“Sometimes Mother Nature, you can’t stop her.”—Crystal City Mayor Tom Schilly, on the 300-foot long slide at an earthen levee that keeps the backwaters of the swelled Plattin Creek from Festus and Crystal City. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the levee’s core is not affected.
“He said he went to the parking lot of the Schnucks store and tried to run over anyone that he saw.”—Police statement in court documents. Josef X. Achtentuch, 61, of St. Louis County, was charged with first-degree and third-degree assault after he used his car to hit two customers in the parking lot of a Schnucks market in Creve Coeur. Police said Achtentuch told them he hoped to kill someone. He hit the shopping cart of a 47-year-old woman, injuring her arm, then hit an 80-year-old man, knocking him to the ground. Achtentuch told police that he could see the man was not dead, so he retrieved a brick from his car and threw it at him. Neither victim was seriously injured.
“David White, 33, was arrested at a Phillips 66 station at North Broadway and East Grand Boulevard about 4 p.m., police said. White had been in the jail’s infirmary for a broken leg and broke his other leg during the escape.”—One of the two jail escapees has been arrested
Tonight, journalists are raising a glass to honor those who have died in the line of duty. This week photojournalists Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington died in action in Libya. Whether it’s coffee, lemonade or beer, whether you’re a journalist or not, join us in honoring all journalists killed on the job.
In St. Louis, a group of journalists will be meeting at 9 p.m. The Royale if you’d like to join.
“They get patted down, but it is different. It is a good patting.”—Snakes on a plane, indeed. Pet Airways Inc. is a flight service for pets (no humans allowed) and will begin serving Lambert-St. Louis International Airport later this year.
I’ll be posting updates on Twitter for sure, and I’ll try to hit the highlights here, too. Stay safe, friends. If you hear tornado sirens, take shelter — move to a basement or interior room away from windows.
On Wednesday, Twitter friend @boxcar_fritz suggested the Post-Dispatch conduct a poll on the demographics of St. Louis residents who do and do not like provel cheese. Since I was on vacation, I did the next best thing and posted a Twitter poll. The provel poll asked two questions: Do you like provel? Are you a St. Louis native?
Of the 65 people who answered both questions, the majority — 60 percent — love provel. And, as several have predicted, most of them are St. Louis natives.
Of those 65 people: 44.6 percent (29) love provel and are St. Louis natives; 15.4 percent (10) love provel and weren’t born in St. Louis; 12.3 percent (8) hate provel and were born in St. Louis; 27.7 percent (18) hate provel and are not St. Louis natives.