A year after fire swept through the four-story 3949 Lindell Apartments, the building is about to reopen.
Fire broke out in the attic of the 197 unit building on July 17th of 2012. The five alarm fire quickly spread through the Central West End complex. No one was hurt, but more than half of the building was destroyed. St. Louis fire officials say the blaze burned so hot that investigators were not able to determine a cause.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the building now has sprinklers in the attic, a firefighting feature absent in the original building.
Tenants have already moved into one rebuilt section, with the rest of the project will reopen in mid-August.
Five prisoners being held in the Wellston city jail are free, even though their warrants haven't been cleared.
Officials released all the prisoners Wednesday night because the police department could no longer afford to feed them. The cash-strapped city had stopped providing funds for inmate meals.
Police officers began dipping into their own pockets to buy them food, but the city refused to reimburse the officers.
All of the prisoners released were being held on misdemeanor warrants.
Authorities have recovered human remains in a septic tanks in St. Francois County.
Just after 11 AM, the body was found on un occupied property northeast of Bonne Terre. The discovery is the result of a 7-month missing person investigation that involved Federal, State and local Law Enforcement agencies.
Identification of the body has not been released pending notification of the family.
Anheuser-Busch confirms that their new Soulard biergarten will open next month.
The groundbreaking happened in May next door to the tour center at 12th and Lynch streets. The biergarten will have 17 beers on draught. The facility will also host daily beer tastings. The food menu is expected to expand later in the year.
Admission to the biergarten is free.
A cement plant worker is recovering at a local hospital after falling eight feet into a gravel bin Thursday. Emergency workers were called to the Valley Material Company cement plant in Valley Park about 3:30 p.m.
Valley Park Assistant Fire Chief Rolland Piotraschke says rescuers used several ladder trucks to reach and retrieve the man who was buried waist deep in gravel when they found him. Piotraschke says the rescue was made more difficult because the worker was unconscious when he was removed from the bin.
Lois Hewkin, whose family owns Valley Park Welding says the man is a welder who was fixing a hole in the gravel hopper when he slipped and fell. She describes him as a hard worker who's been with the company for about 18 years.
Hewkin says the man is expected to make a full recovery.
Charges are filed against a St. Louis woman who bragged on Facebook about lighting a dog on fire.
On July 10, a dog owner found his pet on fire in the back yard of his house. The dog, named Brownie, died from the injuries. Police say they were alerted to a post on Facebook, in which the poster, identified as Adrienne Martin, referenced setting the animal on fire.
The post read “I’m on killa mode… kill dogs… today. I mean what I say and I say what I mean… all dogs don’t go to heaven.”
Martin was charged with felony animal abuse and knowingly burning on Thursday. No word on whether she is in police custody at this time.
A former cable repairman will be in prison until he is nearly 100 years old for terrorizing and sexually assaulting a customer.
The crime happened in December of last year in O'Fallon, Missouri. James Hederle repaired the victim's cable one day and then asked her out. The next day, around midnight, Hederle returned to her house, broke down the front door, and tied the woman up. He proceeded to rape the woman and said if she told anyone he would kill her.
Thursday, the 22-year-old Hederle was sentenced to 75 years in prison for the crime.
The man involved in a fight outside of an East Alton bar in May, has died of his injuries.
Randy Baze was involved in the altercation outside of The Airliner Bar and Grill. Baze was severely injured when he fell in the parking lot and hit his head. The Post-Dispatch reports that Baze recently underwent surgery for the injuries, but never recovered from the procedure.
The Madison County Sheriff's Department says the fight was caught on video and it appears Baze hit the other man first. With Baze's death, the Sheriff does plan to submit the case to the state's attorney and charges could possibly be filed.
CHICAGO (AP) - Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says she has no choice but to withhold paychecks from Illinois lawmakers.
Topinka spoke Thursday in Chicago after her office reviewed Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to cut state legislator's paychecks from a budget bill earlier this month. He called it the consequence for lawmakers' failure to address the state's $97 billion pension shortfall.
Topinka says she talked with the Illinois attorney general's office and they advised her that comptrollers can't pay state employees without an appropriation.
Topinka says she hopes the matter will be resolved "expeditiously." She says the courts likely will have the ultimate say, unless lawmakers quickly adopt pension reform.
Topinka says in her opinion government shouldn't be run through threats and blackmail.
Lawmakers are scheduled to receive their next paychecks on Aug. 1.
Emergency personnel evacuated a pilot from a Jerseyville corn field after his plane crashed.
Jersey County Sheriff Department says the man took off in the single-seat experimental plane around 10:30 this morning from the Jerseyville Municipal Airport. Shortly after takeoff the pilot says the plane's engine had problems and before he could return to the airport, the engine died. The plane crashed into a nearby cornfield.
The pilot was hurt in the accident, but authorities say the injuries are not serious.