Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The department honors one of their own who was injured in the line of duty with a blood drive on the one-year anniversary.
On the one-year anniversary of one of their own, the Florissant Police Department, in partnership with the American Red Cross, will host a community blood drive. The police department will host a blood drive May 28 in honor of Florissant Police Officer Mike Vernon—one year to the date of the shooting. Someone shot Vernon in the line of duty while investigating a burglary. As a result, Vernon is now paralyzed from the waist down. In an earlier interview with Patch, Vernon said he was given nine pints of blood while hospitalized. The blood drive is a way to give back to those who donated, and he even hopes he’ll be able to donate, if he meets all the requirements. Florissant Police Chief Tim Lowery has asked those interested in …
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, …
Friday, September 21, 2012
Brian Lamont Cannon will face a judge Friday regarding a burglary and the shooting of Officer Mike Vernon.
The man charged with shooting an officer and a Florissant burglary on Memorial Day will have another day in front of a judge. Brian Lamont Cannon, who shot Officer Michael Vernon while investigating a burglary, police said, will have a pretrial conference Monday morning with Judge Richard C. Bresnahan Friday morning. Last month, Cannon was indicted by the St. Louis County grand jury for charges of assault of the officer, burglary, and two counts of armed criminal action. In late May, according to police, Cannon shot Officer Mike Vernon while the police were searching for a burglary suspect. The police later found Cannon and arrested him for the shooting as well as burglary.
Monday, September 10, 2012
The Florissant officer who was shot on Memorial Day has a number of fundraisers planned in his honor this month.
While Florissant Officer Mike Vernon continues his recovery, the community continues to band around him and his family in their time of need with a number of fundraisers. Saturday, Florissant Firefighters Community Outreach will host a trivia night at the Florissant Elks Lodge at 6 p.m. The cost is $20 per person or $160 for a table of eight. Residents can bring in food and snacks and a cash bar will be made available. An auction and 50/50 drawing will also be held. For more information, call Zach Krato at 314-392-8127 or Jason Drezek at 314-486-8343. The Florissant Police Department continues to sell Cardinals baseball tickets for $25 for “Mike Vernon Night at the Ballpark” on Sept. 19. For more information on the tickets, call Andy …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Monday, Mayor Tom Schneider and Police Chief William Karabas will honor Officer Mike Vernon and 10 other officers for their investigation work in May.
On Monday evening, the City of Florissant will officially honor Police Officer Mike Vernon with a Purple Heart for his injuries he sustained on Memorial Day. Officer Vernon and 10 other officers will be honored during the Florissant City Council meeting for their work and investigation for their work of a burglary and shooting suspect in May, according to Florissant Police Department spokesman Andy Haarman. The 10 officers will receive commendations from Mayor Tom Schneider and Police Chief William Karabas. Vernon was shot in the line of duty May 28 while investigating a burglary in the area. Hours later, officers arrested Brian Cannon Jr., who was later charged with burglary and the assault of an officer. The Florissant City Council …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Trendz Salon in Hazelwood is hosting the event on Monday, Aug. 13 to benefit Florissant Officer Mike Vernon, who was shot and paralyzed on the job.
Lisa Thompson, owner of Trendz Salon in Hazelwood, has a good reason for being interested in the Florissant Police Department. Her husband, Matt, is one of its officers. That’s part of the reason the Thompsons have spearheaded a special fundraiser for Florissant Police Officer Mike Vernon, who was shot in the line of duty in May. As a result of his injuries, the Iraq veteran is paralyzed and current recovering in physical therapy. “He is a coworker of my husband Matt's,” Thompson said, when Patch asked why she decided to hold the fundraiser. “He also served two tours in Iraq, and it just really hits home for me with my husband being a fellow police officer.” Thompson noted that Vernon was a Florissant officer for five years before his …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Brian L. Cannon will return to court Aug. 21.
The man charged with shooting a Florissant police officer will have to wait more than a month. Brian Lamont Cannon’s pretrial conference has been rescheduled to Aug. 21. It was originally scheduled for Tuesday morning. Cannon was arrested May 28 for the shooting and assault of Officer Mike Vernon.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Brian L. Cannon will have his pretrial conference Tuesday morning.
The man arrested and charged for shooting Officer Mike Vernon on Memorial Day will face his first day in court Tuesday morning. Brian Lamont Cannon Jr. will have his pretrial conference Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Louis County Courthouse. Cannon was arrested and charged soon following the shooting incident of Officer Vernon more than one month ago. Vernon continues his rehabilitation and a number of fundraisers continue to be held to aid him and his family.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Officer Jon McIntosh spotted the man now charged with shooting Florissant Police Officer Mike Vernon in late May.
Creve Coeur Police Officer Jon McIntosh was in the middle of processing a drunk driving case in the early morning hours of May 28 when the call came. The Florissant Police Department was in need of aid after one of their own was shot in the line of duty. Officer Mike Vernon was shot while investigating a burglary case. The gunman was still at large. Officer McIntosh was sent to help and arrived while the ambulance with Officer Vernon was still on scene. Officer McIntosh told Patch in an interview Thursday that he teamed up with a K-9 Officer from Ferguson who did not have a partner. Together, they tracked the suspect for between half a mile and a mile, through neighborhoods. "There he goes!" McIntosh said as they spotted a man fitting the…
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 …