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One arrested after bomb scare in Shiloh, IL

Friday, 04 October 2013 00:25 Published in Local News

   A suspect is in custody after a bomb scare in Shiloh, Illinois Thursday afternoon.  

   FBI officials say they learned of a bomb threat about 2:00 p.m.  

   Special Agents and Bomb Technicians from the FBI, the Illinois State Police Hazardous Device Unit and the Shiloh Police responded to a home in the first block of Twin Oaks Drive.  

   Several nearby homes were evacuated while bomb technicians used a robotic device to locate, identify, and disarm potential explosive devices inside the home.  

   The suspect's identity hasn't been released.  The FBI continues to investigate. 

St. Clair court scandal forces new murder trial

Thursday, 03 October 2013 04:30 Published in Local News

   There's more fallout from the St. Clair County Courts scandal.

   A metro-east man who was supposed to be sentenced on a murder conviction yesterday is instead getting a new trial.  

    Twenty-nine-year-old William Cosby had been convicted in April of shooting a man to death outside an East St. Louis nightclub.  

   Yesterday, St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida ordered a new trial.  The problem?  Cosby's trial judge had been Michael Cook, who is now facing drug and weapons charges.  

   Cosby's attorneys argued that it had been unfair that prosecutors had known Cook was being investigated and the defense had not.  Judge Haida agreed.  

   Cosby remains in the St. Clair County Jail on a million dollar bond while he awaits that new trial.

STL area veterans visit WWII memorial amid shut down

Thursday, 03 October 2013 04:07 Published in Local News

   Despite the federal shutdown that has closed hundreds of National Parks Service sites, World War II veterans from St. Louis were able to visit their memorial in Washington D.C. yesterday.  

   It was initially feared the veterans, on Honor Flights from Missouri and Illinois, many in their nineties, wouldn't be allowed to view the memorial because of the shutdown.  

   On Tuesday, images of vets stepping past ribbons and barricades to access the site garnered negative national attention.  But yesterday, 29 local veterans were welcomed by Park Service rangers at the site.

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