Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law & Order

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law & Order

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GRANITE CITY > Child killer gets 70 years * John Holmon III, 42, was sentenced Wednesday to 70 years in prison for the beating death of his girlfriend's son. Officials said Jaesean Rusher, 21 months old, was left alone with Holmon on Sept. 10, 2012, at their home in the 2000 block of 14th Street. The child suffered more than 50 injuries, including head trauma. A jury found Holmon guilty of first- degree murder after a weeklong trial in February.

BERKELEY > Charges filed in son's drug death * Laron E. Crawford, 36, was charged Tuesday with two felony counts of child endangerment in connection with the death of his son Jaron, 4, who died after ingesting methadone he found in a refrigerator Jan. 11. Crawford, of the 8400 block of Chalons Court, was held in lieu of $100,000 cash- only bail.

Crawford told police he is a heroin addict and uses methadone to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. He said he put the drug bottle in his refrigerator three days before, and knew his son and daughter could open the refrigerator for food and drinks.

ST. LOUIS > Woman is sought in stabbing * Police said Wednesday that they will seek charges against a woman sought in the stabbing of a man, 31, the day before. He was in critical condition with wounds in the arm, leg and back. Police said the man assaulted his girlfriend shortly before noon Tuesday at their home in the 4200 block of Maffitt Avenue and fled. One of her relatives allegedly stabbed him when he returned about 90 minutes later.

ST. LOUIS > Three teens are wounded * Two boys, 16 and 17, were each shot in the leg and a girl, 15, was shot in the abdomen about 7:40 a.m. Wednesday from a passing car at a bus stop at Genevieve and Lillian avenues, police said. None of the wounds was believed to be life-threatening. Others were present but not hit. Police were seeking two men in a tan or silver vehicle last seen going east on Genevieve.

ST. LOUIS > Investment manager stole $1.4 million * Donald Novak, 51, an insurance agent and broker in St. Louis County, pleaded guilty Wednesday of federal wire fraud, admitting he took at least $1.4 million from a mentally impaired man for whom he handled money.

The victim inherited more than $2 million from his father but lacked the capacity to understand financial concepts, court documents say. Novak used the funds to buy himself vehicles, boats and a lake house, and pay personal expenses. Just the taxes and penalties on early withdrawals of investments cost the victim $275,000 or more.

Under federal guidelines, Novak could face 63 to 78 months in prison, and a restitution order. Defense attorney Joel Schwartz said Novak "regrets his actions and will pay a price. …

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