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Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:30

ESL using cameras to catch speeders

   East St. Louis Police are the latest in the metro area to use cameras to try to catch dangerous drivers.   Monday East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore announced his department is using two new radar-equipped cameras to catch speeders.  
   Like other traffic cameras in the area, tickets are issued to the car's owner based on the license plate. But unlike other cameras, these are hand-held by officers stationed on surface streets and interstates.  
   Chief Floore tells Fox 2 News using the cameras isn't about generating revenue. "This is pure for safety and safety only," Floore said.  "This is merely to get drivers to slow down in our venue."
   East St. Louis Police Captain Bobby Cole tells Fox 2 News the cameras are making the streets safer for everyone.  "It takes the officer out of harm's way also," Cole said.  "If we’re up on a highway or in a safety zone or a school zone, the officer doesn't have to get out in traffic now."
   The tickets carry fines of 100-to-280 dollars.  But no points are assessed, and the vehicle owner can ask police to transfer the ticket to the actual driver at the time the car was speeding.  
 
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Tuesday, 25 March 2014 03:50

ESL using cameras to catch speeders

   East St. Louis Police are the latest in the metro area to use cameras to try to catch dangerous drivers.   Monday East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore announced his department is using two new radar-equipped cameras to catch speeders.  
   Like other traffic cameras in the area, tickets are issued to the car's owner based on the license plate. But unlike other cameras, these are hand-held by officers stationed on surface streets and interstates.  
   Chief Floore tells Fox 2 News using the cameras isn't about generating revenue. "This is pure for safety and safety only," Floore said.  "This is merely to get drivers to slow down in our venue."
   East St. Louis Police Captain Bobby Cole tells Fox 2 News the cameras are making the streets safer for everyone.  "It takes the officer out of harm's way also," Cole said.  "If we’re up on a highway or in a safety zone or a school zone, the officer doesn't have to get out in traffic now."
   The tickets carry fines of 100-to-280 dollars.  But no points are assessed, and the vehicle owner can ask police to transfer the ticket to the actual driver at the time the car was speeding.  
 
Published in Local News

   An East St. Louis man is suing the city and a police detective, claiming he was beaten until he falsely confessed to a rape.

   Marlon Miller's federal lawsuit alleges former East St. Louis Detective Orlando Ward struck him several times out of the view of police recording devices. During the alleged beating, Miller confessed to attacking the woman as she left a MetroLink train.

   DNA tests later absolved Miller of the crime and led to the arrest of another suspect.  

   Several cases involving Ward have been under review since the former detective was indicted in a federal cocaine investigation.

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   Some metro-east pastors are upset with the City of East St. Louis for levying what they call a tax on churches.  

   On January 1st, the city imposed a $100 registration fee on churches and nonprofits.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the annual fee is supposed to offset the city's cost of doing fire and safety inspections.  

   Local pastors spoke out against the fee at Thursday's City Council meeting.  Many blamed Mayor Alvin Parks, who defends the fee.  The city council considered the pastors argument and pushed back the fee deadline from June 30th to September 30th.  

   Houses of worship have generally been exempt from taxes since a 1970 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the issue.  Civic fees charged against houses of worship have been struck down as "church taxes" in the past. 

Published in Local News
Friday, 05 April 2013 09:43

ESL Dist. 189 announces teacher lay offs

   Cuts in the classroom are coming to the East St. Louis School District. Teachers layoffs were announced  during Thursday night's packed school board meeting.  

   In all, 69 teachers in District 189 will lose their jobs.  Five elementary school principals and two middle school principals will also be cut.  

   East St. Louis is just the latest in a long list of metro-east school districts forced to make the cuts because of state and local budget issues.

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