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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - The suspect in a north county bank robbery is in the hospital in critical condition after police say he shot himself in the head.

 

The incident started shortly after 10 AM when the suspect robbed a US Bank on Lindbergh. Florissant Police spotted the suspect's vehicle shortly after the robbery and started to chase the vehicle. Near I-270 and Lindbergh the suspect crashed into a concrete guardrail. Officers said that as they approached the car, they heard a gunshot.

 

They found the suspect with a gunshot to the head. No one at the bank was hurt. The suspect's name has not been released.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 12:21
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   Two metro-east firearms instructors can no longer teach carry-conceal permit classes.  That after some students came forward saying the two instructors at Sparky's Armory in Mascoutah gave as few as two hours of training instead of the required 16 and still issued certificates saying students were ready to get their permits from the state.  
   St. Clair County States Attorney Brendan Kelly says about 100 students received the certificates without actually completing the state mandated training hours.  
   Kelly says the students who paid the instruction fees won't get their state permits, but they will get their money back.  
   Kelly says he doesn't expect any criminal charges, but the two instructors can no longer issue firearms certificates.
 
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 03:42
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   There won't be any relief for overcrowding at two metro-east jails after voters in two counties reject proposed tax increases to fund jail expansion.  A 0.25 percent sales tax increase to fund a $37 million expansion of the St. Clair County Jail was rejected by more than two-thirds of voters yesterday.  By a 2-1 margin, Madison County voters rejected a bond-finance plan to pay for nearly $19 million in renovations to bring their jail up to code.
   Meanwhile, Fairview Heights residents overwhelmingly approved an 85 cent property tax increase in order to save the two elementary schools in the Grant School District.  School officials had warned they would have to dissolve the district without the increase, sending about 680 students to neighboring districts.
 
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 03:23
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   After an Illinois primary election that saw relatively low turnout yesterday, one metro-east sheriff is out, another is in.  

   Glen Carbon Police Chief John Lakin took 64 percent of the vote to defeat Madison County Sheriff Bob Hertz in the Democratic primary.  With no Republican candidate, Lakin will officially win the post in November.  

   St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson had been appointed in 2012 to replace the late Mearl Justus.  Watson easily won the Democratic nomination.  Again, no Republican candidate means he'll begin his first full term after the November election. 

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 03:19
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   The votes are in, and billionaire businessman Bruce Rauner has won the GOP nomination for Illinois governor.  Rauner overcame a late surge from State Senator Kirk Dillard to capture the nomination.  State Senator Bill Brady and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford had conceded defeat shortly after the polls closed.  
   If elected in November, Rauner has said he'll model his administration after Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker, who championed anti-union legislation. 
   As expected, Rauner willl face incumbent Governor Pat Quinn who easily won the Democratic nomination over challenger Tio Hardiman.
   There were no real surprises in any of the local races Tuesday.
   U.S. Representative Rodney Davis turned back a nationally watched GOP challenge from former Miss America Erika Harold to remain his party's pick for the District 13 congressional seat.  The Taylorville Republican now faces a November showdown with former Madison County Judge Ann Callis in a race that's being heavily targeted by the National Democratic Party.  Callis defeated George Gollin and David Green for the Democratic nod.
 
   There were several other primary races for congressional seats:  
   In District 3, Sharon Brannigan took the Republican nomination over Diane Harris.
   In District 4, incumbent Democrat Luis Gutierrez easily beat challengers Alexandra Eidenberg and Jorge Zavala to retain the party's nomination.
   In District 8, Republican voters overwhelmingly picked Larry Kaifesh over Manju Goel.
   In District 9, Susanne Atanus edged David Earl Williams for the GOP nod.
   In District 11, Darlene Senger defeated three candidates for the Republican nomination, including strong challenges from Chris Balkema and Bert Miller. 
   In District 14, Democrat Dennis Anderson bested John Hosta for the nomination.
   In District 16, incumbent Republican Adam Kinzinger easily overcame a challenge from David Hale.
   In District 18, Darrel Miller won the Democratic nomination over Rob Mellon.
 
   Tom Cross defeated Bob Grogan for the GOP nomination for State Treasurer. Cross will take on Democratic state Sen. Michael Frerichs of Champaign in the November general election.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:19
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Justin Deryke, the man accused of murdering his 7-year-old niece last year, is headed to prison for the rest of his life.

 

Deryke pleaded guilty to the murder of Willow Long. On September 7 Deryke was watching Willow when he chased her out of the the house. Deryke claimed that Willow fell on a pile branches and one pierced her neck. An autopsy revealed she suffered stab wounds.

 

As part of the plea agreement, Deryke was sentenced to life in prison.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 15:37
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State Police say two southwestern Illinois firearms instructors were improperly certifying students trying to get concealed carry permits.
 
The agency says Tuesday that nearly 100 students who were taught by the pair will have their training invalidated and their applications denied. The instructors won't be able to teach and the agency is forwarding its findings to the St. Clair County State's Attorney's office.
 
More than 2,700 firearms instructors have been certified by the state to teach gun safety classes as part of Illinois' new concealed carry law.
 
All applicants have to attend at least 16 hours of training before they can apply for the licenses. The first licenses were distributed earlier this month.
 
About 46,000 applications have been submitted. Officials expect about 300,000 applications to be filed this year.
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 13:49
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An estimated $400 million is up for grabs in the latest Mega Millions jackpot.
 
Tuesday night's potential jackpot would be the sixth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
 
If a single player matches all six numbers, the winner would have the option of taking a $224 million lump-sum prize.
 
Mega Millions changed its rules in October to help increase jackpots by lowering the odds of winning the top prize.
 
If no one hits on all six numbers, the jackpot rolls over to Friday's drawing and a grand prize that would start marching toward $500 million.
 
Mega Millions is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
 
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 13:47
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A question for registered voters in Illinois, have you voted today? If you answered no, you are in what appears to be an overwhelming majority.

 

Keith Dudding is an election judge in Madison County and says this year's attendance could be one for the books. Dudding says at his location, on two of 300 registered voters had cast a ballot in the first two-and-a-half hours of voting.

 

KTRS has discovered the same experience at other polling places. Our reporter visited three separate polling places and officials at all locations gave a similar story--turnout is historically low.

 

There is still time to get to the ballot--polls close at 7 PM. 

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