Thursday, April 25, 2013
Anthony Akins pleaded guilty to two first-degree murder charges and first-degree robbery in the shooting deaths of two workers at Steak 'n Shake in 2008.
Anthony Akins was sentenced to six concurrent life sentences without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to the murders of Tammy Cantrell and Mark Gerstner at the South County Steak ‘n Shake. Circuit Court Judge Richard C. Bresnahan handed down the sentence Thursday morning. Akins received a life sentence for each charge, including two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action and one count of first-degree robbery. There is no possibility of parole on the murder charges. Akins’ brother, Oundre Akins, was sentenced to 120 years in prison March 21 after being found guilty of the 2008 murders in a bench trial. In a taped confession during the trial, Oundre told police that the two planned to rob the …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
"It's a grief that won't go away," said one victim's sister.
Family members and prosecutors reacted to the first of two verdicts in the Steak ‘n Shake murders Monday morning, saying they they were relieved by the verdict, but still grieved by their losses. Judge Richard C. Bresnahan’s found Oundre Akins guilty on all counts, including two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of two Steak ‘n Shake employees, Tammy Cantrell and Mark Gerstner. Cheryl Cantrell, 50, of South County, said she lived with her sister for 44 years and the two had plans for the future. Losing her has been traumatic, she said. “It knocks you down everyday and takes the breath out of you,” Cheryl said. “It’s a grief that won’t go away.” Mark Gerstner’s uncle, Scott Lanemann, 41, of St. Louis, thanked the judge and said …
Friday, March 1, 2013
Sanimir Mustic is being held in St. Louis County jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond.
An Oakville man faces criminal charges after he shot at his ex-wife Saturday. Sanimir Mustic, 43, of the 3200 block of Kingsridge Manor Drive in Oakville, was charged Sunday with second-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action. St. Louis County Police said Mustic fired a shot at the woman using an Inter Tech 9 mm Luger. The woman was not injured. Mustic is being held in St. Louis County jail. Bail was set at $50,000, cash only. If you have experienced or know someone who has experienced domestic or sexual violence, find resources through the St. Louis Ending Violence Against Women Network (SLEVAWN) or call the Safe Connections 24-hour crisis hotline at 314-531-2003. For more crime information Mehlville-Oakville Patch, see the …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Legislation that would allow teachers with concealed weapons permits to carry guns in school has the support of Missouri House Republican leaders.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced Monday he sent letters to all 520 public school superintendents in the state, opposing legislation that would allow teachers with concealed weapons permits to carry their weapon at school. The bill for the 2013 legislative session was filed following the Newtown, CT shooting, which left 26 people, including 20 children, dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It is co-sponsored by House Republican leaders, including House Speaker Tim Jones and Majority Leader John Diehl. Mehlville School District employs seven St. Louis County Police officers as school resource officers—one at each high school and middle school—to help protect teachers, students and school staff. Officers from the middle schools also …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
This is an important conversation that the community needs to have, says Oakville High School junior Daniel Carter.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
The following letter to the editor was submitted by Daniel Carter, a student at Oakville High School: In light of the tragedy in Connecticut, it took no student or teacher by surprise when Mrs. Kellerman, our principal, came over the intercom and explained new safety procedures that the school would be implementing. What I fail to see is how these new precautions will stop a determined killer? Locking the doors, buzzing in, and preventing students from having backpacks at school are plenty inconvenient and may even give the illusion of safety, but how much safer are we? Locking doors and buzzing visitors in is great, until that visitor is toting an AR-15, a gun which is more than capable of blowing the handle off of a door. That's …
Monday, December 17, 2012
In the wake of the Newtown, CT school massacre, St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch will visit schools this week to discuss increasing security, including putting guns in elementary schools.
St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch and police officers will begin visiting St. Louis County schools Monday morning, according to KMOV. (For instant updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) Fitch said he's received numerous calls from area schools concerned about security since Friday's mass shooting in a Newtown, CT elementary school. Fitch acknowledges that most high schools and some middle schools, including those in West County, have armed school resource officers. However, elementary schools are not normally protected by officers. Fitch wants to see armed resource officers or armed school officials in those schools, according to KSDK. He points out that Sandy Hook Elementary School conducted threat drills and locked its …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Superintendent Eric Knost said schools have several safety measures to deter violence, including shootings.
In the aftermath of the devastating shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, the Mehlville School District reiterated its commitment to keep children safe through crime deterrents and a nurturing environment. "You hope and pray you can avoid any such occurrence," said Superintendent Eric Knost Friday. "Being prepared is, I think, the No. 1 deterrent." Knost named several school safety measures—including the schools' buzzer systems, intruder drills, police officers at schools, doors that lock from the inside and overall vigilance by teachers and staff—as the major deterrents the district has to help prevent violent acts, including shootings. Each school is equipped with a buzzer system to regulate visitors, a system Knost said was good …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
The 19-year-old from St. Peters allegedly robbed a home at gunpoint.
The St. Louis County prosecuting attorney issued warrants Wednesday for the arrest of Brandon J. Varone, a 19-year-old from St. Peters, regarding a December 2010 shooting in the 4900 block of Mount Royal Road, just south of I-270 in South County. Varone was charged with first degree assault, first degree robbery, first degree burglary and two counts of armed criminal action, according to a press release issued by the St. Louis County Police Department. He is currently being held on a $250,000 bond. At 7:40 p.m. on Monday, December 13, 2010, county police officers from the Affton-Southwest Precinct received a call about a shooting at the 4900 block of Mount Royal Road. When police arrived, the victim of the shooting said he had interrupted …