Derik Holtmann, News Democrat

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Past articles by Derik:

Student raises $15,000 for American Heart Association, gets to slime teachers

Wini James raised a total of $15,595 since Kindergarten for the American Heart Association. As a reward she slimed Superintendent Dave Deets and the other top fundraisers at Emge Junior High got to slime their favorite teacher and principals. → Read More

Heavy police presence at scene of car crash in O’Fallon

A heavy police presence was on the scene of an incident in O'Fallon today near the Family Sports Park. Police plan to hold a press conference at 11 a.m. → Read More

New St. Louis XFL coach Jonathan Hayes is introduced

Jonathan Hayes, the new coach of the St. Louis, Missouri, XFL football team is introduced during a news conference at the Dome at America's Center in STL. → Read More

Cahokia IL police discuss homicide investigation April 16

Southern Illinois cops from the Cahokia Police Department talk about the investigation into a possible murder that occurred April 16, 2019. → Read More

Convicted murderer Chris Coleman granted hearing

Chris Coleman's attorney Lloyd Cueto Jr. speaks after a hearing in a Monroe County Circuit Court. → Read More

Police called to Belleville West to break up fight

Belleville Police responded to Belleville West High School Wednesday morning after a fight broke out. → Read More

Troy couple pronounced dead after house fire

An Troy husband and wife, described as reclusive, were pronounced dead after an apparent lightning strike set their house on fire. → Read More

Belleville police, county coroner’s office on scene after report of structure fire

Belleville Police and the St. Clair County Coroner’s Office were dispatched to the 300 block of River Laurel Drive on Thursday afternoon. → Read More

Sgt. Bolinski, killed in Kuwait, brought home to Pinckneyville, Illinois

The body of U.S. Army reservist Sgt. Holli R. Bolinski of Pinckneyville, Illinois, was returned to Scott Air Force Base. A motorcade escorted the remains to her hometown of Pickneyville. Sgt. Bolinski was killed in a crash in Kuwait on March 5, 2019. → Read More

Mourners wait outside church during funeral for Godfrey firefighter

People gather outside the funeral for Godfrey, IL fire Captain Jacob "Jake" Ringering" who was killed when part of a Bethalto, Illinois house collapsed on him. Mourners came to the church to pay their respects. → Read More

Waterloo police officer describes rescuing passengers from plane crash

A veteran Southern Illinois police officer describes what it was like to save three passengers from a plane that crashed in Waterloo. The accident occurred in his side yard. → Read More

Wreckage of plane crash near Waterloo

Wreckage of a plane crash accident in Southern Illinois near Waterloo. → Read More

Teen’s hand severed at quarry near Dupo, IL

A teenager had his hand severed in an accident at a Falling Springs Quarry near Cahokia, Illinois. The boy and a friend illegally entered the 800 acre quarry and oveturned a forklift. → Read More

East St. Louis car chase crash

It is unclear why police were pursuing a car from Fairview Heights. But the driver hit an innocent person head on. → Read More

011719 Standalone photo stl Aquarium construction

Officers have arrested a suspect in a 2017 shooting outside Pop’s Liquor Store in Alorton, Illinois. The man shot in Southern Illinois survived and the suspect is charged with attempted murder. → Read More

Home for the holiday, military dad surprises son

PFC Julius Shepherd surprised his son at Union Elementary School in Belleville. His son wasn’t expecting him to be home for the holidays. The U.S. Army dad hasn’t seen his son for six months and hasn’t been home for a year. → Read More

Bad hips prevented Bishop from being a service dog. Now he works with kids.

A black lab named Bishop trained to be a service dog to assist people with disabilities ended up working with children at Belleville, IL, Westhaven Elementary School as a facility dog in Southern Illinois. → Read More

100818 standalone photo pumpkin patch

Molly Sroka, 10, of Belleville navigates the pumpkin patch at Braeutigam Orchards, 2795 Turkey Hill Lane, Belleville. The orchard has 60 varieties of pumpkins and squash of all sizes in the pumpkin patch. Braeutigam Orchards is wrapping up pick-your-own apples, but many varieties of apples are available for purchase in the store. Derik Holtmann → Read More

091518 Stand Alone Eckert’s Corn Maze

Eckert’s Millstadt Farm has created a unique 12 acre corn maze. The theme of the corn maze highlights Childhood Cancer Awareness and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. On September 14 and 15th a portion of tickets purchased will benefit the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation. The maze continues to be open through October 28 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm. → Read More

Watch live: Officials give update on body found near Belleville

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department has a press conference regarding the badly decomposed body found Tuesday night near Belleville: Be the first to know. No one covers what is happening in our community better than we do. And with a digital subscription, you'll never miss a local story. → Read More