Day: August 1, 2017

St. Louis County Council passes bill to increase promotional funding for the Magic House

The St. Louis County Council members on Tuesday approved a measure that increased funding for the St. Louis Magic House in Kirkwood so that the not-for-profit museum can attract tourists from throughout the Midwest. The legislation, introduced by Councilwoman Colleen Wasinger, would give the Magic House $100,000 from the unappropriated balance of the Convention and Recreation Trust Fund for promotion in an attempt to increase tourism. The bill passed 4-1; Councilwoman Hazel Erby was absent. […]

Missouri Supreme Court reverses decision on St. Louis Rams tax case against Director of Revenue

In an opinion handed down today written by Supreme Court Justice George Draper, The St. Louis Rams LLC and The St. Louis Rams Partnership (Respondent) versus the Director of Revenue (Appellant), the Administrative Hearing Commission decision in favor of the Rams has been reversed and remanded. Justices Fischer, Wilson, Russell, Breckenridge, and Stith concur with the opinion; Justice Powell did not participate in the decision. The opinion handed down today is as follows: PETITION FOR REVIEW […]

Clayton attorney hopes to unseat Wagner for U.S. Congress

A Clayton resident and attorney hopes to unseat incumbent Congresswoman Ann Wagner in 2018, which would turn that seat over to the Democrat minority. Cort VanOstran is a 2014 Washington University Law School grad, practices law at Gray, Ritter, and Graham, and also teaches at Wash U. VanOstran says Wagner’s recent vote to replace Obamacare was a mistake. “Rep. Ann Wagner’s recent health care vote is a slap in the face to families in our […]

PRESS RELEASE: Missouri Judiciary gets tech award

The Missouri Judiciary received a “Top 10 Court Technology Solutions Award” during the National Association for Court Management’s annual conference, held in partnership with the International Association for Court Administration, in Washington, D.C., in July. The awards were presented to recognize the best use of technology to improve court services and access to the public in 2017. The Missouri Judiciary ranked third among the top 10 courts – coming in behind the Arizona Administrative Office of the Courts and the Dubai Commercial […]

Questions about Capitol security continue to plague legislators’ minds

By Benjamin Peters JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – For those wondering, it seems that the metal detectors in the Missouri State Capitol are there to stay, for at least this fiscal year. The security measures, which require visitors and their possessions to pass through metal detectors and X-ray machines, were first installed in January. The move was met with some opposition, particularly some legislators, and that only intensified when Gov. Eric Greitens lifted a ban on […]

Reward offered for information in Ferguson homicide

Donnell Drake Jr. was found shot to death Friday, July 28, around 10:08 p.m. in Ferguson. Officers were initially called about several masked suspects, lurking in the area of 22 Arbor Village. Upon the officers’ arrival, they discovered two victims semi-conscious suffering from gunshot wounds. Witnesses heard multiple gunshots. Two gunshot victims were taken to the hospital where Drake died a short time later. The Ferguson Detective Bureau is investigating, and CrimeStoppers is offering up to […]

Officers use pepper spray on suspect at Metrolink

St. Louis County officers assigned to the Metrolink Unit responded to a call around 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon alleging a known drug dealer was near the North Hanley Metrolink platform and that he was likely armed. When officers confronted the suspect, he became combative, they said, so they then used pepper spray to bring him under control. The suspect was, in fact, found to be in possession of a firearm that was reported stolen from the 8th Precinct […]

St. Louis County Blog 12 p.m. — St. Louis County Council update, Sen. Jill Schuup calls for action after child’s death

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, 12 p.m. Clayton Times: Officers use pepper spray on suspect at Metrolink St. Louis County officers assigned to the Metrolink Unit responded to a call around 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon alleging a known drug dealer was near the North Hanley Metrolink platform and that he was likely armed. Clayton Times: Reward offered for information in Ferguson homicide Officers were initially called about several masked suspects, lurking in the area of 22 Arbor Village. Upon […]

Early morning homicide in Pagedale

The Pagedale Police Department responded to a call for help around 3:18 a.m., where they found a person down near the intersection of Page Avenue and Gregan Place. Homicide detectives with the St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons were called to the scene. Chris Warren, 59 years of age, of the 1400 block of Mendell Drive in St. Louis, was pronounced dead at the scene from a gunshot wound. Contact the […]

PRESS RELEASE: Following Missouri child’s death in an illegal day care, State Sen. Jill Schupp calls for action

JEFFERSON CITY – Following reports of another child fatality in an illegal Missouri day care, State Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, is calling for a renewed focus on child safety from state policy makers and local prosecutors. “Too many times, in too many communities, Missouri children have died or been injured in unlicensed, in-home day cares where providers are caring for too many children at one time,” said Sen. Schupp. “We must strengthen our laws, […]