East St. Louis Police http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Drug Operation In East St. Louis Nets 58 Charges http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/drug-operation-east-st-louis-nets-58-charges <p>Officials have charged more than 50 individuals following a three-month long investigation into drug-dealing in East St. Louis.</p><p>The operation, called "Wild Wild East," was carried out by Illinois State Police.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said the defendants are at the middle tier in the drug trade, and were involved in dealing out heroin and cocaine.</span></p><p>58 charges ranged from delivery and armed violence to conspiracy.&nbsp;Kelly said the good news is that the arrests will have a serious impact on the area.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:55:24 +0000 Chris McDaniel 29130 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Drug Operation In East St. Louis Nets 58 Charges East St. Louis Detective Arrested On Drug Charges http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-st-louis-detective-arrested-drug-charges <p>An East St. Louis police detective is in federal custody today on charges that he and six other men helped distribute more than five kilos of cocaine in St. Clair and Madison counties over the last month.</p><p>Orlando Ward, 41, has been with the department for more than a decade. He will remain in jail until a hearing on May 15.</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 19:44:20 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 26284 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org East St. Louis Detective Arrested On Drug Charges Morning headlines: Monday, August 6, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-monday-august-6-2012 <p><strong>Police search for missing boy</strong></p><p>Searchers are looking for a 12-year-old St. Louis County boy last seen Sunday night after telling his family he was going to swing on a rope on the Meramec River. A missing person advisory went out early Monday morning for Christopher Marks. He was last seen at about 7:30 p.m. last night in Pacific. Police are assembling this morning at the river with plans to search the water and the heavily-wooded area near it.</p><p><strong>Lambert Airport detours end this morning</strong></p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 14:20:06 +0000 Julie Bierach, The Associated Press & Tim Lloyd 4258 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Monday, August 6, 2012 State police investigating 2 East St. Louis officers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-police-investigating-2-east-st-louis-officers <p>Illinois State Police say they&#39;re&nbsp;investigating possible criminal wrongdoing by two East St. Louis&nbsp;officers.</p><p>State police Capt. James Morrisey <a href="http://bit.ly/IVY1q2">tells the Belleville&nbsp;New-Democrat</a> the probe began Tuesday after&nbsp;the agency fielded a complaint.</p><p>Morrisey and East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore aren&#39;t&nbsp;publicly discussing the allegations.</p><p>Floore has placed the officers on administrative leave and has&nbsp;launched an internal investigation.</p><p>Floore says the officers are veterans of the force.</p> Thu, 10 May 2012 15:16:41 +0000 The Associated Press 3667 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State police investigating 2 East St. Louis officers Ex-East St. Louis police chief Baxton gets year in prison http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ex-east-st-louis-police-chief-baxton-gets-year-prison <p><strong>Updated 3:24</strong> <em>with new headline, information on sentence.</em></p><p>The man who stepped down again as&nbsp;East St. Louis&#39; police chief after <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-st-louis-police-chief-resigns-pleads-guilty-federal-charges">admitting</a> he stole video game&nbsp;boxes planted by federal agents&nbsp;has been sentenced to a year in prison.</p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 15:12:10 +0000 The Associated Press 3588 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ex-East St. Louis police chief Baxton gets year in prison Morning headlines: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-wednesday-march-7-2012 <p><strong>Child abusers could face tougher penalties under Mo. legislation</strong></p><p>People who injure or kill a baby by shaking the child could face tougher penalties under legislation moving through the Missouri House. The House has endorsed a measure expanding Missouri&#39;s child abuse law to specifically cover causing a baby&#39;s death or injury by shaking.</p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 15:41:39 +0000 Julie Bierach, The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 3218 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Durbin shares plans to boost security in East St. Louis public housing http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/durbin-shares-plans-boost-security-east-st-louis-public-housing <p>Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is touting new measures to increase security for public housing residents in East St. Louis. The federally-funded plan includes installing cameras at six high-rise properties and hiring a new security coordinator.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;re going to be putting up lighting and fencing,&quot; Durbin said.&nbsp;&quot;We&#39;re going to move forward to try to make sure the almost 4,500&nbsp;residents of public housing in East St. Louis have a safer place to live.&quot;</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 19:47:47 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3126 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Durbin shares plans to boost security in East St. Louis public housing East St. Louis police chief resigns, pleads guilty to federal charges http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-st-louis-police-chief-resigns-pleads-guilty-federal-charges <p>Just under two months after<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-st-louis-mayor-rehires-police-chief-who-once-quit"> being re-named as East St. Louis&#39; police chief</a>, not only has Michael Baxton resigned from his post - he&#39;s also pleaded guilty to federal charges of stealing evidence and making false statements to federal investigators.</p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 19:16:38 +0000 Kelsey Proud 2891 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org East St. Louis police chief resigns, pleads guilty to federal charges East St. Louis mayor rehires police chief who once quit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-st-louis-mayor-rehires-police-chief-who-once-quit <p>The law enforcement officer who resigned has East St. Louis&#39; police chief in 2009 has his old job back.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/vfNKHn">Belleville News-Democrat reports</a> Michael Baxton was sworn in Wednesday in the southwestern Illinois city of about 30,000 residents.</p><p>It&#39;s been a rocky ride for Baxton. He was police chief in nearby Alorton in October when a state board barred him from law enforcement because of a 1982 robbery conviction.</p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:32:41 +0000 The Associated Press 2573 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org East St. Louis mayor rehires police chief who once quit East St. Louis police layoff dispute making progress http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-st-louis-police-layoff-dispute-making-progress <p>The ongoing process in East St. Louis concerning 16 police officer layoffs <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-st-louis-police-layoff-talks-postponed-another-day">has gone back and forth</a>, but the discussion between police union leaders and city officials seems to have made some significant progress.</p> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 19:06:22 +0000 Kelsey Proud 245 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org East St. Louis police layoff dispute making progress