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Monday, 04 November 2013 12:24

Babysitter on trial in shaken baby death

A babysitter is on trial today for her role in the dead of a 13-month-old child who was under her care.

Jennifer Winkler is charged with second-degree murder for the death of Lily Rieger. Prosecutors say Winkler called 911 after allegedly shaking Lily.

The child was taken the hospital where she died with a fractured skull and brain injuries.

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A 39-year-old man has been charged in the shooting death of a Missouri Southern State University football coach.

Joplin police said Saturday that the Jasper County prosecutor's office has charged Jeffery Bruner of Joplin with felony murder and armed criminal action in 37-year-old Derek Moore's death. Moore died after he was shot Friday night as he left a Joplin movie theater.

Bruner is being held without bond in Joplin. Jail officials say it's not clear if he has a lawyer.

Moore was in his first year as a Missouri Southern offensive line coach. He came to MSSU after three seasons at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois.

The university canceled its Homecoming activities and said in a statement the school was "stunned and deeply saddened" by Moore's death.

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PERRYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The former police chief in the southeast Missouri town of Perryville is facing charges of felony theft, forgery and misdemeanor making a false report.

The Southeast Missourian reports that charges were filed Thursday against Keith Tarrillion by the Missouri Attorney General's office, which had been investigating Tarrillion on allegations made by city employees earlier this year.

Tarrillion does not have a listed attorney.

He resigned as chief in March, but remains on the city payroll as part of a resignation agreement.

In the wake of Tarrillion's resignation, Perryville city officials decided to ask voters whether the police chief position should be elected or appointed. A vote on the issue is Tuesday.

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The mother of Willow Long was arrested this month on drug possession charges.

Police records show that Ciara DeRyke was arrested on October 14, police stopped her for speeding and found marijuana in her car. The arrest came a little over a month after investigators say her daughter, Willow, was killed by Justin DeRyke. Justin has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder.

Jury selection is supposed to start in December, but the trial is not expected to get underway until 2014.

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A 20-year-old woman remains in critical condition after she was shot in the chest sitting outside a north St. Louis home early this morning.

The woman was sitting with two friends at a house near Fountain Park around 2:30 this morning, when an unknown suspect started shooting. The woman was hit, one of her friends pulled out a gun and shot back.

Police say it does not appear that the victim was the gunman's intended target. Homicide detectives have taken over the investigation.

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Police have released a picture of the suspects connected to a series of car break-ins.

The break-ins happened in Kirkwood last Wednesday and the thieves targeted 14 cars. Police say some cars had been left unlocked, but in other cases the thieves smashed windows or broke locks on doors. The suspects stole electronics, cash, and credit cards--one of the cards was used to make three purchases at a Wal Mart in Jefferson County.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kirkwood Police Department at (314) 984-6902.

 

 

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An investigation underway in Franklin County after a St. Louis woman says she was raped by two armed men.

The woman told officers she was driving home to St. Louis from Cuba, when she became lost. When she pulled over to ask for directions, two men--one man armed with a knife, the other with a gun--approached her car. The men proceeded to sexually assault her.

The woman was treated for the assault at a hospital. Police have only a very vague description of the suspects. The woman was not able to tell authorities which direction the men drove off.

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The 63-year-old man accused of shooting at two people in a North County bar, has died, the man who attacked him, facing charges.

The shooting occurred late Friday night inside the Pirates Cove bar in Florissant. The Post-Dispatch reports that Edward Mueller of Florissant was disarmed and assaulted by Douglas Layman after the shooting. Mueller was taken to the hospital died from a heart attack.

Layman is the brother of the victims. Layman is charged with second degree murder and held on a quarter-million dollar bond.

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PARK HILLS, Mo. (AP) - Two eastern Missouri firefighters are facing charges for a string of arsons in the Park Hills area.

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Mo., reports that the firefighters, both from Park Hills, are jailed on $200,000 bail each. Their names have not been released pending formal charges.

The break in the case came when the two men were questioned by police in nearby Leadington and by state conservation agents for the alleged illegal shooting of a deer. Leadington Police Chief Rick Pouge says that during questioning, the men admitted to setting several fires over the past several months.

Park Hills Fire Chief Jackie Wagganer says his department is cooperating with investigators. The department is made up most of volunteer firefighters.

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A Belleville martial arts instructor is headed to prison after admitting to sexually abusing three of his students.

Christopher Horton told a judge, he abused the students and recorded the acts on his cell phone. The incidents happened between May of 2012 and February of this year. The victims were between six and ten years old. Horton pleaded guilty to six total counts. When he is sentenced in March, Horton will face up to 30 years behind bars. 

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