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‘Defund the police’ signs lead to talks about policing with a new perspective

Protesters gathered at the intersection of Gravois and MacKenzie roads to support the Black Lives Matter movement June 6. Some protesters' signs, like that above, called for defunding the police.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

June 23, 2020

As protests have swept the country for the last month in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a growing movement to “defund the police” is gaining traction with some officials. The idea of defunding the police didn’t have mainstream support before the video capturing the death o...

County settles Wildhaber case for $10.25 million

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.

February 20, 2020

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com St. Louis County settled a discrimination lawsuit filed by an Oakville police sergeant Feb. 10, going into a debt that taxpayers will be paying off for the next 30 years. In a case that made national headlines, now-Lt. Keith Wildhaber said he...

Bob Burns is running for St. Louis County Council in the 6th District, challenging Trakas

Bob Burns is running for St. Louis County Council in the 6th District, challenging Trakas

November 5, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Rep. Bob Burns announced Tuesday that he is running next year for the St. Louis County Council, challenging current council Presiding Officer Ernie Trakas for the 6th District seat representing South County. Burns, 71, is a Democrat from A...

Stenger asks to serve three years in federal prison; sentencing is this week

Former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, left, and Stenger's lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, right, exit the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse Friday, May 3, after Stenger pleaded guilty to three counts of theft of honest services/bribery and mail fraud. A sentencing hearing will be held Aug. 9. Stenger faces to three to four years in federal prison. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

August 6, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com County Executive Steve Stenger asked a judge to give him three years in prison when he is sentenced this week, the low end of federal sentencing guidelines in his corruption case. Stenger is set to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. ...

Council votes for body cameras, although some members question department’s plan

Police officers and the mother of three police officers, right, give a standing ovation to the County Council at the Oct. 17, 2017 meeting after the council unanimously agreed to give preliminary approval to raises for the St. Louis County Police Department approved by voters through Proposition P. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

July 10, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com  St. Louis County fulfilled one of the key promises of the Proposition P sales tax last week when the County Council unanimously approved body cameras for the St. Louis County Police Department. The county agreed to pay $1 million a year for five ye...

St. Louis County’s new body cameras have unique features that could improve officers’ safety

Officers and sergeants from the St. Louis County Police Department applaud as fellow officer and union representative Derek Machens calls for raises at an Oct. 12, 2017, hearing at the County Council. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

July 9, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com More than 700 St. Louis County officers will soon get body cameras in a milestone supported by both the St. Louis County Police Department and by the union that represents police officers due to the effect it could have on officer safety and a...

Sunset Hills has balanced operating budget but faces sales-tax decline

Sunset Hills has balanced operating budget but faces sales-tax decline

January 2, 2019

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a $10.9 million budget for 2019, but unlike past years, the city is facing some economic challenges. The general fund has $8.45 million set aside for expenses with a projected revenue of ...

Police: Cuts to police endanger safety; council says they need to be made

Pictured above: Tim Fitch speaks at a Republicans club meeting during his run for the St. Louis County Council.

December 27, 2018

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Much of the debate around the County Council’s budget cuts has centered around the council’s subtraction of $4.8 million from the budget of the St. Louis County Police Department, which county police Chief Jon Belmar believes will cu...

Affton precinct set to open despite delays

The Sappington Garden Shop advertises its store closing sale on Saturday, Nov. 10. The store closed in November and the property will be used for the new Affton Southwest Precinct. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

November 14, 2018

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The Sappington Garden Shop closes this week after 50 years, and the new Affton Southwest Precinct proposed for the site is moving forward even as the St. Louis County County Council focuses on a shakeup of the county board that is governing...

An unusual headline: County Council and Stenger actually get along

County Executive Steve Stenger, left, talks to council Chairman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, at the Aug. 1 council meeting. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

August 3, 2018

County Executive Steve Stenger, left, talks to council Chairman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, at the Aug. 1 council meeting. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com County Executive Steve Stenger and the St. Louis County Council actually got along this week, in ...

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