St. Louis County Police believe a drug deal gone bad is the reason two men were shot late Tuesday night.
Around 11:30 PM officers were called about a shooting in Jennings. Investigators believe a drug transaction was underway when two men standing outside a vehicle decided to rob two other men who were inside a vehicle. One person in the car then pulled a gun of his owner and shot the would-be robbers.
Both of the victims are reported to be 22 years old and hospitalized. No names have been released.
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.
The visitation for the nine-year-old boy shot and killed while riding in a car with his father last week.
Family and friends will say goodbye to Tyrese Short this afternoon. The visitation runs from 3PM to 7PM at the Friendly Temple Church in North St. Louis. Tyrese lived with his mother in Texas, but was spending the summer with his father in St. Louis. He was in a car with his father at 3:30 in the morning last Wednesday when someone opened fire on the car, hitting only Tyrese. He died the next day at the hospital.
His funeral will be held Thursday morning.
The family has set up a donation fund to help with funeral expenses. You can donate to that fund at any PNC Bank.
A standoff in Maryland Heights is over and ended without violence.
Police were called to a house near the intersection of Olive and Fee Fee Road. A suspect in the house was threatening to hurt himself and police. The suspect's brother told police that the man could have been suffering drug withdrawal symptoms. Around 4 this morning, the man surrendered to authorities.
The suspect's name has not been released and no injuries were reported.
The St. Clair County States Attorney is considering charges after a six year old child got a hold of a gun and shot an 11 year old boy in Belleville Tuesday night.
Belleville police spokesman Mark Heffernan says it happened when three children were playing upstairs in a home during a family barbecue. Police say the handgun didn't belong to the owners of the house but may have come from someone who was staying there.
Eleven year old Leonard Smith, Jr. was shot in the head and died on the way to the hospital.
Police say Smith lived in East St. Louis and was visiting the family in Belleville.
He may be "gettin by on Central Time" but St. Louis' own Pokey LeFarge has made the big time out East.
The 30-year-old and his band appeared with David Letterman on Late Night with David Letterman last night to huge applause and an enthusiastic Letterman. Their musical style is known as "American Roots" genre. Letterman joked about going on tour with the band at the end of their performance.
According to his bio, Andrew Heissler aka Pokey LaFarge took an interest in history and literature during his childhood and was greatly influenced by his grandfathers. One was a member of the St. Louis Banjo Club, who gave Pokey his first guitar and tenor banjo. The other, an amateur historian, taught LaFarge about the American Civil War and World War II.
LeFarge met Ryan Koenig and Joey Glynn of the St. Louis band The Rum Drum Ramblers while he was playing on a street in Asheville, North Carolina. Adam Hoskins joined Glynn and Koenig to form the South City Three. As of late 2012 / early 2013, the group were joined by TJ Muller (cornet) and Chloe Feoranzo (clarinet).
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - For the first time in more than a decade, bars in downtown Carbondale will be allowed to open on Halloween.
City Council members voted 4-2 on Tuesday to let bars in an area known as "The Strip" operate this year. City officials say they'll allow the bars to open for business as part of a one-year experiment.
The bars have had to shut down for the past 12 years after rioting and vandalism in the college town in far-southern Illinois.
Councilwoman Jane Adams says she supports the change, which will allow three bars to operate.
She says the new regulations won't lead to a "street party."
But Mayor Joel Fritzler voted against the move. He says any Halloween mayhem could hamper development.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of a death row inmate who shot a suburban St. Louis police officer.
The court's 5-2 decision yesterday dealt with Kevin Johnson. He was convicted of fatally shooting Kirkwood Police Sgt. Bill McEntee in 2005.
Johnson's current attorneys raised about a dozen claims that his original attorneys were ineffective. Among other things, they claimed the presence of numerous uniformed police in the courtroom and halls could have influenced jurors to find Johnson guilty.
Judge George Draper III rejected that argument in the Supreme Court's majority opinion.
But judges Patricia Breckenridge and Laura Denvir Stith dissented. They said Johnson's attorneys should have objected to the police presence, and he deserves a hearing on whether he got a fair trial.
CHICAGO (AP) - Gay marriage supporters are launching a $2 million statewide campaign to approve same-sex marriage in Illinois.
Illinois Unites for Marriage is a coalition representing gay rights, civil rights and political groups.
In a statement Tuesday, the group says it will place 15 field organizers throughout the state to engage supporters. They plan to target legislators who oppose a measure to lift Illinois' ban on same-sex marriage.
The Illinois Senate passed the bill in February. It wasn't called for a vote in the House because the bill's sponsor said it didn't have the votes to pass.
Jim Bennett is chairman of the coalition. He says the next few months are critical because lawmakers could take up the bill in the fall.
Opponents say marriage should be between a man and woman.
One man is dead and another is in critical condition after a shooting in North St. Louis Tuesday afternoon.
Police say about 4 p.m, a man approached a home near Fairground Park. He reportedly yelled at the people sitting on the front porch and then fired shots at them.
One man was hit in the chest. He later died. Another man was hit in the back. He's hospitalized in critical, but stable condition.
Police say a 20 year old man has been taken into custody in connection to the shooting. Police say a disagreement over a debt led to the confrontation.