East Alton, ILTelegraph

East Alton woman charged with aggravated arson

EDWARDSVILLE — An East Alton woman was charged Friday with aggravated arson after allegedly setting a fire to an apartment complex on Fourth Street. Vicki E. Thomas, 57, of East Alton, was charged June 11 with aggravated arson, a Class X felony. The case was presented by the East Alton...
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Pontoon Beach, ILTelegraph

Pontoon Beach man charged with having four pounds of pot

EDWARDSVILLE — A Pontoon Beach faces charges after police allegedly found more than four pounds of pot. Joel Rojas, 42, of Pontoon Beach, was charged June 11 with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, a Class 1 felony. The case was presented by the Pontoon Beach Police Department.
Alton, ILTelegraph

Alton man indicted for obstructing murder investigation

EDWARDSVILLE — An Alton man has been indicted for obstructing the investigation into the May 2 death of DeAndre Brewster. Scottie M. Musgraves, 19, of Alton, was indicted June 10 on one count of obstructing justice, a Class 4 felony. He was originally charged May 11 and charges had been sealed.
Greenville, ILwgel.com

GPD Officers Recognized For Life Saving Efforts

During Tuesday night’s Greenville City Council meeting, two officers with the Greenville Police Department were recognized for their life-saving efforts earlier this year. Mayor George Barber told the story about Blake Knox, Sergeant Bryan Waugh and Officer Russell Rieke. On March 14, 2012, Greenville Police responded for a report of an unresponsive 25 year old male who had collapsed. Waugh and Rieke provided CPR and used an AED on Knox. They continued CPR and provided support to Knox’s parents until paramedics arrived.
Saint Louis, MOSt. Louis Post-Dispatch

Editorial: A bad cop was finally convicted after a long history of violence and abuse.

Almost everything worked as it should have in a St. Louis jury’s conviction of a former St. Ann police detective who hospitalized a detainee by kicking him repeatedly while the detainee was prone on the pavement. Four other police officers testified for the prosecution, as they should always do after witnessing such abuse, and the jury came to the right conclusion after viewing video that captured the egregious conduct. But the internal investigation by St. Ann police initially cleared Detective Ellis C. Brown III. And Brown’s past history of violence as a St. Louis city cop should probably have kept him off of the police force to begin with.
Centralia, ILsouthernillinoisnow.com

Bond set at $500,000 for Centralia man charged with sex offenses

Bond has been set at $500,000 for a 26-year-old Centralia man who faces two Class X predatory criminal sexual assault charges and single counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and failure to register as a sex offender. Thomas Smith of East Broadway is accused of committing sexual acts with a...
Saint Louis, MOKMOV

Man arrested after teen shot while fighting customer who intervened in tip jar theft, police say

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A teen was shot in the stomach Thursday afternoon after allegedly stealing a tip jar and assaulting a customer at a south St. Louis City restaurant. According to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, a 16-year old and another teen were causing a disturbance inside Utah Station restaurant, at the corner of Utah Street and Wisconsin Avenue in the Benton Park neighborhood. When the teens left, police say, the 16-year old stole a tip jar.