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Wentzville police chief suing government officials for harrassment

WENTZVILLE, MOM (KTVI) – The Wentzville police chief is suing the mayor, 2 alderwomen and St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar. Chief Lisa Harrison contends city officials and Lohmar conducted what she calls a “gender-based harassment campaign” to discredit her.

Lohmar denies the allegations and calls the lawsuit quote “an absolute abuse of the legal system.”

Mayor Nick Guccione says he won’t comment because he hasn’t seen the lawsuit.

Mother & marathon runner build playgrounds for children with disabilities

CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – A local woman joins forces with a Boston marathon runner to raise money for local playgrounds dedicated to kids with disabilities.

FOX2′s Shawndrea Thomas reports why parents say it’s so important.

At the tree top playground at Shaw Park in Clayton kids are playing and enjoying a day in the sun, and while most can visit any play area there are some with special needs, Natalie Blakemore with Unlimited Play stopped by FOX2 news in the morning to talk about her cause and how it’s connected to this year’s Boston Marathon,  Marathon runner Amanda Stanec approached the unlimited with an idea.

Natalie Blakemore – Unlimited Play: “She qualified for Boston and asked if she could raise funds for us as she was training and running.” She’s from Canada so were getting money from all over.”

Megan Meier Foundation honors those fighting bullying

ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – A nine year old who sold tee shirts to help fight bullying was among those honored Saturday night by the Megan Meier Foundation during its annual Celebration Gala held Saturday at the Heart of St. Charles Banquet Center.

Jordan Reynolds is a third grader who learned about anti-bullying efforts from his mixed martial arts teacher Jermaine Andre. Jordan set up a web site and by selling tee shirts raised $403, which he donated to the Megan Meier Foundation. Andre was also honored during the gala for his ongoing efforts to teach kids that bullying is wrong and to help them build up their self-confidence through fitness and mixed martial arts training.

The Megan Meier Foundation honors the memory of Megan Meier, a St. Charles County student who was cyberbullied to the point of committing suicide. Her mother, Tina Meier operates it. Meier says the movement is growing.

Police pursuit ends with wrong-way crash

ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI)-A morning injury crash just east of Cave Springs Road in St. Charles slowed traffic on both I-70 and along Veterans Memorial Parkway. The crash happened around 8:00am Saturday.

The Missouri Highway Patrol gives this account: a driver failed to yield to an emergency vehicle and a pursuit ensued. The driver went off the road, crashed through a fence, then drove the wrong way on Veteran’s Memorial Parkway , hitting two cars before the driver went off the road again. The driver was ejected from the vehicle. Five other people were transported to an area hospital for treatment.

No one was seriously hurt.

There is no word yet on charges or citations.

Children to hunt for Easter Eggs at T.R. Hughes Ballpark

(KTVI) – Fox 2 News has learned that the Easter Bunny is hopping in the vicinity of T.R. Hughes Ballpark. Bomarito Automotive Skyfox spied the holiday hare hiding 8,000 eggs.

So the River City Rascals invites all the children to find them – it is too much for the rascal to pick up alone. This same Easter Bunny extravaganza happened last year with half the number of eggs.

Children ages 1 to 12 are invited to hunt for the Easter Eggs at T.R. Hughes Ballpark. The event is free and open to the public starting at 11 a.m. (gates open at 10 a.m.) on Saturday, April 12.

For more information, visit www.frontierleague.com.

Weekends On The Web: Our list of activities and events

(KTVI)-Looking for some fun events this weekend? Meteorologist Angela Hutti has some ideas for you and your family.

Weekends On The Web: April 12-13, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals Baseball
Date: Saturday & Sunday, April 12-13 Venue: Busch Stadium
Game times 1:15pm each day. Tickets are limited.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs
Replica 2013 National League Champions Ring give-away Saturday
Yadier Molina & Adam Wainwright Gold Glove Award give-away Sunday
http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/

“Operation Protect” puts extra troopers near work zones

CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – The Missouri Highway Patrol is stepping up efforts Thursday to try and keep the work zone around the Boone Bridge in Chesterfield safe.

It’s called Operation “P.R.O.T.E.C.T.” and it’s all about putting extra troopers around the bridge to catch drivers violating work zone safety laws.

The effort is all about putting extra troopers around the Boone Bridge to catch drivers violating work zone safety laws.

MoDOT is doing a major construction project on the bridge that will eventually result in part of the bridge being brand new.

The Highway Patrol says from 8:00am to 4:00pm Thursday there will be seven troopers focusing on the construction zone near the bridge on both sides of the Missouri River.

The troopers will be using a zero tolerance approach to violations like speeding and following too close.