It looks like St. Louis' red light cameras can stay, and the city can keep millions of dollars it's collected in fines. That's after yesterday's ruling by the Missouri Court of Appeals that upheld the city's use of red light cameras to control traffic. The ruling reverses a previous court decision that had declared the city ordinance unconstitutional.
The city won't be able to collect on all 138,000 unpaid red light tickets though. That's because the court also found that tickets issued more than a year ago had to be tossed out because they didn't clearly state how they could be contested. Just about a year ago the city fixed that problem by changing the wording on the summons.
Three people, including a St. Louis police officers are seriously injured after a car slammed into a patrol car in Midtown Tuesday night. It happened about 9:30 at Washington and Compton.
Police say a passenger car with three people inside had been driving erratically earlier in the evening. Police pursued the car, but had to stop to answer another call.
A short time later, the car ran through the intersection and struck a different police car.
One person climbed out of the passenger car and ran from the scene. The two other people in the car, and the police officer were all taken to the hospital. All three are listed in serious condition.
Police are still looking for the person who fled.
17 people were hit by gunfire during one of the most violent nights in recent memory of St. Louis.
Over a five hour period that spanned Monday night into early Tuesday morning, gunshots rang out in seven separate incidents. The youngest victim in the shootings, a 13-year-old.
Police have not announced any connection between the shootings.
Motorists are encouraged to avoid Route 141 in Town and Country for the next few nights.
MoDOT is closing one lane of 141 at the Interstate 64 interchange. The road will close at 8 PM Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights and should reopen by six each morning. Delays are expected during the closures.
During his reelection campaign, Mayor Slay unveiled the first Sustainability Plan for St. Louis. He reduced the 260-page plan to a more manageable 29-point agenda. Many questions remain: What is sustainability? How can the city become more sustainable? How can the public participate?
"Ultimately, it's making St. Louis cleaner, healthier, more vibrant, more fun and safer." That is how Mayor Francis Slay defines sustainability.
The Mayor is taking the lead on the effort, but creating a sustainable city requires a team effort. Slay brought in Catherine Werner to captain the team.
She serves as the city's first ever Sustainability Director. She tells me sustainability goes beyond just thinking 'green'. "We're were talking about not just the environmental aspects but also from the social and economic realms", says Werner.
The next step in promoting the plan was to take on strategic partners in the region. The city turned to Washington University and their sustainability director Phil Valko, "We are working to meet the needs of the current generation without compromising the ability to future generations to meet their needs at the same quality of life or better", says Valko.
So what is sustainability? It's a multifaceted approach to make the city of St Louis and the region at large a better place to live now and down the road.
On Wednesday we will look at how teams are coming together to solve the problem in any urban area--what to do with vacant lots.
Part two of the series can be found here.
St. Louis Police are asking for help to identify a possible witness and the suspect in the fatal shooting of a 7-11 worker. 30-year-old Buhtanese refugee Mon Rai was killed on Monday at his job.
The witness is described as a black man about 5'10" with a medium length afro.
The suspect has a light complexion and is just over 5-and-a-half feet tall. The suspect's face was mostly obstructed--he was wearing a black ski mask and ski jacket. Police say the suspect's jacket is important--they believe it is unique.
If you have any information about the possible witness and suspect, you are urged to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.
Today marks ten years since a 9-year-old St. Louis boy went missing.
Christian Freguson was in his father's SUB when it was stolen. Police found the vehicle, but Christian was gone. The boy has a serious medical condition that requires he follows a strict health regiment to keep him alive.
The Ferguson family still celebrates his birthday and set up the "Looking for an Angel" foundation in his honor.
St. Louis City can continue to issue tickets through the red light camera system.
An appeals court ruled that the system is constitutional. This overturns a ruling issued last year. The court said red light cameras allow the city to regular traffic safety and that is a power given to the police department. The ruling acknowledged that the tickets give the city a financial benefit, but that does not detract from the increase in public safety.
The city says there has been an 80 percent reduction in citations at some intersections since the cameras were first installed.
A Fenton man is dead after being struck by a pick-up truck along Highway 141 yesterday afternoon.
Police say 35 year old Matthew Griesheimer had been crossing the highway near the Gravois Bluffs Shopping Center around 1 p.m. when he was hit.
Griesheimer was taken to St. Anthony's Hospital, but later died.
Southbound 141 was closed for about two hours following the accident.
For the eleventh year in-a-row, St. Louis Children's Hospital appears on US News & World Report's list of the best pediatric hospitals in the country.
Children's came in at the sixth spot and was one of only ten hospitals that made the honor roll. The rankings were compiled by assigning rankings to ten medical specialties--Children's was in the top 25 in all ten categories.
The highest ranked specialty for St. Louis Children's Hospital was Neurology and Neurosurgery.