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Slots Plot: Russian Men Indicted for Cheating Casinos in St. Louis, East St. Louis

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The men are charged with travelling to Missouri and Illinois to cheat casinos.
Four Russian men are facing federal charges for plotting to cheat at the slot machines at casinos in St. Louis and across the river.

The four men -- Murat Bliev, Yevgeniy Nazarov, Igor Lavrenov and Ivan Gudalov -- were indicted by a grand jury for conspiring to travel from Russia to at least ten casinos in Missouri, Illinois and California to employ their scam. Bliev, 36; Lavrenov, 28; and Gudalov, 32; live in Moscow, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. Nazarov, 38, is a U.S. citizen living in Miami, Florida.

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Missouri Man Busted for Producing, Requesting "Custom" Child Pornography

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After pleading guilty to five felony child-pornography charges, Gary A. Dotson of Pacific has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.

An FBI and Franklin County Sheriff's Department investigation revealed Dotson, 32, traded sexual images of children online on an "almost daily basis," according to the U.S. attorney's office.

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Two Teens Shot After Gunman Targets Group of Boys

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Iowa Avenue and Lynch Street, where police found shell casings from the shooting.
St. Louis Metropolitan police are searching for the gunman who targeted a group of teenage boys Saturday evening, shooting a thirteen-year-old and a fourteen-year-old.

The six boys -- all between the ages of thirteen and sixteen -- were walking in the 2600 block of Iowa Avenue, in the Fox Park neighborhood, around 5:45 p.m. Saturday when the suspect pulled up in a black 2000s Honda four-door sedan and asked them a question, police said.

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Robber Orders Chinese Food, Stabs Delivery Driver, Steals Food, Money

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Why can't he just pay for his Chinese food like everybody else?
St. Louis police are investigating a robbery and assault after a restaurant delivery driver was attacked in the McKinley Heights neighborhood of south St. Louis.

The victim, a 34-year-old employee at the China King on South Broadway, is in stable condition at a hospital. He was delivering food to a residence in the 1800 block of Russell Boulevard, near Gravois Avenue, after 8:30 p.m. Monday, according to police reports.

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Strip Club Customers Robbed, One Kidnapped by Masked Men with Assault Rifles

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Dollie's Playhouse.
Police are on the hunt for three men preying on one of the most vulnerable targets imaginable: men leaving east-side strip clubs.

A group of customers were leaving Dollie's Playhouse in Washington Park Tuesday when three masked men armed with assault rifles and handguns burst out of the bushes, fired into the air and announced a robbery, according to the Belleville News-Democrat.

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Armed Teens Steal Pants, Phones, Wallets; Get Tased By Cops, Bitten by K9 Unit: Police

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Devonte Addison, 19.
St. Louis Metropolitan Police arrested four young men suspected of robbing victims of their pants, phones and wallets after police chased them by car and on foot early Wednesday morning.

A sixteen-year-old suspect was tased by police during the foot chase, and a twenty-year-old suspect was unintentionally struck by a police vehicle and bitten by a K-9 unit before police detained him, according to police reports. They were treated at a hospital for minor injuries before joining two other suspects, both nineteen-years-old, in jail.


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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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