St. Louis County Police officers arrested two brothers when an undercover drug investigation turned violent Tuesday. Police say Joshua Martin, 28, pulled out a gun and pointed it at detectives trying to arrest him and his brother, Christopher Martin, 23, for selling marijuana outside their home in ... More >>
A band of teenagers racked up a lifetime's worth of charges while driving in their south-city neighborhood shooting and robbing Sunday night, according to police. St. Louis Metropolitan Police arrested four teens -- ranging in age from 14 to 18 -- after spotting their car just miles from a drive-by ... More >>
Federal investigators say Ronald Roberts, 53, stole millions of dollars pretending to buy real estate for a future Walmart store and instead gambled the money away at a south county casino. The FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are investigating the Town & Country man for three felony coun ... More >>
Ten years for two grams of crack. Twelve years for five grams of coke. Twenty years for two capsules of heroin. When it comes to sentencing nonviolent drug felons, St. Louis County prosecutors are not afraid to use the "Prior and Persistent Drug Offender" statute, Missouri's three-strike drug law ... More >>
The teenager who shot and killed Sumner High School senior and football captain Rahmel McNeil was handed a life sentence this morning. Terron Pool, who is now eighteen, was certified to stand trial as an adult back in 2010, and after arguing in court that he deserved a second chance, a St. Louis c ... More >>
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 >>
As a fifteen-year-old girl walked to her school bus stop, St. Louis resident Charles Smith grabbed her, forced her into his car with a box cutter -- and tried to rape her. She managed to escape half-clothed and flagged down a passing motorist for help. This is the terrible incident of violence tha ... More >>
On April 5, 2011, Michael Burgund walked into the Alton Police Department and told officials that he had sexually assaulted toddlers in his family -- two girls, ages two and three. Now, the 30-year-old Alton man will spend the rest of his life in prison, says Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gib ... More >>
Last Saturday, a man in Dellwood wanted pot, so he went on Facebook. St. Louis County Police aren't releasing a lot of details, but they say that the man contacted one of the following 17-year-olds: Kai D. Bowers of Florissant, or Dion Price of St. Louis. It was Bowers and Price, cops say, who drove ... More >>
Cory Atkinson, the co-owner and operator of St. Charles-based US Fidelis, today pleaded guilty to felony stealing, insurance fraud and consumer violations for his role in his company's fleecing of its customers. He could receive up to four years in jail for his crimes.
The man who forced a 15-year old girl into the back of his van, robbed her and began to undress her has been caught. Charles B. Smith, 26, is charged with kidnapping, attempted forcible rape, first degree robbery and three counts of armed criminal action. The assault happened at 6 a.m. Monday mor ... More >>
Dennis IagulliDennis Iagulli pleaded guilty yesterday to his role in a truly disturbing murder of a fellow homeless man in June 2010.Parts of 22-year-old Zachary Irvin's body were found on fire that month near an abandoned East St. Louis warehouse that served as a homeless camp. Authorities have ... More >>
St. Louis police continue to investigate the killing of two men found dead in a car in the Baden neighborhood of north St. Louis on Sunday afternoon. According to police, 35-year-old Leshaun Holmes and 36-year-old Lonnell Dortch were parked in a white Chevy Malibu in the 5900 block of Annett ... More >>
Jacque Sue Waller disappeared June 1.James Clay Waller Sr., thought to be the linchpin in solving the disappearance and presumed murder of a southeastern Missouri mother seven month ago, died yesterday in a Cape Girardeau nursing home without officially giving prosecutors the testimony they crave ... More >>
Two bodybuilders from St. Charles County have been indicted for conspiracy to purchase and resell Chinese-processed Human Growth Hormone, the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri announced yesterday. Gregory Loomans, 40, and Keith Ashabranner, 32, each face up to five y ... More >>
Kendall White has a list of priors beginning when he was a teenager.St. Louis police have arrested a man for the murder earlier this summer of 28-year-old Andre Hathaway. Police found Hathaway's body floating in Moline Creek in north St. Louis on June 8. An autopsy revealed that he had died from ... More >>
Ohlsen when he was arrested for weapons charges in 2008.Update 3:15 p.m: Aaron Reid is a police officer currently commissioned with Uplands Park, according to an official with the state's Department of Public Safety. Reid's license remains on probation with the state after an incident in 2007 whe ... More >>
Mark McGwire: Fortunately we won't be hearing courtroom testimony on what lies beneath this towel.Have you been following Barry Bonds' perjury trial this week in San Francisco? It's been -- how can we put this? -- nuts. Seriously. On Monday prosecutors called Bonds ex-girlfriend, Kimberly Bell, t ... More >>
Daniel Hughes now faces a civil suit on top of criminal charges.Well, we can't say we're too surprised by this one.The family of the nine-year-old girl who was subjected to an early-morning attack at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Clayton has filed a $20 million suit against the schmancy hotel chain, ... More >>
Fox 2Carlos BolesAs you've likely heard by now, one of the U.S. marshals shot yesterday while trying to arrest a suspect yesterday in St. Louis on drug and assault charges is now dead. John Perry, 48, succumbed to a bullet wound around 7 p.m. Tuesday at Saint Louis University Hospital. Another ma ... More >>
Clarence Smith now faces 32 felony counts, including forcible sodomy, rape and robbery Don't let that baby face fool you. The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office is charging 17-year-old Clarence Smith with 32 felony counts -- including five counts of rape, four counts of forcible sodomy, kidnap ... More >>
Judy Pickens' conviction for murder stands.In August 2009, a jury found Judy Pickens guilty of killing her four-year-old son, Mikal, by giving him a fatal dose of the drug Clonidine. The prosecution's expert testified that Pickens had a highly unusual mental disorder called Munchausen by Proxy -- ... More >>
Two men indicted earlier this year as part of the largest dogfighting bust in U.S. history are missing on the eve of their trial, which is scheduled to begin later this week.Judious Kizeart and Gary Payne were part of a group of seven men charged with "conspiracy to commit unlawful activities of ... More >>
Image sourcePull out the popcorn, folks. The best show in town gets underway in Springfield this week. "I will prove my innocence and I will testify," declared former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich last week as he left the courtroom that is the scene of his corruption trial. Blago has, si ... More >>
Kornhardt was paid for the murder from the victim's life insurance policy.Eighteen years after the fact, the family of Danny Harold Coleman finally got some justice. Yesterday a federal jury convicted James K. Kornhardt and Steven A. Mueller of conspiracy to commit murder for hire and murder fo ... More >>
John BarnesHere's a follow-up to the story we reported last week when a pair of undercover police officers were fired upon in the Central West End. The Circuit Attorney's Office has charged 18-year-old John Barnes, of the 5400 block of St. Louis Avenue as one of the trigger men. Barnes is charge ... More >>
Updated 5:12 p.m.Image viaDaily RFT received an e-mail response from Kimberly Schlau regarding the guilty plea of Matt Mitchell."We are hopeful that this conviction sends a message not only to all first responders and law enforcement officers, but to all drivers: please slow down, pay attention ... More >>
The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office this afternoon issued charges against George Jones, 36, of the 1100 block of Raritan for two-charges of of armed criminal action, resisting arrest, first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action He is currently each being held on a $ ... More >>
www.wired.comTechnically this is old news-- the judge in the case said way back on July 2 that he had "tentatively" decided to overrule the LA jury's three guilty verdicts and acquit Drew on misdemeanor charges of violating MySpace's "Terms of Service" agreement. But, as of last Friday, the judge ... More >>
Okay, but they ain't pretty. St. Louis police released the following mugshots today.Left to right: Bobby Plain, Kurt Carson and Adam DerbyThe police say they began an investigation in February 2009 into a resident of the 4500 block of Evans Avenue said to be offering known images of child pornogra ... More >>
St. Louis police announced this morning a fourth suspect in the June 1 robbery at Maggie O'Brien's that left bartender Michael Dolan and one of the thieves, Derrick Bell, dead from gunshot wounds. Stephen HornbuckleThe suspect is Stephen Hornbuckle, a ten-year employee at Maggie O'Brien's, who polic ... More >>
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced today that his office has charged Sunset Hills police officer Christine Miller with four counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of second-degree assault for the March 21, 2009, crash she caused which killed four people.Shortl ... More >>
Wrongfully convicted of murder in 1985 because of a trial error, Darryl Burton walked free last Friday afternoon from prison in Jefferson City. By Jennifer Silverberg
Earlier this year, Dewanzel "Jazz" Singleton, president and CEO of East St. Louis-based Lock 'Em Down Records was the subject of a feature story in the RFT. Singleton was arrested in August and faced felony charges of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. The DEA alleged that ... More >>
Belleville racketeer Thomas Venezia goes out with a bang
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James Scott was sentenced to life in prison for causing a destructive levee break during the Flood of '93. But was he simply an easy scapegoat for a town raging at its devastation?
Vince Greer heard voices in his head, then killed his mother. But prosecutors have their own departures from reality.