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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...

Mantovani running for county executive again

Mantovani talks with Amy Stuber of Creve Coeur and John Snodgrass of Richmond Heights. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

February 19, 2020

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Businessman Mark Mantovani officially launched his campaign for the Democratic nomination for St. Louis County executive, challenging current County Executive Sam Page and county Assessor Jake Zimmerman in what is now a three-way race for the ...

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...

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...

Bi-State declines takeover of Loop Trolley

The Loop Trolley completes a run, with the last stop outside the Missouri History Museum at Forest Park back in December. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

February 3, 2020

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com A committee of Bi-State Development Agency commissioners hit the brakes on a plan from city and county officials for Bi-State to take over the failed Loop Trolley Jan. 24, and it is unclear if the trolley will ever ride again. A plan to tak...

St. Louis County Library will no longer charge fines; says change won’t impact waiting lists

Grant’s View Branch kicked off summer at the ninth annual Star Wars Fan Fest, with games, costumes, snow cones and more. Photos courtesy of the St. Louis County Library.

January 22, 2020

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The St. Louis County Library will no longer charge fines for overdue books, and library officials say the initiative will increase access to books while not causing longer waits for books on hold. The county library and the St. Louis Public Library,...

Deer set to be hunted in county parks, Jefferson Barracks

Deer set to be hunted in county parks, Jefferson Barracks

January 15, 2020

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Deer hunters in Missouri will be able to hunt in St. Louis County parks, including Jefferson Barracks, this fall after legislation passed by the St. Louis County Council went into effect the day after Christmas. The County Council vo...

County, city libraries eliminate all fines in joint effort for equity

Theodore, center, learns simple chemistry concepts during the Mad Mixtures event in Oakville last summer. Photo courtesy of the St. Louis County Library.

January 9, 2020

St. Louis’ two largest library systems are going fine-free starting this month with a “New Year, No Fines” initiative. St. Louis County Library and St. Louis Public Library announced Tuesday they will no longer charge fines on late materials beginning in the new year. The two libraries jointly held a press confe...

Top 10 Stories of the Year: Merger, Stenger and trolley place regionalism on St. Louis center stage

Top 10 Stories of the Year: Merger, Stenger and trolley place regionalism on St. Louis center stage

January 9, 2020

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com With the leaked news that nonprofit organization Better Together was proposing a sweeping city-county merger that would merge St. Louis County and St. Louis city into one new “megacity” that would be one of the largest cities in the nat...

Jefferson Barracks gets its first memorial for Vietnam veterans in a 2019 milestone

Jefferson Barracks gets its first memorial for Vietnam veterans in a 2019 milestone

January 2, 2020

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com In a milestone for Jefferson Barracks, the first memorial to those who fought and died in the Vietnam War was dedicated in 2019. The St. Louis County Council held a dedication ceremony Oct. 3 at Jefferson Barracks Park for a Vietnam ...

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