Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law & Order

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law & Order

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ST. LOUIS > Man guilty in hammer attack * A St. Louis man was convicted Tuesday of taking part in a hammer attack of a hot dog vendor at a Home Depot in Ferguson in 2013.

Darnell Hollings, who turns 25 on March 13, was found guilty by a St. Louis County jury of first-degree assault and armed criminal action. The jury acquitted Hollings on charges of second-degree assault and armed criminal action for allegedly attacking someone who intervened in the hammer beating.

Hollings was one of four men charged in the attack at a Home Depot at 10930 New Halls Ferry Road in August 2013. Sentencing is set for May 11. The other three defendants were sentenced to prison.

Last year, St. Louis prosecutors, without explanation, dropped a first-degree murder charge against Hollings, who had been accused of fatally shooting Carnez Winslett, 36, in 2013 in the 5000 block of Durant Avenue.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY > Woman killed crossing interstate * A pedestrian was struck and killed Wednesday morning on westbound Interstate 270.

Police say the victim, a woman, was trying to cross the interstate about 5:10 a.m. when she was fatally struck by at least one vehicle near New Halls Ferry Road. She was identified as Shantay R. Phillips, 36, of St. Louis. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sgt. Al Nothum, of the Missouri Highway Patrol, said investigators were still looking for the reason Phillips had been on the road. He said there was an overpass nearby that she could have used to cross the highway. He noted that it was dark at the time she was struck.

ST. LOUIS > Former hospital resident indicted for prescription fraud * A former resident at St. Louis University Hospital wrote fraudulent prescriptions to obtain pain pills and other drugs for himself and others, a federal indictment claims. That former resident, Kyle Betts, was indicted last week on three felony charges of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or forgery.

Betts' attorney, Scott Rosenblum, said Wednesday that Betts would plead not guilty.

The indictment says that Betts, who lived in Lincoln County at the time, "wrote and signed over seventy prescriptions for controlled substances using a local hospital's Drug Enforcement Administration registration numbers" from July 2015 to January 2016. …

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