PARK HILLS, Mo. (AP) - Two eastern Missouri firefighters are facing charges for a string of arsons in the Park Hills area.
The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Mo., reports that the firefighters, both from Park Hills, are jailed on $200,000 bail each. Their names have not been released pending formal charges.
The break in the case came when the two men were questioned by police in nearby Leadington and by state conservation agents for the alleged illegal shooting of a deer. Leadington Police Chief Rick Pouge says that during questioning, the men admitted to setting several fires over the past several months.
Park Hills Fire Chief Jackie Wagganer says his department is cooperating with investigators. The department is made up most of volunteer firefighters.
A Belleville martial arts instructor is headed to prison after admitting to sexually abusing three of his students.
Christopher Horton told a judge, he abused the students and recorded the acts on his cell phone. The incidents happened between May of 2012 and February of this year. The victims were between six and ten years old. Horton pleaded guilty to six total counts. When he is sentenced in March, Horton will face up to 30 years behind bars.
St. Louis police say three people taken into custody yesterday aren't connected to the murder of a teen who was gunned down near a school bus stop Tuesday morning.
Police say 16 year old James Moore had been waiting for the school bus at Goodfellow and St. Louis Avenue when a masked man got out of a car, chased him into a nearby park and shot him several times. Moore died at the scene.
Later in the day, police stopped a car matching the description of the one used in the murder. The three suspects from that car who were initially questioned in the murder didn't get off scot-free. They're facing charges for fleeing from police.
The investigation into Moore's death is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS.
A local politician is accused of breaking his wife's wrist at their house this week.
Police say that Pagedale board member, James Thomasson got angry with his wife on Monday night, saying he did not like dinner. That is when investigators say Thomasson grabbed his wife by the wrist and twisted. Thomasson's wife drove herself to the hospital and X-rays showed she had a broken wrist.
According to court documents, Thomasson is “an alcoholic and was drunk at the time of the incident.”
A would-be robber is dead after starting a shoot out with police in North County.
Around 9:30 AM, Sunday, a woman called police after a man tried to force his way into her home. The victim knew the suspect and directed police to his home. When police arrived at the house in the 10000 block on Winkler, the man started shooting at officers. The Florissant police officers returned fire and killed the suspect.
No officers were injured. The suspect's identity has not been released.
Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies caught up with a pair of unsuccessful robbers.
Joshua Benton and Patrick Rubach face first-degree robbery charges for crimes at a Circle K Convenience store in High Ridge and Steak n Shake in Fenton. Deputies say that they received a call from Benton to report that Rubach, who is his roommate, committed the crimes. After an investigation, authorities discovered that both men were involved in the crimes.
At both the Circle K and Steak n Shake, deputies say the men pulled a gun on employees and demanded money. And at both places, the men left with no money. The pair are held on a quarter-million dollar bond.
Police are looking for a man who tried to rob two businesses this week.
The first incident was in High Ridge, Missouri around 11:30 PM, Tuesday. The suspect walked in to a Circle K, pointed a gun at the employee, and demanded money. The employee refused twice and the suspect ran away.
Then, around 2 AM Wednesday, the same suspect tried to rob a Steak n' Shake in Fenton. Again the employees refused to give in to the suspect's demands for money.
The suspect was described in both attempted robberies as a white male. He is 5’6″-5’10″ tall and weighs 130-140 pounds. He wore dark clothing and a bandana to conceal his face.
Call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office if you have any information in this case: 636-797-5515.
HARRISBURG, Ill.—A southern Illinois high school Spanish teacher is accused of pulling a gun on a woman in a McDonald’s drive-thru lane.
WSIL-TV reports 61-year-old Larry Luna of Harrisburg was arrested Tuesday on two counts of aggravated assault with a weapon.
Harrisburg police say Luna was in his car in line outside a McDonald’s when he began yelling at the woman placing an order in the vehicle in front of him.
Police say Luna brandished a gun when the woman stepped from her car.
Harrisburg schools superintendent Dennis Smith says administrators are waiting for the court case to play out.
Luna is free on bond. Online court records don’t show whether he has an attorney. A message left Wednesday at Luna’s home wasn’t returned.
Police say that a home invasion in Olivette on Monday, was not random.
Around 10:30 Monday morning, a woman in her 40's and her mother were attacked as they left a house. A neighbor heard the women screaming and called 911. Three suspects drove off, the fourth ran away. Police captured that suspect, who is now identified as Devontez Talley.
He is held on a $1 million bond and faces felony charges. Police say that they learned the identities of two more of the suspects. Investigators also say the victims were specifically targeted.
A 32-year-old Imperial, Missouri man is behind bars after police say he shot is stepfather during a fight.
On Sunday after, officers arrived at a home in Imperial they found the stepfather with a gunshot wound to the stomach. He told police his stepson had shot him.
Police later arrested Nicholaus Lohrum and he is now head on a $75,000 bond.