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. PETERS, MO – Xing Wu Zhang, 61, of O’Fallon, MO, is accused of a repeatedly sodomizing a woman, 45, at a St. Peters massage parlor. His employer tells Fox2/News11 there’s more to the story. She points to a surveillance video from just after the alleged incident, Friday night. Fox2/News11 has confirmed prosecutors plan to review and attempt to verify the video. Zhang has worked at the Oasis Foot & Body massage since February, his employer said. The business opened […]
WENTZVILLE, MO – About 4,500 workers at the General Motors assembly plant in Wentzville walked picket lines instead of working the assembly lines on day 1 of the nationwide United Auto Workers strike against the carmaker, Monday. GM released a statement saying negotiations had resumed. Everyone in Wentzville was hoping it would turn out to be just a 2-day work stoppage like the last one at the plant in 2007. There’s no word of any progress and the two sides […]
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — St. Louis County police say 3-year-old Rodney March III was home with his parents Thursday when he found an unsecured and loaded gun in the bedroom and accidentally shot himself. And despite the best efforts of police, the child didn’t make it. According to Sgt. Benjamin Granda, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department, the shooting happened around 11:30 a.m. at the Laurel Apartment complex at Lucas and Hunt and Jacobi. The child’s […]
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A woman is lucky to be alive after a road rage incident in Bridgeton. The suspect, 21-year-old Elijah Trice, pulled alongside her and fired one shot into her pickup truck around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday on Highway 370 near St. Louis Mills Road, police said. The woman went to a hospital and there was a police manhunt for the suspect. The woman told police Trice had cut her off in traffic. Investigators used her description to track […]
CRESTWOOD, Mo. – The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged a Crestwood man for allegedly fatally wounding his neighbor’s border collie to death while the dog’s owners watched in horror. The incident took place Saturday around 12:30 p.m. in the 9700 block of Greenview Drive. The suspect, 60-year-old John Ross III, was charged with animal abuse and unlawful use of a weapon. He was released after posting $2,500 bail. Teddy’s owner said the dog was playing in the backyard […]
ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – A St. Charles County corrections officer is accused of sharing anti-Muslim Facebook posts and also abusing a Muslim inmate. In an exclusive interview, the now-former inmate, 31-year-old Ali Qandah, told Fox 2 he suffered nearly a year of mistreatment in the St. Charles County Jail, including 8 months in solitary confinement while awaiting trial in a stolen credit card case. The case dates back more than 5 years. Qandah had been convicted in the past […]
CRYSTAL CITY, Mo. – Just last month, it seemed like a lost cause. Crystal City High School’s Dr. J.J. Commerford Stadium was still under floodwaters from the overflowing Mississippi River. Football may have been in the air but water covered the field from late April into July. It was more than 10 feet high at times. “Really, honestly, as long as it was on there, I didn’t know if we’d even have a football field,” said Superintendent Dr. Steve Barnes. […]
WENTZVILLE, Mo. – A bottle of Coke helps Wentzville police stop a statewide burglary spree. The crime scene at Los Portales Mexican restaurant in Wentzville had been repeated in cities and towns hundreds of miles apart in Missouri, police said. The burglar would cut his way into the businesses through outdoor building panels and then steal their money. Current court records show the break-ins stretched February to July; Wentzville to Jefferson City, Moberly, and beyond. The owner of Los Portales shared […]
KIRKWOOD, Mo. – Kirkwood police have made a dent in the summer car theft epidemic that’s been plaguing all of St. Louis County. Officers arrested 17-year-old Zuri Jones in a Kirkwood neighborhood while responding to suspicious person call just before 5 a.m. on August 23. Police said he was apparently scouting new targets. Jones was charged with four counts of felony stealing and one count of burglary. According to police, all of the crimes happened overnight, beginning July 24 with a […]
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — It was a very emotional day as people from downtown St. Louis to Waterloo, Illinois turned out Monday afternoon to honor slain Illinois State Police Trooper Nick Hopkins of Waterloo. Hopkins, 33, was shot and killed Friday executing a search warrant in East St. Louis. He was taken to Saint Louis University Hospital after he was shot. Police announced that he had died later that day. Thousands gathered along the route to watch the procession pass, […]
WENTZVILLE, Mo. – Fox 2 has told you about horses getting loose and creating a danger near a busy Wentzville highway. Police have said since our latest report, two more horses got loose from their owner’s property. Tammy Peterson was driving along Highway Z Friday when she saw horses out of their corrals and standing near the roadway. Petersen, who owns four horses herself, turned around to help. “So, I turned around and came back and helped police officers round […]
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 […]