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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...

Valley Park man charged with two burglaries in South County

Shawn Overstreet

January 22, 2020

A Valley Park man was charged Friday with two burglaries in South County in November. Shawn Overstreet, 48, of the 300 block of Jefferson Avenue in Valley Park, was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary. Police allege in a probable-cause statement that Yorkshire Cleaners and the Affto...

Man found dying on front porch in Affton was stabbed to death

The St. Louis County Police Department investigates at apartments along Marble Arch Lane in Affton after a woman was fatally stabbed Wednesday. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

January 15, 2020

The man found dying on his porch in Affton Tuesday was stabbed to death, police said. Justin Leeman, 41, of the 7900 block of Hildesheim Avenue in Affton, died after being stabbed in his upper body, police said. Detectives are investigating Leeman’s death as a homicide. Officers from the Affto...

Break-in at Grasso Plaza store appears to be isolated incident

Pictured above: The window at the Phone Geeks store in Affton is boarded up Tuesday after a weekend burglary in Grasso Plaza. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

January 7, 2020

A break-in at Grasso Plaza in Affton last weekend appears to be an isolated incident, police said Tuesday. The Affton Southwest Precinct of the St. Louis County Police Department received a call at 6:41 a.m. Saturday about a break-in at Phone Geeks, 75 Grasso Plaza. The smashed window and break-in at the phone store happ...

Two suspects arrested for Affton burglary

Two suspects arrested for Affton burglary

January 3, 2020

Two suspects were picked up by police for a burglary in Affton Friday morning. A spokeswoman for the St. Louis County Police Department said that officers received a call for suspicious person around 11:18 a.m. Friday in the 10800 block of Lavinia Drive. The call turned out to be a burglary, police said. A...

Wildhaber to command new diversity unit

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.

December 18, 2019

In the wake of a $20 million jury verdict for discriminating against a gay sergeant from Oakville, the St. Louis County Police Department will debut a new Diversity and Inclusion Unit headed by that very sergeant, now newly promoted to lieutenant. The unit will open Jan. 1 and will be responsible for o...

Man and woman charged in South County armed robberies that led to lockdowns

The two suspects in the string of armed robberies, James Leach, left, and Kelly Lenz, right.

December 6, 2019

A man and a woman are facing charges for a string of armed robberies last week and this week across South County after their capture Thursday led to a lockdown at two schools. Police say the pair, a man from St. Louis and a woman from Cuba, Missouri, robbed a string of stores along Lemay Ferry with a...

UPDATED: School lockdowns lifted after police capture Lemay Ferry robbery suspect

UPDATED: School lockdowns lifted after police capture Lemay Ferry robbery suspect

December 5, 2019

A police search for a robbery suspect around Lemay Ferry Road spurred a lockdown at two South County schools Thursday that has been lifted. Lockdowns were lifted at Mehlville High School and Mosaic Elementary after about an hour midday Thursday. The lockdown was activated due to the suspect search, but ...

Retired St. Louis County Police Chief Jerry Lee dies; funeral set Friday

Retired St. Louis County Police Chief Jerry Lee dies; funeral set Friday

December 4, 2019

A retired St. Louis County police chief’s funeral services will be held Friday at the Cathedral Basilica, with visitation Thursday in University City. Retired St. Louis County Police Chief Jerry Lee, 71, died Nov. 22 after a  battle with medical issues. He served as chief of the St. Louis Count...

Pedestrian who died in South County hit-and-run not yet publicly identified, case still unsolved

Pedestrian who died in South County hit-and-run not yet publicly identified, case still unsolved

December 3, 2019

A pedestrian who died after being hit by a car in a hit-and-run last week in South County has not yet been publicly identified as police are still working to notify the person’s next of kin. Police say that a man was crossing the 9300 block of South Broadway in Lemay about 4:24 p.m. Nov. 29, the da...

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