Police Arrest Man Actually Named Bud Weisser for Burglary

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Bud Weisser, this mugshot's for you.
A teen with the most St. Louis name ever is facing jail time after turning himself in to police over a suspected burglary.

Bud Weisser -- yes, that's really his name -- was charged Friday with one count of second degree burglary.

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Bosnian Woman Made Up Report of Hate Crime: Police

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Seherzada Dzanic.
A 26-year-old woman admits she was lying when she told police a group of black men targeted and assaulted her because she is Bosnian, according to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

Seherzada Dzanic was charged with making a false report, a Class B misdemeanor, Monday after investigating officers found surveillance footage showing she was not attacked.

"The video showed her vehicle stopped in the middle of the street, nobody approaching the vehicle, no suspects," Chief Sam Dotson tells St. Louis Public Radio. "So when we confronted the victim at this point with the video, she admitted fabricating the story. She admitted she lied."

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Victim and Assailant in Baseball Bat Murder Were Father and Son

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Andrew Dunn, 31, of Garland, Texas, right, and the parking lot where the murder occurred.

According to police, the man arrested for beating a 61-year-old victim to death in the parking lot of a south-county shopping center is the victim's son.

The attack occurred before 10 a.m. on Thursday in the parking lot at 7545 South Lindbergh. The St. Louis County Police Department identified 31-year-old Andrew Dunn as the person who lured Terry Dunn from his office at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education building where he worked. Andrew Dunn "removed a concealed metal bat from his person and repeatedly struck the victim in the head," according to police.

The younger Dunn is listed as living in Garland, Texas. Sgt. Brian Schellman tells Daily RFT in an email that police "believe he's been in town since Thanksgiving."

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St. Louis Teen Faces Murder Charge for Hammer Attack: Bosnian Community Mourns

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Danny Wicentowski
St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson promised he would increase patrols in Bevo Mills after the murder of Zemir Begic.
St. Louis' close-knit Bosnian community continues to mourn Zemir Begic, 32, who was murdered in seemingly senseless and brutal fashion early Sunday morning by four teenagers wielding hammers.

Three of the teens were in police custody Monday night; two are juveniles, aged fifteen and sixteen, and seventeen-year-old Robert Joseph Mitchell, who lives on Winnebago Street just a few miles from the crime scene, has already been charged for first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

"You have my commitment: We will make sure we arrest the fourth person," said St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson to a crowd of grieving supporters and residents of the Bevo Mill neighborhood Monday evening. Dotson repeated his reassurance from Sunday night -- the attack does not appear racially motivated.

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[UPDATED] University City Woman Dead and Police Officer Shot During Home Break-In

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The 7400 block of Wayne Avenue near the intersection of North Hanley Road and Midland Boulevard.
A University City woman is dead and a University City police officer is recovering from a gunshot wound following a home break-in last night.

University City police say they received a call around 10 p.m. Monday for a burglary in progress in the 7400 block of Wayne Avenue. The caller told police that the suspect was climbing through a bedroom window and shooting into the home. As officers arrived to the scene, they, too, took on gunfire from inside the house. One of the three officers, a five-year veteran of the force, was shot in the chest.

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Jaris Hayden, Former Ferguson Corrections Officer, Charged with Raping Inmate in City Jail

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Jessica Lussenhop

A former City of Ferguson corrections officer has been charged with the rape of a jail inmate. The incident occurred back on October 9, 2013, but the charges against Jaris Hayden -- for felony sexual contact with an inmate and permitting an escape -- were just filed on November 5 of this year.

The indictment came just a week and a half before the victim, identified only as J.W., filed a suit in federal court against the City of Ferguson as well as Hayden. She was in custody for driving with expired plates and giving a police officer a fake name.

"When you read the case, you're going to see there's claims against Ferguson that state that Ferguson's department has customs and practices that are so bad that those practices cause those incidents," says W. Bevis Schock, the attorney representing J.W.

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Cornealious "Mike" Anderson Arrested Again for Robbery, Family Says "He Didn't Do It" [UPDATE]

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Cornealious Michael Anderson III

Update 6:30 p.m.: St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce disputes the claim of a discrepancy in the clothing description provided by the victim and what Anderson was wearing. Scroll to the bottom of this post for her full statement.

Cornealious "Mike" Anderson III, the man the state of Missouri forgot to incarcerate for thirteen years, then received credit for time served and was allowed to return home back in May, was arrested over the weekend.

According to charging documents from the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's office, St. Louis police officers arrested Anderson at about 1 a.m. Sunday. He has been charged with second-degree robbery for snatching a purse.

Michael Anderson II, Mike's dad, tells Daily RFT that his 37-year-old son had just left a party thrown by his employer with his wife when he was stopped by police.

"He didn't do it," says the elder Anderson. "He was with 40 other people the entire evening."

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St. Louis Ranked the 4th Most Dangerous City in America, Again

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St. Louis is the fourth most dangerous city in America, behind Memphis, Oakland and No. 1 Detroit, says a new study from Law Street.

If this story is giving you deja vu, that's because St. Louis was ranked the No. 4 most dangerous city in 2008 and 2011. River City took the No. 1 most dangerous title in 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2013.

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A St. Louis Redditor's Illustrated Guide to Escaping an Armed Robbery, Being a Badass [UPDATED]

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Part of a riveting illustration of what happens when one driver, one electric car and two armed robbers face off on dark road in Shaw.
St. Louis Reddit has given us so many gifts (and so much weirdness) over the years that its impossible not to love that warm corner of our local Web community. That pattern of excellence continued this weekend, when one Redditor not only delivered a tale of bona fide heroism but illustrated the action with Sharpie. If we're being honest, the post raised the bar on crime storytelling forever.

Authored by Reddit user tkizzler, the post, titled "Heroic escape from 2 gunman next to Sasha's on Shaw," recounts a tenacious getaway driver -- who goes by the name "Nissan Leaf owner/driver" -- who foiled the plans of two armed robbers early Friday morning in the Shaw neighborhood.

Update: See below for an interview with both the author of the Reddit post and the quick-thinking driver.

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Robbery Suspect Shoots Himself at Elementary School Parking Lot after Police Chase

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Police said Nickolas T. Gralike shot himself in the head after being chased to the Blades Elementary School parking lot.
A 24-year-old robbery suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head early Friday morning after police chased him to a south St. Louis County elementary school parking lot.

St. Louis County police officers found Nickolas T. Gralike, of the 700 block of Hill Slope in Jefferson County, dead in his pickup truck along with items stolen from two reported robberies earlier that morning, according to police.

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