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SLPD asks for help solving Eat-Rite Diner robbery

Thursday, 22 August 2013 04:34 Published in Local News

   Police in the City of St. Louis are asking for the public's help to find two men who held a waitress at gunpoint while robbing a diner earlier this month.  

   It happened at the Eat-Rite Diner on Chouteau on early on August 12th.  Police say the suspects had been playing pinball inside the restaurant when they asked the waitress for change for a dollar. When she gave them the change, one of them pulled a handgun and pointed it at her, demanding the money in the register. She complied and the suspects took the money and fled in a white Buick Regal or Century with a missing hubcap.  

   A surveillance image of the suspects can be seen on our website, KTRS.com.  

   Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477). 

Syrian forces bomb area of alleged chemical attack

Thursday, 22 August 2013 03:04 Published in National News

   BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say President Bashar Assad's forces are pressing on with a military offensive in the rebel-held eastern Damascus suburbs where the opposition says a chemical weapons attack killed over 100 people.

   The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it had no word on casualties in Thursday's bombing of eastern Ghouta.

   The government has denied as "absolutely baseless" allegations it used chemical weapons in artillery barrages there on Wednesday.

   The U.S., Britain and France have demanded that a team of U.N. experts already in the country be granted immediate access to investigate the site.

   Opposition figures and activists have reported widely varying death tolls, from 136 to as high as 1,300. But even the most conservative tally would make it the deadliest alleged chemical attack in Syria's civil war.

New Illinois law protects renters in foreclosures

Thursday, 22 August 2013 02:59 Published in Local News

   CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois has a new law protecting renters if their landlord's property goes into foreclosure.

   Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law Wednesday that says those who buy multifamily properties out of foreclosure to either honor existing tenant leases or give the renters 90 days to move.

   It takes effect in three months.

   The original bill was sponsored by state Sen. Jacqueline Collins and state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, both Chicago Democrats. They say that about 40 percent of families affected by foreclosure are renters who might not know their landlord failed to make mortgage payments.

   Advocates of the bill say it will help avoid pushing many tenants into homelessness by giving them time to find a safe place to live. They also say it will prevent properties from standing vacant.

 

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