Don O'Brien, Bradenton Herald

Don O'Brien

Bradenton Herald

Belleville, IL, United States

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Past articles by Don:

Giant piece of stolen heavy equipment not suitable for robbing change machines, thief finds

A suspect stole a track hoe from a road project by Waterloo, IL based Baxmeyer Construction at Green Mount Road and Cambridge Boulevard in O’Fallon, IL in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, and used it to steal about $50 in coins from Easy Street Car Wash on U.S. Highway 50 near Fairview Heights, IL. → Read More

Remains identified as those of missing Dupo hunter

Remains found earlier this month near Cahokia have been identified as those of a Dupo man who went missing in southern Illinois near St. Louis MO more than a year ago. The St. Clair County IL Sheriff’s Department does not believe there was any foul play associated with Christopher Stasiak’s death. → Read More

Police say six fail alcohol compliance check in Fairview Heights

A compliance check done Wednesday at 21 Fairview Heights IL businesses near St. Louis MO found six in violation of selling alcohol to underage participants. The compliance check was done by Fairview Heights police and Illinois Liquor Control Commission personnel. → Read More

Family Feud: ‘From Waterloo, Illinois, it’s the Shaffer family!’

The Shaffer family of the southern Illinois town of Waterloo IL was the talk of the tiny town near St. Louis MO for months. The last three nights, the family brought some energy to the popular game show “Family Feud.” → Read More

Newest Cardinal creates stir with view on Trump’s immigration policies

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler said it was “unfortunate” that he can not take his wife and daughter to visit her family in Iran for fear of not being able to return to the country due to President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Fans of the team were quick to criticize Fowler. → Read More

Local Noodles & Company believes it won’t be slated for closing

Noodles & Company announced plans to close 55 stores but won’t say which ones. A manager at the Shiloh IL location in southern Illinois believes the store will not be affected. → Read More

Police respond to Glen Carbon bank after reported robbery

Police were at the scene of a reported bank robbery Thursday afternoon in Glen Carbon IL. Illinois State Police put out a report saying a white female was being sought in connection with the robbery in Madison County IL in southern Illinois near St. Louis MO. → Read More

Shiloh man charged with domestic battery

A Shiloh IL man has been charged with domestic battery after police responded to a call on Tuesday in southern Illinois. Marcus K. Williams is charged with choking his girlfriend near St. Louis MO. → Read More

Bank robbery reported; school on lockdown in O’Fallon

Police radio transmissions indicated at around 1:15 p.m. Thursday that a bank robbery was reported in O’Fallon IL in the St. Louis MO region. Police were investigating. → Read More

New co-anchor joins KMOV morning show

St. Louis native to co-host KMOV morning program. Cory Stark previously served as a reporter and weekend anchor at the St. Louis MO TV station. → Read More

What are the chances of another major water line break?

Water company officials say ‘it is hard to pinpoint’ when or where a water main break will happen. In less than a year, the area of St. Clair County IL near St. Louis MO has had two major water line breaks. → Read More

Buy a lottery ticket in Collinsville? Check those numbers, you could be a millionaire.

Officials with the Illinois Lottery say a “Lucky Day Lotto” ticket worth more than $1 million was sold in Collinsville IL. A liquor store in southern Illinois near St. Louis MO sold the winning ticket for Sunday’s drawing. → Read More

A winter wonderland? Not so much this season in the metro-east.

Snow has been hard to come by this winter in the greater St. Louis MO region. It’s been nearly a month since snow fell in the southern Illinois counties of St. Clair and Madison. → Read More

Rock legend will play Busch Stadium. Hint: He’s a piano man

Legendary performer will play a concert this summer at Busch Stadium in St. Louis MO. This is the fifth time the current Busch has hosted a concert since it opened in 2006. → Read More

Body found in landfill near Marissa, police say

Police in Marissa IL say a body was found in a landfill near the St. Clair County IL town. No other information about the case has been made public. → Read More

Budweiser Super Bowl ad touches on hot topic

Budweiser’s annual Super Bowl ad shows the journey Adolphus Busch made to get to St. Louis MO in 1857. The company said it is not trying to make a political statement about immigration in the ad. → Read More

Illinois State Police warn of pension fund phone scam

Illinois State Police are warning the public about a phone scam where people ask for money to help with the state police pension fund. Police say they will never call people and ask for money. → Read More

New Illinois State Police commander willing to beat the streets

Timothy Tyler recently was promoted to captain and named commander for Illinois State Police District 11 and District 18 posts. Tyler leads districts near St. Louis MO that have 120 employees who cover 10 counties including St. Clair County IL and Madison County IL in southern Illinois. → Read More

Two charged in East St. Louis MetroLink shooting

Two East St. Louis IL men have been charged in connection with a Monday shooting at a MetroLink stop in St. Clair County IL near St. Louis MO. Keymond Gattlen and Keonte McCurtis both were charged with multiple felony counts. → Read More

St. Louis firefighters battle blaze at restaurant on The Hill

St. Louis MO firefighters were battling a blaze at a popular restaurant on Wednesday afternoon. Just after 4 p.m. firefighters responded to Giovanni’s On the Hil, 5201 Shaw, were smoke was coming from the second floor of the building. → Read More