ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson wants to add drones to his crime-fighting arsenal.
The Post-Dispatch reports that Dotson wrote a letter this spring to the Federal Aviation Administration making the case for unmanned aerial vehicles. He says that it's crucial to look at new technologies to keep officers and the public safe and to apprehend criminals.
The letter was a preliminary step toward seeking approval for unmanned — and unarmed — flight.
The assent of Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce is required, and she also wrote to the FAA to offer "enthusiastic support."
Dotson says he would seek donations and grants to pay for the drones. They cost from $60,000 to $300,000 each. While pricey, they're still cheaper and safer than helicopters.
Privacy advocates have raised concerns.
One man is in the hospital after being stabbed by a robber who was trying to take his food stamps.
The victim was approached by the suspect in North County late last night. Police say the robber told the man to give him his food stamps. When the victim resisted, the two started fighting. The robber stabbed the man three times and ran away.
Police are looking for a black male who is about 165lbs, 5’9″ tall and 25-30 years old. The victim is in stable condition.
Residents and business owners in the largest Bosnian community in America are frustrated by the crime in their Bevo Mill neighborhood.
Two convenience store murders in less than a month prompted residents to pack the Bosnian Chamber of Commerce office Wednesday night, looking for answers from City Police Chief Sam Dotson.
A nineteen year old clerk at the Quick Stop store on Chippewa was gunned down May 31st. His brother was also shot and wounded. Then last week a 30 year old father with a pregnant wife was shot to death while working at a 7-11 at Gravois and Bates.
Chief Dotson told the group that crime is actually down seven-percent in the area, but that he understands their concerns and urged them to put pressure on judges to sentence repeat offenders to prison instead of probation.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Federal prosecutors in New Jersey have provided new details on how an international cybercrime ring broken up this week accessed some customer accounts at more than a dozen leading financial institutions and payroll services.
According to an amended complaint filed Thursday in Newark, the hackers used a number of unlawful means to obtain customer log-in information, such as usernames and passwords, to steal millions of dollars.
The government says no wider data breaches are alleged to have occurred.
Eight people are charged in the scheme.
Customer accounts were targeted at Aon Hewitt, Automated Data Processing Inc., Citibank, E-Trade, Electronic Payments Inc., Fundtech Holdings LLC, iPayment Inc., JPMorgan Chase Bank, Nordstrom Bank, PayPal, TD Ameritrade, TIAA-CREF, USAA, Veracity Payment Solutions Inc. and the payroll arm of the U.S. Department of Defense.
The call came in about 1:30 Thursday afternoon of a shooting on Cherokee Street; the Cherokee Place Business Incubator where several businesses are located. The victims' names have not been released, but we do know two men and two women, believed in their 40's or 50's, were killed at the A-K Home Healthcare office.
Ann McCullough is Cherokee Street Business Association Liason, "we're very strong and vibrant community and will continue to move forward as a creative, artistic district. And we all look at for each other and I just think it is going to remind people that they need to be aware of their surroundings."
That weapon, a semi-automatic handgun, has been recovered.
17 people were hit by gunfire during one of the most violent nights in recent memory of St. Louis.
Over a five hour period that spanned Monday night into early Tuesday morning, gunshots rang out in seven separate incidents. The youngest victim in the shootings, a 13-year-old.
Police have not announced any connection between the shootings.
St. Louis County Prosecutors believe they have the man responsible for a series of armed robberies in North County this year in custody.
20-year-old Joshua Crosby faces several charges for the break in that started in February. Crosby allegedly robbed a Dollar General in North County then robbed a woman behind the store. Police connected Crosby to the crime using evidence from a series of other street crimes in the area.
Crosby was arrested in late February.
Police are looking for the suspect in a Creve Coeur bank robbery.
The suspect walked in to the Reliance Bank at Olive and Warson this morning, pulled a gun on the teller, and ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866.371.TIPS.
A repeat-offender is headed back to prison after he was convicted of robbing an Imo's delivery man.
Travis Moorehead will spend 20 years behind bars for the crime in early 2011. Moorehead approached the drive in Dutchtown, showed a gun, and took $30. Police caught his while he was running away. Police say the weapon he used in the recent crime was a replica BB gun.
In 2004 Moorehead was convicted for committing a separate burglary.
Charges are filed against a man for shooting and killing a south St. Louis store owner during a robbery.
23-year-old Joseph Fox is charged with 1st degree murder, assault, robbery, and burglary. Police say Fox was robbing a convenience store in the 4400 block of Chippewa when he shot the owners. One of the victims was hit in the arm and survived. The other was shot and killed.
Fox is held without bond.