ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a reported "knockout game" attack in the city has proven to be false.
The Post-Dispatch reports that investigators plan to seek criminal charges of falsifying a police report against the woman who made the report and her boyfriend.
The woman's claim that she was attacked randomly outside a St. Louis bar last month drew national attention. Police now believe she was injured by the boyfriend and they made up the story to cover for her injuries.
The so-called "knockout game" involves random attacks on innocent people. Some cases have been reported in St. Louis, including a fatal attack of a Vietnamese immigrant in 2011.
Another man has died in the latest spat of violence in north St. Louis.
Just after 1 PM a man was shot in the head near Fairground park. Homicide detectives have taken over the investigation. Overnight, two men were shot in the head in separate incidents. One of those victims died. Last night's shooting happened at 9 PM and midnight.
No word on any suspects in any of the shootings.
A pair of men from the Detroit area facing charges for allegedly robbing a jewelry store on Tuesday.
Police say Stefan Douglas and Treymane Kinsey tried to steal a Rolex from a Clarkson Jewelers in Ellisville. When the men tried to run out of the store, a sales clerk caught one of the the suspects. There was an altercation in the parking lot and during the confusion, the store owner pulled out a gun and shot at the suspects.
After a short chase, the suspects crashed near Chesterfield mall. Now the men face charges of robbery in the second degree.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A 23-year-old southwestern Illinois man is jailed on $2 million bond after being accused of fatally stabbing a man who police say spent the past several years trying to help the troubled defendant.
Prosecutors in St. Clair County on Wednesday charged Joshua Rogers with first-degree murder in the death of Richard Feldt of Mascoutah.
Police asked by Feldt's relatives to check on his well-being found Feldt's body Monday night on his living room floor, with Rogers relaxing on a nearby couch.
Mascoutah Police Chief Bruce Fleshren says Feldt had not been seen since Thanksgiving Day and when found had been dead at least a day.
Online court records don't show whether Rogers has an attorney. He does not have a listed home telephone number.
Police say an employee of an Ellisville jewelry store fired a gun at two men who robbed the store this morning.
The incident started just after 10 AM when one of the suspects asked an employee to show him an expensive watch. The suspect then grabbed the watch and ran in the parking lot. Two employees chased the suspect out of the store. Officers say there was a physical altercation between the suspects and employees in the parking lot. But, when the suspect got into a waiting car, one of the employees pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the suspects.
Police captured the suspects after a short car chase ended in a crash near the Chesterfield mall. Officers recovered the watch the men had stolen--a Rolex worth nearly $35,000.
The suspects have not been identified.
Missouri State Representative Steve Webb is resigning his position.
Webb came under fire last month for allegedly using the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus' name to steal money. Prosecutors say that Webb solicited a $3,000 donation to sponsor a black caucus reception in Washington. Instead, court documents say Webb transferred the money to a personal account.
In a statement released Monday, Webb said he believes allegations against him will "work themselves out", but that resigning is the right thing to do for his family and colleagues.
Webb, a Democrat, faces one felony stealing charge and seven misdemeanor charges for misuse of campaign money.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - A former employee of a southeast Missouri bank faces sentencing Feb. 18 after pleading guilty to embezzling nearly $400,000 from the bank.
The Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic reports that Leslie Ann Eastwood Kirby pleaded guilty to federal charges Thursday at U.S. District Court in Cape Girardeau.
Kirby formerly worked as supervisor of tellers at First Midwest Bank in Poplar Bluff. She admitted taking $397,000 from the bank from 2007 through early this year. An internal audit uncovered the discrepancy.
The trial for the man accused of murdering 7-year-old Willow Long has been postponed again.
Justin DeRyke was set to appear in court next week, but the defense says they need more time to prepare. DeRyke is accused of murdering his niece. The new trial date is February 10.
DeRyke remains in the Effingham County Jail under a $5 million bond.
BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) - An investigation is underway after a man's body was found in a burning home in eastern Missouri.
The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Mo., reports that firefighters were putting out a house fire Saturday at the Lake Timberline development in St. Francois County when they found the body of 35-year-old Dustin Towey. Authorities say he died of smoke inhalation.
Authorities have not disclosed a cause for the fire.
Homicide detectives are on the scene of a fatal stabbing in Soulard.
Police say a man was found in a pool of blood in his apartment that is just a block away from Pontiac Square Park in St. Louis city. The victim has not been identified and no motive has been released.