CRIME & SAFETY
Warrenton Police Department report for November 27-December 3
The Warrenton Police Department released the following weekly incident report for the dates of November 27 to December 3. South State Highway 47, motor vehicle accident. Single vehicle accident. Vehicle one was traveling southbound on Highway 47. Driver started coughing and lost control of the vehicle. Vehicle crossed Highway 47 and struck an electrical pole. The electrical pole was damaged and only held up by electrical wires. Vehicle one was towed from the scene by Approved Towing. Ameren was dispatched and replaced the electrical pole.
Man flees after allegedly stealing Lego sets from Arnold Target
Arnold Police are seeking a felony stealing warrant against a 33-year-old O’Fallon man, who allegedly stole $779.96 worth of Lego sets from Target, 3849 Vogel Road, police reported. Officers were called to the store at about 1:45 p.m. Nov. 25 when an employee confronted the man outside of the...
St. Charles County police upgrade with cutting-edge ‘Red Dot’ system
The St. Charles County Police Department is introducing a new aiming system for sidearms that officers carry to protect themselves and the public.
St. Charles County kidnapping trio remains in jail without bond
Three men arrested last week in a St. Charles County torture and kidnapping case had hoped to get a chance to bond out of jail. Instead, they learned in court that they’ll have to wait another week.
Two Men Dead After Separate Police Encounters in St. Charles County, Missouri
Tonight on 5 On Your Side at 10, uncovering the use of seclusion rooms in Missouri schools, weather updates, and new details on two separate fatal encounters with police in St. Charles County. Plus, an in-depth look into a deadly shooting in a quiet Lake St. Louis neighborhood.
St. Peters Police trimming Christmas trees tonight
You can help St. Peters police trim their Christmas tree Friday.
Trial for martial arts coach to begin in February
The trial for a former Galesburg martial arts coach accused of sexually abusing minors is now set to begin in February. Beau Admire, 43, appeared via Zoom in Warren County court Thursday for what was supposed to be the final pre-trial conference in the case. Admire is charged in Warren...
Lake St. Louis Police Officer Fatally Shoots Man Following Terrifying Shootout and Chase
In a shocking incident in O'Fallon, Missouri, a man was fatally shot by police after firing at a clock tower and leading officers on a chase. The suspect, identified as Douglas Allen Fips, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Push for Ban on Seclusion Rooms in Missouri Schools Amid Police Shootings
In this 10 p.m. update, uncover the controversial use of 'seclusion rooms' in Missouri schools and the push for their ban. Also, get the latest on two separate fatal police encounters in St. Charles County, and the forecast for Tuesday morning's rush hour.
Man admits laundering money for drug dealers in St. Louis
A man from Lake St. Louis, Missouri on Monday admitted laundering money for methamphetamine dealers operating in the St. Louis area. Melvin Hayes, 66, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in St. Louis to misprison of a felony. Misprison of a felony is a crime committed when a person knows that someone has been involved in a felony but fails to report it to law enforcement authorities.
St. Louis All Local AM Podcast: Two officer-involved shootings in St. Charles County
In O’Fallon and Lake St. Louis police shoot at gun-toting suspects, another death at City Justice Center, regional crime strategy meeting today, only warnings for Missouri’s hands-free law, what people say they want from Rams settlement
Warrenton OKs purchase of new police car as new hires begin
Warrenton aldermen approved purchasing a new police car for the department during its Nov. 21 meeting. City Administrator Brandie Walters told aldermen that the city was under budget for police wages by about $64,000. She asked aldermen to make a budget adjustment so some of that money could be used for the new vehicle.
Hope for reversing the tidal wave of stolen vehicles in the St. Louis region
The task force’s findings showed signs of what we would soon see throughout the region.
Three Men Charged for Kidnapping and Forced Labor in St. Charles County
• Three men, Venkatesh R. Sattaru, Sravanvarma Penumetcha, and Nikhil V. Penmatsa, have been charged in St. Charles County, Missouri, for allegedly holding a 20-year-old Indian national captive for several months, during which they repeatedly beat him and forced him into labor.
Officer-Involved Shooting in O'Fallon Prompts Ongoing Investigation
O'FALLON, MO - According to a press release issued by the O'Fallon Police Deparment on Sunday, December 3, 2023, the O'Fallon Missouri Police Department has reported an officer-involved shooting in the vicinity of Highway P and the Royal Oaks Subdivision.
Weekly Safety Report: Human Trafficking and Property Fraud Concerns in St. Charles County, Missouri
This week in St. Charles County, Missouri, two incidents have occurred that raise concerns for public safety. The first incident involves human trafficking, where a victim from India was rescued after being held captive, severely beaten, and forced to work at multiple homes in the county. The victim is currently receiving medical treatment for his injuries. The second incident involves property fraud, with homeowners being warned about the possibility of title theft and fraudulent deeds being registered to claim ownership of properties. The county is taking steps to educate property owners and detect any potential cases of fraud.
St. Charles County man admits to illegally selling guns; linked to 30 crime scenes
A man from St. Charles County, Harry Trueblood, aged 69, has admitted to selling firearms without a license, with approximately 30 of these guns being recovered at or after crimes.
3 human trafficking suspects in St. Charles County accused of beating 20-year-old victim plead not guilty
ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. — Three men in St. Charles County pleaded not guilty Friday morning, the day after they were charged in connection with a human trafficking case. 35-year-old Venkatesh Reddy Sattaru, 27-year-old Nikhil V. Penmatsa, and 23-year-old Sraban Penumetcha are facing multiple felonies. They're accused of keeping a 20-year-old man from India captive for months.
Store clerk says torture victim came inside Defiance gas station before police found him
DEFIANCE, Mo. — The torture and assault of a 20-year-old man inside a home in Defiance has stunned people who live and work in the tiny St. Charles County community. "It always seemed like the house was abandoned. You know, like it's never anybody there, you can tell," said neighbor Quentin Preis.
Indian student deprived of sleep, brutally assaulted in St. Charles County by 'powerful' Indian relative, charges say
DEFIANCE, Mo. — A 20-year-old Indian man was "brutally beaten" and exposed to other forms of abuse in St. Charles County by a man he called “very wealthy, powerful and influential in India," according to charging documents. Venkatesh Reddy Sattaru, 35, and two other men were charged with...