Jedidiah Stout's motto should be: "If at first you don't succeed, try burning it down again." A 29-year-old Iraq War veteran who described himself as "Crazy as Shit" on a dating website, Jedidiah Stout has been implicated in two separate arson cases in Joplin. The FBI arrested Stout last Friday ... More >>
"There will be drones." So says St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay in a tweet yesterday on the controversial airplane surveillance technology. Maggie Crane, spokeswoman for Slay, tells Daily RFT today that the mayor is referring to the federal government's use of drones and says that St. Louis may at s ... More >>
The National Association of Black Journalists has named five feature stories published last year in Riverfront Times as finalists for its 2013 "Salute to Excellence Awards." The stories are: - Code Dead, freelance writer Christopher Tritto's examination into the encrypted note left on a dead man' ... More >>
What's worse -- pee in your water cooler or a "foreign substance" in your soup? In Missouri, you apparently can try both! After last week's news that a high school girls basketball team allegedly poured urine into a rival team's water cooler, we have another similar crime story that is potentially ... More >>
This week, St. Louis County police charged a Fenton woman who allegedly walked into a smoke shop with a knife, asked for cash -- and then settled on a measly $7.50 in tip jar coins. Not really worth all the trouble, if you ask us. But the bizarre incident got us thinking about the craziest bandits i ... More >>
This week's Riverfront Times feature story, "Code Dead," examines the encrypted messages discovered a decade ago on the body of Ricky McCormick and why the FBI's foremost code-breakers remained stymied by the ciphers. In the following video, expert cryptographer Elonka Dunin walks author Christopher ... More >>
Florissant man Richard Ambler, 49, a substitute teacher in the Parkway school district, has been indicted on one charge of possessing child pornography. According to the affidavit, Ambler told investigators he believes he has more than 1,000 images and videos.
Martin Sigillito, a Clayton attorney and American Anglican bishop accused of running a $66 million Ponzi scheme, is now defending himself at his federal trial by blaming the secretary who blew the whistle on him. (See our original feature that broke the story and follow-ups). The secretary, Liz S ... More >>
This FBI notice is all the content that remains on the now-shuttered Megaupload.com domain.SOPA and PIPA have been the talk of the internet for weeks, if not months now. Several major websites blacked out their content in opposition to the controversial bills this past Wednesday. On Thursday, ... More >>
The Los Angeles-led FBI investigation into the online child pornography group known as "Lost Boy" resulted in the indictments of 19 Americans and fourteen defendants abroad. The men were charged collectively for running a child exploitation enterprise, among other crimes. The investigation, a ... More >>
Hmmm, hmmm, hmmm. I'm just your typical bank patron. Nothing to see here as I talk on my cellphone with my knockoff Coach handbag, my hoop earrings and fabulous wavy wig. Pink sweat pants? Yeah, I got 'em. I also got a gun in my purse, so hand over all your money, motherfudgy!The FBI is on the lo ... More >>
Members of an FBI task force blanketed the St. Louis metropolitan region during the early hours of yesterday morning in a three-county sting operation in attempt to dismantle a heroin trafficking ring. The roundup resulted in ten arrests in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles C ... More >>
Just weeks after targeting St. Louis-based Monsanto, hacktivists affiliated with the online troublemaker group, Anonymous, are boasting of a new feat. This time, they claim to have stolen tons of data -- including identities of confidential informants -- from more than 70 law enforcement computer ne ... More >>
Muslim women take part in the Pledge of Allegiance during last night's eventU.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri Richard Callahan visited the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis last night to address the fears and frustrations of Muslim Americans who worry they are being rac ... More >>
Had your fill of former state senator Jeff Smith? Good, 'cause he's everywhere! Since getting released from federal prison last November after fibbing to the FBI about his 2004 congressional campaign, "Mr. Smith" has hit the national stage: The New Republic did a bang-up feature on him (though we th ... More >>
St. Louis Metropolitan Police DepartmentJohn Wesley Jones John Wesley Jones appeared in court this afternoon to enter guilty pleas to armed robbery and related firearms charges in a record money heist last summer in St. Louis. According to court documents, in the early morning of August 2, four ... More >>
Today's comment comes in response to last Friday's post, "Science Center's Cataloging Problems Spread to Art Museum."From "STL Neighbor": "Instead of spending so much time obsessing about those roadside souvenirs you claim are so valuable, spend some time learning the English language (its vary no ... More >>
Okay, okay. We get it. We're all obsessed with where we rank, even if the data that fuels these most/best/worst cities' lists is contrived at best and completely unreliable at worst. So we can't blame Forbes for riding the trend with its newly-released "Most Dangerous Cities" list.Nope. Doesn't look ... More >>
FBIMara at a south county Regions Bank back in May.Michael Francis Mara, a.k.a. the "Granddad Bandit" due to his balding gray dome and somewhat elderly appearance, was arrested yesterday in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mara, 52, is accused of robbing 25 banks in 13 states since January ... More >>
Time for Daily RFT's Ass Clown of the Week. Whose words or actions brought them the most public humiliation this week? 1. John Wesley Jones: One of the suspected ATM Solutions' bandits who stole as much as $11-million on Monday and could have gotten away with it if he wasn't seen by police on Tue ... More >>
Image via "I've got this thing and it's (expletive) golden. And I'm just not giving it up for (expletive) nothing."Look, friends, maybe it's time to admit it: We all have kind of a lot in common with impeached-and-disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. We don't get to spend enough time w ... More >>
Image sourceStep one: Become Deputy Liquor Commissioner in East St. LouisLast May, East St. Louis mayor Alvin Parks called an "emergency town-hall meeting" to discuss the issue of late night violence at the city's nightclubs and a federal corruption investigation into his administration that culm ... More >>
A cunning American boy becomes a Mexican cartel soldier and East LA executioner
Rockwell's Russian Schoolroom disappeared during a 1973 gallery heist in St. Louis.Daily RFT spoke to a very elated Judy Cutler on Friday as the Rhode Island-based art dealer made her way back east from a Las Vegas courtroom. For the past three years Cutler and her husband, Laurence, have been in ... More >>
As early as next week, legislation could be introduced to make public thousands of FBI documents relating to the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Perhaps more importantly, the legislation, spearheaded by U.S. Senator John Kerry, will also bring to public view all records associated ... More >>
Adam Dylan LeonRemember the case of Adam Dylan Leon? Back in April, the 31-year-old stole a Cessna from his flight school in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and piloted the aircraft into the United States airspace. Leon's flight scared the bejesus out of the Department of Defense, which tracked the plane w ... More >>
Gary Stephen Kaplan, the subject of a Riverfront Times investigation in '07, has pleaded guilty to multiple federal charges of fraud for running an illegal offshore sports wagering business.As part of a complex plea agreement, Kaplan, 50, entered pleas of guilty to charges of conspiracy to violat ... More >>
A 25-year-old man, part of a five-member group, was arrested in a home this morning in St. Louis for allegedly "taking over" several St. Louis banks in April and May.Cortez Adams is one of three brothers in the five-member group. John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge of the the St. Louis Division ... More >>
Fernando de Sousa, Wikimedia Commons Show: Public Enemies, director Michael Mann's latest cinematic man-crush on tight-lipped inscrutability and sparklingly pretty violence played out against the backdrop of the Great Depression.Food: Chinese food, courtesy of Wei Hong Bakery and Restaurant: crab ra ... More >>
Jennifer Silverberg Club Casino owner Cedric Taylor stands in front of his nightclub on State Street in East St. LouisOn March 19, leaders from across the metro east gathered at a news conference and demanded that East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks -- also the city's liquor commissioner -- mak ... More >>
See yourself in a new skin
Following Untraceable's lame-brained argument, we're all to blame for this massively dumb movie.
The legendary ex-Vashon High School basketball coach may be in trouble with the FBI.
Via your ears
The adult-entertainment industry descends upon Left Bank Books!
Week of March 19, 2003
Brett Ratner tarts up Red Dragon
Curtain Call makes the best of a bad situation in its production of Clue, based on the board game
At 28, Spuds has become a cybersage for the young and the reckless. Now he's gone straight.