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.
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – A 19-year-old Chesterfield man is accused of setting his family home on fire with family members still in the house. Days passed before anyone knew the fire was no accident, Chesterfield police said. Dominic Knobel was charged with first-degree arson. Surveillance video shows him setting the fire at the home on Forestvale Drive on Saturday night, police said. “A couple of days later, one of the residents of the house contacted our department,” Chesterfield Police Sergeant Keith […]
WENTZVILLE, Mo. – Horses have been on the loose again in Wentzville. The horse’s owner isn’t doing enough to keep the horses and passing drivers out of “harm’s way,” police said. For the seventh time in eight months, 48-year-old Juliea Baker has been charged with animal neglect/abandonment. Her horses keep getting out of their corral at her home along Highway Z. Three horses were out of their corrals again Friday near the very busy two-lane highway. “My concern is that […]
TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. – A home burglary in Town & Country was solved by way of California. The victim helped police crack the case while away on vacation. The burglary happened Thursday. Police likely would not have known about it until Monday when the victim was scheduled to return home. Instead, the homeowner called the police as he watched the crime unfold on his smartphone. Freddy Quintero-Vela, 39, and Cristian Ruiz-Solis, 40, were charged with multiple counts ranging from […]
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A man abandoned two toddlers at a St. Louis County day care Tuesday morning, police said. Investigators scrambled for hours to find the kids’ parents. A boy, 4, and his sister, 2, were healthy and safe by late afternoon in the care of the grandmother. A man dropped them off at the Kingdom Care Day Care in the Castle Point area of north county. The kids appeared to be well cared for, the operators of […]
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden is addressing the public’s concerns after six men were killed in the last six days. Hayden said the homicides all had one common denominator: they appeared to stem from drug activity. Last Wednesday, three men were killed on Plover near Interstate 70 in north St. Louis. Three more apparent drug-related killings followed: one man killed at Goodfellow and Lillian, one on Murphy Park near downtown, and one person killed early Sunday […]
ST. LOUIS – Former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger will spend the next 46 months in prison for his role in a pay-to-play scheme. He also faces a fine of $250,000. Stenger appeared in US District Court Friday for sentencing. The prison term and the fine were in the maximum range recommended. Stenger asked to serve his sentence in Pensacola, Florida. The judge will put in a recommendation that he serve there. His second choice is Yankton Federal prison in […]
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – An Overland woman, 79, was carjacked in her own driveway in the middle of the afternoon. Ian Little, 17, of Imperial, is jailed on a robbery charge. His alleged motive has police shaking their heads. The carjacking happened Wednesday on Whitlock Drive, in a quiet neighborhood where it’s common for residents to have lived for more than 50 years. There’s never been a carjacking. Little pulled his shirt up over his head as he walked […]
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Wednesday was a history-making day when it comes to policing in the area. The St. Louis County Police Department began rolling out full-scale use of body cameras. They are the first large police department in the region to do so. Nearly 700 St. Louis County Officers are now starting to train with the cameras. They’re being phased-in at every one of the county’s eight precincts between now and the end of the year. The “Body Worn” […]
ST. LOUIS – A man is accused of terrorizing a south St. Louis family, trashing their car, and trying to break into their home. Charles Edward Thompson, 42, was jailed on felony attempted burglary, harassment, and misdemeanor property damage charges. Police believe he left a blood trail on the door of the family living next to his girlfriend in the Clinton-Peabody complex. Prosecutors said Thompson tried to kick their door in around 3 a.m. on Sunday, July 28 and threatened […]
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO – A front-yard crash shook up a quiet St. Louis County neighborhood, early Monday afternoon. A car hit a tree and overturned at Ronald Grayer’s house. “I thank God I wasn’t here,” Graver said looking at the shattered glass and huge gash in the large tree after the car had been towed. Had he been out mowing his lawn, he might never have heard or seen the car coming. It turned out to be stolen. It […]
JENNINGS, Mo. — A four-year-old boy was inches from becoming yet another child shooting victim in the St. Louis area. Two young men shot rapid-fire into a home on Helen Avenue, police said. About 20 shots were fired into the house, according to residents. There are at least a dozen bullet holes inside and outside of the house. “All of a sudden I heard something go pow, pow,” said the boy’s mother, who asked to keep their identities concealed. There were six […]
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – A 19-year-old repeat shoplifting suspect has police shaking their heads. FOX 2 reported on his arrest two days ago, after a police chase and crash. Now he’s been arrested again, less than a mile from the police department, about 30 minutes after getting out of jail. Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Macy’s at Chesterfield Mall. When officers arrived saw who the suspect was, they couldn’t believe it. It was Christopher Carter, 19, of St. […]