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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 13:53

Mascoutah man charged for stabbing man to death

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A 23-year-old southwestern Illinois man is jailed on $2 million bond after being accused of fatally stabbing a man who police say spent the past several years trying to help the troubled defendant.

Prosecutors in St. Clair County on Wednesday charged Joshua Rogers with first-degree murder in the death of Richard Feldt of Mascoutah.

Police asked by Feldt's relatives to check on his well-being found Feldt's body Monday night on his living room floor, with Rogers relaxing on a nearby couch.

Mascoutah Police Chief Bruce Fleshren says Feldt had not been seen since Thanksgiving Day and when found had been dead at least a day.

Online court records don't show whether Rogers has an attorney. He does not have a listed home telephone number.

 
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Tuesday, 03 December 2013 12:23

Two captured after attempted jewelry theft

 Police say an employee of an Ellisville jewelry store fired a gun at two men who robbed the store this morning.

The incident started just after 10 AM when one of the suspects asked an employee to show him an expensive watch. The suspect then grabbed the watch and ran in the parking lot. Two employees chased the suspect out of the store. Officers say there was a physical altercation between the suspects and employees in the parking lot. But, when the suspect got into a waiting car, one of the employees pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the suspects.

Police captured the suspects after a short car chase ended in a crash near the Chesterfield mall. Officers recovered the watch the men had stolen--a Rolex worth nearly $35,000.

The suspects have not been identified.

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Missouri State Representative Steve Webb is resigning his position.

Webb came under fire last month for allegedly using the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus' name to steal money. Prosecutors say that Webb solicited a $3,000 donation to sponsor a black caucus reception in Washington. Instead, court documents say Webb transferred the money to a personal account.

In a statement released Monday, Webb said he believes allegations against him will "work themselves out", but that resigning is the right thing to do for his family and colleagues.

Webb, a Democrat, faces one felony stealing charge and seven misdemeanor charges for misuse of campaign money. 

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - A former employee of a southeast Missouri bank faces sentencing Feb. 18 after pleading guilty to embezzling nearly $400,000 from the bank.

The Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic reports that Leslie Ann Eastwood Kirby pleaded guilty to federal charges Thursday at U.S. District Court in Cape Girardeau.

Kirby formerly worked as supervisor of tellers at First Midwest Bank in Poplar Bluff. She admitted taking $397,000 from the bank from 2007 through early this year. An internal audit uncovered the discrepancy.

 

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The trial for the man accused of murdering 7-year-old Willow Long has been postponed again.

Justin DeRyke was set to appear in court next week, but the defense says they need more time to prepare. DeRyke is accused of murdering his niece. The new trial date is February 10.

DeRyke remains in the Effingham County Jail under a $5 million bond.

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Monday, 02 December 2013 12:28

Man's body found in burning home

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) - An investigation is underway after a man's body was found in a burning home in eastern Missouri.

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Mo., reports that firefighters were putting out a house fire Saturday at the Lake Timberline development in St. Francois County when they found the body of 35-year-old Dustin Towey. Authorities say he died of smoke inhalation.

Authorities have not disclosed a cause for the fire.

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Homicide detectives are on the scene of a fatal stabbing in Soulard.

Police say a man was found in a pool of blood in his apartment that is just a block away from Pontiac Square Park in St. Louis city. The victim has not been identified and no motive has been released.

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A St. Louis woman has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that she opened and stole packages while working as a supervisor at a southwestern Illinois post office.

Forty-one-year-old Jane Johanna Emily, who's also known as Jane Moeller, entered the plea this week to charges of obstruction of mail, theft of U.S. mail by a postal employee, and opening of mail.

A magistrate judge assigned the St. Louis woman to be represented by a public defender.

A federal indictment alleges that Emily opened and stole mail packages last March and April while she was a supervisor at the East St. Louis post office.

Emily is free on bond.

The federal public defender's office in East St. Louis did not immediately return a call seeking comment on Friday.

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The driver who led police on a bi-state pursuit yesterday, had turned himself in to police.

The chase started near Trenton, Illinois. During the pursuit, police say the suspect tried to ram an officer's car. The chase ended when the suspect abandoned his vehicle in a parking garage in downtown St. Louis. Drugs were found in the car.

A passenger jumped out of the car earlier in the pursuit and was captured Tuesday night.

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Police are search for a man after a high speed chase ended when the suspect ditched his car in downtown St. Louis.

The chase started in Illinois when officers tried to stop a speeder. KMOV reports police had to stop the pursuit because it was too dangerous. Officers in another area spotted the speeder though and the chase started again. Police followed the man to a parking garage at 13th Street and St. Charles. That is when the suspect bailed from the car. Police are now searching the area for the man.

The suspect is described as a white man, five-and-a-half feet tall and weighing about 155 pounds. He was seen wearing a dark hooded sweater and light grey or blue pants.

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