William Lynn Gunter Sentenced to 30 Years for Murder of Wife Suzanne

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The Gunters' former Town & Country home.

The March 2013 murder of Suzanne Ball Gunter, allegedly by her husband, William Lynn, piqued the interest of many across the country -- even international press covered her death. Perhaps it was their seemingly comfortable life in Town & Country, or their reputation as a fun-loving couple with lots of friends.

"I knew them both forever. It's a terrible thing, a big shock," says Mark Vinson, a long-time family friend and former colleague of the couple who lives in Kentucky.

The case, which was headed for a November 3 jury trial, ended on Friday when Mr. Gunter -- who goes by Lynn -- pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. A judge sentenced him on Monday to 30 years in prison.

"The evidence was overwhelming. Lynn did not want to put his family through a trial," his attorney John Rogers tells Daily RFT. "All these things were involved in the decision-making process and the enter of a guilty plea."

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Homicides No. 106-108: Three Men Slain in Cars By Gunmen in Two Separate Attacks

Lindsay Toler
SLMPD investigated three homicides Tuesday morning.
Three men died in two separate shootings Tuesday morning less than two miles apart in north St. Louis city.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police called to the first shooting around 12:40 a.m. found the body of Keith Thomas, 52, of the 1400 block of East Adelaide Avenue, in the front passenger seat of a car in the 4500 block of Alice Avenue.

Thomas had been shot in the chest, flank, leg and head, and police pronounced him dead on the scene.

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Strip Club Raided After Undercover Investigation, Owner Arrested for Steroids

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Police raided After Dark Gentlemen's Club, an adult cabaret two hours southwest of St. Louis, this weekend after an undercover investigation revealed naked dancing, illegal alcohol sales and after-hours operations.

Police arrested the owner, Matthew Wagner, 33, of Dixon, at 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning on suspicion of possessing three vials of anabolic steroids, according to court documents obtained by the Pulaski County Daily.

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Duianete Moore, Alleged Kmart Thief, Shrugs Off Tasers and Gunshot To Leg Before Arrest

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Duianete Moore is apparently impervious to tasers.
We're guessing Duianete Moore never expected his Tuesday morning jewelry heist at a south-county Kmart to go so badly. By the time he was in cuffs, the 33-year-old St. Louis man had been Tased twice, shot and then crashed his getaway car -- all while still in the Kmart parking lot.

Police say Moore is a well known shoplifter at other Kmarts in the St. Louis area, and he had hit the location at 3901 Lemay Ferry Road before. Employees immediately called the cops once they recognized him. After entering the store, Moore allegedly made a beeline to the jewelry section and began prying the locks off a display case with a screwdriver. According to police reports, he crammed more than $30,000 worth of jewelry into his pockets before walking out the door, ignoring security guards on the way to his SUV.

Once outside, however, More encountered several St. Louis County cops. Police say they ordered him to halt. Instead, he started running.

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Sunset Hills Mayor Charged with Intentionally Hitting Cyclist With His Car

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Tom Carlson
Mayor Mark Furrer's Mercedes parked outside Sunset Hills City Hall.
Mark Furrer, the mayor of Sunset Hills accused of intentionally hittng a cyclist with his red Mercedes convertible, is now facing two felony charges. In court filings yesterday, the St. Louis County Prosecutors Office charged Furrer with assault and property damage for striking Fenton cyclist Randy Murdick on a stretch of Gravois Road in Sunset Hills this past July.

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Burglars Steal Food, Games While Vandalizing Northside Youth, Senior Center

Categories: Community, Crime

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Students serve hot meals to seniors at Northside Youth and Senior Service Center.
A community center in north St. Louis city says late-night burglars caused $10,000 in damage while stealing food and games from the children and elderly adults the center serves.

The burglars tripped the alarm at the Northside Youth and Senior Service Center, triggering a call to police, but staff says no officers arrived until almost twelve hours later, when an employee called 911.

Sunday around 9:30 p.m., burglars smashed their way into the center and stole electronics, video-game consoles and games, toys and sports equipment, says Sandra Norman, Northside's executive director. They also stole hundreds of dollars worth of food.

But the burglars didn't stop there. While inside, the vandals broke doors, cabinets and electronics, damaged windows, security bars and the balcony, and vandalized the 40-year-old agency.

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Mayor of Pine Lawn Sylvester Caldwell Arrested by FBI, Charged with Extortion [UPDATE]

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Jennifer Silverberg
Mayor Caldwell in 2006.

Updated 1:40 p.m. with a copy of the indictment.

Mayor Sylvester Caldwell of Pine Lawn, the tiny north-county town just southeast of Ferguson, was arrested on Thursday by the FBI, according to the U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Missouri. He's been charged with extortion which could carry a penalty of up to twenty years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.

The charges center on an alleged bribery scheme, where a tow-truck company owner paid Caldwell for the privilege of hauling away vehicles identified for towing by the Pine Lawn Police Department. The case was investigated by the FBI.

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Two Sentenced to Prison for Killing Imo's Pizza Delivery Driver

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Chester Woods.
A St. Louis County judge sentenced two of the three men who killed a pizza-delivery driver to thirteen years in prison Monday.

Chester Woods, 22, and Davionte Williams, 20, pleaded guilty to robbing and murdering 22-year-old Imo's Pizza driver Daniil Maksimenko in May 2012, and now they're sentenced to thirteen years behind bars.

Maksimenko, who had been working at the franchise for several years, didn't even make it out of his car in front of a home in the 2100 block of Erick Avenue in Hillsdale before his killers shot him in the head and stole the pizza.

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Cape Girardeau Surgeon and Fiancée Indicted on Kickback Scheme that Paid for Their House

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The fix may be in for a spine-fixing surgeon in Cape Girardeau.
There's a whole lot of sweet, sweet cash to be made on commissions for distributing medical equipment to hospitals -- especially when you are a neurosurgeon who runs his own medical device distribution company.

That was the scam engineered by Cape Girardeau neurosurgeon Dr. Sonjay Fonn and his fiancee/employee Deborah Seeger, who allegedly used the money to purchase a house, boat and airplane, according to a federal indictment filed yesterday by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Missouri. Both are facing federal felony charges.

The duo apparently hatched a scheme to demand "exorbitant commissions" from manufacturers who supplied a local hospital with spinal implants.

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Six Shootings in 12 Hours Leave One Dead, Many Injured in St. Louis

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Lindsay Toler
St. Louis police investigate a shooting.
St. Louis metropolitan police had their work cut out for them Monday night.

From 9 p.m. on September 15 to 9 a.m. on September 16, police reported six shootings, including the homicide of Timothy Roberts, 37, of Maryland Heights. Five other people were injured in the shootings, which do not appear to be related.

The first five shootings happened within four hours.

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