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News Briefs: Students complete summer fieldwork

Students complete summer fieldworkLindenwood Dig 1

Lindenwood students and faculty in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeological Research Program conducted archaeological excavations at two significant archaeological sites this summer.

Students worked on excavations at the Louis Blanchette homestead site at 906 S. Main in St. Charles, and at Nathan Boone’s home at the Historic Daniel Boone Home and Heritage Center in Defiance.

Louis Blanchette was the ºfounder of the city of St. Charles, settling there in 1769. Nathan Boone was Daniel Boone’s youngest son and was a Missouri militia commander during the War of 1812.

The project was led by Dr. Steve Dasovich, assistant professor of anthropology and archaeology at Lindenwood University.



Rhythm and Ribs generates $47,000 for SCC

More than 1,200 friends and neighbors packed the St. Charles Community College campus for the fifth annual Rhythm and Ribs fundraiser on June 5.

Ticket sales, raffle and donations raised more than $47,000. Proceeds will support scholarships and academic program enhancements at SCC.

“We are so thankful for our friends on campus and in the community who come out year after year to help provide scholarships and academic program enhancements for our students,” said Betsy Schneider, director of development at SCC.

Smash Band performed live on the main stage, preceded by the St. Charles West Jazz Ensemble and a rhythm revue featuring performances by Clockwork, A Big Sad Whale and Matt Wynn. All three groups feature SCC students and/or alumni. Wynn won the college’s own “SCC Idol” competition last fall, and received a scholarship from the SCC Foundation.

Rib vendors included Ethyl’s Smokehouse and Saloon, Mannino’s Market and Stumpy’s House of Bar-B-Que and Catering. Guests also enjoyed chicken from Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers and gourmet nachos and veggie burgers by Quintessential Catering. Drinks included Anheuser-Busch products by Krey Distributing, soda by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, lemonade by Red Robin, wine by Terra Firma USA and water by Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles.

“Thank you to everyone who pitched in to promote or support this event.” said Mark Baker, vice president at Warrenton Oil Company. “There are more people helping us than I can name and I am so proud to be a part of this growing and generous community.”



Police recover stolen items near  Breckenridge

The Lake Saint Louis Police Department currently is investigating the ownership of numerous stolen items that were located in a recovered stolen vehicle out of the state of Indiana.

On Sunday, June 22 the Lake Saint Louis Police Department recovered a stolen van near the Breckenridge subdivision in Lake Saint Louis. Inside the van were electronic devices, tools and other miscellaneous items. Most of the stolen items appear to have been stolen out of vehicles or garages.

So far police have been able to identify victims in Lake Saint Louis, Chesterfield and Ladue and believe the possible time frame for the thefts was June 19-22.

Residents of those areas who have been victims of theft during that time frame should contact Lake Saint Louis Police Sgt. Bret Carbray at (636) 625-8018 with a description of items and serial numbers.


Judge orders recount in Ward 1 election

The St. Charles County Election Authority has completed a recount of the O’Fallon Ward 1 City Council election.

The results, which were reviewed by St. Charles Circuit Court Judge Rick Zerr, show Dave Hinman receiving 713 votes, Bill Gardner with 710 votes, and A.C. Dienoff with 184 votes.

Gardner, who was the incumbent for the Ward 1 council seat, lost in the April 8 election by one vote, with 710 versus Hinman’s original count of 711. Gardner filed for a recount on May 21, and was reported by local news outlets as saying election workers refused to allow a disabled supporter of his to cast a curbside ballot.

St. Charles County Election Authority Director Rich Chrismer said that Hinman’s two additional votes came from ballots that were not registered by the ballot counting machine, as the selection oval had not been filled properly. Chrismer said that the election judges deemed the attempts to fill the ovals were close enough to be certain the two votes had been meant for Hinman.

According to Chrismer, the cost for the recount is absorbed by the plaintiff, which was Gardner in this case. Gardner was required to post a $1,000 bond, of which he received $100 back. The rest of the money was used to pay the election judges for a day’s work.

In the court documents for the case, Zerr made a special note regarding the performance of the six election judges used for the recount, and commented on their impartiality and integrity.

“They performed very, very well,” he said.


Hanson signs with Angels

River City Rascals starting pitcher Ray Hanson had his contract purchased by the Los Angeles Angels. Hanson is the third Rascal signed by a Major League organization this season. Hanson held a 4-1 record on the season and had been dominant for the Rascals’ rotation. Manager Steve Brook said he “wishes him the best” and is “thankful to have been a part of his professional journey.”


Charges issued in armed robbery 

On June 27, Officers from the O’Fallon Police Department responded to a call regarding an armed robbery at a store in the 8500 block of Mexico Road.

According to O’Fallon Police, two male suspects had attempted to steal power tools and accessories, and when confronted by a manager, one of the suspects pulled out a knife. The manager reportedly disengaged and the two suspects fled in a vehicle containing an additional two people, one male and one female.

The female and two of the male suspects were apprehended nearby; the fourth suspect fled the area.

The St. Charles Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has issued charges against Blake Edgar, Daniel McManness and Ashley Arnold. All three have been held under a $200,000 bond. A fourth suspect in the case also has been apprehended. An investigation is pending prior to charges being sought against the fourth individual.




Help end hunger on July 26

Operation Food Search and the Community Council of St. Charles County are teaming up to sponsor the 6th annual Saturday Jubilee Food Drive on July 26.

With more St. Charles County residents coming to food pantries for the first time, local pantries are struggling to keep up with the increased demand. St. Charles County residents can help by sponsoring a food drive at work, church or at home as a family project.

Volunteers will greet shoppers at local grocery stores on July 26 and collect food items that go directly to local food pantries. Anyone who would like to help, can contact Sherry Saunders at ssaunders@communitycouncilstc.org or 978-2277, ext. 402.


Fire causes over $480,000 in damages

A residential fire in a St. Peters neighborhood on June 22 caused more than $487,000 in damages. Fire officials said lightning was the likely cause.

Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR), and the Cottleville Fire Protection District arrived at the home on Woodmere Trail Court at about 2 a.m. after a neighbor reported flames engulfing the home.

“Neighbors and a relative immediately informed us that the homeowners were out of town and that no one was in the house,” CCFR Chief Russ Mason said.

While working to find the cause of the fire, CCFR fire investigators interviewed neighbors who recalled a lighting strike that caused televisions and radios to independently turn off and on at around 8 p.m.

“Further research utilizing the National Lighting Strike database found that there had been four cloud-to-ground lightning strikes within 1 mile of the home, one of which was centered on the property where the fire occurred at 8:02 p.m.,” Mason said.

When lightning strikes a home it often causes the home to shake and the power to surge. If this happens, authorities say residents should evacuate the home and call 911.

“A lightning strike can cause a small, slow burning fire that may not be noticed right away,” Mason said.

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