A number of residential break-ins in St. Louis County has police urging residents to be vigilant. Authorities are searching for suspects accused of breaking into several homes in south county near the intersection of Interstates 55 and 270. The suspects reportedly go door-to-door asking residents if they need yard work done. They then break-in if no one is home. In one recent case, however, two men kicked in the back door of a home thinking no one was there. The female homeowner was inside and hid until they left. Police say the thieves seem most interested in electronics.
A former "America's Got Talent" winner is stepping back into the spotlight. Neal Boyd tells The Southeast Missourian that he is ready for another run at political office. The Sikeston, Missouri native announced Thursday that he is running as a Republican for a seat in the Missouri House. Boyd won the 2008 version of "America's Got Talent". He ran for office last year in Missouri's 149th District, losing to Democratic incumbent Steve Hodges in the November general election. Hodges cannot seek re-election in 2014 due to term limits.
The St. Louis Art Fair kicks off Friday night in downtown Clayton. It's the 20th anniversary of the event, featuring art and artists from around the country. The fair received over 1,400 submissions this year from artists hoping to set up a booth. A jury trimmed that number down to 150, bringing the total number of artists on display to 181. Keep an eye out for the KTRS booth in front of Starbucks and come say hello to your favorite KTRS personalities.
ART FAIR SCHEDULE:
Friday: 5-10 p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Seventeen East St. Louis firefighters will lose their jobs at the end of the month. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that City Manager Deletra Hudson sent a letter to the firefighters saying the city "has been forced to make some difficult financial decisions to meet its budgetary obligations."
The firefighters had been hired with federal grant money. When the grant ran out in March, East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks said the city found some extra money to keep the firefighters on the job until the end of September.
Parks told the paper that he expects eight of the laid off firefighters to be called back when the new city budget kicks in January 1st.
East St. Louis currently employs 54 firefighters.