[UPDATE] Wellston Cop Jumps Into Moving Car, Fatally Shoots Fleeing Suspect Thomas Allen: Police

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Thomas Allen Jr., drove down this road for two blocks until a Wellston police officer fired three shots at him from inside the car, according to St. Louis County police.
A Wellston police officer fatally shot a 34-year-old man who tried to flee a traffic stop, according to the St. Louis County Police Department. The shooting marks the seventh officer-involved shooting death since August, when then-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown and shone a spotlight on police killings in St. Louis.

Update, 9:50 a.m.: St. Louis County police have released several new, important details about Saturday's shooting.

Police said a five-year-old girl, the daughter of the driver, was in the rear seat behind the front-seat passenger when a Wellston police officer with more than seven years experience on the force pulled the car over for making an improper left turn.

The Wellston officer checked Thomas Allen and the vehicle for weapons and did not find anything illegal, so he let Allen and the child stay in the back seat of the car while the officer talked to the driver and the front-seat passenger outside of the car.

That's when Allen climbed over the car seat and started driving away -- with the girl in the back seat -- police said.

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Police Discover Suitcase Full of Weed In Car of Guy Peeing In Stranger's Front Yard

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Yeah, you can put your weed in there.
If you're driving around town with hundreds of grams of weed in your trunk, here's some free advice: Think twice before taking a leak in public, especially when your house is only a three-minute drive away.

A Florissant man faces a felony drug charge after police discovered more than 375 grams of marijuana in his car, according to St. Louis County circuit court.

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St. Louisans Used Facebook, Paypal to Gather Money, Supplies for ISIS: Justice Dept.

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A screengrab from a video from ISIS showing the execution of British aid worker David Haines.
Ramiz Zijad Hodzic had almost everything ready: boots, belts, jackets, shirts, money.

After almost a year of fundraising and sending tactical gear to terrorists with the Islamic State and al-Qaida, the Bosnian refugee living in St. Louis with his wife and family could think of only one additional item a wanna-be terrorist needed before joining the bloody fight in Syria and Iraq: a $540 night vision optic, so that when he killed someone he'd be able to record it and show supporters.

Hodzic made this gruesome suggestion to a fellow Bosnian native and New York resident, Nihad Rosic, in April 2014, just before ISIS seized Fallujah, Tikrit and Mosul, Iraq's second most populous city. In July, Rosic tried to board a Norwegian Airlines flight out of JFK International Airport to meet another Bosnian man who'd lived in St. Louis and was now fighting with terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.

That's according to the documents the U.S. Attorney's Office released Friday outlining terrorism charges against six Bosnian immigrants, including three living in St. Louis. All six face charges of conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists and with providing material support to terrorists. Hodzic and Rosic are also charged with conspiring to kill and maim persons in a foreign country.

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Shawn Gray: Death of Man Found in River Des Peres Remains a Mystery

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Shawn Gray went missing on Thanksgiving and was found dead about a week later in River Des Peres. His family and friends are still looking for answers about what happened.

It's been more than two months since a woman out walking on December 4 discovered the body of Shawn Gray. The 23-year-old musician, trick skateboarder and dishwasher at Cardwell's in Clayton, had been missing for a week. How this young man, who family and friends say was so full of life, turned up dead in a dry section of the River Des Peres remains an enigma. Nearly as puzzling is the gossip that circulated online in early December that Gray was somehow tied to the grand jury investigation of Darren Wilson, the Ferguson officer who shot Michael Brown.

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De Smet Grad Killed in Downtown Purse-Snatching Was Trying to Stop Robber: Police

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The 700 block of N. 15th Street, where an eighteen-year-old gunman shot Robert Christman during a robbery. The building on the right is the City Museum.
The purse-snatching robber who shot and killed a De Smet Jesuit High School graduate near the City Museum downtown last month now faces murder, robbery and gun charges.

The circuit attorney's office charged Christopher Grant, eighteen, of Collinsville, Illinois, Wednesday with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted robbery, unlawful use of a weapon and three counts of armed criminal action. Grant is in custody in St. Clair County on unrelated charges of battery and alcohol possession.

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Circuit Attorney Subpoenas Riverfront Times Photos Related to Cornealious Anderson Case

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A bar surveillance camera shows Cornealious Michael Anderson on November 16, 2014.

In the very early hours of November 16, 2014, Cornealious Michael Anderson III was arrested in downtown St. Louis, accused of stealing a woman's purse near the corner of Fourth and Gratiot streets. Not many purse-snatchings make the news, but this one was different. Anderson gained international media attention last spring when a judge freed him from prison after the state of Missouri incarcerated him thirteen years late on a burglary charge from 1999 (a quick refresher on that later).

After his November arrest, Anderson's father told Riverfront Times that both his son and his son's wife were at a birthday party with about 40 coworkers on the night of the incident. Anderson's attorney, Patrick Megaro, said he was "completely confident it'll be completely exonerated."

On November 18, 2014, Riverfront Times went to the last bar that Anderson was in to view the security footage. We took several still photos of that footage. Then last week, Riverfront Times received a "Grand Jury Subpoena Duces Tecum" commanding us to turn over those photos. Because of that, we've decided to make them public for anyone to see.

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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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