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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Shannon County Jail
Jason McClurg.
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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926 Bayard Avenue.
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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Lindsay Toler
Police charged one suspect with murder, kidnapping and burglary.
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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Drug Dealer Stabs Customer to Death After Arguing Over Prices: Police

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Ben Jones, 35.
A drug dealer who stabbed one of his customers after a fight over the price of his narcotics last month is in custody on murder charges, according to St. Louis Metropolitan Police.

Ben Jones, 35, of the 5000 block of Virginia Avenue, faces a second-degree murder charge and an armed criminal action charge on suspicion of stabbing to death Senadin Fazlic, 31, of the 9800 block of Luna Avenue.

Just before midnight on May 19, Fazlic and an acquaintance drove to the 4400 block of Wallace Street to buy drugs from Jones, whom they only knew by a nickname.

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Man Jumps Out Window to Escape Throat-Slashing Ex-Girlfriend and Her Armed Posse

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Lindsay Toler
Police are still searching for the 22-year-old suspect and her two armed henchmen.
A 22-year-old woman and her two armed "guards" held her ex-boyfriend and his two friends hostage, cutting their throats with knives and shooting a victim who tried to escape, according to police.

St. Louis police are still looking for the woman and her two goons, whose identities are still unknown.

Here's how police say this crazy attack went down.

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Missouri Man Charged with Killing Goose with Car, Backing Up, Hitting It Again [VIDEO]

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A Canada Goose, the only species that nests in Missouri.
A Nixa man faces two misdemeanor counts for illegally killing wildlife after he was caught on video running over a goose with his car, backing up and hitting it again.

Kristopher Sonntag, 35, told state investigators he was just "joking around" when he ran over the male Canada goose twice with his girlfriend's van, according to the Springfield News-Leader.


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Boy Scout Volunteer Gets Jail Time for Trying to Teach 14-Year-Old How to Give a Blow Job

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Michael Engler, 51, of St. Charles.
See you in five years, Michael Engler.

On Wednesday, a judge sentenced Engler, 51, a former Boy Scouts volunteer from St. Charles, to 60 months in prison for using interstate facilities to coerce a minor into sex on Craigslist.

Engler thought he was meeting a fourteen-year-old boy for a day of sexual experimentation when he showed up behind a Brentwood ice-skating rink. Turns out, that boy was actually an undercover officer working for the FBI's Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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