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After 40 years, St. Louis County Crime Commission starts meeting again Thursday

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell, left, and police Chief Jon Belmar speak at a press conference after the February 2019 trial of Trenton Forster, who was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Officer Blake Snyder. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

September 18, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com St. Louis County officials are trying to come up with ways to combat the county crime problem — including a wave of killings of children — with a commission that already existed but hasn't met in 40 years. St. Louis County has appar...

Wesley Bell still hasn’t responded to requests to reopen Ferguson investigation

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

September 16, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com A month after Michael Brown Sr.’s call for St. Louis County prosecutors to reopen the investigation into his son’s death in Ferguson five years ago, county Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell has not yet given an indication whether he’ll reop...

Days and Dunaway score County Council majority for Democrats, women

Citizens vote at the Sunset Hills Community Center April 2, 2019. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

August 9, 2019

Two special elections held Tuesday in St. Louis County mean the future makeup of the County Council is majority Democratic and majority female. South County voters didn’t get a say in the special elections in the 1st and 2nd council districts in North County. Voters there had to fill two vacancie...

Jail guard from Oakville set for trial on charges he assaulted inmate

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

July 26, 2019

A St. Louis County jail guard from Oakville is scheduled for trial next month after he was charged with assault in an incident that happened at nearly the same time an inmate from Oakville died across the Justice Center infirmary. Juan Morales, 28, of Softwood Drive in Oakville, faces a fourth-degree...

Sunset Hills man takes plea deal and 23 years for killing, dismembering wife

Linda McLaughlin's pastor, Joel Christianson, center in blue, leads attendees at a candlelight vigil last fall in a prayer for her safe return. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

July 6, 2019

A Sunset Hills man accused of murdering and dismembering his wife and burying her body in a remote Missouri forest in 2015 will spend a maximum of 23 years in prison after taking a plea deal last week. John McLaughlin, 61, has been in jail since 2016 on a second-degree murder charge for killing Linda...

Man sitting outside during officer’s killing is also charged with murder

Kawyn Smith

July 3, 2019

A second man faces a murder charge for the killing of North County Police Cooperative Officer Michael Langsdorf, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell said Tuesday. Kawyn Smith, 58, of the 4500 block of Red Bud in St. Louis, is charged with second-degree murder because he gave two bad checks ...

Fourth jail inmate dies; investigation is ongoing

Johnny Shy's friends gather for a vigil outside the Justice Center in March 2019.

June 26, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Multiple investigations are ongoing into practices at the St. Louis County Justice Center after another South County man died after going into the jail — the fourth inmate to die this year. Daniel Stout III, 31, of Affton, died within ...

Police officer fatally shot in North County was from South County

North County Police Cooperative Assistant Chief Ron Martin speaks at a press conference in June. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

June 24, 2019

North County Police Cooperative Assistant Chief Ron Martin speaks at a press conference Monday, with county Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell pictured in the background. Photo by Erin Achenbach. By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com North County Police Cooperative Officer Michael Langsdorf, a South County nativ...

Bell accepts challenge from Boston prosecutor over Blues-Bruins battle

St. Louis Blues players including Oakville native Patrick Maroon, right, and Jordan Binnington visited children at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital around Christmas 2018. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

June 8, 2019

With the St. Louis Blues facing off against the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals, St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell accepted a good-natured challenge from a Boston-area prosecutor over whose team will come out on top in the series. The Blues could win the Stanley Cup in Game 6 in St. Louis Sunday...

Prosecuting attorney will not bring criminal charges in death of inmates

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell takes questions from reporters following the swearing-in ceremonies on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Bell was formally sworn into office at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1 prior to Tuesday's ceremonies. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

May 23, 2019

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell takes questions from reporters following the swearing-in ceremonies on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Bell was formally sworn into office at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1 prior to Tuesday's ceremonies. Photo by Erin Achenbach. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell will not bring any c...

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