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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.

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    A grieving family holds a vigil for child lost in hit and run, on what should have been his birthday

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Instead of celebrating a little boy’s birthday Tuesday night his family was considering plans for the youngster’s funeral. Collia Leachman is the boy’s cousin. She’s overwhelmed by sadness, “Upset, mad, frustrated, sad, so many emotions you can’t even explain it.” A crowd of more than 50 jammed the corner of Union and Wabada.  The mother of Brinyn Leachman was surrounded by hugs and love from family and friends.  Ken Walker is a family friend, “That little […]

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    Shots fired at Silex City Hall, police department

    SILEX, MO (KPLR) – The chief of police in Silex, Missouri was stunned after someone shot up the police department and city hall, as well as a police car. The case has become the talk of town. Silex police plan to seek charges Tuesday at the Lincoln County Courthouse on Tuesday. “It makes me mad. These guys are out there for us; they protect us,” said Donnie Ryans, a Silex resident. Police said someone fired shots from an abandoned building. […]

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    Hospitals across the St. Louis area are gearing up for the potential winter storm

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Hospitals across the St. Louis area are gearing up for the potential winter storm. SSM St. Louis University Hospital wants to be prepared to stand on their own for four days straight should the power be cut, or the water pressure drops or whatever Mother Nature throws at this community. Helen Sandkuhl is SLU Hospital’s Director of Disaster Services. She said, “We have an emergency operation plan and it has all hazards approach.” The incident command […]

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    Passengers describe landing in St. Louis from Fort Lauderdale

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The trauma in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida rippled across the country as news spread of a mass shooting at an airport. There was a tremendous feeling of gratefulness at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport among passengers who flew out of Fort Lauderdale just minutes before the shooting began. Lambert Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebrugge said the job requires constant consideration of safety. “It’s one of the things that keeps you awake at night if you’re an airport director,” she […]

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    St. Ann loan business armed robbery was staged, police say

    ST. ANN (KPLR) – The robbery of a St. Ann loan business appears to have been staged, police said. According to investigators, the robbery occurred December 15 at the AAA Community Finance on St. Charles Rock Road. The manager told police a masked man, armed with a gun, got away with $2,400 in cash. “He was upset, distraught about the situation that had just taken place,” St. Ann Police Lt. Dan Cowsert said. Detectives think that was all an act; […]

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    Columbia residents bracing for winter storm

    COLUMBIA, MO (KPLR) – Wednesday night snow spread from western Missouri towards the St. Louis area.  It began falling in Moberly around 8pm.  Roads were quickly covered, and MoDOT trucks were out plowing the highways and spreading salt.  Wind gust whipped up the snow causing visibility to drop dramatically in some spots. About 35 miles south in Columbia people headed to hardware stores to purchase snow shovels, salt and ice melt. Folks don’t remember last winter packing a lot of […]

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    Cops and citizens look to help paralyzed Rock Hill officer with home improvements

    ROCK HILL, MO (KPLR) – Cops and citizens want a Rock Hill police officer who was shot and paralyzed in the line of duty almost seven years ago to know they have not forgotten about him.  They are putting on a dine out for Officer Matt Crosby Thursday, January 12.  Matt Crosby was just released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon.  He said, “I’m doing pretty good I guess.” Since he was shot in April of 2010 his mom estimates he’s […]

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    5-month-old girl found safe after van stolen in Normandy

    NORMANDY, MO (KPLR) – Normandy police and FBI agents were overjoyed an AMBER Alert had a happy ending. It is an unusual case. Police said the mother of a baby girl that went missing Monday night finally reported the disappearance Thursday afternoon. Within a few hours, the baby was found safe and sound. Citizens like Randall Young were celebrating the outcome. “I do think it’s a Christmas miracle that the child is fine and is okay,” Young said. Five-month-old Eden […]

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    Man hit on I-70 after riding on the hood of an 18 wheeler

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Westbound I-70 was shut down for several hours after a person was struck by a semi in Warren County.  Darryl D. Boyle,  20, of O’Fallon Missouri has been identified as the victim. He later died from his injuries at the hospital. First motorists saw a man running in traffic on the interstate, the next thing he’s seen riding on the hood of a big rig down the highway. The bizarre behavior turned tragic. It happened near […]

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    St. Louis firefighter struck by SUV on I-55 at Loughborough

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A St. Louis firefighter was struck by an SUV while on the scene of a wreck Friday night on northbound Interstate 55 and Loughborough. A small amount of frozen precipitation turned roads into ice rinks. As one of their safety measures, fire crews parked a pumper truck on an angle on the highway to protect firefighters as they worked with victims of the wreck. Apparently, an SUV tried to pull around the scene just as the […]

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    Gateway Dirt Nationals being held at the dome this week

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The floor of the Dome at America’s Center is covered in dirt, and in some places, it’s 8 feet deep. It’s all for the Gateway Dirt Nationals. Driver and St. Louis native Kenny Wallace is taking part, “This is a marquis event with race car drivers coming from all over the United States.” Cars packed with 800 horsepower engines will achieve a speed of 70 miles per hour on a track that is only 1/5 of […]

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    Man charged with another crime, suspected in burglaries committed in area counties

    EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KPLR) – A Collinsville teenager is behind bars charged with multiple burglaries and other crimes. 19-year-old Jeremy A. Mitchell is being held without bond in the Madison County Jail. Authorities say he was already charged with another crime before he was arrested this time. Mitchell is charged with five burglaries involving cars and homes.  He’s also charged with making threats against deputies when he was arrested.  Madison County Sheriff’s Captain Mike Dixon said, “He made multiple threats to […]