An elementary school-aged child is safe after police say a man tried to force her into a van at a bus stop.
The girl was waiting for the bus in the 4100 block on Muro Lane in Bridgeton Wednesday. She told officers that a man in a white van parked and asked her to help him load something into the vehicle. When she refused, the man grabbed her. The girl escaped and the suspect drove off in the van.
Pattonville School District officials say its the second incident in Bridgeton this week. District officials sent a letter to parents saying that on Tuesday a man had approached an elementary school student in the Spanish Village neighborhood asking to talk. The boy ran away.
In both cases, the suspect is described as a white man in his 40s. The girl told police he has a tattoo on his right forearm and was wearing a camouflage jacket with black pants and a black baseball hat.
Bridgeton police say they don't know if the incidents are related, but they're ask anyone with information to call them at 314-739-7557.
The Bridgeton incidents come less than a week after a suspicious incident at an Ellisville bus stop. A fourth-grade girl was waiting for the bus when she says a woman in a white van tried to coax her into the vehicle three separate times. The girl ran home and her parents called police.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis County police are apologizing to a family that complained of harassment while repairing a south county home.
The family says police targeted them for being in the wrong neighborhood. KMOV-TV reports that one family member recorded an officer warning that he would come down on them "like a headless horseman" if their alibi was false
Dale Watson was hired by a real estate agent to fix the home near Tesson Ferry and Butler Hill Roads. Watson, who is black, says the comment was meant to invoke the Ku Klux Klan. He received a letter of apology from Police Chief Tim Fitch after complaining to the county.
The incident occurred in a county precinct where Fitch recently fired a police lieutenant who ordered his officers to target blacks.
The voice of the Cardinals is recovering from a major operation.
The team confirms that Mike Shannon had heart surgery on Monday. Shannon is recovering well. The procedure was to replace an aortic valve.
Shannon says he plans on returning to the broadcasting booth on September 23. In the interim, Al Hrabosky, Rick Horton, and Mike Claiborne will join John Rooney on air. Shannon has been the Voice of the Cardinals since 1972.
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A judge says a northeast Missouri man accused of stabbing and dismembering an elderly neighbor is not competent to stand trial.
Adair County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wilson says a judge found 49-year-old Paul R. Potter of Kirksville incompetent for trial after he underwent a psychiatric evaluation.
Potter faces first-degree murder and other charges in the January death of 74-year-old Willis Edward Meredith. Prosecutors say Potter stabbed Meredith, chopped up his body and started fires to try to conceal the crimes. He is also accused of throwing the victim's arms at witnesses before his arrest.
The Kirksville Daily Express reports that Potter's status will be reviewed in six months.
Online court records indicate Potter was evaluated at Fulton State Hospital. He pleaded not guilty in April.