First and foremost, I am very disappointed in myself for my lack of judgment in this instance. Nobody should drink and drive, including me.– University of Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel, who was arrested Wednesday night in Columbia, Mo., on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Pinkel issued an apology; athletics director Mike Alden is scheduled to talk to the media at 4 p.m. today.
Grease is the word • Grease thefts have been on the rise since the introduction of biofuels to the market once dominated by animal feed and soap industries. Combating the thefts is difficult because the penalties are minimal despite environmental and financial concerns, said Tom Cook, president of the National Renderers Association.
Unlisted • Forbes Magazine has crunched the FBI’s annual crime number to determine the 10 most dangerous cities. St. Louis is not one of them.
Arrested development • Cardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin has been charged with drunken driving after a stop by Chesterfield police on Sunday night. Police said McLaughlin crashed his vehicle, but declined to provide more information until formal charges are issued. This is the second time the department has stopped McLaughlin for drunken driving.
While the man was in handcuffs inside a detective’s car, he got his hands in front of his body, slipped into the driver’s seat and drove off, police said.– That’s right, a man stole a police detective’s car while handcuffed. He crashed the car into a tree, jumped out and stole another car, crashed that car and was finally arrested. A robbery at a 7-Eleven kicked off the night of mayhem; two other suspects remain on the lam.
Police said she crawled through the window of a White Castle drive-through window after displaying a toy gun and stole about $617 in cash.– The incident happened just after 3 a.m. Aug. 22. Michelle Faye White, 33, of St. Louis, has been charged with first-degree robbery; police said she admitted the crime.
Riots spread to 11 districts across London, marked by fierce clashes with police as shops were looted and buildings set ablaze.
British Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his holiday in Italy to return to London for a crisis meeting today as youth riots swept across the capital and spread to Birmingham in central England and Liverpool.
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.
On guard • A rash of car break-ins Friday night in which thieves smashed windows or broke locks to more than 60 vehicles parked mostly in lots surrounding the downtown corridor prompted Mayor Francis Slay to announce new rules for parking lot owners and attendants.
It wasn’t much to look at, but I will never be that close to the moon again!– U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan • The U.S. Attorney’s office said Thursday it had recovered stolen moon dust at a St. Louis auction house. The dust came from the film canister used by astronauts on the Apollo 11 mission and was believed to have been transferred to a one-inch piece of tape, then stolen by a NASA employee.