Sunset Hills Mayor Mark Furrer Accused of Intentionally Striking Cyclist with His Car

Categories: Bikes, Crime

Mayor Mark Furrer's Mercedes parked outside Sunset Hills City Hall. | Tom Carlson

Yesterday, first on a post on Facebook that spread rapidly on social media and then in subsequent interviews, a local cyclist accused Sunset Hills Mayor Mark Furrer of intentionally running him off the road with his car after screaming "Get off my fucking roads!"

The cyclist, Randy Murdick of Fenton, accused Furrer of deliberately swerving into him with his red Mercedes convertible, causing Murdick to wreck. In an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Furrer denied the charges and accused Murdick of grabbing on to his car before falling.

"Honestly, everything he's saying is just ridiculous," says Murdick. "He's just lying to cover it up. Nobody in their right mind on a 17-pound bike is going to grab a hold of a 3,000 pound car."

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CNBC's American Greed Airs Episode on St. Louis Conman Priest, Martin Sigillito

Categories: Crime, Media

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Martin Sigillito during his time as a priest with the Anglican American Church.
Martin Sigillito, the disgraced St. Louis lawyer and bishop now serving a 40-year prison sentence for orchestrating one of the biggest ponzi schemes to ever befell St. Louis, will be the subject of tonight's episode of CNBC's American Greed, a true-crime series that "examines the dark side of the American Dream."

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"Save Yourselves": Mysterious Sign Pleads for Peace After Shooting Kills Man at Picnic

Categories: Community, Crime

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Heman Park.
Even in a place like St. Louis, where gun battles all too often claim the lives of the players involved and the civilians on the sidelines, the shooting that killed a twenty-year-old man at the University City High School alumni picnic was heartbreaking.

What was supposed to be a pleasant summer afternoon reliving high school days with other alumni in Heman Park turned deadly by early evening. More than 1,000 people were still in the park when gunshots rang out, killing Mario Wallace, 20, and injuring a 39-year-old man.

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Teen Charged With Murder After Drug Robbery Leaves One Dead, Another Paralyzed: Police

Categories: Crime

Samuel Vazquez-Gonzales, eighteen.
Gunmen shot at two men and killed a nineteen-year-old in a vacant house in the Carondelet neighborhood last week as a drug deal turned into a robbery, according to St. Louis police.

On Friday the Circuit Attorney's Office filed a string of charges against Samuel Vazquez-Gonzales, eighteen, of the 5500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. He faces warrants for first-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, first-degree attempted robbery, two counts of first-degree robbery and six counts of armed criminal action. He is being held without bond.

Police say Vazquez-Gonzales fatally shot Brandon Gonzalez, nineteen, of the 1900 block of Donnell Drive in Arnold, in the chest and neck around 1:45 a.m. in a vacant house in the 7300 block of Vermont Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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Andres Wiltz Gets Probation for Beating Kitten to Death

Categories: Animals, Crime

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This is not the kitten who died, but it was probably just as adorable.
A St. Louis man pleaded guilty to hitting a kitten so hard, that it had to be euthanized. He'll serve probation for the cruel deed.

On December 9, 2013, Andres Wiltz brought a five-month-old, short-hair feline into the St. Louis Cat Clinic. According to a probable cause statement, "the feline was pale, cold, and straining to breathe." Veterinarians determined that the suffering kitty had a bruised chest, a large hematoma on its kidney and a torn lung.

The animal docs took x-rays, too. That showed a broken pelvis and broken ribs.
The kitten was too far gone, and the decision was made to put it to sleep.

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Braland Norman Goes to Prison After Clever Escape from Delmar Loop Shooting

Categories: Crime

Red light camera footage of the shooting. Watch the video below.
Braland Norman needed a way out.

He'd just been shot in the back, and his friend, who'd been shot numerous times, had rammed their car into oncoming traffic at the busy intersection of Delmar and Skinker boulevards. Covered in blood and carrying a gun he's not allowed to have, Norman pulled himself out of the shot-out car window and ran to the Moonrise Hotel.

Norman managed to weasel his way into some get-away wheels by convincing a valet he left something in a car the valet had just parked for a different patron, but freedom wouldn't last long. On Monday, a judge sentenced Norman to six-and-a-half years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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Lucky Break for Missouri Professor Who Made Bad Joke That Led to Arrest for Growing Pot

A Missouri communications professor who broke the first rule of modern-day communications -- don't joke on Facebook about killing people -- got busted for growing marijuana. But the loose-lipped, green-thumbed prof got a break when a judge quashed the search warrant that led to the discovery of the homegrown operation.

The story started in August of last year when Matthew Rouch, who teaches at Northwest Missouri State, decided he'd do a little comedy. According to the Associated Press, Rouch responded to a colleague's post that he's always optimistic at the beginning of the semester, but "By October, I'll be wanting to get up to the top of the bell tower with a high powered rifle with a good scope, and probably a gatling gun as well."

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Yahoo and Tumblr Refuse to Take Down Illegal "Pee Porn" Photos from a Chesterfield Bathroom

Categories: Crime

Tumblr and its parent company, Yahoo, apparently want to keep online illegally obtained photos of men using a public restroom in Chesterfield.

This goes back to that story of the St. Louis County cop who was arrested for allegedly putting a small camera in the air vent in a gas station bathroom. That cop was fired and now faces a class D felony (the lowest possible felony). But now, despite the main website being shut down, KTVI (channel 2) reports that the images are still on Tumblr and the company refuses to take them down.

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Suspicious Fires Reported at Washington University

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Two fires were quickly extinguished at Washington University.
No one was injured by the two fires found on Washington University's campus Tuesday afternoon, but officials say the fires were "suspicious."

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Judge Halts Murderer John Middleton's Execution Over Mental Health Concerns

John Middleton
Breaking update: A Federal District Court judge stayed John Middleton's execution this morning on the basis of his deteriorated mental condition.

In the decision, the judge writes that "This is not a conclusion that he is actually incompetent, it is only a conclusion that he is entitled to a hearing on the issue," though she notes evidence of Middleton being diagnosed with "a variety of mental health disorders" as well as his long history of drug abuse. She adds:

"The affidavits he provided from other inmates and from the counsel who have dealt with him indicate that his mental state has deteriorated over the 17 years he has been incarcerated. The inmates indicate that he frequently talks to people who are not there, and tells stories that could not have had any basis in reality."

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