Metro-East News

Cahokia gets a new police chief

Two veteran police officers will now lead the village’s police department.

The six-member Village Board unanimously voted on Tuesday to name veteran Cahokia police officer David Landmann the new police chief and Lt. Dennis Plew as the assistant chief of police.

Before swearing the two men in, Mayor Curtis McCall Jr. told the audience that the former police chief, Larry Purcell, had decided to retire. He thanked him for his service and “for a job well done.” The crowd erupted into loud applause for Purcell, who was not at the meeting.

Landmann thanked the crowd who enthusiastically welcomed him aboard as chief and he thanked the board members for their support. Landmann told the people that he was there to serve them and he promised to bring the police officers closer to the community.

Plew said between he and Landmann, there is 60 years of police experience. He called Cahokia a “wonderful place.”

Plew said his door is always open to the people of Cahokia and he encouraged them to let him know their concerns. “I’ll do my best,” he said.

Landmann then took center stage and began to read off the reports detailing recent shootings, robberies and other crimes and where they occurred. He also told them about the homicide that happened in Cahokia last month. Lamondo Brown, 24, was shot to death and Ramone C. Parker, 23, was arrested and charged following a Major Case Squad investigation.

The new police chief told the crowd about the promising leads the department has on other cases and which ones he felt confident the department would solve. He told the audience that illegal drug activity is up in Cahokia and police are working on the problem.

Members of the crowd said they liked Landmann’s report and believe they deserve to know the information he brought to them.

Track stars

The Village Board gave special recognition to the Cahokia High School boys track team for winning their sixth consecutive state title and the girls track teams for winning their third straight state title.

McCall said the media often shows young people in negative light and he was happy that the young people at the meeting were being recognized for something positive. “These are our children,” he said.

The girls track team consisted of Nyla Gantt, Paris Jacobs, Raynesha Lewis, Jailyn Allen, Takyra Buford, Orvesha Butler, Maruya Hudson, Jayla Crosby, Tamadja Rodgers, Zandra Spencer, Mykeal Batee, Celena Bruce, Marsha Dowell, Dalzjah Shannon, LaQwasia Stepney, Alazia Smith and Niara Grinston. Their head coach is Roscoe Dowell and the assistant coaches are Gregg Crockett and James Brooks.

Here’s the boys track team: Anthony McRoberts, Crishawn Crosby, Christian Raymond, McKinley Bell, Marquis Murray, Elijah Rice, Brandon Roberson, Gabriel Guffey, Kerry Williams, Ja’Mari Ward, Andra Ward, Darreon West, Tyran Lyons, Chris Stanley, Chris McGee, Keondre Wells, Demorion Hinkle, Devin Dowell and Ray’von Chambers. Their head coach is Leroy Millsap.

Carolyn P. Smith: 618-239-2503