Andy Banker reports weeknights for FOX 2 News and co-anchors FOX 2 News on Saturday and Sunday Mornings. Andy joined the FOX 2 News team in July 2002 and is from Millstadt, Illinois; a graduate of Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Andy worked as a reporter and anchor in Champaign, IL, and Dayton, Ohio, before returning home in 1994. He worked as a reporter and Weekend Anchor at KDNL, ABC 30 News, for 8 years. He is also the stadium announcer for the Rams at the Edward Jones Dome.
Andy’s received multiple Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, and Associated Press awards for his reporting. He’s been named “Best Reporter” by the Illinois Associated Press 4 times. Andy volunteers with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation among other charities. He’s a past honorary Chairman of the Walk to Cure Diabetes. Andy is a huge fan of the Rams, Cardinals, Blues, and Fighting Illini; plus musicians Jay Farrar, John Hiatt, and Bruce Springsteen.
TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. – A home burglary in Town & Country was solved by way of California. The victim helped police crack the case while away on vacation. The burglary happened Thursday. Police likely would not have known about it until Monday when the victim was scheduled to return home. Instead, the homeowner called the police as he watched the crime unfold on his smartphone. Freddy Quintero-Vela, 39, and Cristian Ruiz-Solis, 40, were charged with multiple counts ranging from […]
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A man abandoned two toddlers at a St. Louis County day care Tuesday morning, police said. Investigators scrambled for hours to find the kids’ parents. A boy, 4, and his sister, 2, were healthy and safe by late afternoon in the care of the grandmother. A man dropped them off at the Kingdom Care Day Care in the Castle Point area of north county. The kids appeared to be well cared for, the operators of […]
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden is addressing the public’s concerns after six men were killed in the last six days. Hayden said the homicides all had one common denominator: they appeared to stem from drug activity. Last Wednesday, three men were killed on Plover near Interstate 70 in north St. Louis. Three more apparent drug-related killings followed: one man killed at Goodfellow and Lillian, one on Murphy Park near downtown, and one person killed early Sunday […]
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – An Overland woman, 79, was carjacked in her own driveway in the middle of the afternoon. Ian Little, 17, of Imperial, is jailed on a robbery charge. His alleged motive has police shaking their heads. The carjacking happened Wednesday on Whitlock Drive, in a quiet neighborhood where it’s common for residents to have lived for more than 50 years. There’s never been a carjacking. Little pulled his shirt up over his head as he walked […]
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Wednesday was a history-making day when it comes to policing in the area. The St. Louis County Police Department began rolling out full-scale use of body cameras. They are the first large police department in the region to do so. Nearly 700 St. Louis County Officers are now starting to train with the cameras. They’re being phased-in at every one of the county’s eight precincts between now and the end of the year. The “Body Worn” […]
ST. LOUIS – A man is accused of terrorizing a south St. Louis family, trashing their car, and trying to break into their home. Charles Edward Thompson, 42, was jailed on felony attempted burglary, harassment, and misdemeanor property damage charges. Police believe he left a blood trail on the door of the family living next to his girlfriend in the Clinton-Peabody complex. Prosecutors said Thompson tried to kick their door in around 3 a.m. on Sunday, July 28 and threatened […]
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO – A front-yard crash shook up a quiet St. Louis County neighborhood, early Monday afternoon. A car hit a tree and overturned at Ronald Grayer’s house. “I thank God I wasn’t here,” Graver said looking at the shattered glass and huge gash in the large tree after the car had been towed. Had he been out mowing his lawn, he might never have heard or seen the car coming. It turned out to be stolen. It […]
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – A 19-year-old repeat shoplifting suspect has police shaking their heads. FOX 2 reported on his arrest two days ago, after a police chase and crash. Now he’s been arrested again, less than a mile from the police department, about 30 minutes after getting out of jail. Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Macy’s at Chesterfield Mall. When officers arrived saw who the suspect was, they couldn’t believe it. It was Christopher Carter, 19, of St. […]
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Repeated break-ins are plaguing a popular section of south St. Louis, home to favorite shops and restaurants like Trattoria Marcella, LaRusso’s, Biggies, and Pietro’s. The victims believe the same suspect has hit at least three times in the same block of Watson Road since July 15th. The burglar crawled through the rooftop airconditioning vents to get into Cecil Whitakers Pizza. He even used a cutting torch at a laundromat next door. Surveillance video shows the suspect […]
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – There’s been alarming news from police across west St. Louis County in recent days: car thefts have skyrocketed from Kirkwood to Clayton, Ladue, Chesterfield, Webster Groves, and Eureka. Victims are making it easy and the consequences are dangerous. Kirkwood police have posted surveillance videos on Facebook of thieves scouring neighborhoods, checking for open doors, and keys left in cars. Word is spreading that west county is full of easy targets, police said. Clayton Interim Police […]
CHARLACK, Mo. – A 24-year-old Florissant woman is accused of overdosing on fentanyl in a convenience store bathroom, leaving her 5-year-old son locked inside her car. No one else knew he was there. Police look at the case as yet another new low in the opioid crisis. Anastasia Trinidad was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Both she and her son could have died, police said. According to a spokesman for the St. Ann Police Department, the incident […]
ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis man is accused of sexually assaulting women at the addiction recovery center he operates in south St. Louis. Neighbors knew him as “AJ.” He seemed nice enough and he opened the place to help people recovering from addictions, they said. They also noticed a lot of police activity in the past week and they were stunned to find out what police what was happening behind closed doors. Andrew Mitts, 38, was still in jail […]