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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...

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...

Federal judge sides with St. Louis County that COVID-19 lockdowns do not violate Constitution

The Urban League of Metropolitan Saint Louis distributed food and other items to 2,500 families Saturday, May 2, at the former Jamestown Mall, assisted by County Executive Sam Page in a mask, left.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 11, 2020

A federal judge has denied two business owners’ motion for a restraining order to end the current stay-at-home orders in St. Louis, blocking efforts to reopen “nonessential” businesses shut down in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. St. Louis County gym owner Allan Finnegan, who lives in Manchest...

Business owners sue St. Louis County, city so that businesses can reopen

Some businesses were forced to close by St. Louis County's March 21 stay-at-home order, but others like the Macy's at South County Center, seen above during the stay-at-home order, voluntarily closed before that.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 6, 2020

Business owners from St. Louis County and the city of St. Louis have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the stay-at-home orders that are forcing “nonessential” businesses to stay closed until at least mid-May due to the coronavirus outbreak. In a federal lawsuit filed Monday, Allan Finnegan of...

St. Louis County hires outside attorneys to appeal $20 million discrimination verdict

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.

November 7, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com St. Louis County is hiring outside attorneys to appeal the $20 million discrimination verdict a jury awarded Oct. 25 to an Oakville police sergeant who said he was repeatedly passed over for promotions because he is gay. By handing down a...

Judge halts County Council’s subpoena of Northwest Plaza developers, for now

With the two chairs reserved for Bob and David Glarner empty, County Council Presiding Officer Ernie Trakas says the developers' failure to appear at a council Ethics Committee hearing is a 'flagrant, flagrant' violation of the public trust. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

August 3, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com A judge temporarily agreed to the Northwest Plaza developers’ request to quash a subpoena from the St. Louis County Council, halting efforts to get them to testify for now. County Circuit Judge David Vincent III ordered a halt Thursday to the c...

Northwest Plaza owners sue county over subpoenas forcing them to testify

New 5th District Councilwoman Lisa Clancy, center, listens to members of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership board testify Jan. 15, 2019, along with 6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas, left, and 7th District Councilman Mark Harder. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

July 31, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The owners of county offices at Northwest Plaza have filed a lawsuit challenging subpoenas issued by the County Council demanding that they testify or risk going to jail. Northwest Plaza owners Robert and David Glarner, the brothers who redevelo...

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