St. Charles County

  • Dining

    February 20, 2014
  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Review Preview: Bella Vino

    This week's review invites my compatriots on this side of the Missouri to make the jaunt across the Blanchette Bridge to old town St. Charles' Bella Vino Wine Bar & Tapas (325 South Main Street, St. Charles; 636-724-3434). See Also: Green, But Sustainable? Prasino has eco-friendly dining down. Con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    O'Fallon Father Pleads Not Guilty to Locking Autistic Son in Urine-Soaked Cage

    Terry G. Smith, of O'Fallon, says he is not guilty of keeping his 6-year-old autistic son naked and covered in excrement in what police describe as a crude, makeshift cage.

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Conservative Radio Host Kenny Suitter Arrested for Filming Again, This Time on the MetroLink

    St. Louis County Police arrested Kenny Suitter of St. Charles County for trespassing on Thursday, October 31, after security at the Hanley Road MetroLink station asked him repeatedly to stop filming. "Photography is not a crime," Suitter tells the three officers who escort him off a train and event ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    St. Peters Cops: Benjamin Lillard, Smartphone Thief, Caught by GPS App, Tries Hiding in Attic

    The thing about stealing a smartphone these days is you really have to be at least slightly smarter than the phone you've snatched. But Benjamin Lillard, a 23-year-old St. Peters resident, apparently had a bit of trouble getting away with his cell=phone theft this week -- in part, because the phon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    Francis Howell, Normandy Controversy: Should School Boards Have Power to Veto Transfers?

    If you needed further proof that tensions surrounding the Francis Howell-Normandy school transfer controversy are boiling over, look no further than the recent war of words between State Rep. Mark Parkinson and Francis Howell School Board member Mark Lafata. Parkinson, a St. Charles Republican law ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    St. Peters Police: Nude Man Fondles Himself in Front of Library, Asks Girl If She Wants a Ride

    A naked man sitting in his car outside a library in St. Peters this week asked a teenage girl if she wanted a ride while he fondled himself. That is according to St. Peters police officials who yesterday arrested Kevin Flatley, 49, two days after he allegedly decided it would be a good idea to sit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Drinker Sees the Light, Won't Point Laser at Helicopter Again

    A St. Charles man has learned a valuable lesson: pointing a laser at an aircraft can be wickedly entertaining when you're drinking and painfully regretful when you're standing before the judge. Yesterday, 36-year-old Michael Brandon Smith was sentenced to two years of probation, two months home c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Chris Higgins, FOX 2 Meteorologist, Writes Letter To Haters Questioning His Weather Skills

    Reporting the weather can be a dirty business in St. Louis -- and for Chris Higgins, FOX 2 meteorologist, the snowstorm over the weekend apparently pushed him to a new low. Higgins has posted on his Facebook page a ranty "open letter" directed to "all the haters" out there. Who are these haters, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    UFO Over St. Charles County? Probably Not, KTVI Fox 2 Investigation Finds

    Did Google Street View capture an unidentified flying object over St. Charles County? KTVI Fox 2 says that "many are still debating" the content of an image that could maybe, possibly be a mysterious UFO. And who exactly is debating this? Not John Lakey of the St. Louis Science Center -- the only pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Vibriosis: Another Reason Not to Eat Uncooked Shellfish

    Remember paragonamiasis? It's a rare disease caused by eating raw crawfish, also known as Ozark sushi. It's pretty gross. When Riverfront Times reported on it last summer, it was noted that a lot of sufferers from paragonamiasis contracted the disease while on drunken float trips in Missouri's river ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    John Thomas III, Rebecca Russell and Billy Bunch Jr: Accused of Raping Neighbor's Kids

    John Thomas III, 27, and Rebecca Russell, 30, are a couple who live in the Tee Kay Mobile Home Manor near O'Fallon, Missouri. They'd often babysit their neighbors kids. Often their friend, Billy Joe Bunch Jr., 25, would come over while the kids were there.And then, according to police, the three wou ... More >>

  • News

    May 24, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Michelle Higgins and Anthony Higgins, Sr: St. Charles Couple Hoarded Reptiles, Lived in Filth

    ​A St. Charles couple kept 157 snakes and lizards in their split-level rental property, as well as at least 1,500 live mice to feed them, and one dog. The snakes were housed in clean cages -- the problem was all the animal waste, which the couple, Michelle Higgins and Anthony Higgins, Sr., did not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Gateway Bike Plan Calls for 1,000 Miles of Lanes and Trails In and Near St. Louis

    ​Great Rivers Greenway yesterday released an online copy of its Gateway Bike Plan that calls for 1,011 miles of bike lanes, shared use lanes and other bicycle facilities throughout St. Louis, St. Louis County and urbanized areas of St. Charles County.The plan is to be put into effect over the next ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Richard Bradley: St. Charles Man Labeled Sexually Violent Predator; Detained Indefinitely

    ​Richard Bradley, 42, became the 12th Missouri prisoner this year committed to the state's Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Service in Farmington where he could stay the rest of his life. Bradley will join 174 other sex offenders who've completed their sentences for their crimes but bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Dukes of Hazard Video Used to Illustrate Tragic Death of St. Charles Teen

    ​Sixteen-year-old Clayton Newell, a sophomore at Francis Howell North High School, is dead and three other teens seriously injured after the group was allegedly "hill jumping" in a vehicle Monday night along a rural road in St. Charles County. None of the teens injured in the one-vehicle crash Mon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Dealers and Residents Debate Scrap Metal Bill

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Kelli Horton: Mother Used McDonald's to Shoot Heroin / Babysit Kids, Say Police

    St. Charles County Sheriff via KSDKKelli Horton: It's hard not to grimace when you're accused of doing heroin at Mickey D's.​Sometimes nothing satisfies your cravings like two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame seed bun.But what happens when a Big Mac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Solae Wants You to Grill on Meatless Mondays. But Do You Want To?

    meatlessmonday.comFiring up the grill for Meatless Monday? Not so fast. ​Since the beginning of year, the Meatless Monday movement has gained momentum, thanks to publicity from vegetarian Paul McCartney and carnivore Mario Batali. The Oprah Effect kicked in, with the former talk show queen off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    St. Louis Smoking Summit a Dud

    ​We had imagined yesterday's "smoking summit" for St. Louis area officials would look something like this. Only instead of beer, the table would be full of ashtrays and mounds and mounds of those famously cheap Missouri cigarettes. After a bit of frank discussion, the officials would sit back and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Fair Tax Proposal Passes House Committee on Party Line Vote

    Andrew Koenig​A resolution to replace Missouri's income tax with a so-called "fair tax" passed the House Tax Reform Committee yesterday. All eight Republicans on the committee voted in favor of the proposal; all four Democrats rejected the effort. The proposal (HJR8) by state representative Andrew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Mom Acquitted of Making Fake Craigslist Ad, Prostituting Her Teenage Enemy

    Elizabeth Thrasher: Lives up to her surname in online feuds.​Missouri's cyber-harassment law has teeth. But does it have bite?  Not when you consider a case this week that seemed like it would be a slam dunk for prosecutors to win a first-ever conviction for the state's 2008 law to crack down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Urban Hunters Kill 45 Deer in St. Louis County; 91 in St. Charles

    Image ViaDeer hunting in the St. Louis 'burbs isn't confined to Big Buck Hunter.​Missouri's four-day urban deer hunt ended Monday with more than 587 deer harvested in the metro areas of St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield and Columbia-Jefferson City. Boone County (home to Columbia) led the countie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Pig Shit to Paved Roads: Ain't Science Wonderful?

    image via​Innoventor, an Earth City-based company, got a $1 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency last year to build a pressure cooker-like contraption that reduces pig waste into bio-oil that can be used to make asphalt, among other things. Former Riverfront Times staff writ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    St. Charles Bike Ban Debate Coasts On

    Image via​The St. Charles County council is really ganging up on bikers these days. In addition to Councilman Joe Brazil's statistic-bending joyride attempts to banning cyclists on country highways with no shoulder or bike lane, The Post-Dispatch reports that Councilman Jerry Daugherty has propose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    "You Ripped My Freaking Heart Out"

    ​Not a bad way to open up a murder trial, eh? A real attention getter, sure to wake up even the sleepiest of jurors. Scott Turow is almost certain to use it in his next courthouse potboiler. In any case, that's how St. Charles County Prosecutor Jack Banas began his opening statement ear ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 21, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    St. Charles Representatives Team Up to Stop Foreigners from Driving in Missouri

    Chuck Gatschenberger​So, just for fun, let's review how St. Charles state representatives are banning together to stop all those funny speaking foreigners (read: suspected illegal aliens) from driving in Missouri. First there's Chuck Gatschenberger (R - St. Charles County) who -- when not filing l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    Washington and St. Clair -- Latest Missouri Towns to Outlaw Fake Marijuana

    ​The Washington city council voted on Monday to outlaw the sale or possession of synthetic marijuana, such as K2. The Washington law is similar to one passed in St. Charles County earlier this year. Also on Monday, alderman in St. Clair also approved a law banning fake marijuana products.Meanwhile ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    It's Not K2: New Form Of Fake Weed Catches On In Kansas

    At least this stuff kinda looks like real weed.​Earlier this week Kansas became the first state to outlaw synthetic marijuana, commonly sold under the brand name K2. Closer to home, Pettis County in central Missouri banned the stuff and St. Charles County soon followed suit.Obviously, lawmakers in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Rants and Raves May Put Jerry Andres Back in the Slammer

    photo by Jennifer Silverberg Jerry Andres may be in trouble again.​A neighborhood dispute in St. Charles County that culminated with a "terrorist threat" to repeat the Kirkwood City Council rampage at Dardenne Prairie City Hall is the the subject of a news story in this week's dead tree edi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    Is Lake Saint Louis a Great Place to Live?

    lakesaintlouis.comMoney Magazine came out with its listing of Top 100 Places to Live yesterday. The magazine ranks towns with populations 8,500 to 50,000 for education, crime scores, housing prices and employment. Coming in at No. 9 this year is Lake Saint Louis. The poll's authors notes that the co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Last Week's Most Popular Daily RFT Posts, June 22-28, 2009

    If you missed any of the posts last week on Daily RFT, here are the top ten most-read posts:Five of the Worst Pitches Recorded on VideoWith the news that President Obama would throw out the first pitch at the All-Star game, we began wondering who had the worst first-pitches ever.President Obama to ... More >>

  • News

    May 21, 2008
  • Blogs

    May 13, 2008

    Farmer Wants a Wife Matt Neustadt Interview

    Matt Neustadt, the star of the CW reality dating show Farmer Wants a Wife, is a farmer. No really, he is. Not an actor, or even an aspiring actor (waiter). Despite the debates going on among the Farmer fans on the CW network's online message boards, the Portage des Sioux-based farmer plants and harv ... More >>

  • News

    October 31, 2007

    Grudge City

    OFallon, Missouri: Home to petty feuds, poisonous politics and prickly postcards.

  • News

    October 17, 2007

    River Rage

    The bizarre story of a 2006 summer melee on the Mississippi will soon unfold in a St. Charles County courthouse.

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2007
  • News

    August 29, 2007

    Arrested Development

    A look at north St. Louis from ground zero.

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2007

    The Softy Side of Paul McKee

    Developer Paul McKee Jr., who's at the center of controversy on the north side of St. Louis, is reluctant to reveal himself. He has accumulated vast holdings but declines to expound to neighbors on his plans and responded to media inquiries only through written statements. Now that Riverfront Time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2006

    Here's to Beer!

    When all the drinking was drunk and the judges had tallied the votes, St. Louis brewers came up a little short at the annual Great American Beer Fest last weekend in Denver. The Grammies of the brewing industry -- "They don't let you give an acceptance speech, though," qualifies Fran Caradonna, co- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2006

    The Case of the Prosecutor's Pot Plants

    from Someone else's homegrown St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Jack Banas confirms that he placed an assistant prosecutor, Ella Boone Conley, on administrative leave last month after police found "a substantial amount of marijuana" at her home. The St. Charles Regional Drug Tas ... More >>

  • News

    April 5, 2006

    Whack Off

    Unreal witnesses a mailbox massacre -- but we soon forget when we're urged to thrust and thrust and thrust. Plus, a mint-condition Brooke Shields finds her way into the Bargain Box.

  • Calendar

    May 21, 2003

    We're Young and Board

    St. Charles embraces skaters

  • News

    March 21, 2001

    Saintly in St. Chuck

    The Lord's county executive plans to cleanse his county's Family Arena

  • News

    December 13, 2000


    Week of December 13, 2000

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Riverfront Attraction

    Two Pecan Tree Pond

  • News

    September 22, 1999


    How the Page Avenue extension has been good for influential road-builder Fred Weber Inc. -- through construction contracts, profitable land sales and a sweet deal with St. Louis County to expand its golf course

  • News

    June 16, 1999

    Memory Lane

    Defying danger and the forgetfulness of time, grieving families and friends are peppering Missouri's roadsides with shrines to loved ones killed in crashes

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