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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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    Baggage backup as Southwest struggles to reunite wayward travelers with suitcases

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Even late Friday, customers of Southwest Airlines were still encountering turbulent travel at Lambert Airport. Southwest had big technology problems on Wednesday. Flights were canceled and delayed. Friday it was catch-up time, but space on planes was tight. More than 50 Southwest flights in St Louis were delayed and 300 flights nationwide were canceled, some of them at Lambert. A Southwest spokesman said customers who have flexibility might want to re-book their travel after Sunday. If […]

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    Police chase ends in fatal fiery crash in north St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Details are starting to come in about a police chase that ended in a fatal crash in north St. Louis. Two people are dead and a third is suffering from severe burns after it appears their car caught on fire after a crash. St. Louis County Police say that they were involved in a chase involving a vehicle to St. Louis City. The St. Louis Fire Department says that two people are dead after a […]

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    St. Ann’s police chief tells his officers they’re family

    ST. ANN, MO (KPLR) – The impact from the police shootings and police murders here and across the country continue to weigh heavy on law enforcement officers. In St. Ann the police chief is moving to take care of his force, a force that he calls family. St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez said, “I want everyone one of you to go home at the end of your shift. I want you to go home to your family.” At a […]

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    Lawsuit seeks to put Chesterfield Mall in receivership

    CHESTERFIELD, MO (KPLR) – The future of Chesterfield Mall is unclear after a lawsuit was filed Thursday.  The suit seeks to give control of the mall to someone besides the company that currently owns it. Lisa Brown the business reporter at the St. Louis Post Dispatch has been following the history of the mall.  She said, “What this lawsuit does it seeks to put the mall in the hands of a new owner.” The mall has been a favorite of […]

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    Overland resident uses garage door for political statement

    OVERLAND, MO (KPLR) – An Overland woman painted a political sign on her garage door and the next thing she knew the police were at her front door.  Jeanine Molloff said, “I would never censor somebody else.” Jeanine Molloff said the city of Overland was trying to censor her anti-trump sign. It reads: “Trump is Nazi scum.” Someone complained to police. Overland Police Chief Mike Laws said, “We have an ordinance where if graffiti is placed on the wall then […]

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    Church has AC units stolen for the 4th time

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – For the fourth time in a couple years air conditioners have been stolen from the New Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church. The church pastor did not report the crime to the police. He thinks police do a fantastic job he just doesn’t want to bother them; he says they’re busy enough with more serious crimes. Pastor Billy McMullen said, “It’s not that we don’t trust the police the crime rates are very high and our officers […]

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    Jefferson Barracks warns Pokémon players about using national cemetery

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – A word of warning to Pokémon Go players from a growing list of places and organizations around the U.S.  The Fairview Caseyville Township Fire Protection District posted on Facebook that their ladder truck was cut off by a van tonight. The people in the car yelled, sorry, we are chasing Pokémon. They posted that’s absolutely unacceptable and warns people to be responsible while playing. Cemeteries are another place asking players to stay away. The […]

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    Kilwa Jones changes plea to guilty in Cardinal fan shooting case

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A man charged with shooting and paralyzing a Cardinals fan last September has changed his plea to guilty. Kilwa Jones is in federal court on charges in the shooting and robbery of Chris Sanna and his girlfriend last September.  Sanna was walking to his car after a Cardinals game when he was attacked. The shooting left him paralyzed. After it appeared a plea agreement had been reached, Jones declined to admit guilt to taking cash and an electronic cigarette […]

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    Black police union calls for Dotson’s resignation

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Members of the St. Louis black police officers’ union are demanding St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson resignation. Sgt. Heather Taylor, president of the Ethical Society of Police Officers, spoke at a community meeting Thursday night and began things by coming right to the point. “We’re asking now that Chief Dotson resign immediately,” she said. For his part, Chief Dotson said he is not resigning. Sgt. Taylor discussed racial problems on the police force. “We feel […]

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    Standoff in Franklin County ends with tear gas being fired into home

    WASHINGTON, MO (KPLR) – Several rounds of tear gas brought a standoff with police to an end in Franklin County. According to police, the ordeal began around noon on Tuesday and ended just after 3 p.m. A person identified as Arthur Decker called police headquarters and said he wanted to turn himself in for outstanding warrants. When officers arrived at the home in the 400 block of Walnut Street, they made contact with Decker and arrested him. However, another person […]

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    Suspect in custody, North County police officer wounded in overnight shooting

    HILLSDALE, MO (KPLR) – A St. Louis area police officer was shot twice in the line of duty. The alleged shooter’s family said the suspect panicked.  It happened around 12:30 Sunday morning not far from the Hillsdale Police Department. A motorist who was visiting a family member in the neighborhood said, “I think it’s a tragedy. Cops get shot pretty much not safe for any of us I’m pretty concerned.” Police said the shooting happened in the 6200 block of […]


    Dotson seeks to reassure public with Fair St. Louis security protocol

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis police want to be prepared for anything at this year’s Fair St. Louis. Chief of Police Sam Dotson said whenever terrorist events occur around the world his staff reviews them here and determines what they can learn from them. The security plan here is always changing, according to James Boldt, the vice chairman of this year’s Fair St. Louis. “It’s tweaked all the time based on what we learn and what we experience,” Boldt […]


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