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‘Community Food Drive for COVID-19’ will distribute 1,000 care packages to families in need

Community Food Drive

May 6, 2020

Police officers and firefighters in South County will be distributing 1,000 boxes of nonperishable goods Thursday in a “Community Food Drive for COVID-19” aimed at those in need. The care package distribution will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at the parking lot of St. Matthia...

Mary Barton sworn in today as first female St. Louis County Police chief

Incoming Chief Lt. Col. Mary Barton

April 30, 2020

Lt. Col. Mary Barton, who commands the West County Precinct, was sworn in today as the first female police chief in St. Louis County history. Barton, who has 41 years of experience at the St. Louis County Police Department, is set to lead the department after Chief Jon Belmar retires effective today,...

‘Cruisin’ Lindbergh’ gets a lot of attention, but seems unlikely to happen again

In this still from a YouTube video of the 'Cruisin' Lindbergh' event April 18, a car prepares to do a burnout on the Ronnie's Plaza parking lot as onlookers gather.

April 29, 2020

It’s a pastime many area drivers have participated in for decades, but cruising South Lindbergh Boulevard never got so much attention as it did two Saturdays ago, when crowds descended on the famous road despite stay-at-home orders in effect due to the coronavirus outbreak. An event planned out of the Facebo...

Man shot while driving on Interstate 55 in South County

Man shot while driving on Interstate 55 in South County

April 21, 2020

A man is recovering in a hospital after he was shot Tuesday afternoon while driving on Interstate 55 in South County. The St. Louis County Police Department received a 911 call about the shooting and responded around 2:13 p.m. The man said he was driving his car on southbound I-55 near Union Road when he was...

Body found in burned trailer identified as Lemay man

Body found in burned trailer identified as Lemay man

April 19, 2020

The man who was found burned to death inside a box trailer in Lemay has been identified by police. The homicide investigation is still active into the suspicious death of Kenneth Booth Jr., 49, of the 9900 block of Clyde Avenue in Lemay, whose body was found in a box trailer next to the railroad tr...

Missouri first responders affected by COVID-19 will receive compensation

St Louis County Police Chief Colonel Jon Belmar announces the newly instated Special Response Unit. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

By Jordan Meier, Missouri News Network

April 8, 2020

A first responder’s job is not easy, and with the COVID-19 outbreak their jobs have gotten harder and more dangerous. Across Missouri, police officers, firefighters and EMTs have contracted COVID-19. Gov. Mike Parson and Annie Hui, the director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Rel...

Burglary in South County leads to four-hour standoff with police

John Fernandez, 26, pictured at left, and MacDonald, 40, are charged with a burglary in Oakville Sunday night that led to a standoff with police. Both were given masks due to the coronavirus.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

March 31, 2020

A homeowner interrupted a burglary in South County Sunday night, leading to a four-hour standoff between police and two men who now face felony charges. St. Louis County prosecutors filed first-degree burglary charges Monday against Joseph MacDonald, 40, of the 6000 block of Fyler Avenue in South...

Burned body inside box trailer leads to homicide investigation in South County

File photo. Police shot a man approaching them with a metal pipe in March 2019 at Lemay Ferry and Butler Hill roads in Oakville, sending the suspect to the hospital. The suspect sustained serious injuries. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

March 29, 2020

Authorities opened a homicide investigation in South County Saturday night after a box trailer was burned with someone inside in Lemay. The St. Louis County Police Department received a 911 call around 7:45 p.m. that led them to the 200 block of Avenue H in South County, by the railroad tracks. Responding...

St. Louis County Police officer tests positive for coronavirus as cases near 300

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar announces the newly instated Special Response Unit in 2018. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

March 28, 2020

An officer in the St. Louis County Police Department has tested positive for coronavirus, one of 70 new cases announced Saturday by the county. The officer, who was not named by the department, is currently in isolation. The officer lives in St. Louis County and is counted as one of a total 291 positive...

Barton is county’s first female chief in history

Incoming Chief Lt. Col. Mary Barton

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

March 25, 2020

The St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners has chosen Capt. Mary Barton, who commands the West County Precinct, as the first female police chief in county history. Barton, who has 41 years of experience at the St. Louis County Police Department, will lead the department starting May 1, afte...

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