Madison County is a great place to live and visit, blessed with a tremendous number of assets and resources. And while our wonderful communities attract thousands of visitors and tourists, law enforcement officials across our county are united in their concerns that our interstate and highway system also enables an unwanted reality: the cross-border crime.
Citizens, businesses and police know this all too well, but a few examples over the past few months bring out the tragic point. In late December, two Missouri residents were arrested after committing an armed robbery at Glen Carbon Walmart. In January, the eastern metropolitan area was horrified by the tragic death of Moneer Damra, a student at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Two Missouri residents have been charged in this shooting just off the SIUE campus. In February, a Missouri man was charged in a fatal shooting in Alton. And two weeks ago, a man from St. Louis was convicted of murder in Granite City.