The murder of a north city teen is bringing a community together in an effort to combat violence. His family watched in horror as 16 year old Pierre Childs was shot in the back in front of his home May 7th. Police have no suspects in his murder.
Tuesday night the teen's family, police and a group called "Positive Alternatives for Youth, Inc." held a town hall meeting to work on a plan to curb violence in north St. Louis. The plan includes drug sweeps and increased police patrols along with workforce training and GED classes.
St. Louis Police Major Ronnie Robinson says his department is backing the plan. "This is an issue for us, a very important issue of concern because of the fact that summertime is coming," he said. "And you know, as the hotter it gets, sometimes it gets more aggressive on the streets as far as criminal activity is concerned."
It's not known yet if Mayor Francis Slay or the Board of Aldermen will do the same.
A Jennings woman is in serious but stable condition after she crashed her car into a north city apartment building Thursday night. It happened just before midnight at Martin Luther King and Burd.
The crash punched a hole in the Arlington Grove Jeffery L. Boyd building. Crews spent most of Friday morning cleaning up the mess.
St.Louis police say the 33 year old woman had been speeding, blowing through two stop signs along Dr. King, before swerving to avoid a stopped car. That's when she lost control, hit two stop signs, a light pole and a metal trash can before crashing into the building.
Police say no one inside the building was hurt.
Police say the victim, a man in his 50's, was taken to Barnes Jewish Hospital with two broken legs and a head injury.
An accident reconstruction team is investigating.
Police say the driver did stop. It's not known if that driver will face any charges as the investigation is ongoing.
About 80 officers will saturate the College Hill neighborhood this morning. And Chief Sam Dotson says the extra patrols will be there until they've contained the violence.
Dotson says the College Hill intervention is an extension of the city's hot spot policing program.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police plan to conduct roll call in the street, station a command vehicle on site, use dog patrols and make a door-to-door plea for help in solving recent shootings in the neighborhood just west of I-70 and north of downtown.