The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is expected to announce their Bomb and Arson Unit will merge with St. Louis County's Bomb and Arson Squad .
The proposed merger is just the latest in a series of moves that the region’s two largest departments have made in the name of saving money on equipment and personnel costs.
St. Louis could be joining the likes of New York and Paris as the only cities in the world with an elevated greenway. The proposed project, discussed last night at a planning meeting, would be installed in north St. Louis along an abandoned elevated train rail near the McKinley Bridge to west of I-70. The old commuter train trestle was purchased by the Great Rivers Greenway District in 2004. The plan calls for gardens, bike and walking paths, a performing arts plaza, and sustainable watering systems. The tax payer-funded project is estimated to cost between $50 and $60 million dollars.
One person is dead and three others injured after a shooting in Berkeley yesterday on Tuesday. Police say it began about 2 p.m. as an argument between three people in a car and a man at the Madelaine Manor apartment complex. That argument escalated. Shots were fired and all four people were hit. The three victims in the car tried to drive to the hospital, but were pulled over by police on McDonnell Boulevard near Boeing. All four victims were taken to the hospital in serious condition. One later died. Berkeley Police Chief Frank McCall, Junior says charges are expected against the three survivors.
Local leaders have put out the call to those in need and to those who can help. Cool Down St. Louis and Ameren kicked off their annual summer program to keep elderly and disabled St. Louisans safe from the deadly heat.
Ameren donated the first 240 air conditioners with the hope that more units will be donated and more money raised to assist the most vulnerable members of the community.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says donations are critical to this program's success. "It is important to note that eventually, all the funds will be exhausted this year," Slay said. "And remind you that 100 percent of proceeds, 100 percent of private donations go directly to helping someone in need. There are no administrative costs that come out of our donations."
For more information about donating an air conditioning unit or giving a monetary donation, log on to CoolDownStLouis.org.