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It's another case of an apparent smash-and-grab burglary, this time at a north county jewelry store. Police say a stolen SUV was used to smash into Legacy Jewelers at New Halls Ferry Road and Lindbergh Boulevard. Police say it happened just before 5:00 this morning. The crime has a similar M.O. to other smash-and-grabs in the area over the past few weeks, with a stolen vehicle being used to crash into a store front, and another car serving as the getaway vehicle. Police have no suspects. 

Friday, 14 June 2013 07:33
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The first of two meetings to is set for tomorrow for North St. Louis County residents  who want answers to questions about the putrid odor from  smoldering garbage at the Bridgeton Landfill.

 They've also worried about the proximity of the underground fire to radioactive waste at the adjacent West Lake Landfill.

    The Missouri Coalition for the Environment tells KTRS news now those concerns have drawn the attention of Erin Brockovich and her legal team. The environmental activist was portrayed by Julia Roberts in the 2000 film about her battle against a utility accused of polluting a small California town's water supply.

     A Los Angeles attorney and an environmental investigator who work with Brockovich will meet with residents and answer their questions tomorrow  morning at eleven at the Operating Engineers Union Hall off  Hollenburg Drive.

   Brockovich, who was initially supposed to attend the meeting, will NOT be there. It’s unclear if her absence is related to her arrest in Nevada last week for boating while intoxicated.

   Local environmental groups have pushed for years to have the Army Corps of Engineers take control of the cleanup and excavate tons of Cold War-era nuclear weapons waste that was deposited illegally in the early 1970s.

    A second meeting is set Monday night with State Rep. Bill Otto, of St. Charles at Pattonville High School.  Otto said the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Department of Health and Human Services and technical experts hired by the DNR to assess the landfill fire will be available via webcast to present information and answer questions.

 
Friday, 14 June 2013 07:06
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   STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. (AP) - A teenage driver and two young passengers are dead following a collision on an eastern Missouri highway.

   The Missouri Highway Patrol says the accident happened shortly after noon Thursday on U.S. 61 near Ste. Genevieve, about 50 miles south of St. Louis.

   The patrol says 19 year old Paige Johnson, of Ste. Genevieve, was driving north when she tried to pass another vehicle, lost control and veered into the southbound lanes. Johnson's car collided with a southbound pickup truck.

   Authorities say the crash killed Johnson and her two passengers, 10 year old Clayton Grass and 12 year old Lucas Welton, both of Ste. Genevieve. All three were wearing seatbelts.

   The driver of the pickup truck was flown to a hospital with what the patrol described as moderate injuries.

Friday, 14 June 2013 03:33
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   Two St. Louis television stations are about to get a little cozier, as their parent companies become one.  Virginia-based Gannett Company, which owns KSDK (Channel 5) is buying Dallas-based Belo Corporation, which owns KMOV (Channel 4).  

   If Belo shareholders and the Federal Communications Commission sign off on the $1.5 billion deal, Gannett will grow from 23 stations nationwide, to 43.  

   Because of the FCC's media ownership limits, KMOV and four other Belo Stations will operate under the independent ownership of Jack Sanders.  The Phoenix man is a former Belo executive.  

   Gannet officials say the news and sales operations at KMOV will stay independent from those at KSDK.

Friday, 14 June 2013 01:50
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   The bodies of two men were found inside a University City apartment Thursday.

   Univestiy City police officers had gone to the duplex in the 800 block of Pennsylvania to check the welfare of a 59 year old resident who hadn't reported to work.  Police found his body inside his second floor unit, along that of a 77 year old man who lived on the first floor.  Police say both men had apparently been stabbed to death.  

   There were no signs of forced entry into either unit, or signs of a struggle.  Detectives aren't sure yet if anything was stolen.  

   Police are still in the process of contacting next of kin, so the victim's names have not yet been released.  

   Police say they are following some leads, but anyone with information is urged to call the University City Police – Bureau of Investigations at 314-725-2211 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477). 

Friday, 14 June 2013 01:30
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The call came in about 1:30 Thursday afternoon of a shooting on Cherokee Street; the Cherokee Place Business Incubator where several businesses are located. The victims' names have not been released, but we do know two men and two women, believed in their 40's or 50's, were killed at the A-K Home Healthcare office.

Ann McCullough is Cherokee Street Business Association Liason, "we're very strong and vibrant community and will continue to move forward as a creative, artistic district. And we all look at for each other and I just think it is going to remind people that they need to be aware of their surroundings."

That weapon, a semi-automatic handgun, has been recovered.

Thursday, 13 June 2013 14:42
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The former fire chief of two districts is headed to prison after admitting to fraud, tax evasion, and stealing nearly $600,000 from his departments.

Eric Hinson will spend 35 months in federal prison and repay over $600,000. Hinson used fire district credit cards to pay for family vacations to Hawaii and Florida and business checks to pay for personal expenses. The investigation into the spending revealed he altered the fire department's books to cover up his theft.

 

Thursday, 13 June 2013 14:32
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The Caseyville police chief facing misconduct charges, is dead from an apparent self-inflicted gun shot wound.

J.D. Roth was found on the back patio of his Fairview Heights home Thursday. Roth was under investigation for allegedly letting his girlfriend off for a felony drunk driving charge. Investigators also alleged that he used a pickup that was seized during a drug bust for personal reasons.

The Caseyville Mayor George Chance fired Roth in March. Roth had been chief for 10 years.

Thursday, 13 June 2013 13:42
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Organizers say that because of the Boston Marathon bombings tighter security will be in place at a St. Louis race.

Helen Chestnut--executive director for the Susan G Komen race for the cure tells KTRS News nearly 40-thousand people are expected for this Saturday's race. Police do not plan to search backpacks but Chestnut offers this advice, "You bring a backpack keep it with you. There are the see-through backpacks that are good too. But the main thing is to keep...your personal items with you."

Noticeable extra security measures include bomb-detection dogs, security cameras and uniformed officers. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson also asks participants to report anyone who looks suspicious. The race kicks off around 7:30 Saturday morning. 

Thursday, 13 June 2013 13:35
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Workers are back at it on the Blanchette Bridge today for the first time since a contractor died earlier this week.

51-year-old Patrick Bray was killed after a large drum fell on him on Monday. The accident delayed work on 70 at the Fifth Street exit.

MoDOT says that work will start Monday night and run through July 8. Crews will close one lane of westbound 70 while the resurface the Fifth Street Bridge.

Drivers are advised to use alternate routes while the additional closures are in effect.

 

Thursday, 13 June 2013 13:27
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