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Businessman in Stenger case sentenced to 17 months in prison

John Rallo exits the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse Thursday, March 5 after being sentenced to 17 months in prison for his role in a federal corruption case involving former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

March 5, 2020

The businessman who urged former County Executive Steve Stenger to give him lucrative county contracts in exchange for campaign donations was sentenced to 17 months in prison Thursday — lower than federal guidelines. John Rallo, 54, now of Utah and formerly of St. Louis County, is the final person ...

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...

Top 10 Stories of the Year: Merger, Stenger and trolley place regionalism on St. Louis center stage

Top 10 Stories of the Year: Merger, Stenger and trolley place regionalism on St. Louis center stage

January 9, 2020

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com With the leaked news that nonprofit organization Better Together was proposing a sweeping city-county merger that would merge St. Louis County and St. Louis city into one new “megacity” that would be one of the largest cities in the nat...

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 ...

Stenger’s time reduced from four years to two years, a month into his sentence

Steve Stenger, right, and his lawyer Scott Rosenblum leave the Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse in downtown St. Louis following Stenger's sentencing Friday, Aug. 9. Stenger was sentenced to 46 months in prison and will report Sept. 21. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

October 31, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com A month into former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger’s federal prison sentence, his expected time behind bars has dropped from four years to two years. Stenger was sentenced to 46 months in prison and reported Sept. 23 to start...

Jake Zimmerman will challenge Sam Page for county executive in 2020

Pictured above: St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman takes questions from residents during his third town-hall appearance about last year’s property assessments at the Affton Community Center.

October 29, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Jake Zimmerman, who has served as St. Louis County’s assessor for eight years, is launching a campaign for St. Louis County executive, challenging County Executive Sam Page. Zimmerman and Page are both Democrats and would face off in the August...

Eight of Page’s nine appointees to Board of Freeholders approved; city nods still in limbo

County Council Presiding Officer Ernie Trakas questions County Executive Sam Page's Board of Freeholders appointees. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

October 28, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The status of the Board of Freeholders that could approve a city-county merger is up in the air after St. Louis County approved its nominees, but the city still hasn’t approved its half of the board. The County Council approved eight of the...

Switch to county manager fails at Charter Commission; South County cities supported it

The 2019 St. Louis County Charter Commission convenes for its first meeting Feb. 21. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

October 7, 2019

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com St. Louis County will continue to have a strong county-executive form of government for the likely future after a Charter Commission proposal to switch to a county manager died in discussion. The county manager idea has been discussed ...

Prosecutor: No employees came forward to report Stenger

Six of the seven members of the County Council, right, laugh as Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Goldsmith says that he's more used to staring down politicians in a courtroom than appearing alongside them at town halls. Goldsmith and the council appeared at the 'Ethics in St. Louis County Government' Town Hall Sept. 16 at Kal Ronah in University City. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

September 24, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com No one voluntarily went to the federal government to turn in former County Executive Steve Stenger, the federal prosecutor who sent him to prison revealed for the first time last week. Stenger was set to voluntarily surrender to prison in Y...

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