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A burglar in a skull mask repeatedly pistol whipped a 79-year-old man during a violent home invasion, authorities say.

St. Louis police released footage of the frightening attack this afternoon as they hunt for the gunman. The attack happened about 1 p.m. on Friday in the 3600 block of Lafayette Avenue, which overlooks Interstate 44 in the Tiffany neighborhood of near south city.

The 79-year-old was on the porch when the robber forced him inside the house at gunpoint.…
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Police in O'Fallon, Illinois, have identified a woman who burned to death in a city park this morning — and they named her husband as a person of interest.

Sherry Billups, 35, of O'Fallon was on fire next to her car this morning about 7:25 a.m. when police arrived after receiving reports of a vehicle fire, authorities say. Officers and passersby tried to help, but it was too late.…
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Friday is National Pretzel Day, but that's not the only reason Gus' Pretzels (1820 Arsenal Street, 314-664-4010) is celebrating. After all, how often does a pretzel maker live to see 99?

The Benton Park institution, founded in 1920, is celebrating its 99th birthday by promising to give away away pretzels all day.…
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We all know that Cherokee Street is wild, but we didn’t know that it was the Wild West.

Check out this clip uploaded to Facebook over the weekend, showing an urban cowboy taking his horse out for a strut through south city.

Customers at Yaquis on Cherokee and Earthbound Brewing were thrilled when the studly cowboy and his majestic horse made their way down Iowa Avenue and across Cherokee Street over the weekend.

It was like the cover of a romance novel had come to life, with shocked onlookers swooning and voicing their approvals with calls of “wow” and “how wonderful.”

The neighborhood dogs had something to say about it, too, but their commentary on the event was decidedly less positive.

If the area in this video looks familiar, it’s because this intersection sees a lot of action.…
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A north St. Louis County man admitted beating his neighbor to death with a lamp because the victim wouldn't give him money, authorities say.

St. Louis County police arrested 42-year-old Keith Hill on Sunday on charges of second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and two counts of armed criminal action.

On Saturday, officers responded to the home of 63-year-old Michael Shaw for a welfare check. Inside the home in the 900 block of Burgos Street in Spanish Lake, they discovered Shaw's dead body.…
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One hundred bands, ten stages, one weekend. ShowcaseSTL is an event where local legends, longtime favorites and fresh faces all converge in the Grove for a marathon of live music.…
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Synergy Smoothie and Elixir Bar (3674 Forest Park Avenue) is the kind of place you can gather with friends for a good conversation and a drink. But it's not a bar in the traditional sense: Synergy has no alcohol.

Instead, this new Midtown business focuses on the connection between the body and mind and enhancing health on multiple levels.…
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Dennis J. Wilson, known to many from his prolific byline of DJ Wilson, died Saturday.…
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Veteran KMOX broadcaster Harry Hamm was charged today with statutory sodomy, incest and possession of child porn.

Hamm, who started with the radio station in 1975, allegedly put his mouth on the penis of an underage relative on Wednesday, according to St. Ann police.

In a probable cause statement filed in St. Louis County
Court, police allege the 77-year-old also had naked pics of kids in "sexual positions" on his cell phone.

Hamm is a longtime figure at KMOX, where he reviews film and theater, fills in as a weekend host and contributes to The Charlie Brennan Show.…
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The cat-hoarding wife of a Ku Klux Klan leader in rural Missouri pleaded guilty this morning to murdering him in 2017 and dumping his body.

Malissa Ancona, 47, admitted in St. Francois County Court to shooting Frank Ancona twice in their house in Leadwood.

"I fired both shots that killed my husband," Ancona told Judge Wendy Wexler Horn, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The killing was the subject of a Riverfront Times cover story in March 2017.

As we reported then, Frank Ancona had confided to relatives and others that he suspected his wife had drugged him in the past and was possibly trying to kill him.…
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