“He didn’t say a word to me. We communicated with our eyes. He looked at me like, ‘I’m coming through you,’ and I was looking at him like, ‘No, you are not.’ He came right at me and I tackled him to the ground.”—Doug Beis tackled a man who was trying to flee after scuffling with a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper. The officer sustained minor injuries to his hands and one knee due to a fall during the struggle, a Highway Patrol spokesman said. The man Beis helped catch, Jason M. Becks, 44, of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., faces charges of assault on the officer, resisting arrest, drunken driving and driving on a revoked license. Beis, a registered nurse, said his job is helping people, and that’s all he thought about.
“They had a backgammon game in an ornate wooden box that “probably contributed to the flight attendants’ suspicion,” said Paul Mason, chief of police at Lambert airport.”—A US Airways flight from New York to Phoenix flight was diverted to St. Louis after the crew complained of “suspicious behavior exhibited by three passengers.” Mason said police determined a language barrier issue sparked the incident, and the men were released and sent on their way to Phoenix on a later flight.
On Saturday, Songs for #Joplin is partnering with Undergrounds Coffeehouse in Valencia, Calif., to auction 18 photos from Joplin and of the Songs for #Joplin artists. All proceeds from the auction will go to Joplin recovery efforts; Los Angeles-area bands will provide live music during the otherwise silent auction at Undergrounds.
If you can’t make it to California, you can follow updates from the event with Twitter hashtag #SFJAuction.
“Officers don’t get paid enough to do this.”—St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly on an East St. Louis crime scene. Authorities say Yokeia Smith, 25, shot her daughter, Yokela Smith, 4, and son Levada Brown, 5, in their heads with a shotgun Wednesday evening at their home. Authorities said another son, 8, was able to escape; he was not harmed. Yokeia Smith was arrested in St. Louis after hitting a man, 42, and his son, 3, with a car while the two were crossing Market Street near Memorial Drive. Officers found Smith crouching between two TV news trucks, cradling a shotgun. KMOV studios are nearby. On Thursday, Smith was charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action in the driving incident. On Friday, Illinois officials added murder charges.
It’s so weird how different the “devastation” has been. I got absolutely nothing at my apartment, but my folks’ place about 2 miles away, everyone was without phone, power, and flooded. Northeast PA is a weird beast to begin with, but still.