George Sells joined FOX 2 News in July of 2008 as a general assignment reporter and web producer.
George worked briefly the world of the internet at ToastedRav.com here in St. Louis. Prior to that, his reporting career spanned an additional 15 years at News 12 Long Island in suburban New York City, WHAS-TV in Louisville, Kentucky, and WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge Louisiana. George has had the privilege of getting several “up-close” looks at history. He covered the attacks of 9-11 in New York City. He’s been in the eye of hurricanes Andrew, Erin, and Ivan. He’s also gotten to interview three former U.S. presidents (Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush) and cover two others. (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush)
More unsettling moments in the news business included being aboard a helicopter that crashed into Lake Malone, Kentucky, and having a shotgun pulled on him by an angry Ku Klux Klansman.
SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – The winds are still howling and crews are still scrambling, trying to clean up the mess that began about 7 am Wednesday morning when power poles snapped lines and one of the areas busiest highways to close. From Bommarito Automotive SkyFox you can see what the worst of it looked like. Interstate 270 had to be closed because some of those same power lines fell onto the highway. For close to seven hours […]
WEBSTER GROVES, MO (KTVI) – While snow is likely the first thing you’re thinking of Tuesday night, some major problems could be a result of the howling winds coming in with it. The winds are already picking up tonight, and the idea of major gusts, combined with very wet, heavy snow, is one the folks charged with caring for our power lines don’t really care for. Ameren officials say this system moving in will likely provide a test of the […]
KIRKWOOD, MO (KTVI) – If you have kids in dance class, karate, or many other lessons in Missouri, get ready to pay more. A Supreme Court ruling has the tax man knocking at those schools. For years, places like the Dance Center of Kirkwood were treated as schools…places of learning, and for that reason they didn’t charge sales tax. Now the state is changing its tune on the subject, and some of these small schools could be in jeopardy. It […]
HAZELWOOD, MO (KTVI) – A 37-year-old mother is dead and three other people are in serious condition after a gunman opened fire on their car as they were eastbound on Interstate 270 early Sunday morning. The shooting happened near North Lindbergh and left the highway closed for several hours. The Major Case Squad was activated by Hazelwood Police, Sunday, to begin looking into the incident, which may have ties to a Sauget carjacking and a night spot in Hazelwood within sight […]
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – On Saturday, the St. Louis Police Department and the city of St. Louis conducted a large scale, real-world training exercise. Most of the exercise will take place inside a building in the 5700 block of Wilson in The Hill neighborhood, but other locations were used. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department says this is a chance to test officers under pressure, evaluating how they respond to critical situations. “After we saw what happened in Paris, after we saw what […]
FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – A Florissant restaurant has served its last meal and to most in that North County community, the reason why is a mystery. Deaver’s has been in business for 13 years, and its website still touts its Riverfront Times award as North County’s Best Neighborhood Bar. Which is leaving many baffled as to why the place closed so suddenly and mysteriously Tuesday. A large truck pulled out from behind Deaver’s restaurant about 7:30pm Wednesday. Others were also […]
ARNOLD, MO (KTVI) – An alleged drunk driver is behind bars after fleeing a routine traffic stop near Arnold, Missouri. The suspect was pulled over for driving without a front tire, headlights and nearly striking several cars in the area. . After police began contact with the driver, a 46-year-old White female in the car accelerated, causing the door/ window to strike the officer. The driver allegedly fled the scene and failed to yield to emergency vehicles. Police say he continued driving along Highway 141 until […]
ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis’ 22nd Judicial Circuit Court is taking aim at gun crimes in a new way. They’re moving many gun cases into a much smaller court focused on firearms. There has long been a debate between police, prosecutors, and city hall on one side, and the judiciary on the other over the issue. As recently as 2013 a vote of city judges turned down the pleas of many for a special “gun docket.” The issue has […]
DOE RUN, MO (KTVI) – A quick thinking good Samaritan may be the only reason two heroin overdose victims are still alive. The pair were dumped from a car and left for dead in Jennings on Monday afternoon. It appears they had traveled some distance for the fix that nearly killed them. A bystander says he saw a gold Nissan Altima pull into a parking lot behind a gas station at Highway 367 and Jennings Station Road, Monday. He turned […]
BETHALTO, IL (KTVI) – On the Illinois side of the river, IDOT had about 140 trucks out on the roads, trying to keep up with the storm that brought blowing snow and sleet. The east side’s battle with the Valentine’s Day snow created a small traffic jams in IDOT yards across the region as trucks loaded up on salt early Sunday readying for what was certain to be a long day. And as the snow began falling, highways quickly filled […]
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Bitterly cold temperatures are locking in on St. Louis for the next 24 hours, with wind chills expected to hover below zero for much of the morning. Municipalities and non profit groups across the area have opened more than five dozen warming centers that are available for anyone needing to get out of the cold. There is a list of available centers here: https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/live-work/warming-centers.cfm You can also find a map showing various locations in Missouri and Illinois here: http://www.211helps.org/heating-cooling-sites.aspx City […]
TROY, MO (KTVI) – A newborn baby boy is now resting comfortably in an area hospital. He’s probably lucky to be alive because his mother started to go into labor in the freezing cold. A Good Samaritan and some quick working paramedics came to the aid of a mom who had nowhere else to turn. Desiree Cagle doesn’t have a car, so she decided to walk to the store Wednesday. She says that she suddenly felt labor pains and turned back. […]