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.
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.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Ian Cole had a goal and an assist to lead the St. Louis Blues to their third straight win, 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.
Magnus Paajarvi had the other goal for the Blues, who have won all four of their games against Nashville this season.
Ryan Miller stopped 20 shots to win his third game in as many starts since being acquired from the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. Nick Spaling scored for the Predators, losers of six of seven.
Cole scored the game's first goal at 4:03 of the opening period after Steve Ott won a faceoff in the left circle and Cole beat Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne with a wrist shot high to the far side.
Ott's assist was his first point as a Blue.
Nashville drew even at 10:28 of the first on Spaling's 11th goal of the season.
From the right half boards, Patric Hornqvist sent a pass in front, where Spaling tipped the puck high over Miller's right shoulder.
St. Louis regained the lead at 8:18 of the second on Paajarvi's sixth of the season.
Paajarvi took a pass from Roman Polak in the neutral zone and then skated into the Nashville zone on the right side, where he cut into the right faceoff circle and beat Rinne with a quick wrist shot.
Alexander Steen was awarded a penalty shot at 15:27 of the second period after being fouled from behind on a breakaway, but Rinne gloved down Steen's wrist shot from the right side.
Steen has converted one of two penalty shot attempts this season, while Rinne has turned aside the two that he has faced.
NOTES: Hornqvist's assist was the 100th of his career. . Nashville C Mike Fisher has points in five consecutive games, equaling a season high. . The Blues are 34-1-4 when scoring first this season