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Second Person Is Arrested Following July 18 Manhunt

July 21, 2017
Two of the three men involved in a July 18 manhunt south of Waterloo have been arrested and charged. Eighteen-year-old Markevion Winford of East St. Louis was arrested July 19 at a residence in East St. Louis. He appeared Thursday, July 20, at the Monroe County Courthouse. He has been charged with a felony county... Read More

One Man Charged Following This Morning’s Police Pursuit

July 18, 2017
One man has been charged in connection with Tuesday morning’s burglaries and fleeing from police. Marquise Spates, 18, of East St. Louis, has been charged with several counts, including criminal trespass to a motor vehicle and obstructing Justice. He also has outstanding warrants for being a fugitive from justice and also tampering with a motor vehicle... Read More

Search Continues For Suspects Who Fled Stolen SUV – Incident Began With Car Burglaries In Columbia

July 18, 2017
Police officers continue to search the area south of Waterloo for two suspects who abandoned their vehicle early Tuesday morning (12:50 a.m.) in the Oak Valley subdivision (across from Nobbe John Deere). The suspects, described as three black males, were driving a white Kia SUV reported stolen from Richmond Heights, Mo. When they declined to... Read More

Manhunt Underway South Of Waterloo – Suspects Fled

July 18, 2017
photo - Joe's Towing arrives on the scene to tow the stolen KIA SUV back to the Columbia Police Department for processing and fingerprinting.  Update: The search was suspended later this morning and the two remaining suspects were not found. Officers are continuing to investigate the matter and look for leads in the whereabout of... Read More

Excessive Heat Warning Has Been Issued For This Week / Weekend

July 17, 2017
Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair counties, as well as the entire St. Louis Metropolitan area, are under an excessive heat warning through the weekend, reports the National Weather Service. A blast of hot temperature and high humidity will arrive Tuesday morning and last until at least Saturday. Daytime highs will range from 95 to 103 degrees,... Read More

Seller Held Up At Gunpoint During Internet-Based Transaction

July 14, 2017
Two persons from Belleville are in custody this morning suspected of conducting an armed robbery last night in rural Columbia. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department is working with officers from Pontoon Beach and the Illinois State Police in the ongoing investigation. The initial report is that a rural Columbia resident had sold a cell phone... Read More

New Athens Man Arrested On Charges Of Having Sex With Waterloo Minor

July 12, 2017
A New Athens man has been arrested and charged with sexual assault against a Waterloo youth. Michael B. Stephens, 42, is facing a felony count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Waterloo and New Athens police officers arrested the accused at his New Athens’ home on May 19. After being formally charge, he has been held behind... Read More

Northbound Traffic Backing Up Between Red Bud And Waterloo

July 11, 2017
Information submitted by Matt Heinen... (4:50 p.m.) The northbound lane of Rt. 3 between Red Bud and Waterloo is backed up as a group of 10-speed bicyclists are making their way to the Waterloo Super 8. They should be coming into the Waterloo city limits by about 5:15 p.m. Drivers are advised to use caution... Read More

Senior Center Bus Involved In I-255 Accident

July 10, 2017
All injuries considered minor There were 11 people from Legacy Place transported to the hospital today with minor injuries following an accident on I-255 between Columbia and Dupo. Four ambulances transported all 10 passengers and the bus driver to St. Anthony’s Medical Center with what are being considered minor injuries – mainly bumps, bruises and small... Read More

Maeystown Man Was Brandishing Chainsaw When Shot By Deputies

July 7, 2017
Edwin “Beanie” Esker was brandishing a running chainsaw when he was shot by deputies outside his home on July 5, reports the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. Esker was pronounced decease by the coroner soon thereafter. As Esker approached the officers in “an aggressive manner”, he ignored a deputy’s command to drop the chainsaw. At this... Read More