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West Newsmagazine 5-24-17

Local news, local politics and community events for West St. Louis County Missouri.

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16 I NEWS I May 24, 2017 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE Join us for pastries, coffee and a conversation about river cruising La Bonne Bouchee • 12344 Olive Blvd June 20, 2017 - 7 PM or June 21, 2017 - 10 AM Presented by: @WESTNEWSMAG WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM Manchester police sergeant in ICU following off-duty vehicle accident Reserve your spot today, space fills quickly! Call to make a reservation today 314-985-5642 - Joe Lang Travel MAY 19 - 29, 2017 The 2010 Nissan Altima driven by off-duty Patrol Sgt. Sheree Waterhouse, who was seriously injured in a four-car crash on Friday, May 12, at the Hwy. 50 and Prairie Dell intersection. [Photo courtesy of The Washington Missourian/Karen Butterfield] • Factory Direct Pricing • Additional Rebates Available - Save Thousands • Financing Available for Qualified Buyers • World's #1 Hot Tub Brand 6 THF Boulevard, Chesterfield, MO 63005 636.532.3133 HOURS: MON-FRI,10-7, SAT, 9-5 • SUN, noon-4 facebook.com/bakerpool bakerpool.com twitter.com/bakerpoolstl pinterest.com/bakerpool By BONNIE KRUEGER ELK TRAILS, from page 13 In addition, the Eureka Disaster Relief Committee is still helping individuals in the entire Eureka community, including Elk Trails. The committee is working with local relief organizations, including Central Baptist Church, Most Sacred Heart Catholic Church – St. Vincent de Paul, Eureka/Pacific Elks Lodge #2644 and the Eureka Lions Club. In addition to collecting donations of about $9,000 to help with flood clean up, the committee also plans to purchase and distribute 100-200 balloon The community is rallying around a veteran police officer of the city of Manchester. Police Sgt. Sheree Waterhouse, who has over 20 years’ service, is in serious condition at a St. Louis-area hospital following a vehicular accident in Franklin County that occurred on May 12 while Waterhouse was on her way home from work. A Ford F-450 work truck struck Waterhouse’s car from behind at an intersection, which pushed her into oncoming traffic, striking a third vehicle. The work truck also struck another vehicle. Waterhouse was the only one seriously injured in the crash, which is still under investigation. Early reports indicate she sustained a substantial head injury and is under heavy sedation in the intensive care unit at a local hospital. Because of the sedation, the extent of her injuries is unknown, although it is reported she has opened her eyes, moved her feet and squeezed her husband’s hand. The Manchester police are hopeful she will make a full recovery, although no longterm prognosis was known as of presstime. The Manchester Police and the Waterhouse family have asked that the community please respect her privacy; no visitors are allowed at this time. “Pray. Please pray,” urged Manchester Police Chief Tim Walsh. “There’s not a lot we know. There’s not a lot we can do. But we can pray.” A crowdfunding account has been created at www.youcaring.com/shereeandcraigwaterhouse-822641 to help with finances for the Waterhouse family. Donations also can be made at any First Community Credit Union location, under the Sgt. Sheree Waterhouse Benefit Fund. Additional fundraisers are being planned, but no concrete plans are in place. Waterhouse is a community-oriented policing officer [known as COPS]. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, community policing emphasizes proactive problem-solving in a systematic and routine fashion. Rather than responding to crime only after it occurs, community policing encourages agencies to proactively develop solutions to the immediate underlying conditions contributing to public safety problems. Additionally, Waterhouse heads the Manchester Shop With a Cop program, which she started several years ago. pumps to residents in case of another flood emergency. “We’ve been sending people out to do property assessments, and also sending people out to do the mucking, which involves cleaning out the mud, tearing out drywall and anything else that needs to be done,” Sir said. “If anyone hasn’t done that, they need to get in touch with our committee so we can get out there and help them.” For many residents, feedback from the city can’t come soon enough. “Right now, I’m terrified every time it rains,” Scheuer said.

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