Author: Ben Striker

STL County Police Department partnering with Special Olympics of Missouri for STL Day on the Runway

The St. Louis County Police Department will be partnering with Special Olympics of Missouri, St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL), FedEx and other area law enforcement agencies to present STL Day on the Runway. For the first time ever on Sunday, April 15, the public is invited to spend the day on the airfield at St. Louis Lambert International Airport in support of individuals with intellectual disabilities served by Special Olympics Missouri. This inaugural, family-friendly […]

Baptist church pastor charged with molestation in St. Louis County

A St. Louis-based Baptist church pastor was charged with child molestation, county police said Wednesday. Jesse Claybon, 47, faces four counts of fourth-degree child molestation involving a victim under age 17, according to police. He was ordered held with bail set at $75,000. According to the report, Claybon touched the victim over her clothing and had her rub his penis over his clothing. The crime took place between Aug. 1 and Sept. 29, police said. […]

Bellefontaine Neighbors man charged with shooting two officers hires lawyer

The man accused of shooting two Bellefontaine Neighbors police officers last month has an attorney as of Wednesday, according to St. Louis County records. Jason Cook, 37, was charged with four felonies, including first-degree assault, a day after ducking into his home and shooting the two officers at 7:15 a.m. on Dec. 14. He then held police at bay for more than seven hours before he was finally taken into custody, police said. Cook was set […]

Plan for 22-story luxury apartment tower clears rezoning hurdle in Clayton

  Clayton’s Board of Aldermen approved on Tuesday the rezoning for a luxury apartment at its first formal meeting of 2018. The board signed off on selling a city-owned parking lot on Dec. 19, and cleared yet another hurdle for the project with Tuesday’s vote, paving the way for a new 22-story luxury apartment to be called Shaw Park Apartments at the corner of Forsyth and Brentwood Blvds in downtown Clayton. The board voted unanimously […]

MetroLink security audit moving forward

CLAYTON — A security analysis of St. Louis’ MetroLink system will be moving forward in the next couple weeks, St. Louis County officials announced Tuesday. The East-West Gateway Council of Governments will begin seeking bids this month for a comprehensive security analysis of the MetroLink light rail system, county officials said in a statement. East-West Gateway is undertaking the study at the request of the leaders of the three jurisdictions that fund MetroLink — St. […]

Clayton Board of Aldermen to consider rezoning for Shaw Park Apartments

Clayton’s Board of Aldermen will be considering a controversial rezoning for a luxury apartment when it holds it first formal meeting of 2018 Tuesday night. The board signed off on selling a city-owned parking lot on Dec. 19, paving the way for a new 22-story luxury apartment to be called Shaw Park Apartments at the corner of Forsyth and Brentwood Blvds in downtown Clayton. The board will consider rezoning that property from High Density Commercial District to […]

Family Dollar store in North County held up at gunpoint

An armed man robbed a Family Dollar store over the weekend in north St. Louis County, police said Saturday. The robbery happened around 6:20 p.m. at the Family Dollar at 11314 West Florissant Avenue. The investigation thus far has revealed that a suspect entered the business and eventually approached the front cash register. The suspect displayed a firearm and demanded money. He took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and fled the Family […]

Clayton Township Democrats kick off new year discussing progressive movement, community policing

UNIVERSITY CITY — The political season has begun and the Clayton Township Democrats kicked off the new year by focusing on the progressive movement in 2018 and beyond at their monthly meeting Thursday night. About 30 local residents met at the University City Public Library to hear from Adam Kustra, the leader of Mobilize Missouri, who also managed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ primary campaign in Missouri in 2016. Kustra spoke about some of the most pressing […]

The Libertine becomes latest restaurant in Clayton to close

Yet another restaurant in downtown Clayton is shutting its doors. The Libertine, located at 7927 Forsyth Blvd., will serve its customers for the final time on Saturday, the restaurant announced Thursday. Owners Nick and Audra Luedde, on Facebook, said they were closing the 5-year-old restaurant to focus on a new concept, which they said would be announced later this month. “As exciting as we are about the next adventure, ending The Libertine is truly bittersweet,” […]

‘Pay what you can’ Panera in Clayton closes for good

Clayton’s Panera Cares Cafe, a nonprofit restaurant that asked patrons to “pay-what-you-can,” closed for good Tuesday. St. Louis Bread Co. is part of Panera. Founder and executive chairman Ron Shaich told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the restaurant is closing because it was on a month-to-month lease and the store required a big investment. The cafe opened in 2010 in an already-existing Panera-run restaurant blocks from the St. Louis County government buildings. The idea for the […]