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Uncle arrest for allegedly murdering 7-year-old niece

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 11:59 Published in Local News

Murder charges will be filed against the uncle of 7-year-old Willow Long.

Prosecutors say Justin DeRyke is guilty of first-degree murder.

The arrest comes less than a day after the body of a young child was found near Willow's home in Watson, Illinois. A forensic pathologist positively identified the remain as Willow on Tuesday. The investigation also revealed that she had been murdered.

Effingham County authorities started search efforts after the girl's mother reported her missing on Sunday morning. 

Charges issued against men for East St. Louis shooting

Monday, 09 September 2013 16:32 Published in Local News

Two men are accused of shooting and killing a man outside of an East St. Louis nightclub.

Police say Dameon Floore and Torcus Boone killed Kenneth Richards in the parking lot of Denese's Place. Floore is in police custody and held on $9,000,000 bail.

Boone remains at large and is reportedly in the metro east. Police say Boone should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about their location should call the Illinois State Police at 618-346-3990 or Crime Stoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).

St. Louis parks officials admit to massive fraud

Monday, 09 September 2013 14:16 Published in Local News

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two former top St. Louis parks officials face December federal sentencing now that they've admitted stealing nearly half a million dollars from the city since 2005.

Thomas "Dan" Stritzel, the city's 43-year-old chief park ranger, and the deputy parks commissioner, 55-year-old Joseph Vacca, each pleaded guilty to three counts of mail fraud involving the theft of roughly $465,000.

A May indictment alleged that from January 2005 through the end of last year, Stritzel and Vacca used false or inflated invoices to funnel the pilfered city funds through sham companies. Prosecutors say they spent the money on vehicles, paying off credit card debt, and other expenses.

They each face up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines on each count.

Court records show Vacca filed for bankruptcy in 2009.

 

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