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.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. – A St. Charles man is accused of giving vaping pods to young teenage girls in exchange for sexual favors. Investigators in St. Charles believe there are more victims but there’s no word on how many that may be. The crimes allegedly occurred at two locations along Kisker Road, inside Nieters’ truck, from January 1 through January 24. In court documents, police accuse 20-year-old Seth Nieters of selling the vape pods to two 13-year-old girls and then […]
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO – Police take to the woods and the air in day 5 the manhunt for a suspected killer in Fenton. There had been no reported sightings of James Kempf, 45, police said. He disappeared without his car and has yet to use his phone or financial accounts, police said. Digital billboards across the St. Louis area were flashing his name and picture, Monday, along with the words “wanted for assault and murder”. […]
FENTON, Mo. – Authorities are continuing a manhunt for a Fenton man accused of shooting his estranged wife and killing his father-in-law. St. Louis County police were called to a home on Charity Court just before 6:00 p.m. Thursday. When police arrived, they found a woman outside with a gunshot wound to the leg. She told police her husband, James Kempf, shot her but she was able to escape to a neighbor’s house. According to Officer Tracy Panus, a county […]
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A woman has filed a lawsuit against Lyft after she says a driver raped her in 2019. The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages. Larry Ward, 53, is accused of raping the 30-year-old nurse in the backseat of his car after picking her up a few blocks from Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis on June 22, 2019. Ward was arrested in December 2019 in St. Peters. It is FOX 2’s policy not to identify victims of […]
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Police are calling a Sunday night shooting in north St. Louis County a “premeditated” attack carried out with the use of a dating app. The victim was nearly killed. Two suspects have now been charged. James Jackson, 26, and Kevin Tompkins, 23, were jailed with their bonds set at $500,000 cash-only. In court documents, police say the two carried out the shooting with “planning and premeditation”. A male victim, 44, met Jackson and Tompkins through […]
FLORISSANT, Mo. – Additional charges are expected to be filed as early as Tuesday against a Florissant man accused of setting a house fire that claimed the life of a teenager. A memorial has sprung up for 16-year-old Dustin Baggett at what’s left of his family’s home in the 1900 block of Curtis Court. According to Officer Steve Michael, a spokesman for the Florissant Police Department, the fire started before 3 a.m. Friday, January 17. When officers arrived at the […]
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – There are heightened safety concerns after a third car-to-car shooting on Interstate 270 in north St. Louis County in the span of about a month. People are taking other routes out of fear of gunfire. St. Louis County police want the suspects to know the kind of trouble they face: a lot more than for other types of shootings. A man, 40, was shot while driving eastbound on I-270 between Lilac and Riverview around 8:45 […]
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis-based company Intoximeters, which makes breathalyzers used by police and prosecutors to convict drunk drivers, is at the center of a controversy regarding the reliability of its machines in Michigan. According to attorneys and legal experts, the controversy could derail drunk driving cases there. Michigan State Police sent a letter to its law enforcement partners in that state, alerting them to the concerns. The letter cites “performance-related issues” and drunk driving cases that could “impacted […]
OVERLAND, Mo. – A police dog put a stop to repeated break-ins at an Overland church. Overland Police K9 Officer Tzar sniffed out the suspect hiding in a sacred place, according to his human officers. Saturday’s break-in at the West Overland Bible Church near Ashby and Midland was the third at the church in the past two weeks. Aaron Coffey, 36, was charged with multiple counts of burglary and stealing. He allegedly stole audio-video equipment, church keys, and even snacks for […]
ST. LOUIS – A convicted thief is accused of using a U-Haul truck to smash his way into a Family Dollar store in south St. Louis earlier this week. According to St. Louis police and store workers, surveillance video shows James Davis, of Hazelwood, crashing into the store on S. Jefferson Avenue near Interstate 44 early Monday morning. Davis repeatedly backed the truck into the store until he broke through. Police saw him walk into the store through the massive […]
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Fox2/News11 uncovered new information tonight about the deadly hold-up at an ATM in unincorporated north St. Louis County on Tuesday. The suspect who was killed, 19-year-old Jordan Pruitt of Florissant, had previously pleaded guilty to an eerily similar crime. According to St. Louis County police, an armed guard servicing an ATM at the Vantage Credit Union at Patterson Road and Greenway Chase Drive near Florissant shot and killed Pruitt in self-defense. “Essentially, it was an […]
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A person was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon while trying to rob an ATM technician outside a credit union in unincorporated St. Louis County. According to Officer Tracy Panus, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis County Police Department, police received a call for a shooting just after 1:35 p.m. in the parking lot of Vantage Credit Union in the 600 block of Greenway Chase Drive. Panus said two people approached the ATM tech while the individual […]