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   A metro-east teen could spend ten years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possessing explosive devices in his home.

   Thomas Lee Stanton is 18 years old. He was a student at O'Fallon Township High School when he was arrested in April. Prosecutors say Stanton pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis Tuesday to unlawfully possessing destructive devices.

   Local, state and federal authorities had searched his Lebanon, Illinois home and found bomb-making equipment. Stanton admitted in court that he had "cricket" bombs made from carbon-dioxide cartridges, two Molotov cocktails and other explosive making materials, including fuses and explosive powder.

   The high school had been put on lockdown during the search.  Portions of the school were also searched.

   Stanton faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he's sentenced on Dec. 13.

 
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 02:58
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   Two men wanted for shooting a 12 year old girl Sunday are now in police custody.  

   Police say the two men had been arguing at Loretta Hall Park near 15th and Cole when they fired several shots.  Police believe it was a stray bullet that hit the girl in the hand.  The men fled the scene.  

   St. Louis Police spokesperson Schron Jackson says the suspects were arrested Tuesday at an apartment in the 1000 block of Suntree Drive in St. Louis County.  

   The suspects are being withheld until charges are filed.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 02:47
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   The Wentzville Fire Protection District board won't say what's behind it, but four senior officers are no longer with the department.  Three of them, including Fire Chief Randy Bornhop, had been placed on leave three months ago.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Bornhop has now resigned.  Assistant Chief Robb Watkins has been fired.   Fire Marshal Joseph Heitkamp is on indefinite unpaid leave.  And a fourth official, Fire Inspector Chris Newbold has also been laid off.  

   The leadership of the fire district has been in limbo since May when Bornhop, Watkins and Heitkamp were first placed on paid administrative leave.  

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 02:18
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   St. Louis residents are speaking out about a proposed city-wide ban on sagging pants.  More than 50 people showed up to Long Middle School Tuesday night to talk about Aldermanic Bill 117.  It was the second such forum hosted by the bill's sponsor, Alderwoman Marlene Davis.

   Davis had originally proposed fines of $100-500, but after hearing from citizens, she's now looking at alternatives.

   "There needs to be some consequences, maybe community service, something like that," Davis said.  "And we have a system in place that maybe we could use, called the Neighborhood Accountability Board."  

   Davis says about 70 percent of the people attending two public forums seem to approve of the ban.  She'll now present their comments to the city's public safety department. 

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 01:48
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   Charges are expected Wednesday against middle school teacher accused of having inappropriate contact with a former student.  

   St. Louis County Police arrested the male teacher Tuesday at Sperreng Middle School.  His name hasn't been released.  

   Police say the alleged incidents date back to 1996.  The victim reportedly came forward this summer with allegations.

   Sperreng Middle School is in the Lindbergh School District in south St. Louis County. 

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 00:46
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One suspect is being sought in connection to a pair of armed robberies in south county. T

he first crime occurred at a 7-11 in the 8000 block of Mackenzie on August 11. The store clerk said the suspect pulled a gun and demanded money. After getting the cash he ran away. On August 19, police believe the same suspect robbed a Subway restaurant in the 4300 block of Butler Hill Road.

The suspect is a white man between 30 and 40 years old, around 5'4" and weighing 250 pounds. He was driving a green or dark beige Jeep Grand Cherokee.

If you have any information, please call the St. Louis County Police Department at 314/615-8695 or Crimestoppers at 866/371 TIPS (8477).

 

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:35
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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - Two men arrested for protesting against President Barack Obama on an Interstate 70 overpass near St. Louis say they were breaking no laws.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 41-year-old Marc Messmer of St. Charles and 57-year-old Duane Weed of Bridgeton were arrested Saturday afternoon on a St. Charles overpass. It was part of a series of overpass demonstrations around the country calling for impeachment of the president.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Al Nothum says the men and 10 other protesters were creating a traffic hazard and were told to leave. Nothum says Messmer and Weed were arrested for failing to obey.

Nothum says that earlier Saturday there were five accidents near the location of the protest. None involved serious injury.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - State health officials say a fifth case of cyclospora infection has been confirmed in Missouri.

The Department of Health and Senior Services said Tuesday the latest report came from a health provider in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The agency says the source of the illnesses has not been confirmed, and it's not known whether the Missouri cases are connected to those in other states.

Previously, cases of cyclospora infections have been reported in the Kansas City metro area and in Jackson, Taney and Miller counties.

Cyclospora infections are mostly found in tropical or subtropical countries. Symptoms include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps or nausea.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:19
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A large investment in a Granite City plant should create a few dozen jobs.

Illinois and Kraft announce a $40 million investment in the plant there. The facility makes powdered beverages and the money will be used to buy four new pouch fillers. Kraft will need to hire 30 more people to handle the additional work.

The equipment should be up and running by 2014.

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Shrewsbury police say a suspicious event in a part this month was just an innocent mistake.

Police issued a warning on Tuesday after a couple came forward saying a woman tried to walk away with their young boy in the park. The mother said a woman approached her two-year-old son, grabbed his hand, and started to walk away. The mother believed her son was being abducted. The mother grabbed her boy and the woman walked away.

It turns out the woman works at a concession stand and was just trying to help the boy find his parents. Police say there was no ill intent and are calling the situation a misunderstanding.

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