ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police are investigating whether an officer's actions during a homicide investigation jeopardized murder charges against the mother of a 1-year-old whose body was found in a trash bin.
City prosecutors dropped murder and child abuse charges against Melissa Shawneece Jackson on Monday, a week before she was set to go to trial for the death of her 18-month-old son, Marquell. The infant's body was found behind their Jefferson Avenue apartment building in May 2011.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an unidentified patrol officer was placed on administrative duty Wednesday as police conduct an internal investigation into his role.
Defense attorney Scott Rosenblum says the case collapsed after the officer testified in a deposition that he didn't alert detectives about incriminating statements made by Jackson's ex-boyfriend.
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.
Police believe they have one captured one of two suspects who were involved in a series of car break-ins.
The crimes occurred overnight. Police say the two men entered six cars that were parked in the 5800 block of Walsh and Delor. Investigators say all of the cars were unlocked. Police chased the suspects from the scene, but caught only one. Officers used a stun gun to subdue the suspect.
The search continues for the second suspect.
A north county man is facing 10 charges for allegedly sexually abusing a young girl.
Prosecutors say that over a two-year period starting in July of 2011, Derrick Lowery molested a 12-year-old girl. Lowery faces sodomy and child molestation charges. The St. Louis County Police Department fears there may be additional victims and are asking any to come forward.
Information can be called in to the police or CrimeStoppers at 866.371.TIPS (8477).
Police are expressing frustration after victims of a Thursday night shooting are not cooperating with investigators.
Police say a 29-year-old man started arguing with a 40-year-old man over motorcycle parts. The 40-year-old man left and returned a shot time later with a gun. That is when officers believe the suspect started shooting. The 29-year-old man and a second person ran from the scene. One of the men was shot, the other was uninjured.
Police say neither of the men is cooperating with police.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A former Velda City police officer faces federal charges of excessive force and lying to FBI agents.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 47-year-old Stan Lee Stanback is accused in a federal indictment of using unreasonable force by hitting and injuring two juveniles and an adult with a police baton on Sept. 17, 2008.
He's also accused of telling federal agents he was surrounded by 15 men in the parking lot of the small St. Louis County town's police station. The FBI says he was actually approached by three juveniles and an adult.
Stanback faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the excessive force charges and five years on the false statements charge.
The newspaper was unable to reach Stanback for comment Thursday.
In an effort to voice their anger and concern, minority officers in the St. Louis city police department met with the department's highest-ranking black commanders about issues they believe illustrate racism within the ranks and the need for reform.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports about 30 members of the Ethical Society of Police packed the special meeting convened to call black commanders to action in the wake of a racist letter sent to a black police officer allegedly by another officer in South Patrol.
The group’s president, Sgt. Darren Wilson, said last week that the racist note was symptomatic of a larger, citywide problem. Wilson asked “If you’re treating a police department employee like this, how are we treating our citizens?” Wilson opened Wednesday’s meeting by saying black leaders must do more to increase the number of black commanders on the force by reforming the promotion process.
Meanwhile, Deputy Police chief, Lt. Col. Alfred Adkins, believes black officers share responsibility in striving for equality saying, "You cannot just sit on the sidelines and complain. You can’t say the process is unfair if you’re not involved in it.”
A Police K-9 unit is being credited for catching a suspect who had led police on a 20 mile-long chase.
Around 10 PM Wednesday an officer spotted a car that had been reported stolen from Evansville, Indiana. The officer followed the car through north county along I-270 to west county. The suspect eventually noticed the officer following him and increased his speed.
The suspect eventually abandoned his car in Fenton and tried to run away. A K-9 unit bit the man and subdued him. An officer was also bitten during the struggle and received treatment at a nearby hospital.
Police say the suspect may be connected to a series of car break-ins across St. Louis.
One man is in critical condition after shots were fired during an overnight brawl.
Police were called to the site of a large fight near the corner of Louisiana and Osage around 12:30 AM. Before officers arrived, witnesses say shots were fired.
When the officers pulled up to the scene and exited the car, someone pointed a gun at them. The officers ordered him to drop the gun, but he did not. Police opened fire and the suspect ran.
While police were looking for the suspect, they found a man who had been shot. That man is in critical but stable condition and police are investigating his shooting.
The suspect was captured a short time later.
The call for help is going out in Florissant.
Police are asking residents to keep an eye out for copper thieves in the area. Police say the burglars target unoccupied homes to remove the copper piping. They take the piping and sell it to scrap yards. The thieves often dress as construction workers to confuse neighbors.
Police are encouraging anyone who notices suspicious activities to report them.