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Police Corruption
12:14 pm
Sat September 22, 2012

East St. Louis police officer sentenced

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A former East St. Louis police officer who stole a Rolex watch planted by federal agents as a test has been sentenced to 66 days in prison.

Larry Greenlee, of Belleville, pleaded guilty in May to stealing the watch, which agents planted as part of an integrity test. Greenlee came across the Rolex, encircled with diamonds, in what he thought was a stolen car, which agents had bugged with recording devices.

The sentence was announced Friday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in southern Illinois.

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Illinois Firefighters/Police
8:29 am
Sat June 16, 2012

Ill. law ensures police, others can do roadside charity

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Now, no one in Illinois can stop firefighters or police officers from collecting charitable donations on roads - even if they wanted to.

Under a new Illinois law, public safety officials can't be denied permits to collect money for charities from drivers along roadsides. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law Friday and it takes effect immediately.

The governor's office says Illinois is the sixth state to adopt such a law. The others are Florida, Nebraska, Texas, California and North Carolina.

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East St. Louis
1:20 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

East St. Louis nightclubs pitch in for more police patrols

Club Illusion is helping foot the bill for extra patrols in East St. Louis.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

East St. Louis nightclubs and other local businesses are bankrolling extra weekend police patrols after a series of violent crimes.

Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. says the city needs more officers on the street but cannot afford them on its own.

“This is taking already existing officers and paying them to work this special detail," Parks said. "A detail that will be about six officers downtown and another two in the rest of the city where there might be late night activity.”

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Ill. eavesdropping
1:55 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Ill. court strikes down eavesdropping rule

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Updated at 1:55 to correct spelling of judge's name.

A second judge in Illinois has struck down a state law that requires all parties to consent before a conversation can be recorded.

The law in question makes it a felony to record without everyone's permission. Even recording public officials in public places can be illegal.

Cook County Judge Stanley Sacks ruled today that the law was unconstitutional because it could criminalize "wholly innocent conduct."

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Morning round-up
9:12 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, February 16, 2012

St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom
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Police budget cuts 50 officers through attrition

St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom's budget proposal calls for cutting 50 officers through attrition, not layoffs. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Isom presented the budget Wednesday to the Board of Police Commissioners.

The department is faced with a $3.8 million shortfall. The city allocated $168 million to the department - a 3 percent increase over last year. But pension costs came in $5 million higher than anticipated.

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Morning round-up
9:28 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, February 9, 2012

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Parkway School District to cut spending

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Parkway School Board has approved cutting spending by about $7.5 million to $9.6 million during the next two school years. The school board approved the cuts Wednesday night.

Reductions include eliminating 20 positions from administration and support staff, mostly through attrition.

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Ill. Supreme Court
2:39 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Ill. high court says police must keep videos for misdemeanors

The Ill. Supreme Court has ruled that police must keep video evidence for all cases indefinitely, including misdemeanors.
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The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that police must preserve video evidence in all cases, even misdemenors.

The court upheld sanctions today in a case where police erased video of a drunken driving arrest. The defendant told prosecutors she intended to fight the charges and wanted the video, but police still followed their policy of destroying videos after 30 days.

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Police Armadillo
2:02 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

St. Louis police to get new "Armadillo" tool for targeting problem properties

The St. Louis Police Department will soon have at its disposal an "Armadillo." Like the one from the Peoria police department pictured here, the St. Louis Armadillo will be bullet-proof, graffiti-proof and outfitted with 360-degree surveillance.
(photo courtesy of the Peoria (Ill.) police department)

This fall, the St. Louis police department will be getting help conducting surveillance on problem properties from an armadillo.

No, not the hard-shelled mammals you see scattered on highways in the Southwest.

This Armadillo is a former armored car that's been made bulletproof, given a graffiti-resistant paint job, and outfitted with 360-degree surveillance.

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Crime
12:02 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Man shot after allegedly shooting at officer

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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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Officer Down Series
5:50 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Officer Down: how St. Louis area police try to stay safe and reach out

"Sam Safety," (left) along with St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom visit students at Cote Brilliant School. "Sam" is the Department's mascot for the "Officer Friendly" community outreach program.
(Julie Bierach/St. Louis Public Radio)

Federal and local officials are worried about the number of law enforcement officers killed so far this year. Yesterday, St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach looked at the scope of the problem.

Today, she explores what St. Louis area police do to stay safe on the streets and how they’re trying to build better relationships with the people they serve.

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