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   The founder of one of the largest automotive networks in the United States, Lou Fusz Senior, has died. Fusz suffered a fatal heart attack Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 in Palm Beach, Florida.  He was 94.  

   Fusz was family patriarch and chairman of the board of the Lou Fusz Automotive Network.

   Funeral services will be in St. Louis.  Visitation will be from 3 until 7 p.m. Friday at Kriegshauser Mortuary West Chapel in Olivette.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of The Pillar Catholic Church on South Lindbergh Boulevard.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:12
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   A once-bustling Crestwood mall will likely never see shoppers again.  
 
   After a failed effort to secure tax incentives to revamp the former Crestwood Plaza,  its owners are walking away from redevelopment plans and putting the property up for sale.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Chicago-based Centrum Partners and co-owner Angelo, Gordon & Co., a New York-based hedge fund, have contracted CBRE, a commercial real-estate firm, to sell the 47 acre site along Watson Road.  
 
   It'll be up to the buyer to decide, but the old mall will likely be raised.  A CBRE broker who's handling the sale, told the paper the site offers a good opportunity for a hospital or university to build a new campus.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:06
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Police are search for a man after a high speed chase ended when the suspect ditched his car in downtown St. Louis.

The chase started in Illinois when officers tried to stop a speeder. KMOV reports police had to stop the pursuit because it was too dangerous. Officers in another area spotted the speeder though and the chase started again. Police followed the man to a parking garage at 13th Street and St. Charles. That is when the suspect bailed from the car. Police are now searching the area for the man.

The suspect is described as a white man, five-and-a-half feet tall and weighing about 155 pounds. He was seen wearing a dark hooded sweater and light grey or blue pants.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 17:15
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Some residents in South St. Louis County have been complaining that their tap water has a bad smell or taste.

American Water says the problem is a seasonal one. They attribute it to the cold top layer of a lake or river sinking to the bottom while the warmer water rises--the action causes a smell or bitter taste. Company officials say the problem should be resolved this week.

In the mean time, the water is safe to drink and use. 

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 16:47
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A mother and father are on the run after police say they kidnapped their children from foster care.

St. Charles police say the pair took 1-year-old Trevion Dunn and 2-year-old Aleiyah Dunn sometime between Friday and Monday. Police believe they were taken by their mother, Cierra Dunn. Aleiyah's father, Jose Sanchez, might also be involved in the kidnapping.

They were last seen driving a 1998 Chevy Malibu with Missouri plates MK2-C0S. Police say they could be headed to Wisconsin or Mexico. The kids are in protective custody as part of an investigation into neglect issues. The parents had weekend visitation and officials could not contact them on Monday.

Anyone who believes they have seen the children are asked to contact the St. Charles Police Department at 636-949-3320.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 15:24
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As you go about your holiday shopping, you might notice a few more officers at area shopping centers.

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch announced that the force is tasking additional resources to malls. Both uniformed and undercover officers will be in  shopping centers while the Metro Air Support Unit will be keeping an eye on parking lots.

On an unrelated note, the County will also be placing an emphasis on DWI enforcement. 

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:47
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two neighbors and a police officer are credited with rescuing a disabled teen from a burning home in north St. Louis County.

Firefighters say the teen, who uses a wheelchair and can't talk, was trapped in the home when an apparent electrical fire broke out early Tuesday. The child's mother was in the room screaming for help moving the teen as the house filled with smoke.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that neighbors Kendall Wilkes and his cousin, Lamar Wilkes, crawled through the bedroom window and wrapped blankets around the girl before handing her out the window to a police officer who had just arrived. The officer wasn't identified.

The Wilkes cousins also then helped the mother get out through the same window. No injuries were reported.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:38
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The former St. Charles County teacher who sexually assaulted a 10-year-old, will serve probation.

KMOV reports the victim's family did not want the case to go to trial and that led to the plea agreement. Joseph Maddock will serve five years of probation after pleading guilty to child molestation charges. The abuse happened in early 2013 after Maddock had convinced the boy's family to allow him to home school the child.

Maddock has previously taught at 10 schools in the St. Louis area. 

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 13:42
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Two Missouri Democratic lawmakers are calling for state Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro to step down, saying she has demonstrated a tendency "to abuse power."

 

Sen. Paul LeVota, of Independence, and House member Genise Montecillo, of St. Louis, said in a statement Tuesday the most recent example arose in recently disclosed emails from the education department dealing with a ballot measure to end teacher tenure and require that student performance guide employment decisions.

 

A department staff member originally proposed reporting to the state auditor's office that the initiative had potential for significant unknown costs to local school districts. Nicastro changed that to say the cost was unknown.

 

A Department of Elementary and Secondary Education spokeswoman didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

 

The State Board of Education appoints the education commissioner.

 
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 13:41
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A man who has performed as the Kansas City Chiefs' mascot for more than two decades is in stable condition after a weekend accident at Arrowhead Stadium. His attorney said Tuesday the injuries appear to have been caused by human error.

Dan Meers has played KC Wolf since the mascot's inception in 1989. He was seriously injured Saturday while rehearsing a zip line routine ahead of Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers. No details about the injury have been released.

Attorney Tim Dollar says Meers' injuries appear to have been caused from how an outside company secured the riggings. He says an investigation is pending.

According to the website mascothalloffame.com, Meers previously performed as Fredbird, the St. Louis Cardinals' mascot, and the University of Missouri's mascot Truman the Tiger.

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