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Hazmat scare in the Central West End

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 15:39 Published in Local News

The release of a small amount of a toxic gas led the fire department's hazardous management team to suit up earlier today.

St. Louis city police and fire crews responded to a late morning call to a building at McPherson and Skinker which is in the process of demolition.

Deputy Fire Chief Mike Harris explains how some anhydrous ammonia was released. "There was an old refrigeration unit in the basement and likely there was residual anhydrous and either it was heated with his cutting or just trapped and released," said Harris.

Harris says anhydrous ammonia is lighter than air and in small amounts like this, dissipates quickly. No gas escaped the building. He says every precaution is used on each of these calls. regardless of the extent. All crews worked in Hazmet suits today with two hazardous management vehicles on site.

There were no injuries. 

Charges are filed against a man for shooting and killing a south St. Louis store owner during a robbery.

23-year-old Joseph Fox is charged with 1st degree murder, assault, robbery, and burglary. Police say Fox was robbing a convenience store in the 4400 block of Chippewa when he shot the owners. One of the victims was hit in the arm and survived. The other was shot and killed.

Fox is held without bond. 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The winner of last month's $590 million Powerball jackpot is an 84-year-old woman from Zephyrhills, Fla.

Florida Lottery officials made the announcement Wednesday after Gloria C. Mackenzie came forward to claim the prize. They say Mackenzie took the single lump-sum payment of about $370.9 million before taxes.

Officials say she is the largest sole lottery winner in U.S. history. She did not speak to reporters outside lottery headquarters, leaving in a silver Ford Focus with family members.

The winning ticket was sold at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, a town of about 13,300 people located 30 miles northeast of Tampa. It is best known for bottled spring water that bears its name.

The winner had 60 days from the May 18 drawing to claim the lump sum.

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