St. Louis County

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    13 St. Louis County Municipalities Fit in One City Neighborhood, And That's Insane

    Ever since protests erupted in Ferguson in August, experts have been pointing to St. Louis County's unique political geography as a root cause of the unrest. Nearly all of St. Louis County's 90 municipalities come with their own elected officials and police forces. Even small local governments need ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    Officer Shot in North St. Louis County, Suspect on the Loose

    A St. Louis County Police Officer was shot and injured during a disturbance call in north St. Louis County Sunday morning, but there's a chance another officer wounded the suspect by returning fire before he escaped. Police are searching for Eric Fowler, 27, of the 5400 block of Thrush Avenue, who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Chesterfield Threatens to Secede From St. Louis, Join St. Charles County

    Unless Chesterfield can keep more of its sales tax revenue, the city says it's considering leaving St. Louis County and joining up with its neighbors in St. Charles. Chesterfield mayor Bob Nation told the city council Monday night that he thinks it's time to look at secession as a viable option.

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    After Abuse Video Goes Viral, Scammers Launch Fake Fundraisers for Honor the Pit Bull

    Beware: Online charlatans are looking to make a buck off your concern for Honor, the adorable dog rescued after being beaten mercilessly by a St. Louis County youth.

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    RIP King the Clydesdale: Tilles Park Winter Wonderland Carriage Horse Dies During Ride

    For only the second time in 28 years, a carriage horse at one of St. Louis' favorite wintertime traditions, the Winter Wonderland Christmas lights display, has died -- this time during a carriage ride through Tilles Park. King, a 22-year-old Clydesdale, was acting strangely just after pulling a car ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    St. Louis County Police Dog Bites Suspect -- And City Cop -- During Lengthy Manhunt

    A St. Louis county police dog ended up biting a suspect and a city cop during a struggle this week -- landing the suspect in jail and the police officer in the hospital. Authorities say that on Wednesday night in the area of north 20th Street and East John Avenue, a city cop saw a vehicle that was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Missouri Preservation: State's Most Endangered Historic Sites in 2013 (PHOTOS)

    What historic properties in Missouri are most likely to face demolition? The Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation has released its annual list of the state's most endangered sites, which this year includes the Book House, a beloved store in Rock Hill that recently got its eviction notice as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Is St. Louis County Going to Charge Commercial Photographers Who Shoot in Their Parks?

    Can St. Louis County officials charge photographers for taking pictures in their parks? That question was raised this week when someone posted a photo on Reddit of a new sign in a St. Louis County park that reads in all caps: "Professional photographers are required to obtain a commercial photogra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2012

    About to Lose Your House in the County? Judge OKs Law That Might Be Your Last Chance

    A circuit-level judge gave the greenlight on Wednesday to a St. Louis County law that will require a lender to sit down with a homeowner before foreclosing on a home. This law -- a.k.a. the "foreclosure mediation" law -- was passed by the County in August, but has been challenged in court by the ban ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Man Charged With Murder of Imo's Deliveryman in Dellwood

    Earon A. Rivers, a 17-year-old from North St. Louis County, has been charged with murdering the Imo's Pizza deliveryman who was found slumped over his steering wheel on Monday night in Dellwood. Rivers, a resident of the 10000 block of Bon Oak Dr. just east of Dellwood, has just been charged with se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    July 2012 Openings & Closings

    July was a relatively quiet month for openings, with several smaller restaurants debuting in St. Louis County, and only a couple of new ventures opening in the city. Perhaps the biggest story of the month was the number of temporary (in theory, at least) closings. The fire in the apartment building ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Tidbits: Dog Town Opens, Selam Ethiopian Restaurant Closes

    - North St. Louis County has a new hot-dog joint: Dog Town opened two weeks ago at 2182 North Highway 67 in Florissant. (The space was previously the second location of White Barn and, before that, a Rally's.)

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    July 19, 2012

    Tidbits: Sushi Sake, Delmonico's Diner, Chronicle Coffee, Taylor's Place

    Catching up on this and that... - There's a new sushi joint in south St. Louis County. Sushi Sake is now open at 4418 Lemay Ferry Road, featuring all-you-can-eat sushi and hibachi. The restaurant is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11:30 a.m.-10 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Fireworks Are Canceled Everywhere; Is This the Year Without a Fourth of July?

    The region's continued dry stretch and the oppressive heat are forcing municipalities to cancel or delay Independence Day fireworks displays. The risk of fire is just too great, and so Arnold, Chesterfield, Columbia (IL), Ellisville, Eureka, Farmington, Kirkwood, Pacific, Potosi, Washington (MO), We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    April 2012 Openings & Closings

    April was a relatively quiet month for openings and closings. For openings, consider this a pause for breath, not a slow down. The months to come look to be very busy. Page through to see the complete list for April. And, as always, please let us know in the comments of any openings or closings tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Sir's Bar-B-Que Returns (Again)

    Sir's Bar-B-Que (6174 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-669-0025.) is back. Sir's closed suddenly in December of last year due to a regulatory dispute with St. Louis County. What was supposed to have been a brief closure stretched into the new year, and its listed number was disconnected, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Check Out the Bling That Dunard Morris, Former CEO of Urology Practice, Allegedly Stole

    ​The feds may or may not prove their indictment against Dunard Morris, who until late last year served as CEO of Metropolitan Urological Specialists in St. Louis County. But sweet bejeezus, he loved the flossy flossy!!! And he claimed to be a war hero, when in fact, he was not. And now his jet-set ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Openings & Closings 2011: The Final Reckoning

    At last, Gut Check closes the books on 2011 with our annual roundup of all the year's openings and closings and relocations. Of course, we say "at last" knowing that, in spite of our best efforts, we likely missed more than a few restaurant debuts and departures. Please let us know in the comments!

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    St. Louis County Looking Nationally to Help Kids With Mental Illnesses

    Interesting lead story in today's Post-Dispatch, where Nancy Cambria reports that St. Louis County teenagers beset with mental illnesses are typically turned away by emergency rooms after their first visits and that, in the last 18 months, St. Louis County saw unprecedented demand for domestic viole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Regulatory Issue Closes Sir's Bar-B-Que Till December 15

    Ian FroebSir's Bar-B-Que in University City​Sir's Bar-B-Que (6714 Olive Boulevard; 314-727-1474) is closed until Thursday, December 15, while the restaurant works out a regulatory problem with St. Louis County, according to a sign posted on its front door.The sign states that Sir's is closed "for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    E. Coli Outbreak in St. Louis County

    Image viaE. coli, magnified​The St. Louis County Department of Health has reported an E. coli outbreak, with 14 cases of the disease reported this week. According to the department's official release, the source of the outbreak has not been identified.The Post-Dispatch spoke with the father of one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Would This Image Keep You From Smoking?

    Saint Louis County Department of Health​No? Okay. But what if you saw it 26 times in one day? Then 52 the next? And 78 times by day three -- all the way up to 130 images by day five?The Saint Louis County Department of Health's youth anti-tobacco initiative, Air-O-Dynamic, hopes the Grim Reaper im ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    St. Louis County Residents Forced to Pay For Recycling After Court Loss

    Paying for recycling services is not optional, says the Missouri Appellate Court.​A group of St. Louis County residents has lost another round in its effort to opt out of a recycling service -- and the quarterly fees that go with it.Today's appeals court decision is the latest (and possibly final) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    The Physiology of a Heroin Overdose​Last week we published a feature titled "Smackdown," which tells a tragic tale of the region's heroin epidemic and the growing number of lives the drug has taken. Two of the central characters in our story died from overdoses, and one woman, Angela Halliday, has been charged ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Tiny Towns, Expensive Elections, St. Louis County Report Shows

    ​There are exactly 1,653 registered voters in the tiny municipality of Bel Ridge, Missouri. And so when the village decided to hold a special election in February 2010 to increase property taxes, the proposition was bound to be expensive on a per-vote basis. The St. Louis County Board of Election ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Tidbits from Berix Coffeehouse, Caitlin's Green-Eyed Grill

    ​A reader alerted Gut Check to the possible closure of Berix Coffeehouse (5053 Gravois Avenue; 314-353-5758). A call to Berix's second location at 2201 Lemay Ferry Road in south St. Louis County confirms that the Gravois address has been shuttered for at least a month. (The employee with whom I sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Pine Lawn Residents Really Don't Like Paying for Trash Pickup

    It's going to take a lot of work to clean up Pine Lawn.​That headline is perhaps the most memorable factoid culled from a state audit into the finances of the north St. Louis County suburb. According to the audit released yesterday, 799 trash customers in Pine Lawn (or 63 percent of all accounts) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Kaelin Gilmore-Mitchell: Teen Shot Dead in Black Jack

    ​St. Louis County police have identified the person found shot to death yesterday morning in the 11600 block of Carolview (right) in Black Jack. Sixteen-year-old Kaelin Gilmore-Mitchell was discovered around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday lying in a common ground area in the neighborhood. As of yesterday, po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    St. Louis Heroin "Epidemic" Topic of Forum Tonight at Pattonville High School

    Smoking (and snorting) heroin has increased its popularity.​For the second time this year, St. Louis area police chiefs and drug counselors will gather together to discuss what's been called an "epidemic" of heroin use in the region. As we reported earlier this year, the number of heroin overdoses ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Missouri Preservation Announces Most Endangered Historic Places

    image courtesy of Missouri PreservationSave the Oak Grove Mausoleum!​Yesterday Missouri Preservation released its annual list of the Most Endangered Historic Places in Missouri. The list now contains fifteen structures, nine held over from last year and six that are new additions. Among them a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Let's Face It -- Youth Anti-Smoking Campaign Kicks Off in St. Louis County

    St. Louis County is nagging teens to give up the cancer sticks already.​Since the beginning of the year, the county's been quietly working on an anti-tobacco campaign aimed at St. Louis teenagers.On Tuesday -- which is, not coincidentally, "World No Tobacco Day," because these days they have a day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Deeric Davis: Man Dies From Yesterday's Shooting in North County

    St. Louis County police report that 29-year-old Deeric Davis died yesterday evening of gunshot wounds sustained earlier in the day.​According to police, Davis was shot near the intersection of Mehl Avenue and News Hall Ferry Road (above) around 12:43 p.m.

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    April 20, 2011

    Aaron Johnson: Man Threatens To "Blow Up" St. Louis IRS Facility Prior to Tax Day

    Think you hate paying taxes? You don't hold a candle to Aaron Johnson of St. Louis County. Yesterday the 20-year-old Johnson pleaded guilty in federal court to calling an IRS facility in south St. Louis County and threatening to "blow it up." According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the threat was m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Lemay Fire District Loses Grab at Casino Revenue -- Again

    Moral of today's appellate court ruling: Nobody gets between St. Louis County and its casino revenue!​A south-county fire district has lost, again, in its attempt to grab a share of revenue from the River City Casino.In an opinion issued today, the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of App ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    February 2011 Openings and Closings

    Ian FroebSouth Grand Gyro Express returned after an eight-month hiatus.​February was a very busy one for restaurants in St. Louis. Not only were there numerous openings, including at long last 1904 Steak House, the revision of the former Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse at River City Casino, but a few resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Openings & Closings 2010: The Final Reckoning

    Farmhaus was a highlight among the 2010 openings.​A snowy day is the perfect time to look back over our archive of restaurant openings and closings -- and notes on restaurants that we forgot to include on our lists of openings and closings -- and draw the obvious conclusion: A lot of restauran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Buddy Ferguson: Burglar Suspect Caught Sawing Through Roof

    Gee whiz, Buddy. That wasn't too smart. ​A clerk at a south St. Louis convenience store was alerted to a strange sound early yesterday morning that turned out to be a burglar attempting to saw his way through the roof.The incident occurred around 5:20 a.m. Tuesday in the 9300 block of Broadway Str ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Man Killed at Route 66 Park; Suspect Vehicle Found in South St. Louis

    Updated 4:20: The victim has been identified as Kenneth McClure, a St. Louis comic shop owner accused of raping a teenage girl. Full story here.Updated 12:15 with photos of the victim's Camaro "IROC" stolen from the murder scene. Investigators are asking anyone who's seen the vehicle and/or its occu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Chopper Down in West County; Missouri Highway Patrol Pilot Killed

    The crash site (blue marker) is just a mile or two from the airport.​A Missouri Highway Patrol helicopter crashed around 11 a.m. this morning in unincorporated west St. Louis County killing the pilot. He was the only person in the aircraft. No one on the ground was injured.According to reports, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    St. Louis County Police Break Up Vehicle Crime Ring

    The group is charged with dozens of smash-and-grabs.​St. Louis County police have charged four people in connection with thefts from vehicles in West County following a stakeout in Queeny Park, the site of several recent car break-ins. During their surveillance of the park, police observed two ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Charlie Dooley: Duly Aware of Breasts This Month

    Don't most men celebrate "breast awareness" every month? Me thinks St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley is missing the word "cancer" in the following Tweet fired off this afternoon.​

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    September 28, 2010

    Hearings This Morning on St. Louis Casino Proposals

    A rendering of Casino Celebration at I-270 and Riverview.​Got anything to say in support or opposition to two casino proposals currently under consideration in St. Louis? Then head on down to the Renaissance Hotel at the airport a.s.a.p. That's where the Missouri Gaming Commission is holding heari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Merger of St. Louis City and County Moves a Step Closer

    Could the second time be the charm?​Maybe it's not such a pipe dream, after all. Yesterday, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley publicly announced that he'd be willing to merge the county and the city. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay first suggested the same over a year ago. A merger would hope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Diarrhea Splatters Across St. Louis

    Stock up now and avoid pools and daycares.​St. Louis County health officials have recorded 56 cases of the violent diarrhea disorder cryptosporidiosis, compared to just 10 cases by this same time last year. Also known as "crypto", the illness is caused by a parasitic bug that leads to acute, short ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010
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    July 13, 2010

    Charlack Will Use Speed Cameras on 170 Despite Criticism

    'Cause really, isn't that what they're all about?​Charlack is pushing ahead with the use controversial speed cameras along its quarter-mile section of Highway 170 in north St. Louis County. The cameras began issuing tickets last week. Charlack's mayor and police chief tell the Post-Dispatch this m ... More >>

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    June 25, 2010

    NAACP Sides with St. Louis County Police

    ​The Post-Dispatch has an interesting piece today about the local NAACP backing St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch in his desire to consolidate some of the county's 65 policing agencies. In a public letter this week the civil rights group stated:

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    June 8, 2010

    South County Shooting Spree Leads to Three Arrests in Metro East

    Three men are in custody on suspicion of shooting two men late last night and early this morning in the south St. Louis County. The first shooting occurred neary Jefferson Barracks Park. The second shooting followed minutes later at Baumgartner and Telegraph.​According to St. Louis County Police ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010

    Will Laura Bush Look Like 1980s Country-Club Debutante During St. Louis Visit Today?

    ​You know, with the upturned collar that she sports on the cover of her new memoir, Spoken From the Heart? So, who's going to the St. Louis County Library headquarters tonight to hear the former First Lady read from her book? If so, could you report back to us on Laura's attire? Inquiring minds, ... More >>

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