The J.C. Penney building, in 1948, on what is now Dr. Martin Luther King Drive
Provided by Andrew Raimist

Architect-preservationist Andrew Raimist pulled open a makeshift plywood door, the sort of bashed-up door you see before the boarding-up service shows up. Once, a door here would have opened onto a building resplendent with promise, a landmark post-World War II department store that gleamed not only with commercial ambition but with civic muscle in a city very much on the go.

This is the J.C. Penney building at 5930 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr.

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It’s now up to the Missouri Court of Appeals to decide if the former mayor of Wellston should get her job back.

A three-judge panel of the court heard arguments Tuesday on whether a St. Louis County judge was correct when he threw Linda Whitfield out of office in May 2014.

North County Police Cooperative chief Tim Swope (center) with Vinita Park mayor James McGee (left) and Wellston mayor Nathaniel Griffin (right) at a press conference announcing a policing contract arrangement on June 2, 2015.
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The streets of the city of Wellston are now being patrolled by a new police department.

The Wellston City Council voted 5-2 Monday night to disband its police department and contract for services with Vinita Park, a tiny municipality a few miles to the west.

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Updated 6:14 p.m.

One man is dead and two others are hospitalized after a shooting in the St. Louis suburb of Wellston.

St. Louis County Police spokesman Rick Eckhard says officers were called to a house Thursday afternoon where they found one man dead. One of the injured men was found in the street about two blocks away, while the other made it to a small market about four blocks away and sought help.

Police said they didn't know the cause of the dispute, nor the identities of the victims. Eckhard said the injured men were expected to survive.

Eckhard said police don't yet know whether the shooter was among the victims, but he added that police weren't conducting a manhunt.

Detectives were at a hospital waiting to talk to the injured men.