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Known for work with federal courts, Doug Burris tapped as head of troubled St. Louis County jail

The Buzz Westfall St. Louis County Justice Center, as seen in June 2019. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

September 16, 2020

The troubled St. Louis County jail will get its third director in three weeks in Doug Burris, a nationally known retired federal probation officer who will take the job as acting jail director starting Sept. 28 and then become permanent director once the County Council approves. After the Aug. 28 re...

Sunset Hills doctor pleads guilty to distribution of child pornography related to 16-year-old wife

Ashu Joshi

September 16, 2020

A Sunset Hills doctor pleaded guilty Wednesday to distributing child pornography. Ashu Joshi, 48, of Sunset Hills, pleaded guilty in front of U.S. District Judge John A. Ross, signing on to a plea deal that says the former St. Louis University Hospital doctor began a relationship with a 16-year-old...

Judge throws out Nov. 3 ballot language on Amendment 3, says it misleads on Clean Missouri

Voters check in to cast their ballots at the Sunset Hills Community Center during the April 2019 election.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

August 17, 2020

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.  A judge in Cole County struck down ballot language placed on the November ballot by Republican Missouri lawmakers for Amendment 3, calling the ballot summary of the revision to the “Clean Missouri” amendment “misleading, unfair, and insufficient...

Man charged with stealing guns from Affton pawn shop after trying to sell them on social media

Southside Pawn and Jewelry as seen on Google Maps, next to Sharpshooters Grill.

June 3, 2020

A Valley Park man faces federal charges for stealing guns from an Affton gun store after he tried to sell them on social media. Devante Coffie, 19, of Valley Park, Missouri, was charged in federal court Wednesday with stealing 32 handguns and two long guns at the Southside Pawn Shop on Gravois Road...

Trakas assistant’s sexual harassment claim settled for $60,000

Councilmen Sam Page, Ernie Trakas and Mark Harder read over documents at the Ethics Committee meeting July 24, 2018. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 28, 2020

St. Louis County settled a sexual harassment claim against 6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas, R-Oakville, for $60,000 despite an outside law firm finding there was no evidence of wrongdoing. The settlement between the county, Trakas and his former legislative assistant Annette Read gives her $48,000 and...

House of Pain wins another delay by taking St. Louis County’s lawsuit to federal court

House of Pain wins another delay by taking St. Louis County's lawsuit to federal court

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 18, 2020

The gyms that are staying open despite St. Louis County’s stay-at-home order have won another delay in the county’s lawsuit trying to force them to close. At a Monday morning hearing, House of Pain Gym attorney Chris McDonough said that he filed a last-minute motion to take the case to federal court. It is t...

House of Pain gym wins another court delay; county’s day in court postponed to Monday

House of Pain gym wins another court delay; county's day in court postponed to Monday

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 15, 2020

The gym that is being sued by St. Louis County for staying open in defiance of the stay-at-home order has used two motions to delay an emergency hearing on the county’s request for a temporary restraining order until Monday. At the first scheduled hearing Wednesday with Circuit Judge John Lasater...

Hearing rescheduled in county gym lawsuit over stay-at-home order

Hearing rescheduled in county gym lawsuit over stay-at-home order

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 14, 2020

A hearing is set for Thursday afternoon in the lawsuit St. Louis County filed against two gyms staying open despite the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. The case was set for a videoconferenced hearing in front of Circuit Judge John Lasater Wednesday afternoon, but a last-minute change postponed the case un...

Judge dismisses Christians’ lawsuit challenging St. Louis County stay-at-home order

Judge dismisses Christians' lawsuit challenging St. Louis County stay-at-home order

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 13, 2020

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of Christians alleging that St. Louis County’s stay-at-home order violates their religious freedom by banning large in-person church services. In the lawsuit filed April 28 and dismissed Sunday, St. Louis County residents Lauren Hawse, husband...

St. Louis County goes to court to shut down gyms operating in defiance of stay-at-home order

As part of its lawsuit against the gym, St. Louis County submitted this screenshot of House of Pain Gym's website, with a banner across the top saying that the gyms are open daily.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 12, 2020

St. Louis County has filed a lawsuit to try to close two gyms that have reopened in defiance of the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. Despite St. Louis County’s continuing stay-at-home order, House of Pain Gym, with two locations at 251 Chesterfield Industrial Blvd., Chesterfield, and 12632 Dorsett Road, Marylan...

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