Electricity, not curiosity, killed this cat. More than 1,500 houses in Jefferson County lost power Monday night when a cat chasing a mouse crossed a high voltage line, leading to an outage at a substation.
Editor's note: Just in time for the Fourth of July, Gut Check presents an encore airing of our 2011 video depicting the cutting-edge "pyrogastronomy" practiced by chefs Bertrand Petard and Julian Fusée de Bouteille. In a short but technique-packed video (embedded after the jump), the chefs, equal ... More >>
They've been around for well over a decade, but now the accordian-like bibs on gas nozzles at metro St. Louis gas stations are headed toward extinction. Last year the EPA determined that the vapor-trapping nozzles are no longer needed because most cars on the road these days come equipped with dev ... More >>
As we reported last week, Missouri once again had the most meth lab busts of any state in the country last year -- and folks in Springfield are apparently working to make sure the state is a winner in 2013, too. We've got the details on not one, but two, reportedly unrelated meth busts in the same ... More >>
A house cleaner from Jefferson County has been charged with felony stealing for taking an engagement ring from the home of a 90-year-old woman and pawning it for cash. According to St. Louis County police, Angela Wisecarver, 31, was cleaning a house in west county this past July when she pocketed ... More >>
Traffic cameras have survived yet another class-action lawsuit in Missouri. Last week a Jefferson County judge rejected a suit that aimed to prohibit the use of red light cameras in Arnold, which became the first Missouri city to deploy the cameras in August 2005.In his ruling August 29, Judge Mark ... More >>
While some politicos spent last night celebrating a clear path to the November ballot, others hit an impasse. One of them was not a candidate, but a campaign coalition calling itself Cap the Rate! Raise the Wage! The campaign wants two ballot initiatives in front of voters this fall -- one to raise ... More >>
Since the Great 2012 Heat Wave (can we call it that yet?) ended last week, it seems like the most logical thing to do, in order to avoid haunting nightmares of being boiled alive, would be to forget it altogether. It seems, though, that some memories are indelible. We got this letter today from Don ... More >>
It's no secret that folks in the St. Louis region like to throw a few back from time time. Sometimes every day, in fact. We live in a beer town, and many of us are quite proud of that piece of our cultural heritage, thank you very much. But is it possible to split up the alcohol-consumption demogra ... More >>
The wild wheel-and-deal days of the scrap metal trade may be winding down in St. Louis.Scrap dealers, police officers, realtors, lawyers, landlords, homeowners and lobbyists packed Thursday's Board of Aldermen Public Safety Committee meeting to debate the merits of a bill to tighten regulations o ... More >>
A smokin' holiday dish from Chateau Chat Noir.Just in time for the Fourth of July, Gut Check presents the cutting-edge "pyrogastronomy" practiced by chefs Bertrand Petard and Julian Fusée de Bouteille. In a short but technique-packed video (embedded after the jump), the chefs, equal partner ... More >>
Image via KSDKPhyllis TemmeInvestigators in Jefferson County are awaiting test results before determining the cause of a bizarre death over the weekend. Phyllis Temme, 53, called 911 from her home in rural Festus around 4:11 a.m. Saturday to say she'd just been assaulted and the house was on fire ... More >>
Photo: Jennifer SilverbergOutside the Doe Run smelter in Herculaneum.The Herculaneum-based lead company, Doe Run, made news twice this week for two wildly different issues. On Tuesday, a trial began in St. Louis Circuit Court in which sixteen families from Herculaneum are suing Doe Run on claims ... More >>
biography.comThe unveiling of the Rosa Parks Highway.A couple of state reps from Springfield are trying to rename a stretch of highway in their district after a Jewish rabbi now that the roadway has been adopted by the neo-Nazi group National Socialist Movement.As the Springfield News-Leader repo ... More >>
Authorities have narrowed their suspects to a dog in an alpaca wool sweater.We know you've all been waiting with bated breath to discover what wild beast killed those two alpacas earlier this month in Jefferson County. So have we! That's why Daily RFT just got off the blower with the Missouri Dep ... More >>
St. Louis County prosecutors yesterday charged three Jefferson County residents with a home robbery turned murder Friday night in Affton. Sandra Medert, Kenneth Medert and Matthew Angle-MarshallAccording to police, Sandra A. Medert, 33, of Arnold; her brother Kenneth Medert, 29, of Barnhart; and ... More >>
Image ViaA "shake and bake" lab.It's looking like 2010 will mark the 10th consecutive year that Missouri leads the nation in the number meth labs confiscated by police. As the Southeast Missourian reports today, Missouri law enforcement has seized more than 1,400 meth labs through September -- an ... More >>
Photo by Jennifer SilverbergMartin's gonna have to go to court to avoid a loss.UPDATED below the jump. As Daily RFT reported earlier today, Republican challenger Ed Martin has refused to concede the 3rd Congressional District race to incumbent Democrat Russ Carnahan. But does it even matter? By a ... More >>
Meth: It does a body bad.A meth lab seizure in Jefferson County last week has led to drug charges against five area men and two females. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, deputies arrived last Thursday to a residence in the 12000 block of Big Pine Place in rural Desoto aft ... More >>
Photo: Creve Coeur PoliceChristopher CollettaThe St. Louis County prosecutor's office has charged 38-year-old Christopher Colletta with the murder of his wife, Mary Colletta, Tuesday on the top floor of a parking garage at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur. Colletta allegedly stabbed ... More >>
As I suspected, it wasn't even close. Left to right: Boyer, Ritrovato and BakerJefferson County bail bondsmen Shawn Boyer, Kevin Ritrovato and Sean Baker won 75 percent of the vote in last week's Ass Clown of the Week competition. Click the following to link to read all about the bail bondsmen qu ... More >>
David Ray FugateDavid Ray Fugate delivered some Jefferson County justice on his daughter's boyfriend Sunday, shooting the man dead after being informed he allegedly assaulted the girl. The incident occurred around 11:15 p.m. yesterday in House Springs. The Jefferson County sheriff's department s ... More >>
sunflowersavannah.blogspot.comSaturday. 10 a.m. Mob forms here.crop (noun): something edible that grows in or of the ground.mob (noun): a riotous crowd; a flock or herd.crop mob: "young, landless, and wannabe farmers" who descend upon a small-scale farm on an appointed day and accomplish in five ... More >>
Mayor Schilly, meet Elliot Davis.For the past two-and-half years a group Crystal City residents have been waging an all-out war with City Hall over a controversial plan to build an iron-ore smelter in the Jefferson County town. The group Concerned Citizens for Crystal City (a.k.a. C4) is dead set ... More >>
Did ya here? We're No. 1!Missouri has once again been ranked as the nation's biggest meth-producing state based on the number of drug labs busted last year. According to Missouri Highway Patrol figures published today in the Post-Dispatch, law enforcement seized 1,774 meth labs in 2009 -- up 20 p ... More >>
Through fogged glasses, the target floating seven yards down the range looked vague, almost ghostly. Muffled under bulbous blue headphones, my ears picked up shallow breath, an accelerated heartbeat and every other audible sign of my apprehension. Staring down eighteen inches of shiny stainless ste ... More >>
Matthew Shepard, a gay Wyoming college student murdered in 1998 and an inspiration for the revised hate-crimes law.You've probably heard by now how the House of Representatives passed a measure last week that broadens the definition of a "hate crime" to include incidents committed because of the ... More >>
Drugs and alcohol make people do stupid, shameful things. Question is, which of these Ass Clowns pulled the dumbest stunt this week? 1. Melanie Velasco: The Jefferson County mother made headlines back in May when authorities found a sandwich bag full of meth in some children's clothes she donated ... More >>
The New York Times had an interesting story this weekend about the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) and its ongoing battle with racist groups that want to adopt highways. Last year the National Socialist Movement (the neo-Nazi group that rallied in St. Louis this past April) signed on t ... More >>
The Arizona-based company that manufacturers and operates nearly all red-light cameras in Missouri is fighting back against opposition to its traffic monitors. Last week Daily RFT broke news that the St. Louis Police Officers' Association voted overwhelmingly to reject the use of the cameras in St. ... More >>
The Post-Dispatch is reporting today that a group in Arnold is asking the City Council to rid the town of red-light cameras. In 2005 Arnold became the first city in Missouri to install red-light cameras. Since then Jefferson County municipality has issued more than 19,000 t ... More >>
In a unanimous decision, the Festus City Council agreed last night to sell its municipal airport to an investor group that plans to expand the facility's runway while also creating a mixed-use development on the property. The group of nearly 50 investors, calling themselves Citizens for Airport Econ ... More >>
The Jersey bad boy still embodies the ambivalence of working class America, even if he's a happily married zillionaire.
Taylor's is classy, tasty and worth the extra mileage
Props to us -- for the best-ever RFT Music Awards showcase
Once he had sliders on the mind, there was no turning back
The waste may be gone, but the stigma lingers
Nobody's ever voted for Joyce Aboussie, but the congressman, the governor, the mayor and the county executive don't do anything political without her.
John Chamis and other residents of lead-contaminated Herculaneum are tired of getting jerked around by regulators and by Doe Run. They're demanding answers -- and results.
The powerful Pipefitters union has a simple plan to provide job security for its members: It wants to take away other people's work.
The armadillo, Texas' best-known critter, migrates to Missouri
Published the week of July 12-18, 2000
One development at a time, Missouri has lost 87 percent of its wetlands. And that means more floods, more damage, more levees, more bucks. The story of one Supercenter and how progress comes at a price.