Thursday, May 16, 2013
Florissant police officer injured in the line of duty receives a generous donation for him and his family.
Almost one year after being shot and injured in the line of duty, Florissant Police Officer Mike Vernon has continued to receive an outpouring of support from the community. Wednesday night, the St. Ferdinand Athletic Association presented Vernon with a check for $15,000 from its annual tournament at Cugino’s. The association held a basketball tournament for third and fourth grade boys and girls and sold food, which raised the funds for Vernon. “It’s a happy climax to a lot of hard work,” tournament organizer Michael Feldmann said. “This is a happy day for all of us.” The organization presented the check on National Peace Officers Memorial Day, when officers honor those killed in the line of duty. Last year, someone shot Vernon three times…
Saturday, March 16, 2013
This year's St. Ferdinand Athletic Association Basketball Tournament will raise proceeds for Florissant Officer Mike Vernon.
For families and residents looking to continue supporting Florissant Officer Mike Vernon, who was shot and paralyzed in the line of duty last year, the next three weekends presents a good opportunity. The St. Ferdinand Athletic Association is hosting a charity basketball tournament for third and fourth-grade boys and girls, with all of the proceeds going to Officer Vernon. Last Memorial Day, Vernon was shot three times while investigating a burglary situation. He was left paralyzed from the incident. Mike Feldmann, basketball coordinator and organizer for the tournament, said that he and others knew following the shooting last year, they wanted to dedicate this tournament to him. This is the third year for the tournament, Feldmann said, …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Officer Mike Vernon, who was shot in the line of duty on Memorial Day, addressed a crowd last weekend in one of few public appearances.
Florissant Police Officer Mike Vernon spoke and thanked a concert crowd Saturday night in Florissant, according to the Independent News. Officer Vernon was shot in late May and has spent the summer recuperating. The Butch Wax and the Hollywoods concert was one of few public appearances he’s made this summer. “I don’t like to speak in front of large crowds,” Vernon said, “but if there is one large crowd it would be the city of Florissant. You guys have gone above and beyond. I start every day and end every day with ‘Thank You’.” Earlier this week, Patch reported a grand jury indicted Brian L. Cannon, the man charged with his shooting and a burglary. The community has continued to support Officer Vernon through a number of fundraisers for …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Also, Officer Mike Vernon has undergone another surgery to aid in his recovery.
Officer Michael Vernon, who was shot in the line of duty on Memorial Day, still has a long road to recovery and a number of fundraisers continuing to be organized. Two fundraisers will be held this weekend to support Vernon and his family, while the Florissant Police Department announced a special tribute to Vernon happening in September. This weekend, the battle of the badges will host a golf tournament at the Golf Club of Florissant. The registration deadline ended June 22, but teams will be competing Friday at 7:30 a.m. Also, the Ultimate Defense Firing Range will host a barbecue fundraiser Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in the St. Peters facility, 590 Turner Blvd. On Facebook, the City of Florissant Police Department announced that Sept. 19 …
Monday, June 11, 2012
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch has defended his recommendation of a light sentence for Brian Cannon.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Florissant Police Department's Capt. Sean Fagan gave an update on the condition of his colleague.
Officer Mike Vernon, who was shot in the early hours of Memorial Day, remains in good positive spirits, according to Florissant Capt. Sean Fagan. Fagan said at a press conference Tuesday that he’s been visiting with Officer Vernon since the incident, and he’s been alert and upbeat. Fagan said that he does have paralysis that he’s not sure is temporary, but Officer Vernon is staying positive. “This man truly is a hero,” Fagan said. “He says he’s going to recover 100 percent.” Florissant Police Chief William Karabas said that he immediately went to the hospital and stayed at Officer Vernon’s bedside 12 hours following the shooting. “All the outpouring of love and support has made this difficult time a little easier for us,” Karabas said. “I’…
The mayor, chief of police and city council take time out to say a few words about Officer Mike Vernon, while honoring other local heroes.
Despite a full agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting, the Florissant City Council turned to thoughts and prayers for its injured Officer Mike Vernon. Before presenting commendations to four Florissant police officers, Mayor Tom Schneider and Police Chief William Karabas spoke briefly about Monday’s incident. “He was so courageous that it was humbling,” Mayor Schneider said about his visit with the officer. “We have so many dedicated officers who are willing to go in harm’s way for us. It says a lot about these men.” Mayor Schneider asked for a moment of silent prayer preceding the police commendations. Chief Karabas talked about Officer Vernon’s condition briefly saying he suffered a collapsed lung and a break in his collarbone and rotator …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
In an afternoon press conference, police said that the suspect confessed and volunteered to reenact the violent events of Monday morning.
Florissant Police said that Brian Cannon, the 20-year-old arrested for the shooting of Officer Mike Vernon, confessed to the shooting of the officer in the early Monday morning hours. The department held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to provide status updates on the officer’s condition, the investigation as well as what happened during the early hours of Memorial Day. Florissant Police Capt. Tim Lowery of the bureau of field operations said that Officer Vernon as well as others responded to the call of a burglar alarm in the 1800 block of Banstead and were investigating the direction that the burglar had fled. Vernon stepped out of his car to investigate a pair of shorts that he noticed on the ground when Cannon allegedly hopped out…
Brian Cannon Jr. has pleaded guilty to two other counts of burglary and stealing in other St. Louis communities.
Brian Cannon Jr., who’s been charged with burglary and the shooting of Florissant Officer Mike Vernon, had a short criminal history before Monday. On Dec. 17, 2010, he pleaded guilty to two counts each of burglary and stealing, one in Ladue and one in Clayton, according to court records. He was sentenced to seven years in prison, given a suspended imposition of sentence, 120 days shock sentence in jail and placed on five years probation. Therefore, he remains on probation currently. Previously, he stole two laptop computers in Clayton with Cortez Dennis earlier in April 2010, according to the records. One month prior, he and another person stole a microwave in Ladue. Cannon was charged Monday with charges of assault in the first-degree of …
Brian Lamont Cannon Jr., 20, has been arrested for the shooting of Florissant police officer Mike Vernon.
Updated at 12:05 p.m. Florissant police arrested Brian Lamont Cannon Jr. Monday for a number of charges, including the shooting of Florissant Police Officer Mike Vernon. Vernon as well as other officers responded to a burglary in the 1800 block of Banstead when an alarm was set off. The burglar fled on foot, and Officer Vernon was checking out local businesses and dumpsters when he was shot at multiple times and hit twice, according to a Florissant police report. Monday, the police said they had a person in custody who was being questioned in relation to the burglary and shooting. That same day, the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office issued warrants for Cannon, 20, of 5200 block of Wren Street in St. Louis, with the charges of …