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    March 13, 2014

    Hamburglers Rob Cahokia McDonalds, Get Caught by Crashing into Mayor's Car: Police

    Centreville mayor Marius Jackson was hospitalized Tuesday after two robbery suspects crashed into his car during a high-speed chase with police.

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    May 18, 2012

    Teryun Jackson Skips Step Two, Flushes Ear Down Toilet After Biting It Off

    Teryun Jackson, 22, and Marlon K. Jackson, 23, are already in the St. Clair County Jail for unlawful use of a weapon and first-degree murder, respectively. They're both facing additional charges of aggravated battery and mob action for attacking another inmate on May 11. You might want to put o ... More >>

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    April 27, 2012

    Joseph Millard Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

    Belleville man Joseph Millard, 49, was arrested Wednesday on multiple charges of downloading and distributing child pornography. He's being held on a $500,000 bond, and faces six to thirty years per charge in prison if found guilty.Those are big numbers, but check this out.

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    December 16, 2011

    Seven Flyers Make Belleville News-Democrat All-Area First Team

    Jennifer SilverbergLamontiez Ivy was named all-area first-team quarteback. Jeremy Nicholson was named first-team punter and honorable mention running back and kicker.​Today, the Belleville News-Democrat released their all-area football teams. The East St. Louis Senior High Flyers, whom we covered ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    Windfall for Fairmount Park; Weathered Horse Track To Get Estimated $14 Million

    Last time we ventured to Fairmount Park in '09, the JumboTron was in much need of repair.​The long legal battle between Illinois horse tracks and casinos is over. After losing an appeal and failing to get a hearing in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Illinois casinos said goodbye this week to $141 ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Vigilante Savagery: Woman Beat With Baseball Bat by Relative of Hit-and-Run Victim

    Belleville News-Democrat​File this one in the most-disturbing-stories-of-the-week category. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that a woman -- who is currently a suspect in a hit-and-run case -- recently left jail and was promptly beaten with a baseball bat by the mother of a victim of the ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Vandals Destroy Archaeological Dig at Southern Illinois - Edwardsville

    SIUE - Archaeology Field SchoolMembers of the school dig along the site in 2010.​Excavating equipment and historical artifacts are missing after vandals looted and destroyed an archaeological dig on the campus of Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville over the weekend. As the Belleville News- ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Belleville Diocese Must Pay, Illinois Supreme Court Says

    The diocese is on the hook for another $6.35 million after the Illinois Supreme Court refused to hear its appeal.​The Illinois Supreme Court yesterday refused to hear an appeal of the Diocese of Belleville -- letting stand a $5 million jury verdict for a former altar boy at St. Theresa's Parish in ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    Belleville to Bust Parents for Teens' Misdeeds

    It's not our darling angels' faults when they break the law -- it's their parents!​Bad news for parents out in St. Clair County: Prosecutors are warning that if your kid acts up, you could face criminal charges.That's the word from the Belleville News-Democrat, which reports this morning that St. ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    Sheriff's Department Invites Media Along for Sweep of Crime-Ridden Neighborhood

    The press got to play cops last night in St. Clair County.​I've got to admit it. I enjoy the bravado of the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department, even as I occasionally question its chummy relationship with the press. Every other month, it seems, the sheriff's department emails local media with s ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    70-Year-Old Woman Gives Burglar a Beat-Down

    Image viaBring it, punks.​Step to grandma, scoundrels and thieves, and she will Eff. You. Up. As told today by the Belleville News-Democrat: A  couple of old ladies returned home in Fairview Heights when they realized there was a burglary in progress. One took out her cell phone and called 91 ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    East St. Louis Loses Only Hospital; Kenneth Hall Closing After 120 Years

    The Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital in East St. Louis will close within the next three to four months.Kenneth Hall Hospital should close by end of summer.​The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board voted to shutter the hospital yesterday. The facility -- founded in the 1890s -- had op ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    50,000 Sows Bought by Illinois Farm

    ​Not all family farms are small affairs. The Maschhoffs' LLC in Carlyle, Illinois -- one hour east of St. Louis -- is technically a family farm, in that it's owned by a family. A family that owns nearly 200,000 hogs. No, this isn't an episode of Confessions: Animal Hoarding. It's business-as ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    Cops Bust Truck Hauling Tomatoes and 600 Pounds of Pot on I-55/70

    ​On Monday morning, February 14, Illinois State Police found 600 pounds of marijuana in a tractor-trailer hauling tomatoes on Interstate 55/70 near Highway 159 in Collinsville. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Jose A. Martinez of Glendale, Arizona, and Manuel Medrano of Merced, Calif ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center Re-opens In East St. Louis; Finances Shuttered Center in 2009

    Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center launches again. ​Two years after a Belleville News-Democrat investigation exposed questionable consulting contracts and massive debt at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center, the East St. Louis youth center is once again on firm financial ground. Yesterday the center re-opene ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    Free Donkey, If You Want It

    Image viaGet a load-a this piece of ass. PUN!​A lady out in Caseyville, Illinois has taken in a stray donkey, but can't afford to feed or "geld" (meaning "de-bro-ify") him. So "Hobo" the donkey needs a new owner.Note: Hobo is truly a donkey. Daily RFT, fearing a bait-and-switch, was concerned he m ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Club Flava: One Person Wounded in Latest East St. Louis Club Shooting

    Image viaFlava Flav does not approve of violence at Club Flava​Metro east police officials have long argued that late-night violence at East St. Louis bars and clubs is largely to blame for the city's crime woes. After this weekend, the cops have yet another piece of evidence to back up their clai ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Feel Bad for the Woman Who Spent 9 Hours in Cuffs?

    Image viaShe languished so long in cuffs...but allegedly beat a dude with a baseball bat.​What she did: According to Washington Park's finest, the woman in question (related to the town's former mayor) broke into somebody's house with a male accomplice. Police suspect a certain motive, but aren't ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    Kenneth Cany: East St. Louis Man Murdered Early This Morning Outside Cahokia

    Illinois police are investigating the pre-dawn murder of a man in unincorporated Cahokia today.According to the St. Clair Sheriff's Department, the victim from East St. Louis was sitting in his girlfriend's car parked on Violet Drive (below) around 4:15 a.m. this morning when he was shot multiple ti ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Tats for Tits: Tattoo Shop Giving Free Pink Ribbon Tattoos

    image via​It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in case you hadn't caught wind of that fact in spite of the pink football uniforms, shopping bags, coffee sleeves, etcetera. It would seem that we're saving the world one rack at a time, judging by the pale pink hue of Schnucks bags littering the sidew ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Driving Tip: Don't Swerve to Avoid Deer, Go Right at 'Em

    ​A Missouri man is dead after a collision early this morning with a deer near Springfield. According to reports, Mark Pross, 58, of Pacific, was driving along Interstate 44 in southwestern Missouri when his car veered off the road and overturned following a collision with a deer around 2:25 a.m. I ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    Pappy's Smokehouse vs. 17th Street Bar & Grill on Food Network

    Image viaMichael Symon, host of Food Feuds​The Food Network will pit (ha ha) the ribs from barbecue meccas Pappy's Smokehouse and 17th Street Bar & Grill against each other for a new show called Food Feuds. Hosted by the Cleveland-based Iron Chef America chef Michael Symon, Food Feuds will deb ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Old Dude Shot During Quarrel Over Which Branch of the Military is Better

    Image viaC'mon guys, we're in this together!​Psssst...fellas...we're grateful for your service. But weren't you trained to fire at foreigners?This from the Belleville News-Democrat this morning:A 57-year-old Centreville man is in police custody for allegedly shooting a 55-year-old man in the leg.. ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Jesse and Latonya Robinson: Washington Park Couple Allegedly Stole Money Intended for Hurricane Katrina Victims

    Anyone who has ever driven through Washington Park knows that the place looks like it was recently hit by a hurricane. Save for the strip clubs, the tiny village next East St. Louis is full of buildings that are burned down, boarded up and falling over.But while some of the residents probably should ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Jonathon Jones: Shot Dead, Two Friends Wounded in Washington Park Home Invasion

    Three men were shot -- one fatally -- early this morning in Washington Park.Police arrived at a house on the 1300 block of N 51st Street at 12:42 a.m. and found that 25-year-old Jonathon Jones had become the village's third homicide of 2010.View Larger MapJermaine Lloyd and Orlando Lang, both 25, we ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    How About a Stabbing to Go With That Margarita?

    That red stuff on the parking lot? It ain't salsa.​'Twas a wild night Saturday at the Perez Cantina, a Mexican bar/restaurant in Fairmont City that puts the sangre in sangria. According to the Belleville News-Democrat, a group of men got into fight in the parking lot of the southern Illinois bar a ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    Travis Heard: Man Caught Stripping Copper from Strip Club Shot Dead in East St. Louis

    Police in East St. Louis say Travis Heard, 33, was on the roof of the Colony II Theatre and Cocktails strip club around 5 a.m. this morning when he was confronted by the club's owner. Colony II Theatre and Cocktails at 4500 Forest Blvd.​Heard was reportedly ordered off the roof at gunpoint and esc ... More >>

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    June 4, 2010

    Man Found Shot in Both Legs, Covered in Blood on Belleville Sidewalk

    Belleville Police stumbled upon a grizzly grisly scene early Thursday morning: a man with gunshot wounds to both of his legs, covered in blood from the waist down.The man, whose name has not been released, was discovered at 2:55 a.m. yesterday on the 100 block of West C Street.View Larger MapAccordi ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Q: Who Spray-Painted a Penis on New Metro East Church? A: Lord Knows

    ​Members of The Gathering Place in Collinsville made a shocking discovery at the debut of their new church this past Sunday. It wasn't the Easter bunny. No. Some miscreant had spray-painted an upside down cross, the numbers "666" and a crude depiction of "male anatomy" on the side of the building. ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010

    Martin "Marty" Lampe: Maplewood Man Killed in Carjacking in Sauget

    A 23-year-old Maplewood man who'd recently enlisted in the U.S. Army was shot and killed during a pre-dawn carjacking Wednesday in Sauget. Google Street ViewThe building that houses Route 3 Liquor.​As the Belleville News-Democrat reports this morning, Martin "Marty" Lampe was sitting in a friend's ... More >>

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    March 16, 2010

    Belleville News-Democrat Channels Its Inner Onion with Story of Man's Love Affair with Pot

    Here's some nice end-of-day reading for you courtesy of The Onion, we mean the Belleville News-Democrat. We like this story so much, almost as much as this local man likes his pot.   ​ Read the entire article here.

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    January 26, 2010

    St. Louis Man Finds Ex-Girlfriend with Naked Lover, Goes Crazy

    bnd.comMinchul McCullough​Here's a wild-ass tale from Fairview Heights, Illinois. Police there arrested Minchul McCullough, 24, of St. Louis, on Saturday after he busted into his ex-girlfriend's apartment and found her with another man. According to the Belleville News-Democrat: The man had awaken ... More >>

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    January 11, 2010

    This is What Happens When You Run a Meth Lab at a Cemetery.

    Image Via​Meth heads -- so long as they show up to work and don't steal anything -- generally make outstanding employees. Think about it: their energy is boundless and they never lose focus so they can work tirelessly for hours on end. There's a reason the Nazis gave the stuff to their foot soldie ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    Arson Suspected After East St. Louis "Skinhead Nazi Strip Club" Burnt Down Last Night

    ​The weird saga of the City Nights club in East Boogie just got a little weirder. And a lot hotter. Because it burned down last night. That's why we say, "hotter."  Only a few months after a black man was murdered in this apparently all-white dive, the building went down in flames at 12:20 a. ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009

    Fast Times at Granite City High

    Image Via​Sex, booze, sexting, private dicks, extra-special special education, and a girls volleyball coach gone bad: It's not even winter break and already it's been a banner year for Granite City High SchoolThe Belleville News-Democrat did a nice bit of muckraking for this morning's edition, run ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    Belleville to Add Monitors to School Buses

    Welcome aboard. Now find a seat, punk.​Three months after two students were expelled and charged with felonies for beating the living snot out another student on a school bus, Belleville School District 201 says it plans to add monitors to its buses. The monitors (anyone else having flashbacks to ... More >>

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    November 30, 2009

    Fairmount Park Could Cash $7-Million Ticket Today

    Image via​The owners of Fairmount Park might as well have hit a superfecta, a quadrella, and a pick four in the same afternoon of betting -- the jackpot they're about to cash-in is just that huge.Today, after nearly three years of legal wrangling, the area's only horse track will likely finally re ... More >>

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    October 23, 2009

    Madison County Man Arrested For Re-Enacting Old Yeller

    Film still from The Everett Collection via​Imagine your dog is old. Really old. We're talking 100 dog years old.Now-- after a decade of playing fetch, belly scratching, begging for table scraps, and pissing on the carpet--- the dog is sick. It can't walk, can't see, can't hardly even eat ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    UPDATED-- Seat's Taken: Brutal Bus Beatdown in Belleville Witnessed by Thousands

    www.busesonscreen.netIf you haven't yet seen the video of the vicious Belleville West High School bus beating that happened on Monday, go watch it now. It's a brutal example of how high school-- despite all kinds of new technology and political correctness-- hasn't changed much over the past 75 year ... More >>

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    September 2, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 9.2

    ​ What's wrong with Sheila Lukins' obituary? Lots of things. (The Pollan has his say on Whole Foods boycotts. (' new alcohol tax hike is in effect. (Belleville News-Democrat)Optimistic restaurateurs opting for smaller venues and menus in new vent ... More >>

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    August 24, 2009

    The Big Bloody: Another Shooting at The Pink Slip Strip Club

    Wikimedia Commons​For the second time this month, a man was shot at the Brooklyn strip club the Pink Slip, the Belleville News-Democrat reports. This time the shooting was not deadly. Details are scarce but here's the rub:A St. Louis man was shot inside a nightclub early Sunday.According to I ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 8.13

    ​The Illinois sales tax rate change for candy, bottled coffee, and bottled tea will be effective September 1st. (Belleville News Democrat)Rogue River Blue Wins 2009 American Cheese Society top honors. (Serious Eats)Food stamps linked to weight gain. (Science Daily)How does DIY fizzy water comp ... More >>

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    July 27, 2009

    Motorist Kills Armadillo in Illinois Town, Authorities Have Critter Photographed and Frozen

    An armadillo in its natural state.​Perhaps it's just a slow news day in the southwestern Illinois town of Shiloh. Or perhaps what  occurred there this morning will be remembered centuries later as the tipping point of man's impact on planet Earth. If it's the latter, it will be well documente ... More >>

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    June 29, 2009

    St. Clair County Brings Out the Big Guns In Lawsuit Against Local Shooting Range ... Because Its Members Might Shoot Down a Fighter Jet?

    thedonovan.comThe Belleville News-Democrat published a curious story this morning about St. Clair County's four year-long legal battle with a gun club in Caseyville. Since June 2001, the county has spent almost $200,000 in legal fees attempting to shutter a shooting range near Scott Air Force B ... More >>

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    March 25, 2009

    Sandra Magnus' Space Hair

    We mentioned Barack Obama's "fashion statement" comment to U.S. astronaut and Belleville native Sandra Magnus in the Morning's Newz today, but really, the woman's incredible space coif deserves another look.There are so many questions here. Does conditioner not work in space? Is the lack of gravity ... More >>

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    March 9, 2009

    Maryville Church Shooting: The Mythical Bulletproof Bible

    While many people in these parts are still trying to make sense of the tragic shooting that happened yesterday at a church in Maryville, media around the world already have begun to play up the most sensational element of the story: that the Rev. Fred Winter, who was killed in the incident, used a B ... More >>

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    January 19, 2009

    How Many Post-Dispatch Writers Does it Take to Re-Report a Story?

    Last week we mentioned the great investigative piece in the Belleville News Democrat that called into question curious payments at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center in East St. Louis. As the BND outlined in its Jan. 11 cover story, the charitable foundation founded by Olympic track sta ... More >>

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    April 8, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 4.8

    More worries about the impact of rising food costs -- strikes, riots or both -- in Asia and also in Africa. (AFP) A good story on immigrant chefs in Italy: Does Italian cuisine require an Italian chef? (New York Times) Several New York City restaurants ban bottled water. (UPI) Local news: The own ... More >>

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    September 10, 2007

    Battle of the Beats Update: Another Shooting

    For the third weekend in a row, there has been a shooting at a St. Louis-area hip-hop nightclub. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that a nineteen-year-old male was shot to death early this morning outside of East St. Louis' Page 10 Lounge. (Details here.) On the night of August 27, four teena ... More >>

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