Justin DeRyke, who was arrested earlier this month for the murder of his 7-year-old niece Willow Long, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder during his arraignment Thursday in Effingham, KMOV reports. Long went missing on September 7 and was found two days later wrapped in p ... More >>
Yesterday, we reported on the disturbing murder charges against Justin DeRyke, the 22-year-old Watson, Illinois man who allegedly stabbed his seven-year-old niece to death. The victim, Willow Long, was reported missing on Sunday and found deceased a day later in Effingham county. An autopsy found th ... More >>
Justin DeRyke, the 22-year-old Illinois man accused of murdering his seven-year-old niece Willow Long, allegedly stabbed her to death because he "believed he had to end her suffering." That's the story he told cops, according to a disturbing probable cause statement from the Effingham County State ... More >>
Update: Officials have just confirmed that the body of Willow Long, the missing seven-year-old Watson, Illinois girl, has been identified. Our original coverage of the search from earlier today is below. Police have arrested Justin DeRyke, Long's 22-year-old uncle, and are going to charge him with ... More >>
It's November 10, 6:45 a.m., and Lt. Jeffrey Fuesting is tired. The new commander of the Jennings police force is driving down a street pockmarked with boarded-up homes, trying to shake off his recent lack of sleep. Two nights ago an emergency call roused him from bed; a man had contacted t ... More >>
Courtesy of the artistBen Folds with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Powell Hall November 6, 2012 As he sat behind Powell Symphony Hall's grand piano and sang the phrase "Kiss my ass goodbye," the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra echoed his melody with trumpets and Ben Folds smiled the smile of ... More >>
"Weird Al" Yankovic, America's favorite Michael Jackson parodist this side of Chris Brown and the star of UHF, thirteen-year-old Male America's favorite movie this side of any movie where a woman is about to step into a shower, is coming to Effingham, Illinois on June 1 and St. Charles, Misso ... More >>
It took investigators five days to identify the body found burning Tuesday in East St. Louis as that of Zachary Irvin, 22. The Major Case Squad made the announcement Saturday, saying that they've also filed charges against two men they believe killed Irvin and then set his dismembered body afire ... More >>
Ben Folds and his piano rocked the Chaifetz Arena last night, despite the less-than-intimate venue and somewhat-inattentive crowd. The personable popstar didn't chat as much between songs, possibly because it's hard to unite a crowd in an oversized venue like the Chaifetz. For such an intim ... More >>
My review of Firefly Grill in Effingham, Illinois, is now available online. - Ian Froeb
"Where the hell is Effingham?" It was the beginning of the year. I was at my desk, thumbing through the latest issue of Bon Appétit. The magazine had ranked the nation's most eco-friendly restaurants, and scoring the no. 2 position was Firefly Grill in Effingham, Illinois. This week I take a ... More >>
Gut Check recommends three ways you won't go hungry this weekend. 1. Mexican Independence Day Celebration: Enjoy music and authentic Mexican food at the intersection of Cherokee and California Streets. (10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sun.) 2. Great Green Pesto Feast: A dinner featuring all sorts of versions ... More >>
Roller derby's St. Louis roots run deep. Now a new generation of skaters vows to bring this rock-'em sock-'em sport back to life.
The new Bottleworks is full of Schlafly goodness -- and bison!
Tuesday Night Trail Rides return