Federal agents and local police arrested 28 people last week tied to a synthetic drug ring selling bath salts and synthetic marijuana nationwide. The drug ring imported chemicals with misleading labels and descriptions from China and other countries, according to four indictments filed in the U.S. ... More >>
Shelly Hess tried to get out of trouble for smuggling three expensive puppies from pet stores by purchasing one she'd previously stolen and confessing to the manager. It didn't work. Hess, 30, of Chesterfield, was charged with one count of theft by the St. Charles County prosecuting attorney Mond ... More >>
Lester Davis, 57, was sentenced to 14 years in jail Monday after shooting up a Wentzville barber shop during a conversation about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Davis, of Wentzville, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, armed criminal action and being a f ... More >>
Update below: Sigh. Police officials this week say they have discovered that Lee Howard Davis, 47, a volunteer girls basketball coach at a parish in St. Charles possessed hundreds of images of child pornography -- all of prepubescent girls. "We want to reassure the families of the kids he may ha ... 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 >>
Since moving to the United States from their native Bombay, (or Mumbai, as it is now known), India, Krupa and Sid Panchal haven't found anything like the street food they enjoyed in their home city. So the wife-and-husband team are taking matters into their own hands: In the next few months, the Pan ... More >>
Gluten-free and paleo bakeries have finally reached "flyover country." The Organic Cave (3323-1 Domain Street, St. Charles, MO 63301), located in St. Charles County, is a gluten-, grain-, GMO-, soy- and dairy/casein-free bakery that uses no processed sugars. Even without these items, the bakery is s ... More >>
Since the tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, most of the country has responded with prayer, grief, and calls for dialogue on gun control and mental illness. A small subset of the population, however, has used it as an excuse to become the world's worst people, starting Twitter accounts suppo ... More >>
Helen Denson, 41, has been charged with a slate of crimes following her alleged gas station theft and high-speed chase through St. Charles County early Tuesday morning.According to St. Peters Police, Denson wrapped a gray scarf around her face and then stuck up the BP gas station at 150 Salt Lick Ro ... More >>
Burger INK. (@BurgerInk; 636-290-6635) rolled onto the streets of St. Louis County this week, the latest addition to the fleet of thirty-plus food trucks in the area. Owner and chef Josh Lemmon is a St. Louis native and Le Cordon Bleu graduate. He describes his truck's fare as "gourmet burgers, pan ... More >>
To hype last night's "I-Team Investigation," KSDK-TV (Channel 5) had been running a promo piece that featured two cartoon guys. Cartoon Guy No. 1 is Joe, who, the voiceover says, lives in St. Charles. He's got glasses and kind of looks like George Costanza. Cartoon Guy No. 2, Doug, favors a young Pa ... More >>
Well, that was comparatively easy. On the day Rick Santorum suspended his presidential campaign, the St. Charles County Republicans picked Ron Paul as their man at the party's do-over shot at a caucus. There were no arrests, no embarrassment and no cries of unfair tactics.But Paul's victory last nig ... 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 >>
Two bodybuilders from St. Charles County have been indicted for conspiracy to purchase and resell Chinese-processed Human Growth Hormone, the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri announced yesterday. Gregory Loomans, 40, and Keith Ashabranner, 32, each face up to five y ... More >>
Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending October 2, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News. There are plenty of new titles on this week's adu ... More >>
St. Charles County Sheriff's DepartmentMichael Gordon: Frisky cop was a real handyman.By day he was a self-employed handyman living with his mother. By night, police say, Michael Gordon was a make-believe cop, using his faux occupation to impress women in bars. The handcuffs and other police equi ... More >>
Courtesy of Deliver STLPatrick Conner gets hungry sometimes. It happens to the best of us. About a year ago, he became both hungry and inspired, a less common combination that resulted in a website, deliverstl.com, and a fledgling business that it turns out is not protected by patents. The fu ... More >>
Ehlmann argues that smoking ban cannot play favorites.Steve Ehlmann, the executive of St. Charles County, today announced that he's vetoed a bill that would place a countywide smoking ban on the ballot in November 2012. In a press release today, Ehlmann took objection to provisions in the bill pa ... More >>
The cover of Udis Sanchez Lord's autobiography, which got her in big trouble with her cousin -- and a Canadian court.Kidnapping! Land fraud! Cousins fighting with cousins -- even as one cousin rises from working as a fieldhand to achieve both her Ph.D. and win (drumroll!) the title of Ms. Asia In ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaSometimes the best reason to collect records is for the unabashed love of the music. Picking up from a short winter hiatus, Last Collector Standing met up with Cliff Hardesty, who, above anything else, is a genuine music lover. He is also the owner of multiple record stores, inclu ... More >>
The St. Louis metro area clocks in at (un)lucky No. 7 in terms of black/white racial segregation among the country's largest urban regions. That's according to 2009 data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, which was analyzed by A.P. and Post-Dispatch reporters and summarized in an article this mo ... More >>
Mark Buehrle: Dog's best friend.A Shetland sheep dog with an arrow shot through its abdomen is recovering from surgery today. Rescue workers in Alton discovered the dog early yesterday morning with an arrow protruding from both its sides and rushed the animal to a local veterinarian. A microchip ... More >>
St. Louis police are hunting for Fermin Jantes, whom they have identified as a person of interest in the August 1 hit-and-run car crash that killed Dave Hagerty, the lead singer of the band Fattback. The police identified Jantes as the driver of the pickup truck that hit Hagerty's car via su ... More >>
The Lake Saint Louis board of aldermen became the first city council in St. Charles County to pass a smoking ban. The board approved the ban in a 4-2 vote last night. The law still needs signature from Mayor Mike Potter who has voiced concerns about the ban. Like a similar ban in Kirkwood, the La ... More >>
Kids Count, a publication of Citizens for Missouri's Children, confirms that young people in the state are facing increasing challenges brought on by higher levels of poverty, a lack of affordable health care and a dearth of quality educational opportunities. The 2009 Kids Count Data ... More >>
council.sccmo.orgPaul WynnJust in time for Christmas: St. Charles County Councilman Paul Wynn last week put forth a proposal to eliminate all community-aid for poor people in his district and the rest of St. Charles. Suburban Journal columnist Steve Pokin writes that Wynn believes churches and no ... More >>
This press release just in from the Red Cross, St. Louis Area Chapter, regarding the Swine Flu outbreak:"Think of this swine flu outbreak like severe weather. If you thought a storm was coming - you would take steps to prepare yourself," said Nicole Holtgrefe, director of preparedness and client ser ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/7305404@N06Led by Senator John McCain, whose obsession with earmarks knows no bounds, Republicans legislators are still raising a stink about that $1.7 million earmark for pig odor research in Iowa. Some lawmakers, a number of whom have gone repeatedly to the trough them ... More >>
My fellow staff writer Keegan Hamilton was unable to reach Lori or Curt Drew for his story last week on the hanging death of thirteen-year-old Megan Meier. Lori Drew’s voicemail box was full, and no one answered the door at the couple’s home on Waterford Crystal Drive. Other journalists -- fro ... More >>
When is a recount not a recount?
Copperheads invade a local real-estate company, but former employees say the biggest snake of them all is their ex-boss.
When fourteen trees fall in St. Peters, who picks up the tab?
Area vintners serve happiness in a bottle
A local music fan starts Broke & Hungry Records, Matador Records gets its videogame on and the debut of "Yo! RFT Raps"
Locally made zombie comedies gnaw their way through flyover country
Our favorite inanimate objects celebrate birthdays, Russ Carnahan snags the Hefner endorsement, and Silver Dollar City gets political; plus, we find the real WMDs (in St. Charles!) and Bill Haas phones it in
Taylor's is classy, tasty and worth the extra mileage
Unreal steps into the Thickburger fray, gets good gossip at Pujols' fête and seeks dream interpretation -- and hey, keep your dirty pictures away from Ameren UE
Stone Hill Winery
Christ, can't a guy get a little peace around here?
Week of Sept. 5, 2001
Never at a loss for new tricks, the Wahls are now on a spiritual quest.
Since the Flood of 93, Chesterfield boosters have used millions in public money to raise a levee and turn the bottomlands into a boomtown. But betting against the river is risky business.
One chef makes the jump from country club to Clayton, with delicious results
Published the week of August 2-8, 2000
Hazelwood officials cast their lot with the developer of a controversial project in the flood-prone Missouri Bottoms. Their gamble is tearing the North County community apart.