Video disputes Kim Gardner's version of traffic stop

2 hours 20 minutes ago
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner summoned one of her investigators during a recent traffic stop in St. Louis, and his actions that night could have justified an arrest, police said. Gardner also told a national news network that the December traffic stop lasted 15 minutes — a fact surveillance video and police leaders also refute. “We can not speak on why she believes the stop lasted longer than it did,” said Sgt. Keith Barret, St. Louis Police Department spokesman. He continued, “I…
Christine Byers, KSDK

Wellston Food Market raided by federal, state investigators, 4 people arrested

2 hours 25 minutes ago
Federal and state agencies were carrying out a raid on the Wellston Food Market Wednesday night. Sgt. Lynn Woodward with the North County Police Cooperative said the raids at the market on Page Avenue were part of a two-month investigation, and four people were arrested. The Wellston Food Market was the scene of the deadly shooting of North County Police Cooperative Officer Michael Langsdorf in June. Woodward could not say how many people were arrested. The raids were for drugs and guns, and investigators…
Sam Clancy, KSDK

Clayton restaurant shutters

18 hours 33 minutes ago
First Watch, the breakfast and lunch restaurant chain, shuttered its Clayton location, at 8001 Forsyth Blvd., at close of business Sunday. An employee at the First Watch about 2 miles away, at 1507 S. Brentwood Blvd., confirmed the closure. A spokeswoman for Florida-based First Watch said in an email that all employees from the Clayton location already have transferred to one of the chain's other locations; she did not respond to a request for the number of employees affected. She said plans for…
Diana Barr

Another prosecutor resigns from St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office

19 hours 39 minutes ago
Another prosecutor is leaving St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s office. Peter Bruntrager’s last day will be Friday. His family's firm, Clayton-based Bruntrager & Billings, confirmed he will be joining their ranks Monday. Bruntrager has worked in the Circuit Attorney's Office since November 2015. His departure puts the number of prosecutors to have left Gardner’s office at more than 75. She took office in January 2017. "It’s the normal course of my career," Bruntrager said. "I always…
Christine Byers, KSDK

St. Louis fintech startup taps its own customers for $9.5M Series A round

19 hours 44 minutes ago
Fast-growing St. Louis fintech startup Neocova said Wednesday it plans to further expand after raising $9.5 million in a Series A financing round. The St. Louis startup tapped its own market segment — community financial institutions — for the Series A funding. Multiple community banks were investors in the financing, including Bank of St. Elizabeth, Coastal Community Bank, First Financial Bank, Kearny Bank, Provident Bancorp Inc. and Sunwest Bank. “This raise is both a statement of intent…
Nathan Rubbelke

Company to close a program in Arnold, resulting in 205 layoffs

20 hours ago
A business services firm said this month it will close a client program in Arnold and lay off up to 205 workers there. The Concentrix CVG Corp. facility is at 1900 Meyer Drury Lane, and the closure is planned for April 4, according to a Jan. 15 letter submitted to the state of Missouri. It said affected employees who "are willing and able to meet the established requirements will be offered positions on alternate programs within the Arnold facility." A company spokeswoman, Cindy Casto, said Concentrix…
Jacob Kirn

Winter weather advisory in effect for the St. Louis area

21 hours 24 minutes ago
A winter weather advisory goes into effect Wednesday evening around 6 p.m. and will stay in effect through noon Thursday.  The first round moves in this evening, mainly after 6 p.m. for the St. Louis metro area. Areas to our west will see sleet, snow and rain first, roughly around 5 p.m. After 6 p.m., expect sleet, snow and rain all at once; this will gradually shift to mainly sleet and snow overnight into early Thursday morning.  Overnight Wednesday to Thursday there is potential to pick up…
Anthony Slaughter, KSDK

What bank mergers in St. Louis and elsewhere portend for 2020

21 hours 36 minutes ago
U.S. bank mergers continued apace in 2019, aided by several tie-ups in St. Louis. Mergers nationally totaled 269 in 2019, five more than in 2018 and the same number as in 2017, S&P Global Market Intelligence reported. In St. Louis, significant sales included Reliance Bank to Simmons First National Corp., which is headquartered in Arkansas; The Bank of Edwardsville to Illinois-based First Busey Corp.; First National Bank in Staunton to Associated Bank of Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Best Hometown…
Greg Edwards

Express to close 100 stores amid $80M in cost-cutting

22 hours 10 minutes ago
Express Inc. is closing 100 stores as it looks to further tighten its belt. The Columbus-based retailer (NYSE: EXPR) said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that the closures will take now through 2022, including nine stores that closed by the end of 2019, 31 by the end of this month and 35 by the end of January 2021. The company didn't give specific locations. Express has six stores in the region, including at South County Center, West County Center, Saint Louis Galleria,…
Tristan Navera

Former Stifel exec, U.S. ambassador dies

22 hours 10 minutes ago
George Herbert Walker III, a former Stifel Financial executive who later served as U.S. ambassador to Hungary, has died at age 88, at Evelyn's House hospice center in Creve Coeur. He died Saturday, Jan. 18, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which reported the cause of death as complications from a stroke. Walker, also known as Bert, is cousin to two former presidents: George W. Bush, who named him ambassador to Hungary, a post he held from 2003 to 2006, and Bush’s father, the late George…
Diana Barr

Pedal the Cause names new leader to replace exiting director

22 hours 36 minutes ago
Pedal the Cause has named St. Louis native and board member David Drier as its new executive director, effective Feb. 3. Drier will succeed Jay Indovino, who is stepping down March 1 after 10 years at the organization. "As Pedal the Cause grows and we look at our next five-year plan, we are thrilled to have David's leadership," Brian Ashworth, president of the organization's board of directors and principal at Edward Jones, said in a statement. "He will build on the incredible work that Jay Indovino…
Veneta Rizvic

St. Peters executive sentenced for stealing from retirement plan

1 day ago
A former vice president of Synergy Concepts in St. Peters, Missouri, was sentenced Tuesday to six months in prison, 90 days of home confinement and three years of supervised release for stealing thousands of dollars from the company's retirement plan. Steven Walters, 52, of St. Peters, pleaded guilty to one felony count of theft or embezzlement in September. Walters embezzled assets of the company's employee pension plan and converted them for his personal use, which resulted in a loss of $72,817,…
Veneta Rizvic

Centene sets closing date for $17.3B acquisition

1 day 2 hours ago
Centene Corp. said Tuesday that it has satisfied all all regulatory requirements for its merger with WellCare Health Plans Inc., and set a closing date of Thursday for the $17.3 billion deal. "We have been working diligently on the integration plans to bring our organizations together so that it is seamless for members, providers and employees of both companies," Centene CEO Michael Neidorff said in statement. The Clayton-based managed health care provider announced in March that it planned…
Jacob Kirn

Has St. Louis County run out of Prop P money?

1 day 2 hours ago
Police union leaders and at least one County Councilman said they believe they might have discovered why the County Executive’s Office is stalling contract negotiations with some of their members – the county has spent $150 million in sales taxes increases over the last three years. Voters approved through Prop P three years ago. In an email last week, Councilman Tim Fitch told the county’s budget director, Paul Kreidler, that he was interested in pursuing a 2% pay increase for all non-union…
Christine Byers, KSDK
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