Updated at 12:45 Thursday, Feb. 7 with arrest numbers.
The St. Louis Police Department is deploying 80 extra officers and resources to north city’s College Hill neighborhood.
The area, which borders O’Fallon Park to the west and Interstate 70 to the north, has been the site of a number of shootings recently, including three murders.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says the department is used to this kind of “hot-spot policing,” and says the tactic has been used to great effect in other parts of the city.
Two 18-year-olds are in custody and are expected to be charged Friday with the murder of a former St. Louis University volleyball player.
Twenty-three year Megan Boken was shot and killed Saturday afternoon while sitting in her car in the Central West End.
St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom says robbery was the motive.
The crime attracted a lot of attention, especially because it occurred in broad daylight in a busy neighborhood.
Mayor Francis Slay expressed his sympathy to the Boken family and said making St. Louis safer is a priority.
Last provision of Mo. law aimed at curbing auto extended service contract industry takes effect
Republican Senator Scott Rupp sponsored the legislation after he says he received lots of complaints about the businesses in his suburban St. Louis district.
The last portion of the law to take effect requires the extended contract service providers, and their employees, to apply for a license with the Missouri Department of Insurance.
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