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St. Louis City, County Merger Is Discussed - Major Impact on Pacific

A St. Louis County political veteran told Pacific officials that if Missouri voters approve the proposed merger of St. Louis city and county, Pacific and 87 other cities will lose revenue they need to operate their cities.


Former Catholic priest faces new charges after abusing boys in Illinois, Missouri and California

CLAYTON, Mo. -- A former Catholic priest is facing new charges a decade after being declared sexually violent and admitting he abused about 30 boys in Illinois, California and Missouri.


Pacific Takes Fourth in Class 3 State Wrestling Standings

Placing four wrestlers on the medal stand, the Pacific wrestling Indians finished fourth in the MSHSAA Championships last weekend in Columbia. “That was pretty awesome,” Pacific Head Coach Rob Schimsa said. “We wrestled a great tournament. Everybody contributed.”


Fatal accident in west St. Louis County late Friday night

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A man is dead in a one vehicle accident that occurred around 10:21 p.m. on Friday in Town and Country. According to The Missouri Highway Patrol, James Lauth, 51, was driving too fast on westbound Clayton Road at Trafalgar Drive when he drove off of the road and struck a sign and a u


Clean Missouri, PDMP Top YMCA Forum Talk — Attended by State Lawmakers

Two local lawmakers have differing views on the passage of a bill last week by the Missouri House which has again raised concerns for and against a statewide prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP).


Three Area Wrestlers Claim State Crowns

Area schools enjoyed success at the MSHSAA Wrestling Championships in Columbia last weekend, picking up three state titles, three second-place finishes, additional medals and a team trophy.


Missouri company caught storing hazardous waste in Franklin County gets probation, must help pay for cleanup

ST. LOUIS • A Missouri company involved in the illegal storage of hazardous waste in Franklin County was sentenced Friday to two years of probation and ordered to help pay $1.5 million toward cleanup costs.


I Have to Tell You...

Worry may be unavoidable in the challenges that face Pacific, but it is not the most effective response. Residents who voice their opinions to this reporter are all atwitter about issues that face Pacific and the lack of a clear message from our leaders.


FBI and DOJ investigating Missouri prison where workers are accused of sexual assault

Federal agencies are investigating a western Missouri women’s prison where current and former workers have been accused of sexually assaulting inmates. Karen Backues Keil is one of four women who have sued over the alleged abuse at Chillicothe Correctional Center. But court documents filed this mont


Man gets life for killing Missouri mom who made daughter fake illness

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. • A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to life in prison in the stabbing death of a Missouri woman who forced her daughter to use a wheelchair and to have unnecessary medical tests so she could collect gifts and charitable donations.


Missouri House passes bill to ignore mandatory sentencing laws

Mandatory sentencing: It provides clear directions for judges when they hand down punishment to convicted offenders. However, it has also been part of the reason for over-crowded prisons both in the Show-Me State and nationwide.


State Wrestling — Jay Anding, Pacific, Class 3 170-pound Second

Images from Jay Anding's Class 3 170-pound state championship match. To order photo reprints, click the "Buy This Photo" button below the photo you are viewing. Reprints are processed through our photo lab partner MyCapture. Photo orders can now be processed any time, day or night, through our safe


U.S., China trade war hits Missouri soybean farmers

CENTRALIA — New numbers released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggest soybean farmers in mid-Missouri and elsewhere might be hurting this year. A graphic released by the USDA said total soybean exports for the 2018-19 marketing year are 13.5 million metric tons behind last year's pace. Expo


Missouri bill could eliminate inspections for non-commercial vehicles

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Vehicle inspections could be a thing of the past for Missouri drivers, as some lawmakers want to do away with the requirement. At Sallas Auto Repair, they check parts around the wheel and tires. They even check the car for leaks. However, if Missouri lawmakers eliminate ins


Robbery victim who admitted to firing bullet that killed St. Louis County employee sentenced to prison

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The man who admitted to pulling the trigger on the gun that killed Craig LeFebvre has been sentenced to five years in prison. Devin Earl Smith says two men were robbing him at gunpoint near the Grand Metro stop in August 2018 when he pointed a gun at one of the suspects and op


Missouri woman admits getting payments for long-dead mother

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 68-year-old Missouri woman has pleaded guilty to receiving disability payments intended for her mother, who died nearly 50 years ago. Federal prosecutors say Marsha Gail Coy, of St. Peters, received more than $230,000 in the scheme. She pleaded guilty Thursday to bank fr


Number of Hate Groups in Missouri Rises

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The number of hate groups in Missouri is growing. That's according to new numbers from the Southern Poverty Law Center. The nonprofit group found 24 hate groups in Missouri in 2018.


ICYMI: Sheriff’s Office thanks Jefferson County resident for support

Gladys Johnson treated Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies like her own children for decades. And on Feb. 7, Sheriff Dave Marshak and Capt. Gary Higginbotham showed the 90-year-old resident of Delmar Gardens of Meramec in unincorporated Fenton how much officers appreciated her efforts.


Cannabis conundrum: Missouri banks already turning away marijuana-related businesses

ST CHARLES, Mo. — You work hard for your money, and when you put it in the bank you expect it to stay there. But what if your bank shut down your account with little to no warning?


Local former bank teller charged with theft of over $25,000

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) -- A Ballwin woman has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from a customer while she worked as a teller at an Ellisville bank. Michelle Green, 58, was charged with stealing more than $25,000 while working as a teller at the Regions Bank at 1300 Clarkson Clayto