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St. Louis press raise awareness of wrongfully arrested detainees

'Jail mail" is a popular way detainees request publication of their stories of wrongful arrest in newspapers. Reporters frequently receive 'jail mail" from those who believe they have been wrongfully arrested. It is difficult and time-consuming for news reporters to track down the detainees that send these letters. As a way to deal with this wrongful arrest problem, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporters have created the 'Jailed By Mistake" project.

Eight years in lockup for accused Missouri robber

On Oct. 3, a district judge in St. Louis handed down a pair of jail sentences to an Iowa man who apparently confessed to an armed robbery. The incident took place on Jan. 17, when the 26-year-old man robbed a bank with a 27-year-old female. In addition to the criminal charges he faced for the robbery itself, he was also accused of illegally possessing a 9mm firearm that he used to commit the crime.

Four men accused of home invasion robbery

On Oct. 14, police received reports of a robbery on Beechmont Court in St. Louis County. Police claim that four men approached two women sitting in a car that was backing out of the house's garage at approximately 10:30 a.m. Two of the men were armed, police say. All four may face criminal charges arising out of the alleged incident.

Police take eight into custody for DWI during checkpoints

Eight people were taken into police custody in Missouri on suspicion of driving while under the influence during checkpoints that were conducted during a weekend. According to the report, the first checkpoint was conducted from 10:04 p.m. to 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 4 and 5. The second checkpoint was conducted from 12:46 to 2:53 a.m. on Oct. 5. In total, 780 motorists were stopped during the checkpoint. The checkpoints were conducted with the help of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and were funded with a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation and Highway safety.

Man charged with DUI in accident with best friend

Community members gathered to raise money to benefit the family of a Missouri man who was killed in an accident. The 25-year-old man died of his injuries after a friend, also 25, allegedly struck him with a truck. Some witnesses alleged that the man was driving while intoxicated.

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