St. Louis Metropolitan Towing http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Court upholds sentence for towing scandal figure http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/court-upholds-sentence-towing-scandal-figure <p>A federal appeals court has<a href="http://www.ca8.uscourts.gov/opndir/11/11/111029P.pdf"> upheld</a> the 27-month prison sentence handed down to a former St. Louis police detective who was a participant a <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kwmu/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1339278/St..Louis.Public.Radio.News/FBI.and.IRS.raid.towing.company">wide-ranging scandal involving towed cars</a>.</p> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:41:56 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 2585 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Court upholds sentence for towing scandal figure First towing scandal figure reports to prison http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/first-towing-scandal-figure-reports-prison <p>Kenneth Bialczak will spend the next 11 months in Terra Haute, IN for tax evasion.</p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 16:46:20 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 367 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org First towing scandal figure reports to prison Former cop Shade gets 27 months in towing scandal sentencing http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/former-cop-shade-gets-27-months-towing-scandal-sentencing <p>Shade gets stiffest sentence in Metropolitan St. Louis Towing scandal; decision to stop cooperating added to the length.</p> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 23:00:00 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & Kelsey Proud 124 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Former cop Shade gets 27 months in towing scandal sentencing Beer Mad at Baseball / Smoking Ban / Towing Scandal http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/beer-mad-baseball-smoking-ban-towing-scandal <p>Good morning! Here's a look at the headlines:</p><ul><li>Beer mad at baseball? It hardly seems possible. But <a href="http://www.anheuser-busch.com/">Anheuser-Busch</a> sued <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/index.jsp">Major League Baseball</a> <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2010/11/12/anheuser-busch-sues-major-league.html">last month</a> on the grounds that the sports organization violated a sponsorship contract. Today, MLB <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/morning_call/2010/12/mlb-responds-to-a-b-suit.html?ana=e_stl_rdup">responded and made some of it's own claims</a> against Anheuser-Busch.</li><li>Smoking and gambling can continue to coexist at the <a href="http://www.harrahsstlouis.com/casinos/harrahs-stlouis/hotel-casino/property-home.shtml">Harrah's casino in Maryland Heights</a>. By a 4-3 vote <a href="http://www.co.st-louis.mo.us/council/">the St. Louis County council</a> <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/article_7934b1da-4e13-5eb4-a16c-d15801536a60.html">tentatively agreed last night</a> to give two lounges in the casino an exemption from the county's smoking ban that takes effect Jan. 2. Harrah's serves only drinks in its VooDoo Lounge and a piano bar. They would qualify for an exemption under the ban, but the <a href="http://www.mgc.dps.mo.gov/">Missouri Gaming Commission</a> licenses alcohol sales in the casino, not the county. The ban says only bars licensed by the county can get an exemption. A final vote will be held at a later date.</li><li>Another person involved in the <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sentencing-operations-manager-metropolitan-towing">ongoing St. Louis towing scandal</a> will be sentenced today. Kevin Shade is a former St. Louis detective who pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud. <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/article_9caacbdc-07b3-11e0-b504-0017a4a78c22.html">The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Shade accepted bribes as a police officer</a> to falsify inspection records for vehicles that were impounded by St. Louis Metropolitan Towing, so they could fetch a higher price when resold through the company's affiliated businesses.</li></ul><p> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 16:02:55 +0000 Kelsey Proud 123 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Beer Mad at Baseball / Smoking Ban / Towing Scandal Sentencing for operations manager of Metropolitan Towing http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sentencing-operations-manager-metropolitan-towing <p>A third person has been sentenced to prison for his role in the<a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kwmu/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1339278/St..Louis.Public.Radio.News/FBI.and.IRS.raid.towing.company"> St. Louis towing scandal</a>.</p><p>A federal judge on Friday sentenced 52-year-old Gregory Shepard to 10 months in prison and fined him $10,000. Shepard pleaded guilty in September to one count each of mail fraud and bribery.</p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 20:19:15 +0000 Kelsey Proud 104 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Sentencing for operations manager of Metropolitan Towing