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NEW MADRID, Mo. (AP) - The former office manager for the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department in southeast Missouri is facing theft charges.

Authorities on Wednesday announced that Deborah L. Cowan is accused of stealing property or service worth more than $25,000. Police have not detailed what was allegedly stolen.

Cowan is free on bond and due in court for a hearing on Aug. 8. She was office manager for the sheriff's department for 20 years.

The charges follow an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol at the request of Sheriff Terry Stevens.

Published in Local News
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 12:19

Police ID man killed while sitting in truck

Police have identified the man found shot to death inside his truck this morning.

Investigators say 29-year-old Bao Nguyen was shot twice and died at the scene. 

A passerby found a man shot man’s body hanging out of the a Nissan Frontier around 6:45 a.m.  Police do not know how long the victim had been there or how many times he had been shot. 

There are no suspect details at this time.

 

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An investigation into another overnight smash and grab burglary is underway.

This time the crime happened in west St. Louis city. Police say that around 4:30 this morning, suspects smashed the front window of the Palomino Lounge in the 5800 block of Delmar. The thieves made off with some liquor, a flat screen TV, and money from the cash register.

No information on the suspects has been released.

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An investigation is underway after St. Louis County police officers shot at someone during a traffic stop.

Just before 5 PM police pulled a car over for a traffic violation. While officers were approaching the car, a passenger got out of the car. The police noticed that man was holding a gun and shot at him. The suspect dropped the weapon and ran away, but he was captured a short time later.

The driver of the car was also taken into custody. It is not known if the armed suspect was hit.

 

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Charges are filed against Keith Wildharber after police say he accidentally shot and killed his friend.

Wildharber was drinking with his friends on Monday night, when witnesses say he playfully pulled out a gun, pointed it at the victim, asked the victim if he trusted him, and pulled the trigger. The victim died from a gunshot wound to the stomach. Police say Wildharber believed the gun was unloaded.

He now faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

 
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A Washington University student is shaken up but uninjured after they were robbed at gunpoint on the school's campus Tuesday morning.

An email to students and staff said that a student was approached in a parking lot just after 8 AM. The suspect showed a gun and stole the victim's laptop and cell phone. The suspects is a man between 20 and 30 years old. He is about 6'0" tall and has long dreadlocks. He drove away in a blue Pontiac Aztec.

University officials remind everyone the best thing to do when being robbed is to give the thief what they want.

Published in Local News
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 16:12

Convicted murderer to get new sentence

A convicted murderer who is spending life in prison without parole, will be resentenced.

Ledale Nathan was 16-years-old when he was tried as an adult for the 2009 murder of Gina Stallis. Nathan was convicted on 26 charges including first-degree murder. Nathan's lawyers filed an appeal saying the state did not prove first-degree murder. The appeal also said his age should have factored into the sentencing.

The State Supreme Court is upholding the convictions but sending the case back to lower courts for resentencing. The high court says the punishment is a violation of Nathan's Eighth Amendment rights.

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FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois woman is accused of tossing her infant through a car window while trying to flee after authorities say she shoplifted from a department store.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports prosecutors in St. Clair County charged 23-year-old Mykayla M. Bator of Swansea with felony counts of theft and drug possession, as well as misdemeanor child endangerment.

Fairview Heights police say Bator bolted to a waiting vehicle with her 1-year-old, tossing the child through an open window into the back seat after she was confronted as a suspected shoplifter outside a Kohl's store.

Then she got in the passenger seat of the vehicle, which drove away.

Police say the child wasn't injured.

Bator doesn't have a listed telephone number. Online court records don't show whether she has an attorney.

 
Published in Local News
Monday, 29 July 2013 17:40

Fifth Third bank in Clayton robbed

The Clayton branch of Fifth Third Bank was robbed on Monday afternoon.

Police say the suspect entered the bank just before 2PM, handed the teller a note demanding money, and left. The suspect is a middle-aged white man. He is 5'9" tall with a slim build. He drove from the scene in a blue or purple Hyundai that was driven by a woman.

Anyone with information regarding the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call Clayton police at 314-645-3000.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A man accused in the deaths of three women whose bodies were found wrapped in trash bags in Ohio has been indicted on 14 counts including aggravated murder and kidnapping.

The Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office announced Monday that a grand jury charged 35-year-old Michael Madison with six counts of aggravated murder, three counts of kidnapping, three counts of gross abuse of a corpse, one count of rape and one count of having weapons under disability.

Police discovered the first of three bodies in a dilapidated East Cleveland neighborhood July 19 after responding to a call about a foul odor. Madison was arrested the same day at his mother's house after a brief standoff with police.

Madison has no attorney listed in the county.

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