“An inmate at the City Workhouse was still on the lam Thursday morning after walking through an open gate and scaling two razor-wire fences Wednesday night.”—Yep, he walked out of jail. (Then climbed the razor-wire fences.) Allen Brown Jr., 29, of Creve Coeur is still on the lam. Two corrections officers have been put on leave for not locking the gate.
“This big crash, I thought was an explosion. It was like a blur. I reached up, this black line went across the front of my face. I reached up and pulled it out and at that time I saw that it was an arrow.”—Margaret Shofner, 80, was sitting at a kitchen table at her grandson’s house, eating a doughnut with her 5-year-old great-granddaughter when the arrow lodged in her face about 8:30 Tuesday morning. That arrow had traveled more than 100 yards — through the backyard of Robert “Ben” Joiner, where he was practicing archery, through a section of thick woods and into the neighbor’s yard before crashing through a double-pane kitchen window of the neighbor’s house. Joiner, an Army drill sergeant, apologized Wednesday: “I can’t explain how bad I feel. I thank the Lord she wasn’t more injured than she was.” Shofner lost one tooth and had three stitches above her lip. Her nose also was scraped.
Red bird, blue bird • The Cardinals have traded center fielder Colby Rasmus and relievers P.J. Walters, Brian Tallet and Trever Miller to the Toronto Blue Jays in a multi-player package including starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, relievers Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski and outfielder Corey Patterson, according to sources familiar with the situation. An announcement is pending.
“My ultimate nerd fantasy is to have a library with a rolling ladder. I’ll never forget when I was 10 and that first big book I read — “Jurassic Park.” I had always read “Hardy Boys,” but when I read “Jurassic Park,” it was like, “Oh I can read big-people books.” And the cover — that big dinosaur — was part of the experience. Everything weirdly goes back to that.”—Under cover • Matt Roeser on his love for books, and their covers, which kicked off his New Cover project. Roeser started by redesigning the covers of books he thought deserved better for fun. Then literary agent Luke Janklow saw the cover Roeser redesigned for “Shades of Grey” by Jasper Fforde. Next thing you know, Roeser is designing a book cover: “Machine Man” by Max Barry is a novel about an ordinary man who replaces his body parts with superhuman prosthetics.
“Two more seconds and he would have been drinking water. The guy was gonna drown, there’s no doubt.”—Dramatic rescue • St. Louis firefighter Steven J. Nienhaus spotted a white pickup truck lose control near Gravois Road, roll down an embankment into the River Des Peres about 7:15 Sunday morning. Nienhaus jumped out of his truck, dived into the water and rescued the unconscious driver. “I just did something any fireman would do,” Nienhaus said. “To me, it’s just expected of a fireman. That’s the way I look at it.”