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Record award in railroad accident case

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:29 Published in Local News
In what may be a record in Jefferson County, a jury has awarded $12.5 million to a railroad worker whose right leg was amputated after being run over by a train.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that 51 year old Michael Bolen of Jackson, Mo., was hurt in May 2012 as he was directing trains in a rail yard in Crystal City.
He claims he was walking along the track and tripped over a boulder that was left in the rail yard. He fell onto the tracks and both legs were run over by a slow-moving train.  His right leg was crushed and he also lost part of the heel on his left foot. 
Bolen's attorney, Nelson Wolff, told the newspaper that Bolen was a conductor/switchman for BNSF Railway and said the train company was negligent in having a rocky area where workers walked.
Wolff said this may be the largest personal-injury verdict in the history of Jefferson County. 

The St. Louis Public School District will adjust the 2013/2014 school calendar to make-up two of the six instructional days lost due to inclement weather this winter.  Snow, ice and extreme cold temperatures resulted in the District cancelling classes on January 6 – 10 and January 21. 

The District will cancel a Professional Development day scheduled for Friday, February 14, 2014 and use this day as a full instructional day for students and staff. 

The District is also cancelling the Parent/Teacher Conference Day scheduled for Friday, March 14, 2014 and will use this day as a full instructional day for students and staff. 

The 3rd Quarter report cards will now be sent home to parents via students on March 14.

As there are approximately two months of potential winter weather remaining, the District will withhold making a decision on the remaining four snow days until the threat of additional winter weather passes. 

The adjusted calendar is now available on the District website: www.slps.org.

 

 

Man sought in father's death is found dead

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:17 Published in Local News
The search for a man considered a person of interest in the death of his father is over.  
The Major Case Squad has confirmed that the body found in a Fairview Heights motel was that of Jarad Daughtrey.  
Police had been searching for Daughtrey to question him about his father, David Daughtrey's death.  The body of the elder Daughtrey was found in his Swansea home yesterday afternoon.
A cause of death has not been revealed and police say until it is, the father's death is considered suspicious, but has not yet been ruled a homicide.  
Police say they found the father's van at the Trailway Motel in Fairview Heights early this morning and made contact by phone with Jarad Daughtrey. But after a period of time with no contact, they entered the room and discovered him dead. 

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