Greene County

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    Muslim Prisoner Sues Springfield Jail for Denying Him Access to Quran

    A Muslim prisoner is suing the jail he's locked up in because he claims it won't give him access to a Quran and a prayer rug. Richard Ray McLendon Jr., who is locked up in the Greene County jail awaiting transfer to a federal prison in Illinois to serve a two-year stint for violating supervised rel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Greene County Politician Charged With Jury Tampering Called For Jury Duty

    It's too easy to toss out cliches like "Kafkaesque" when describing a particularly bizarre court case, but trust us on this one: Luke Lamb's impending trial for jury tampering really takes the Kafka cake. Lamb, a small-time politician running for Sheriff in Greene County, Illinois, is awaiting tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Greene County Candidate for Sheriff Charged with Jury Tampering Via Facebook

    Luke Lamb has a history of fighting the law -- and winning. Lamb is running as a "constitutional Sheriff's candidate" in Greene County, Illinois, selling himself as an advocate for a more limited system of police intervention. He made a name for himself in 2011 for filming a cop drinking beer afte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    The Code of the Hills: HarperCollins Picks Up Legal Thriller From Missouri Prof

    The first thing one notices about Nancy Allen is her Missouri twang. "My mother had a very pronounced Ozark accent, and I'm told I sound like her," says Allen. "I am stubbornly and defiantly Ozarkian." Yet as proud as she is of her Southern Missouri heritage (Allen traces her family's Show-Me-St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Man With Crazy Face Tattoo Accused of Assault, Tells Police Dog Caused Woman's Bad Injuries

    It's hard to decide what's more bizarre: Michael Eugene Campbell's mugshot or the explanation he reportedly gave to police when he was accused of assaulting a woman. First, take a good look at the mug to the right. Pretty weird, right? (Is that a bow tie!?) Now, let's review the charges against t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Springfield Resident Darrell Smith Tells Police He Accidentally Shot His Girlfriend In the Head

    "I told her not to put her finger on the trigger and boom!" This was a direct statement Springfield resident Darrell Smith, 26, allegedly gave police when trying to explain why he shot his 23-year-old girlfriend Kimberly Walker in the head in December. According to new documents released this week, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    RFT's 10 Biggest Stories of 2012

    They're probably not the most important stories of 2012, but if you wish to really know what's up in St. Louis, make sure you've made it through the ten most-viewed articles on in 2012. Happy New Year! 10) Samantha Edwards: Charged With Naked Ice Capades in Greene CountyIt's all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Samantha Edwards: Charged with Naked Ice Capades in Greene County

    The Jordan Valley Ice Park in Greene County (near Springfield, MO) has a recurring roof problem. And that problem is that Samantha Edwards, 27, allegedly keeps geting buck naked on the roof for 30 minutes at a time.According to the Springfield News-Leader, Edwards was spotted on the roof of the ice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Could Missouri's Repealed "Facebook Law" Have Prevented a Teacher's "Nasty" Texts?

    Image viaNasty textin' is not very teacherly. ​Folks who had supported Missouri's "Facebook Law," (which, before its repeal in October, had banned Facebook friendships between teachers and students) are not going to like this little tale out of Springfield. A 13-year-old boy testified last week in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Why You Shouldn't Pull a Gun on a Cop

    Tammy Robinette made several huge errors in judgment while driving in Greene County on the night of October 4. Drinking and driving was a big one. That caused a sheriff's deputy to pull her over. But then the 46-year-old plucked a pink-handled pistol from her bag, aimed at the deputy and pulled the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Banned Books Restored to Republic, MO, School Libraries -- Sort Of

    image viaGuess who left Hogwarts to go work at the Republic school libraries?​Hey, guess what kids? Banned Books Week starts on Saturday, and the fine, upstanding citizens of Republic, Missourah, are all ready to celebrate. In June, you may recall, Republic's school board banned two books from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Man Who Molested Daughters to "Educate Them About Love and Sex" Loses Court Appeal

    Mo. Dept. of CorrectionsLeonard Cannafax is currently in year two of a 25-year sentence.​The following is not for the squeamish, yet it appears here to illustrates just how depraved people can be.Last week, the Missouri Court of Appeals upheld a Greene County Circuit Court's 2009 conviction of Leo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Drunk Pulled From Illinois River​A ferry boat operator and a brave sheriff's deputy teamed up to rescue a Calhoun County man from the icy Illinois River on Saturday. Charles Sidwell, 58, of Kampsville, sent his his 2002 Grand Cherokee flying into the river around 10:30 p.m. February 19 when he failed to s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Duct-Tape Killer: Myra Osborne Accused of Suffocating Elderly Woman with -- You Guessed It

    ​Prosecutor's in Greene County, Illinois, say they'll seek the death penalty for the callous murder last month of 72-year-old Carol Andrews. Andrews was found dead March 19 in her Roodhouse home -- some 60 miles due north of St. Louis. Police say her mouth and nose had been sealed shut with duct-t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Judge to Missouri Woman: Your Monkey is Not a Service Animal

    Monkey may be a "Dick" but it's no service animal.​Remember the story of Debby Rose? She's the woman from Springfield, Missouri, who claims she suffers a social-anxiety disorder and needs monkeys -- 26 of 'em at last count -- to help ease her pains. The monkeys are the bane of her neighbors who cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Rural Missouri Man Arrested with Molotov Cocktail (Wha?)

    ​Who knew rural Missouri was a hotbed of bomb-throwing radicalism? Yeah, no. But according to the News-Leader, a guy down in Greene County (southwest of Springfield) just got nabbed for stealing a car, in which car authorities found a molotov cocktail. Best quote from police: "I've been on the for ... More >>

  • News

    March 1, 2006

    East Side, Best Side

    A pub crawl along the Illinois riverbanks

  • News

    January 9, 2002

    Fallen Angel

    Angela Coffel, the first woman in Missouri deemed a sexually violent predator, is locked up despite overwhelming evidence that she isn't one.