Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:25 Published in Local News
EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (AP) – An Air Force staffer stationed in Illinois has admitted he possessed pipe bombs that officials say he planned to unleash on local sex offenders.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 24-year-old Justin Vangilder entered the pleas Wednesday in East St. Louis federal court to three felony counts of possessing an unregistered destructive device. He was arrested and charged last October while he was assigned to Scott Air Force Base.
An FBI agent’s affidavit says Vangilder had three pipe bombs in his home in Shiloh. Documents say he’d told an informant he fantasized about killing child molesters and sought to “inflict as many casualties as possible.”
There’s no indication Vangilder targeted anyone on the base.
He is to be sentenced August 1.
St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A St. Louis man is facing first-degree murder charges in his mother's death.
Prosecutors allege that Courtney Cunningham allegedly shot his mother in their North St. Louis home. Investigators say the shooting happened sometime between Sunday night and Tuesday morning. Cunningham was charged Wednesday in the death of 56-year-old Joyce Boxx.
Cunningham is held without bond.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has endorsed a bill that would allow motorcyclists over the age of 21 to forgo wearing helmets while travelling on the road.
Current law requires motorists to wear helmets or face a fine of up to $25 for each offense.
Supporters say adults should have the freedom to decide whether to wear a helmet and argue Missouri misses out on tourism because of the current law. Opponents say the helmet law protects riders during accidents and that the measure would cost the state in higher medical bills.
The measure given first-round approval Wednesday needs one more vote before moving to the Senate. Lawmakers adjourn May 16.