In 1965, police departments in the Greater St. Louis Area formed the Major Case Squad to help with the investigations of serious crimes. The agency now comprises 119 separate police departments, including the Belleville Police Department. Any of the cooperating police departments can ask the Major Case Squad for assistance, and the requesting department will be assigned highly trained investigators and other experts to assist in the investigation. The MCS was recently called in to help the Cahokia Police Department investigate the shooting of three teenagers.
Sexual abuse can come to light in many ways. One of the most common is an allegation of sexual abuse made to a health care professional. Medical care givers are required to report such allegations to the police. A recent incident involving a teen-age girl's statement to a medical professional has resulted in nearly a dozen charges of sexual abuse being levied at a Belleville man.
The mental state of a defendant in any criminal trial in Madison County is an important issue. All defendants are initially presumed to be fit to stand trial, but if the court finds that the defendant is unable to understand the proceedings and assist in his defense, the defendant may be declared mentally unfit to stand trial.
Most Belleville residents assume that crimes such as assault and burglary take place at night. However, not all criminal conduct is limited to the evening. Two men were recently arrested in St. Clair County on suspicion of committing a residential burglary at about 11:00 a.m.
As people age, their willingness to undertake laborious home repair tasks diminishes. A man from Caseyville has recently been charged with twice trying to take advantage of elderly people by collecting money for home maintenance jobs and then never performing the work.
Having your car break down is never enjoyable. The experience becomes even more trying if the breakdown occurs at night and you are robbed while walking to find help. A recent robbery in Belleville combined all of these elements.
Many residents in Belleville have installed CCTV security cameras in their homes. The cameras increase the homeowner's sense of personal security, but do they help catch criminals? A recent arrest in Belleville provides evidence for a positive answer.
Librarians are generally regarded as paragons of public servants - cooperative, helpful and honest. That stereotype may be shaken by the arrest and arraignment of the former East St. Louis library director on embezzlement and wire fraud charges.
Divorces can stir very intense emotions in one or both spouses. In some cases, one spouse will let intense anger spill over into one or more acts of violence. A funeral home director from Belleville was recently charged with using a baseball bat to assault and threaten his estranged wife in her home.
Many police forces have cold cases, that is, criminal investigations that were halted without any arrests or charges being filed. Authorities in Madison and Jersey Counties have recently joined forces to make an arrest in a cold case arising out of a disappearance that happened eight years ago.