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#RizzNews: 9-year-old shot Sunday afternoon. Two police cars hit along same stretch of road. Business owner threatened after supporting police.


9-year-old shot in JeffVanderLou neighborhood Sunday afternoon

via KMOV

The St. Louis City Police Department is investigating after a 9-year-old boy was shot in the buttocks Sunday afternoon.

The boy was conscious and breathing as officers responded to the area of North Grand and Montgomery Street just before 3 p.m.

The boy was transported to an area hospital and their condition is unknown.

The investigation is ongoing.

News 4 will update the story as more information becomes available.


Two police cars hit along same stretch of road, one officer injured

via KMOV

Two police cars were sideswiped by oncoming vehicles during traffic stops in separate incidents on Illinois Route 13 Saturday night.

A New Athens police officer was in the middle of a traffic stop and was in his patrol car when it was hit by a mini van.

The accident happened on Illinois Route 13 in Saint Clair County around 10 p.m. Saturday.

The officer whose car was hit was taken to the hospital and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to New Athens police.

The unmarked police vehicle was damaged on the driver’s side.

Police said the driver of the mini van was arrested by an assisting officer.

Illinois State Police are handling the crash investigation.

On the same stretch of road, just a few hours earlier, a Freeburg officer’s patrol car was struck along Route 15.

A driver sideswiped the patrol vehicle while the officer was making a traffic stop.

“She had plenty of time to get over,” said Michael Flake, the officer who’s SUV was sideswiped, “but some people don’t know about the law and think they have enough room so it happens.” 

Scott’s Law requires drivers in Illinois to slow down and move over if they can when approaching an emergency vehicle or police car on the side of the road.

The law is named after Lieut. Scott Gillen, a firefighter for the Chicago Fire Dept. who was hit and killed by a drunk driver while assisting a crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway. 

No one was injured in the accident involving Flake. 

Freeburg Police Chief Mike Schutzenhofer hopes this close call will be a reminder for drivers to move over and slow down when they see one of his officers.

“My main goal is that they show up to work safe and that they return home safe,” he said.  



1 shot during confrontations with phony cellphone seller using Letgo app in North County

via STLToday

Police believe the same person posed as a cellphone seller on an app called Letgo and robbed three people in different encounters Sunday, shooting one of them.

Normandy police received a call from one of the victims near Bermuda and Castro drives, but later determined the victim had been robbed in nearby Ferguson, said Normandy Sgt. Tameika Sanders. 

Not long after that, at about 5 p.m. another victim walked into Normandy police headquarters to report they had been robbed in the 5800 block of Bermuda Drive after responding to a cellphone ad on Letgo, Sanders said. The app allows users to buy and sell used items locally.

While officers were writing that report, a third victim called police from the 5800 block of Bermuda Drive at about 5:30 p.m. to report he had been robbed and shot. The victim was being treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, Sanders said.

“This is a very brazen act, lightning never strikes twice, but we believe these people are very familiar with the area and feel comfortable having people meet them all within matter of few moments,” Sanders said. “If you don’t know the person, or the deal sounds too good to be true, it usually is.”

Sanders said her department believes the robber may try to change his location once information about these robberies gets out, so she is warning online shoppers to pick more public locations to meet sellers. That’s advice the app also gives. The 5800 block of Bermuda Drive is a residential area…



Man charged with firing shots while parked on the shoulder of I-270 Saturday

via KSDK

Police have issued multiple charges against a 45 year-old St. Louis County man, including the unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest in connection with an incident Saturday afternoon that resulted in multiple lanes of Interstate 270 being closed south of Highway 70.

Police say the man fired shots into the air, from the shoulder area of the interstate.

Maryland Heights Police say Marvin Byrd II was stopped along northbound I-270. He then got out of his car and started firing a gun into the air. When officers arrived, they gave Byrd several commands to show his hands, but he refused. Eventually, officers were able to get Byrd in custody. No one was injured in the incident.

Byrd is also charged with the unlawful possession of a firearm as a result of his being a convicted felon. Byrd is being held at the St. Louis County jail on a $40,000 bond.



Business owner threatened, harassed after flying flag supporting police

via KMOV

A Cherokee Antique Row business owner says she and others in the area are being harassed for displaying flags supporting police on their storefronts.

Cherri Elder owns Elder’s Antiques, a family owned and operated business that has been open for 32 years.

“You just know everybody,” said Elder.

She’s formed relationships with the police that patrol the area and wanted to offer her support by displaying an American flag with a thin blue line in front of her store. However, the flag wasn’t accepted by everyone in the area.

“People came by, they would cuss at you, harass you,” she said, “They would harass the customers.”

She eventually took the flag down to avoid any more confrontations.

“I thought things were getting better,” said Elder, “but apparently it’s not.”

A month later she found a handwritten letter posted on the front window of her shop that read: “Pig supporters not welcome. Flag goes down or you go down.”

On the right corner, there was a symbol most commonly connected with the Communist Party and the letters MLM, which often stand for Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, related to a communist political philosophy that builds upon Marxism.  

“I don’t know who’s behind all of this,” said Elder.



Suspect accused of shooting at Jefferson County deputy charged

via KMOV

The suspect who allegedly shot at a Jefferson County deputy is in custody and charged after a homeowner held him at gunpoint.

Jacob Wray, 27, is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action, tampering and unlawful possession of a firearm.

A Jefferson County deputy was shot at near Valles Mines around 3:20 p.m. Thursday.

The deputy was on his way back from training when he received a call for a suspicious person.

Authorities say he encountered Wray near Routes JJ and T when Wray fired four shots at him. The deputy wasn’t hit, but his patrol car was.

Nobody was injured.

On Friday morning, Wray was found by Jefferson County police in a shed on Highway JJ.  Police say the homeowner that located Wray held the suspect at gunpoint until sheriff deputies arrived on the scene. 

“Had my hand on this gun. I opened it and he was sitting there on that generator. I pointed it at him and said ‘if you move, I’ll kill you,” said Jerry, the homeowner. “He said ‘please don’t kill me, please don’t kill me!’ I said ‘you just sit there and you’ll be okay.”

A gun was found in the woods behind Jerry’s shed, where Wray is believed to have spent the night. Wray was cold, so Jerry’s wife brought him a blanket.

“I grabbed it and threw it on him and said ‘sit your ass down and on concrete and cover-up,’ and he did,” Jerry said.

Police believe Wray was inside a truck that was stolen out of St. Francois County when the incident happened.

Wray later confessed to attempting to suicide by cop because of his drug addiction. Police said he was driving a car stolen from a St. Clair police officer.

Captain Gary Higginbotham with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department said Jerry legally had the right to hold Wray until police arrived.

He is held on a $ 750,000 cash only bond.



Arnold teen admits making up school threat after arrest

via Fox2News

A 16-year-old is now in the custody of the Jefferson County Juvenile Authorities after making a threat to others at Fox Senior High School. Police say he sent electronic messages telling students to call in sick from school on 2/20/2018. Investigators say his messages indicate he was going to bring a gun, or possibly explosives, to school at that date.

Arnold police were notified of the threats. They were able to locate the teen within two hours. They placed him under arrest at his home Thursday at around 4:30pm.

The teen confessed to sending the threatening messages after the arrest. He tells police that he had no intention of actually following through with it. Investigators say he was seeking attention. Police did not find any weapons at his home.

The Arnold Police Department says, ” They have been in regular contact with school officials and has increased patrols in the area. We take these threats very serious in today’s society, especially in light of the situation that occurred recently in Florida.”

The suspect is a student at Fox Senior High School in Arnold, Mo.



Who’s the Best President in History?

Today is President’s Day.  Yeah, I didn’t get the day off either.

A new survey asked people to name the best president in U.S. history and . . . um . . . it seems like today’s toxic partisan climate REALLY factored in.

Because there was a tie for the top president of all time, at 16% of the vote each . . . Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama.  And you can probably guess which one Republicans voted for and which one Democrats voted for.

Abraham Lincoln was third, at 15% . . . George Washington and FDR tied for fourth, at 10% . . . JFK was sixth, at 9% . . . andBill Clinton and President Trump tied for seventh, at 5% each.

One out of 10 Republicans . . . and zero Democrats . . . said Trump is the best president ever.

71% of Democrats said he’s the worst president ever . . . and 57% of Republicans said Obama was the worst president ever.  Yep.  Everyone today is thinking nice and rationally and not going off the deep end at all.



The FBI said it failed to act on a tip about the suspected Florida school shooter’s potential for violence

via WashingtonPost

The FBI ignored a warning that 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz might attack a school, failing to act on a call just weeks before Cruz allegedly carried out a shooting rampage at a high school in South Florida on Valentine’s Day, the bureau said Friday.

The disclosure came two days after police say Cruz gunned down 17 people, most of them teenagers, at a high school in Parkland, Fla. The FBI — already facing intense scrutiny for its handling of political matters — described a Jan. 5 tip from “a person close to Nikolas Cruz,” a tip officials acknowledge should have initiated a response. The caller reported concerns about Cruz’s “gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting,” the FBI said in a statement.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) called the FBI’s failure to investigate the tip “unacceptable” and urged FBI Director Christopher A. Wray to resign.

“Seventeen innocent people are dead and acknowledging a mistake isn’t going to cut it,” Scott said in a statement. “An apology will never bring these 17 Floridians back to life or comfort the families who are in pain.”



A Fight Breaks Out on a Plane When One Passenger Won’t Stop Breaking Wind

A flight from Dubai to Amsterdam had to make an emergency landing last week because it was leaking gas.

Oh wait.  I’m sorry.  The plane wasn’t leaking gas.  One of the passengers was.

Apparently, there was an elderly, chubby guy on the plane who was just letting ’em rip.  Two guys who were sitting next to him asked him to stop and complained to the flight attendants.  The pilot even wound up asking the guy to stop.

But he wouldn’t.  He just kept passing gas. 

And eventually, a FIGHT broke out and the plane had to make an emergency landing in Vienna, Austria.

The police escorted four people off the plane . . . the two guys who started the fight, and two other women.  So I guess the gaseous guy got to stay on.

The guys eventually wound up not getting hit with any charges, but they had to find another airline to take them to Amsterdam.



Social media erupts in a furious debate over woman’s viral tweet asking whether she should wet her toothbrush before or after she applies the toothpaste

via DailyMail

When you’re trying to solve one of life’s great mysteries, where better to turn than Twitter – and that’s exactly what one woman recently did to figure out if she should wet her toothbrush before or after applying toothpaste.

Taking to the micro-blogging site, Twitter user @envyteeee asked: ‘do y’all wet the toothbrush first, or put toothpaste on first?’

And her question has sparked a huge debate online, dividing fellow tweeters over what the correct cleaning protocol is.

However the woman was quick to respond, telling him she wasn’t a fan of a ‘dry a** toothbrush’.

User @ImJustErnest threw a spanner into the works by declaring that he was a fan of wetting the toothbrush before apply the toothpaste to his tongue.

While @darienj_5 suggested that she should ‘wet the toothbrush, put toothpaste on, wet that boy again. Then brush. That’s law’.

Username @future_snack disagreed stated: ‘Um no just put the toothpaste on THEN wet the brush’. 

She added: ‘But why wet it first? Wetting it after does the same thing plus wetting it first makes the toothbrush slippery when you put it on’. 

However, @Kudzair_ argued that wetting the brush first softened the bristles, typing, ‘you might aswell use sand paper with ur technique’…