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.
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.
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.
Terry Sedlacek was found not guilty by reason of insanity six years after he shot Pastor Fred Winters during services at First Baptist Church of Maryville. Sedlacek has remained in custody since March 8, 2009, when he walked into the church during Winters’ sermon and fired a .45 handgun at the pastor, striking him once in the chest.