Andy Banker reports weeknights for FOX 2 News and co-anchors FOX 2 News on Saturday and Sunday Mornings. Andy joined the FOX 2 News team in July 2002 and is from Millstadt, Illinois; a graduate of Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Andy worked as a reporter and anchor in Champaign, IL, and Dayton, Ohio, before returning home in 1994. He worked as a reporter and Weekend Anchor at KDNL, ABC 30 News, for 8 years. He is also the stadium announcer for the Rams at the Edward Jones Dome.
Andy’s received multiple Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, and Associated Press awards for his reporting. He’s been named “Best Reporter” by the Illinois Associated Press 4 times. Andy volunteers with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation among other charities. He’s a past honorary Chairman of the Walk to Cure Diabetes. Andy is a huge fan of the Rams, Cardinals, Blues, and Fighting Illini; plus musicians Jay Farrar, John Hiatt, and Bruce Springsteen.
WENTZVILLE, Mo. – US Marshals tracked down an East St. Louis man, wanted for a deadly drunk driving crash in Illinois more than a year after the alleged crime. They found him working at his job near Wentzville, about 50 miles away. The crash occurred outside Lebanon, Illinois on the morning of October 6, 2018. According to authorities, 57-year-old John Heatherly of Fairview Heights was driving on Highway 50 around 8 a.m. when he was struck head-on and killed. The […]
ST. LOUIS – A Halloween display in south St. Louis has ignited a heated debate on social media. Part of the display featured a hangman’s platform—or gallows—and a noose. The display appears to be medieval-themed, including a catapult and what may be a castle-like entrance. The wooden gallows had stairs to walk up, a drop floor, and a noose hanging from a crossbar. It has now been torn down. From the sidewalk, you can still see the noose on the […]
ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – She’s been in the news recently as an alleged victim of harassment by the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney. She’s moved on. St. Charles County Family Court Judge Erin Burlison granted Fox 2 an exclusive interview about what she calls a courtroom crisis: the growing number of divorce cases where children refuse contact with one of their parents. In this most private of legal settings, Burlison gave us a look behind the courtroom doors to […]
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A Bellefontaine Neighbors man is accused of shooting a teenager for breaking into neighborhood cars. Neighbors support 41-year-old Charles Bams, saying he has right to protect his property. But that’s not what the law says. Another resident told Fox 2 a group of teens was roaming the block Monday night, trying to break into car after car, including his. When told of the charges filed against Bams, the neighbor exclaimed, “What! He’s been charged with […]
ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – The St. Charles County Family Court has domestic abuse victims crying foul. A group that encourages family reunification, even in cases of domestic violence, is holding a courthouse seminar for judges and legal professionals. The group, called Overcoming Barriers, is hosting what it’s calling a training session on Friday. The group’s website promotes its approach to handling high-conflict divorces, in which a child resists contact with one of the parents. It offers training across the […]
WOOD RIVER, Ill. – Three people were arrested Monday after a frightening hold-up and two-state police pursuit. According to police, two masked men robbed a Wood River, Illinois Verizon phone store around 1:40 p.m. Sunday and then led police on a chase across the Mississippi River into north St. Louis County. There were no customers in the store when one of the suspects pulled a gun on a worker and demanded cash from the safe, as well as the cash […]
O’FALLON, Mo. – An O’Fallon, Missouri man is accused of chucking stones at cars on Interstate 70, putting lives in danger and causing thousands of dollars of damage. Police have linked him to a trail of crime and destruction going back to 2016. Investigators had been trying to solve a series of crimes going back to the spring. Everything from the rock-throwing to tearing up the temporary pro shop at a St. Peters golf course. Back in April, 35-year-old Brandon […]
MAPLEWOOD, Mo. – More than 18 area agencies responded to a three-alarm fire at Cambridge Apartments in Maplewood Friday afternoon. The blaze began around 2 p.m. at the 24-unit apartment building on Cambridge, just a block east of Big Bend. Maplewood Fire Chief Terry Merrell told Fox2/News11 the fire apparently started on the lower level and quickly spread throughout all three floors of the building. Only two units were occupied. All residents got out safely. The building was under renovation […]
ST. ANN, Mo. – Police responded to a fire call in St. Ann earlier this week and uncovered a bizarre case of alleged domestic abuse, as a man was arrested and accused of assaulting his wife with glue and drain cleaner. People at the Santa Ana Apartments on Ashby near St. Charles Rock Road called to report the building’s on fire four or five times recently but there’s never been a fire, according to St. Ann police. A husband and […]
TROY, Mo. – A 37-year-old Lake St. Louis man is accused of going on a bizarre rampage with fire extinguishers over the weekend at Mercy Lincoln Hospital in Troy, Missouri. According to prosecutors, the incident took place around 6 p.m. Sunday. Authorities believe Michael Mouser got into the hospital stairwell, set off fire alarms, started spraying fire extinguishers, and even sprayed a visitor in the face. Mouser remained in jail Wednesday on charges of first-degree terror threat and second-degree burglary, […]
ST. CHARLES, Mo. – A St. Charles man is accused of beating his young son after the boy saw him using heroin. A photo taken by the boy’s mom is at the center of the case. Brian Jubb, 31, has been jailed on one count of abuse of a child. His bond was reduced on Tuesday from $10,000 to $3,000. Neighbors recalled seeing St. Charles police take Jubb away from his apartment near highways 370 and 94 in the past […]
ST. LOUIS – A former employee at Ranken Technical College was arrested earlier this week after making threats after being fired. According to court documents, 33-year-old Erika Shields was terminated from her job at Ranken and then made a terror threat. Shields was jailed on a charge of first-degree terror threat with a bond set at $20,000. She faces up to 7 years in prison if convicted. Police said Shields had been terminated from her job as an armed security […]