Carolyn P. Smith, News Democrat

Carolyn P. Smith

News Democrat

St. Louis, MO, United States

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Past articles by Carolyn:

Lil’ Mikey dreamed of becoming a professional athlete. At 15, he was gunned down.

The dad of a teenager killed in ESTL IL is hoping East STL and Illinois State Police can find a suspect responsible for the murder of his son. He also wants kids to stop getting and being shot by guns. → Read More

15-year-old killed in gunfire in Madison, two others wounded

One of the victims, a 15-year-old, later died at an area hospital. The Major Case Squad has been called to investigate what happened. → Read More

Attempted car burglary at Caseyville motel leads to charges against 2 Missouri men

The two attempted to burglarize a car at a Caseyville, Illinois, motel, then fled the scene before being crashing their stolen car on Interstate 64 and and fleeing on foot. Two other men await charges. → Read More

Woman found murdered in Washington Park

Her body was spotted by a couple in the area near North 56th Street and Caseyville Avenue. Police have identified the victim. → Read More

Caseyville police cars damaged, two alleged car thieves remain at large

Caseyville police were able to capture two of four car burglars at the Motel 6 in Caseyville, IL. Two Caseyville police cars were wrecked, but there were no injuries. → Read More

Home of Washington Park shooting suspect destroyed by fire, accusers taken by DCFS

Washington Park, IL Police are investigating a fire that destroyed the home of a man accused of pointing a gun at children and shooting three others. The children were taken into custody by DCFS. → Read More

Four injured, including a 12- and 16-year-old, in “bizarre” Washington Park shooting

Washington Park, IL, Police are investigating a “bizarre” incident in which four people were injured by gunfire, including a teenager, a 12-year-old, a tire shop owner and the gunman. → Read More

Impersonating an officer, other charges against controversial Alorton mayor dropped

The charges included impersonating an officer, vote buying and election fraud. The charges were dropped during a hearing Tuesday. → Read More

U.S. Marshals office phone number is being ‘spoofed’

Federal marshal says the public needs to be warned that con artists are spoofing the district office’s real hone number to scam eople out of money. → Read More

Cahokia burglary suspect killed on Poplar Street Bridge after fleeing police

Illinois State Police are investigating a fatal car crash on Illinois 3 near the Poplar Street Bridge to St. Louis, Mo. The wreck followed an attempted gas station burglary and cop chase to East St. Louis IL. → Read More

No suspect, no motive in shooting death of 15-year-old in East St. Louis

A 15-year-old boy from East St. Louis, Illinois was shot and killed Monday. East St. Louis Police and Illinois State Police are jointly investigating the apparent murder. → Read More

Dorris Helping Hand destroyed in fire, leaving only memories for those it served

The building at 1501 Wynstanley was once the place where a lot of good happened. The Rev. Dorris Davis gave the people food, clothes shoes, toys, school supplies to tens of thousands of children and adults → Read More

Former director of Lessie Bates arraigned in federal court on embezzlement charge

Christopher Coleman, former executive director of the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House in East St. Louis, IL faced arraignment in U.S. Federal Court for the Southern District of Illinois on embezzlement charges. → Read More

Former Belleville police officer killed in motorcycle crash on I-64

A woman was killed in a fatal car accident near mile marker 4 on Interstate highway 64 in Illinois near St. Louis, MO. The victim, Katie Busby, was a former cop in Brooklyn, Belleville, and Washington Park. → Read More

He’s accused of stealing overtime pay, but lawyer says East St. Louis cop is a good man

A federal grand jury indicted a former 24 year veteran of the East St. Louis, Illinois Police Department. An attorney for Patrol Sgt. Mario Fennoy cited his client’s service in the U.S. Army and police department. → Read More

East St. Louis police officer injured while trying to arrest suspect

A 31 year old Madison, IL man was charged with injuring a police officer who was arresting him for theft. → Read More

Veteran East St. Louis police officer accused of taking thousands in fake overtime pay

An East St. Louis, Illinois, police officer, has been accused of taking thousands of dollars in fraudulent overtime requests for nearly a year from the department. He is under federal indictment. → Read More

Granite City woman drowns on weekend float trip

A 48-year old Granite City woman died as a result of her inflatable tube striking a sunken water stump. → Read More

Man found shot, left for dead, beneath MetroLink tracks

A 22 year old man was shot and left for dead under a MetroLink viaduct, only to be found by East St. Louis Police. He died at a hospital later, the city’s 13 homicide victim. → Read More

Homeless man was charged with unlawful use of a weapon

East St. Louis police arrested a homeless man after receiving an anonymous call about shots fired. The man was charged by St. Clair County, Illinois state’s attorney with unlawful use of a weapon and possession of marijuana. → Read More