The online site, Nextdoor, plans to announce a partnership with the city of St. Louis Wednesday that would enable several city departments to begin using the social networking site as an informational and crime-fighting tool.
Nextdoor looks to link neighbor to neighbor as a way to keep people posted as to what is happening in their area.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the police department could use the site to post crime alerts and crime trends that could be targeted citywide or to specific neighborhoods.
The city’s Emergency Management Authority will use it to share information about storm warnings, disaster preparations and heat advisories.
Michael Powers, legislative director for Aldermanic President Lewis Reed, says it is a unified way for officials to communicate with neighborhoods. Powers says 70 of the 79 neighborhoods in the city have established Nextdoor sites with about 54-hundred residents using the network.
Nextdoor is a San Francisco-based, private social network which launched in October 2011. Nearly 22-thousand neighborhoods are participating across the United States.
The site is free and the company says it will remain free to the neighbors who use it. Currently, businesses can’t be a part of the site, just residents.
Nextdoor also has teamed with police departments in several cities, but St. Louis is unique because the departments taking part extend beyond just police.
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - East St. Louis officials and a local firefighters union say they've reached a deal that will avert layoffs of nearly one-third of the city's fire department.
Terms of the deal reached Tuesday between the city and the International Association of Firefighters Union Local 23 weren't disclosed.
But Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. tells the Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1gKk3L2 ) that it spares having to lay off 16 of the city's more than 50 firefighters, at least through the end of the year. He says it's commendable that both sides worked out a creative solution.
The union local's president, Brandon Walls, wouldn't discuss the details but says he's glad no one will be laid off.
The layoffs were expected because of the city's budget issues.
The consequences of the federal government shutdown could ultimately have an effect on the health and safety of St. Louisans.
Missouri's attorney general Chris Koster has joined the call for federal regulators to proceed with required testing of a St. Louis County landfill that's been halted by the budget and debt ceiling stalemate.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decided to delay testing at the Bridgeton Landfill until federal funding for the work is enacted. There has been an underground fire burning at the landfill which is adjacent to the West Lake Landfill where radioactive waste is buried.
Chris Koster's office released a letter yesterday asking the EPA to reconsider its decision to delay testing.
Police in Richmond Heights continue their search for a bank robber who held up a US Bank inside a Schnucks store on Clayton Rd. yesterday morning.
The robber approached a teller at about 10:15, and though he did not display a weapon, he did threaten harm.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 60's, 6 feet tall, with salt and pepper facial hair. He was last seen wearing a green plaid flannel shirt, jeans, and white shoes.
He fled with an undisclosed amount of money. A $1,000 reward is being offered by Crimestoppers (866-371-TIPS).