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UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A tornado touched down briefly in the St. Louis suburb of University City, damaging some homes and bringing down trees and power lines.
 
No injuries were immediately reported.
 
Jim Sieveking, of the National Weather Service in St. Louis, says the tornado touched down at 5:23 a.m. Thursday as a strong storm system with intense lightning and heavy rain moved through the St. Louis region.
Some people were asked to leave their homes in a U City neighborhood while crews worked to fix a gas leak near McKnight.
 
Power poles were also reported down near Delmar in University City near the scene of the gas leak. A wall also collapsed at an old Walgreens near the intersection of McKnight and Delmar. 
 
Video showed trees blocking streets, damage to some homes and power lines on the ground.
About 7,000 people were without power shortly after the storm.
 
University City set up a disaster hotline for tornado victims to report non-emergency, disaster related calls. Residents are urged to use the hotline to report tornado or other natural related damage, request inspections, request reconnection of utilities, etc. The number for the hotline is (314) 505-8540.
 
The Herman Park Community Center located at 975 Pennsylvania Ave. was open as a place for evacuees to receive shelter. 
 
Published in Local News
Thursday, 13 March 2014 02:48

Search for U City shooting suspect underway

   University City Police are looking for a man connected to a fatal shooting Wednesday morning.
   Investigators say about 8:30 a.m, two women were shot inside their home in the 8200 block of Paramount Drive near Fogerty Park.  One of the women died.  The other is hospitalized in serious condition.  Children who were in the home at the time of the shooting weren't hurt.  The names of the victims haven't been released.
   University City Police Captain Michael Ransom says they believe the women knew the suspect and let him into the home.
   Police are now looking for 48 yr. old Joseph Leroy Price. He's described as a black male, just over 5' 10" tall and weighing 180 lbs. Price is known to drive a 1984 blue Chevrolet pick-up truck with Missouri license plate OFT197.
   Police say Price should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is urged to call the University City Police Department at 314-725-2211, contact local police or call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.
Published in Local News
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 10:41

Copy of Second Loop Trolley lawsuit filed

   A second lawsuit has been filed challenging the legitimacy of the pending Loop Trolley project.

   The first, filed last week in federal court, alleges the 2007 vote to set up the special taxing district to support the trolley violated the constitution because it allowed property owners multiple votes based on the acreage they own.   University City Council member Elsie Glickert is one of four plaintiffs in that lawsuit.  

   Now Glickert has filed a separate lawsuit in state court.  The new suit claims University City violated Sunshine Laws when a meeting agenda failed to specify the details of a permit change up for a vote in March.  

Published in Around Town
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 03:26

Second Loop Trolley lawsuit filed

   A second lawsuit has been filed challenging the legitimacy of the pending Loop Trolley project.

   The first, filed last week in federal court, alleges the 2007 vote to set up the special taxing district to support the trolley violated the constitution because it allowed property owners multiple votes based on the acreage they own.   University City Council member Elsie Glickert is one of four plaintiffs in that lawsuit.  

   Now Glickert has filed a separate lawsuit in state court.  The new suit claims University City violated Sunshine Laws when a meeting agenda failed to specify the details of a permit change up for a vote in March.  

Published in Local News

   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.

 

Published in Local News

   Good news for the growing resident population in the Delmar Loop:  A grocery store is coming.  

   Washington University will formally announce on Thursday that specialty grocer Global Foods Market has agreed to lease nearly 15,000 square feet in the five-story student apartment building going up at Delmar and Eastgate.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it will be the second Global Foods Market in the metro area.  The first opened in Kirkwood in 1999.  

   The paper reports that Blueberry Hill owner Joe Edwards will put his new Peacock Loop Diner in the building next door.  

   The Lofts of Washington University will house about 600 students beginning in August of next year (2014).

Published in Local News

   The bodies of two men were found inside a University City apartment Thursday.

   Univestiy City police officers had gone to the duplex in the 800 block of Pennsylvania to check the welfare of a 59 year old resident who hadn't reported to work.  Police found his body inside his second floor unit, along that of a 77 year old man who lived on the first floor.  Police say both men had apparently been stabbed to death.  

   There were no signs of forced entry into either unit, or signs of a struggle.  Detectives aren't sure yet if anything was stolen.  

   Police are still in the process of contacting next of kin, so the victim's names have not yet been released.  

   Police say they are following some leads, but anyone with information is urged to call the University City Police – Bureau of Investigations at 314-725-2211 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477). 

Published in Local News
Fire damaged at the House of India restaurant in University City. The front door is boarded up following a fire overnight Friday. The building is now condemned. The fire started around 12:15 a.m. at the 20-year-old restaurant which is located at Delmar Blvd.and Berick Drive. University City firefighters got a call for reports of smoke coming from the roof. Crews found a fire in the kitchen. They were able to keep the fire to the kitchen and put it out in less than 45 minutes. The restaurant had only been closed a couple of hours. There are no reports of injuries.
Published in Local News
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 01:49

Loop streetcars get final approval

Streetcars will be returning to the Delmar Loop. Monday evening, the University City Council unanimously approved "conditional use" permits for the Loop Trolley Company.

Plans call for the streetcars to run down Delmar to DeBalivier, then south to the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park.

The project is expected to cost around $40 million, with $25 million coming from a federal grant.

The trolley should be up and running by late summer of 2014.
Published in Around Town
Police are looking for three suspects after a promising young boxer was shot and killed outside a University City nightclub around midnight Wednesday night.

The victim, 20 year old Preston Freeman was a north county native who'd been living and training in Salinas, California.

Police say Freeman had been involved in an altercation inside the Escalade Bar and Grill in the 7800 block of Olive before it spilled onto the parking lot. Investigators say Freeman was shot in the chest during a hail of gunfire. His friends drove him to the hospital where he later died.

Three black men were seen fleeing in a maroon Chevy Impala East on Olive. Anyone with information is urged to call University City police at 314-725-2211 ext. 8010 or Crime Stoppers at 866-371-TIPS.
Published in Local News
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