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Charges Filed In South City Rape

(St. Louis, MO)  --  A St. Louis man now faces charges for allegedly kidnapping and raping a teenaged girl at knife point.  Eighteen-year-old Timothy Gilbert is accused of entering the 16-year-old's home on Delor Street in December, then forcing her outside and raping her.  Several items were taken from the home as well.  Prosecutors say Gilbert's DNA was found on the victim's bra strap.

Possible Papal Candidate Has St. Louis Ties

(New York, NY)  --  A St. Louis native could be the first American Pope.  Oddsmakers place Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York at number 12 on a list of potential Pontiffs, with his odds of being named Pope 25-to-one.  Dolan, who served as Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis from 2001 to 2002, said he was surprised to learn of Pope Benedict the 16th's announcement yesterday that he's resigning at the end of the month.

Chris Carpenter: Don't Say Retire

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Chris Carpenter may not take the mound for the Cardinals this season, but he's not giving up on baseball.  The 37-year-old is in the middle of a two-year, 21-million-dollar contract and says he owes it to the team to continue trying, even though he recently underwent an eighth surgery.  During a news conference yesterday, Carpenter told reporters, quote, "I don't think I'll ever retire. I'll never say that word."

Woman Posts Updates From Metro East Jail, Gets Busted

(Alorton, IL)  --  The village clerk of Alorton is accused of smuggling a cell phone into a jail for a relative.  JoAnn Reed is charged with two counts of bringing contraband into a prison and official misconduct.  Reed allegedly brought the phone into the Alorton lockup where her niece was being held for aggravated battery.  The niece, 22-year-old Jennifer Harris of Belleville, allegedly used the phone to post updates to social media websites, some of which were noticed by relatives of her alleged victim, who called police.

Nixon Proposes Funding For Drug Task Forces

(Jefferson City, MO)  --  Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says he wants to continue combating drug-related crimes through multi-jurisdictional drug task forces.  Nixon's budget proposal calls for three-million dollars to support more than two-dozen such task forces across the state, saying federal funding for the effort has been scaled back. Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Forces worked more than 21-thousand cases last year.

Documentary Takes Aim At St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay

(St. Louis, MO)  --  A documentary set to be released next week takes aim at St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.  "Bootlicker" is the brain child of Terry Artis.  Artis told "KTVI-TV" the film was meant to shock.  He additionally planned the book's February 20th release during "Black History Month" and just prior to a St. Louis Mayoral election.  Artis is not a resident of the city but resides in St. Louis County.         

Craigslist Ad Leads To Local Man's Arrest

(O'Fallon, MO)  --  A Craigslist ad leads to a local man's arrest.  Forty-two-year old Scott Walters violated an order of protection from his ex-girlfriend.  Police say he was upset over her new beau and placed a Craigslist ad in her name, giving everything she owned away.  Walters is held on a twenty-five-thousand dollar bond.        

Suspension Following St. Charles High School Altercation

(St. Charles, MO)  --  Multiple students were sent home yesterday following last week's altercation at St. Charles West High School.  An investigation continues after kids from Ferguson-Florissant snuck onto campus prompting a mob like fight.  Six female and five male students were suspended for an unspecified amount of time.

The Metro East's First Village Post Office

(Washington Park, IL)  --  The Metro East has its first Village Post Office [[ VPO ]].  As the postal service continues to struggle they've rolled out an alternative to staffing small or rural post offices.  A VPO uses an already established retail outlet for postal products and services.  The Community Thrift Store in Washington Park will operate as the Metro East's first VPO.  A ribbon cutting ceremony is set for Friday at 11 a.m.

Guilty Plea In A Texas Man's Local Murder

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Guilty pleas were entered yesterday in a case where a Texas coke dealer was lured to St. Louis and then killed.  Fifty-four-year old Scott Alan Compton, of Washington, Missouri, pled guilty to conspiring with a Houston man in the alleged drug hit.  Sentencing is set for May or this year.

Missouri Gun Violence Victims in Washington D.C.

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Missouri gun violence victims are in Washington D.C. this week.  Survivors and family members are taking part in the campaign, "Mayors Against Illegal Guns' Demand A Plan." Twenty-one states are participating.  Learn more at

Fat Tuesday Parade Steps Off At 7 p.m.

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Tonight's St. Louis Fat Tuesday parade steps off at seven.  Float staging is on Broadway just east of the Dome, the parade will then travel west on Washington Avenue to 14th Street.  Crews will begin closing downtown streets this afternoon at four.


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