East St. Louis Police

4:55 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Drug Operation In East St. Louis Nets 58 Charges

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Officials have charged more than 50 individuals following a three-month long investigation into drug-dealing in East St. Louis.

The operation, called "Wild Wild East," was carried out by Illinois State Police. 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.

58 charges ranged from delivery and armed violence to conspiracy. Kelly said the good news is that the arrests will have a serious impact on the area.

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East St. Louis Police
2:44 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

East St. Louis Detective Arrested On Drug Charges

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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.

Orlando Ward, 41, has been with the department for more than a decade. He will remain in jail until a hearing on May 15.

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Morning round-up
9:20 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, August 6, 2012

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Police search for missing boy

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.

Lambert Airport detours end this morning

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East St. Louis
10:16 am
Thu May 10, 2012

State police investigating 2 East St. Louis officers

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Illinois State Police say they're investigating possible criminal wrongdoing by two East St. Louis officers.

State police Capt. James Morrisey tells the Belleville New-Democrat the probe began Tuesday after the agency fielded a complaint.

Morrisey and East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore aren't publicly discussing the allegations.

Floore has placed the officers on administrative leave and has launched an internal investigation.

Floore says the officers are veterans of the force.

East St. Louis Police
10:12 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Ex-East St. Louis police chief Baxton gets year in prison

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Updated 3:24 with new headline, information on sentence.

The man who stepped down again as East St. Louis' police chief after admitting he stole video game boxes planted by federal agents has been sentenced to a year in prison.

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Morning round-up
9:41 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The dome shines brightly on the Missouri State Capitol as the sun begins to set in Jefferson City, Missouri on March 22, 2011.
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Child abusers could face tougher penalties under Mo. legislation

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's child abuse law to specifically cover causing a baby's death or injury by shaking.

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East St. Louis
1:47 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Durbin shares plans to boost security in East St. Louis public housing

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.

"We're going to be putting up lighting and fencing," Durbin said. "We're going to move forward to try to make sure the almost 4,500 residents of public housing in East St. Louis have a safer place to live."

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East St. Louis Police Chief
1:16 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

East St. Louis police chief resigns, pleads guilty to federal charges

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Just under two months after being re-named as East St. Louis' police chief, not only has Michael Baxton resigned from his post - he's also pleaded guilty to federal charges of stealing evidence and making false statements to federal investigators.

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East St. Louis Police Chief
10:32 am
Wed November 30, 2011

East St. Louis mayor rehires police chief who once quit

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The law enforcement officer who resigned has East St. Louis' police chief in 2009 has his old job back.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports Michael Baxton was sworn in Wednesday in the southwestern Illinois city of about 30,000 residents.

It'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.

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East St. Louis
1:06 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

East St. Louis police layoff dispute making progress

The ongoing process in East St. Louis concerning 16 police officer layoffs has gone back and forth, but the discussion between police union leaders and city officials seems to have made some significant progress.

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