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St. Louis County may need to pay more for police salaries in order to keep key personnel from leaving. That's according to Chief Jon Belmar, who presented a draft compensation study to the Board of Police Commissioners Wednesday.
The study compared the wages paid to county police personnel with the paychecks delivered to employees of a sample of area departments as well as similarly sized agencies across the country. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the study shows the median pay for police in St. Louis County is $45,500 while the median salaries for other police in the study was $60,000. Chief Belmar tells the paper the pay disparity is already costing the department officers.
This isn't a new issue for the county. Former Police Chief Tim Fitch had proposed the formation of a special taxing district to help bridge the pay gap.
The board is expected to revisit the issue next month in advance of the county's 2015 budget-planning process which begins in May.
A Winfield man is dead after a crossover accident on Highway 79 Wednesday afternoon.
The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that 30 year old Samantha Russo lost control of her northbound car, sideswiped another northbound car and then cross into oncoming traffic. Russo's car struck a pickup truck head-on.
The pickup driver, 48 year old Dennis Stevens was killed. Russo was taken to Mercy Hospital in serious condition. The other northbound driver wasn't hurt.
The accident shut down Highway 79 for most of the afternoon.
St. Louis Police believe the south city home where a seven-year-old child was shot and killed Wednesday night was intentionally targeted. It happened about 9 p.m. at a home in the 3600 block of Tholozan.
Police Chief Sam Dotson says the shooter climbed onto a window sill and fired eight-to-ten shots into the single-story home, striking the child in the head as he sat at a computer.
Three adults, two teenagers and a four-year-old were also inside the home, but none of them was hurt.
Police are questioning one of the teenagers who'd been the victim of an earlier shooting, but stress that they have no suspects yet.
St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A suspect is in custody after the body of a woman was found just a few blocks away from the Edward Jones Dome.
Police say the woman was beaten to death and have a male suspect in custody. St. Louis homicide detectives are currently investigating this case.