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  • Franklin County man indicted on child porn charges

    ST. LOUIS – A 28-year-old Catawissa, Missouri man appeared in federal court Friday after being indicted on child pornography charges, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri Jeffrey Jensen said. According to court documents, the suspect, identified as Daniel Avetta, was indicted on four counts of production of child pornography, six counts of receiving child pornography, and two counts of online enticement of a minor. The alleged incidents involved different victims between January 1, 2017 and April 3, 2017. […]

  • Collinsville man sentenced for battering 14-month-old

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – A Collinsville man was sentenced Friday following a conviction for battering a toddler, the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office said. According to court documents, 30-year-old Steven Williams was convicted on September 22 on five counts of aggravated battery of a child. The trial lasted three days. Williams was sentenced to six years on each of the five charges, for a total of 30 years. He must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence. Prosecutors said Collinsville […]

  • Trio indicted for carjacking, murder of Desmet football coach

    ST. LOUIS – Three St. Louis men were indicted Wednesday on 10 counts of carjacking and murder, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri Jeffrey Jensen said. According to court documents, Floyd Barber, Jherrica Dixon, and Kurt Wallace participated in at least five armed carjackings between August and October 2017. On September 16 and October 15, the carjacking victims were shot. On October 16, former Desmet Jesuit High School assistant football coach Jaz Granderson was shot and killed. If […]

  • Dough Co. opens in West County Mall

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – If you’ve ever enjoyed snacking on raw cookie dough, a new eatery in the West County Mall hopes to tempt your sweet tooth. Dough Co., which opened Wednesday morning, offers cookie dough by the scoop served in cups or cones, as well as cookie dough sandwiches.  The treats are  approved to be safe to eat because the ingredients include heat treated flour and  pasteurized eggs. The store is located in the West County Mall Food Court […]

  • Racial slur written on bathroom mirror at Parkway Central

    CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – Officials at Parkway Central High School are working to determine who wrote a racial slur and the phrase ‘White Lives Matter’ on a mirror inside a campus bathroom. It was not immediately known if the illicit graffiti was drawn in a boys or girls restroom. Principal Timothy McCarthy sent out the following email to parents and students: PCH Community, Regretfully, I am sending this email to share with you information regarding an incident that transpired at Central […]

  • Couple arrested for several armed robberies across St. Louis region

    ARNOLD, Mo. – After at least seven crimes in three counties in the past two weeks, police believe they’ve stopped a robbery spree with the capture of two suspects that police considered armed and dangerous. Workers and customers at stores, motels, and restaurants, said they’d been “freaking out” about the crimes in St. Louis, Jefferson, and Phelps counties. According to Det. Lt. James Jones, a spokesman for the Arnold Police Department, 51-year-old Elizabeth Kurtzeborn and 33-year-old Tyler Johnson were arrested in […]

  • Granite City bullying video prompts petition on changes to school policy

    GRANITE CITY, Ill. – Video of a fight involving three girls prompted parents and concerned citizens to question a Granite City school’s policies on bullying. Video of the incident, which took place November 6 after school, shows a 12-year-old Coolidge Middle School student being attacked by two other girls. The 12-year-old is knocked to the ground and punched by one girl. As the victim gets up, she’s knocked down by the third girl. The fight occurred off-campus along a sidewalk […]

  • Man found dead in Hillsdale shooting

    HILLSDALE, Mo. – Homicide detectives with the St. Louis County Police Department are investigating a fatal shooting in Hillsdale. The shooting took place Thursday around 4:15 p.m. in the 6600 block of St. Louis Avenue. Hillsdale police responded to the shooting and found a man on the pavement in an alley. He’d been shot several times and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not identified the victim, pending notification of family members. Anyone with information on the shooting […]

  • Skimmers found in gas pumps in St. Peters

    ST. PETERS, Mo. – Police in St. Peters are cautioning residents to be careful when paying for gas after officers were notified of the discovery of skimmers at one area gas station. According to Officer Melissa Doss, a spokeswoman for the St. Peters Police Department, police responded to the Mobil gas station in the 400 block of Mid Rivers Mall Drive on Thursday morning. Two internal credit card skimmers were found inside two pumps. “I go there every single day when […]

  • Normandy K-9 passes away after fall from parking garage

    NORMANDY, Mo. – A police dog died of sudden cardiac arrest while recovering from a fall during the recent hail storm in the area, the Normandy Police Department said. A police spokesperson said K-9 Officer Argo was injured in the line of duty after falling four stories from a local parking garage. Argo suffered many injures, including a broken leg, rib fractures, chipped vertebrae, and other contusions and inflammation. Doctors had hoped Argo would make a full recovery and his handler, […]

  • Traffic stop yields largest Fentanyl bust in Missouri history

    POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. – An Arizona man remains jailed after being arrested during a traffic stop earlier this month for transporting nearly five pounds of pure Fentanyl across state lines. According to Sgt. Clark Parrott, a Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman, the incident occurred November 1 around 2 p.m. on northbound Interstate 55 in New Madrid County. A state trooper pulled over a 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan and made contact with the driver, identified as 27-year-old Angel Larar-Esteban of Phoenix. […]

  • East St. Louis man charged with robbery

    FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. – The St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office charged a 43-year-old East St. Louis man in connection with attacking a coworker and robbing him after taking the bus to work. According to a police spokesperson, the robbery occurred November 6 around 9 a.m. near Ludwig Drive and Route 159. Officers found the victim lying in the grass with facial injuries. Personnel from a nearby medical facility treated the man while an ambulance was in route. The victim […]