An independent journalist who has been live-streaming the Ferguson protests for several weeks says all of his equipment was robbed from his car after police searched his car and didn't lock his doors after they put him under arrest for unpaid traffic tickets. Bassem Masri, a St. Louis native who w ... More >>
Eighteen-year-old Keith Esters murdered Megan Boken on August 18, 2012 in a brazen daylight robbery gone wrong in the Central West End. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder back in November and a judge later sentenced him to 50 years in prison. But attorneys for a man arrested for a similar ar ... More >>
Two corrections officers have been charged with setting up a beating at the city's Medium Security Institution. It started when the officers, Elvis Maurice Howard and Dexter Brison, arrived at the cell of an inmate identified only as "T.D." with an unusual offer. According to the St. Louis Circui ... More >>
St. Louis City Justice CenterThe way Director of Personnel Richard Frank painted it in his testimony at Monday's jail break hearing, the corrections division is a staffing mess, frantically scrambling each day to fill the necessary posts. That's because of an interconnected set of factors that to ... More >>
The Public Safety Committee hearing seeks to find who should be ultimately held responsible for the recent string of jail breaks.A hearing to investigate the recent string of jail breaks is scheduled for Monday, said 27th Ward Alderman Greg Carter, chairman of the Public Safety Committee. The inv ... More >>
Updated 3:35 p.m. to show that Dotson expects to issue a follow-up report in a few weeks.Image viaSt. Louis City Justice CenterIn his report to the mayor on "The Status of the Department of Corrections," dated September 29, Director of Operations Sam Dotson concludes, "I strongly believe that rep ... More >>
The Board of Aldermen passed a resolution today to investigate the city's corrections division, particularly the string of four jail breaks in the past fifteen months. The investigation will be handled by the Board's Public Safety Committee, which is chaired by 27th Ward Alderman Greg Carter.The ... More >>
Image via"We have a major public safety responsibility and jails can become a dangerous place to live and work without an appropriate managerial staffing pattern," Stubblefield told Bryson in April.It's easy to understand why Division of Corrections Commissioner Gene Stubblefield wants the public ... More >>
Robert BoettcherAn unnamed Hopeville resident.If you happen to be in the Loop during the next few weeks, you might stroll into Subterranean Books, which has put on an exhibit by photographer Robert Boettcher. The images, all captured with a basic point-and-shoot digital camera, depict the cit ... More >>
This week's feature story, "Knockout King", revisits the death of Dutchtown resident Hoang Nguyen, who was fatally beaten two months ago while walking home from his local grocery store in broad daylight. The attack was later determined to be part of a violent ritual -- the young teens who pa ... More >>
St. Louis Justice Center on Tucker BoulevardJames Lamont Moore has pleaded guilty to charges of attempted distribution of heroin to inmates at the St. Louis City Justice Center.Moore was one of three jailers indicted back in June in a plot to funnel drugs into the justice center. Between January ... More >>
Police and prosecutors say they know who brutally murdered Cassandra Kovack. But no one has answered the question: Why?
In St. Louis, the "A" is for "ambition"