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   Knowing the Health Department suspected Edward Mueth had been scheming to steal millions of dollars before he killed himself would have made things easier for St. Louis County Police investigating the fraud.  That's according to Police Chief Tim Fitch, who told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his department didn't learn about the scam until 18 hours after Meuth's September 19, 2013 suicide.  

   Now, the paper reports it has received documents that show that County Health officials suspected the scheme, but delayed reporting it to law enforcement.  

   Officials say Mueth embezzled $3.4 million over six years by using his computer company to overcharge the county for equiptment and technical services.  

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 04:39
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   Former Cardinals slugger Jack Clark want's Albert Pujols's defamation lawsuit against him dismissed...or at the very least, he wants some things clarified.  

   Clark filed a motion in St. Louis County Circuit Court Monday.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Clark is claiming the suit filed against him in October didn't properly identify Pujols or the elements of defamation.

   Pujols sued Clark over comments Clark made in August on his sports talk show on WGNU radio.  Clark had said he knew for a fact that Pujols "was a juicer."  He also claimed Pujols' former trainer told him about injecting Pujols with performance-enhancing drugs.  

   The trainer has denied the conversation.   

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 04:25
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   Illinois residents are applying for permits to carry concealed weapons at a rate of more than 1,000 a day - leaving local police agencies worried they won't be able to identify applicants with a history of violence.    

   Illinois law gives the State Police 120 days to investigate applications and issue permits. But at the beginning of the process, the law gives local police agencies 30 days to do their own investigations and ask a state panel to deny a request.  

   State Police officials say their checks are thorough enough to prevent unqualified applicants from slipping through the cracks.

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   Missouri education officials are considering a plan that would eliminate the school transfer program by dissolving unaccredited districts like Normandy and Riverview Gardens.  The CEE-Trust proposal presented Monday, would hand control of individual schools to non-profit groups accountable to a state-run office. 
   State Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro told Fox 2 News that the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sought the proposal because the current transfer system isn't sustainable. "Ultimately, any district that ends up sending students to another, with the current tuition calculation, will end up going bankrupt," she said.  Officials with the unaccredited Normandy School District have said that without a cash infusion from the state, they will run out of money this spring. 
   Under the CEE-Trust plan, decisions about curriculum, staffing and budgets would be made at each school.  The state-run Office of Community Schools would handle systemic issues like busing and building maintenance.  
   Mark Jones of the Missouri NEA, a state teacher's union, expressed skepticism.  Jones told Fox 2 News that the proposal sounds like a clever marketing scheme. "This just simply looks like a rebranding of charter schools that have demonstrated a lack of accountability and a lack of oversight," Jones said.
   The proposal is one of several being considered by the state.  The board will gather public input in St. Louis on February 4, then try to make a decision at its meeting, February 18.
 
 
 
 
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 03:16
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   A St. Louis County toddler who was the subject of S.A.R.A.A. and AMBER Alerts is safe.  

   St. Louis County Police had issued the alerts Monday evening after one year old Tristian Readye was taken from a home in the 2900 block of Patterson Road in North County.  Police say the boy had been seen about 8:00 p.m. riding in a stolen Monte Carlo.  

   Authorities canceled the alerts about 11:00 p.m. after the child was found abandoned in that car at Illinois and South Broadway in South St. Louis.

   There's no word if police have caught the person who took him.

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Mayor Francis Slay is asking St. Louis residents their thoughts on the legalization of marijuana.

At his blog, mayorslay.com, the Mayor asks respondents what effect they think legalization would have on crime stats and the state's economy. He also wants to know how people think the sale of marijuana should be regulated. St. Louis already treats the possession of small amounts of pot as a municipal crime--people caught with small amounts of the drug in the City are ordered to appear in city court, rather than being handcuffed and transported to jail.

You can share your thoughts by clicking here.

 

Monday, 13 January 2014 17:20
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A truck driver is in the hospital after his tractor trailer rolled onto its side Monday afternoon.

The accident was on the exit ramp from the Poplar Street Bridge onto westbound I-70. The truck was hauling four large rolls of steel--the driver says he thinks they shifted and that caused the semi to roll. The driver became trapped in the cab and emergency crews had to cut him out of the truck's cab.

The driver was taken to the hospital, KMOV reports in stable condition.

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The crime stats for 2013 are out for St. Louis City and crime is down over 5 percent. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says that despite a slight up-tick in murders last year--120 in 2013 compared to 113 in 2012--but he believes the perception of St. Louis' crime problem does not match the reality.
 
"While some say that St. Louis has a crime problem, I agree, we still have work to do," says Dotson, "but our strategies are working and St. Louis is certainly a safer city now than it was just a couple of years ago. 
 
According to the department, crime is down 50 percent since 2006. Dotson says Hot Spot Policing was a huge part of the department's success this year.
 
2013 Part I Crime Statistics:
 Total Part I Crimes decreased 5.4 percent when compared to 2012, from 27,854 to 26,342
          o The last year in which fewer crimes were reported was in 1966, when 25,798 crimes were reported
 Violent Crime (Crimes Against Persons) decreased 10.3 percent when compared to 2012, from 5,661 to 5,078
 Property Crimes decreased 4.2 percent when compared to 2012, from 22,193 to 21,264
2013 Reported Crimes Against Persons
 Homicides increased 6.2 percent from 113 to 120
          o While there was an increase in homicides this category remains below the five year average of 136.
 Forcible Rapes increased 67.3 percent from 199 to 333 -  It should be noted that in January 2013 the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) implemented a revised definition of rape within their UCR program. The
expanded definition allows law enforcement agencies to report more accurate rape offense data throughout the UCR program to ensure all applicable rape offenses and all victims of any gender or age are accounted for. As a result of the revised definition, the FBI expected to see an increase in reported rape offense data. However, this does necessarily mean there is an increase in rapes. See the FBI’s UCR guidelines for further explanation of the revised definition for rape.
 Robberies decreased 18 percent from 1,778 to 1,458
          o This represents the lowest number since 1953 when 1,378 robberies were reported
 Aggravated Assaults decreased 11.3 percent from 3,571 to 3,167
          o This represents the lowest number since 1968 when 2613 aggravated assaults were reported
2013 Reported Property Crimes
 Burglaries decreased 13.7 percent from 4,986 to 4,305
          o This represents the lowest number since 1950 when there were 3,744 burglaries reported
 Larcenies decreased 0.5 percent from 13,520 to 13,452
 Vehicle Thefts decreased by 4.6 percent from 3,489 to 3,330
          o This represents the lowest number since 1952 when 2,789 vehicle thefts reported
 Arsons decreased 10.6 percent from 198 to 177
          o This represents the lowest number reported in the arson category since being
recognized by UCR as a Part I Crime in 1980
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House Democrats are preparing to outline a tax cut proposal, despite their fierce opposition to a Republican tax plan last year.
 
Rep. Jon Carpenter, a Democrat from Kansas City, was expected to file legislation and release his plan to reduce state taxes on Monday.
 
Another Kansas City Democrat, Sen. Jolie Justus, has signaled that her party would be open to tax cuts under certain circumstance. She says it is a matter of who benefits from the cuts.
 
House Democrats voted last year against a Republican proposal to reduce individual and corporate income tax rates over 10 years. The GOP plan failed when the Legislature could not secure enough votes to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto.
 
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