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Authorities say dozens of people face drug or weapons charges as part of a crackdown in parts of the metro-east that the St. Clair County prosecutor says are "in a state of lawlessness."
State's Attorney Brendan Kelly says most of the more than 50 people charged are from East St. Louis, Washington Park, Alorton and Cahokia. The three-month investigation, dubbed "Operation Wild, Wild East" was funded by a federal grant overseen by Illinois State Police.
Kelly says the communities where the alleged offenses took place don't have enough policing, and that laws simply aren't being enforced.
St. Clair County officials say charges could come as soon as Thursday against a teenage driver suspected in a hit and run accident that killed a 9 year old boy last week.
Authorities located 17 year old Kevin Powell earlier Wednesday afternoon. Police started looking for Powell after they found the vehicle believed involved in the accident yesterday.
Nine year old Fabian Teson was hit while riding is bike near Cahokia last Thursday. Teson died at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital on Saturday. His funeral is set for Thursday, one week after he was struck.
Police are looking for a teenager as a person of interest after recovering the vehicle involved in hit and run accident that killed a 9 year old boy just outside of Cahokia, Illinois last week.
The vehicle involved in the fatal accident was found Tuesday morning on Laclede's Landing.
The victim, Fabian Teson was struck while riding his bicycle around midday last Thursday. He died at Cardinal Glennon Children Hospital on Saturday.
St. Clair County Sheriff Richard Watson says they're looking for 17 year old Kevin Powell as a person of interest in the case.
Metro East police are asking for the public's help finding the hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a 9-year-old boy.
St. Clair County sheriff's detectives say Fabian Teson was hit while riding his bike in the 2400 block of Lorraine in the Cahokia area around 12:30 Thursday afternoon.
Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center confirmed Sunday morning that the boy had died. Witnesses told police the child was struck by a late 1990s silver or grey Pontiac Grand Am, Grand Prix or Chevrolet Malibu.
Anyone with information is urged to call police.
Administrators of the school district in Cahokia, Illinois plan to close two schools in an effort to spare education programs and teaching jobs.
The board is looking to close an early childhood center and the freshman academy. The freshmen will be merged in with students at the regular high school.