Investigations

I-Team

NewsChannel 5 Investigations hold the powerful accountable, expose fraud and government wrong-doing, and advocate for good throughout the St. Louis region.  If you have a story that needs to be investigated, Leisa Zigman and Farrah Fazal want to hear from you. 

Email Leisa Zigman at lzigman@ksdk.com or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Email Farrah Fazal at ffazal@ksdk.com or follow her on Facebook and Twitter

I-Team Stories

Drug courts saving taxpayers money in St. Charles Co.

10:04 PM, Sep 18, 2013

A different kind of justice in St. Charles County is saving you a lot of money.

St. Louis County Police Board spent more than $3,000 on lunches

6:07 PM, Sep 3, 2013

Documents show that members of the St. Louis County police board have spent $3,032.84 of taxpayer money for lunches - a figure that works out to $17.13 per person. 

Nixon blasts Mo. Chamber for hosting Rick Perry

4:17 AM, Aug 29, 2013

The latest salvo in the 'battle of the governors" heats up as Missouri's Gov. Jay Nixon not only blasts Texas Gov. Rick Perry, but he also takes shots at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce for hosting a lunch for Perry.

$165 million to stop flooding in a flood zone?

9:54 PM, Aug 26, 2013

There is something happening in Missouri's boot heel that could ultimately cost every one of us $165 million.

I-Team: System glitch causes student loan snafu

9:56 PM, Aug 21, 2013

Bonnie Kuhn, a 24-year-old marketing and business major who graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2011, was just starting her career and paying all of her bills on time. 

I-Team: Fitch demands Dooley stop staff from obstructing investigation

6:13 PM, Aug 15, 2013

The I-Team has obtained a terse letter written by St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch that alleges "unethical" and "unprofessional" behavior on behalf of St. Louis County Chief Operating Officer Garry Earls.

I-Team: Federal government leaves unclaimed money

3:24 AM, Jul 19, 2013

It's the five letter word that politicians can't stop whining about: MONEY. But when government wants your money you better pay up, or else.

Mobile home park to be sold

4:28 PM, Jul 17, 2013

The I-Team has an update to a story we brought you Tuesday and promised to follow up and get answers.

I-Team: Gangsters stealing firearms from gun store owners

10:02 AM, Jul 17, 2013

Federal agents and local police traced the guns using high tech equipment that reads scratch marks on shell casings.

Bridgeton senior citizens could soon be without place to live

5:07 PM, Jul 16, 2013

More than 100 senior citizens, some on oxygen and walkers, say they are living in fear because they can't get answers about whether their property will be sold from under them.

Wellston police forced to buy their own guns and bullets

6:43 PM, Jul 10, 2013

The Wellston police chief and some of his officers claim the city's mayor is handcuffing them from doing their jobs. They say Mayor Linda Whitfield's actions are threatening public safety.

Not all children diagnosed with ADHD may have the disorder

7:44 AM, Jul 10, 2013

More than five million children in this country are diagnosed with ADHD, but studies show they may not have the disorder.

Video shows officer pepper spraying handcuffed woman

6:06 PM, Jul 9, 2013

What may appear to be a case of police brutality, has turned into a power struggle between the mayor of Wellston and the city's police chief.

Insider: Lies and law breaking in locksmith industry

10:07 PM, Jul 2, 2013

It's an insiders view of an industry with a growing reputation for bad business practices. We're talking about locksmiths, and while not all are bad, a former employee says there are plenty ready to take advantage of you.

Evangelical group targeting Jewish people in St. Louis

5:58 PM, Jul 2, 2013

An evangelical group is targeting Jewish people in St. Louis.  The I-TEAM caught one of the calls on tape.

I-Team helps disabled seniors forced to use stairs when apartment elevators break

9:52 PM, Jun 25, 2013

Don't mess with Emma Jean! That is the message for owners of a senior housing complex that Emma Jean Perry claims is taking advantage of disabled seniors. So, she reached out to the I-Team's Leisa Zigman who got results for all the residents.

Girl Scout leader accused of stealing cookie money from daughter's troop

5:11 PM, Jun 25, 2013

The St. Charles County prosecutor charged Trisha Shelton with one count of theft in connection to the Girl Scout troop she led.

I-Team investigates home building standards

10:07 PM, Jun 24, 2013

St. Louis is only eight hours from tornado ground zero. We are always in the path of tornadoes when they come barreling through Oklahoma.

Barricades going up at Crestwood Mall, redevelopment in jeopardy

6:39 PM, Jun 18, 2013

The owners of the Crestwood Mall are shutting it down and putting up barricades to all the entrances.

I-Team: Secrets beneath the Westlake landfill

3:35 AM, Jun 14, 2013

For more than 30 years, a former Westlake landfill worker has kept a secret.

Gross, slimy mold found inside child's juice box

4:57 PM, Jun 11, 2013

If you're eating or drinking right now, especially a juice box, you might want to set it down for a moment.

Traffickers selling victims in St. Louis hotels

12:28 PM, Jun 6, 2013

The wrong kind of hotel guests are checking into luxury hotels across St. Louis. They are sex traffickers - selling girls, women and boys in one to five star hotels.

Local judge charged with heroin possession presided over drug court

9:51 PM, May 30, 2013

The St. Clair County Circuit judge at the center of a drug scandal and charged with heroin possession, handled 90 percent of the circuit's drug court cases.

St. Charles County's first sex trafficking case

9:37 PM, May 29, 2013

The St. Charles County prosecutor is about to take his very first sex trafficking case to court.

Sex trafficking moves toward St. Louis

10:09 PM, May 22, 2013

The non-descript hotel room is full of men and a few women. One of them is young and blonde.

For-profit colleges under fire

10:14 PM, May 20, 2013

It is high school graduation season. Many of the new grads are among the 1 million people who will walk into a so-called "for-profit school" like Sanford Brown.

Feuding neighbors caught on tape, sheriff investigating

5:12 PM, May 20, 2013

A long time feud between two neighbors has the I-Team digging for answers and trying to make peace.

State nursing home dog attacks 4-year-old boy

4:55 PM, May 15, 2013

A tip that came into our newsroom led to a story about a 4-year-old boy who was attacked by a dog at the Missouri Veteran's Home in north St. Louis County.

I-Team: St. Louis had no ambulance service 27 times over past 6 months

10:17 PM, May 8, 2013

What if you called 911 and there were no ambulances available?

Could athleticism be determined by genetics?

9:49 PM, May 2, 2013

Genetic tests can do anything from determining paternity to proving someone's guilt or innocence. But can your genes tell you if you or your kids could be among the top athletes?

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