Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Police/courts

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Police/courts

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The following incidents were among those that were reported to police departments in the St. Louis metropolitan area or that involved action in an area court: VIOLENT DEATHS

North St. Louis County: Richard A. Giardina, 34, of Gimlin Place in the Spanish Lake area of North County, was fatally shot Monday night in the 2700 block of Rottingdean Drive, in an unincorporated area near Jennings. Giardina arrived at a friend's apartment on Rottingdean about 8:30 p.m., already wounded. Residents of the apartment complex said they had heard one shot. Police have no suspects or motive. ACCIDENTS

Jefferson County: Joseph W. Forrest, 26, of the 2500 block of Somerville in High Ridge, was killed about 4 a.m. Tuesday when he apparently fell asleep while driving west on Missouri Highway 30, near Sugar Creek Road. He struck a traffic signal. Forrest, who was not wearing a seat belt, was dead at the scene. ASSAULTS

North St. Louis County: A gunman shot and wounded a man, 36, and injured his sister, 29, Tuesday night in the 8500 block of Jane Avenue in an unincorporated area east of Bel-Ridge. One victim, Darryl Bell, was shot in the leg; the woman, Monnica Bailey, suffered facial injuries when she was struck by glass from a shattered car window. Police said the gunman, about 60, parked his car alongside the woman's car and fired a shot through the window. The bullet missed Bailey and struck Bell, who was standing outside the car. The gunman drove off, but returned about 30 minutes later and surrendered to police. He was taken to County Jail in Clayton and booked on assault charges. COURT ACTIONS

Eureka: Mace W. Cleghorn, 48, and Terry L. Strugeon, 26, both of Bartonville, Ill., were charged Tuesday with second-degree drug trafficking. The two were arrested about 3 p.m. Monday on Interstate 44 in Eureka; more than 65 pounds of marijuana was found in their car. …

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