Tim Fitch

Verdict could signal end for Belmar as chief of St. Louis County police

Pictured above: St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar announces the newly instated Special Response Unit in 2018. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com A St. Louis County jury handed down a $20 million verdict against the St. Louis County Police Department Oct. 25 for allegedly discriminating against an Oakville

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

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

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Freeholders grilled by council; city ones fail

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The St. Louis County Council grilled County Executive Sam Page’s nine prospective appointees to the 19-member Board of Freeholders last week on issues ranging from their views on a potential city-county merger to whether they feel they can represent unincorporated areas even though they mostly live in cities. The

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Loop Trolley set to derail without new county cash

Pictured above: County Executive Steve Stenger did not attend the March 12, 2015 groundbreaking for the Loop Trolley. Officials in attendance, from left, were Les Sterman of the Loop Trolley Committee; Susan Trautman, executive director, Great Rivers Greenway; St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay; Joe Edwards; Mokhtee Ahmad, region administrator of Region 7 for the Federal Transit

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Unincorporated residents get more representation in zoning plans

Pictured above: A map of the unincorporated portions of south St. Louis County. By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Officials in St. Louis County are looking at various initiatives to give unincorporated county residents more representation on the county Planning Commission and in local zoning decisions. The St. Louis County Planning Commission only governs zoning

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St. Louis County dumping Meridian as trash company; residents were unhappy with hauler

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com St. Louis County is dumping one of its trash providers following numerous service complaints in South County and across multiple County Council districts. The county and Meridian Waste have finalized a mutual agreement to terminate their current contract to provide waste collection services, effective Jan. 1, 2020, the county

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Trakas, Fitch reject lowering buffer for medical marijuana

Pictured above: HCI, a medical marijuana dispensary located in Collinsville, Illinois. Photo by Erin Achenbach. Update: At the Planning Commission’s Aug. 19 meeting, the commission voted to expand the buffer for all medical marijuana facilities to 1,000 feet.  By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com St. Louis County still doesn’t have zoning in place for marijuana

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Northwest Plaza owners sue county over subpoenas forcing them to testify

Pictured above: Fifth District Councilwoman Lisa Clancy, center, listens to members of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership board testify Jan. 15, along with 6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas, left, and 7th District Councilman Mark Harder. Photo by Erin Achenbach. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The owners of county offices at Northwest Plaza have

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