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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (AP) – An Air Force staffer stationed in Illinois has admitted he possessed pipe bombs that officials say he planned to unleash on local sex offenders.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 24-year-old Justin Vangilder entered the pleas Wednesday in East St. Louis federal court to three felony counts of possessing an unregistered destructive device. He was arrested and charged last October while he was assigned to Scott Air Force Base.
 
An FBI agent’s affidavit says Vangilder had three pipe bombs in his home in Shiloh. Documents say he’d told an informant he fantasized about killing child molesters and sought to “inflict as many casualties as possible.”
 
There’s no indication Vangilder targeted anyone on the base.
 
He is to be sentenced August 1.
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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:22

Man charged in connection to mother's murder

St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A St. Louis man is facing first-degree murder charges in his mother's death.
 
Prosecutors allege that Courtney Cunningham allegedly shot his mother in their North St. Louis home. Investigators say the shooting happened sometime between Sunday night and Tuesday morning. Cunningham was charged Wednesday in the death of 56-year-old Joyce Boxx.
 
Cunningham is held without bond. 
 
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A spate of break-ins targeted south city gyms this morning.

 

Fox2 reports thieves hit at least three different gyms in less than a half an hour early today.  Cars were vandalized at the St. Louis Fitness Club on Hampton and Potomac, and another fitness club in Hampton Village near Schnucks as well as at Blast Fitness on Jefferson and Lafayette. Piles of glass greeted many people after their workouts. St. Louis police got the first call around 6:00am. Hampton Village.

 

Police believe the same suspects may be behind all of the break ins. They are described at this point as two males in a dark grey Grand Prix.

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:51

16-year-old killed in North St. Louis

St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - St. Louis Homicide detectives are on the scene of a shooting in North St. Louis.

 

Police say 16-year-old Noah Barnes was shot several times and was pronounced dead at the scene. Neighbors in the 1900 block of Clara say they heard five to six shots and then saw a person laying face down in the street.

 

Police have not released any information on suspects. 

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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Police say that a St. Louis County man was smoking pot when his son accidentally shot his younger brother.

 

Larry Madison now faces charges of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child and marijuana possession. Investigators say Madison left a loaded shotgun within easy reaching distance of his two sons, who are 3 and 4 years old. Police say he was smoking marijuana in another room when the 4-year-old picked up the shotgun and shot his 3-year-old brother. The younger boy was taken to the hospital after being grazed by a bullet.

 

Police say the children’s mother was also home at the time.

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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A St. Louis priest is accused of having sex with a minor at the Cathedral Basilica, where he served.

 

Reverend Joseph Jiang was arrested on Thursday evening. Prosecutors say he had sex with a male victim, who was under 14 years old. The alleged incidents took place between July 2011 and August  2012. The 30-year-old priest from China was assigned to the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis, where he lived with and was mentored by Archbishop Robert Carlson. 

 

The Archdiocese of St. Louis says it has revoked the priest's canonical privileges. Church officials encourage any reports of misconduct involving minors be reported to the Director of Child and Youth Protection at 314-792-7704 or law enforcement officials.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A disgraced Illinois judge at the center of a courthouse drug scandal is getting time to square away things before serving a two-year sentence on heroin and gun convictions.
 
But exactly where Michael Cook will spend his time behind bars remains murky.
 
A filing by U.S. District Judge Joe Billy McDade shows the former St. Clair County judge must surrender by May 28 to whatever lockup the Federal Bureau of Prisons slots for him.
 
McDade also recommends that Cook be placed in a prison in Florida, Alabama or South Carolina.
 
Cook was sentenced last month.
 
He resigned last year. He was charged after the cocaine-overdose death of a fellow judge while the two were at the Cook family's hunting cabin.
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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois man has been ordered to spend nine years in prison for the debilitating 2011 beating of a baby.
 
The Alton Telegraph reports that 26-year-old Matthew Fields of Hartford was sentenced this week after pleading guilty to a count of aggravated battery of a child.
 
Prosecutors say Fields was alone with the then-9-week-old baby in October 2011 when he allegedly shook and squeezed the child.
 
Authorities say the baby sustained head trauma and developmental delays.
 
Fields will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence and must register as a violent offender for 10 years.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A suburban St. Louis man is facing a combined 11 charges in two counties for allegedly soliciting donations for a charity to aid wounded veterans, but keeping the money for himself.
 
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster was in St. Louis on Wednesday to announce charges in both St. Louis and St. Charles counties against 34-year-old William Harshbarger of St. Charles. He is charged with seven counts in St. Charles County and four in St. Louis County.
 
Harshbarger is accused of soliciting unauthorized donations for the Wounded Warrior Project, often standing outside stores to ask for money.
 
Koster says Harshbarger collected at least $6,200 and none of it went to charity.
 
Harshbarger is jailed in St. Charles on $35,000 bond and does not yet have an attorney.
 
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police say a 28-year-old man found dead inside a Camaro was trying to buy drugs.
 
The victim was identified Monday as James Turman. He was found shot to death in the passenger seat of the car Sunday afternoon in north St. Louis. He had been shot several times.
 
The gunman ran away and not arrests have been made.
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