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Child is third person to die after South County home fire

Wednesday, 28 August 2013 23:59 Published in Local News

   A third person has succumbed to injuries from Tuesday's early morning house fire in Mehlville.  The St. Louis County Medical Examiner reports that 11 year old Macy Gapsch died from her injuries Wednesday evening.    

   Maci’s great-grandmother, 79 year old Georgette Gapsch had died around noon Wednesday.  The girl's father, 38-year-old Terry "T.J." Gapsch had died Tuesday morning.  

   The only survivor, Maci’s 13 year old sister, Mia Gapsch had escaped the burning home and ran to neighbor's house to get help.  She's in satisfactory condition.

   Investigators say the fire began in the basement of the home.  But the exact cause is still under investigation.

 

   The vacancies on the St. Louis County Police Board will remain unfilled for the time being.  The County Council Tuesday night postponed confirmation votes for two of County Executive Charlie Dooley's nominees.  

   The council had called a special meeting to consider the nominees to replace Gregory Sansone and Floyde Warman, but instead introduced legislation requiring police board members to undergo background checks and then adjourned without a confirmation vote.

   Dooley had tapped Republican Dave Spence and Democrat Freddy Clark to fill two seats on the five-member board.

   Earlier in the day, police board member Ray Wagoner announced that he too is stepping down. Wagoner cited personal and business obligations.  The county executive has not yet named a successor for Wagoner.

Nixon requests disaster declaration for MO flooding

Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:41 Published in Local News

   CONWAY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon is asking the federal government to issue a major disaster declaration for 22 southern Missouri counties hit hard by this month's floods.

   Nixon said Tuesday the costs of emergency response and repairs will be high.

   The floods that resulted from nearly two weeks of heavy rain caused widespread damage across the southern tier and left at least three people dead.

   Nixon announced his request in Conway, where the waste water treatment system was heavily damaged.

   The governor is asking the federal government to clear the way for individual and public assistance in 14 counties, public assistance in four counties and individual assistance in four others.

   Individual assistance allows households to seek federal aid for uninsured losses. Public assistance allows local governments to seek help with response and recovery expenses.

 

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