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DIGEST ST. CHARLES COUNTY > County Council comes out against Maryland Heights plan • The St. Charles County Council is opposing a proposed commercialresidential complex across the Missouri River on 1,800 acres of lood plain in Maryland Heights. The council on Monday voted 6-0 for a resolution against the plan, arguing that it could be expected to cause future looding in St. Charles County. “Maryland Heights should be ashamed of themselves,” said Councilman Joe Brazil, R-Deiance. “This is an insult. This is wrong to your neighbors.” The resolution also attacks the possible use of taxincrement inancing for the project, which is pushed by Alan Bornstein, a business partner of Rams owner Stan Kroenke. Kroenke also would be an investor in the project. “Our friend, Mr. Kroenke, he already kicked us in the crotch once, right?” Brazil said, referring to the Rams’ recent move to Los Angeles. The proposal would “give this guy money for one of his investments to kick us in the crotch twice.” (Mark Schlinkmann) ST. LOUIS > Work will close I-44 lanes until fall • Expect lane closures on Interstate

LAW & ORDER EAST ALTON > Baby’s death is investigated • A 4-monthold girl was pronounced dead after she was found in a bed with a pillow over her face Monday morning in East Alton, authorities said. The Madison County Coroner’s Oice says autopsy results in Kiley K. Burford’s death could be consistent with sufocation, but a cause of death is pending further tests and investigation. Kiley was pronounced dead just after 9 a.m. Monday at Alton Memorial Hospital, Coroner Stephen P. Nonn said in a statement. That was about half an hour after a 911 call was made from the girl’s home. The baby was discovered by her mother in an adult bed with an adult memory foam pillow over her face, Nonn said in the statement. The pillow had been propped up on an edge and appeared to have fallen onto the child, the coroner said. The death remains under investigation by East Alton police, the Southern Illinois Death Investigation Task Force, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service and the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Oice. ST. CHARLES COUNTY > Missing man’s car found with a body inside • Hours after St. Charles County police asked the public to help in the search for a missing 36-year-old man, his car was found Schroeder with a body inside Tuesday afternoon. James M. Schroeder and his red 2007 Nissan 350Z had been missing since Feb. 12. The car was found about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 3400 block of Illinois Avenue, just south of Cherokee Street. Police said they had not conirmed if the body found inside was Schroeder’s, although they said the remains matched his general description. Police ask anyone with information about Schroeder’s disappearance to call 636-949-7900, Ext. 4465.

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On March 10 and 11, crews will close two lanes of westbound I-44 between Hampton and Arsenal between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. to shift traic before setting a barrier wall. When that work is done, one lane on westbound I-44 will be closed around the clock into early fall. Once the bridge renovations are complete later this year, crews will replace the driving surface of I-44 in both directions between Laclede Station Road and Kingshighway. (Leah Thorsen)

44 between Arsenal Street and Hampton Avenue next week and into the early fall, the Missouri Department of Transportation said. Crews are renovating the Southwest, Hampton and Sublette bridges along the interstate. At 9 a.m. Tuesday, they will shift traic and set a barrier wall along the bridges as part of the work. On Tuesday and March 9, crews will close two lanes of eastbound I-44 between Arsenal and Hampton between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to shift traic before setting a barrier wall. When the work is done, one lane on eastbound I-44 will be closed around the clock into early fall.

WASHINGTON > St. Louis joins Justice Department network • St. Louis has been added to a federal

Department of Justice Violence Reduction Network that allows cities to draw more aggressively on existing programs within the department to ight violent crime. St. Louis will be joined by New Orleans and Milwaukee as the three cities to be the latest added to the program, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. The department started the program in 2014 in Camden, N.J., Chicago, Detroit, Wilmington, Del., and Oakland and Richmond, Calif. In September, it was expanded to Compton, Calif., Flint, Mich., Little Rock and West Memphis, Ark., and Newark, N.J.

Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates said that the partnerships with the Justice Department have helped reduce crime rates in targeted cities. The agreement “is a comprehensive approach to reducing violent crime that complements the Attorney General’s ‘Smart on Crime’ initiative and leverages existing Justice Department resources in communities around the country,” the department said in announcing the three new cities. The Justice Department said St. Louis’ involvement in the program will allow the city to tap into “customized training and technical assistance; a

strategic site liaison to guide the coordination of Justice Department resources; tools to enhance information sharing, including peer-topeer exchanges; community practice collaboration among existing sites and an annual summit in September.” The program draws on what the Justice Department described as “tactical and operational expertise” from agencies including the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the U.S. Marshals Service; the Drug Enforcement Administration; and the Oice on Violence Against Women. (Chuck Raasch)

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