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Susan Smith-Harmon

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Metro-east teen pleads guilty to having explosives

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 02:58 Published in Local News

   A metro-east teen could spend ten years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possessing explosive devices in his home.

   Thomas Lee Stanton is 18 years old. He was a student at O'Fallon Township High School when he was arrested in April. Prosecutors say Stanton pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis Tuesday to unlawfully possessing destructive devices.

   Local, state and federal authorities had searched his Lebanon, Illinois home and found bomb-making equipment. Stanton admitted in court that he had "cricket" bombs made from carbon-dioxide cartridges, two Molotov cocktails and other explosive making materials, including fuses and explosive powder.

   The high school had been put on lockdown during the search.  Portions of the school were also searched.

   Stanton faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he's sentenced on Dec. 13.

 

   Two men wanted for shooting a 12 year old girl Sunday are now in police custody.  

   Police say the two men had been arguing at Loretta Hall Park near 15th and Cole when they fired several shots.  Police believe it was a stray bullet that hit the girl in the hand.  The men fled the scene.  

   St. Louis Police spokesperson Schron Jackson says the suspects were arrested Tuesday at an apartment in the 1000 block of Suntree Drive in St. Louis County.  

   The suspects are being withheld until charges are filed.

   The Wentzville Fire Protection District board won't say what's behind it, but four senior officers are no longer with the department.  Three of them, including Fire Chief Randy Bornhop, had been placed on leave three months ago.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Bornhop has now resigned.  Assistant Chief Robb Watkins has been fired.   Fire Marshal Joseph Heitkamp is on indefinite unpaid leave.  And a fourth official, Fire Inspector Chris Newbold has also been laid off.  

   The leadership of the fire district has been in limbo since May when Bornhop, Watkins and Heitkamp were first placed on paid administrative leave.  

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