Mayor: City Ready For Worst Possible Scenario
(St. Louis, MO) -- Mayor Francis Slay says St. Louis is ready for the worst possible scenario, as the city braces for a massive winter storm. The emergency operations center was activated last night, for the first time this winter. Crews have been busy pre-treating streets, and Ameren says they have workers on standby in case of outages. A mix of snow and sleet is expected to begin moving through the area later this morning.
Two Officers, Suspect Shot
(St. Louis, MO) -- A shootout leaves two St. Louis cops and a suspect recovering from gunshot wounds. It happened last night on Elias Avenue near Halls Ferry Road. The officers were responding to a house alarm when they say someone opened fire on them. One was hit in the leg and one in the foot, but they still managed to return fire, hitting the suspect. He's listed in critical condition.
Suspicious Package At Peabody Energy
(St. Louis, MO) -- A suspected bomb turns out to be a homeless man's backpack. Cops were called to the downtown location after someone reported seeing a suspicious package. Streets were blocked of while the arson squad was called in to investigate, but reopened several hours later.
Still No ID For KC Explosion
(Kansas City, MO) -- There's still no positive ID of a body found in the rubble of a Kansas City restaurant. A gas explosion Tuesday night leveled JJ's near the Country Club Plaza, injuring 15 people. It's believed the body found is that of a woman who worked at the restaurant, but confirmation could still be days away. The investigation into the blast continues.
First Round Approval For "Stan Span"
(St. Louis, MO) -- The "Stan Span" is a step closer to reality. The Missouri state Senate has given first round approval to a proposal to name the new Mississippi River Bridge after the late Cardinals great Stan Musial. The Illinois legislature would also need to sign off on the proposal. The new bridge opens next year.
Hundreds Of Linemen And Tree Trimmers On Stand-By
(St. Louis, MO) -- As a huge winter storm plows across the Midwest, hundreds of linemen and tree trimmers remain on stand-by across the St. Louis region. Report outages, downed lines or gas odors to Ameren Missouri at 1-800-552-7583 and in Illinois at 1-800-755-5000.
Emergency Management Agency's Storm Plan
(St. Louis, MO) -- Local Emergency Management Agency officials recommend avoiding driving after noon today in case of inclement weather. Predictions for the St. Louis area call for up to two-inches of snow topped off possibly with several hours of sleet. County road crews continue pre-treating secondary roads and side streets.
Specialty Units To Patrol High Crime City Neighborhoods
(St. Louis, MO) -- Specialty units are ready to patrol high crime neighborhoods across the city. The plan, announced this week, is to not deplete current patrol officers but add cops from specialty units like the SWAT team. Expect a higher police presence in the Baden and Shaw neighborhoods as well as St. Louis city.
No Arrests Following Yesterday's Rolling Gun Battle
(St. Louis, MO) -- No arrests following yesterday's rolling gun battle in the height of afternoon rush hour. Witnesses say two men opened fire on another car while traveling on Kingshighway near Natural Bridge. The victim ended up crashing and the suspects fled the scene in a maroon Ford Fusion.
Belleville Man Jailed For Alleged School Threat
(Belleville, IL) -- A Belleville man remains behind bars for allegedly threatening to open fire at a school. Twenty-five-year old Brian Smith was taken into custody at a Swansea Metrolink station Sunday, by St. Clair County Sheriff Deputies, and now faces terrorist threat charges. He allegedly sent a text to his ex threatening to shoot her and shoot up an unnamed school.
Airports Across The Midwest Cancel Flights
(St. Louis, MO) -- Check your flight status before heading to Lambert as airports across the Midwest cancel flights. The best option is to log on to fly.faa.gov or call your individual airline for arrival and departure information.
Snow And Sleet Expected To Impact Travel Across Missouri
(Jefferson City, MO) -- Snow and sleet are expected to impact travel across the bi-state region this afternoon into Friday. The biggest threat of heavy snow lies in parts of Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri, with the possibility of whiteout conditions in some places. A travel advisory is already in place in the southwest portion of Missouri. Stay informed on road conditions by using MODOT's traveler information map at modot.org. Check road conditions across the river at GettingAroundIllinois.com.