A concerned mother is petitioning the Alton Police Department to punish officers for taking her daughter into custody and verbally accosting her after she was beaten and raped. Alton police say they brought the daughter -- who was distraught, intoxicated and in need of medical attention -- into cus ... More >>
A-1 Book Exchange is closing next week. All books are 99 cents till Tuesday, but after that the store will shutter, signaling the end of the bookstore chain Francis Pfieffer started in 1959. Ken Pfieffer took over management for the family business from his father in the mid '90s. "We're the on ... More >>
On Wednesday, a 77-year-old Godfrey, Illinois, man and his wife were walking down their street when they noticed an outdoor faucet spraying water. Worried that it might be accidentally on or broken, they decided to alert the residents, neighbors they were acquainted with. While talking to one woma ... More >>
2013 is the year of food at the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard, 314-577-9400), and all summer its Foodology event will celebrate edibles instead of flowers. This week, the Garden is screening the second movie in its Chipotle Film Series, GROW!
A six-year-old boy's experience at the Godfrey, Illinois, Bark in the Park dog festival yesterday took a scary turn when a woman's pet monkey bit him on the arm -- forcing his family to call 911 and rush him to the hospital, officials say. "He was petting a dog that was on a leash. The lady that o ... More >>
It was a damp and chilly opening day for the eighth season of the Tower Grove Farmers' Market (Main Drive & Center Cross Drive, west of the wading pool; 314-771-4410 ), but that didn't stop St. Louisans from showing up to enjoy food, music and the variety of crafts from local artisans. Chilly weath ... More >>
A 77-year-old Alton, Illinois, man asked two young men speeding by in a truck to slow down. Instead, they drove their vehicle straight into his yard -- but not before attacking him. At least these are the accusations of police who say that Tyler Bates, age nineteen, is now facing charges of aggrav ... More >>
On a particularly frigid January afternoon this year, I stumbled upon an interesting scene in the Delmar Loop (where RFT Music HQ is located, for those unaware). Moving up and down the streets was an enthusiastic man with an acoustic guitar strapped on his back, flanked by another fella, pointing a ... More >>
When Godfrey, Illinois, resident Jacob Fickle drove his car into a home, killing a 73-year-old man inside, police say he was under the influence of cocaine, marijuana, alcohol and an anxiety prescription called Alprazolam. The Madison County Sheriff's Office offered new details this week in the Ja ... More >>
It's the call that no law enforcement officers want to hear -- an unidentified suspect with a gun on a college campus. A brief scare at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois, prompted a temporary lockdown today. As it turns out, officials say, there was no threat. What caused ... More >>
If you steal large items from a Wal-Mart, it's perhaps not a great idea to return to the store two days later to steal more goods. But if you must -- maybe try not to be carrying illegal drugs. You know, just in case they noticed you the first time you walked out of the store with stuff you clearly ... More >>
Yesterday Gut Check's sister blog Daily RFT reported that a drunk lady passed out in the drive-thru line at a Hardee's just across the Mississippi River in Godfrey, Illinois. The incident began on Saturday, November 24, at 9:57 p.m. when the Madison County Sheriff's Office was called to respond to a ... More >>
There's a unique rhythm to police reports, one that prizes precision and conciseness more than style. Occasionally, you find one that sheds its "just the facts" cadence and blossoms into blank verse beat poetics. Such is the case with the Madison County Sheriff's Office report on the actions of D ... More >>
Image Via The oldest blunder in the book?Teenagers are capable of many less-than-intelligent deeds, but a trio of eighteen-year-olds from Godfrey, Illinois, may have set a new standard for brainless bumbling earlier this week.Early Monday morning, the Belleville News-Democrat reported  ... More >>
Unless you're a gardener, you might not be aware that many people who grow stuff have already started seedlings or, at the very least, put in their seed orders for this year's backyard crop. If you never even got around to yanking last fall's desiccated tomato plants from the frozen tundra, raise ... More >>
Alberto Gottardo, Wikimedia CommonsThe first annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week concludes this weekend.- Of course, the big event this weekend is the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival in Forest Park, featuring area craft brewers, homebrewers and our friends at AB InBev. There are three sessions: 6 ... More >>
Week of October 26, 2006
Three St. Louis-area women take burlesque to new heights
Cherokee Street is trying to reclaim its working-class heritage. But the power brokers have made their peace with poverty.
Brett Herbst's creations give new meaning to the phrase "growth industry"
New plans for a levee in St. Charles County raise concerns about flooding in Illinois and the completion of Missouri's popular Katy Trail