Thursday, January 31, 2013
Some of the virus' common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pains.
Although the flu is on everyone’s minds this season, the winter vomiting bug, or the norovirus, is making its rounds. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the norovirus causes about 70,000 hospitalizations and 800 deaths each year, mostly in young children and the elderly. Some of the virus' common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pains. The CDC points out that the norovirus is often referred to as thestomach flu, but it is unrelated to influenza. According to St. Louis County Health Department Spokesman John Shelton, there are eight outbreaks of the norovirus in the St. Louis County area. Shelton points out that an outbreak can be just five cases of a less common disease, like …
Monday, January 21, 2013
The ban, which targets groups like the Westboro Baptist Church, was passed by Creve Coeur's City Council last week.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton, wants to pass legislation that would restrict funeral protests. (Read Previous Story: Appeals Court Rules Manchester Can Restrict Funeral Protests) Stenger wants legislation that would mirror Creve Coeur's city ordinance which was passed this week by the city council, the Post reports. Last week, Creve Coeur gave final approval to an ordinance similar to Manchester's city ordinance which prohibits protests within 300 feet of a funeral one hour before and one hour after services. It differs in that it includes the phrase "knowingly" to allow that in some cases, a scenario could present itself where someone who lives within the radius described …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
The St. Louis Department of Revenue has four offices to serve patrons.
Missouri state law requires real property and personal property taxes to be paid by Dec. 31, 2012. Tax payments must be postmarked or received by Dec. 31, or will be considered delinquent. Delinquent payments are subject to late charges of 2 percent interest per month, or any portion thereof, with a maximum of 18 percent per year, plus a 2 percent penalty. Self-addressed courtesy reply envelopes are included with the tax bill for mailing payments. Real property and personal property tax payments may be submitted on one check and mailed in one envelope. If the self-addressed envelope is not used, taxpayers can find the mailing address on the back of the tax bill. The last day to pay tax bills in person is Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. Revenue …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The Mayor of Fenton is looking for support to change the existing sales tax sharing method in St. Louis County.
A new move to alter the way sales tax revenues in St. Louis County should be shared (or not) could be headed for debate in Jefferson City as state lawmakers reconvene in January. Here's how it is done, according to the St. Louis County website: A complex set of rules governs the distribution of the one percent local sales tax in St. Louis County. Some cities, designated point-of-sale or "A" cities, retain most of the sales tax revenues collected from businesses within their boundaries. These are cities that had had local sales taxes before the countywide levy was enacted. Other cities, designated pool or "B" cities, share revenues with others in the pool on a per capita basis. Unincorporated St. Louis County is part of the pool. …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Each week, Patch publishes information from the local restaurant inspections of St. Louis County Department of Health as well as their grade.
Here are some of the latest restaurant inspections from the past 90 days: Potbelly Sandwich Shop Address: 11607 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur Date of Inspection: Aug. 20 Type of Inspection: Opening Risk Factor: 2 Grade: 100-A Comments: Follow-up scheduled to check hepatitis A shot compliance. Tim’s Tasty Cuisine Address: 1929 Washington St., Florissant Date of Inspection: Oct. 16 Type of Inspection: Follow-up Risk Factor: 3 Grade: 100-A Comments: Concerns from previous visit corrected. Proof of enrollment in food safety course for one employee. Incomplete hep. A records for another employee who will need to provide updated records showing he had shot number two before he can be put back on work schedule. Educare in Hazelwood Address: 7118 N. …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Each week, Florissant Patch publishes information from the local restaurant inspections of St. Louis County Department of Health as well as their grade.
Here are some of the latest restaurant inspections from the past 90 days: LuLu Chinese Express Address: 11481 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur Date of Inspection: Oct. 31 Type of Inspection: Routine Risk Factor: 3 Grade: 98-A Comments: Food additives on shelves not labeled. Date marking needed on products in walk-in. Bandana’s Address: 8234 N. Lindbergh Blvd., Florissant Date of Inspection: Nov. 5 Type of Inspection: Routine Risk Factor: 2 Grade: 96-A Comments: There were no hand towels at the sink in the men’s restroom. Employee supplied paper towels at the sink to correct the violation. Facility not able to provide hepatitis A vaccine for all employees. Inspector to complete a 14-day follow-up to check employee hepatitis A records. 7-Eleven …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Health Department officials say September is a prime month for the mosquito-borne illness.
Although St. Louis County Department of Health officials tell Patch there are no reported human cases of West Nile Virus in St. Louis County, the department is stepping up its mosquito spraying efforts in order to prevent the spread of the virus. The health department announced the details of its plan in a news release and stated that the "dramatic increases" in human cases of West Nile in other states is a factor in the decision to increase prevention methods. As previously reported by Patch, mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile in St. Louis County. Health officials stated that September is a "prime month" for mosquitoes and West Nile so spraying will be beefed up in order to combat the virus. Spraying will take place in the …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Pay increases are being discussed by officials during St. Louis County's budgeting process this year. It would mark the first time in four years that employees were given raises.
Raises for St. Louis County employees are being discussed by officials during this year's budgeting process. (Sign up here for the FREE Patch Newsletter, including Breaking News Alerts.) It would be the first raise county employees received in four years. “We’re in the first third of the budget process and talking about all of the different options here,” said Mac Scott, spokesperson for County Executive Charlie Dooley. He added that a raise isn't certain yet. “We got some things (last year) that were better than we thought they’d be,” he said. Councilman Steve Stenger (D-South County) reinforced the possibility during a South County Chamber of Commerce meeting on Thursday. “The St. Louis County police are the best in the area, but we …
Monday, August 20, 2012
A spokesperson for St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley said a projected shortfall in the parks department may not be a reality.
Calls for a tax increase to pay for St. Louis County parks because of a funding shortfall could be sounding the alarm too early. That’s according to one official in County Executive Charlie Dooley’s office who asserts that a $500,000 budget shortfall might not actually exist. “That’s a nice number, I don’t know if it’s based on any kind of reality,” spokesperson Mac Scott said. “We’re unaware of that kind of a problem as this point.” The parks department created a business plan based on 2013 budget projections from the county executive’s office. Those projections included zero funding from the county’s general fund and a $7.4 million decrease in the budget over two years. The business plan looked at alternate revenue sources and cost-…
Sunday, June 10, 2012
The following mug shots were taken from various Patch crime reports between June 2 and June 8.
Information for Mugs in the News is provided by the St. Charles County and St. Louis County law enforcement agencies. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions taken on a given day and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor. We will verify and report the outcome.