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Crime
9:10 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Arrest To Be Made For 7-Year-Old's Death

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Prosecutors in southern Illinois say they're prepared to file murder charges against the uncle of a 7-year-old girl whose body was found near her home in the small town of Watson.

Effingham County State's Attorney Bryan Kibler says he expects to charge 22-year-old Justin DeRyke on Wednesday with first-degree murder in the death of Willow Long. The girl went missing Sunday from her home as her mother napped. Four volunteers searching for Willow found her body Monday night. Watson is just south of Effingham.

City of St. Louis
1:55 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Two Former St. Louis Parks Officials Plead Guilty To Fraud Charges

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Two former St. Louis Parks Division officials have pleaded guilty to embezzling over $400,000 from the Parks Division. 

The U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District  of Missouri says Joseph Vacca, former deputy commissioner of the St. Louis Parks Division,  and Thomas Stritzel, former chief of the St. Louis Park Rangers pleaded guilty to the charges. According to the Attorney's office, it was through a system of false invoices that the two men acquired the money and used it for personal expenses including automobile leases, credit card payments and other items.

Car Break-Ins
2:00 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

St. Louis Police Keeping Wary Eye On Spike In Larcenies

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Though crime overall continues to drop in the city of St. Louis, the city’s police department remains concerned about an ongoing spike in car break-ins .

Larcenies are up 2 percent across the city compared to last year, driven by a 7.5 percent jump in car break-ins across the same period.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:22 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Does St. Louis City Deserve Ranking Of Fourth Most Dangerous? Police Chief, Consultant Weigh In

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson.
(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept.)

St. Louis City is currently ranked as the fourth most dangerous city in the nation by CQ Press, based on FBI reports of the number of crimes committed in 2011. But according to St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Sam Dotson and University of Missouri-St. Louis criminology professor Richard Rosenfeld, those numbers fail to tell the whole story.

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Crime Numbers
4:57 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Good News On St. Louis City Crime Numbers For First Half Of 2013

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It’s been a good first six months on the job for St. Louis Metropolitan Police chief Sam Dotson when it comes to crime numbers.

Compared to the same period last year, overall crime in the city is down more than 7 percent in the first half of 2013. Crimes against persons, like homicides and assaults, are down 20 percent. And most crimes are trending well below five-year averages, though Dotson says he is concerned about an uptick in burglaries in recent weeks.

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Crime
12:13 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Multi-State Partnership To Target Violent Crime Shares Initial Results

Stephen Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, speaks at the podium at a press conference sharing results of a multistate effort against violent crime on July 11, 2013.
(Maria Altman/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 12:39 p.m.

At a press conference Thursday morning, both local and federal officials gathered to share the results of a coordinated effort to tackle violent crime in St. Louis and East St. Louis.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Attorneys offices in both Southern Illinois and Eastern Missouri, along with state and local law enforcement began the push April 1.

Dubbed the “Violent Crime Reduction Partnership," it used undercover operations and other investigative tools to nab prior felons who continue to possess firearms.

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Crime
10:43 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Police Seek To Ease South City Safety Concerns

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson speaks at a Bosnian community meeting about crime prevention.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Many Bosnian residents in south St. Louis City continue to feel unnerved by the murder of Haris Gogic, a 19-year-old convenience store worker who was killed three weeks ago.

Days later a 30-year old 7-Eleven worker, Mon Rai, was shot death.  

President of the Bosnian Chamber of Commerce, Sadik Kukic, said some members of the community have considering leaving south city in favor of the county or another city all together.

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Public Health - Violence
4:27 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Wash U. To Host Conference On Violence And Public Health

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Washington University is hosting a conference tomorrow afternoon on public health challenges in the 21st century.

Melissa Jonson-Reid directs Wash U's Brown Center for Violence and Injury Prevention.

She says one challenge the conference will take on is the problem of violence in St. Louis, and the role local public health professionals can play in addressing it.

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Hotspot policing
5:49 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Department Calls 'Hotspot Policing' A Success

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department as displayed on the side of a patrol vehicle.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department says a month of intensive patrols in "hot spots" throughout the city was a major success.

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Clay says federal help on the way
3:17 pm
Sat September 29, 2012

Clay: Federal Help To Fight Crime On The Way

Congressman Lacy Clay (D-Mo) greets participants at a race and violence event in St. Louis on Saturday.
(Photo by Bill Raack/St. Louis Public Radio)

Congressman Lacy Clay of St. Louis says the federal government may soon be able to help local police as they try to combat crime in some parts of the city.


The St. Louis Police Department has recently reassigned some officers to so-called “hot spots” where violent crime continues to be a problem. Clay says there should be announcements in the next few months about combined federal-and-local crime-fighting efforts.

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