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ST. LOUIS – A teenager is in custody in connection with a recent carjacking outside a south St. Louis church.

According to Evita Caldwell, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, a 13-year-old has been remanded to the Juvenile Division of the city’s Family Court and is being held on a robbery charge.

Police claim the teen was one of two juveniles responsible for an armed carjacking Friday evening in the parking lot of Carondelet Baptist Church, located in the 7300 block of Virginia Avenue in the Patch neighborhood.

The victim, a 62-year-old man, told police he parked his 2016 Dodge Caravan just after 7 p.m. when he was approached by two youths, who demanded he exit the vehicle. The victim got out of the Caravan and gave the suspects his wallet. The teens got in the Caravan and attempted to drive away. However, the struck several cars in the process and ran off on foot.

The incident was captured on church surveillance cameras.

 

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ST. LOUIS – The first $30 million of the City of St. Louis’ share of the NFL settlement is about to be spent on expanding the convention center downtown. Funding and bidding delays, along with supply chain issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, have pushed the project so far over budget that even the extra $30 million won’t be enough.

Ground was broken for the two-phase expansion in May, without enough funding to finish phase 2.

The project was initially touted as a $210 million expansion. St. Louis City and County each appropriated $105 million.

There is enough funding to reportedly finish the new façade and 92,000-square-feet of exhibit space along Cole Street, but not enough for the new grand ballroom and outdoor plaza that have been promised to people planning to hold conventions in late 2023 and early 2024.

The City of St. Louis received a $280 million share of the NFL settlement, with $30 million to either be spent on the convention center project or to be given to the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority (RSA), which runs the dome where the St. Louis Rams used to play.

St. Louis County got a $169 million share of the settlement and the RSA received $70 million for upkeep of the dome.

“There’s this $30 million basically appropriated to the city specifically for the convention center expansion. If we don’t use it for that purpose, it reverts back to the RSA,” said Alderman Jack Coatar (Ward 7), who represents downtown St. Louis. “So, from my perspective and city leaders’ perspectives, let’s go ahead and use this money to at least get some of the second phase of the convention center expansion done. We need more bodies, more people, downtown.”

Coatar has proposed a bill to authorize spending the $30 million as planned instead of having it fall to the RSA (dome). The St. Louis Board of Aldermen’s Conventions, Tourism, Arts, and Humanities Committee will consider the bill on Wednesday.

“So, what we’ve asked the convention center leadership (Explore St. Louis President Kitty Ratcliffe) to do is to say what does a pared-down Phase 2 with just this $30 million look like? I don’t know where they’re going to find $80 million or so,” Coatar said. “I don’t think there’s an appetite from city leadership to take it out of our additional $250 million in Rams settlement money.”

Ratcliffe did not respond to FOX 2 for comment.

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SEDGEWICK, Kan. (KSNW) — One Sedgwick man will spend every Chiefs game at Arrowhead Stadium from here on out, without ever traveling to Kansas City. He brought the Chiefs Kingdom right to his front door.

Dennis Basye says he has always been a Chiefs fan. He’s gone to many Chiefs games in the past, but it’s not something he has been able to do lately. So, he used his creativity and art skills to create the best gameday experience possible right from his home.

It all started about six or seven years ago when Basye retired.

“I used to go to games quite a bit,” Basye said. “And since I retired, the ticket prices just weren’t in my budget.”

But he wasn’t going to let that stop him.

“I just brought Arrowhead to me,” Basye said.

That’s exactly what he did.

“I went out to shop and said let’s do it,” Basye said.

Many of the pieces in his yard he built and painted himself, even the field.

“Made myself some 3-D stencils,” Basye said. “I watch them guys up there and said, hey, I could do that.”

He also brings in his family to help add to the decorations, but more importantly, they enjoy the games together.

“Ever since he started doing this, it’s been fun coming over here watching all the championship games with him and just hanging out, having a blast with him,” Kyle Basye, Dennis’s grandson, said.

Among all the fun and joy his front yard brings, he built it for a special purpose.

“I did it on behalf of my deceased wife, and she was a big Chiefs fan,” Dennis Basye said. “It is what keeps me going and kind of a dedication to her.”

Her name was Joy. Multiple people in the community gave Dennis the same sign that reads “Joy to the Chiefs.”

“I got one in my house, and I got one on the front of my sled,” Dennis Basye said. “And I just like this. It’s the joy of my life.”

Dennis Basye said he’s not planning on stopping any time soon.

“I just keep adding to it, and as the Chiefs build their kingdom, I build with them,” Dennis Basye said.

Dennis Basye says people are always stopping by to take pictures of his front yard. He says he was blessed with an artistic gift, and he loves sharing it.

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MORGAN COUNTY, Mo. – Poor road conditions are being blamed for a St. Louis woman’s death on a central Missouri highway.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened in Morgan County on Sunday around 6:20 p.m. on U.S. 50, a half-mile east of Old Highway 50.

State police claim Bridget Burgoon was driving east on the highway in a 2007 Chevy Colorado when she lost control of her vehicle and spun into the path of an oncoming 2021 Chevy Silverado.

Burgoon was pronounced dead at the scene. She was 20.

The 43-year-old driver of the Silverado suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Sedalia.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Kobe Brown scored 20 points, and D’Moi Hodge scored 17 points to help Missouri beat No. 12 Iowa State 78-61 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Saturday.

“To have a quad one win in January is very important,” Missouri coach Dennis Gates said. “I think that’s a two, a possible one-seed team. For us to have that quad one victory is very important, not only on Selection Sunday, but just for us in our growth to recognize who we are and also the confidence that we have in one another.”

Brown scored 14 of his points in the first half and led Missouri (16-5) with 12 rebounds. Nick Honor added 12 points and DeAndre Gholston scored 10.

“They had seven offensive rebounds, he had five of them,” Iowa State coach T.J. Otzelberger said about Brown. “He asserted his dominance, and he stepped up. He’s a tough matchup. He’s a hard cover, but I’d say more than that was how aggressive he was and his intent. His mindset was really impressive, so he certainly led that charge for them here.”

Jaren Holmes led Iowa State (15-5) with 19 points, and Gabe Kalscheur added 14.

“They came out with a lot of confidence,” Otzelberger said about Missouri. “They shot the ball well early which allowed them to get their press set and put us on our heels a little bit more. I give all the credit to Missouri.”

Missouri made 47% of its 30 3-point attempts, while Iowa State shot 40% from long range. Iowa State outrebounded Missouri 38-25, but the Tigers negated the advantage on the glass by scoring 20 points off 19 Cyclones turnovers.

“Our guys forced a great team to 19 turnovers,” Gates said. “Kobe Brown was unbelievable as it relates to rebounding. D’Moi Hodge was elite at deflections and steals and different things like that.”

The Tigers’ 78 points were a season-high for an Iowa State opponent in regulation; the Cyclones are 0-3 this season when allowing at least 70 points in regulation.

The Tigers led 42-32 at halftime and trailed for just 44 seconds in the entire contest.

Holmes hit a 3 with 9:22 remaining in the first half to give Iowa State a 21-20 lead. Isiaih Mosley followed with a 3 of his own just eight seconds later to give Missouri the lead for good.

DOMINATING

The Tigers improved to 151-86 all-time against Iowa State — the most against any Missouri opponent. Missouri wore throwback uniforms on Saturday from 1973-1996, when they were in the Big 8.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Iowa State guard Caleb Grill missed the game with a stiff back.

“We’re going to do what’s in Caleb’s best interest, to be healthy and to be able to play at his best.” Otzelberger said. “We’re in this profession for young people and developing them and doing the right thing and being leaders and that falls on my shoulders, and I’m going to continue to do that.”

BIG PICTURE

Iowa State: Three of the Cyclones’ five losses this season have come against unranked foes. Iowa State lost its only other nonconference road contest at Iowa 75-56 on Dec. 8.

Missouri: The Tigers have made 169 of 436 3-pointers (39%) in wins and 25 of 116 (22%) in their losses.

UP NEXT

Iowa State: At Texas Tech on Monday night.

Missouri: Hosts LSU on Wednesday night.

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Authorities are confirming that 48-year-old Julian Jones Sr. is jailed Sunday morning on a $150,000 cash-only bond.

Jones had been the subject of a search after at large charges were issued against him back on January 20. St. Louis County Police said Jones turned himself in at the St. Louis County Justice Center Saturday, January 28, and was taken into custody without incident.

Jones was charged with second-degree statutory rape. Investigators explained Jones had sex with a girl under 17 years old.

Authorities told FOX 2 that the victim became pregnant from the encounter and had a child. In investigators, DNA was taken from the victim and Jones, and paternity testing indicates that Jones is the father.

Jones was featured on at least one large billboard along I-270 in north county while authorities were looking for him. Police shared that during the search for Jones that he had connections to St. Louis and O’Fallon, Illinois.

The St. Louis County Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons detectives are leading this investigation. You’re urged to call police if you have any information.

FOX 2 will update this story with more information as it becomes available.

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ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Jewish Community Center’s biannual used book sale starts Sunday, January 29.

Preview Day starts at 10:00 a.m. with a $10 admission. Free admission begins Monday, January 30.

The hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. On Tuesday, customers can fill a bag for $5 between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. That will be the last day of the book sale.

They have every genre you can imagine – including mysteries, fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.

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ST. LOUIS – Two women, Allison Cousins and Riley Foster, recently launched a new St. Louis-based dating app.

The app is called Approach Dating, also the name of the start-up company from Cousins and Foster. What makes their dating app different than others on the market is that they host many meet-up events. There are several planned over the next few weeks.

Their key demographic is single young professionals who may have moved to the St. Louis area for a new job. The app is now available via Apple and Google Play. For more information, click here.

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NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) — A man who had gone missing was found dead near a creek area in Normal Friday night.

At approximately 10 p.m. Friday, Normal police found the victim, 21-year-old Matthew Listman of Libertyville, IL., at the intersection of W. Summit and N. Main Streets in Normal.

The image Normal police provided of Matthew Listman, 21

Listman was reported missing since Thursday and was pronounced dead just after 11 p.m. Friday.

A preliminary autopsy showed Listman drowned to death in the setting of cold exposure, and toxicology is pending. Although Listman’s death does not appear to be criminal in nature, officials are investigating the cause of death further.

Those with any information that could help Normal police and the McLean County Coroner’s office in any investigation are encouraged to contact NPD Criminal Investigations Division at 309-454-9593 or email cso@npd.org.

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ST. LOUIS – The origins of Mardi Gras may stem in New Orleans, Louisiana, but St. Louis also has some deep-rooted connections to ‘Fat Tuesday.’

Back in the 1790s, the area now known as Soulard was run by an upper Louisiana surveyor named Antoine Soulard, way before the celebration was recognized in Missouri. Over 200 years later, a St. Louis local decided to host a party centered around the Lenten season tradition.

In February 1980, Bob Brinkmann and friends planned a themed gathering at the previously-named Hilary’s pub, located at 1017 Russell Boulevard. After a few moments, Brinkmann shouted, “How about a Mardi Gras party?”

He’d eventually purchase the building, which is now recognized as Johnny’s Restaurant & Bar. Afterward, the one-time private party became the norm in the city, even gaining corporate sponsorships.

In 2023, the five-week-long celebration will draw approximately 750,000 people nationwide. The Twelfth Night kicked off on January 6 and peaks on February 25.

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