“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.