Crime

Trenton Forster convicted of first-degree murder

Pictured above: The Affton Southwest Precinct, as seen when residents decorated the patrol car of fallen Officer Blake Snyder after he was killed in the line of duty in October 2016. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com After four hours of deliberation last week, a St. Louis County jury convicted Trenton Forster of first-degree murder with

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Sunset Hills dance instructor charged with statutory rape

A Sunset Hills operator of a hip-hop dance studio was charged with statutory rape last week. Nicholas Gates, 40, of East St. Louis, Illinois, was charged Jan. 24 with one count of statutory rape in the second degree. He is being held on a $25,000 cash only bond. The probable-cause statement alleges that Gates had

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Officer Snyder’s killer convicted of first-degree murder, gets life without parole

Pictured above: Peggy Snyder, Officer Blake Snyder’s mother, hugs Green Park Officer Lacey McLean in the hallway outside the courtroom Friday after a jury convicted Trenton Forster of first-degree murder in the killing of Officer Snyder. Snyder’s father Dick is shown in the background. Photo by Gloria Lloyd. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com After four

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Better Together releases its plan for one St. Louis

Above, some of the chief backers of the Better Together movement for one St. Louis and a city-county merger talk about the plan at its rollout Monday at the Cheshire Inn, including, from left to right, Better Together Deputy Director of Community-Based Studies Marius Johnson-Malone, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, St. Louis Mayor Lyda

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Two threats to Oakville schools are unsubstantiated, principals say

The Mehlville School District says students are safe in school today after two separate threats at Oakville schools were found to be unsubstantiated. The threats involved both Oakville High School and Oakville Middle School, but were unrelated to each other. Since the two principals sent out emails about the incidents the same day — including many

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Belmar: Combine city and county police and keep city departments

Pictured above: Steve Stenger and Jon Belmar answer questions about the St. Louis County Police Department’s new special response unit in June 2018. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com In the wake of increased attention on potential efforts to combine St. Louis County and St. Louis city into one through a

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