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4 Different Cities, 4 Different Cop Shootings in One Day

Sunday saw officer killed, 3 wounded, with 3 of the shootings apparently targeted

(Newser) - It was a tough Sunday for law enforcement across the country, with four separate shootings leaving one police officer dead and three wounded, CBS News reports. And three of the attacks appear to have targeted their victims, authorities say: Detective Benjamin Marconi in San Antonio, Texas, was killed while writing... More »

St. Louis Cop Sitting in Patrol Car Shot Twice in Face

It's being called an 'ambush' attack

(Newser) - A St. Louis police sergeant was hospitalized in critical condition but expected to survive after being shot Sunday night in what the police chief called an "ambush." Police Chief Sam Dotson said the 46-year-old officer was shot twice in the face. The suspect got away but was shot... More »

St. Louis Couple Says WWII Nuclear Waste Made Home Unsafe

Robbin and Mike Dailey sue after tests show radioactive elements

(Newser) - During World War II, St. Louis was home to a purification plant for raw uranium ore as part of the Manhattan Project, which led to a dumping ground and storage site for radioactive waste. Today, residents are still feeling the effects, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday, per the Guardian... More »

In 'Hideous' Photo, Cop Gives Thumbs-Up Over Dead Body

Lawyer for dead man's mother says a lawsuit is coming

(Newser) - A "hideous" photo of a St. Louis police officer is drawing comparisons to photos from Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison , reports BuzzFeed . Leaked to KMOV , it shows a smiling officer giving a thumbs-up as he holds the limp arm of 28-year-old Omar Rahman, a black man who died of... More »

J&J Baby Powder Suit: a $70M Payout

Deborah Giannecchini said she had 'no idea' of dangers before her ovarian cancer

(Newser) - For more than 40 years, Deborah Giannecchini used Johnson & Johnson baby powder and other talcum powder products—and on Thursday, a St. Louis jury awarded more than $70 million in damages on her claim, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The 63-year-old Californian said those J&J products contributed to... More »

Police Add Ice Cream Truck as Outreach Tool

'Operation Polar Cops' is delivering free ice cream in St. Louis

(Newser) - St. Louis police will have a question to ask as they take their new truck into neighborhoods: One scoop or two? Police Chief Sam Dotson calls it "Operation Polar Cops," a truck that will give away ice cream treats at various events, part of an effort to improve... More »

Missouri Cop Shot in Traffic Stop Is Paralyzed

Michael Flamion suffered 'catastrophic' spinal cord damage

(Newser) - The suburban St. Louis police officer shot in the neck during a traffic stop on July 8 is paralyzed from the neck down and on a ventilator, unable to breathe on his own, says Ballwin Police Chief Kevin Scott. Michael Flamion is, however, "very alert," able to move... More »

Teen's Gunshot Death Likely a Selfie Gone Wrong

Police say no adults were home when 15-year-old DaMontez Jones shot himself

(Newser) - An attempt at a selfie gone horribly wrong apparently killed a St. Louis-area 15-year-old who fatally shot himself in the chest last week. Local police say DaMontez Jones likely found the loaded and unlocked gun on a top shelf of a bedroom closet, and that it went off on Friday... More »

Dad Accused of Shooting Baby Is 'Devastated'

Cops say he was aiming at his wife

(Newser) - Diata Crockett, the St. Louis man accused of shooting his 8-month-old son dead as his wife fled with the baby in her arms is "obviously devastated over the loss of his son," his lawyer says. Crockett turned himself in Wednesday morning after making arrangements through attorney Scott Rosenblum,... More »

Cops: Dad Kills His Baby While Trying to Shoot Wife

St. Louis man forced family into car at gunpoint

(Newser) - A manhunt is underway for a St. Louis man who fired a shot at his fleeing wife and killed the 8-month-old son she had in her arms, police say. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says that during a domestic dispute Tuesday afternoon, Diata Crockett forced his wife and three... More »

Ex-St. Louis Police Officer Charged With Murder

Jason Stockley, 35, charged in death of Anthony Lamar Smith

(Newser) - Prosecutors have charged a former St. Louis police officer with first-degree murder in a 2011 shooting that killed a 24-year-old man after a chase, the AP reports. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce charged 35-year-old Jason Stockley on Monday and a judge ordered him held without bond. Prosecutors say Stockley... More »

Black Student Has to Change Schools Because of His Race

Thanks to a decades-old anti-segregation ruling

(Newser) - A black third-grader is being booted from his St. Louis school over the wording of a 30-year-old Missouri desegregation ruling, Fox News reports. Edmund Lee's family is moving from St. Louis to a new school district in the suburbs, but Lee wanted to stay at the Gateway Science Academy... More »

Mom's Last Act Was to Save Unborn Baby

Cancer patient Cara Combs delayed treatment until she could give birth

(Newser) - Cara Combs was terrified when she was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma on Nov. 2, but not only for herself. The Missouri mother of three was also 23 weeks pregnant. Though a dermatologist had found nothing concerning during a check-up a year before, doctors said the cancer had spread throughout... More »

Cops: Bud Weisser Breaks Into Budweiser Brewery

It was his destiny

(Newser) - In a crime too dumb to make a clever joke about it, a 19-year-old man named Bud Weisser allegedly broke into the Budweiser Brewery Thursday in St. Louis, Fox 2 Illinois reports. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , Weisser got into a car crash shortly before 7pm local time then... More »

Baltimore Logs 300 Homicides for 1st Time Since 1999

But murder motives remain the same, official says

(Newser) - Bad news for Baltimore: The city now has 300 homicides on record for the first time in 16 years, the Baltimore Sun reports. That's thanks to two fresh murders on Saturday—a stabbing and a shooting—which continued a spike in violence that's seen more than one murder... More »

Residents Get Antsy as Landfill Fire Burns Near Nuclear Waste

Conflicting reports add to confusion near St. Louis

(Newser) - Dawn Chapman compares an underground fire at a landfill outside St. Louis to a train whose brakes have failed: In order to prevent a disaster, "you either have to stop that train or you have to clear the tracks," she says, per NPR . The reason for her analogy?... More »

Suspect Charged in 2 of the St. Louis Church Fires

Authorities no longer suspect a hate crime

(Newser) - Authorities charged A 35-year-old black St. Louis man with arson following fires at two predominantly African-American churches earlier this month and federal investigators said they no longer believe the incidents were a hate crime. David Lopez Jackson was charged Friday in St. Louis Circuit Court with two counts of second-degree... More »

Live Exorcism Airs on TV Friday Night

Bishop, psychic will be on hand for 'dangerous' rite: network

(Newser) - This should get you in the Halloween mood: The cable channel Destination America says it will broadcast a live exorcism on the St. Louis residence that once housed the inspiration for the film The Exorcist at 9pm EDT on Friday. Catholic priests performed a series of exorcisms on a Maryland... More »

'Miracle Church' Targeted in St. Louis' 7th Arson

Authorities hope $9K reward will lead them to suspect

(Newser) - A church considered to be the first miracle west of the Mississippi River became the seventh to be targeted by a suspected arsonist in St. Louis early Thursday. Like other arson cases since Oct. 8, the front exterior doors of the rectory of the Shrine of St. Joseph were set... More »

Somebody Is Torching Churches Around St. Louis

6 black churches set on fire in 10 days

(Newser) - Six black churches have been torched in the St. Louis area since Oct. 8 and police say they don't have a suspect—or a motive. "We believe that this fire-setting activity is meant to send a message," the St. Louis Police and Fire departments and the ATF... More »

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