Crime Report

Axe Cop - Chop

Axe Cop – Chop

When I got home tonight, after working late today, Anne told me, “You left too early this morning. You missed all of the excitement.” According to news reports and neighbor’s eyewitness accounts at 7:30 this morning three young black men were burglarizing a home on the next block over, when a police officer pulled up to the house. KMOV posted a security camera photo of one of the individuals. The following is a summary of the subsequent events according to the KMOV news report:

According to police, the officer spotted a man walking out of the house carrying a safe. Police said that the man fled on foot. The officer said the other two suspects also fled, one escaped on foot, while the other got inside a white Subaru station wagon and drove away. According to police, another officer spotted the Subaru on a nearby street before the Subaru slowly reversed and stopped. Police said the officer thought the suspect was surrendering, so he got out of the patrol car. However, authorities said the suspect then drove towards the officer, missed him, but hit the driver’s side of the police car. The suspect then led police on a chase, but officers stopped chasing him because they deemed traffic conditions to be too dangerous to public safety for further pursuit.

I was already at work while all of this was transpiring, but Anne was still home. She first became aware of these events, when our next-door neighbor called her to warn her that he had just seen two men run down our driveway and into our backyard. Party Girl, the young women who lives behind us saw them scale the fence between our properties and then run down her driveway and into her street. From news reports it sounds like all three suspects are still at large. Our neighbor who works from home saw the police later in the day attempting to track the suspects with a bloodhound.

Several weeks ago, during our annual block party, a police captain showed up to do some community relations. I spoke with him and one of the messages that he was trying to get out to the public was that there was a gang of criminals that were burglarizing homes in the area. They would wait in their car until a homeowner left for work and then break in to the house. There are enough similarities between the officer’s story and today’s events to make me think that these are the same guys. At the block party he said that one eyewitness had thought of taking a picture, but didn’t. Now they have a photo.


Rampage - Rams Mascot

Rampage – Rams Mascot

I got my flu vaccine today. Anne got hers today too. I got mine at work around lunchtime, while she got hers at the grocery store after school. Both of us were fully covered under our insurance, but since I got my vaccine while at work, I got paid to get mine. I’m feeling some symptoms from mine. I have a bit of fever (99.2 ºF), general aches, chills and my arm is sore, but it’s not the arm that got the shot. It is the other one. I can’t remember ever getting any side effects before. I interpret all this as yet another sign that I must be getting old.

Not in My House

Rams Versus Seahawks

Rams Versus Seahawks

Not in my house
You might catch me on the road
But not in my house
It won’t happen, oh no
Oh no, oh no, oh no, oh no

– Nelly

The main reason for Rey’s coming to Saint Louis, other than to see us was to see today’s football game. The Rams hosted the Seahawks and Rey is from Seattle. Free football tickets were also the reason that David came to Saint Louis. Dave had been in Chicago on Saturday, watching the US Women’s Soccer team beat up on the lowly Guatemalans. I mean they were short; every US player had a full head of height over the visitors. I think that the final score was 5-0, but the worst of it was that the Guatemalan team never even got a shot on goal. I think that many of the pundit class were expecting a similar route in today’s game. I certainly was. Here you had last year’s Super bowl winning Seahawks versus the lowly Rams, with a record this year of only 1-4 going into this game, but Saint Louis pulled a fast one.

Rey drove us downtown this morning, so that he could get a jump on his long drive back to Tennessee tonight. We had brunch at Rooster, the same place that Anne treated me at for Father’s Day earlier this year. We figured if we got downtown early enough, we would beat the football rush there. What we didn’t figure on was the additional hubbub from this morning’s Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon. Downtown Saint Louis was hopping this Sunday morning. Rooster is a crepes place and is part of the Bailey family of restaurants, which is sort of a local ‘chain’ except that almost every restaurant is different.

The Rams were passing out Robert Quinn (#94) bobble-head dolls at the gate. The game started surprisingly well for Saint Louis, who was up 21-6 at the half. Seattle kept coming back and the final score was very close, 28-26. The Rams pulled a couple of trick plays, both of which worked well. A fake punt gave Saint Louis the first down that it needed to run out the clock and put the game away. Even more unusual though was the first half’s fake punt return. Seattle kicked the punt and the Rams punt returner and his blockers moved to the left-hand side of the field to catch it. Almost of the Seahawks moved to that side too, to block the return. The only problem was that the ball had been kicked to the right-hand side of the field. A Rams receiver dropped back from the line to catch the punt and then ran it back for the touchdown. The only Seahawks player that wasn’t fooled was the kicker, because he was watching to see where the ball was going. It was a good game. Not quite a Cardinal’s pennant winning game six, but a suitable substitute under the circumstances.

Eat My Shorts!

Lisa and Bart Simpson Checker Set

Lisa and Bart Simpson Checker Set

Rey arrived in town on Thursday night and we all trooped out to a sports bar to watch the Cardinals lose and be eliminated by the Giants. I guess, I’ll just have to root for the Royals now in the World Series. Friday morning, I went to work, while Anne and Rey journeyed across the river to see Cahokia Mounds. They picked the perfect day to be outside on. Friday night, I actually cooked and it turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself. I made a chicken stew.

Today, Anne and I went bicycling in Forest Park, while Rey worked on his take home exam. Rey is a graduate student now at the University of Tennessee. He is going for a master in library science. Anne and I kept getting separated on our bike ride. The first time was due to conflicting opinions about how to navigate around the ongoing road repair work on Wydown. We eventually rejoined in the park at Wydown. The second time we got lost was in Kennedy Forest. I got ahead of her and although I thought we both knew where we were both going, I was mistaken. Anne eventually called me and we arranged a rendezvous.

After we got back, we took Rey out to lunch at Blueberry Hill. It was crowded and we had to wait for a table, but fortune smiled upon us and we got the best table in the house, the one with an inlaid Scrabble board. The waitress brought the pieces and we all had a go at it. Anne and Rey have been playing Scrabble with each other seemingly every waking hour, but this one game will be enough for me. The photo with this post is from one of Joe Edward’s many display cases of pop culture memorabilia at Blueberry Hill.

After lunch Rey wanted to visit Bellefontaine Cemetery. This is one of the older cemeteries in town. It is chock full of famous dead people, like William Clark of Lewis and Clark fame. Rey wanted to see the grave of one Christ von der Ahe, who is famous in baseball circles. He was an early baseball team owner in Saint Louis. He is credited for introducing beer and hot dogs to baseball and for popularizing the game among the working classes. Before him, baseball was an elitist game more along the lines of cricket. As interesting at that sounded, I wasn’t up for going to a cemetery, so Anne and Rey went by themselves. This decision turned out well, because Dave showed up before they got back home. Anne and Rey almost got locked in at the cemetery tonight.