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Bridgeton
12:00 pm
Wed April 13, 2011

Former Bridgeton officer guilty of bribery

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A former police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Bridgeton faces sentencing in July after pleading guilty to taking a $5,000 bribe.

The U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis says 38-year-old Scott William Haenel of O'Fallon also admitted obstructing a federal investigation in his guilty plea on Wednesday.

Federal authorities say a person cooperating with the FBI met several times with Haenel between November and January and paid him $5,000. In exchange, Haenel agreed to help conceal a money laundering scheme involving drug trafficking money.

Heroin in St. Louis
2:47 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Area law enforcement to crack down on heroin use through three-pronged approach

St. Louis County Chief of Police Tim Fitch (standing at podium).
Bill Raack, St. Louis Public Radio

The use of heroin in the St. Louis area is at epidemic levels, according to law enforcement officials.

The number of heroin overdoses and deaths has doubled in the St. Louis County and city over the past four years. St. Louis County Chief of Police Tim Fitch said the drug is cheaper now and it can be snorted or smoked, instead of injected. He said it's no longer just an urban issue.

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Local Control
1:33 pm
Thu March 24, 2011

St. Louis police officers file suit targeting local control petition language

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

The battle over who will control the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has entered the theater of the courtroom.

Legislative efforts to give the city's Board of Aldermen direct oversight of the department have stalled. (It's currently governed by a five-member board, four of whom are gubernatorial appointees. The mayor is always the fifth).

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Christine Miller
2:52 pm
Thu March 10, 2011

Former Sunset Hills police officer Miller sentenced to 8 years in prison for DUI crash

Christine Miller after she was arrested in 2009.
(St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office)

Updated at 5:00 p.m. March 10, 2011 with additional comments.

Former Sunset Hills police officer Christine Miller received her sentence today for the 2009 drunk driving accident that killed four people.

Miller was sentenced today after pleading guilty to all five counts against her in December 2010. She faced 4 counts for involuntary manslaughter and 1 for second-degree assault.

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Police Standoff in South City
8:36 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Marshal dies following shooting in south St. Louis

This undated handout from the U.S. Marshals Service shows Deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry, who died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, from gunshot wounds received while serving an arrest warrant on a residence in St. Louis, Mo.
(Official U.S. Marshals Photograph)

Will be updated as more information becomes available.

Updated 3:45 p.m. March 10, 2011:

From the U.S. Marshals Service:

"A funeral service for Deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry will be held Sunday, March 13, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, Mo. 

U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia A. Hylton will attend."

From a U.S. Marshals Service press release: (updated at midnight to correct spelling of injured marshal's name)

- Deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry, 48, died at St. Louis University Hospital around 7 p.m. Tuesday from a gunshot wound to the head. Perry had been with the Marshals for 10 years.

- The name of the second injured Marshal has also been released. Deputy U.S. Marshal Theodore Abegg, 31, has been with the marshals for three years. He suffered a gunshot wound to the ankle.

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U. City Police Officer Killing
12:13 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Defendant Shepard admits to killing U. City police sergeant King

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Updated at 2:30 p.m March 3, 2011:

A jury has found Todd Shepard guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The process now goes to the punishment phase, in which prosecuting attorney Robert P. McCulloch is expected to call for the death sentence.

Earlier:

While on the stand today defendant Todd Shepard did something few in his place do -  he admitted to his crime.

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Morning News Round-up
9:20 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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Good morning! Here are a few of today's starting headlines:

  • The Jennings City Council voted 6-to-1 last night to enter a contract with the St. Louis County police department to handle the municipality's police services. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the lone no vote came form Councilwoman Yolanda Austin , who is claiming she has flied a lawsuit to block the contract. St. Louis County has been overseeing the Jennings police Department since November 1. The one-year contract would cost $2.8 million. The Post-Dispatch reports the current budgeted cost for Jennings to run its own department is about $3.1 million.
  • A Missouri House Republican wants to require labor unions to get written permission from their members before deducting dues form their paychecks. The legislation by House Speaker¬† Pro Tem Shane Schoeller would require workers to sign a forma every year authorizing the deductions. They would also have to give written consent for their dues to be used for political activities. Schoeller, from Willard, says workers should be able to decide how to spend their own money. Labor groups say the bill would require too much paperwork. They also say dues are not used for political activities. They say those activities are financed from a separate fund to which members make voluntary contributions.
  • According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Police Retirement System endorsed changes Monday to pension benefits for newly hired St. Louis police officers. The changes call for all participants, including those currently enrolled, to contribute 9 percent of their salary, up from 7 percent. According to the system's executive director, the changes would saved the city about $600,000 a year to start, and about $10 million annually after about 20 years. The Post-Dispatch reports that new officers would have to wait longer to be eligible for benefits and would not be able to receive a lump sum refund on their contributions upon retirement. Exacerbated by the bad economy, cost for city contributions to police, firefighter and other employee pension systems have ballooned by millions in recent years. City leaders have said employees face almost certain layoffs if cost cannot be trimmed.

Morning round-up
9:32 am
Fri February 11, 2011

Morning headlines: Coleman trial postponed, STL city leaders blasting Nixon, no charges in Martin overdose death, IL Gov Quinn releases docs on budget cuts

Christopher Coleman's trial has been postponed so defense attorneys can review DNA evidence. A hearing is scheduled for April 15. (flickr/SLPRnews)
  • According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a judge has postponed the trial of Christopher Coleman, who's accused of killing his wife and sons. His defense lawyers asserted they needed more time to examine DNA evidence. Jury selection in the trial was to begin Tuesday. On Thursday, the judge also denied a defense effort to exclude Coleman's taped six-hour interview with Columbia police on May 5, 2009, the day the bodies were found in the family's home.
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Crime
1:46 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Ex-policeman gets life in prison for abusing boys

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The former top police officer in Fredericktown, Mo. has been sentenced to multiple life terms for molesting two young brothers over several years.

Judge Ted House on Friday told Kenneth D. Tomlinson II "you're every parent's nightmare."

Tomlinson pleaded guilty in November to 22 counts related to sexual abuse.

The boys were ages 11 and 13 when the abuse began. Tomlinson was the Scout master of a Boy Scout troop the boys joined.

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Wentzville
1:23 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

Wentzville prescription drug collection program going well

Wentzville is among the first area law enforcement agencies to offer a program to collect unused prescription medication. (Via Flickr/ psyberartist)

The Wentzville Police Department says a program started last month to collect unused prescription medication has so far been a success.

The program helps keep medications from contaminating the water supply and to keep them away from children and others who might abuse them.

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