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As you go about your holiday shopping, you might notice a few more officers at area shopping centers.

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch announced that the force is tasking additional resources to malls. Both uniformed and undercover officers will be in  shopping centers while the Metro Air Support Unit will be keeping an eye on parking lots.

On an unrelated note, the County will also be placing an emphasis on DWI enforcement. 

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Police have released a photo of the suspect connected to a robbery that happened outside a Wentzville Walmart.

A little over a week ago, on Sunday, November 17, a woman says she was approached by another woman in the parking lot. The suspect demanded the victim's purse. The victims gave the other woman money.

Police say the suspect left the scene in a 2000's gold of tan Chevy Blazer. The suspect is described as a heavy set woman, who was wearing a pink hoodie and light-colored blue jeans. 

Anyone who information on this case can contact Det. Blake Roth at blakeny.roth@wentzvillemo.org or can call 636-639-2127. You can call anonymously as well to 636-639-2180.

 

Published in Local News
Friday, 22 November 2013 16:59

Megan Boken's shooter pleads guilty

At a plea hearing Friday, 19-year-old Keith Esters admitted to shooting and killing Megan Boken.

As part of his guilty plea, Esters was sentenced to life in prison, plus 20 years. Megan's family was on hand to read statements before sentencing. Police says Esters did not act alone.

His cousin, Johnathan Perkins faces second degree murder charges. Officers say they tracked down Esters and Perkins by tracing a cell phone that was stolen from someone else six days before Megan was murdered. 

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A St. Louis priest accused of molesting a teen, is no longer facing charges.

Father Joseph Jiang had pleaded not guilty to a child endangerment charge before the case was dismissed today. A lawsuit filed on behalf of the victim's family is still active. The family claims that Archbishop Robert Carlson did nothing to stop the abuse.

The Survivors Network of these Abused by Priests released saying they are disappointed. They are now asking for anyone who may have seen or suffered abuse by Father Jiang or others, step forward.

Published in Local News
Friday, 22 November 2013 13:44

Pair arrested for ATM skimming device plot

Two men are in custody connected to a large identity theft plot. The US Secret Service arrested the men, who are accused installing a skimming device on an ATM machine and stealing money from 300 Lake St. Louis residents.

Officials say Arman Simonyan and Vahe Akopyan were arrested in November 15 in Omaha, Nebraska. The suspects were found with ovr $140,000 in cash, several thousand dollars worth of gift cards and other evidence in the case.

Police say a skimming device could have been used at more than one location to record the victims’ account information. 

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VERSAILLES, Mo. (AP) — One of three suspects in the February killings of a central Missouri couple has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.

The Lake Sun Leader reports that 43-year-old Derrell Spellmeyer, of Eldon, also pleaded guilty Thursday to armed criminal action. Sentencing is scheduled Jan. 16 in Morgan County Circuit Court.

Spellmeyer was accused of shooting 53-year-old Carol Wilson and stabbing 66-year-old Freddie Wilson on Feb. 4 at their home in Versailles (vur-SAYLZ'). He was arrested by detectives responding to a call from Carol Wilson saying she had been shot.

Forty-five-year-old Garland Mitchell and 28-year-old Mandy Mitchell, both of Jefferson City, are awaiting trial on the same charges.

The Mitchells told investigators the three went to the home to obtain drugs, but that only Spellmeyer went inside.

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St. Louis Police announced today that they have a suspect in custody connected to the shooting of an off-duty officer this week.

On Wednesday night the officer was visiting his sister at her north St. Louis home. The officer asked to men inside the house to leave. One suspect ran out and while the officer was escorting the second man from the house, he shot at the officer. The victim was hit in the leg and the suspect ran from the scene.

The suspect was captured today and charges are pending. The officer was taken to the hospital in stable condition. 

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A hearing to consider the request of a Missouri teen to have her guilty plea in the killing of a 9-year-old neighbor vacated, corrected or set aside has been rescheduled.

Alyssa Bustamante pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the October 2009 killing of Elizabeth Olten. Bustamante now is 19 years old and was 15 at the time of the killing. They lived in St. Martins, just west of Jefferson City.

Online court records show a hearing scheduled for Friday has been moved to Jan. 30.

Bustamante was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole and ordered to serve a consecutive 30-year term for armed criminal action. She was initially charged with first-degree murder, which carries a sentence of life without parole.

Published in Local News
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 15:40

Police release photos of bank robbery suspect

Police have released pictures of the suspect in a bank robbery Wednesday morning.

The man  robbed the US Bank inside the Butler Hill Schnucks around 11am. The robber handed the teller a note implying he had a weapon and demanding money.  He then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.  No one was injured in the incident.

Witnesses describe the suspect as a white male in his 30′s with a thin build and a scruffy beard.  He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a black hat.

If you recognize the robber call Crimestoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS or the St. Louis County Police Department at 314-889-2341.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - School officials say three people were shot in or near a Pittsburgh high school, and police are searching for a gunman.

Pittsburgh school district spokeswoman Ebony Pugh says three students were shot outside Brashear High School on Wednesday afternoon as they walked to a vehicle they'd all taken to school earlier in the day.

She says their injuries appear to be non-life-threatening. Two were grazed in the head and one was shot in both the foot and arm.

Pugh says the victims were not on school property but close by. It's not clear who shot them.

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