In a couple weeks, cleanup crews will begin excavating hazardous coal ash left behind by the Belleville Gas Light & Coke Company. Ameren Illinois is responsible for the cleanup that is expected to last until 2018. After it’s done, the city will have to decide what to do with the ground.
Fourteen years before an Illinois State Police trooper said Gregory K. Nelson took a shot at him, Nelson faced charges for pulling a gun on a Madison County deputy. Nelson, of East St. Louis, saw that charge dropped, but wound up going to prison for filing the serial number off of the gun he used in the crime.
Police body cameras, a hotly debated subject in the aftermath of the Ferguson unrest, have some local law enforcement officers weary. It’s not that they don’t like the technology; they don’t like all the red tape that may come with them under proposed legislation sitting on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk.
Between missions during World War II, buddies Dale VanBlair and Albert “Shorty” Spadafora picked out a bracelet for Shorty’s fiancée at a jewelry store in England. When Shorty was killed during a B-24 bombing mission, Van Blair was left with a duty that has stayed with him for 71 years.
The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis announced Thursday evening that two men—Michael L. Jackson, III, 20, of Shiloh and Rasheen D.L. Brazier, 21, of Belleville—and a teen—Javier B. Anthony, 17, of Belleville—all were charged in connection with the murder of Kenneth J. Easley. Police said the motive was robbery.