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Since joining FOX 2 News as a general assignment reporter in June 1985, Roche Madden has reported on stories from Saudi Arabia to the former Soviet Union to San Francisco.

He recently covered Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Madden traveled to Saudi Arabia to report on preparations for Operation Desert Storm and how Scott Air Force Base was playing an important roll. In San Francisco Madden followed a group of St. Louis officials to California where they learned about earthquake preparedness. In Russia Madden followed troops who took part in Provide Hope, a program which air lifted food and medicine to the former Soviet Union.

In what he considers the highlight of his career, Madden joined Pope John Paul II as he traveled from Rome to Mexico City to St. Louis.

Madden won an Emmy Award for his reporting on flood coverage in the St. Louis area. In 1996 Madden won an Emmy for live spot news coverage.

Before coming to St. Louis, Madden spent five years in Tulsa, Oklahoma and nearly two years in Midland, Texas where he anchored the news.

Madden majored in broadcast journalism at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Want to send me a news tip? E-mail: roche.madden@tvstl.com

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    Final preparations ahead of Soulard Mardi Gras parade

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Soulard was bubbling with excitement Friday afternoon as folks made final preparations for the 38th annual celebration in the southside neighborhood. Folks love Mardi Gras! Crews are using more than 3,100 bike racks for crowd control during the Grand Parade and approximately 1,500 portable restrooms have been put in place. Everywhere people look, Mardi Gras colors are bright and visible. Event organizers said Mardi Gras generates millions of dollars for the economy. It appeared no one […]

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    $50k worth of drugs stolen in pharmacy break-ins

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Thieves broke into two different pharmacies in Jefferson County within just a few days, stealing almost $50,000 worth of drugs. Doug Rademaker, a pharmacist who owns Prescription Plus Pharmacy in Festus, has security footage of the suspects prying open the store’s front door. They quickly went to work. They brought bags with them and stole only narcotics—approximately $29,000 worth—from his store. “It’s a violation to us and my staff and to our patients. It’s a […]

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    Vice President Pence visit family business in Fenton

    FENTON, MO (KPLR) – Vice President Pence traveled to Fenton to talked about jobs and the economy at the Fabick Company. It’s a business that sells, rents and repairs big earth moving equipment. The Vice President first addressed what happened at the Jewish Cemetery in University City. He said, “We condemn this act in the strong possible terms.” Pence said he was reminded of his recent visit to a concentration camp in Germany and how American soldiers liberated holocaust victims.  […]

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    Anti-Defamation League offers reward in cemetery vandalism case

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) – The job of putting the headstones back in place at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City could take days. Families crowded the cemetery Tuesday morning to see if their loved ones’ graves had been vandalized. More than 180 markers had been toppled. “It’s a human being that was buried, whether the 1800s or today, this is terrible,” said Joan Rifkin, who has loved ones buried at Chesed Shel Emeth. “Who could have done such […]

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    ATF team comes to St. Charles to investigate country club fire

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – A National Response Team from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms arrived at Bogey Hills Country Club Monday morning to begin its investigation into a fire that destroyed the main building. The ATF has national three teams, one is St. Charles another is investigating an apartment fire in Anchorage, Alaska. The national team is made up of the cream of the crop of fire investigators in the world. The ATF is the only federal […]

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    Cellphone theft ring busted after bi-state police pursuit

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A police pursuit of suspects in a cellphone store robbery crossed state lines Friday afternoon. The robbery reportedly happened at an AT&T store in the 1800 block of Brentwood Blvd., but police in St. Ann began the pursuit. The suspects drove a black SUV into north St. Louis, traveling along Riverview Blvd. Thesuspects’ vehicle struck a Bellefontaine Neighbors police cruiser, but no injuries were reported. The suspects traveled east on I-270 over the Chain of Rocks Bridge […]

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    Girl wants to thank stranger who saved her following escalator fall

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – The girl who fell from a south county escalator thanked the man who caught her in mid-air. Fox 2 News aired the security camera video of the incident that happened in the South County Center. It turned out the girl who was seen hanging onto the outside of the escalator was 12-year-old Alexis Dixon. When Alexis got to the top, she fell. Mark Maloy rushed to the escalator and caught her before she hit […]

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    Good Samaritan catches falling teenager from mall escalator

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – An alert shopper rushed to the rescue when a teen fell from an escalator at the South County Center earlier this month. Mark Maloy caught the falling teen in his arms. Witnesses say she would have likely landed on her head had he not caught her. Maloy watched surveillance video of the incident detailing what happened. You can see two girls playing around the escalator grabbing the outside of the moving handrail. However, one […]

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    Controversy erupts after NAACP state president is cut-off while testifying on house bill

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Missouri’s new governor and members of the St. Louis County NAACP met Tuesday to find common ground. It happened at the capitol where there is some controversy revolving around what happened to the president of the state NAACP Monday. The controversy involves a house bill that some believe would legalize discrimination and prevent victims from suing the person or business responsible. Nimrod Chapel, Jr. is President of Missouri’s NAACP.  He said, “It was embarrassing […]

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    Police: Missing Missouri KKK leader shot by stepson; wife helps with murder

    LEADWOOD, MO (KPLR) – The wife and stepson of a former KKK leader are charged with his murder. Charged in the case are Malissa Ancona, 44, and her son Paul Jinkerson, 24, of Belgrade, Missouri. Authorities believe he was the trigger man. They both face charges for first-degree murder, armed criminal action, tampering with evidence, and abandonment of a corpse. The county prosecutor says the murder happened in the 1100 block of Mill Street early Thursday morning. There had been […]

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    Roxana Police Department the latest victim of ransomware

    ROXANA, IL (KPLR) – A metro east police department is recovering from an attack on the department’s computer system. It’s another case of ransomware. The St. Louis City Library dealt with a ransomware attack last month. The Roxana Police Department was just getting back to normal. “It’s aggravating when they hack somebody like the police,” said Dan Bruggeman, a lifelong Roxana resident. “They’re there to protect us. If their system goes down, we’re all in trouble.” Folks in Roxana are […]

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    St. Ann police chief asks for property tax increase to cover shortfall

    ST. ANN, MO (KPLR) – St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez said he may have to lay off one-third of his force if citizens don’t step up to the plate. The chief said his department has been hit by huge revenue shortfall and he’s asking citizens to increase property taxes. “No tax is easy to pass, but I believe our residents are behind us,” Jimenez said. Chief Jimenez has a big task ahead. He is asking the average homeowner to […]