Circuit Court Judge Proposes Plan to Handle Gun CrimesCircuit Court Judge Michael Mullen's plan will funnel most gun crime cases before three select judges.He says it will be faster but not necessarily tougher.
FBI Gives New Classification to Animal AbuseThe FBI is now classifying animal cruelty as a Group A offense and a crime against society.
City of St. Louis Joins Mo. Supreme Court Case on GunsThe action comes after some felons allegedly caught with guns have claimed the state law banning that is unconstitutional because, they claim, a constitutional amendment approved by voters last year gives all Missouri citizens the right to bear arms.
Number of Ill. Police Departments That Trace Guns On the RiseThe number of Illinois police departments tracing guns has risen from 392 two years ago to 451 now. Last year, 11,500 crime guns in Illinois were traced, and 6,200 have been so far this year.
Judges' New Gun Docket Gives Out More Probation Than Prison Time"We arrest criminals and they say 'I'm not worried about it. I got paper. I got probation the first time, and I'll get paper the second time,'" complained a frustrated Police Chief Sam Dotson.
University Study Hopes to Bring Answers to Gun Crime Increase"There's a concern over gangs in St. Louis," UMSL criminologist Beth Huebner says. "We do have gangs, we do have guns - they are highly related. But then there are groups of people who aren't associated with gangs, that we know of, that aren't carrying guns."
More Gun Cases Going Federal in St. LouisThe federal prosecutor in St. Louis comes to the rescue of state prosecutors frustrated with Missouri's gun laws.
St. Louis Police Review Board Moves ForwardBill perfected in voice vote, final passage expected Monday.
Going After Gun Criminals in the Metro-EastThe goal, says U.S. Attorney for Southern Illinois Steve Wigginton, is to send a message to the street.
Dotson's Plan for Highway Patrol Brings Mixed Reactions from City HallDowntown STL Inc.'s Missy Kelley says she supports the plan to bring in the Highway Patrol to help reduce crime downtown, but it's getting mixed reaction from the Board of Aldermen.
Call is Out for More Police in the CityAldermanic President Lewis Reed has asked the city's budget director to find spendable money in the existing budget.
Slay Seeks Tougher Regulations To Combat Surge In Gun Violence"We need to send a message" to criminals, St. Louis mayor says.