Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law & Order

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law & Order

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DE SOTO > Murder charge filed * Jefferson County prosecutors charged Thomas Harris, 30, on Thursday with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of a man.

Harris is accused of shooting Dion Robinson, 26, of De Soto, about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday in a driveway in the 800 block of Blow Street. Police said Robinson went to his girlfriend's house that evening, and when he refused to leave she called Harris to help her.

Court documents say Robinson grabbed a cellphone from the woman before Harris shot him. Harris, of the 600 block of Sunnyside Avenue in Festus, was held in lieu of $50,000 cash-only bail.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY > Man found fatally shot * Joni Meadows, 25, was found shot to death in the 2900 block of Dividend Park Drive, near Florissant, about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, police said. The scene is near New Halls Ferry and Patterson roads, and not far from Hazelwood Central High School. Meadows lived in the 1800 block of Shardell Drive in Spanish Lake.

LINCOLN COUNTY > Sex offender harassed victim * Jacob S. Whitchurch, 27, has been sentenced to four years in prison after admitting he harassed a girl he was previously convicted of sexually assaulting. Whitchurch, of the 200 block of Highway UU, near Silex, pleaded guilty Tuesday of felony harassment and failing to register as a sex offender.

Police said he was convicted in 2005 of statutory sodomy with a girl, then 6. Her mother contacted police after discovering Facebook messages in 2012 between Whitchurch and the girl, then 13. The messages solicited the girl for a sex act and asked if she remembered their previous sexual contact, police said.

ST. CHARLES > Florida man charged with ID theft * Enrique Felix Franco, 74, of Miami, was charged Thursday with trafficking in stolen identities and identity theft. Police said a security officer at the Target store at 3881 Mexico Road saw Franco make multiple purchases with gift cards Sunday and became suspicious. A check revealed that purchases were made with six different cards that appeared to be cloned.

Franco fled the area before he could be stopped but was arrested later in Maryland Heights. Police said they found credit cards plus $20,000 in gift cards in his possession as well as a counterfeit drivers license from New York. …

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