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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Missouri Ranks 7th in U.S. in Rate of Women Murdered By Men: Study

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Bryan Ledgard

For the third time in five years, the Washington, D.C.-based Violence Policy Center ranked Missouri one of the states where men murder women at a higher rate. This year we're No. 7, with about 1.73 homicides for every 100,000 people.

The center has been running the study since 1996, and it's only in the last several years that Missouri has started appearing regularly on the list.

"I think that's an indication that Missouri could do more to prevent homicide against women, and in particular, domestic homicide," says Kristen Rand, legislative director at the VPC. "One of the major reasons we do the study is to raise awareness within states to the fact that they have a problem."

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Officer Shot in North St. Louis County, Suspect on the Loose

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Eric Fowler.
A St. Louis County Police Officer was shot and injured during a disturbance call in north St. Louis County Sunday morning, but there's a chance another officer wounded the suspect by returning fire before he escaped.

Police are searching for Eric Fowler, 27, of the 5400 block of Thrush Avenue, who faces warrants for first-degree assault on a police officer and armed criminal action. Fowler is armed and dangerous, police said.

Here's what went down, according to police.

Around midnight on Sunday morning, two St. Louis County Police Central County Precinct
officers got a call for a disturbance in the 5800 block of Eagle Valley. Neighbors said a suspicious man was trying to enter the residence, and a woman was seen running out the back.

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Mental Patient Escapes Hospital by Climbing Drain Pipe To Roof

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Gregg Atkisson.
St. Louis police are on the hunt for a Richmond Heights man who escaped from the St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center Sunday afternoon.

Gregg Atkisson, 27, of the 1000 block of Commodore Drive, is a patient at the psychiatric hospital on Arsenal Street, though police haven't released why he was committed there.

On Sunday around 4:15 p.m., a hospital employee saw Atkisson climb a twenty-foot downspout onto the roof of the hospital from a courtyard, according to police.


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Drunk Guy Gets in Argument, Punches Woman, Stabs Man, Gets Arrested

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The 3500 block of Delor Street, facing east from S. Grand Boulevard.
A drunken argument turned violent late Sunday night when a man punched a woman and then attacked the man who tried to stop him, according to St. Louis Metropolitan Police.

The men and woman were intoxicated when an argument broke out at 11:30 p.m. in the 3500 block of Delor Street, near South Grand Boulevard, according to police. The suspect, a 51-year-old man, punched the 53-year-old woman.


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Hungry Thief Orders Food Before Robbing Taco Bell

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Police say this man robbed the Taco Bell on Hampton Avenue.
Have you seen this burrito lover?

St. Louis police are on the hunt for a Taco Bell customer who held up the store after finishing his breakfast.


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Undercover Operation Busts Illegal Caviar Trafficking in Missouri

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Photos courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation
Fishing for paddlefish is legal. Harvesting their eggs and selling them as caviar is not
As international demand for caviar causes overfishing of the Caspian Sea's once plentiful beluga sturgeon, fishermen are flocking to Missouri to illegally harvest from the next big name in caviar: the Mississippi paddlefish.

An ancient cousin to the sturgeon, paddlefish are plentiful in Table Rock Lake, Truman Lake and the Lake of the Ozarks, and a female paddlefish can carry as much as twenty pounds of eggs at a time.

"A common black-market price is about $13 an ounce," says Missouri Department of Conservation protection chief Larry Yamnitz. "Therefore, a single large female paddlefish with about twenty pounds of eggs is carrying about $4,000 worth of potential caviar for black-market sales."


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By The Numbers: 93 Percent of Protesters Arrested Monday Night Aren't From Ferguson

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Danny Wicentowski
Police arrest protesters in Ferguson Monday night.
Of the 52 people arrested by St. Louis County police in Ferguson during protests Monday night and early Tuesday morning, only four are from Ferguson.

Most were arrested on the charge of refusal to disperse, says St. Louis County Police spokesman officer Brian Schellman. Police arrested one person on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, two for having active warrants or failing to appear at a court date, and one for interfering with a law-enforcement officer.


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Watch Police in Ferguson Arrest, Tear Gas Journalists [VIDEO]

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Ray Downs
Demonstrators protest Antonio French's arrest outside the Ferguson Police Department. French, an alderman in St. Louis city, is a former journalist and has been filming the unrest.
As demonstrations against Ferguson police descended into a fourth night of tear gas, rubber bullets and chaos, heavily militarized police officers briefly detained two national journalists, arrested a St. Louis alderman sharing video of clashes and tear gassed a broadcast news crew.

Police actions against the press seem to be part of the reason Governor Jay Nixon finally decided to cut his Missouri State Fair trip short. The governor says he'll arrive in St. Louis County Thursday morning to manage what's increasingly becoming a volatile, violent and devastating time in St. Louis history.

Read all Riverfront Times coverage of the unrest in Ferguson and the aftermath of Michael Brown's shooting.

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Two Shot in Separate Incidents During Another Tense Night in Ferguson

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Danny Wicentowski
SWAT officers gather near the QuikTrip in Ferguson.
After meetings all over the St. Louis area called for peace, dialogue and justice, another drama-filled night took place on West Florissant, near the QuikTrip that burned on Sunday night and not far from where Reverend Al Sharpton appeared with Michael Brown's family.

According to multiple media reports, two shootings took place. First, a drive-by hit a young woman in the head a little past midnight. Later, a St. Louis County police officer shot and critically wounded a man police say pulled a gun on an officer.

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