Trains filled with the same explosive oil that leveled a Canadian town will no longer run through the city of St. Louis, much to the relief of St. Louis' fire chief and a group of residents organizing against the tankers. "We just won round one," says Timothy Christian, a member of the newly formed ... More >>
St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson blamed "off-gassing," (Translation: Stinky farts) for triggering one off Busch Stadium's methane detectors during the 2011 Word Series. Jenkerson speculated that White Castle or Courtesy diner was responsible for the "raised methane levels" (Translation: Fartp ... More >>
Yesterday morning, we reported on the devastating south St. Louis County house fire that left Terry Gapsch, 38, dead, and two others in his family in critical condition. Now, the Gapsch family is speaking out about the incident offering some details on how the tragedy unfolded -- and how they are ... More >>
There are reports of more record-breaking floods today in Missouri, one day after flooding in Pulaski county left a four-year-old boy dead and prompted Governor Jay Nixon to declare a state of emergency. Today, the U.S. National Weather Service is reporting record floods on the Gasconade River ne ... More >>
What happens when you steal more than half a million dollars from the fire department you run? In the case of Eric Hinson, you get to spend 35 months in prison -- and have to pay the money back. Hinson, former chief of the St. Clair Fire Protection District and Ladue Fire Department, officials s ... More >>
Two years after its mayor was sentenced for embezzling funds, the fire chief for Kinloch now faces similar allegations. Darran Kelley, the chief of the Kinloch Fire Protection District, was arrested yesterday and charged with three felony counts of wire fraud, one felony count of federal program t ... More >>
St. Louis Fire Department officials have confirmed that a school bus carrying approximately 20 middle-school students was involved in a traffic collision with a Metro bus this morning. The accident occurred at 7 a.m. near the intersection of North Kingshighway and Page Boulevard. Several students an ... More >>
St. Louis County Police have confirmed that one man was killed in last night's incident near Glen Echo Country Club. Robert H. Moore III, 22, was pronounced dead the scene by first responders. An unidentified man is in custody on suspicion of murder in connection with the case. His name will not be ... More >>
A 4.0 earthquake within the New Madrid Seismic Zone gently shook southeast Missouri Tuesday morning at 3:58 a.m. The quake was centered about nine miles east of Sikeston, Missouri, and no damage or injuries were reported.Just ten days ago, engineers, scientists, emergency first responders and ear ... More >>
There will be 3,000 flags planted in Forest Park to honor the dead. On September 11, 2001, the country was shaken by terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Ten years later, St. Louis is coming together to remember -- and pay homage both to those lost in the attacks and ... More >>
All photos, Roger Vincent"A little help, please!"When the all-volunteer Missouri Emergency Response (MERS) Large Animal Rescue pulled a camel out of the mud in De Soto, Missouri, this fall, they figured there was a first time for everything, but in this case, it was surely also the last.They were ... More >>
Carnahan (with Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr.) will soon be adding an axe to his tool shed.We can officially say it now: Representative Russ Carnahan is getting the axe. What? Don't we have to wait for the 2012 elections for the fallout from redistricting -- when Missouri's shrinking population ... More >>
Moral of today's appellate court ruling: Nobody gets between St. Louis County and its casino revenue!A south-county fire district has lost, again, in its attempt to grab a share of revenue from the River City Casino.In an opinion issued today, the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of App ... More >>
It's a twister! Don't you want to be prepared?It's irony that only Alanis Morissette could love: The state of Missouri had to cancel its annual Severe Weather Drill today because of -- yep -- severe weather. Apparently we won't just be practicing our response to crazy weather conditions today; we ... More >>
Robert Edwards lost job after holding meetings without a quorum.The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District yesterday handed down a ruling confirming a St. Louis County verdict from last year that stripped Robert Edwards of his leadership position with the Northeast Ambulance and Fire ... More >>
Today's rally encourages you to just say "no" to multi-millionaire Rex Sinquefield and his campaign to eliminate income taxes.St. Louis religious leaders and public officials are hosting a rally today at 5:30 p.m. in Kiener Plaza to oppose Proposition A -- the statewide ballot issue asking Missou ... More >>
The Illinois State Fire Marshall is looking into whether someone deliberately set fire to a church under construction in Cahokia over the weekend. The 500-seat Miracle Deliverance Temple was a month away from completion when it caught fire early Sunday. By the time firefighters got to the scene, the ... More >>
Pop quiz: What do Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Montana and Wyoming all have in common? According to a new report by Save the Children, kids in all these states are probably out of luck in case of an emergency.
Image sourceIn Alton, they shoot fireworks at the firefighters.For their dose of Fourth of July fireworks this year, some poor suckers piled up on the riverfront at Fair St. Louis. Some braver souls shot off cherry bombs in their backyards and alleys. But the residents of the Oakwood Housing ... More >>
photo by Keegan Hamilton Darran Kelly, chief of the Kinloch Fire Protection DistrictThe Kinloch fire station is one of the nicest buildings in town, but that doesn't mean it's in good shape. The heater is broken, some of the windows are boarded-up, and until recently, a blue tarp, dubbed " ... More >>
If you missed our post earlier this morning detailing the troubles of Kinloch Fire Protection District and their beef with St. Louis County and the developers at NorthPark, click here to check it out. The story touches on the astonishing level of urban decay Kinloch, the poorest of the 91 municipali ... More >>
northeastfiredistrict.orgFire District Chairman, Robert EdwardsLast night Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee held a news conference to release her findings on the Northeast Ambulance and Fire Protection District. Unfortunately for Montee -- and taxpayers in the district -- the audit is less than ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/apothekerLook! Up in the sky. It's a bird. It's a plane. No! It's a f@%#ing funnel cloud! Ever want to be a storm spotter, but just didn't know if you have what it takes? Well, you're in luck. The St. Louis County Police Department this fall is offering free SKYWARN training to ... More >>
Ousted St. Louis Fire Chief Sherman George could have a friend in Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor. Not that it matters in the short term. Sotomayor's confirmation likely won't come until after the Supreme Court rules on a well-publicized suit in which white and Hispanic firefighters have sued ... More >>
Mayor Francis Slay easily won a third term yesterday, collecting 60 percent of the vote and defeating Independent challenger Maida Coleman who garnered just 30 percent of votes.In other election news, maverick Town & Country mayoral candidate John Hoffmann lost handily to incumbent Jon Dalton. T ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsApparently people do very stupid things in March, which is why the month is home to about a dozen different prevention weeks. My favorite thus far is the following pearl I received yesterday from the State Emergency Management Agency. The department has dubbed March 16-20 as "Turn A ... More >>
Good morning. Hope all is well, and as always, we here at Riverfront Times wish you the utmost health and safety while handling that chainsaw. To wit, we're proud to present the RFT "Press Release 'O the Day" from FEMA and the State of Missouri Emergency Management Act (SEMA). Yesterday the disaster ... More >>
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Joe Mokwa has come under fire for the police department's dealings with a contracted towing firm that allegedly gave out cars to officers -- and to Mokwa's daughter, Aimie Mokwa -- for extended "test drives." Will Mokwa come away from this debacle with his job in ... More >>
An ex-employee of Copia Urban Winery and Market, the Washington Avenue dining spot that was lost in an early-morning blaze last December, faces federal arson charges. U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway announced the indictment this morning against 26-year-old Gilbert Summers, a "back bar" worker who ... More >>
An ex-employee of Copia Urban Winery and Market, the Washington Avenue dining spot that was lost in an early-morning blaze last December, faces federal arson charges. U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway announced the indictment this morning against 26-year-old Gilbert Summers, a "back bar" worker who ha ... More >>
Sam Simon, a headline grabber of late, is out as Director of Public Safety for the city of St. Louis, and mayoral aide Charles Bryson is taking his place, effective today. www.stlcityblue.com Meet the new boss: St. Louis Public Safety Director Charles Bryson replaces Sam Simon, effective today S ... More >>
In the case of a disaster, St. Louis police will need the whole region on the same wavelength.
Fire chief is killed after ex-con flees
An entertaining look back at Gaslight Square, and a dated take on 9/11
Chief Sherman George lights a fire, but who feels the heat?
An Olivette firefighter becomes the target of the city manager
The earthquake hazard here may be greater than you think. And planning for it is less than you'd expect.
After years of taking it on the chin, Bob Goeggel struck back at his competitor. Thanks to his accusations of fraud, the state's largest ambulance company is on the operating table and the feds are doing the cutting.