crime

Crime
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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Crime
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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Crime
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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Crime
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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Crime
12:02 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Man shot after allegedly shooting at officer

(via Flickr/davidsonscott15)

A 28-year-old man is in critical condition after an exchange of gunfire with a suburban St. Louis police officer.

Meanwhile, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that the suspect, Carlos Johnson of Ferguson, is charged with first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer. Johnson did not yet have an attorney.

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St. Louis Police Department
4:16 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

St. Louis Police Dept. activates Violent Offense Team after recent incidents

(St. Louis Public Radio)

Intelligence gathered after last night’s fatal shooting in North St. Louis has led the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to believe the incident is tied to several other homicides from the last two weeks.

In hopes of supplementing intelligence efforts and arresting possible suspects, the department has activated the Violent Offense Team.

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Crime Statistics
5:56 pm
Wed January 19, 2011

St. Louis police statistics say major crime reports down more than 9 percent

(via Flickr/davidsonscott15)

The St. Louis Police Department released its crime statistics today for 2010.

And what did the statistics show?

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from St. Louis on the Air
1:50 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

Is the City/County divide to blame for St. Louis "Most Dangerous" title?

UMSL criminologists Janet Lauritsen and Richard Rosenfeld
photo courtesy of UMSL News

St. Louis is back on top, but it's not a list city residents are proud to headline.  For the first time since 2004, St. Louis again tops CQ Press' crime ranking list, earning our fair city the unwanted title of "Most Dangerous."  CQ Press uses publicly available FBI crime data to make its list, but how crime data gets reported and collected across the nation, is a complicated issue.  We tried to break it down a bit on today's St. Louis on the Air.

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