Mom, Son Scam Elderly Woman, Move Into Her House, Promise Animal Shelter in Her Name

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The Albin Avenue home Mark Kistler bought with the victim's money and now lives in rent-free.
A mother and son duo are banned from working in securities in Missouri after scamming an elderly woman out of more than $200,000 with bogus real estate investments and promises to operate an animal shelter in her name, according to Secretary of State Jason Kander.

Marylin H. Kistler and Mark A. Kistler of St. Louis convinced the 89-year-old victim to take out a $110,000 home equity loan, buy three properties to rehab and sell her car and stock to finance moving into a low-income, assisted-living facility, even though the woman didn't want to leave her home, according to the cease-and-desist letter from the secretary's office.

The unidentified woman first met the Kistlers when she was a medical patient of David Kistler, Marylin's husband and Mark's father, in 1986. Mark started driving the victim to appointments and running errands for her as a teenager, and Marylin was a nurse at the office.

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Adrian Houston Shoots, Kills Girlfriend and Bystander Who Tried to Help Her: Police

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Adrian Houston.
A University City man returned to his girlfriend's apartment after a fight to shoot and kill her and the groundskeeper who'd intervened earlier to stop the attack, according to police.

Adrian Houston, 37, of the 7700 block of Delmar Boulevard was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action, first degree burglary and second degree domestic assault.

When Houston saw girlfriend Jessica Thompson, 25, was in her apartment in the 5800 block of Cabanne Avenue with a male friend on July 9, he banged on doors and windows and entered without her permission, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He then choked Thompson in front of her friend.

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VIDEO: Teens Beat Man in Random Attack in Delmar Loop, Post Video on Facebook

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The corner where a man was randomly attacked by teens who posted the video on Facebook.
"Go ahead."

At the sound of those two words, spoken calmly by someone filming what's about to happen on a phone, a group of teens began to punch and kick a man in the Delmar Loop Sunday in what appears to be a random but orchestrated attack.

A group of about six teens wallop a man trying to walk to a Metro stop several times before running toward their friend with the camera and celebrating gleefully. They later posted the video to Facebook, where it went viral before being taken down.


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Darryl Jackson Arrested for Emailing Threats to Vital Voice: "I Will Exterminate All You Faggots"

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Darryl Jackson, 40.
Vital Voice gets its share of hate mail. As St. Louis' premiere LGBT magazine, plenty of homophobic emails find their way into the Vital Voice inboxes.

But the message that came in from a St. Louis Community College account was different, says associate publisher Jimmy Lesch.

"This was more specific than the usual 'God hates fags' rhetoric," Lesch tells Daily RFT.

The message, sent from a St. Louis Community College email account, read: " "I WILL EXTERMINATE!....YOUR LEADER AND ALL OF YOU FAGGOTS AND WEASELS..."

Fearing for the magazine staff's safety, Lesch alerted the community college, which roped in the police. Late last month, officer Jerod Breit was investigating at the Forest Park campus when he saw a man preparing to send another threatening email to the magazine.


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Michael Cornell: Police Employee Controlled Victim's Life with Rape, Shootings, Arrests

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Michael Cornell, 28.
St. Louis Metropolitan police are investigating the egregious actions a civilian employee in the department allegedly took -- including sexual assaults and drive-by shootings -- to control and manipulate a man who first came into his care as a teenage boy.

Michael Cornell, 28, of the 1500 block of Sells Avenue, is in jail facing four counts of forcible sodomy, one count of impersonating a police officer, four counts of deviate sexual assault and one count of third-degree assault. But as the police investigation continues, allegations against Cornell could lead to a variety of other charges, including child pornography, misuse of a law-enforcement database and weapons offenses.

Cornell joined the St. Louis police academy in December 2007, apparently following in the footsteps of family members, but was terminated after four months. He was hired three months later as a civilian employee with the unit that processes suspects into jail.

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Inmate Accused of Killing Wife with Poisoned Kool-Aid Escapes During 4th of July Fireworks

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Ten inmates at a Missouri jail got a special treat when a guard took them outside to see a patriotic fireworks display on July 4. But the real fireworks started back inside when authorities realized one of the inmates had escaped.

Jason McClurg, 32, broke free from Shannon County jail in Eminence, 120 miles southeast of St. Louis, when a deputy led the inmates outside for the show. Shannon County Sheriff Steven Blunkall tells TV station KY3 that it's not yet clear whether McClurg was in restraints or whether he had help during his escape.

Update: McClurg is back in custody, reports KY3. Officials found him in a camper trailer Sunday evening and arrested him without incident. End of update.

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Realtor Burned Down Girlfriend's House for Insurance Money: U.S. Attorney

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A St. Louis real estate developer burned down the home he sold to his girlfriend and their child and laundered the insurance money through his businesses, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Mardell McGee, 45, of St. Louis, was arrested Monday after being indicted on two felony counts of mail fraud, one felony count of arson to further mail fraud and one felony count of money laundering.


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Intruders Hold Teen at Gunpoint, Dad Shoots Them, Kills One: Police

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A father shot two armed men, killing one, as they forced their way inside his family's home while aiming their guns at his teenage daughter Monday night, according to St. Louis police.

One of the suspected gunmen, Terrell Johnson, 31, of the 4500 block of Natural Bridge Road, died on the family's living room floor after the father, 34, shot him.


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Ponzi Scheme in the Hill Stole Millions from Elderly Victims

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Princeton Partnership LLC, in the Hill neighborhood in St. Louis.
Two Missouri insurance brokers pleaded guilty to stealing $3 million from elderly victims in a six-year fraud the U.S. Attorney's office calls a Ponzi scheme.

From their offices in the Hill neighborhood in St. Louis, Robert Palmer, 45, of Kansas City, Missouri, and Mark Driver, 50, of St. Louis, stole their customers' real estate, stocks, and life insurance annuities and used them to pay for their business or for personal items, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. They also used the money to pay off old customers who falsely believed they were seeing returns on their investments.


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Suspected Bank Robber Stabs Man 36 Times at St. Louis Motel: Police

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Davion Williams.
The day after he was arrested for robbing a south-city bank, a St. Louis man faced murder and robbery charges for the brutal stabbing of Darnell Jones, 41, at the First Western Inn.

The Circuit Attorney's Office charged Davion Williams, 39, of the 4000 block of Winnebago Street, with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action.

He'll also face a first-degree robbery charge for the unrelated bank robbery May 29 at Pulaski Bank, 3760 South Grand Boulevard, according to St. Louis Metropolitan police.

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