Friday, 07 March 2014 03:30 Published in Local News
A suspect is now in custody in connection with threats made Thursday caused officials to place two Granite City schools on lock down.
Police say around 3:24 p.m. they received information that a suspect had made a specific threat to the Coolidge Middle School. Officers met with school officials and placed the school on a lockdown. Granite City High School was also placed on lockdown as a precaution.
Once investigators determined that the call wasn't in the vicinity of the schools, the lockdowns were lifted and students were allowed to go home.
Assistant Granite City Police Chief Major Jeff Connor says a 55 year old man was tracked to a local bar where he was arrested without incident.
The case will be presented to the Madison County States Attorney Friday for possible charges.
Friday, 07 March 2014 03:26 Published in Local News
CAHOKIA, Ill. (AP) - A group is closing out its public comment period on a push to get an ancient metro-east historical site designated as a national park.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports the Heartlands Conservancy will hold its last public hearing on March 19 at the Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center.
Those behind the push believe that by seeking national recognition, Cahokia Mounds could bring additional regional tourism, jobs and money. The conservancy has been working for more than a year with Native American tribes, government agencies and nonprofits on a feasibility study.
Cahokia is believed to have been inhabited from 700 to 1400 A.D., and it was among the most complex societies of prehistoric North America. The 2,200-acre property is designated by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site.
The man who shot and paralyzed a Florissant police officer in 2012 could spend decades behind bars.
Twenty-two year old Brian Cannon was found guilty Thursday of shooting former police officer Mike Vernon. The attack left Vernon paralyzed from the waist down and ended his police career.
Cannon admitted on the stand he had been running from police and hid in a dumpster. Vernon and other officers had been searching for him. When Vernon walked by the trash bin, Cannon shot him.
Vernon spoke with Fox 2 News about the guilty verdict. "I want him to sit in a cell and always wonder," Vernon said. "I was never going to open that trash can. I was going to go back in my car and drive away and we probably wouldn't be having this conversation."
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, the son of a police officer killed in the line of duty, personally handled the case.
Sentencing is set for April 11.