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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - A suspect in the slaying of a Cape Girardeau tattoo artist whose body was found in a Bonne Terre septic tank has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges in a separate case.
 
Forty-three-year-old Brent Bouren of St. Louis faces state charges of second-degree murder, armed criminal action, witness tampering, second-degree assault and felonious restraint in connection with the death of Samuel "Tick" Francis.
 
Bouren is accused of watching another man attack Francis with a baseball bat, participating in the assault and threatening witnesses with similar treatment to keep them quiet.
 
The Southeast Missourian reports that Bouren pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute cocaine. A sentencing hearing is set for early June.
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - The suspect in a north county bank robbery is in the hospital in critical condition after police say he shot himself in the head.

 

The incident started shortly after 10 AM when the suspect robbed a US Bank on Lindbergh. Florissant Police spotted the suspect's vehicle shortly after the robbery and started to chase the vehicle. Near I-270 and Lindbergh the suspect crashed into a concrete guardrail. Officers said that as they approached the car, they heard a gunshot.

 

They found the suspect with a gunshot to the head. No one at the bank was hurt. The suspect's name has not been released.

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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A De Soto man is facing multiple felony charges.

 

Police say that Kevin Ricar broke in to a woman's home and tried to have sex with her last Friday, March 14. The victim says she woke up around 11 PM on Friday and found the suspect in bed with her. She told police that she new Ricar through a mutual friend. Police found the man blocks away from the home.

 

Ricar is held in the Jefferson County Jail.

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — An East St. Louis man is jailed on $1 million bond after being accused in a shooting death last month.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that St. Clair County prosecutors charged 20-year-old Montrell Spencer this week with first-degree murder.

Authorities say 49-year-old Leon Lucas Junior of East St. Louis was killed February 22nd during an altercation.

Spencer was arrested Monday by officers who responded to a home in connection with a reported domestic dispute. Police say that after being arrested on suspicion of domestic battery, investigators learned he was suspected in Lucas' death.

Online court records don't show whether he has an attorney. He has an unlisted home telephone number.

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A Michigan man faces sentencing this summer after pleading guilty to charges related to his role in robbing a southwestern Illinois bank worker restocking an automated teller machine.

Twenty-two-year-old Ramsey Fakhouri of Troy near Detroit entered the guilty plea Friday in East St. Louis to a bank robbery count.

Fakhouri and an 18-year-old man from Concord, Mich., were indicted last month in connection with the February 14th holdup of a Bradford National Bank worker outside that branch in Highland, east of St. Louis.

The bank worker was unharmed, and authorities say the robbery involved the theft of nearly $26,000.

Fakhouri's co-defendant awaits trial.

Fakhouri's sentencing is scheduled for July 11th.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Prosecutors have described Kevin Trudeau as an "uncontrollable huckster" in urging a federal judge to imprison the TV pitchman for at least 10 years for bilking consumers through widely aired infomercials.
 
In a court filing in Chicago this week, they blast Trudeau as "an unrepentant, untiring and uncontrollable huckster." They add the 50-year-old is even likely to cheat fellow inmates. Sentencing is March 17.
 
Jurors convicted Trudeau of criminal contempt in November for violating a judge's order barring him from making false claims about his book, "The Weight Loss Cure They Don't Want You to Know About."
 
Prosecutors say Trudeau has not only refused to pay a $37 million judgment in a related civil case but bragged about his defiance.
 
Trudeau attorney Kimball Anderson didn't return a message seeking comment.
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - University City Police are looking for a man connected to a fatal shooting Wednesday morning.

 

Investigators say that around 8:35 Joseph Price shot two women inside a home near Fogerty Park in University City. Both women were taken to the hospital, where one of them died. Police are asking the public for help finding Price. He is described as a black male, just over 5 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds. Price is known to drive a 1984 blue Chevrolet pick-up truck with Missouri license plate O-F-T-1-9-7. Police say Price should be considered armed and dangerous.

 

Anyone with information can call the University City Police Department at 314-725-2211, contact your local police department, or call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:31

Judge throws out plea deal for former judge

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A federal judge says he can't accept a plea deal for a former Illinois judge on heroin and gun charges because the prison term is too light.
 
Michael Cook pleaded guilty in November as part of a deal with prosecutors that called for him to serve 18 months in prison. But on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Joe Billy McDade rejected the deal, saying Cook deserves more prison time.
 
An attorney for the former St. Clair County judge declined to go through with the sentencing. He has three weeks to work out another deal with prosecutors. Cook also can ask for a jury trial.
 
The case involves the death of Associate Judge Joe Christ, who was with Cook at a hunting cabin when he overdosed on cocaine last year.
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A man accused of taking part in a deadly robbery in the Central West End, is set to appear in court today.

 

Johnathan Perkins is charged with second-degree murder connected to the shooting death of Megan Boken. Keith Esters pleaded guilty in November and was given life in prison.

 

Prosecutors say the two tried to steal Boken's cell phone in 2012 and ended up shooting and killing her.

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WARRENTON, Mo. (AP) - An 8-year-old eastern Missouri boy has died from injuries suffered in a stabbing during a domestic dispute.
 
Warren County authorities say Mason Vandiver died about 1 a.m. Tuesday at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis. He had been on life-support since the attack Friday night at a home near Jonesburg.
 
Mason's mother, 29-year-old Lexy Vandiver, died in the stabbing, along with her co-worker who was visiting the home, 22-year-old Tara Lynn Fifer of Montgomery City.
 
Murder charges were filed Saturday against 23-year-old Shawn Kavanagh of Bellflower. His estranged wife, 27-year-old Jessica Kavanagh, also was stabbed and remains hospitalized. Authorities say she is expected to recover.
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