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   A St. Charles man is facing charges for shooting a neighbor's car after becoming upset over high school pranksters.  

   It happened about 11:30 Sunday night in the 1300 block of Edinburgh Drive.  

   Police say Daniel Beauchamp had come outside with a shotgun after discovering a group of teens in his yard with rolls of toilet paper.  The would-be TP-ers ran.  

   A neighbor told police she encountered Beauchamp in the street where he hit her car and yelled at her when she tried to drive around him.  She says she heard a popping sound, but kept going.  She got home and discovered that her front tire had been shot.  

   Beauchamp has admitted that he shot at the neighbor's car. His bail is set at 20-thousand dollars.

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Tuesday, 03 September 2013 13:19

Man charged in connection to 2012 murder

Prosecutors have charged a man for a 2012 murder. Michael Shirlee is accused of killing a 31-year-old woman in November.

High school student Danah Jackson found the body in a vacant lot in North St. Louis while she was on her way to school. Officers investigated the scene near the intersection of Market and North Grand.

Police say the woman's body had signs of trauma, but have not elaborated.

 

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   BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Three more women are accused in southwestern Illinois in the 2011 attack on a Red Lobster waitress who was pummeled after serving the wrong fish order.

   The Belleville News-Democrat reports the latest charges come about a week after one of the defendants, 21-year-old Ania Wilkes of Ferguson, Mo., was convicted of felony assault and mob action. She awaits sentencing October 3rd.

   Prosecutors in St. Clair County charged Denise McNeal of Jennings, Missouri and Lareka McNeal and Diane Ryland, both of St. Louis, with aggravated battery and mob action.

   The victim, Heather Frink, says she was punched and pushed by diners at one table after she brought broiled fish instead of the requested fried fish.

   Online court records don't show whether the three newly charged people have attorneys.

 
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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.

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   STEELVILLE, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri man is charged with second-degree murder, accused of shooting another man following an argument along the Meramec River.

   The shooting happened Saturday afternoon. The suspect, 59 year old James Crocker of Steelville, is jailed on $650,000 cash-only bond.

   Court records allege that Crocker, a property owner along the river, was angry that a man on a float trip stopped to urinate on a gravel bar. Crocker is accused of shooting the man's traveling companion, 48 year old Paul Dart, Jr. of Robertsville.

  Dart's widow, Loretta Dart says her husband had tried to intervene to keep the peace.

   "My husband was trying to solve the situation without anyone getting hurt," she said.  "And it wound up taking his life." 

   Dart was shot in the head. Crawford County Sheriff Randy Martin says Crocker then went to a neighboring home and asked a woman to call 911.

   Dart's widow says he was on his annual float trip with about 50 others.

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A total of three people now face charges connected to last week's fatal hit-and-run accident outside of Cahokia.

Kevin Powell was charged with several crimes Thursday, including reckless homicide, for allegedly hitting and killing 9-year-old Fabian Teson last Thursday.

A passenger in the vehicle, 17-year-old Devan Harris, was charged with two counts of obstruction justice.

25-year-old Alysa Sherwood owns the car that Powell was driving. She faces charges for letting him use the car.

 

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   A 34 year old St. Louis man is facing charges for a hit-and-run accident that sent a pregnant woman and her six year old son to the hospital Monday night.  

   Police say the 23 year old woman and her son were crossing the street near Natural Bridge and North Grand a little after 10:00 p.m. when they were struck. Both were seriously injured.  The woman is eight months pregnant, but her unborn child appears to be unharmed.  

   Menkara Rahman is now charged with leaving that accident scene.  He's jailed on a $35,000 cash-only bond.  

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CLEVELAND (AP) - Authorities have filed kidnapping and rape charges against a Cleveland man arrested after three women missing for about a decade were found alive at his home.

Homeowner Ariel Castro was charged Wednesday. Brothers Pedro and Onil Castro are held but face no charges right now.

The men are in custody and can't be reached for comment. Their brother-in-law has said the family is "totally shocked" after hearing about the women at the home.

The three women disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004 and were found Monday after one of them screamed for help to escape and contacted police.

Police say ropes and chains were among evidence collected inside the house. A city councilman says the women were subjected to prolonged sexual and psychological abuse and suffered miscarriages.

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DIXON, Ill. (AP) - The Lee County state's attorney says she decided to drop state charges against former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell because a second trial after her conviction in federal court would not result in additional jail time or restitution.

Crundwell admitted in the federal case that she stole nearly $54 million in public money from the northern Illinois city over some two decades that she served as its bookkeeper.

The Lee County prosecutor, Anna Sacco-Miller, said Tuesday that any sentence in the state proceedings would be served concurrently with the nearly 20 years that Crundwell received in February in the federal case. As a result, she says, the expense to taxpayers of a second trial cannot be justified.

The charges can be refiled if Crundwell's appeal of her federal sentence is successful.

 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis-area fire chief is facing federal indictment for allegedly stealing more than $140,000 in money from the impoverished fire district.

The indictment of Kinloch Fire Protection District chief Darran Kelley was announced Thursday. Federal prosecutors allege he stole money from taxes, grant funds intended for a new pumper truck and donations that were aimed at helping the district keep the truck.

He is also accused of falsely claiming disability.

The district went out of service in December.

Kelley appeared in federal court late Thursday and was ordered to spend the night in jail.

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