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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Southwestern Illinois authorities say a 28-year-old man stabbed two people during a weekend home invasion in what may be a case of mistaken identity.

Madison County prosecutors charged Grant Connor of Bridgeview with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and home invasion.

State's Attorney Tom Gibbons says Connor knocked on a Glen Carbon home's door claiming to have a disabled car. Then he charged, stabbing a 35-year-old man who offered to let him use the telephone.

That victim managed to grab a knife and stabbed Connor in the throat while a 33-year-old woman tried to intervene before also being stabbed.

The victims were released from a hospital. Investigators say Connor may have been searching for someone else with a similar name.

Court records don't show whether Connor has an attorney

 

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois woman faces up to 60 years in prison after being convicted of playing a role in the 2011 carjacking and slaying of a bingo-playing grandmother.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports a St. Clair County Circuit judge found 39-year-old Belleville resident LaTosha Cunningham guilty of murder.

A co-defendant, 21-year-old DaQuan Barnes, has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder related to the death of 85-year-old Yoko Cullen. He awaits sentencing Oct. 30.

Authorities allege that Barnes, Cunningham and another man staked out waited for Cullen outside a Collinsville bingo hall where one of them knew she played, then stopped her from driving away.

Authorities say Cullen was forced into her trunk and driven to East St. Louis, where her car was set on fire while she was inside.

 
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Saturday, 28 September 2013 10:22

Bank robber sentenced to life in prison

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 40-year-old man with a history of robbing banks in Kansas and Missouri has been sentenced to life in prison for two holdups he was convicted of committing last year.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Eddie Prince Roberts of Columbia, Missouri won't be eligible for parole under the sentence he received Friday in federal court.

Roberts was convicted earlier of robbing Boone County National Bank in Columbia of more than $4,400 in April 2012, and Landmark Bank in Columbia of roughly $8,200 the following month.

He was arrested after the Landmark robbery following a foot chase in which he fought with an officer and was shot during the encounter.

Roberts was convicted in 1993 of robbing five banks in Kansas. He was also convicted of robbing a Missouri bank in 2000.

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A grand jury in Effingham County has indicted 22-year-old Justin DeRyke on three counts of first-degree murder.

DeRyke is accused of stabbing his 7-year-old niece Willow Long to death on September 8. For each count of murder, he faces a mandatory term of life in prison if convicted.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has taken her brother into protective custody and is investigating Willow's mother.

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St. Louis Police say they have arrested the people responsible for a series of robberies and shootings earlier this week.

Officers say a 32-year-old man and 28-year-old woman are responsible for three robberies on Monday night. The first happened just after 8 PM, when the pair allegedly shot a victim. About an hour later, police say the couple robbed and shot a victim. And just 10 minutes later and just blocks away, the pair robbed another person.

The suspects were captured after police released a photo of the woman using a debit card that was taken from one of the victims. 

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Monday, 09 September 2013 13:26

Man charged for attacking bar owner

A Carlinville, Illinois bar owner ended up in the hospital after an attack last week.

Deborah Borre, the owner of Hollywood and Vine, was closing shop Friday night, when Jamal Zollicoffer allegedly attacked her. After the beating, Borre drove the police station to report the incident. She was taken to the hospital.

Police caught Zollicoffer and prosecutors filed robbery and assault charges against him. He is held on a $75,000 bond.

 

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Friday, 06 September 2013 14:35

UMSL students robbed in early morning hours

Scary incident for some students at University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Police say a group of students were walking near the campus around 12:40 this morning. The students say two men approached them. One of the suspects pulled out a gun and used it to hit one of the victims. The suspects them jumped in to a waiting Chevy Camaro and sped off. It is still not clear what the suspects stole.

The Bel-Nor Police are handling the case at 314-381-2971. 

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Friday, 06 September 2013 14:34

Police seek suspects in O'Fallon robbery

The search continues for a pair of robbers who beat an employee at an O'Fallon, Missouri retail store.

Police say the suspects walked in to the store just before noon yesterday and grabbed five bottles of liquor. When the pair tried to walk past the registers without paying, an employee tried to stop them. A struggled ensued and the employee was injured. The suspects were last seen driving from the scene in a white conversion van.

Anyone who believes they recognize the suspects are asked to call the O’Fallon Police Department at (636)-379-5687.

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The suspect in a fatal carjacking has pleaded guilty to killing an 85-year-old grandmother.

21-year-old DaQuan Barnes will get a 60-year-sentence for the murder instead of life in prison under an agreement with prosecutors.

Prosecutors say Barnes and two accomplices, identified as 39-year-old LaTosha Cunningham and 30-year-old DeMarcus Barnes, waited for Yoko Cullen outside of a Collinsville bingo hall in May of 2011. Barnes force her into the trunk of her car, drove to east St. Louis, and set the vehicle on fire.

Investigators say Cullen was alive as the vehicle burned. 

 

 

 

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FRANKFORD, Mo. (AP) - A 45-year-old suburban St. Louis man accused of shooting his adult son to death told a northeast Missouri deputy that "he had no other choice."

Michael Lee Phillips of St. John is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action after the shooting death of 22-year-old Jeff Chisholm in rural Pike County last Saturday night.

The Quincy Herald-Whig reports that Phillips said he first fired a warning shot that didn't dissuade his son from advancing as they fought.

A probable cause statement says witnesses reported Chisholm arguing with his girlfriend and then his mother as she tried to prevent her son from driving after he had been drinking.

Phillips was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning. Online court records do not list an attorney on his behalf.

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