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Fellow student charged in murder of Sunset Hills college student Ally Kostial

Ally Kostial in a photo posted to Facebook by her friend Sammie Martin.

July 24, 2019

A fellow student has been charged with murder in the death in Mississippi of Ally Kostial, an Ole Miss student and 2016 Lindbergh High School graduate from Sunset Hills. Alexandria “Ally” Kostial, 21, was found dead Saturday about 20 miles from Oxford, Mississippi. She was working on her marketing degree at the University of Mississippi, and this summer was taking...

Power outage spills 250,000 gallons of sewage in Sunset Hills; MSD cleaning up

Boat team member Adam Baumgartner, left, brings the old rescue boat to shore after the Aug. 9 drill with passenger and ‘victim,’ rescue team member Jared Sarni, right. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

July 19, 2019

After a power outage at a wastewater pumping station spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of untreated sewage near the Meramec River in Sunset Hills, the station is up and running again and the spill has been cut off. Crews with the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District are conducting a cleanu...

Stenger accomplice John Rallo pleads guilty in federal corruption case

Businessman John Rallo, left, walks out of court a convicted felon after pleading guilty Tuesday, along with his attorney John Rogers. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

July 18, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The businessman at the center of the pay-to-play federal corruption case that engulfed former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger pleaded guilty to bribery Tuesday and will likely serve time in prison. John Rallo, 53, formerly of St. L...

Affton Southwest Precinct moves to Concord until permanent station built

The new police precinct on Griffin Road, as seen July 12. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

July 13, 2019

For the foreseeable future, St. Louis County Police operations in the Affton Southwest 3rd Precinct will be out of a temporary precinct building at 5030 Griffin Road in Concord. “This will not impact services provided to the public by our officers in any way,” the department said in a news release. ...

16-year-old shot and killed in South County was athlete, leader, ‘amazing son and friend to everyone’

These photos were posted on the GoFundMe page to benefit the family.

July 12, 2019

The 16-year-old who was shot and killed Wednesday outside his grandmother’s home in Lemay was a Bayless High School basketball player who was described as a “fun, outgoing” friend, relative and leader at church. R.J. Dorsey, who had just turned 16 days earlier, died in a “senseless” shoot...

Police identify man who died crashing car into bank as 25-year-old from Fenton

Workers patch up a hole in the brick wall of BMO Harris Bank Wednesday, July 10, after Alexander K. Jalaff, 25, led Sunset Hills police officers on a high-speed chase that culminated in Jalaff crashing into the side of the building early Wednesday morning. Jalaff was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Photo by Erin Achenbach.  

July 11, 2019

Police have identified the man who was killed Wednesday after he crashed into a bank building in Sunset Hills during a police chase. Alexander K. Jalaff, 25, of the 80 block of Winter Valley Drive in Fenton, was the driver police say sped down South Lindbergh Boulevard before crashing into BMO Harri...

Teenager shot and killed in South County; police open homicide investigation

Teenager shot and killed in South County; police open homicide investigation

July 11, 2019

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. Police have opened a homicide investigation after a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed in South County. Robert J. "R.J." Dorsey Jr., 16, was found shot in the torso around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday outside his house in the 800 block of Vegas Drive in Lemay...

Man dies after crashing during police chase in Sunset Hills

The Sunset Hills Police Department drives in the SunCrest Fest parade in September 2018. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

July 10, 2019

A man died after a police chase in Sunset Hills overnight Wednesday. The Sunset Hills Police Department said that a still unidentified man leading police on a high-speed chase through the city crashed into the side of a bank, was ejected from the car and died at the scene. A Sunset Hills police officer patrolli...

Sunset Hills man takes plea deal and 23 years for killing, dismembering wife

Linda McLaughlin's pastor, Joel Christianson, center in blue, leads attendees at a candlelight vigil last fall in a prayer for her safe return. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

July 6, 2019

A Sunset Hills man accused of murdering and dismembering his wife and burying her body in a remote Missouri forest in 2015 will spend a maximum of 23 years in prison after taking a plea deal last week. John McLaughlin, 61, has been in jail since 2016 on a second-degree murder charge for killing Linda...

Boa constrictor swiped from Lemay exotic pet store

Another Columbian red tail boa constrictor, as seen at a Lemay exotic pet store June 25. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

June 27, 2019

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com A boa constrictor was stolen from a Lemay exotic pet store June 16. But there is some justice, since Exotic A.R.C owner James Brumley believes the snake bit the suspects while they were fleeing the business located at 343 Lemay Ferry Ro...

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