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. LOUIS – A 53-year-old man is accused of standing in the middle of Friday morning traffic and randomly pointing a gun at passing drivers in south St. Louis. According to a spokesperson for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the incident happened around 7 a.m. on Bates near Gravois. It was initially reported as an “officer in need of aid” call. Police said Lester Allen Smith was in the street pointing and waving the gun. At one point he […]
RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. – A patient at the St. Mary’s Hospital Emergency Room in Richmond Heights is accused of stealing $545 from another patient’s purse. He allegedly played the role of Good Samaritan. “He saw the purse left there, he took an opportunity, opened it up, saw there was currency in there, took the money, placed it in his pocket, and acted as if he was doing a good deed by turning the purse in,” said Richmond Heights Police Detective […]
ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – A 29-year-old St. Louis man is accused of targeting local Target stores and using strong-arm tactics. The latest alleged crime comes when he could be in prison but a judge instead gave him probation. In January, Stephon pleaded guilty to multiple crimes in January. St. Louis County Judge Thea Sherry sentenced him to seven years in prison but suspended the sentence and ordered that he serve five years of supervised probation. Young had already served […]
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. – Five men are in custody after a police chase Wednesday morning. Investigators with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said the suspects may be part of a theft ring. The situation unfolded around 4 a.m. on Buckingham Palace Drive in the Imperial area. A resident called police about somebody going through unlocked cars and open garages. Sheriff’s deputies responded and spotted the suspect’s car and the pursuit began. Deputies put down spike strips twice, eventually shredding the […]
ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – A 49-year-old O’Fallon man, who was accused of terrorizing a Lincoln County convenience store over the summer but released from jail, is now charged with stealing a St. Charles County police vehicle during Monday night’s winter storm. According to Capt. Dave Tiefenbrunn, a St. Charles County police spokesperson, the theft happened around 11 p.m. at the county police station in O’Fallon, during a shift change. The desk officer, who works just inside the main entrance, […]
ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis man is accused of shooting and killing a salvage yard intruder for a second time. The man never reported the shooting and hid the gun by encasing it concrete, police said in a court document. The case goes back to September 15, 2018. A man’s body was found near the back of the salvage yard at 4815 Martin Luther King Drive in north St. Louis. This month, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office dropped […]
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A teen is accused of having a loaded handgun with an extended magazine on the grounds of Roosevelt High School in South St. Louis. Parents were furious they still hadn’t been notified more than 24 hours after Ashley’s arrest. Emmanuel Ashley, 18, was arrested near an Auto Zone store just across the street from the campus, police said. He is charged with unlawful use of a weapon on school premises. Police gave this account in a […]
HAZELWOOD, Mo. – A Hazelwood woman and her daughter got quite the scare last weekend as they were carjacked waiting for their mini-van to warm up. According to Hazelwood police, the carjacking occurred just before 8 a.m. on Saturday. The suspect, identified as 23-year-old Melvin Lanns, had the van for four days but didn’t go far. Police said Lanns saw his chance in the StoneHaven apartment complex on Boulder Creek Drive near Lindbergh. The victims were outside with their blue […]
ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis man released early from prison is back in jail, accused of second-degree murder for the apparent accidental death of his alleged accomplice in a Soulard carjacking. According to St. Louis police, the three carjacking suspects only made it a few blocks early Tuesday morning before crashing the stolen SUV on 7th Street near Barton. One of the suspects was killed in the crash. Twenty-two-year-old Percy Robinson was charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, and […]
ST. LOUIS – It is the story of a remarkable bond between co-workers, just made even more remarkable. An Ameren Missouri lineman has just donated to his long-time work partner. The two men from Ironton, Missouri, (about 90 miles south St. Louis) now share a job, a kidney, and a big place in a special woman’s heart. Jeff Gottman, 53, and John Savage, 41, spent their last day before their living donor surgery, working together. Their outward appearance was calm. That was […]
ST. CHARLES, Mo. — A man who was allegedly stealing packages from a front porch in St. Charles on Halloween afternoon had a big surprise waiting for him. The homeowner turned out to be an off-duty police officer. The suspect tried to run off but didn’t make it out of the front yard. Chad Tullock figured what he heard on his porch was just another package delivery. “I look through my front window and I see an individual who is […]
EARTY CITY, Mo. – A St. Ann man working on a UPS cleanup crew in Earth City is accused of stealing packages for the past 10 months and trading them for cash. The packages typically contained cellphones and video games but the last package contained a gun, police said. According to court documents, 32-year-old Narvel Whitfield worked as part of a contracted cleanup crew at the facility. Surveillance cameras caught him stealing a package Wednesday that contained a .22 caliber […]