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Bomb scare in Spanish Lake was false alarm

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 01:37 Published in Local News

   St. Louis County Police say a bomb scare that forced the evacuation of about 30 Spanish Lake residents Tuesday afternoon was a false alarm.  

   It began about 4:30 p.m. at a home in the 1400 block of Twillman Avenue. 

   Investigators say family members had been going through the belongings of an elderly man who'd recently died when they came upon a box marked 1954.  The relatives had already found blasting caps nearby and they initially thought the pipes and other materials in the box were old explosives. So they called police.  

   The County's Bomb and Arson Squad was called in and an area of about 300 yards around the home was evacuated.  

   The elderly gentleman had been a pilot and it turned out the box contained old aircraft parts and not  explosives. 

   A St. Louis man is among the dead after an EF5 tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma last week.  The twister killed 24 people and among them, St. Louis native Leslie Johnson.  

   Johnson's ex-wife and three children live in south St. Louis.  His family says Johnson had gone to Oklahoma two months ago to search for work.  

   Johnson had taken refuge in a closet when the storm hit and was killed when the building he was in was flattened.  

   A funeral home in Oklahoma City donated the cremation services, but his family needs help paying for a funeral.   Donations can be made at the following website.

 

 

 

 

   A family already grieving over the loss of a loved one is now grieving after his personal belongings were taken from a south city funeral home.  

   Leslie Granadillo had died May 21st after a five year battle with prostate cancer.  

   When his family went to retrieve the items from Kutis Funeral Home on Gravois, they learned that the mementos had mistakenly been given to someone else.  

   St. Louis police are investigating, but Granadillo's sister-in-law, Christy Roberts says the family isn't interested in filing charges.  They just want the mementos back for Granadillo's two young sons.

   "It means nothing to you and has no monetary value," Roberts said.  "Just bring it back.  Bring it here.  Bring it, you know, to someplace public so we can get it back, because we just want it for them."

   The missing items include a memory book, a lock of hair, medallions that said loving father, loving husband and a cross.  Granadillo's family is asking everyone in the area to check dumpsters and trash cans for the items as well.

 

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