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Off-duty STL police officer critical after crash

Monday, 14 October 2013 00:52 Published in Local News

   An off duty St. Louis police officer is fighting for his life after being ejected from his vehicle during a traffic accident early Sunday evening.  Police say it happened at Jamieson and Fyler about 5:30 p.m.  

   The 25 year old officer and his girlfriend had been traveling south on Jamieson when their vehicle collided with an SUV.  The officer's vehicle rolled several times.  

   Chief Sam Dotson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the officer suffered head injuries.  No one else was seriously hurt.  

   Accident reconstruction crews are investigating.  

   Dotson told the paper the injured officer has been with the department about a year, and works in the 5th district.  

Highland teen found dead in Mizzou dorm

Monday, 14 October 2013 00:48 Published in Local News

   It may be a while before anyone knows what killed a Highland, Illinois teen found unresponsive in a friend's dorm room at the University of Missouri Sunday morning.  

   University Police say emergency crews arrived about 9:00 a.m. to find 18 year old Gregory Holthaus unconscious and not breathing.  He was rushed to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  

   Police don't suspect foul play, but a cause of death has not yet been determined. The investigation is ongoing.  

   Friends and family held a memorial service for Holthaus at the Highland town square Sunday evening.

Aldermen advance tax abatement plan for Union Station

Friday, 11 October 2013 04:05 Published in Local News

   The same Aldermanic committee that approved developer Paul McKee's TIF deal earlier this week, is also backing a tax abatement for St. Louis' Union Station.  

   The Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee on Thursday approved the 20 year financing plan for Lodging Hospitality Management, which owns the downtown landmark.  

   LHM is planning a $66 million dollar makeover of the former train station that will convert some retail space into offices, repair the train shed, and add excursion rail service.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that two special taxing districts, each with a 1-cent sales tax, already cover the station. In addition, the owner is entitled to $3.5 million in sales tax rebates spread over 20 years.

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