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Former Green Park Mayor Tony Konopka dies

February 12, 2019

Former Green Park Mayor Tony Konopka died at home in the city Jan. 28 after battling health issues. Konopka was first elected mayor in 2007, after serving four years as Ward 2 alderman. Konopka was re-elected for a second term as mayor in 2009 and a third term in 2011 before resigning in August 20...

Better Together adds three more town halls, including one in Sunset Hills

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson takes questions from reporters about Better Together following the rollout Monday, with Washington University Chancellor mark Wrighton behind her. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

February 12, 2019

Better Together announced Tuesday they have scheduled three additional town hall meetings — including one in Sunset Hills — as part of a series of public meetings to further educate and engage citizens on the proposal for a Metro St. Louis Government. The four town halls announced last week, incl...

Jason Landherr named new Mehlville High School principal

A worker places new letters on the front of Mehlville Senior High School as one of the final touches of Proposition P improvements at the school. Prop P was approved by voters in 2000, and was one of the last times Mehlville made a significant investment in its facilties.

February 11, 2019

Jason Landherr will be the new principal of Mehlville High School beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, succeeding longtime Principal Denise Swanger. The Mehlville Board of Education unanimously voted Feb. 7 to hire Landherr, who has served as an assistant principal at the school since 2012. Several ...

Better Together announces four town hall meetings, including one in south county

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 at the Cheshire Inn Jan. 28, 2019, including, from left to right, Better Together Deputy Director of Community-Based Studies Marius Johnson-Malone, former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and Washington University Chancellor Mark Wrighton, who led the campaign for a 2020 statewide vote on the merger. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

February 11, 2019

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 at the Cheshire Inn Monday, including, from left to right, Better Together Deputy Director of Community-Based Studies Marius Johnson-Malone, St. Louis County Exe...

Sunset Hills dance instructor charged with statutory rape

Sunset Hills dance instructor charged with statutory rape

February 9, 2019

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 ...

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

Peggy Snyder, Officer Blake Snyder's mother, hugs a Green Park officer after the jury convicted Trenton Forster of first-degree murder in the killing of Officer Snyder. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

February 8, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com After four hours of deliberation Friday, a St. Louis County jury convicted Trenton Forster of first-degree murder with an automatic sentence of life without parole for shooting and killing Officer Blake Snyder in 2016. Unusually for a mur...

PHOTOS: St. Louis native killed by suicide bomber in Syria laid to rest at Jefferson Barracks

PHOTOS: St. Louis native killed by suicide bomber in Syria laid to rest at Jefferson Barracks

February 8, 2019

Photos by Erin Achenbach. Dozens of people gathered along Telegraph Road leading to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Wednesday for the funeral procession of Scott "Scotty" Wirtz, 42, of St. Louis, who was killed by a suicide bomber in Syria on Jan. 16. Wirtz grew up in St. Louis County and w...

Despite troubled history, Forster made a choice to kill Snyder, prosecutors argue

Officer Blake Snyder's father, mother, wife, son and other family members attend a dedication at the Affton Fire Protection District for the new Officer Blake Snyder Memorial Highway on Oct. 27, 2018. Snyder was killed over two years ago while responding to a domestic disturbance call in Green Park. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

February 7, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Prosecutors in the trial of a man accused of killing a St. Louis County police officer from the Affton Southwest Precinct are making the argument that Officer Blake Snyder’s murder happened from Trenton Forster’s choices, not mental il...

Snyder’s killer said, ‘If I’d known he was a cop, I wouldn’t have shot him’

Snyder's killer said, 'If I'd known he was a cop, I wouldn't have shot him'

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

February 7, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The trial of the south county man who admits he shot and killed Officer Blake Snyder is underway in Clayton this week, and with Trenton Forster’s guilt not up for debate, most of the courtroom testimony centers around whether a St. Louis...

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