Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law & Order; Public Safety

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law & Order; Public Safety

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GODFREY > Driver charged in fatal crash Jacob L. Fickle, 24, of the 200 block of Mercury Drive in Godfrey, was charged Tuesday with crashing an SUV into a home, killing a 73-year-old man inside. Fickle was charged with leaving the scene of a traffic accident that resulted in the death, a felony. He also was charged with domestic battery for reportedly beating two people, and he was issued traffic citations for allegedly driving when his license was revoked and for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Madison County Circuit Judge Kyle Napp set bail at $150,000. The man who was killed was Marlin F. Bushnell, of the 100 block of Saturn Drive in Godfrey. Sheriffs deputies received a call about a disturbance at 10:42 p.m. Sunday at a home in the 200 block of Mercury Drive. A few minutes later, they received a 911 call about a crash on Saturn Drive. Authorities said that Fickle had gotten into a quarrel at the home on Mercury Drive, grabbed the keys to an SUV, drove off and smashed into Bushnells house. Bushnell was believed to have been sitting in a chair in his living room when the SUV crashed through the front door about 10:45 p.m. He was found dead underneath the car. Police said the driver had fled. About 40 minutes later, police arrested Fickle on the parking lot of Beer Barrel Pub on Montclair Avenue. Fickle was in the Madison County Jail on Tuesday.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY > Two more charged in bank robberies Two more people have been charged in a string of bank robberies at area grocery stores. Latonya M. Jones, 28, of Berkeley, and Michael A. Abbott, 28, of Florissant, have been charged in bank robberies in Maryland Heights and Brentwood, respectively. Police believe they and Damon M. Gibbs, 35, of Ferguson, were part of a bank robbery ring that targeted bank branches inside several St. Louis County and Jefferson County grocery stores in recent weeks. Police from several departments in St. Louis and Jefferson counties are still investigating the trios potential involvement in five or more other recent robberies, said Capt Michael Klos. Additional charges may be pending. Police say Jones robbed a U.S. Bank inside a Schnucks store at 2030 Dorsett Village in Maryland Heights on Nov. 5. Abbott is accused of robbing a First Bank inside a Dierbergs store at 8450 Eager Road in Brentwood on Jan. 7. They are each jailed in lieu of a $250,000 cash bail. Last week, prosecutors charged Gibbs with robbing a U.S. Bank inside a Schnucks store at 20 Gravois Dillon Plaza in High Ridge.

ST. LOUIS > Man involved in police shootout escapes Police say they are looking for a man involved in a shootout with officers early Tuesday. Police said two officers approached a running, parked vehicle about 12:25 a.m. in the 4900 block of Ashby Avenue. A man with a gun got out of the drivers side and started running away, police said. …

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