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Don’t Miss This: Cahokia man gets 44.5 years for two armed robberies

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▪ A Cahokia man was sentenced to more than 44 years in prison after his conviction in federal court for two armed robberies.

LaMarcus D. Jackson, 29. was sentenced on six counts for holdups of the Alps and Shop N’ Save grocery stores in Cahokia, the first in 2014 and the second in 2015.

▪ The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office has charged four people with felonies after an attempted robbery left one person shot in the neck.

Granite City police officers on Friday responded to a call about shots fired at the Economy Inn on West Chain of Rocks Road.

Lavonce A. James, 23, of Granite City, is accused of firing the weapon. He was charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, armed robbery and unlawful possession of weapons by a felon.

Also charged were Nicholas A. Herrera, 20, Paige M. Kelis, 20, and Brooke S. Ray, 18, all of Granite City.

▪ What’s going on with the redevelopment of the St. Louis Arch grounds?

The News-Democrat took a tour of the site.

Click here to find out what you can soon enjoy about the re-imagined national park.