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Known for work with federal courts, Doug Burris tapped as head of troubled St. Louis County jail

The Buzz Westfall St. Louis County Justice Center, as seen in June 2019. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

September 16, 2020

The troubled St. Louis County jail will get its third director in three weeks in Doug Burris, a nationally known retired federal probation officer who will take the job as acting jail director starting Sept. 28 and then become permanent director once the County Council approves. After the Aug. 28 re...

Two Velda City police officers indicted by grand jury for assault, armed criminal action

Christopher Gage, left, and Matthew Schanz, right.

September 6, 2020

A grand jury indicted two Velda City police officers last week on charges of assault and armed criminal action for shooting a man during a traffic stop in February, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell’s office announced Aug. 27.  It marks one of the few times in St. Louis County h...

St. Louis County Police Department will undergo comprehensive review, funded by Civic Progress

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 30, 2020

The St. Louis County Police Department will undergo an independent, privately funded review of public safety, use of force and community policing, the county executive announced Monday. County Executive Sam Page and Urban League President and CEO Michael P. McMillan jointly announced on Monday the start o...

New police chief faces questions over department, racism and her response

Lt. Col. Mary Barton

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

June 26, 2020

County officials are divided over whether there is systemic racism in the St. Louis County Police Department, with Democratic County Council members and even a member of the police board that just hired Chief Mary Barton questioning the leadership of the brand-new police chief on the issue. Barton took over the...

St. Louis County takes a paid holiday for Juneteenth

St. Louis County takes a paid holiday for Juneteenth

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

June 25, 2020

St. Louis County officially celebrated Juneteenth again this year, after a decision by County Executive Sam Page to make it a paid holiday for all county employees. Juneteenth fell on Friday, June 19 this year, and the holiday — traditionally celebrated as an Independence Day for African Americans marki...

St. Louis protests turn violent in Ferguson, six arrests made

The Michael Brown Chosen for Change Foundation posted this photo of Michael Brown Sr. and his youngest daughter Mikelle taken before the press conference on Facebook.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

June 1, 2020

Police made six arrests overnight in Ferguson as protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis again turned violent as the sun set, echoing a pattern seen across the country. Although protesters Saturday night broke several of the windows at the Ferguson Police Department, police made no...

Secretary of state warns of online misinformation with South County GOP legislators

Rep. David Gregory addresses the Tesson Ferry Republican Club in July 2018. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

November 26, 2019

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft joined local legislators for a town hall last month, discussing online misinformation, medical marijuana, election security, the 2019 legislative session and more. Reps. David Gregory, R-Sunset Hills; Michael ...

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...

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 ...

Bell talks decriminalization, police shootings

County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell discusses the charge of first-degree murder in the killing of police Officer Michael Langsdorf Monday, June 24. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

October 17, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com To see a related article about Bell's appearance at the town hall, click here. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell’s new criminal justice reform tactics were received well in some respects by an Oakville audience at a legislat...

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