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High Ridge Doc charged with kiddy porn, child sex abuse

Thursday, 13 February 2014 04:24 Published in Local News
   A popular High Ridge doctor is facing child sex assault and pornography charges.  
   Police initially investigated Dr. Craig Pope after child pornography was traced to his computers.  St. Louis County Police Detective Adam Kavanaugh is the investigator on the case.  He spoke with Fox 2 news about the investigation.  "We knew that child pornography was being distributed from Dr. Pope's medical practice, and from his home as well," he said.   
   During questioning, police say they discovered child sexual abuse against four female family members that dates back to 1986.  The victims ranged in age from 2-16. Police say there had been an investigation in 2006, but no charges because family members were reluctant to testify.  
   St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCullough says Dr. Pope is facing 16 charges so far, but that could change if more victims come forward.  "Considering the allegations in this case and the evidence in this case, I'd be shocked if there weren't additional victims out there," McCullough said.
   Dr. Pope treated many children and teens at the Dillon Plaza Family Medicine Group in High Ridge.  Anyone who may be a victim is urged to call St. Louis County Police at (314) 889-2341.  
   Pope is currently jailed on a one-million dollar bond.
 
 
 
 
 

$10K reward offered in fatal Kirkwood hit & run

Thursday, 13 February 2014 03:27 Published in Local News
   A $10,000 reward is being offered in hopes of catching the hit and run driver who killed a Kirkwood man.  The family of 50 year old Joe Auffenberg is offering the cash for information leading to a conviction.  St. Louis CrimeStoppers is also offering a reward of up to $1,000.
   Auffenberg was stuck by a northbound vehicle late Sunday night as he crossed North Kirkwood Road near Bodley.  
   Police have released a gas station security camera image of a car that was in the area at the time.  
   Also, police are looking for a man who was shopping at the nearby Walgreens just before the accident.  Police stress that he's not a suspect, but a potential witness. The man is described as white, 45-60 years old, with gray hair and a white goatee.  He was wearing a tan jacket and St Louis Blues sweatshirt. 
   Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 866-371-8477. Tips can also be directed to the Kirkwood Police Department at 314-220-4094.
 
   Cardinal's spring training camp officially gets busy Thursday with the first official workouts.  Pitchers and catchers reported to Jupiter, Florida the day before.  
   Cardinals' Manager Mike Matheny says the talent pool of young pitchers this year is amazing. "Some of the guys we have as leaders in the group don't have a whole lot of experience, but that's just kind of the club we have," he said.  
   Matheny says it's going to be fun watching this group of young, talented pitchers continue to improve and grow.  But the bottom line is competition.  "We've got some very young guys and very talented guys and they're going to have to step in and compete," he said.  "That idea that we're just constantly going to be hounding on them is just competing non-stop.  No matter who you are, no matter what you've done, come in here and work in Spring Training like you've got something to prove, which you do."
   Eight pitchers with proven major league experience are competing for five starting positions.  
 

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