Morning headlines
9:22 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, May 7, 2012

St. Louis man charged in shooting deaths, arson

St. Louis police say a man upset with his ex-girlfriend shot her and her mother to death then set a fire before leaving two young children locked in an apartment. The suspect's 10-month-old son died of smoke inhalation and a 3-year-old girl was critically injured. Prosecutors charged 23-year-old Eric Lawson on Sunday with three counts of first-degree murder and nine other charges, including arson. Police say 22-year-old Breiana Ray and her mother, 50-year-old Gwendolyn Ray, died Saturday of gunshot wounds to the head. Aiden Lawson died of smoke inhalation. The 3-year-old girl was taken to a hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. Her name was not released. 

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Bank robbery
9:04 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Possible serial bank robber strikes in Midtown

Security video from the St. Louis Community Credit Union in Midtown shows the man suspected of robbing the credit union on Monday. He is also a suspect in a bank robbery last month.
(photo courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation)

The FBI is looking for a man who robbed the Forest Park Community Credit Union near Saint Louis University today - a robber investigators believe may be responsible for two other robberies last month.

The Bureau says that just before 1 p.m., the robber entered the credit union at 3651 Forest Park Ave., and handed the teller a note demanding cash. The robber did not show or imply that he had a weapon, and left with an undisclosed amount of money.

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Bank robberies
10:33 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Robbers hit three St. Louis-area banks

Surveillance footage shows the suspect in today's robbery of the US Bank at 4301 Lindell in the city. It was the third of three bank robberies on Wednesday.
(courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into three bank robberies that took place within four hours of each other.

Today's robberies were the third, fourth and fifth of the month, and brings the total for 2012 to 14.

Here are the details:

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Crime / Pulaski Bank
1:48 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Same St. Louis bank robbed 2 straight days

A Google Maps screen capture of Pulaski Bank at 900 Olive St. in downtown St. Louis. The bank was robbed twice in as many days.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

For the second day in a row, police are investigating the robbery of the Pulaski Bank in downtown St. Louis.

The same bank was robbed Tuesday and again Wednesday. Authorities told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that they do not believe the heists are related.

In the latest case, the suspect ran away after stealing an undisclosed amount of money.

Police are searching for suspects in both robberies.

Citizen Patrol
5:50 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Citizen patrols: residents fighting crime in St. Louis neighborhoods

(via Wikimedia Commons/J. Pelkonen)

St. Louis has been labeled “the most dangerous city in America.” Whether or not that’s actually true depends on who you talk to. But, one thing is for sure: many city residents are fed-up with the high crime rate that has burdened many neighborhoods for decades. Some have stopped blaming the police, instead working with them to address the problem.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach reports on one man’s crime fighting model that has the city’s top law enforcers singing his praise.

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East St. Louis / Crime
11:26 am
Tue November 22, 2011

East St. Louis' 2011 homicide total eclipses 2010

(via Flickr/davidsonscott15)

Illinois State Police are helping authorities in East St. Louis investigate the shooting death of a man who's become the city's 25th killing this year.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that 31-year-old Timothy Jones of Swansea was shot multiple times Friday night as he sat inside his pickup truck. He died later at a hospital.

There's no word on any arrests or charges in the killing, which brings the city's total of homicides this year past the 24 recorded last year.

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12:39 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Woman accused of killing 2 children with shotgun denied bond

Yokeia Smith.
(Courtesy of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

A judge in southwestern Illinois has denied bond for a woman accused of killing two of her children with a shotgun last month.

Associate St. Clair County Judge Julie Katz entered a not guilty plea on behalf of 25-year-old Yokeia Smith during a brief arraignment Friday. Katz also appointed a public defender to represent the East St. Louis woman. No new court appearance was scheduled.

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3:19 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

At-large arrest warrants issued for Lafayette Park shooting suspect

Terrance Burnett.
(Courtesy of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

At-large arrest warrants have been issued for Terrance Burnett, 41, suspected in the shooting deaths of Burnett's estranged pregnant wife, Danielle Burnett, and her 43-year-old male companion in the Lafayette Park area of St. Louis earlier this week.

The Circuit Attorney’s Office issued at-large warrants for:

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12:53 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Services set for 2 kids killed in in East St. Louis shotgun shooting

Yokeia Smith's aunts Gayle Jones (at left) and Martenia Jones, along with cousin Dawn Triplett (at far right), addressing the media Sept. 2 regarding Smith's case. Smith is charged with shooting two of her children to death with a shotgun.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Services are scheduled for two East St. Louis children whose mother is facing charges that accuse her of killing them with a shotgun.

Twenty-five-year-old Yokeia Smith is charged in St. Clair County with first-degree murder in the deaths last Wednesday of 5-year-old Levada Brown and 4-year-old Yokela Smith.

The mother is jailed in St. Louis, where she was arrested after police say she hit two pedestrians near St. Louis' Gateway Arch.

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10:56 am
Fri September 2, 2011

East St. Louis mother charged in shotgun killings of 2 children

25-year-old Yokeia Smith faced two counts of first-degree murder for the shotgun shooting deaths of her four-year-old daughter and five-year-old son in East St. Louis on August 31. She was jailed in St. Louis on separate crimes.
(Photo Courtesy St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

Updated at 3:20 pm with information from  the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Updated with comments from Yokeia Smith's family and officials

Updated at 1:15 pm to correct amount of bail and add information on father of the slain son.

A 25-year-old East St. Louis woman faces first degree murder charges for allegedly shooting two of her children in the head with a shotgun.

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