Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law & Order

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law & Order

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MOLINE ACRES > Shooting victim dies at hospital * A man was fatally shot Monday night outside a 7-Eleven store at 2306 Chambers Road.

Police got the call about 10 p.m. Monday. They found Darrikus Tipler, 36, on the store parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound. He died at a hospital, said St. Louis County police Officer Benjamin Granda.

Tipler lived in the 10500 block of Byfield Drive, in a neighborhood off Bellefontaine Road a little more than a mile from the 7-Eleven.

Police released no information on a possible motive or suspects.

ST. LOUIS > Ex-St. Peters mayor admits fraud * Former St. Peters mayor Shawn Brown pleaded guilty to a federal mail fraud charge Tuesday and admitted bilking an employer out of $65,000.

Brown, 45, was general manager of a St. Peters environmental services company at the time of the fraud, Assistant U.S. Attorney Dianna Collins said in court. Beginning in April 2011, Brown began using company money to make personal purchases, Collins said. In all, Brown stole $65,054, she said.

Brown's scheme was uncovered in 2014, when he suffered a stroke and someone took over his duties, Collins said.

Collins said Brown could receive probation at his sentencing hearing, now scheduled for June 29, if he commits no other crimes or violations while free on bond.

He will also have to repay the money.

Brown was mayor from 2004 to 2006, when he was indicted and later pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge. Prosecutors say he solicited and accepted a $2,750 bribe from the company that installed red-light cameras in St. Peters.

Brown was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2007.

His family was struck with tragedy in January. His daughter, Ali R. Brown, 20, and two others were fatally shot in a Kansas City apartment. Her 2-year-old son, Karson, was also injured.

ST. LOUIS > Fraud scheme brings probation * The former co-owner of an Imperial construction company who cheated his partner out of $235,000 was sentenced to probation Tuesday and ordered to repay the money.

U.S. District Judge Ronnie White warned Wayne Carroll Martin III, 46, that he faced prison time if he failed to make payments and gave him the maximum possible probation of five years on the wire fraud charge. …

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