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The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Hazelwood last night.

The official investigator is on the scene and has given a preliminary EF 2 rating to the twister. That classification means that sustained wind gusts were measure at 111 - 135 miles per hour.

The report says the tornado damage extends from the Coachlite Skating Center in Bridgeton along 270 all the way into Hazelwood.

No reports have been released on tornadoes reported to have hit Wildwood and Florissant.

Thursday, 11 April 2013 13:40
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Four Ritenour schools experienced a brief lockdown Thursday afternoon.

Police say a group of teens threw a brick at a passing car. The driver swerved in an attempt to hit the teen who threw the brick. The driver instead, collided with two houses, knocking down one homeowner's carport.

In total nine teens were arrested in connection to the incident. 

The Early Childhood Center, Ritenour High School, Kratz Elementary School and Marvin Elementary School were all placed on external lockdown, meaning kids could not go outside for recess. The lockdown lasted from just before 1PM until around 1:20PM.

Thursday, 11 April 2013 13:38
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 ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Missouri man has been sentenced to two years of probation for aiming a laser pointer at a police helicopter.

Michael Brandon Smith, formerly of O'Fallon, was also ordered Thursday to perform 40 hours of community service during sentencing in U.S. District Court.

The incident happened May 18, 2012. A Metro St. Louis Air Support Police helicopter was responding to a burglary report at a St. Charles County school when the aircraft was struck several times by a green laser beam.

Federal prosecutors say that when the beam struck the glass of the helicopter the vision of the pilot and a second person in the chopper was impacted, and the helicopter had to pull away from the search.

Smith pleaded guilty in November.

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Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel will be joining Hazelwood's Mayor Matthew Robinson to assess tornado damage this afternoon. 

The politician grew up in Florissant and graduated from Hazelwood West High School. 

They will be joined by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon who first did an aerial assessment of hard hit Sullivan in Franklin County  this (Thursday) morning 

The Governor declared a state of emergency in Missouri and also activated the State Emergency Operations Plan, which allow state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions to provide emergency services.

 

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