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Man cleared of rape and robbery thanks to DNA testing

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:07 Published in Local News

An East St. Louis man is back home after spending nearly four months in jail for a crime he did not commit.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that DNA evidence cleared 20-year-old Marlon Miller as a suspect in a brutal rape and robbery. The victim was walking home from a Metrolink stop in East St. Louis when someone pointed a gun at her and forced to a secluded area, then robbed and raped her.

Miller may still be headed to court, he alleges that former East St. Louis detective Orlando Ward coerced a confession to the robbery and helped charge him with sexual assault. Ward was arrested last month for allegedly being a part of a drug ring. 

The St. Louis Police Department says a suspect is in custody connected to fatal shooting at a south city convenience store last week.

The shooting happened on Friday on the 4400 block of Chippewa. Police say a suspect was trying to rob the store when one of the owners threaten the suspect with a baseball bat. The suspect then shot both of the owners, killing one and hitting the other in the arm.

Police cannot release more information on the suspect until warrants are issued.

 

Nestle Purina set to purchase pet adoption website

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 11:32 Published in Local News

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Nestle Purina PetCare Co. has agreed to buy Petfinder, the online pet adoption website, from Discovery Communications LLC.

The St. Louis-based company announced the purchase Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed.

Nestle Purina says the deal, to be completed in July, will allow it to broaden support for pet welfare organizations and strengthen its role as a leading provider of online pet-related information.

The Petfinder website gets 100 million visits each year. It has been responsible for more than 22 million adoptions since it was founded in 1996. The site features more than 315,000 adoptable pets from about 14,000 animal shelters and rescue groups in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Nestle Purina is part of Swiss-based Nestle S.A.

 

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