Too busy last week to stay up to date on all the news happening in and around St. Charles County? Not to worry. Patch has your back.
In case you missed them, here were some of the top headlines from the four St. Charles County Patch sites — St. Charles Patch, St. Peters Patch, O'Fallon Patch and Wentzville Patch — over the last few days:
Former Zumwalt West Middle School Teacher Accused of Taping Students Faces New Federal Charges
- A former Fort Zumwalt West Middle School teacher who was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography and allegedly taping students undressing at camp is now facing federal charges, according to STLtoday.com. Matt Hansen, 39, Winfield, taught seventh grade math in the district since 2004, and was placed on administrative leave in 2012.
Plans Approved to Construct Kiddie Academy Daycare in WingHaven
- A new daycare is heading to O'Fallon. The O'Fallon City Council approved a conditional use permit (CUP) for Concord Properties, LLC on Thursday for two vacant lots in Lakeside Shoppes, located at 3002 Winghaven Blvd., to develop a childcare center called Kiddie Academy.
Madison's Cafe Owner Named 'Restaurateur of the Year'
- A local restaurant owner is being honored by theGreater St. Louis Restaurant Association later this month. Tom Kuhn, owner of Madison's Cafe, has been named "Restaurateur of the Year 2012" by the association. Kuhn was honored at the annual dinner on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 at the Ballpark Hilton.
- The doorbell rang at 3 a.m. and roused four sleeping paramedics in Dardenne Prairie on January 8. It was expectant dad Brad Limbaugh, of Wright City, at the door and he needed help. "My wife’s having a baby, now, her water just broke," he told the St. Charles County Ambulance District crew. Paramedics Ed Williams, Trish Kohlenhoefer, Lisa Cassidy and Greg Pendleton took a team approach, with Williams taking the lead. The crew then delivered the baby.
- A Denver man was caught transporting 30 pounds of high-grade marijuana on Interstate 70 Sunday, according to a St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department report. A sheriff’s deputy pulled over Justin R. Hulet, 34, of Denver, over for failing to use a turn signal on eastbound I-70 at the 205 mile marker. The deputy called in a K-9 unit to do an exterior sniff on the vehicle. The dog helped deputies discover three duffle bags under the pickup truck’s bed cover. The bags contained 30 pounds of high-grade marijuana.
Business Owner Seeks Approval to Build Banquet Center on South Main Street
- An addition to a 150-year-old stone mill on South Main Street is expected to be demolished soon and a new banquet center built in its place, pending approval from the St. Charles City Council. Sheri Steffans, owner of the Heart of St. Charles, is hoping to build the Old Stone Chapel and Banquet Center at 1106 South Main Street, which is currently the site of the mill.
City to Add Dual Turn Lanes from Muegge Road to Mexico Road
- Several major roads in St. Charles will get a complete overhaul in 2014 and 2015. The St. Charles County Road Board recently awarded funding for several projects in St. Charles. One of those projects is designed to ease congestion at Muegge Road and Mexico Road. The city previously studied possible solutions to traffic problems at Cave Springs and I-70. One solution that will be implemented in 2014 will be widening Muegge Road in front of the QuikTrip south of Mexico Road. This will allow crews to add a second left turn lane to the road. Construction is expected to start in 2014.
Construction on Fifth Street Gateway Project Set for 2014
- St. Charles is making plans to improve a key gateway into the city: Fifth Street between Boone's Lick Road and First Capitol. The city received federal Surface Transportation Program funding to create a gateway to the city and make improvements to Fifth Street. The $3.7 million in funds for improvements were awarded by East-West Gateway in 2012. The city is expected to contribute about $960,000 for the project.
- A 19-year-old St. Peters woman is accused of having her 12-year-old brother receive a package containing 15 pounds of marijuana, according to a St. Charles County Drug Task Force report. Alana Howell, 19, of the 3900 block of Jaq-Mar Court in St. Peters, was charged Tuesday with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug-related items.
- The St. Charles County school safety task force may not have any legislative power, but that didn't stop it from making suggestions for improvements on Tuesday. Armed with the knowledge gained through a series of presentations made two weeks ago and a few made early Tuesday, the task force began compiling a list of recommendations it will present to the St. Charles County Council.
- After being missing since Jan. 14, 16-year-old Molly Linhardt is back home. St. Peters Police said Linhardt was located in Monroe County, Mo., shortly after midnight on Wednesday. Police said the Monroe County Sheriff's Department were contacted by a family member of Benjamin Kinkade, 27. Police believed Linhardt was with Kinkade when she disappeared nine days ago. Kinkade's family member wanted to turn Linhardt and Kinkade.
Charges Filed Against Convicted Sex Offender Connected to Missing Teen
- Statutory rape charges have been filed against the convicted sex offender involved with a St. Charles County teen who went missing earlier this month. According to a report on StlToday.com,Benjamin Kinkade, 27, of Wright City, has been charged with having sex with a 16-year-old girl. StlToday.com reports Kinkade is being held in St. Charles County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Arrest Made in December First Bank Robbery
- The Wentzville Police Department announced yesterday on its Facebook page that a suspect in the Dec. 10, 2012 robbery of the First Bank in Wentzville has been arrested. Willie B. Franklin of Urbana, IL, was arrested with the help of the FBI by the Palm Beach County, FL, Sheriff's Department. Franklin is a suspect in a string of robberies across Missouri and Illinois, including the First Bank robbery.
Last Remaining Section of I-70 South Service Road Renamed to Honor Veterans
- During Wednesday night's meeting of the Wentzville Board of Aldermen, the aldermen voted to change the name of the the last remaining piece of Interstate 70's South Service Road to Veterans Memorial Parkway. According to city staff, the process is also being undertaken for sections of South Service Road in unincorporated St. Charles County and the City of Foristell.
Chuck Berry Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
- Chuck Berry, often described as the poet laureate of rock and roll, was feted with a repertoire of his famous musical riffs and lyrical hits performed by guitarist Billy Peek at the 2013 St. Louis Arts Awards ceremony Monday at the Chase Park Plaza. Berry, 86, received the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award as part of A&E’s kick-off to its 50th anniversary celebration.
Wentzville Gun Shop Sees Surge in Sales
If the shelves at Heartland Guns and Ammo in Wentzville are any indication, area gun owners and shooting enthusiasts are concerned about the availability of guns and supplies—or maybe they're just expressing their support of their second-amendment rights.