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The post office in downtown Collinsville is in its final week of operation.

 

The downtown location will close on Friday, January 31. All operations will be consolidated in the "Gateway Center", putting all postal workers in one facility. The combined operations will start Monday, February 3.

Former park official sentenced to prison

Monday, 27 January 2014 14:21 Published in Local News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The former chief of park rangers in St. Louis has been sentenced to three years in prison for an embezzlement scheme that cost the city nearly half a million dollars.
 
Thomas Stritzel was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court. He and deputy parks commissioner Joseph Vacca pleaded guilty in September to mail fraud. The men must pay restitution of $473,000.
 
Vacca also received a three-year sentence in December.
 
Federal prosecutors say the men set up a sham company called Dynamic Management. They submitted false invoices for materials and services supplied to the Parks Division from 2005 through 2012, funneling city funds through Dynamic Management’s bank account.
 
Prosecutors say the men used the funds for personal use.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - An unaccredited St. Louis-area school system facing bankruptcy could end up paying $130,000 for lobbying efforts while urging Missouri lawmakers to approve a financial rescue.
 
A document obtained by The Associated Press through an open-records request shows the Normandy School District agreed to pay a $90,000 retainer in monthly installments for representation and could spend up to $40,000 more to hire additional consultants. The costs have prompted concern from some lawmakers.
 
Missouri legislators are considering a $5 million budget infusion for Normandy aimed at preventing the district from running out of money this spring. A state transfer law is requiring the district to pay to send students to other accredited districts.
 
A Normandy spokeswoman says the district is doing what anyone needing legislative assistance would do.

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