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   Two women who were elected to a metro-east park board may have to sue to take their seats on that board.  

   Ruby Mattox and Dora Warren finished first and second in an election to fill two vacant seats on the Stites Township Park District Board in Brooklyn, Illinois.  

   St. Clair County Clerk Tom Holbrook certified the election results months ago.   But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the park board has refused to swear them in, calling their election "a mistake."  

   Mattox told the paper that her opposition to no-bid contracts the park board has awarded may be why the board is now claiming there were no vacancies to fill.   

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   A Brooklyn, Illinois police officer is hospitalized in serious, but stable condition after a traffic crash.   It happened about 4:30 Sunday morning at Route 3 and Jefferson Avenue.  

   Police say a Brooklyn officer tried to stop a car, but the driver sped away and slammed head-on into another Brooklyn police car.  The 31 year old officer driving that car was ejected.

   One person in the suspect's car was seriously hurt.  

   The suspect, Melvin Fraction, is jailed in St. Clair County on $750,000 bond.  It's not clear why he tried to flee, but one of the passengers in Fraction's car was wanted on warrants in Chicago.

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BROOKLYN, Ill. (AP) - Investigators say they've identified the man gunned down outside a metro east strip club as a 27-year-old St. Louis resident.

Illinois State Police tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Michael Brooks was shot several times early Sunday outside Roxy's Strip Club in Brooklyn. He died later at a hospital.

Authorities say Brooks had just stepped from his car when he was approached by two men who emerged from another vehicle. The suspects fled.

There's no immediate word on any arrests being made in the case.

 
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Crews haven't finished building it, but there's already been a crash on the New Mississippi River Bridge.

It happened about 2:00 Monday morning, when a pickup truck struck an car on Rte 3 in Brooklyn, Illinois. The truck pushed the car onto the bridge.

One passenger in the car was partially ejected. Both that passenger and the driver were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Police are now looking for the pickup driver. He reportedly stuck around long enough to flag down another motorist for help, then took off.
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