As first In a letter leaked to KTRS News, St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch is telling County Executive Charlie Dooley to back off his investigation into the contract award process.
In today's letter, Fitch accuses county COO Gatry Earles of requesting information from the police that had been shared with the FBI. Fitch says this request for confidential information is "at the very least unethical and unprofessional". Fitch ends the letter by asking Dooley to instruct his staff to not have contact with employees regarding this matter.
The issue came to light after the Post-Dispatch revealed that one of Dooley's political appointees, Gregory Sansone, created a company that won the lucrative contract shortly after his appointment. Chief Fitch contacted the FBI to investigate the matter. Dooley was frustrated that Fitch involved the FBI in the matter before giving his office a chance to investigate.
A second outlet mall in Chesterfield Valley is a week away from opening its doors. Work is nearly complete on St. Louis Premium Outlets, located on the south side of Interstate 64/40 just east of Daniel Boone Bridge. Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th will serve as the anchor for the mall, which will include 90 other designer and name-brand stores. The opening of St. Louis Premium Outlets comes on the heels of Chesterfield's other new mall opening, Taubman Prestige Outlets, which saw over 125,000 shoppers on its first weekend earlier this month.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police are searching for a gunman who killed a man and wounded two others at a home where three young children were inside.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/14OdamT ) reports that the attack happened late Wednesday night. Police are searching for a 25-year-old suspect. A motive hasn't been released but police say the gunman was related to at least one of the adults in the home.
Police say the man forced his way into the home and shot a 27-year-old man in the head and chest, shot a 25-year-old man in the cheek, and pistol-whipped a 23-year-old woman.
Children ages 3, 5 and 7 were in the home; it wasn't clear if they saw the attack.
The second shooting victim was in critical but stable condition.
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois man faces up to 15 years in federal prison now that he's admitted to paying undercover investigators $1,500 in hopes of having sex with a seven year old girl.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that 65 year old David Driskill of Carrollton has pleaded guilty in East St. Louis to commercial sex trafficking. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 7.
Authorities say Driskill sent text messages in May to a woman, offering to pay $3,000 if she could arrange for to have sex with a child between 7 and 11 years old. The woman instead notified authorities and cooperated with them.
Driskill was arrested days later at a Jerseyville apartment after paying an undercover federal investigator $1,500 for the supposed sexual encounter with a girl.