ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 20-year-old St. Louis man has been sentenced to 29 years in prison for a 2011 home invasion in which a he beat an elderly homeowner to death and sexually assaulted a health care aide.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Travon Jones was sentenced Friday after being found guilty of second-degree murder, forcible sodomy and several other charges.
Jones was convicted of bursting into a home where 92-year-old Arteria King and his wife, 90-year-old Sarah King, lived and beating Arteria King while his wife listened. A 50-year-old aide testified Jones led her around the house looking for items to steal before raping her and taking the keys to her vehicle.
Arteria King died a week later of his injuries. His wife died the same day of natural causes.
An elderly man is on the run after police say he robbed a bank in Weldon Spring.
The St. Charles County Sheriff's Department says the suspect robbed the bank just after 10 this morning. The suspect is described as a white man about 60 years-old. He was seen wearing a baseball cap, a teal polo shirt, and blue jeans.
Officers say he was covering his face with a red scarf. No one was injured in the robbery.
CLEVELAND (AP) - She says she spent "11 years in hell" when she was held captive by Ariel Castro. But today, Michelle Knight smiled as Castro was led away to start serving a life sentence plus 1,000 years, for holding Knight and two other women in his home for years and raping them repeatedly.
Knight earlier delivered a statement in which she said she now has her life back -- but that Castro's life is over.
Castro also spoke at his sentencing hearing, apologizing to his victims in a rambling, defiant statement. He blamed a sex addiction, his former wife and even the FBI for not thoroughly investigating the abductions. And he claimed that most of the sex was consensual, and that the women were never tortured. Castro said, "I'm not a monster. I'm sick."
The judge dismissed Castro's claim that the women had lived a happy life with him. The judge said, "I'm not sure there's anyone in America that would agree with you." He also told Castro that there's no place in the world for people who enslave others.
Today's hearing gave prosecutors a chance to detail some of Castro's assaults. And authorities described the makeshift prison he built in his home -- even creating an alarm system, as he chained the women inside bolted bedrooms.
POTTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A judge has upheld charges against a Philadelphia woman accused of helping her 93-year-old father commit suicide through a morphine overdose.
Prosecutors in Schuylkill County have charged 57-year-old nurse Barbara Mancini with aiding suicide.
A judge refused to drop the charges after a preliminary hearing Thursday.
Pottsville police say Mancini handed Joseph Yourshaw a bottle of liquid morphine at his home in February, leading to his death four days later.
Mancini remains free on bail. A phone at her lawyer's office rang unanswered Thursday evening and he could not be reached for comment.
An advocacy group called Compassion & Choice supports Mancini and says her father had end-stage diabetes and heart problems.
The group says the U.S. Supreme Court allows dying patients to receive adequate pain relief, even if it hastens their death.
East St. Louis police are questioning a relative after a 5-month-old girl was allegedly beaten.
Officers say they were called to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital Wednesday night about a case of possible child abuse. A hospital employee to police the infant had been severely beaten--suffering injuries to her eye, ribs, skull, and brain.
Police say the child was in the care of relatives when she was injured and are questioning that man now.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Humane Society of Missouri's Animal Cruelty Task Force is investigating the death of a kitten.
The animal was found dead Thursday in the front yard of a St. Louis home. A resident who had been feeding the stray came home to find it in a pool of blood on her sidewalk. A rock that may have been used to kill the cat was found nearby.
Humane Society veterinarians believe the male cat was about 8 weeks old and died from a head injury.
The Humane Society says any information will be turned over to police.
NEW MADRID, Mo. (AP) - The former office manager for the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department in southeast Missouri is facing theft charges.
Authorities on Wednesday announced that Deborah L. Cowan is accused of stealing property or service worth more than $25,000. Police have not detailed what was allegedly stolen.
Cowan is free on bond and due in court for a hearing on Aug. 8. She was office manager for the sheriff's department for 20 years.
The charges follow an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol at the request of Sheriff Terry Stevens.
Police have identified the man found shot to death inside his truck this morning.
Investigators say 29-year-old Bao Nguyen was shot twice and died at the scene.
A passerby found a man shot man’s body hanging out of the a Nissan Frontier around 6:45 a.m. Police do not know how long the victim had been there or how many times he had been shot.
There are no suspect details at this time.
An investigation into another overnight smash and grab burglary is underway.
This time the crime happened in west St. Louis city. Police say that around 4:30 this morning, suspects smashed the front window of the Palomino Lounge in the 5800 block of Delmar. The thieves made off with some liquor, a flat screen TV, and money from the cash register.
No information on the suspects has been released.
An investigation is underway after St. Louis County police officers shot at someone during a traffic stop.
Just before 5 PM police pulled a car over for a traffic violation. While officers were approaching the car, a passenger got out of the car. The police noticed that man was holding a gun and shot at him. The suspect dropped the weapon and ran away, but he was captured a short time later.
The driver of the car was also taken into custody. It is not known if the armed suspect was hit.