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Special elections could change face of St. Louis County Council: More female, but which party?

Special elections could change face of St. Louis County Council: More female, but which party?

August 2, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Two special elections elsewhere in St. Louis County next week will determine whether the future makeup of the County Council is Democratic, Republican or majority female — although South County voters won’t get a say. The elections i...

Northwest Plaza owners sue county over subpoenas forcing them to testify

New 5th District Councilwoman Lisa Clancy, center, listens to members of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership board testify Jan. 15, 2019, along with 6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas, left, and 7th District Councilman Mark Harder. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

July 31, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The owners of county offices at Northwest Plaza have filed a lawsuit challenging subpoenas issued by the County Council demanding that they testify or risk going to jail. Northwest Plaza owners Robert and David Glarner, the brothers who redevelo...

Council subpoenas Northwest owners, who must testify Aug. 6

Black Jack Mayor Norm McCourt, who works in the county clerk's office, transports the four boxes filled with an estimated 7,000 pages of documents from the Glarner brothers about the county's Northwest Plaza lease to the county's vault for storage after an Ethics Committee hearing June 25. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

July 31, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com  For what is likely the first time in St. Louis County history, the County Council has ordered private citizens to testify to the council or possibly go to jail. The council unanimously voted July 2 to issue subpoenas to Robert and David Glarner, t...

Stenger is disbarred ahead of sentencing

Former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger exits the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in downtown St. Louis May 3, 2019, after pleading guilty to three charges of theft of honest services/bribery and mail fraud. Stenger initially pleaded not guilty to the charges at an arraignment Monday, April 29 after an April 25 indictment was unsealed that morning, prompting Stenger to resign as county executive minutes later. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

July 30, 2019

Pictured above: Former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger exits the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in downtown St. Louis May 3 after pleading guilty to three charges of theft of honest services/bribery and mail fraud. Stenger initially pleaded not guilty to the charges at an arraignment Mon...

Stenger accomplice John Rallo pleads guilty in federal corruption case

Businessman John Rallo, left, walks out of court a convicted felon after pleading guilty Tuesday, along with his attorney John Rogers. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

July 18, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The businessman at the center of the pay-to-play federal corruption case that engulfed former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger pleaded guilty to bribery Tuesday and will likely serve time in prison. John Rallo, 53, formerly of St. L...

Page asks for more money; council holds for months

Sam Page is pictured above at a council meeting last summer before he became St. Louis County Executive.  Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

July 17, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com  Web Exclusive Update: The County Council voted to approve the supplemental appropriation Tuesday 5-0. Look for the expanded story in a future print edition of The Call and on our website. At the same time the St. Louis County Council is debating how ...

As Stenger’s victim, county is owed restitution for his deals

Former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger exits the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in downtown St. Louis May 3, 2019, after pleading guilty to three charges of theft of honest services/bribery and mail fraud. Stenger initially pleaded not guilty to the charges at an arraignment Monday, April 29 after an April 25 indictment was unsealed that morning, prompting Stenger to resign as county executive minutes later. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

July 16, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com  When former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is sentenced next month on federal corruption charges, the judge will receive letters from the victims of his pay-to-play scheme to trade county contracts for campaign donations. And wh...

In its 20th year, JB Blast is now under new leadership in Trakas

Pictured above: County Council Presiding Officer Ernie Trakas gives opening remarks at the 20th JB Blast at Jefferson Barracks Park July 3. This year,  Trakas was in charge of the festivities, after the resignation of former County Executive Steve Stenger. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

July 15, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The 20th edition of the JB Blast in Jefferson Barracks Park, South County’s annual fireworks display, went off without a hitch July 3. Any other year, that wouldn’t be news. But this year, the man who headlined the event for a decade, f...

St. Louis County celebrates Pride Month like never before

Rainbow flags lined the walkway between the county Government Center in Clayton and the courthouse in June. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

July 11, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com St. Louis County emphasized gay pride much more than it ever has before for Pride Month in June, lining the Government Center with rainbow flags and temporarily turning the county logo into a rainbow. Discussion around LGBT Pride events was al...

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...

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