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Saturday, 25 January 2014 13:00

Missouri woman charged with stealing from PTO

CREVE COEUR, Mo. (AP) — The former treasurer for a suburban St. Louis parent-teacher organization faces charges accusing her of stealing more than $50,000 from the organization.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 36-year-old Tenille R. Batsell of Olivette was charged Thursday in St. Louis County with felony stealing.

Police say Batsell was treasurer of the Spoede School Association at Spoede Elementary School in Creve Coeur. She's accused of pocketing about $53,000 that belonged to the group, which relies on donations to organize events for students. Members of the organization called police after discovering accounting discrepancies on its books.

The parent-teacher association said on its website that its members were aware of the charges but couldn't comment.

Online court records don't list a lawyer for Batsell.

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   Red light camera tickets could become a thing of the past in Missouri.  That's because of a state appeals court ruling Tuesday of this week.  

   The Eastern District court in St. Louis overturned it's own precedent when it found Ellisville's red light camera ordinance was in conflict with state law because the tickets are issued to the vehicle owner and not the driver.  

   Two years ago the court had upheld a similar Creve Coeur law, but now says that ruling is "no longer good law."  

   The Arizona-based company that operates the cameras in Ellisville and several other municipalities says it will appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court.

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Tuesday, 01 October 2013 13:35

Court upholds use of red-light cameras

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A state appeals court in St. Louis has upheld the use of red-light cameras in the suburban community of Creve Couer.

In an opinion released Tuesday, the Missouri Court of Appeals' Eastern District sided with a previous St. Louis County Circuit Court ruling in favor of Creve Couer and its camera vendor, American Traffic Solutions Inc. The suit was brought by four people who received tickets for running red lights.

The appeals court has previously upheld red-light camera use in Creve Couer brought by another ticket recipient, ruling in 2011 that the city's traffic-camera ordinance enacting civil penalties was similar to a parking ticket rather than a criminal violation.

 

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The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Creve Coeur has announced a $45 million expansion. The money will go towards a 79,000-square-foot addition that will house over 100 new scientists. The bioscience giant opened in 1998 and employs over 200 people. Construction on the expansion is set to begin in 2014, with the expansion set to open in 2015. 

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Friday, 07 June 2013 17:29

Reliance Bank in Creve Coeur robbed

Police are looking for the suspect in a Creve Coeur bank robbery.

The suspect walked in to the Reliance Bank at Olive and Warson this morning, pulled a gun on the teller, and ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866.371.TIPS.

 

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Crews from several fire departments are still on the scene of a three-alarm fire at a Creve Coeur apartment complex.

The blaze in the 11,000 block of Oak Forest Parkway Drive began a little before 2:30 Thursday morning.

At one point, flames could be seen shooting through the roof.

At least one resident and a firefighter have been injured. Both were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Dozens of people have been displaced from their homes.Witnesses tell Fox 2 news a man living on the second floor was shouting fire and that he'd fallen asleep while smoking a cigarette. Firefighters have not confirmed that as a cause.
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The issue of red light cameras is again under consideration by the state appeals court in St. Louis. The decision on these new cases before the Eastern District Court of Appeals is expected to have state-wide implications.

In 2011, the Eastern District Court of Appeals had ruled that municipalities can use cameras to ticket red-light runners if the citation is against the vehicle, like a parking ticket, and not the driver. The ticket also must be treated as a civil matter, instead of being a criminal charge. That decision dealt specifically with Creve Coeur’s red-light ordinance.

On Wednesday, the court heard new arguments on Creve Coeur's rules and also ordinances in Florissant and the City of St. Louis. The latter two are similar in structure.

Last year, one circuit court struck down the St. Louis law, but another upheld the one in Florissant. The mixed rulings have drivers unclear about whether they should pay red light camera tickets.

The appeals court ruling on these cases is expected to clarify the matter.
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