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Suspect charged in attempted rape

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office has charges 48-year-old Tommy Bell with rape and attempted rape, in connection to a attempted rape in south St. Louis. Bell was arrested after a woman called the police to report a rape on Keokuk Tuesday morning.

The victim says she was walking to her home on Pennsylvania, when a man knocked her to the ground and tried to take off her pants.

The woman yelled, causing the suspect ran away.

Bell’s bond has been set at $100,000.

Eco-friendly ideas for National Picnic Day

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It’s National Picnic Day so get out there and celebrate. It’s going to be a pretty spring day.

Michele Coen-Racanelli, from The Dam in Historic Tower Grove, stopped by with some eco-friendly picnic ideas, including some box lunches you can order from The Dam.

Find out more: http://thedamstl.com/

Earth Day craft: Pine cone bird feeders

TOWN AND COUNTRY (KTVI) – Diane Vanbooven, the Kids Club Coordinator at Whole Foods Market, Town and Country, stopped by to show Tim Ezell a fun craft kids can do when they visit the Earth Day festival.

Stop by to have your kids make a pine cone bird feeder with peanut butter and bird seed.

Earth Day Festival
Sunday, April 27
Muny Grounds in Forest Park

Find out more: http://www.stlouisearthday.org/events/festival/

Shakespeare’s 450th birthday celebrated across St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis is hosting a big birthday celebration for English playwright William Shakespeare.

He was born 450 years ago Wednesday. There will be celebrations all across the country. In St. Louis, the five-day celebration called “Shake 38″ kicks off Wednesday at Tower Grove Park with a reading of “King John.”

A total of 38 free Shakespeare performances will take place over the next few days at 38 venues, including libraries, restaurants and parks across town.

Find out more: http://www.sfstl.com/in-the-streets/shake-38/

Thieves break in to cars at gyms in south St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It was not the way that people working out at south St. Louis gym wanted to start their day. They came out to find their cars broken into.

It appears thieves hit at least three different south city gyms in less than a half an hour early Wednesday morning.

The St. Louis Fitness Club on Hampton and Potomac was one of those hit. There were three big piles of glass in the lot earlier before a worker cleaned them up.

St. Louis police got the call around 6:00am Wednesday. An employee says three cars were broken into on the lot. You could see items on the ground outside of some of the cars.

There are surveillance cameras on this lot, which may have captured the crime as it went down.

Lyft ride sharing service under restraining order

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– St. Louis’ newest ride sharing service is off the road and instead under a restraining order.

Lawyers for the service, called Lyft, spent the afternoon arguing for a judge to lift the restraining order until a full injunction hearing next month.

The California based company sent a copy of the injunction to Fox 2 Tuesday and says they never received notice or an opportunity to appear in court Monday and defend the company going on to say it violates due process.

The city’s taxi commission says Lyft should be regulated just like licensed cab drivers in order to keep the public safe.

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Attempted rape suspect arrested after possible rape hours before

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Police have a 48-year-old man in custody for an attempted rape Tuesday morning in south St. Louis.

Authorities say just after 9 am Tuesday a 23-year-old woman was walking to her home on Pennsylvania near Keokuk, when a man knocked her to the ground and tried to remove her clothes.

She yelled and the suspect ran.

He was later taken into custody a block away on Minnesota and Keokuk.

Police believe the suspect is also responsible for an earlier rape around 7:30 Tuesday morning on Keokuk near Gustine.