Woman Gets Hit by Two Cars, Dies Crossing the Street In Front of Restaurant

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Pedestrians cross where a woman was struck and killed by two cars in front of Olympia Kebob House and Taverna.
Neighbors are asking for safety improvements to McCausland Avenue after a 45-year-old woman died Sunday crossing the street.

Candi McNeal of Brentwood was leaving the popular south-city Greek restaurant Olympia Kebob House and Taverna just before 7 p.m., police said. She was struck by two cars at McCausland and Plateau avenues, just south of I-64, and was taken to the hospital, where she died.

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Kinloch Police Arrest Former Interim Mayor Theda Wilson After Fight with Three Cops

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Theda Wilson at the hospital after an encounter with Kinloch Police.
A former city leader in the small North County municipality of Kinloch claims police there arrested and physically assaulted her after she called to report a burglary in her apartment complex.

Kinloch police cited Theda Wilson with a summons for resisting arrest and because she "fought with three police officers."

Kinloch police chief K. Williams says his department is investigating the incident and offered no other details. He told Daily RFT he wasn't even sure the incident had occurred because officers involved were not back on duty and therefore unavailable.

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St. Louis Police Fatally Shoot Armed Teenager in Stolen Car

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Police fatally shot nineteen-year-old Isaac Holmes on Wednesday night.
Not even one month in, 2015 has proven to be a bloody year.

With fourteen homicides under its belt, St. Louis was still reeling from last week's five back-to-back deadly shootings and the gun battle in a movie theater parking lot on Martin Luther King Day weekend when the news broke that there was another officer-involved shooting.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police officers fatally shot ninteen-year-old Isaac Holmes when he exited a stolen car carrying an INTRATEC-9mm gun with a high capacity magazine after a brief car chase Wednesday night in north St. Louis city. Police originally tried to pull over the car, a red Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by a ninteen-year-old now in custody, for making an illegal U-turn.

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Joseph Bowens Charged with Murder, Robbery in Shooting of Drury Inn & Suites Manager

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A still from surveillance footage showing the man who murdered Drury Inn and Suites manager Scott Knopfel.
When your own mother turns you over to the cops, you know your case is looking bleak.

Joseph Bernard Bowens, 43, is in police custody on murder and robbery charges stemming from the shooting of Drury Inn and Suites night manager Scott Knopfel in one of five separate shootings in thirteen hours that killed six people in St. Louis last week.

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First Suspect Charged with Murder After Bloody Night of Homicides in St. Louis

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The 5000 block of Cates Avenue, where Leon Rivers was shot and killed in the street.
After a bloody night of shootings all over St. Louis city left six dead, police have arrested three suspects and charged one with murder.

Ramon Demery faces a murder charge for the killing of Leon Rivers, a 34-year-old man from the 4800 block of Penrose Street.

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Missouri Leads U.S. in Black Homicide Rate -- Again

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Missouri has had the highest or second-highest black murder rate for the last six years.
If you're black and you live in Missouri, you're seven times more likely to be murdered than non-blacks and twice as likely to be murdered than blacks in other states.

That's according to the latest report from the Washington D.C.-based Violence Policy Center, which analyzed the numbers from 2012, the most recent comprehensive national data available.

Once again, Missouri has the highest rate of black homicide victimization in the country, the Violence Policy Center found. Missouri ranked second behind Nebraska last year and had the highest black homicide victimization rate in 2013, 2012 and 2011. The Show-Me State also ranked second in 2010, behind Pennsylvania.

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O'Fallon Mom Jessica Howell Sentenced For Encouraging Boyfriend to Rape Infant Daughter

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Jessica Howell's still-operating Facebook profile shows her cradling her daughter, Ashlynn Lillith Peters.
Among the most disturbing crimes reported in recent memory, the case against Jessica Howell, 26, of O'Fallon, and her boyfriend in the rape and death of her four-month-old daughter, Ashlynn Lilith Peters, has horrified readers across the county from the moment the news broke in summer 2013.

Late last week, a circuit court judge sentenced Howell to 25 years in prison for her role in encouraging Jordan Lafayette Prince, her boyfriend and a registered sex offender, to sexually assault the infant girl in December 2012. Howell pleaded guilty on January 9 to felony abuse of a child and felony murder.

"My actions were foolish. I didn't understand the weight of my actions," she tearfully told a judge after he asked if she had any remorse.

According to court documents, Howell sent texts to Peters months before her daughter's death "suggesting a willingness to allow him to engage in sexual activity with Ashlynn."

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2014 St. Louis Crime Report: More Murders, Violent Crime Than 2013

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The 2014 report of St. Louis crime statistics says violent crime is up while property crime is down.
Violent crime in St. Louis increased by 5.3 percent in 2014 while overall crime and property crime rates dropped, according to a new report released by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police.

The overall crime rate dropped 3.3 percent in 2014, a smaller drop than the 5.4 percent decrease in 2013.

The city of St. Louis ended 2014 with 159 homicides, a 32.5 percent jump from last year's 120 homicides, according to police statistics. St. Louis saw a 6 percent spike in crimes against persons in the second half of 2014 -- a jump Mayor Francis Slay said may be part of "the Ferguson effect."

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Store Owner Stops Robbery, Follows Would-Be Robber to Next Target, Shoots Him: Police

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The Walgreens where the store owner shot the would-be robber.
A convenience-store owner shot and injured a would-be robber carrying a fake gun inside a south-city Walgreens after chasing him out of his own store.

The suspected robber -- identified by St. Louis police as David Cotner, 31, of the 1200 block of Wilmington Avenue -- was charged Wednesday with two counts of first-degree robbery, armed criminal action and physically taking property from a victim.

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Berkeley Police Kill Black Teen Antonio Martin, Violent Protest Injures Two Cops

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A screenshot of surveillance footage showing the police shooting of Antonio Martin.
A white Berkeley police officer with six years of experience shot and killed a black teen with a gun Tuesday night, sparking a violent protest that left two police officers injured. Four people were arrested for assaulting police.

Police haven't named the eighteen-year-old victim of the shooting, but local sources, including the victim's mother, identified him as Antonio Martin.

Update: The St. Louis County Police Department confirms the identity: "The deceased from today's officer involved shooting in the City of Berkeley is Antonio Martin, 18 years of age, of the 6100 block of Sherry, St. Louis, MO 63136."

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