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Ferguson Pizza Shop Owners Suffer Third Major Disaster — GoFundMe Account Established to Help Family Recover

If you read the KSDK.com story published this morning about an apparent arson fire that destroyed a Little Caesar’s Pizza in Ferguson, you know the fire came some three and a half years after the same building suffered severe damage caused by a tornado. But there’s more to this story that the St. Louis television news outlet did not report.

For Doyle and Joy Beck, owners of the long-established Ferguson business who also own a Little Caesars at 3100 Godfrey Road in Godfrey, Ill., the fire and tornado stand as Parts 1 and 3 of a real-life drama in which they never wanted starring roles. In between the twister and last night’s fire, Part 2 of their drama came ten months ago when their family home burned down. According to a local news report, a heat lamp that was providing warmth to the Becks’ two dogs, being kept in the family’s garage due to extremely cold weather, was blamed for sparking the blaze.

Though the Becks lost two dogs and a cat in the fire that destroyed their home, they and their four children have managed to escape injury each time disaster struck. Now, presumably, they face yet another decision about whether they will rebuild and/or reopen. Here’s to hoping they recover soon.

Attempts to reach the Beck family during this time were unsuccessful.

UPDATE Nov. 26, 2014, at 8:45 a.m. Central:  A GoFundMe Account has been set up to help the Beck family. Click here to donate.

UPDATE Nov. 26, 2014, at 2:15 p.m. Central:  Justin Beck, the son of Doyle and Joy Beck, is quoted in a USA TODAY article. Read it! You’ll like what he has to say.

UPDATE Nov. 26, 2014, at 6:19 p.m. Central:  The Wall Street Journal (subscription) is carrying the story.

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in the case of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced at 8:20 p.m. Central that the 12 members of the grand jury could find no grounds upon which to issue a criminal indictment against 28-year-old police officer Darren Wilson. More details coming soon.

UPDATE #1 Nov. 24, 2014, at 8:31 p.m. Central:  USA TODAY

UPDATE #2 Nov. 24, 2014, at 8:35 p.m. Central:  St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s website overloaded (see pic below).


UPDATE #3 Nov. 24, 2014, at 8:40 p.m. Central:  Item by item, Prosecuting Attorney McCulloch effectively shredded the case against Officer Wilson. Said he will release evidence after he finishes making announcement. Now, it’s going to be extremely interesting to see how members of the protest crowd react. Praying all involved use wisdom and common sense.

UPDATE #4 Nov. 24, 2014, at 8:55 p.m. Central:  Prosecuting Attorney McCulloch refuses to fall for slew of loaded questions from reporters appearing to be agenda-driven. Said federal investigation ongoing. Said several alleged witnesses disappeared and could not be located for questioning.

UPDATE #5 Nov. 24, 2014, at 8:58 p.m. Central:  Prosecuting Attorney McCulloch showed empathy toward parents of Michael Brown Jr., but said the fact that the case involved a justifiable use of self-defense does not lessen the fact that a tragedy took place.

UPDATE #6 Nov. 24, 2014, at 9:02 p.m. Central:  Parents of Michael Brown Jr. issues statement, saying, they are “profoundly disappointed” Officer Wilson won’t face charges.

UPDATE #7 Nov. 24, 2014, at 9:09 p.m. Central:  Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia Fudge on Monday categorized a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to criminally charge the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown “a slap in the face” that underscores “an unwritten rule that Black lives hold no value.”

UPDATE #8 Nov. 24, 2014, at 9:19 p.m. Central:  While watching Obama speak, I see on Fox2Now.com that protesters are trying to flip a police car as tear gas is deployed (See pic below).

Obama_Riots_PhotoUPDATE #9 Nov. 24, 2014, at 9:35 p.m. Central:  1st District U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) playing race card. In reference to federal investigation, says matter isn’t over.

UPDATE #10 Nov. 25, 2014, at 1:55 a.m. Central:  Unified Command officials just wrapped up a 20-minute press conference in Ferguson.  St. Louis County Police Chief John Belmar described events in general terms before admitting that he and Missouri State Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson never expected things to be so violent and destructive. After saying how disappointed he is about the fabric of the community being torn apart, he noted the “good news” — no one had been killed. Captain Johnson followed by reiterating the disappointment factor and how damaging the evening has been to the community and the region. In response to questions from reporters, Chief Belmar said something that stumped me — he thought they had “a good plan” to deal with the protests.

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