Clayton, MO – An indoor smoking ban proposal in St. Louis County took another step forward Tuesday night. Council members voted 4-3 to exempt bars and casino gaming floors from the proposed ordinance, and they decided to delay a final vote on the issue until Aug. 18.
St. Louis, MO – Serious crime in parts of St. Louis County is down in the first six months of 2009, compared to the same period last year.
Index crimes - murder, robbery, forcible rape, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson - were down 19 percent overall in that period. The number of burglaries - or breaking and entering - dropped 35 percent, one of the sharpest decreases.
Farmington, Mo. – Five people were killed in a head-on crash in St. Francois County late Saturday.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a car crossed the center line and collided with another car on Missouri Route OO just southeast of Farmington.
The patrol identified the three victims in the car that was headed the wrong way as 59-year-old Bessie Barker of Farmington, 57-year-old Walter Barker of Farmington, and 60-year-old Norma Holloway of Arnold. They were pronounced dead at the scene.