believed to have gotten into the Navy Yard by using someone else's identification card. It is not yet clear if that individual was an accomplice or if that person's ID card was stolen.

 
Published in National News
Saturday, 14 September 2013 09:09

Charges in '09 murder case dropped

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis prosecutors have dropped murder charges against a 31-year-old man in a 2009 double slaying in a Schnucks grocery store parking lot.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that first-degree murder charges against Jimmy Love-El were dismissed on Tuesday before his expected trial.

He was accused of killing 23-year-old Dwone Curry and 22-year-old Archie White during a drug deal outside the Schnucks store at 3441 Union Boulevard.

Love-El was accused of shooting each man in the head and taking their cellphones and drugs before fleeing in a car with a friend.

A spokeswoman for the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office declined to discuss the decision.

A 2011 trial of Love-E ended in a mistrial when a judge said the defendant's condition after a jailhouse fight could prejudice the jury.

Published in Local News
Friday, 13 September 2013 15:18

Shooting victims not cooperating with police

Police are expressing frustration after victims of a Thursday night shooting are not cooperating with investigators.

Police say a 29-year-old man started arguing with a 40-year-old man over motorcycle parts. The 40-year-old man left and returned a shot time later with a gun. That is when officers believe the suspect started shooting. The 29-year-old man and a second person ran from the scene. One of the men was shot, the other was uninjured.

Police say neither of the men is cooperating with police.

Published in Local News
Friday, 13 September 2013 15:15

Sikeston man charged in shooting death of wife

SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) - A southeast Missouri man is charged in the shooting death of his wife.

Sikeston police say in a news release that Stevie C. Lott was charged Thursday after his wife was found dead in their home.

Lott faces charges of second-degree murder, armed criminal action, being a felon in possession of a firearm, endangering the welfare of a child and leaving the scene of a shooting.

Capt. Jim McMillen says police found the body of 26-year-old Nyketia Lott with a gunshot wound to the head after being called to the home early Thursday. The Southeast Missourian reports that no one else was in the home when police arrived.

Stevie Lott was found and arrested about two hours after his wife's body was found.

 

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The reward for information on who burned a dog that was found last month is higher.

Zeus was a pit bull. He was found with third-degree burns on over three-quarters of his body. Veterinarians determined his injuries were so severe that they were forced to euthanize him. The Humane Society has increased the reward from $2,500 to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Zeus' owner reported the dog missing from his Jennings home. Authorities found the dog badly burned in a neighbor's back yard.

Earlier this summer, a St. Louis woman was charged with felony animal abuse for setting a dog on fire and bragging about it on Facebook. That dog also died. 

 

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The suspected killer of a 9-year-old boy who was shot while riding with family members in July has been charged with ten counts relating to the case.

St. Louis city prosecutors charged 22-year-old Marquan D. Bland yesterday with first-degree murder, three counts of first-degree assault and six other counts. Bland is accused of killing Tyrese Short after firing several shots into a sports utility vehicle.

Police have said they believe Tyrese's father and another man were the shooters' intended targets.

 

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Justin Deryke says he was just trying to put his 7-year-old niece "out of her misery" when he killed her over the weekend.

Officials say autopsy results contradict his story. Deryke claims he was watching a movie with Willow Long over the weekend when she allegedly scratched his arm. He became angry and chased Willow out of the house. He says she fell into a brush pile and a branch stabbed her in the neck. That is when Deryke says he got a knife and stabbed the girl to death.

The autopsy shows Willow had defensive wounds on her hands and that casts doubt on Deryke's story.

Willow's 3-year-old brother has been taken into protective custody.

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Charges are filed against two men who allegedly broke into a woman's home on Tuesday.

Police say Terrill Wise and Jahon Anderson kicked down the door of the woman's home on Lafayette near I-44. The woman grabbed her one-year-old child and hid in a shower in the upstairs bathroom. The mother says she heard the suspects moving throughout her home and one even came into the bathroom but did not see her. The woman called 911 and when an officer arrived, he confronted the suspects.

The officer says a suspect attacked him and that is when he shot the man. Other officers responded to the scene and both suspects were captured. Wise and Anderson now face multiple felony charges.

The woman and her child were not hurt. 

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Dozens of members of a St. Louis area motorcycle club are accused of participating in a large drug ring.

Federal prosecutors issued charges against 25 people in total--24 from the metro area and one from Texas--for allegedly assisting in the distribution of methamphetamine. The suspects are aged from 22-61 years old and belong to the Saddle Tramps Motorcycle club.

Another member of the club, Melvin Sherrer faces murder charges for allegedly killing a Bonne Terre man and putting his body in an abandoned septic tank. Each suspect could face up to life in prison.

Those charged are as follows:

Jorge Lopez, 37, Corinth, Tx., Melvin Scherrer, 49, Bonne Terre, Alan Adler, 54, Bonne Terre, Brent Bouren, 42, St. Louis, Howard Pyatt, 55, Bonne Terre, Arvil Matthews, 50, Imperial, Mark Abney, 47, Bonne Terre, Amber Scism, 31, Farmington, Terri Fox, 47, St. Louis, Guillermo Navarro, 35, St. Louis, Jerry Addison, 66, St. Louis, Jerami Westenberger, 35, Arnold, Ray Davis, 46, Union, James Mitchell, 44, St. Louis, Patrick Tate, 41, St. Louis, Jimmie Johnson, 60, St. Clair, Donald Maguire, 54, Theodore Heege, 48, Norma Egan, 47, St. Louis, Donna Moss, 45, St. Louis, Sheila Heege, 47, St. Louis, Danielle Becker, 29, Park Hills, Haley Meier, 34, St. Louis, Heather Martin, 27, St. Louis and Amy Gorrell, 22, of Bonne Terre.

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