Don’t miss these top stories Thursday on BND.com:
▪ One of the most-wanted fugitives out of Oklahoma was captured in Belleville. Juane Johnson, 40, of Tulsa, was wanted on charges of domestic assault, rape, battery resulting in great bodily harm, battery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping and deadly assault.
▪ Two East St. Louis Police Department employees are in trouble with the law, according to city officials. One is accused of sexual assault and the other of being in possession of illegal drugs. Click here to read the latest about the unfolding investigation.
▪ Why can’t Johnny read? Less than 40 percent of Illinois students were up to par when it comes to reading ability, according to test results released by the Illinois State Board of Education.
▪ Cardinals rookie outfielder Tommy Pham cranked two home runs and a triple Wednesday night — and nearly homered a third time — the lead the Redbirds to a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. St. Louis stretched its NL Central lead to four games over the Pittsburgh Pirates.