Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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MISSOURI ST. LOUIS Acting Chief Of EMS Takes Helm

Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. has appointed Robert Hardy III as chief of the city's Emergency Medical Services after a national search.

Hardy has been acting chief since August, when Bosley demoted Rodney Dreifuss after allegations of sexual harassment.

Hardy joined the city EMS in 1975 and became deputy chief in 1984.

The mayor said: "Robert Hardy has a proven track record of service to the city and has demonstrated exemplary performance throughout his career with EMS. The experience he has gained rising through the ranks will be invaluable in his working relationship with rank and file employees."

His salary will be $48,646 a year.

***** CENTRAL WEST END Woman Honored For Police Tip

A woman living in the city's Central West End was honored Tuesday with a Good Citizenship Award and a $100 check for alerting police to a robbery attempt near her home.

Elizabeth Gilpin, 26, was honored by the St. Louis Grand Jury Association Good Citizenship Fund Inc., at the Area II police station.

Gilpin was in her car when she saw a gunman approach a man in an alley off Euclid Avenue at 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 21. Gilpin at first tried to shield the victim from the gunman with her car; when the robber went around her car, she drove off and found a police officer nearby.

A suspect was arrested and charged.

***** ST. LOUIS Violent Crime Down For 2 Months

St. Louis was a bit safer during January and February than it was during the same period last year, authorities said.

Murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults were down slightly, compared with the same period last year.

There were 1,801 crimes against persons, compared with 2,065 last year.

There were 25 murders, four fewer than last year, and 43 rapes, five fewer than last year.

Property crimes were slightly higher because of a 16 percent increase in larcenies.

***** NORTH COUNTY More Riverport Concerts Set

A couple of veteran rock acts, Tom Petty and Lynyrd Skynyrd, top a brief list of concerts announced Tuesday for Riverport Amphitheatre's summer season.

Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, along with opening acts Tesla and Bloodline, will be at Riverport on May 12. Petty will be there on June 2; no opening act was announced, but according to the music-industry press, blues/folk singer Taj Mahal may appear with Petty this summer.

Also announced: Yanni on June 15 and Sandi Patty with the St. …

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