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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois State Police say the first applicants for concealed-carry firearm permits in the state could have those permits by the middle of March.
 
State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond tells the Daily Herald that it's a possibility that some permits could be issued "after the first couple weeks in March." Meanwhile figures released Thursday show less than 1 percent of the applications in Illinois have been challenged. Local police departments can object to an application when they believe applicants pose a public threat.
 
The Chicago Sun-Times reports a state licensing board will consider about 230 objections filed by police. The board includes a former judge, two former prosecutors, three former FBI agents and a psychiatry professor

Jon Belmar named St. Louis County's new police chief

Friday, 31 January 2014 13:39 Published in Local News

St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - After 27 years on the fore, Jon Belmar, has been named St. Louis County's new top cop.

 

The St. Louis County Police Board of Commissioners voted today to name Belmar, 50, as outgoing Chief Tim Fitch's replacement. Belmar was one of three lieutenant colonels that the board interviewed for the position. his started his career with the county police in the Affton Southwest precinct and he later served in the South County precinct, Tactical Operations Unit, West County precinct, Arson and Explosives Unit and Bureau of Crimes Against Persons.

 

Tim Fitch retired this week after 34-years in law enforcement. 

Four suspects are facing charges connected to a home invasion in Alton earlier this month.

 

Rachel Barnes, 24, Christopher Hill, 27, DeMarco Smith, 20, and Curtis Wallace, 38, have been all been arrested for armed robbery and home invasion, according to Alton Police. Hill and Wallace also face attempted murder charges. Police say they were called to a home an January 16. They found a 55-year-old man who had been beaten with fists, gun, and a pipe, and then was stabbed.

 

Police from Alton, St. Louis County and St. Louis City worked together to catch the suspects. The victim has since been released from the hospital.

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