Students at one Arnold school will have to attend classes off campus this morning. That's because a 160 foot cell tower in the front yard of the Lone Dell Elementary School has become unstable. It's leaning precariously and US Cellular engineers have said they're concerned that it could topple over.
Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies closed Tomahawk Drive and Gary Road in Arnold as a precaution.
School officials have said Lone Dell will hold classes this morning at the Rickman Auditorium in the 700 block of Jeffco Boulevard.
The Fox C-6 School District posted the following letter on its website (http://www.fox.k12.mo.us/):
Late this afternoon at approximately 2:00 p.m. the district was contacted by US Cellular about the cell tower at Lone Dell Elementary. It was inspected yesterday and results were issued today. The inspection failed. As a precautionary measure, Lone Dell Elementary will have NO access tomorrow. The main safety concern is not the actual school building, but cars and busses entering the drive by the entrance where the tower is located.
The students will be picked up, as usual, at their respective bus stops and taken to Rickman Auditorium for school. They will also utilize the Fox C-6 Service Center for their fall parties.
The safety of your children and yourselves is our top priority. As a preventative measure, we feel this is the safest solution for everyone involved. It would be helpful if you could pack a lunch for your child. However; if that is not possible our food service program will provided a cold sack lunch. The children will be taken home at the regular dismissal time and dropped at their regular bus stops. If you pick your child up, you will need to do so at the Fox C-6 Service Center at normal dismissal time.
Thank you for your support and understanding. If you have any other questions related to this, please contact our office at 636-296-8000.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation,
Dr. Dianne Critchlow
Superintendent of Schools
There's more trouble for the much-delayed Loop Trolley project. A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday aims to derail the $43 million dollar project on the grounds that the transportation development district set up to fund it is unconstitutional.
The lawsuit claims that giving nonresident property owners votes based on acreage owned violates the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause. Residents were given a single vote.
Construction of the streetcar line between the University City Library and the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park is already more than a year behind schedule and the Federal Transit Administration has warned that the area could lose the $22 million "urban circulator" grant it was awarded in 2010. Developers say that would doom the project.
The suit names the Loop Trolley Transportation Development District, the Loop Trolley Company, the Metro Transit Agency, the cities of St. Louis and University City, St. Louis County and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.
A St. Louis man is in custody and facing charges for making a terrorist threat.
The Post-Dispatch reports that Robert Metzinger posted the threats on his Twitter accounts. Police say the tweets implied that Metzinger was going to use a pressure cooker as an explosive device, similar to the devices used in the Boston Marathon bombings, in or around Busch Stadium. Metzinger posted bail and has been released.
His next court appearance is scheduled for late November.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Thursday's release of "report cards" on school performance will show a drop in the percentage of students passing the Illinois Standards Achievement test last school year.
But that doesn't mean teaching or student performance has actually fallen. Rather, the decline in scores is a result of the state board of education's decision to toughen the grading scale for grade schools so it matches that used by high schools.
This year, only 62 of 863 districts achieved growth benchmarks set under federal No Child Left Behind law, down from 152 last year.
But if the old scoring method were still in use, more students would actually have made gains.
The change is part of the state's preparation to adopt more rigorous learning standards in the 2014-2015 school year.
LEXINGTON, Mo. (AP) - Funeral services have been announced for former Missouri congressman Ike Skelton.
The Walker-Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home says visitation is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday in Grondyke Hall at Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington.
Skelton's funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Wikoff Hall, also on the Wentworth campus. A burial service with military rites is to occur at the Machpelah Cemetery in Lexington.
Skelton died this past Monday of complications from pneumonia at a hospital in Virginia. He was 81.
Skelton served in the U.S. House for 34 years before losing re-election in 2010. He never served in the military but was chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and a staunch advocate for the armed forces.
A massive pile up on Interstate 70 in downtown St. Louis today involved more than a dozen cars, but miraculously, no one was seriously hurt.
Shortly after 5 AM there were two separate accidents in the depressed section of the highway. The accidents involved several cars and a semi truck. Emergency crews were forced to shut down a section of the interstate to clear the wreckage. Police have not released an official cause of the crash.
But the roads were wet and there was fog in the area so those conditions could have played a role.
A grocery chain is closing one North St. Louis location and opening a new one. On Friday, Aldo will open a new store at 702 N Kingshighway. That will replace the location just blocks away on Page that closed Tuesday.
The store is opening after a ribbon cutting at 8:45 Friday morning.
The newest location's hours will be Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. -9 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A convicted killer will make his case for a new trial he says he deserves because the presiding judge faces federal heroin charges and may have been impaired during the trial.
Jurors found 55-year-old Gregory Muse guilty in March of first-degree murder, after a trial overseen by then-St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook.
Cook was arrested two months later on charges of possessing heroin and a having a gun while on controlled substances. He has resigned and pleaded not guilty.
Muse faces sentencing Wednesday. But he's asked for a new trial, alleging Cook appeared to slur his words during the trial.
Cook's attorney isn't discussing that.
Questions about Cook already have prompted another judge to grant a new murder trial for another man convicted during proceedings overseen by Cook.
A 20-year-old woman remains in critical condition after she was shot in the chest sitting outside a north St. Louis home early this morning.
The woman was sitting with two friends at a house near Fountain Park around 2:30 this morning, when an unknown suspect started shooting. The woman was hit, one of her friends pulled out a gun and shot back.
Police say it does not appear that the victim was the gunman's intended target. Homicide detectives have taken over the investigation.
The Missouri Supreme Court issued a decision yesterday denying the long-term, same-sex partner of a Missouri Highway patrolman survivor pension benefits.
Cpl. Dennis Engelhard died on Christmas Day in 2009 when he was struck by a vehicle while investigating a traffic accident on Interstate 44 in Eureka.
Missouri offers a payment to the surviving spouse of a Highway Patrol officer killed in the line of duty.
But the statute governing survivor benefits defines marriage as between a man and woman. Missouri also has a prohibition on same-sex marriage in the state Constitution.
Engelhard's partner, Kelly Glossip, did not receive the benefit and argued that the state violated the equal-protection clause of the state constitution.
The Supreme Court, in a 5-2 ruling, concluded Glossip is ineligible for survivor benefits because the two were not married — not because Glossip is gay.
The ruling states that the fact the two could not be married in Missouri is not relevant.