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Settlement reached in suit over Bridgeton Landfill

ST. LOUIS (KTVI)– Residents living near the Bridgeton Landfill will soon be receiving news about a class action lawsuit settlement.  The owners of the landfill have agreed to pay out more than $6.8 million.   The settlement is over the odor residents have been complaining about for the past several years.  The average resident will be offered a little more than $12,000.  The offers vary depending on where residents live.

The attorney representing families around the landfill said 400 homeowners will be notified about their options in the incoming days.  He said residents accepting the settlement would not be able to take legal action against the landfill over the odor in the future.  They would still be able to file a lawsuit over any future health problems.

“It`s a fair amount of money and it`s going to be paid quickly without years and years of litigation,” said Tag Gianaris, Simmons Law Firm.

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Pot cookies and brownies from Colorado land two suspects in jail

PINE LAWN, MO (KTVI) – An overnight traffic stop in Pine Lawn turns into a marijuana bust with an interesting twist.

The two suspects are now in custody.  Investigators say they apparently bought the pot in Colorado where the recreational sale of marijuana is legal.   The problem for the suspect is that possessing marijuana in Missouri is still illegal.

The marijuana was in neatly wrapped packages still with the price tags on it from Colorado. Some of the pot is in cookies and brownies that were found in the car that the two suspects were in.

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Pasta House and Schlafly coming to terminal 2 at Lambert

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KTVI) – Two more food choices are coming to Lambert Airport’s terminal two. The Pasta House and Schlafly will share a new restaurant space across from Gate E4 in the Southwest Airlines terminal area.

Menu items include lasagna, penne primavera and pizza and Shlafly beer.

Both restaurants currently have locations in terminal one at Lambert.

Pastor calls on community to help disabled tenants in St. Ann

(KTVI)– The fire last month at the Santa Ana Apartments in St. Ann left more than 160 residents homeless for a week and a half.  But it also exposed other issues.

St. Ann`s Mayor Michael Corcoran said Wednesday he`s concerned about the length of time it took to evacuate the tenants during the fire emergency.

Overland minister Marsha Brown, who is bringing food to residents from the Ritenour Co-Care Food Pantry, believes some residents need  assistance  the independent living building cannot supply.

“They are poor, they are needy, they are physically and mentally challenged and a lot of them are cut off from their family or the community or both,” Pastor Brown said.

Man bites employee during attempted robbery at Captain D’s

Michael Harden(KTVI)– A St. Louis man is charged with attempted robbery and biting an employee at a St. Ann restaurant.

Michael Jabobbi Harden, 37, is charged with attempted robbery at a Captain D’s restaurant on St. Charles Rock Road, in February.

Authorities say Harden reached over the counter and grabbed the register’s money.

An employee tried to stop him as he left until Harden bit the worker’s arm.

Employees held Harden until police arrived.

St. Louis County Police to participate in prescription drug take-back

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KTVI) – On Saturday, April 26, 2013, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, the St. Louis County Police Department participate in a nationwide event with the Drug Enforcement Administration to take prescription drugs off the streets, and out of the hands of abuser and, potential abusers.

The take-back program is a nationwide event that many law enforcement agencies partake in to keep prescription drugs out of abusers hands, while enhance the quality of the nation’s water supply by keeping prescription drugs out of water systems.

Drop-off sites around the county will be collecting potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs that will be turned over to the DEA for proper disposal.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Just deposit the unwanted drugs and leave.

The St. Louis County Police Department will be conducting collections at four sites:

Florissant Valley fire captain honored with writing award

Florissant Valley fire captain honored with writing award

FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) - Captain Jason Hoevelmann of the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District was recently honored with the Fire Service Writers Award for the blogs he’s written for FireEngineering.com and FireEMSBlogs.com, FirefighterNation, FireRescue and Fire Engineering.

In his blogs on FireEngineering.com and FireEMSBlogs.com, he provides quick company drills and training tips.

Captain Hoevelmann assumed the role of district Training Officer in 2012 and has strived to incorporate more “next generation” aspects of firefighter training into the district’s training regimen.

Captain Hoevelmann is a 14-year member of the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District.