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IRS releases tool to track stimulus checks, warns of scams

IRS releases tool to track stimulus checks, warns of scams

April 18, 2020

Federal stimulus checks are on the way, and the IRS released a new online tool this week to check the progress of  your direct deposit or find out if your paper check is in the mail. But the unprecedented $1,200 stimulus checks going to every American below a certain income have also led to concern about...

Burglary in South County leads to four-hour standoff with police

John Fernandez, 26, pictured at left, and MacDonald, 40, are charged with a burglary in Oakville Sunday night that led to a standoff with police. Both were given masks due to the coronavirus.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

March 31, 2020

A homeowner interrupted a burglary in South County Sunday night, leading to a four-hour standoff between police and two men who now face felony charges. St. Louis County prosecutors filed first-degree burglary charges Monday against Joseph MacDonald, 40, of the 6000 block of Fyler Avenue in South...

Burned body inside box trailer leads to homicide investigation in South County

File photo. Police shot a man approaching them with a metal pipe in March 2019 at Lemay Ferry and Butler Hill roads in Oakville, sending the suspect to the hospital. The suspect sustained serious injuries. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

March 29, 2020

Authorities opened a homicide investigation in South County Saturday night after a box trailer was burned with someone inside in Lemay. The St. Louis County Police Department received a 911 call around 7:45 p.m. that led them to the 200 block of Avenue H in South County, by the railroad tracks. Responding...

St. Louis County issues stay-at-home order, starting Monday; region will follow

The 900 block of Lemay Ferry Road in Lemay as seen on Google Street View.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

March 21, 2020

St. Louis County will join states like Illinois, California and New York with a stay-at-home order to fight the coronavirus, under a decree issued by County Executive Sam Page that goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday. Under the executive order issued Saturday, similar to the orders referred to in...

Businessman in Stenger case sentenced to 17 months in prison

John Rallo exits the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse Thursday, March 5 after being sentenced to 17 months in prison for his role in a federal corruption case involving former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

March 5, 2020

The businessman who urged former County Executive Steve Stenger to give him lucrative county contracts in exchange for campaign donations was sentenced to 17 months in prison Thursday — lower than federal guidelines. John Rallo, 54, now of Utah and formerly of St. Louis County, is the final person ...

County settles Wildhaber case for $10.25 million

Chief Jon Belmar, right, speaks at the memorial for Officer Blake Snyder held at Affton High School the night Snyder was killed, Oct. 6, 2016, with Sgt. Keith Wildhaber, second from left, looking on. Photo by Bill Milligan.

February 20, 2020

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com St. Louis County settled a discrimination lawsuit filed by an Oakville police sergeant Feb. 10, going into a debt that taxpayers will be paying off for the next 30 years. In a case that made national headlines, now-Lt. Keith Wildhaber said he...

Crime, Clean Missouri, flooding among South County legislators’ priorities for session

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City.

February 18, 2020

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com A little over a month into the 2020 Missouri General Assembly, lawmakers are hard at work in Jefferson City trying to pass their sponsored legislation. South County legislators filed bills this year related to issues such as flooding, prope...

Belmar retiring; Page says he wasn’t forced out as the chief

Belmar retiring; Page says he wasn’t forced out as the chief

February 17, 2020

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Chief Jon Belmar announced last week that he will retire as the head of the St. Louis County Police Department, effective April 30, but County Executive Sam Page said the chief is not being forced out of the job after six years. The announc...

Sunset Hills police release photos of gas station armed robbery; case remains unsolved

The suspects in the Jan. 20 armed robbery at the BP gas station in Sunset Hills, in images released by Sunset Hills police.

February 12, 2020

Sunset Hills police are still trying to identify two suspects captured on video while robbing the BP gas station on South Lindbergh Boulevard Jan. 20. The case remains under active investigation and no suspects have been apprehended, the department confirmed Wednesday. Police released still surveillance ima...

Belmar announces he’ll retire as chief of St. Louis County Police Department

Elizabeth Snyder, right, is consoled by St. Louis County police chief Jon Belmar, left, following the sentencing for Trenton E. Forster Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Clayton. Forster, 20, was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in the 2016 shooting death of St. Louis County police officer Blake Snyder. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

February 10, 2020

Chief Jon Belmar announced Monday that he will retire as the head of the St. Louis County Police Department, effective April 30. The announcement comes in the wake of County Executive Sam Page appointing new members to the police board following a $10 million settlement of a discrimination lawsuit aga...

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