FORISTELL, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for attacking his 11-year-old son with a baseball bat.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the sentence for 46-year-old Mark Alan Calloni of Foristell follows his plea of no contest to child abuse charges filed in July.
Police say Calloni struck the child several times for unknown reasons, using a wooden baseball bat. He then tackled the boy and pinned him to the ground. The child broke free and ran to a neighbor's house, where he called police.
The boy did not suffer any serious injuries.
In 2005, Calloni pleaded guilty to domestic assault, endangering the welfare of a child and felonious restraint. He was sentenced to five years of probation in that case.
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.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A 19-year-old Ballwin man faces multiple charges in connection with the robbery and beating of six University of Missouri-St. Louis students near campus.
Tremayne Jamaal Valdez is charged with four felony counts of robbery, five counts of armed criminal action and one count each of second-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. Police say Valdez and two others attacked the students as they walked on Natural Bridge Road near its intersection with North Hanley Road on Sept. 6 in Bel-Nor.
KMOV-TV reports that two other men also face charges related to the attack. Police said the suspects were caught on camera taking credit cards, cash and cellphones from the students.
Valdez remains jailed on a $150,000 cash-only bond. Online court records don't identify his attorney.
St. Louis Community College Trustees are honoring the instructor who stopped an attack on a student in a Meramec campus bathroom last April, by creating a scholarship in her name.
Adjunct Professor Aurora Hill had heard Blythe Grupe's screams and rushed to her aid, confronting her attacker and restraining him until police arrived. Eighteen yr. old Jevon Mallory has been charged in the attack.
Hill, who teaches English part time at the school, was honored with a resolution and standing ovation at last night's board meeting. The $5,000 scholarship in her name will be aimed at helping students who struggled in high school make the transition to college.
The victim was also at last night's ceremony. Blythe Grupe told Fox 2 News that Hill's actions made the difference that day and she glad the college is honoring her teacher. "It's just been such a relief knowing that good things can come out of this," Grupe said.
The school's mishandling of the attack aftermath led to resignations by several high level college officials.
Both Hill and Grupe say its time to move forward.
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.
A Carlinville, Illinois bar owner ended up in the hospital after an attack last week.
Deborah Borre, the owner of Hollywood and Vine, was closing shop Friday night, when Jamal Zollicoffer allegedly attacked her. After the beating, Borre drove the police station to report the incident. She was taken to the hospital.
Police caught Zollicoffer and prosecutors filed robbery and assault charges against him. He is held on a $75,000 bond.
The search continues for a pair of robbers who beat an employee at an O'Fallon, Missouri retail store.
Police say the suspects walked in to the store just before noon yesterday and grabbed five bottles of liquor. When the pair tried to walk past the registers without paying, an employee tried to stop them. A struggled ensued and the employee was injured. The suspects were last seen driving from the scene in a white conversion van.
Anyone who believes they recognize the suspects are asked to call the O’Fallon Police Department at (636)-379-5687.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Three more women are accused in southwestern Illinois in the 2011 attack on a Red Lobster waitress who was pummeled after serving the wrong fish order.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports the latest charges come about a week after one of the defendants, 21-year-old Ania Wilkes of Ferguson, Mo., was convicted of felony assault and mob action. She awaits sentencing October 3rd.
Prosecutors in St. Clair County charged Denise McNeal of Jennings, Missouri and Lareka McNeal and Diane Ryland, both of St. Louis, with aggravated battery and mob action.
The victim, Heather Frink, says she was punched and pushed by diners at one table after she brought broiled fish instead of the requested fried fish.
Online court records don't show whether the three newly charged people have attorneys.
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A judge says a northeast Missouri man accused of stabbing and dismembering an elderly neighbor is not competent to stand trial.
Adair County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wilson says a judge found 49-year-old Paul R. Potter of Kirksville incompetent for trial after he underwent a psychiatric evaluation.
Potter faces first-degree murder and other charges in the January death of 74-year-old Willis Edward Meredith. Prosecutors say Potter stabbed Meredith, chopped up his body and started fires to try to conceal the crimes. He is also accused of throwing the victim's arms at witnesses before his arrest.
The Kirksville Daily Express reports that Potter's status will be reviewed in six months.
Online court records indicate Potter was evaluated at Fulton State Hospital. He pleaded not guilty in April.
Three St. Louis Community College employees are looking for work after they were let go on Thursday.
The firings were connected a critical report that examined the attack of a student on the Meramec campus last spring. District Police Chief Robert Stewart, Meramec Campus Police Chief Paul Banta and VP of Student Affairs Linden Crawford were all shown the door.
On April 18, 2013 19 year old Blythe Grupe was attacked in a Meramec campus bathroom. College instructor Aurora Hill heard Grupe's cries for help and interrupted the assault, holding the suspect, 19 year old Jevon Mallory, until police arrived.
In their report, investigators cited the school's failure to notify students and staff about the attack. Campus police were criticized for releasing the suspect, then allowing him to return to campus five days later, and for withholding information from prosecutors.
The Board of Trustees of St. Louis Community College had retained Armstrong Teasdale LLP to perform an investigation after concerns were raised about the school's handling of the attack. The full 18 page report is available on the college's website.