Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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MISSOURI

LAKE SAINT LOUIS

Fire Chief To Resign After Controversy

Richard Shoaf, chief of the Lake Saint Louis Fire Protection District, said Tuesday that he'll resign effective Aug. 1. The job pays $64,500 a year.

Shoaf, 55, denied that the board asked him to resign. Directors apparently have been negotiating his resignation since March, when he returned after a three-month suspension. The board suspended Shoaf Jan. 20, because he punched a firefighter at the district's Christmas party.

Firefighters had protested the chief's return, saying that he intimidated them and ruled through fear.

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ELECTION BOARD

Request For Federal Marshals Rejected

The U.S. attorney's office here has rejected a request from former St. Louis Alderman Jimmy Matthews to put federal marshals at the Election Board on Aug. 6. Matthews, a candidate for state representative and 27th Ward Democratic committeeman, also had sought marshals at polling places in his district.

Matthews says he fears vote fraud, because he is running against Rep. Paula Carter, who is the 27th Ward Democratic committeewoman. Matthews notes that Carter's daughter, Keena Carter, is in charge of the Election Board's computers that count the ballots.

Janice Trigg, executive director of the Election Board, said that to avoid problems, Keena Carter and other relatives of politicians get different duties on Election Day having nothing to do with tallying.

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CHURCH BURNINGS

St. Peter's Sponsors 24-Hour Prayer Vigil

Area residents will start a 24-hour prayer vigil at midnight Thursday for the nation to put aside racism and end church burnings. The vigil will be in the main sanctuary at St. Peter's Evangelical United Church of Christ, 1425 Stein Avenue in Florissant.

The public is invited to attend and to pray with church members.

"We are asking God to change the hearts of people and of a nation, said the Rev. Duayne Meyer, pastor of St. Peter's.

The church is asking for money to help burned churches rebuild and volunteer construction workers. …

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