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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A St. Louis woman has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that she opened and stole packages while working as a supervisor at a southwestern Illinois post office.

Forty-one-year-old Jane Johanna Emily, who's also known as Jane Moeller, entered the plea this week to charges of obstruction of mail, theft of U.S. mail by a postal employee, and opening of mail.

A magistrate judge assigned the St. Louis woman to be represented by a public defender.

A federal indictment alleges that Emily opened and stole mail packages last March and April while she was a supervisor at the East St. Louis post office.

Emily is free on bond.

The federal public defender's office in East St. Louis did not immediately return a call seeking comment on Friday.

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The driver who led police on a bi-state pursuit yesterday, had turned himself in to police.

The chase started near Trenton, Illinois. During the pursuit, police say the suspect tried to ram an officer's car. The chase ended when the suspect abandoned his vehicle in a parking garage in downtown St. Louis. Drugs were found in the car.

A passenger jumped out of the car earlier in the pursuit and was captured Tuesday night.

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Police are search for a man after a high speed chase ended when the suspect ditched his car in downtown St. Louis.

The chase started in Illinois when officers tried to stop a speeder. KMOV reports police had to stop the pursuit because it was too dangerous. Officers in another area spotted the speeder though and the chase started again. Police followed the man to a parking garage at 13th Street and St. Charles. That is when the suspect bailed from the car. Police are now searching the area for the man.

The suspect is described as a white man, five-and-a-half feet tall and weighing about 155 pounds. He was seen wearing a dark hooded sweater and light grey or blue pants.

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A mother and father are on the run after police say they kidnapped their children from foster care.

St. Charles police say the pair took 1-year-old Trevion Dunn and 2-year-old Aleiyah Dunn sometime between Friday and Monday. Police believe they were taken by their mother, Cierra Dunn. Aleiyah's father, Jose Sanchez, might also be involved in the kidnapping.

They were last seen driving a 1998 Chevy Malibu with Missouri plates MK2-C0S. Police say they could be headed to Wisconsin or Mexico. The kids are in protective custody as part of an investigation into neglect issues. The parents had weekend visitation and officials could not contact them on Monday.

Anyone who believes they have seen the children are asked to contact the St. Charles Police Department at 636-949-3320.

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As you go about your holiday shopping, you might notice a few more officers at area shopping centers.

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch announced that the force is tasking additional resources to malls. Both uniformed and undercover officers will be in  shopping centers while the Metro Air Support Unit will be keeping an eye on parking lots.

On an unrelated note, the County will also be placing an emphasis on DWI enforcement. 

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Police have released a photo of the suspect connected to a robbery that happened outside a Wentzville Walmart.

A little over a week ago, on Sunday, November 17, a woman says she was approached by another woman in the parking lot. The suspect demanded the victim's purse. The victims gave the other woman money.

Police say the suspect left the scene in a 2000's gold of tan Chevy Blazer. The suspect is described as a heavy set woman, who was wearing a pink hoodie and light-colored blue jeans. 

Anyone who information on this case can contact Det. Blake Roth at blakeny.roth@wentzvillemo.org or can call 636-639-2127. You can call anonymously as well to 636-639-2180.

 

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Friday, 22 November 2013 16:59

Megan Boken's shooter pleads guilty

At a plea hearing Friday, 19-year-old Keith Esters admitted to shooting and killing Megan Boken.

As part of his guilty plea, Esters was sentenced to life in prison, plus 20 years. Megan's family was on hand to read statements before sentencing. Police says Esters did not act alone.

His cousin, Johnathan Perkins faces second degree murder charges. Officers say they tracked down Esters and Perkins by tracing a cell phone that was stolen from someone else six days before Megan was murdered. 

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A St. Louis priest accused of molesting a teen, is no longer facing charges.

Father Joseph Jiang had pleaded not guilty to a child endangerment charge before the case was dismissed today. A lawsuit filed on behalf of the victim's family is still active. The family claims that Archbishop Robert Carlson did nothing to stop the abuse.

The Survivors Network of these Abused by Priests released saying they are disappointed. They are now asking for anyone who may have seen or suffered abuse by Father Jiang or others, step forward.

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Friday, 22 November 2013 13:44

Pair arrested for ATM skimming device plot

Two men are in custody connected to a large identity theft plot. The US Secret Service arrested the men, who are accused installing a skimming device on an ATM machine and stealing money from 300 Lake St. Louis residents.

Officials say Arman Simonyan and Vahe Akopyan were arrested in November 15 in Omaha, Nebraska. The suspects were found with ovr $140,000 in cash, several thousand dollars worth of gift cards and other evidence in the case.

Police say a skimming device could have been used at more than one location to record the victims’ account information. 

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VERSAILLES, Mo. (AP) — One of three suspects in the February killings of a central Missouri couple has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.

The Lake Sun Leader reports that 43-year-old Derrell Spellmeyer, of Eldon, also pleaded guilty Thursday to armed criminal action. Sentencing is scheduled Jan. 16 in Morgan County Circuit Court.

Spellmeyer was accused of shooting 53-year-old Carol Wilson and stabbing 66-year-old Freddie Wilson on Feb. 4 at their home in Versailles (vur-SAYLZ'). He was arrested by detectives responding to a call from Carol Wilson saying she had been shot.

Forty-five-year-old Garland Mitchell and 28-year-old Mandy Mitchell, both of Jefferson City, are awaiting trial on the same charges.

The Mitchells told investigators the three went to the home to obtain drugs, but that only Spellmeyer went inside.

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