Forty million dollars. That's the sum of the charges listed in a 28-page federal lawsuit filed yesterday against St. Louis County and Ferguson law-enforcement officials. The accusations themselves detail a pattern of civil-rights abuses against protesters in the days following the death of Michael ... More >>
Tuesday saw two protests over separate police shootings: the continuation of the Ferguson saga and a new protest in north St. Louis over the killing of a man armed only with what witnesses claim was a butter knife. The new protest sprung up in front of the location of St. Louis' latest police shoot ... More >>
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the probe into the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson last weekend. Governor Jay Nixon announced Monday, just two days after Brown was shot several times by an unidentified Ferguson police officer, that he asked the U.S. Departmen ... More >>
An ex-boyfriend and his brother gunned down Jolice Trice and her friends on a neighborhood street where children were present after Trice left the relationship because of abuse, police say. Jolice Trice suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the upper thigh when Trice's ex-boyfriend, Terrell Perkins and ... More >>
St. Louis County police arrested a Sunset Hills teenager Friday after identifying him from security tapes as the man who robbed a south-county gas station the day before.
When Anthony Williams' murder conviction was thrown out last month, he had a chance to be released from prison -- something he never had since he was sentenced to life without parole 20 years ago at the age of fourteen. All he had to do was plead guilty to a crime he says he didn't commit. After C ... More >>
A gun battle hurt two innocent victims Saturday night in a neighborhood just south of downtown St. Louis. A 26-year-old woman and a nine-year-old girl were struck by bullets during the shooting around 9:40 p.m. in the 1100 block of S. 14th Street, near Peabody Elementary School, according to the St ... More >>
Three months after an independent report criticized how the University of Missouri's handled a scholarship athlete's claim that she'd been raped by football players, a new survey from Senator Claire McCaskill reveals glaring shortcomings in how America's colleges and universities nationwide handle o ... More >>
Immediately after the Archdiocese of St. Louis settled a civil lawsuit Monday from a woman who accuses a priest of molesting her as a child, church officials went after the alleged victim, discrediting her claims and dismissing her as mentally-ill. The archdiocese admits that the accused ex-priest, ... More >>
Update 9:11 a.m.: The case settled this morning prior to the start of trial. Ken Chackes, the attorney for Jane Doe, is to make a statement later today. More as it develops. Update 9:42 a.m.: In a prepared statement, attorney Ken Chackes confirmed that the case was settled. And, in terms of the se ... More >>
Police are still searching for the gunman who shot a teen on Delmar Boulevard near the Loop Tuesday night. St. Louis police were breaking up a large crowd gathered in the 5900 block of Delmar Boulevard, east of the MetroLink station, when officers heard a gunshot around 8:20 p.m.
Katy Perry and rapper Juicy J have damaged the reputation of several gospel rappers by stealing their work and associating it with anti-Christian witchcraft, paganism, black magic and Illuminati imagery, according to a federal copyright lawsuit filed this week in St. Louis.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon didn't mince words in his Wednesday veto of a mandated 72-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions. The waiting period "serves no demonstrable purpose other than to create emotional and financial hardships for women who have undoubtedly already spent considerable ... More >>
Update 12:20 a.m.:A rapid-fire sequence of appeals left John Winfield with no legal recourse to save himself late Tuesday night. Winfield was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m., nine minutes after the execution began. After the Supreme Court denied his lawyers' request for a stay of execution around 11 ... More >>
Missouri's affair with the death penalty has become a monthly ordeal. Six inmates have been executed since November, and it would have been seven if not for a convicted murderer's birth defect. Now, we've got June 18 to look forward to -- that's the date John Winfield is scheduled to die for murder ... More >>
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is asking for help identifying a suspect they say shot three men during a brawl in south city's Tower Grove neighborhood. The suspect and two friends got into a fistfight with two rivals at 12:36 p.m. on May 23 in the 4400 block of Tholozan Avenue. A 22- ... More >>
Should Missouri cut pharmacies out of executions entirely and fund its own lab to develop lethal-injection drug cocktails? Attorney General Chris Koster thinks so. Speaking to a law conference in Lake of the Ozarks on Thursday, Koster -- a leading Democratic candidate in Missouri's 2016 gubernatori ... More >>
The Missouri Department of Correction banned the May edition of St. Louis Magazine over fears that a story about the death penalty would cause "violence or hatred" among prisoners. The story "How We Kill: The State of the Death Penalty," written by senior editor Bill Powell, illustrate's Missouri's ... More >>
A St. Louis couple will spend a combined eight years in prison and pay more than $1 million in restitution for selling over-the-counter drugs and other items stolen from Walgreens and CVS pharmacies at their Clifton Heights store.
A north city man shot and killed his mother at home and tried to hide her body, say the St. Louis Metropolitan Police. The Circuit Attorney's Office charged Courtney Cunningham, 32, of the 4600 block of Pope Avenue, Wednesday with first degree murder and armed criminal action.
Rev. Xiuhui "Joseph" Jiang faces new charges of sexually abusing a Catholic school child five months after a judge dismissed a different case with similar allegations. Jiang, 31, faces two counts of first-degree statutory sodomy for having sexual conduct with a boy younger than fourteen at the St. ... More >>
A seventeen-year-old boy was stepping onto a Metro bus in north St. Louis Monday when another teen fired several rounds and struck him in the shoulder, according to St. Louis Metropolitan Police.
A Washington Post article this week reported on the rise of heroin coming into the United States and mentions Mexican drug traffickers' "shrewd marketing strategy": targeting areas where prescription-drug abuse is high, including St. Louis. According to the story, drug cartels aren't making as much ... More >>
A shooting Sunday afternoon left a St. Louis woman dead and put three others, including a nine-month-old, in the hospital. Four adults and a baby were in a car in the 2500 block of North Market Street, in the St. Louis Place neighborhood, when unknown suspects opened fire around 12:20 p.m., accordi ... More >>
When brother and sister David and Natalie DePriest got busted last October for growing 17 marijuana plants in their Farmington home, they told police that there was no reason they should be arrested. After all, weed will soon be legal everywhere. Also, they supported Ron Paul. But that argument di ... More >>
Convicted murderer Keith Esters says he has information on an August 10, 2012, armed robbery on North Boyle Avenue. His claims are recorded in sworn police depositions acquired by Daily RFT and in recent statements to a Post-Dispatch reporter. Yesterday, lawyers for Cornell Mckay -- the man facing ... More >>
Eighteen-year-old Keith Esters murdered Megan Boken on August 18, 2012 in a brazen daylight robbery gone wrong in the Central West End. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder back in November and a judge later sentenced him to 50 years in prison. But attorneys for a man arrested for a similar ar ... More >>
A Republican state senator introduced a bill this week that would allow Missouri business owners who feel "substantially motivated by religious belief" to discriminate against certain customers. The bill was introduced Monday by Republican Wayne Wallingford. In 2013, the two-term Senator from Cap ... More >>
Dominic Arrington faces murder charges after a 25-year-old woman was found lying dead covered in unidentified puncture wounds in an apartment complex driveway. St. Louis Metropolitan Police found the body of April Fields, of the Berkeley neighborhood, with stab wounds on her torso and buttocks at 1 ... More >>
St. Louis Metropolitan Police officers shot and injured an armed robbery suspect Thursday, just a day after another officer-involved shooting in the city left a 27-year-old suspect dead. Lavaughn Lewis, 23, was in critical but stable condition with gunshot wounds to the hip, thigh, back and hand af ... More >>
The Department of Justice says that in 2011, Missouri led the nation in prison rape. The study, which was released last month, looked at sexual misconduct incidents in 700 state and federal prisons beginning in 2009 and going through 2011. It accounted for staff-on-inmate sexual misconduct, as well ... More >>
A former African Methodist Episcopal Church minister was hit with a lawsuit Wednesday over allegations of sexual harassment. Filed in St. Louis Circuit Court, the suit alleges that Reverend Frederick McCullough brazenly harassed -- and nearly raped -- an associate female minister during the two y ... More >>
Two men were shot in the torso and left by drive-by gunmen to die on the street just seven minutes and four miles apart Tuesday night. Elijah Robinson, 31, from the Spanish Lake neighborhood, was shot at a Central West End bus stop in the 4400 block of Forest Park Avenue at 8:30 p.m. Witnesses say ... More >>
St. Louis Metropolitan Police arrested two men suspected of unwrapping and stealing a family's presents and committing five armed robberies in three hours after police discovered they'd given the stolen goods to three girlfriends for Christmas.
Wednesday kept homicide detectives busy with two murders -- a stabbing and a shooting -- in twelve hours. St. Louis police are investigating the stabbing death of an unknown woman found in the middle of the day lying in the driveway of an apartment building.
City of St. Louis cops and prosecutors got tired of people exercising their Fourth Amendment right during DWI arrests by refusing to take Breathalyzer tests without a warrant, so they have created a "No Refusal Zone" where the warrants for blood are obtained almost automatically. The new measures h ... More >>
Missouri will execute its second prisoner in three weeks early Wednesday morning. Allen Nicklasson shot and killed random victim Richard Drummond, who stopped to help Nicklasson and two friends when their car broke down on Interstate 70, during the so-called Good Samaritan killings of 1994. Nickla ... More >>
The United States Justice Department announced that it is beginning an investigation of the St. Louis Family Court that will look into whether the court treats juveniles differently based on race. In a press release, the DOJ said the investigation will "focus on whether the court provides constitu ... More >>
Missouri's been having a hard time deciding how to kill people. When the European Union caught Missouri using their drug to execute death-row prisoners, the continent threw a fit, threatening to withhold a widely used pain medication from the U.S. Officials delayed scheduled executions and went hun ... More >>
Joseph Franklin won't die tonight. With just hours to spare, a federal judge stayed the execution of murderer Joseph Franklin to give him time to resolve his lawsuit claiming Missouri's new execution protocol is cruel and unusual punishment. Franklin was scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday m ... More >>
Gov. Jay Nixon announced a new execution drug-of-choice this week, prompting the ACLU to file a first amendment lawsuit over the Missouri's altered lethal injection protocol. It's illegal to release the identities of people involved in executions, such as physicians and pharmacists. When state offi ... More >>
Arcelia's Mexicana (1928 South 12th Street) is closed. The decision was announced on October 21 via Facebook, and comes in the midst of a legal fight between Marta Ramirez and Anna Tripp, both daughters of the Arcelia who opened the original Soulard mainstay back in 1990. Ramirez tells Gut Check th ... More >>
A Fulton pastor with a very checkered past was arrested on October 10 by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for his connection to two recent robberies in Columbia and St. Louis. Anthony Paine, 47, is an associate pastor at the Second Christian Church in Fulton. Columbia Police recently ... More >>
A 37-year-old man was stabbed in the lower ribs and died on 2800 block of Miami Street on Sunday, according to St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. George Clark, of the 3200 block of Dakota Avenue, was found by officers and was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation is ongoing, but ... More >>
This was a terribly violent weekend in several parts of St. Louis, starting on the 3900 block of North Florissant Avenue at 2:25 a.m. on Sunday morning. According to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, four people were standing outside in an area adjacent to an apartment complex when some ... More >>
The fight to allow hundreds of registered sex offenders in Missouri to have their names cleared is heating up again -- with loud opposition from Governor Jay Nixon, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officials and victims' rights advocates. Nixon, a Democrat, last month vetoed legislation that would re ... More >>
Last month, a Lincoln county family filed a lawsuit against St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson alleging that he tried to cover up a sex abuse case involving a local priest and even attempted to tamper with incriminating evidence. The priest in question is Father Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang who reportedl ... More >>
With execution dates now set for two men on death row in Missouri, the state is on track to be the first to use the drug propofol for the administering of the death penalty. Propofol, a sedative thrust into the spotlight with the death of Michael Jackson, is unchartered territory when it comes to ca ... More >>