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GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) -- Authorities issued charges against an East St. Louis man for the death of a Cahokia man who was found in an Illinois state park lake on Sunday.

Scott L Thompson, 42, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the death of 20-year-old Dakota Jones.

Illinois State Police say Jones’ body was found Sunday morning in the water near a boat launch ramp at Horseshoe Lake State Park near Pontoon Beach.

Authorities say Jones died of blunt force trauma, and evidence at the scene indicates the case was a homicide.

Illinois State Police Capt. Jim Morrissey says Jones had been dead less than 24 hours when his body was found.

Thompson was taken into custody on Sunday and remains in police custody with no bond.

 

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A recent study shows that people are more sympathetic to an abused animal than an abused person.

The study was released by LiveScience. The researchers presented subjects with news articles featuring an abused adult, infant, puppy, or adult dog. Puppies, adult dogs, and infants were all viewed as defenseless by participants. 

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St. Louis County police have identified the teenager shot and killed during a disturbance at a home Monday morning.

The resident was home in the 57-hundred block of Eagle Drive with his fiance when he answered a knock at the door.  Nineteen year old Akeem Mayes of St. Louis city, and an unidentified man, then became involved in an argument with the resident. In an exchange of gunfire, Mayes was killed.

A search for the second subject is ongoing. 

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   Police believe a man shot to death in the St. Clair County Courthouse Monday afternoon took his own life.  

   St. Clair County Sheriff Richard Watson says it happened on the fourth floor of the parking garage about 4:30 p.m.  

   Police haven't released the man's name pending notification of family, but say he was 25-30 years old and had addresses in both Belleville and Caseyville, Illinois.  

   Watson says the man had not gone to the courthouse but to the probation office on the other side of the garage.

   Sheriff's deputies and Belleville police had initially closed down the garage thinking there might be a gunman still lurking.  It reopened about an hour later.

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BOSTON (AP) - Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger has been convicted in a string of 11 killings and other underworld crimes.

The 83-year-old Bulger faces life in prison after being convicted Monday of committing or playing a role in the killings during the 1970s and '80s while he led the Winter Hill Gang, Boston's Irish mob.

Bulger was one of the nation's most-wanted fugitives after he fled Boston ahead of a 1994 indictment. He was captured in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011.

He is accused of shooting or strangling some of the victims himself. In other cases, he allegedly ordered the slayings or participated in some other way.

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Monday, 12 August 2013 12:35

One dead after shooting in North County

Police are looking for a teen after a fatal shooting in north county.

The shooting happened around 10:30 this morning outside the Bentwood Townhomes near the Norwood Hills Country Club. Still few details, but one teen was shot in the head and died. The second teen ran off.

It is unclear what led to the shooting.

This is a developing story.

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Saturday, 10 August 2013 08:02

Sentencing delaying in corruption trial

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A federal judge has again delayed the sentencing of a former Madison County treasurer to allow him to continue cooperating with a federal corruption investigation.

U.S. District Judge David Herndon on Friday delayed Fred Bathon's sentencing from August 30th until December 6th. Earlier this year the judge delayed Bathon's sentencing from May until August.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports Bathon's attorney filed a motion requesting the delay. Prosecutors didn't object.

Bathon pleaded guilty in February to rigging 2005-2008 tax lien auctions so that his political donors profited from inflated penalties paid by property owners.

Bathon could receive a prison sentence of between 31 and 40 months, though his sentence could be reduced because of his cooperation with investigators.

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The call for help is going out in Florissant.

Police are asking residents to keep an eye out for copper thieves in the area. Police say the burglars target unoccupied homes to remove the copper piping. They take the piping and sell it to scrap yards. The thieves often dress as construction workers to confuse neighbors.

Police are encouraging anyone who notices suspicious activities to report them.

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A St. Louis County man is in custody after police say he robbed a bank and pharmacy then tried to make his getaway in a taxi.

54-year-old John Barbera allegedly robbed a First Bank branch inside a Creve Coeur Dierbergs, then went to a Wallgreens and tried to rob the pharmacist. Police arrested Barbera while he was trying to get a cab ride to escape the scene.

He is held on a $150,000 bond.

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Wednesday, 07 August 2013 15:17

Man sentenced for decades-old burglaries

WARRENTON, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a long string of burglaries dating back more than two decades.

A Warren County judge on Tuesday sentenced 31-year-old George Dustin Augusta III of Truesdale. He pleaded guilty in June to 14 counts of burglary and 14 counts of stealing for crimes dating to the 1980s.

Augusta told authorities he broke into the homes to steal items and sell them so he could pay child support.

 

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