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Kirkwood shooting suit dismissed

The family of a councilwoman killed three years ago in the Kirkwood City Hall shooting has dropped a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that provided security at City Council meetings. “There has not been any settlement,” said defendant Whelan Security Co.’s attorney, Anthony R. Behr, of Behr, McCarter & Potter in Clayton.

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Ex-board leader triumphs

A former Northeast Ambulance & Fire Protection District board director who has argued that he was improperly removed from his position scored a win Tuesday in the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District.

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Rams’ owner sues over unpaid tickets

The St. Louis Rams Partnership has filed a lawsuit against ticket broker The Sports Nook and former Woodbury Financial Services stockbroker Joshua Gould in St. Louis County Circuit Court, claiming they owe the partnership more than $125,000 for tickets.

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Title company must pay

A couple who lost their investment in a home construction project won a $140,000 verdict against the title company that recorded their deed of trust. James and Jill Clemens purchased 4 acres of land in Wentzville in 2007 and contracted Routt Homes to build a custom home upon it. The couple then transferred the property to Routt to provide the company with collateral for an $800,000 construction loan. The couple agreed to accept a $95,000 deed of trust as security in case the deal went bad, said the couple’s attorney, Allen Press, of Green Jacobson in Clayton.

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Ritz-Carlton, Enterprise sued over alleged sexual assault of 9-year-old

The family of a 9-year-old girl who allegedly was sexually assaulted at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Clayton earlier this month filed a civil lawsuit in St. Louis County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Named as defendants are the hotel company, its management company, Enterprise Leasing Co. and Daniel Hughes. The suit asks for more than $5 million in punitive damages. Hughes, of Pennsylvania, allegedly was in St. Louis for an Enterprise training session March 6 when he got a key for the wrong room from a desk clerk around 4 a.m.

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Median home values drop in St. Louis County

Median residential property assessments in St. Louis County have fallen by 5.26 percent since 2009, according to preliminary data released by the assessor’s office. State law requires the assessor’s office to release preliminary real property values every odd year. The values then are inspected, verified and used to formulate projected tax rates.

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