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Council tries to limit public speakers’ ‘activism’ with new security and ‘ground rules’

Anthony Shahid holds a noose around his neck while reading an old St. Louis Post Dispatch article about former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger during public comment at the Nov. 5 county council Meeting. Shahid was among dozens of speakers who spoke out  against the alleged mistreatment of a woman in North County by a St. Louis County police officer. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

November 25, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com After two weeks of intense public comments at the St. Louis County Council, Presiding Officer Ernie Trakas and the council hope to minimize “activism” during the meetings by imposing new rules and enforcing existing ones on residents and t...

Man in motorized wheelchair hit by car, killed in South County

Man in motorized wheelchair hit by car, killed in South County

November 18, 2019

A man in a motorized wheelchair was struck and killed while crossing a street in South County Monday night. Police said the man who was hit, who has not yet been publicly identified, is between 60 and 70 years old. He was attempting to cross Lemay Ferry just south of Victory Drive around 6:15 p.m. ...

St. Louis County Police Department’s accreditation agency wants to know what you think

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

November 15, 2019

The St. Louis County Police Department and its accreditation agency want to know what you think of the department. On Monday, November 18, 2019, a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., commonly known as CALEA, will arrive to examine all aspects o...

New Page appointments would mean a female-majority police board

Police board members Laurie Westfall, left, and Art Johnson during an emergency meeting of the board held Oct. 29. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

November 14, 2019

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page has nominated two new members to the county police board, which if approved would form the first female-majority police board in county history. Page announced Thursday he is appointing Laurie Punch and Thomasina Hassler to the St. Louis County Board of Police Co...

No charges for man who accidentally shot himself at South County mall

South County Center mall as seen in summer 2018. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

November 14, 2019

Police are not pursuing any charges against a man who accidentally shot himself in a bathroom at South County Center mall over the weekend. Police were called to the mall, which is at the intersection of Lindbergh and Lemay Ferry roads in South County, for a report of a shooting at 2:33 p.m. Saturda...

After county lawyers refused to settle $20 million discrimination case, outside attorneys take over

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 13, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com After three years of St. Louis County lawyers arguing against a sergeant who said he was told to “tone down his gayness” or never be promoted in the St. Louis County Police Department, the county is hiring outside attorneys to appeal a ...

Page backtracks on Belmar; appoints new police board members

The St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners meets Oct. 29 before going into closed session, as police Chief Jon Belmar, far left, looks on. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

November 5, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com In the days after a $20 million verdict against the St. Louis County Police Department for discrimination, County Executive Sam Page appeared to call for the end of Chief Jon Belmar’s tenure and then backtracked to say the chief will lead eff...

Page appoints two new police board members after $20 million discrimination verdict

Pictured above: Police board member Laurie Westfall, left, speaks during an emergency board meeting Tuesday.  Photo by Erin Achenbach.

November 1, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com St. Louis County Executive Sam Page promised all week that he would appoint new members to the county Board of Police Commissioners Friday, and he followed through by announcing two new appointments, including a former Missouri Supreme ...

Police board agrees to outside review of St. Louis County Police Department after $20 million discrimination verdict

The St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners meets Oct. 29 before going into closed session, as police Chief Jon Belmar, far left, looks on. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

October 30, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The civilian-led St. Louis County police board agreed to an outside review of the county Police Department Tuesday after a jury awarded a $20 million verdict last week to an Oakville officer who said he was repeatedly denied promotions because he ...

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