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County emergency communication system expected to come online by fall

St. Charles County officials now hope to have an improved radio communications system for emergency providers up and running in several months. Jennifer George, the county’s director of policy, said the county expects to phase in the operations of the system with individual police departments and providers starting in September.  The county has not yet announced a date when the process will begin, she said. The county and its designer, Motorola Solutions, have designed a system that requires 12 radio towers, ranging in height from 250 feet to 450 feet. The system requires that the county enter into agreements with ...

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Top-level positions change hands in county emergency services

Christopher Fay, Lake Saint Louis Fire Protection District Christopher Fay, the new fire chief for Lake Saint Louis, started his 22-year firefighting career as a volunteer for the fire service. Fay had been studying to be a graphic designer and only worked for the department on a summer break. In 1997, he was hired on as a full-time firefighter for Lake Saint Louis. “I learned later on in life that this was something I enjoyed, something that I thought was pretty fulfilling,” Fay said. “It was a complete career change, but I’m glad I made the decision to change.” Before ...

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Blunt promises support for Boehner in plan to sue president

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) says he will support House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) plans to sue President Barack Obama. The basis of the lawsuit would address the issue of compelling the president to follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the laws of the country. Speaker Boehner announced his plans for a lawsuit in a memo to his House colleagues on Wednesday, June 25. In the memo, Boehner said he will take legal action against the president, claiming that the president has exceeded his executive authority by implementing policies without congressional approval. The House will vote in July ...

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O’Fallon seeks to address problems with ‘false alarms’

Crying wolf in O’Fallon, even accidentally, may soon become a bad idea for business owners and residents. At a work session on June 26, the O’Fallon City Council listened to a presentation from Police Department Capt. John Neske regarding the fiscal and manpower impact on the city caused by responding to false security alarms in 2013. Neske said the police department responded to 1,583 alarms in 2013, 647 of which were residential and 936 were from businesses. Approximately 70 percent were deemed false alarms. Neske told the council that only .5 percent of calls were legitimate calls; the other 30 ...

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Lake Saint Louis community honors Marine wounded in Afghanistan

It was just another day in Marine Capt. Timothy “Matt” Cooper’s life of military service as he led his patrol on a mission in Afghanistan in November of 2009. That was until he stepped on an IED (improvised explosive device), exploding his world and so seriously injuring him that he would never be the same. In the years since, Cooper has undergone numerous operations and countless hours of physical rehabilitation to find his way back to a semi-normal life. Cooper says he is representative of the many wounded warriors who are still in need of help and should not be ...

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Lake Saint Louis Council passes budget for new fiscal year

Major stormwater and road improvements, new ball field lights at Founders Park, and as much as a 3 percent pay increase for city employees are major features of the new annual budget for Lake Saint Louis. But a cloud remains over the city’s budget thanks to uncertainty about the status and impact of state legislation, now vetoed, that could cut into local government finances. The Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen approved the city’s $10 million budget at its June 16 meeting. The new fiscal year began on July 1. On Sept. 10, the General Assembly could override Nixon’s vetoes ...

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Local governments concerned that tax break bills could live again

Local municipalities and St. Charles County government officials remain worried that legislation passed by the Missouri General Assembly and recently vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon could take a significant bite out of their sales tax revenue. For now, one city has put its concern into a resolution that its Board of Aldermen may vote on in early August. And another city has decided to delay purchases until the situation involving the bills is clarified. On June 11, Nixon vetoed House Bills 1296, 1455, and 1865 and Senate Bills 584, 612, 662, 693, 727, 829 and 860 – which, among other ...

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St. Charles County to offer hiring help for veterans

St. Charles County government will be helping out veterans with the adoption of new employment practices. The County Council approved an ordinance at their June 30 meeting that the hope will establish an “employee-friendly environment” for veterans working for the county. The ordinance puts in place new approaches to support veterans the county has hired and plans to hire. County Executive Steve Ehlmann, who sponsored the ordinance, said it was an effort to let veterans know what job opportunities are available at the county and work with veterans who are on the job. The ordinance establishes a veteran coordination and ...

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News Briefs: Students complete summer fieldwork

Students complete summer fieldwork 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 ...

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O’Fallon Police apprehend four suspects related to armed robbery

On June 27, Officers from the O’Fallon Police Department responded to a call about an armed robbery at a store on the 8500 block of Mexico Road. According to a press release, 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 release states that the female and two of the male suspects were apprehended nearby, and that a fourth suspect fled ...

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