UNIVERSITY CITY, MO. (KTVI) – The Joe Besser Film Festival was part of an effort to land Besser a spot on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Besser a comedian best known for his stint with the Three Stooges has a star in Hollywood. But to date is not recognized with a star on Delmar’s Walk of Fame. Besser was born in 1907 and grew up on the north side of St. Louis. A vaudeville headliner for years until he moved on to doing radio, television and movies. Joe’s niece Sandy Besser Hill has been trying to get her uncle a spot on the walk of fame for years. She hopes that this film festival will be the push needed to get it done.
MEXICO CITY (CNN) — A gang was involved in the mass disappearance of people at a bar and investigators are looking into whether a dispute with a rival group was a factor, officials said. The May 26 incident at the Heaven after-hours bar has jolted the capital city, given it took place in daylight on a Sunday morning. Video footage shows a gang of about 17 people arriving in eight vehicles at the fashionable Zona Rosa district, according to authorities. It’s unclear exactly how many people were taken from the bar. Initial reports indicated 12. But Mexico City Attorney General Rodolfo Rios said Friday that video showed eight people being taken to cars. Authorities don’t know what became of the other four people. Contrary to reports by relatives of the missing, the gang was not masked or driv
ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – If you were seeing a lot of little blue creatures running around downtown Saturday, your eyes weren’t playing tricks on you. We were overrun by Smurfs! Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Clumsy Smurf and their Smurf village are in town Saturday and Sunday for “Meet the Smurfs Weekend.” The visit is in support of their return to the big screen next month in “The Smurfs 2.” You can meet the Smurfs Sunday from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm at the St. Louis Uncorked, Wine and Music Festival at 13th and Market Street.
(CNN) — Louisiana authorities have found a car belonging to missing teacher Terrilyn Monette, who disappeared March 2 after leaving a New Orleans bar, Slidell Police Detective Daniel Suezeneau told CNN on Saturday. He said a body of a woman was found in the car, but would not confirm whether it was the 26-year-old Monette. She was last seen with friends at a bar where she was celebrating being nominated for a “Teacher of the Year” award.
WEST ALTON, MO. (KTVI) – Dropping flood waters along the Mississippi and the Missouri signaled a start for clean-up Saturday for West Alton residents. Reporter Betsey Bruce is in West Alton, where work has been underway for about 24 hours. Follow Betsey Bruce on Facebook and Twitter: Betsey Bruce on Facebook Betsey Bruce on Twitter Betsey.Bruce@tvstl.com
EAST ST. LOUIS, IL. (KTVI) – The East St. Louis Police department is investing the death of a 59-year-old man that occurred early Saturday morning. Police were called to a domestic dispute around 3:00 am Saturday morning, to the 2900 block of Wavely in the Ruggeria apartment complex. Police found the body of a male, who had been stabbed in the chest. Witnesses told the police that the man and his girlfriend had been arguing, before the stabbing. The victim was transported to a local hospital, but died on the way to the hospital. The woman has been taken into custody.
AFFTON, MO (KTVI) – The Affton Fire Department says an electrical fire is responsible, for forcing several residents out their apartment at the Heritage Estates Apartments in Affton, MO. The fire swept through several apartments, sending flames through the roof at one point. Fire department officials think the fire began in the ceiling of a second floor unit. No one was hurt in the fire, powers remains out in part of complex.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker on Saturday declared his candidacy for the Senate in this year’s special election to fill the seat of the late Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg. Booker’s campaign sent out an email release the day before stating that the mayor would make an announcement regarding his candidacy at the event in Newark, followed by a similar event a few hours later in the southern part of the Garden State. At Saturday’s news conference, Booker cited a track record of compromise as Mayor of Newark as an example of how he can help change gridlock in Washington. “I am here because I believe that people who care, can find solutions to even the most difficult problems. I am here because when we work together, I know from experience that there is no problem we
SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) — North Korea has agreed to meet Sunday for talks that will focus on reopening its shared industrial complex with South Korea and other issues, the latter’s national news agency reported Saturday. The talks are another sign of improvement in the severely strained relations between the two Koreas. Pyongyang on Friday reconnected a hotline between the two sides that it had severed amid recent tensions. North Korea set off months of tensions with a long-range rocket launch in December followed by an underground nuclear test in February. The North broke the impasse between the two sides over the Kaesong Industrial Zone — a major symbol of cooperation between the two countries where Pyongyang halted activity in April — by issuing a proposal on Thursday for talks. It sai
(CNN) — Pakistan’s foreign affairs ministry has summoned U.S. charges d’affaires Ambassador Richard Hoagland “to lodge a strong protest on the U.S. drone strike carried out in North Waziristan” on Friday, the Pakistan government’s spokesman office said. Pakistani intelligence officials say the strike killed at least six militants. “Pakistan strongly condemns the drone strikes which are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The importance of bringing an immediate end to drone strikes was emphasized,” the government said.
KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) — Four coalition members were killed in Afghanistan Saturday, NATO’s International Security Assistance said. Two American soldiers and a civilian, also American, were shot dead by a gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform in the eastern Paktika province, an ISAF spokeswoman said. The shooter was killed in the incident. Separately, an Italian soldier was killed and three others were wounded in western Afghanistan’s Farah province by “hostile elements” targeting a convoy of military advisers, the Italian defense ministry said. CNN’s Khushbu Shah contributed to this report
BERKELEY, MO (KTVI) – One week after tornadoes steam rolled through the St. Louis area, a call for help has been answered. 75 volunteers will hit the streets of Berkeley this morning to pick up debris. The Mayor put out the request for help… and the Life Church of St. Louis is helping to organize the volunteers. The clean-up effort won’t only make the neighborhood look better, it’s a step on the road to recovery, especially for some residents who have been hit with two tornadoes in two years.
PARK HILLS, MO (KTVI) – Jacque Waller’s family is finally getting closure Saturday. The wife and mother killed by the hands of her husband will be laid to rest. Visitation will start at 9am at Esther Baptist church on 7th street in Park Hills. The funeral service will follow at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, Waller’s family is requesting donations to either the Jacque Waller family fund at U.S. Bank or any local domestic abuse shelter. Previous story: Clay Waller Pleads Guilty to Wife’s Murder, Sentenced to 20 Years View Larger Map
METROPOLIS, IL (KTVI)– The home of Superman is the community of Metropolis, Illinois and every year the town gets together to honor their superhero. But this year, the festival had a special meaning. Bruce Mohrhard has been a fan of the man of steel most his life. It made sense the St. Louisian and comic book fan would make the three hour trek to tiny Metropolis, Illinois. This is the 35th year for the three day celebration to see the man of steel or even a king of the ring. And for grown ups and those who’ve never grown up, this supersized visitor from another planet is expected to bring 30,000 people to town.
EUREKA, MO (KTVI)– The Obama administration announced Friday that gray wolves no longer need federal protection from extinction. Animal care director Regina Mossotti looked over the pack of Mexican gray wolves at the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka, the day the federal government proposed to lift protection of the gray wolf in North America in the belief that the species has recovered, a stance she believes is still debatable. But there is actual good news in this government proposal for the Endangered Wolf Center, since they help save the Mexican gray wolf, a different subspecies of the gray wolf that will receive increased protection from the federal government, as part two of this proposal. If the proposal by the federal government passes for them to lift protection of the gray wolf ac
BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI)–A group of Catholic nuns on a school bus toured landfills in Bridgeton Friday and prayed for the “damaged land to heal.” An underground fire in the Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill has sent a strong odor into the surrounding area. The fire worried neighbors because radioactive waste is buried in the adjoining West Lake Landfills along St. Charles Rock Rd. Republic Services operates the facilities and is working to cap the landfill where the fire broke out. A spokesman said the firm is operating West Lake Landfills according to a federal order. But that has not diminished the worries of residents and members of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. “Republic has been trying to cooperate and saying they are doing as much as they can do, but there seems to be no plan of action if th
BERKELEY, MO (KTVI)– One week after tornadoes steam rolled through the St. Louis area volunteers plan to meet to continue the big job of cleaning up. There are so many homes with limbs down. Althea Clay has big tree limbs scattered all over her backyard. She said, “I am very overwhelmed, I’m frustrated I’m overwhelmed, I’m a little perturbed.” She lives in Woodson Terrace and the tree limbs are from her neighbors’ property. She can’t afford to hire a company to clean it up and she can’t do it herself, she’s on disability. She’s hoping someone will offer her assistance. She said, “It would be absolutely difficult I wouldn’t be able to do it at all.” Meanwhile, volunteers will be on the streets of Berkeley Saturday. The mayor put out a request for help and folks from St. Louis, mid Missouri
MARYVILLE, IL (KTVI)- A road construction worker was seriously injured when he was run over by a truck. Maryville, IL police say William “Mark” Smith, 56, of Smithon, IL, was working at IL Rt. 162 and Lakeview Acres Dr. where a roundabout is being installed. An asphalt truck backed up and caught his leg under the truck, causing serious injuries. He was taken by medical helicopter to a St. Louis hospital. The incident is under investigation.
DENVER, CO (KDVR) – A collection of rural counties in Northern Colorado have begun informally discussing seceding from Colorado to form a 51st state. Sean Conway, the Weld County commissioner, is leading the collection of counties such as Weld, Morgan, Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Yuma and Kit Carson counties in forming the new state. These primarily Republican counties feel as though the Democrat-controlled legislature has been ignoring the values of rural counties when passing recent legislation including gun control measures, expanding oil and gas production and creating new renewable energy standards for rural areas. The recent signing of the Senate Bill 252 by Gov. John Hickenlooper which requires an increase in renewable energy standards in rural areas was the final straw.