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St. Louis police say they're seeing a significant uptick in gun violence in St. Louis, even as crime is down overall.

The department released the latest crime numbers for 2012 at the meeting of its oversight board on Wednesday morning. Aggravated assaults with a weapon are up 19 percent in 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.

Special groups like the Violent Offenders and gang units are targeting individuals with a history of gun violence and possession, police chief Dan Isom said, but that won't solve the entire problem.

St. Louis police officer charged in burglary

Jul 16, 2012

A six-year veteran of the St. Louis Police Department is suspended without pay after being charged with first-degree burglary.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 29-year-old Andrew Perez was reportedly intoxicated when he unlawfully entered a home around 4 a.m. Sunday while off-duty. Perez allegedly thought the home he was entering was that of a friend.

Police say Perez left when the homeowner confronted him, but the homeowner called police.

Morning headlines - Friday, July 6, 2012

Jul 6, 2012
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St. Louis County police investigating credit card use of Valley Park mayor

St. Louis County police are investigating the alleged misuse of funds by the mayor of Valley Park.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the investigation began last month, but officers went to City Hall this week with the list of documents they’ll need.

Morning headlines - Friday, June 29, 2012

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Beer giant A-B InBev gets bigger

Anheuser-Busch InBev has confirmed that it will buy the remaining 50 percent of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo for $20.1 billion.

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St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says cutting the fire department’s pension costs will enable the city to take 30 police jobs off the chopping block.

The Board of Police Commissioners voted Monday to hold onto 30 of the 80 police positions this year’s budget eliminates through attrition, but only if a pension reform bill is passed by the Board of Alderman.

Slay says the bill, which requires firefighters to pay more into the system and prevents full retirement benefits until age 55, would save the city more than $8 million.

Morning headlines- Thursday, May 31, 2012

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St. Louis Police debate workplace representation

Next month, St. Louis City police sergeants are set to decide who will represent their interests at work, and the St. Louis Police Officers Association says it is the best option on the table.

At a meeting last night, members of the St. Louis Police Officers Association made their case to sergeants.To punctuate their point they brought in Chuck Canterbury, the National President of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Morning headlines - Monday, May 28, 2012

May 28, 2012
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Todd Epsten dies; former president of the Board of Police Commissioners was chair of the state's largest liquor distributor

The former head of the appointed board that oversees the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has died.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Todd Epsten, who was the chairman of liquor distributor Major Brands, died Saturday of brain cancer. He was 52.

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Six police sergeants with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department have filed a federal lawsuit seeking three years of overtime pay they say they were illegally denied.

Morning headlines - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

May 22, 2012
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St. Louis police express concerns with cameras in patrol cars

Officers with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department are seeking ways to avoid driving patrol cars equipped with cameras over concerns that footage from the cameras is being used against them.

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The St. Louis Board of Commissioners have approved a plan to reduce the number of city police districts.

The city currently operates a total of nine districts that were established back in 1962.

But Police Chief Dan Isom says the department had twice as many officers back then and more than twice the number of citizens to serve.

“In the last 30 years we’ve lost about 1,000 officers,” Isom said.  We used to have 2,200 officers, now we’re down to about 1,300 officers.  But the slots for those command structures are still the same.”

Morning headlines - Thursday, May 10, 2012

May 10, 2012
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Police chief outlines plan to preserve patrol officers despite cuts

The St. Louis police chief says he’ll reduce the department’s command structure and turn some desk jobs currently held by officers over to civilians in an effort to blunt the impact of budget cuts.

Chief Dan Isom unveiled his budget plan to a Board of Aldermen committee yesterday.

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A former St. Louis police sergeant has pleaded guilty to federal drug conspiracy charges for seizing packages containing marijuana, then working with his brother to sell the drug.

Morning headlines: Monday, April 23, 2012

Apr 23, 2012
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Police investigating explosive device at downtown federal building

St. Louis police are trying to find the person who threw an explosive device at a federal building in downtown.

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St. Louis City officials says 80 officer positions must be cut from the city's police force to offset the department's rising pay, health care and pension costs. 

Police Chief Dan Isom and Mayor Francis Slay support eliminating the jobs through attrition. 30 positions, funded through federal grants, would end this year, when those grants are slated to expire.

Mayor Francis Slay says despite a 45 percent increase in police spending since he took office, spending for retirement benefits is out of control.

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The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department will add extra manpower in the Delmar Loop this weekend in an effort to avoid a repeat of last weekend's violence.

No one was injured in a series of fights that broke out around 8:30 p.m. on March 31, or when shots were fired into the crowd, though two people were injured in a later shooting at a Church's Chicken.

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Updated 1:15 p.m. with additional details about officers.

The City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office has filed 3rd Degree Assault charges against two St. Louis Metropolitan Police officers, Rory Bruce and David Wilson, in two unrelated incidences. 

Here's a summary of the charges against both officers, according to Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce's Facebook page:

Off-duty St. Louis officer shot; two men charged

Mar 23, 2012
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Updated 2:02 p.m. March 23:

Christopher Gales and Montez Thomas, both 18, have been charged in relation to the case, according to a release from the St. Louis County Police. Their photos are above.

Both men have been charged with the following:

  • 1 count of Assault in the First Degree,
  • 1 count of Robbery in the First Degree,
  • 1 count of Burglary in the First Degree and
  • 3 counts of Armed Criminal Action.

Gales and Thomas are being held on $500,000 cash-only bonds.

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Occupy activists are taking heat for graffiti found at the Compton Hill Reservoir Park. Overnight, walls and statues were vandalized with phrases including "class war," and "cops, pigs, murderers."

Occupy protester Brian Staack  says the acts are likely related to a confrontation at the park Thursday night where St. Louis police arrested 13 activists.

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The brother of a St. Louis police officer has admitted his role in a scheme to divert seized evidence in drug cases for distribution and sale.

Linus R. Davis pleaded guilty on Friday to one felony count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and one felony count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Both sides of the debate on how St. Louis would handle local control of its police department are digging in their heels over issues of public oversight and transparency.

At a Board of Alderman community forum last night, critics argued that language on a proposed ballot initiative would preclude the department from a civilian review board and restrict public access to disciplinary records. 

John Chasnoff is a program director for the ACLU, which supports local control but is suing to block the initiative.

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