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Morning round-up
9:33 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, October 28, 2011

Cardinals David Freese celebrates with his teammates at home plate after hitting a solo walk off homerun to win game 6 of the World Series in the 11th inning against the Texas Rangers in St. Louis on October 27, 2011.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Cards win Game 6 at Busch

The St. Louis Cardinals twice were down to their final strike but rallied to beat the Texas Rangers 10-9 on an 11th inning homer by David Freese. That ended a four-hour, 33-minute classic Game 6 that began with a rash of errors but will be remembered as the game in which the Cardinals refused to go away.

As a result of Freese's heroics, the baseball season will go to a Game 7 tonight. It's the first time since 2002 that the World Series will go the distance, ending the longest gap in baseball history.

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Fake Police Robberies
11:23 am
Thu October 27, 2011

"Cops" as robbers: real police continue search for fake St. Louis officers

(via Flickr/davidsonscott15)

The dark-colored SUV pulled up, emergency red and blue lights flashing from the dashboard. The driver pulled over - and was robbed.

The real St. Louis police continue to search for the fake ones - two men who pulled off three robberies on Tuesday, each time after posing as officers.

In each case, a sport utility vehicle that looked like an undercover police vehicle pulled behind cars and turned on flashing lights from the dashboard. Motorists, believing they were being stopped by police, pulled to the curb.

Morning round-up
9:25 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon delivering the annual State of the State Address on January 19, 2011. Missouri lawmakers are meeting September 14, 2011 to consider overriding vetoes by Nixon.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Mo. lawmakers meeting to discuss Nixon veto override

Missouri lawmakers are convening today in an annual session to consider overriding vetoes by Gov. Jay Nixon. Nixon vetoed 14 bills approved during this year's regular session.

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Mo. House / Special Session
1:20 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Local control, other measures, get first-round Mo. House approval during special session

The Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

 The Missouri House of Representatives today gave both first-round approval AND passage to several pieces of notable legislation, after suspending its rules to allow for both to take place in the same day:

  • Local control of the St. Louis Police Department endorsed

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would end the state's oversight of the St. Louis police department.

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New police headquarters
3:01 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

St. Louis Police Foundation secures money to rehab new department HQ

The old Wells-Fargo building on Olive in downtown is the new headquarters for the St. Louis police. On Tuesday, the department received a $3 million donation to make the needed renovations.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated with comments from the Foundation's board president.

St. Louis police chief Dan Isom got an unexpected present today at the annual luncheon of the St. Louis Police Foundation - a $3 million check.

When it's combined with department resources, the donation makes it possible to turn the old Wells-Fargo building at 1915 Olive Street into a new headquarters. The department's current facility, and 1200 Clark Ave., is almost 85 years old and needs about $70 million in repairs.

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Police Armadillo
2:02 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

St. Louis police to get new "Armadillo" tool for targeting problem properties

The St. Louis Police Department will soon have at its disposal an "Armadillo." Like the one from the Peoria police department pictured here, the St. Louis Armadillo will be bullet-proof, graffiti-proof and outfitted with 360-degree surveillance.
(photo courtesy of the Peoria (Ill.) police department)

This fall, the St. Louis police department will be getting help conducting surveillance on problem properties from an armadillo.

No, not the hard-shelled mammals you see scattered on highways in the Southwest.

This Armadillo is a former armored car that's been made bulletproof, given a graffiti-resistant paint job, and outfitted with 360-degree surveillance.

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St. Louis Police /Homicide detectives
2:50 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

St. Louis police to add 10 homicide detectives

(St. Louis Public Radio)

The homicide unit of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is getting a little bigger.

The Board of Police Commissioners at its meeting today approved adding 10 detectives to the unit. Four of them have been serving with the division on a temporary basis, and the six others will be selected from among the city's 900 patrol officers.

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Crime
10:30 am
Mon July 4, 2011

STL Police make 2 arrests for car break-ins

St. Louis Police arrested Michael Paynes and Calvin M. Willis Saturday night in connection with 20 car break-ins near Union Station June 29, 2011.
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept.

St. Louis police have arrested two men in connection with 20 car break-ins near Union Station on June 29th. 

Calvin M. Willis, 25, is charged with 2nd degree assault, 1st degree tampering and resisting arrest.

Michael Paynes, 23, is charged with 2nd degree tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.

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New parking lot rules
10:02 am
Wed June 29, 2011

New city rule will require attendants at parking lots

(via Flickr/raleighwoman)

An "angry and frustrated" St. Louis mayor Francis Slay is responding to last weekend's rash of car break-ins with proposed new rules for the owners of downtown lots.

Vandals broke into at least 60 cars in the downtown St. Louis area Friday night, stealing purses and GPS units. Police say there were no attendants at some of the lots to report the crimes. And Slay wants that to stop.

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Scrap metal
4:33 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Dispute over method of payment delays first vote on scrap metal

The First Unitarian Church in the Central West End has been hit by copper thieves five times in three months. Aldermen on Wednesday delayed voting on new restrictions on scrap dealers in the city.
(Screen capture via Google Maps)

Scrap yard owners, the police, and St. Louis city aldermen have a week to hammer out a deal on legislation the city's police department says will cut down on the rising number of metal thefts in the area.

The legislation would put several new restrictions on the owners of scrap yards, including:

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