In a series of decisions she herself called "indefensible" and motivated by "greed and selfishness," former St. Louis alderman Kacie Starr Triplett admitted in February to using a campaign fund as her personal ATM, paying for everything from spa outings to her gas bill and withdrawing thousands in c ... More >>
Willie Earl Reed, 54, faces charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action after investigators found his girlfriend beaten to death earlier this week.
City of St. Louis cops and prosecutors got tired of people exercising their Fourth Amendment right during DWI arrests by refusing to take Breathalyzer tests without a warrant, so they have created a "No Refusal Zone" where the warrants for blood are obtained almost automatically. The new measures h ... More >>
Maurice Quinn of Wentzville faces two new charges of stealing from St. Louis women he met and started dating online, and Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce says she's looking for more victims. The scam seems to work like this, according to probable-cause statements: Meet a woman online. Become her boy ... More >>
After months of lobbying for a fairly major reform in the way the city adjudicates crimes committed with guns, Mayor Francis Slay and his staff found themselves on the receiving end of some harsh words from St. Louis judges yesterday. The 28 circuit court judges met for their monthly en banc meetin ... More >>
Rodney Lincoln, who has been incarcerated for decades, met five grandchildren for the very first time yesterday during a highly anticipated St. Louis hearing that breathed new life into the effort to prove his innocence. "It was surreal to actually be in that courtroom," his daughter Kay Lincoln t ... More >>
Last summer, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Sergeant Jason Love, 43, was charged with three counts of misdemeanor property damage for allegedly cutting the tires of two vehicles and breaking a business' glass door. Prosecutors at the time said he had "no legitimate reason" to cause this damage and po ... More >>
Last week, St. Louis mayor Francis Slay once again promoted the "extraordinary opportunity to reduce gun violence" in the city that he and his staff have been working on for more than a year. The idea is to create an "armed offender docket" in the St. Louis City Circuit Court, through which dedica ... More >>
On July 10, nine-year-old Tyrese Short was shot in the head and killed while riding in a car with his father in north St. Louis. On July 17, Mario Shackelford, 29, was fatally shot in Kiener Plaza during a fight allegedly over spilled beer. On Sunday, John Paulsen, a Kansas native and hotel director ... More >>
The case of Cary Ball Jr., the 25-year-old St. Louis student fatally shot by two police officers in April, has attracted the attention of Freeman Bosley Jr., the former mayor of the city who is leading a wrongful-death lawsuit against police. Ball's grieving relatives, now represented by Bosley, y ... More >>
While some are concerned that drones may violate privacy rights through increased surveillance, two key law enforcement officials in St. Louis have now formally expressed interest in the technology -- which they say could be a helpful tool in police chases. "One significant issue that I believe th ... More >>
In 2007, James Kuehnlein, then a St. George police officer, made headlines after his bosses fired him over comments he made, caught on tape, taunting a driver. He reportedly said, "You want to try me? You want to try me tonight? You think you've had a bad night? I will ruin your ****ing night." He ... More >>
At the end of a nighttime police chase in April, Cary Ball Jr., 25, eventually surrendered to cops in the Columbus Square neighborhood in St. Louis. But the two officers subsequently fired shots at the man -- and killed him with 25 bullets. This is the story according to Ball's grieving family mem ... More >>
The biggest national news of the week so far is the incredible story of three women who have been missing for a decade turning up alive in Cleveland, Ohio. The women may have been kidnapped and held hostage for many years. The sidebar to that story, however, is Charles Ramsey. He's a neighbor cred ... More >>
It's like Dumpster diving...only this rummaging through trash can apparently land you in jail. The St. Louis circuit attorney's office announced yesterday that Victoria Gibbs and Ladale Lewis have both pleaded guilty to stealing hundreds of metal "Dumpster hooks" from the city. Why? Dumpster hoo ... More >>
As a fifteen-year-old girl walked to her school bus stop, St. Louis resident Charles Smith grabbed her, forced her into his car with a box cutter -- and tried to rape her. She managed to escape half-clothed and flagged down a passing motorist for help. This is the terrible incident of violence tha ... More >>
On Friday, we reported on a St. Louis circuit judge's surprise decision to reject a plea deal for suspect Kevin Beindorff who shot and killed eighteen-year-old Matthew Pellegrini. The victim's family celebrated the unexpected decision, after weeks of protesting a plea deal that would give Beindorff, ... More >>
It has been a particularly heated week for gun debates. In Missouri, a Republican outcry about gun owner privacy in Missouri sparked a major policy change and a high-profile resignation. Nationally, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a background check proposal, angering even some longtime NRA members. ... More >>
Police say that James Johnson came up behind a woman outside of a St. Louis drugstore, "shoved a knife into her lower back," and said he would kill her if she didn't give him her purse. She fought back -- but he pushed her into her car and ran away with her belongings. He then, according to the Ci ... More >>
The grieving family of Matthew Pellegrini, an eighteen-year-old who was shot point-blank in the head by someone who claimed to be his friend, will have to wait one more week to find out the fate of the accused killer. Yesterday, Judge Edward Sweeny decided to delay until next Friday the sentencing ... More >>
An effort to save law enforcement resources by reducing the punishment for low-level marijuana offenses in St. Louis has received renewed attention this month -- with a metro police sergeant actively lobbying for the cause, much to the displeasure of his higher-ups. The free-speech lawsuit this fi ... More >>
On Friday, we reported on Tami Inkley's campaign to get justice for her 18-year-old son Matthew, who police say was shot point-blank in the head by his friend Kevin Beindorff last year. Since then, the St. Louis Circuit Court Attorney's office and the defense have signed a plea agreement, on view be ... More >>
The campaign to free convict George Allen after three decades of incarceration has already succeeded; he was released in mid-November, pending some final legal hurdles. Looks like there's only one legal hurdle left. Yesterday, Missouri's Western Appellate District gave their imprimatur to a lower-co ... More >>
The Circuit Attorney's website got a facelift on Friday -- and has resurrected a map showing which criminal defendants are banned from where you live (a.k.a. "neighborhood orders of protection"). Former Circuit Clerk Mariano Favazza had first launched such a web feature in July 2010, but it wa ... More >>
Given the divisive politics of this town, Daily RFT was expecting fireworks over the weekend with the hiring of Sam Dotson as the next St. Louis police chief. Related content: - Dan Isom Retiring as City Police Chief to Become UMSL Prof - Proxy Twitter War Between Francis Slay and Lewis Reed Heats ... More >>
Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce announced today she won't re-file charges against 56-year-old George Allen, who has been locked up for nearly three decades for the murder of court reporter Mary Bell back in 1982. On Friday, Cole Conty judge Daniel Green finally agreed with Allen's attorneys from The ... More >>
Stray Rescue director Randy Grim just posted the following on Facebook:It is an emotional, landmark day, and justice has been served. Judge Margaret Neill sentenced the animal abuser Darick Stallworth to four years for three counts of animal abuse to be served concurrently and 15 days for two animal ... More >>
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously said, "You cannot step twice into the same stream." Nor can you click twice into the same Twitter. But the following five members of our city's Twattering class seem like a good read every time we wade in -- if for only 135 characters.
US military drone strikes killing civilians? PACs masquerading as non-profits to get tax breaks and influence elections? B-b-b-b-BORING. Let's talk more about NFL referees. Thanks to Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce for saying this morning what needs to be said: I get that people care about football ... More >>
St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom. Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce. County Police Chief Tim Fitch. James Clark of Better Family Life. They are a but a few of the stars of a new series of hard-edged public service announcement to be unveiled today. View the PSAs below. The commercials open with r ... More >>
A male suspect known on the streets as "Scarface" is in custody for the brutal torture deaths of five dogs in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood, according to Stray Rescue of St. Louis. The no-kill dog rescue group is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of those respon ... More >>
"Does that make sense?" asks Vara Lyons. "I'm trying to not sound like a cerebral art historian." She can't help herself. Lyons is a legal assistant for the Community Affairs Bureau of City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office. She's also a self-described art history nerd whose life has been shad ... More >>
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Dan Isom issued a video statement on the department's Facebook page this afternoon announcing that two officers have been charged with Third-Degree Assault for physical abuse of minors who were in their custody. Sure enough, shortly after that link went live, Circ ... More >>
Jennifer Joyce, St. Louis's circuit attorney, wants you to know she can take your hits. So confident is she, in fact, that she's launched an online sounding board called "From the Complaint Department," all but inviting peeved St. Louisans to air their grievances about any of her recent musings on F ... More >>
"The neighborhood itself is a nice neighborhood," says Simril. "It's got a few bad apples in it, but the citizen's patrol is trying to calm down the scene, and the last couple of months we've made progress." Most days for the past fifteen years, 57-year-old Tommy Simril has climbed into his 1 ... More >>
Keith Novara, "the new police face" of Dutchtown.Perhaps it's no coincidence that three of the most notorious murders in the city this year -- the killing of U.S. Marshal John Perry; the unprovoked assault on 72-year-old Hoang Nguyen as he walked home from the grocery store; and this week's k ... More >>
Jennifer JoyceSt. Louis police have a policy of not acknowledging gang-related crime for fear of glamorizing those involved in the underground organizations. But that policy just doesn't make sense, said St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce in an interview with Fox 2 yesterday. "Whether you ... More >>
Former Saint Louis University basketball star Willie Reed is providing details for the first time about the sexual encounter that led to his suspension from the university, along with teammate Kwamain Mitchell. Willie ReedDaily RFT was not able to verify Reed's account. Police have refused ... More >>
A name-calling, race-baiting word war between two anonymous columnists? Unreal demands to mediate! Plus: Russ Carnahan goes to camp, a local blogger talks politics, and we try on a Beer Bra.
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Week of August 7, 2002
Jennifer Joyce crosses the racial divide to walk the streets and talk about crime
Ghost letter from a powerbroker teaches Slay the perils of using the bully pulpit
Educator charged for failing to report alleged sex abuse
St. Louis elections are a national joke. Trouble is, it's not funny anymore.
A walk in the moccasins of Cleveland Hammonds Jr.
Efforts to tie attempted voter fraud to the Bosley campaign haven't stuck
Can Jennifer Joyce parlay a healthy campaign war chest and family connections into a Democratic nomination for St. Louis circuit attorney?