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.
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Two people were killed and at least eight more were injured in shootings over the weekend in the city of St. Louis. Police say that Brian Jermon, 27, and Franchelle Harris, 26, were killed in a Friday night shooting that left two others injured. Over the weekend, there were several additional inci ... More >>
Quy Vo, a 32-year-old Tower Grove East resident, is accused of stabbing his brother-in-law to death -- and dropping his eighteen-month-old child to the pavement during the incident. As we reported yesterday, the fatal victim, Phung Huynh, 44, was found on his front porch, suffering from puncture wo ... More >>
There's been another fatal stabbing in the city of St. Louis -- just one day after a north St. Louis man was knifed to death. Phung Huynh is the latest homicide victim in the city and police say he was killed by a relative, who has been taken into custody. The stabbing, cops say, occurred after ... More >>
There's been another homicide in the city of St. Louis, after a notably violent weekend that involved eight separate shootings. Maurice Todd, the latest homicide victim in the city, was found in the rear yard of his north St. Louis home, at 9:50 a.m. on Sunday, police say. He was 56-years-old and ... More >>
It was a busy weekend for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Crime reports show that there were at least six separate shooting incidents across the city, two that left victims in serious and unstable conditions and a third one that was fatal. In the most serious case, Cedrick Franklin ... More >>
I'm like a lot of internet-addicted losers out there, meaning that I read a lot about serial killers. Despite admitting that, I'm still not sure where I came up with this concept. Maybe it's because I'm going to the Gathering of the Juggalos for RFT Music in just over a week and I'm trying to mental ... More >>
Two gunmen fired at an apartment complex in north St. Louis yesterday, badly injuring two and killing a third. Police have identified the homicide victim as Alfred Marshall, 33, who lived on the 2700 block of Semple Avenue where the shooting took place last night. The other two victims -- a 29-yea ... More >>
Are some people in Missouri unfairly labeled sex offenders? That's a question that came up at the legislature this session with a proposal that could have allowed hundreds of currently registered offenders to have their names taken off of state and county websites. "If you're going to have a lis ... More >>
There's been another homicide in the city of St. Louis. After a violent weekend involving three homicides, a fourth St. Louis resident was shot and killed yesterday inside his home on Samuel Shepard Drive. Mark Wells, 35, is the 51st homicide victim in the city in 2013.
On August 4, 2011, Michael Grimes broke into his ex-boyfriend's apartment, pretended he had a weapon and threatened to shoot but instead decided to leave. Later that evening, however, he returned to the Midtown apartment on Vandeventer Avenue -- and set it on fire. One upstairs neighbor fell uncon ... More >>
There's been another violent robbery in a St. Louis county cellphone store -- only this time the suspects did not wear clown masks. They did, however, tie up the employees before fleeing. So says the county police department in reference to a robbery yesterday morning at an AT&T store at 7345 Sout ... More >>
On Monday, just after midnight, Mon Rai, a refugee immigrant from Bhutan, was shot and killed in a 7-Eleven, leaving behind a pregnant wife and an eight-year-old son. Less than twelve hours later, a 34-year-old man was shot to death in Carondelet in an alleged drug sale that turned violent. Then l ... More >>
Update below: Mon Rai, a 30-year-old immigrant refugee who worked at a St. Louis 7-Eleven store, was shot to death last night on the job, leaving behind an eight-year-old son and a pregnant wife. The couple was expecting their second child this week. "It is just heartbreaking," Anita Barker, vic ... More >>
There's been another fatal shooting in the city of St. Louis -- this time in the Walnut Park East neighborhood. Fabian Stewart, 27, is the latest to fall to gun violence and the 39th homicide victim in the city in 2013. Stewart was found around 10:15 p.m. last night lying next to his vehicle at t ... More >>
Let this be a lesson to all the hungry St. Louis robbers out there who like to target Domino's Pizza deliverymen: If you plot to steal pizza, you will get caught! As we reported last week, county police didn't have too much trouble tracking down suspects in a nighttime armed robbery in Spanish Lake ... More >>
A sixteen-year-old boy was shot and killed in north St. Louis county over the weekend in a drive-by shooting that left two others injured, cops say. The police department's north-county precinct responded to a shooting at the 9700 block of Ventura Drive at around 2:15 p.m. in the afternoon on Satu ... More >>
Update: Ava Jackson, a twenty-year-old St. Louis resident, allegedly plotted to rob a Domino's Pizza deliveryman Monday night, but apparently did not plan her scheme all that well. Police tracked her down and arrested her, and we're guessing it wasn't too difficult, given that she herself ordered th ... More >>
It's been a violent few days in St. Louis. Yesterday, we told you about Jermaine Johnson, a twenty-year-old who was shot in the face in north St. Louis and died on the scene. A few hours earlier, bullets hit three young teenage boys while they were walking down the street, sending them to the hos ... More >>
Last night, three young teenage boys were shot in the Carr Square neighborhood and taken to a local hospital where they are all in serious condition. Two of the shooting victims are fourteen years old, and the other is fifteen years old. One of the victims told police he knew the suspect -- but ... More >>
Another day, another dispute with the St. Louis Archdiocese regarding allegations of child sex abuse. The case of Father LeRoy Valentine, however, involves a long and complicated history of accusations that span several decades and allegations of repeated inaction by those in charge. And victims' ad ... More >>
The latest homicide victim in St. Louis is one of the youngest of the year so far. St. Louis metro police say that yesterday Pierre Childs, age sixteen, was found lying on the grass between the street and sidewalk at around 5 p.m. after officers received a call for a shooting. He was unconscious ... More >>