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Ex-Alderman Newsletter 171 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 116

March 29, 2015 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read. Among the stories in this edition:

SAK'S FIFTH AVENUE SHOE SALESMAN AND MUSIC DIRECTOR OF BELLEVILLE CHURCH IS CONVICTED OF EXPOSING HIMSELF IN CHESTERFIELD: He told police he wanted to "arouse beautiful women to have sex with him." Pages 11-15

FIREFIGHTERS POLITICAL ACTION GROUP USES LIES TO SMEAR MONARCH BOARD PRESIDENT ROBIN HARRIS IN MAIL BARRAGE: Pages 20-27

IT'S ANOTHER CASE OF A LAWYER CANDIDATE NOT BEING ABLE TO FOLLOW THE LAW: Here is a surprise, lawyer Tim Walsh running for alderman is having trouble following the campaign laws. Page 1

ANOTHER CASE OF A LAWYER SAYING TO HELL WITH A LAW ABOUT TO BE PASSED: Mayor/Cigarette Lobbyist Jon Dalton took exception with comments made by Alderwoman Linda Rallo. Page 2

MORE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST FOR DALTON: Jon Dalton once again shows why lawyers who are lobbyists at the State Capital should not be mayors. For a decade Dalton worked for tobacco companies, ignoring a duty to look out for the Health and Welfare of residents. See who he is working for now. Page 2 & 3

TOWN AND COUNTRY DEFICIT GROWS: You don't even have to add water. Pages 3 & 4

NOT GOOD ENOUGH: A couple wanting to build a new home on Weidman Road had plans that met the Town and Country code, but that was not good enough for the Architectural Review Board. See the plans. Page 4

ANOTHER TRY FOR A PLACE SELLING SWEET AND COLD STUFF IN CONES: Eugene's Frozen Custard did not last 18 months in the Town and Country Crossing. Now a frozen yogurt is going to give it a try. Pages 4 & 5

COFFEE WITH A COP: I tried some jokes. See if any made you laugh. Pages 5 & 6

SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T BELIEVE IN THE FIRST AMENDMENT MAKES A COMPLAINT: Page 7

WE LOOK AT TOWN AND COUNTRY CANDIDATES' YARD SIGNS: Two are very good and one is just awful. Pages 7 & 8

A FLIER IN WARD 2 DOES NOT GIVE ALL THE DETAILS: Tim Walsh does some spinning on an almost impossible to read campaign flier received in the mail. Pages 8-10

SOLAR PANELS GOING UP AT CITY HALL: Page 10

GOOSE ALERT: Pages 10 & 11

CHESTERFIELD LOSES CITY ATTORNEY TO ASSOCIATE CIRCUIT BENCH: Pages 15 & 16

CHESTERFIELD ACCEPTS DRIVEWAYS TO THE PREMIUM OUTLET MALL AS CITY STREETS: Pages 16 & 17

COUNCILWOMAN FULTS SOFTENS HER STAND ON 6 AM ACTIVITY AT LOWES: Pages 17 & 18

THE MEETING IS OFFICIALLY ADJOURNED, LET THE SECRET MEETING BEGIN: Three veteran councilpersons forget about the Sunshine Open Meetings Law. Pages 18-19

FOLLOW THE MONEY! FIREFIGHTER PAC CASH HEADS TOWARD MONARCH RACE: Pages 19 & 20

MONARCH FIREFIGHTERS START SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST PRO-TAXPAYER FIRE BOARD PRESIDENT: PAGES 20-27

POLITICAL SIGNS AROUND CHESTERFIELD: There not that many at least not yet. Page 27

MEDIA WATCH: KSDK now has a news maker somewhere besides at Kirkwood High School. A Channel 5 News production assistant (shown above marching in Ferguson) is organizing protest marches in Ferguson and Clayton. The Post-Dispatch and Sharon Reed have a tough knowing where things are. Pages 27-30

MUSIC: Rat Pack Monday is back this Monday.

It was kid's night at Sasha's. Pages 30 & 31

CARTOONS: Pages 32-37

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 171 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 116 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 170 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 115

March 23, 2015 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read. Among the stories in this edition:

FRED MEYLAND-SMITH APPEARS TO HAVE VIOLATED THE CITY ETHICS CODE WITH POLITICAL CAMPAIGN EVENT AT THE CITY'S LONGVIEW FARMHOUSE: Ethics? We don't need no stinkin ethics! Pages 1-3

MORE BAD PUBLICITY FOR FOR CITY'S LAW FIRM: The torpedoes are coming from all directions toward Curtis, Heinz, Garrett & O'Keefe after the Post-Dispatch piece on the municipal courts on Sunday March 15 paper and news coverage during the week about the Ferguson city attorney and prosecutor. Pages 3-5

HUGE CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN WARD 2 ALDERMANIC RACE: Do you really want a lawyer who represents developers of subdivisions, shopping centers, retirement communities and entertainment complexes on the Board of Alderman? Even if they are not connected to a certain development, they would not want to piss off a future client by voting no. Apparently Tim Welby thinks one would be perfect. Page 5

THE DEFICIT GROWS: Page 5 & 6

TOWN AND COUNTRY SWINDLER'S INVESTMENT SCAM GETS HIM 5-PLUS YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON: The United States Attorney's Office wanted more. Page 6

DEER TROUBLE IN LADUE: STATE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION PROVIDES LADUE CITY COUNCIL TOWN AND COUNTRY INFO ON DEER. Page 6

RANCH HOUSES ON THE BLOCK: Pages 7 & 8

CLAYTON ROAD THE NEW CANADIAN HIGHWAY: Page 9

THE RETIREMENT CENTER UPROAR MOVES EAST ON CLAYTON ROAD TO FRONTENAC: Two years ago a developer tried to plant a large scale assisted living facility on Clayton Road near Mason Road. The citizen opposition so strong the developers withdrew the plans after it was unanimously voted down by the P&Z Commission. Now it is happening again, but almost 3 miles east down the road in Frontenac. Pages 9 & 10

NO MORE WAITING IN LINE THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING FOR SPECIAL DEALS ON TOYS; NOW IT WILL BE BOOZE: Toys R" Us will soon be gone from its location on Clarkson Road to be replaced by a VERY LARGE liquor store. Page 11

BOUNDARY CHANGE AT 4-SEASON SHOPPING CENTER WILL ALLOW BREADCO TO MOVE AND ADD A DRIVE THRU: Page 12

EIGHT CHESTERFIELD OFFICERS IN FERGUSON AT TIME OF OFFICERS WERE SHOT: Page 12

CHESTERFIELD CITY ATTORNEY FINALIST FOR THE BENCH: Page 13

NEW DORM COMING TO BARAT ACADEMY: Page 13

MEDIA VIEWS: The Washington Post scoops the Post-Dispatch on a local story. A liberal editorial writer goes after the Democrat's top candidate. McGraw Milhaven finds a new musician for Easter Bunch at Jimmy's. Pages 13-15

SIGN OF THE TIMES: Page 15

IF YOU ARE ONLY A CAT LOVER: SKIP THE NEXT SIX PAGES! We lost a campaign assistant that helped us win the 2008 aldermanic election. We look back at our two household companions. Then if that is not enough I posted a story on dogs, dog biscuits and they people who hand them out I originally wrote for AOL Patch. Pages 16-21

FOOD: RESTAURANT REVIEW MCCORMICK'S AND SCHMICK'S : We checked out a place where you should only go for lunch or bring lots of money for dinner and good luck finding a parking space. Pages 21-25

FAST FOOD FOR LENT: It's cheaper and it tastes better than the church fish fry. Pages 26-28

MUSIC: Page 28

CARTOONS: As promised from last week here are 7 pages of Hillary cartoons. Pages 28- 35

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 170 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 115 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 169 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 114

March 16, 2015 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read. Among the stories in this edition:

ALMOST TOO MUCH NEWS: There was so much stuff this week, I had to start picking out stories to push back to next week's newsletter, just to keep this one at a reasonable, no make that bearable length. The toughest decision might have been weather to go with the Secret Service drunk driving editorial cartoons or the Hillary Clinton ones. I move the five-pages of Hillary cartoons to next week's newsletter under the belief that there will be more.

ELLISVILLE DOES SOMETHING THAT TOWN AND COUNTRY AND CHESTERFIELD REFUSE TO DO: HAVE TRANSPARENCY IN THE MUNICIPAL COURTS: With the DOJ Report and more and more scrutiny of muni courts it is something that cities need to do, but Town and Country and especially Chesterfield want nothing to do with it. Perhaps they have something to hide. Pages 1-3

SEE WHAT VERY LARGE WINE AND LIQUOR STORE IS COMING TO MANCHESTER MEADOWS: Page 3

FEBRUARY POLICE ACTIVITY AND HIT DEER REPORTS: Pages 4 & 5

READ ABOUT THE BBQ CONTEST AND CONCERT THAT WAS AND NOW ISN'T: Secret planning without doing any thinking resulted in canceling something that never should have been scheduled. Pages 5-7

THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE WAS SILENT AGAIN: A certain newly elected Alderwoman promised to be the "voice of the people" and now has trouble attending meetings. Page 7

THE TOWN AND COUNTRY CROSSING CHANGES: The developer no longer claims there is a lack of high-dollar cup of coffee retailers but still wants a drive thru coffee shop. Page 8

Fred Meyland-Smith suddenly becomes the spokesperson for the developer: Page 9

Meyland-Smith takes a shot at his opponent, I think, or maybe me: Pages 9 & 10

Alderman Benigas fears the new Stein Mart Store will be "wildly successful" causing him to be stuck in traffic when he tried to get to Whole Foods for his vegetarian diet shopping list: Page 10

Benigas also wants to force the shopping center to send walkers into the nearby subdivision and unsafe park area: Pages 11 & 12

ALDERWOMAN RALLO ASKED AN EXCELLENT TOUGH QUESTION and doesn't get an answer for a while. Pages 12 & 13

Alderwoman Rallo fears the "wildly successful" Stein Mart store will result in the death of a child chasing their ball: Page 14

SPOKESMAN FOR MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY SAID THEY WANT TO BE GOOD NEIGHBORS EVEN TO THE FIRE MARSHAL: I got a god laugh out of this one. Page 14

MORE PARKING AT MOOG: Everyone agreed there was a serious safety issue of parents with deaf preschool and elementary school kids having to park on the service road in from of the Moog Education Center. But no one wanted to let them start immediately on expanding the parking lot. Pages 14 & 15

ABOVE: Google Earth image of the Moog Center for Deaf Education. Click HERE or on the photo to open Google Earth and see the full size image.

IF SIGNS ARE IMPORTANT WHY WAS MODOT BLOCKING ONE OF ITS OWN? Pages 15 & 16

30 YEARS AND A QUIET EXIT: Page 16

FERGUSON AFTERSHOCKS: The officers shot; plus how the legal mess in Ferguson has a connection to Town and Country. Pages 16-19

FOLLOW THE MONEY: LOCAL CHESTERFIELD AND TOWN AND COUNTRY ELECTIONS: We look at the campaign contributions reports that have been filed with the Ethics Commission or the Board of Elections and those candidates that did not file any reports. Pages 19-24

GREEN TEAM MISSING SOME TEAMWORK: There was one main topic at the last Green Team meeting but it spun in so many directions&hellipmany had me laughing. Pages 25 & 26

MORE CITIES JOIN TO FIGHT CHESTERFIELD IN TAX POOL LAWSUIT: Pages 27 & 28

FIREFIGHTERS UNION ISSUED AN UNTRUTHFUL AND FALSE PRESS RELEASE. KMOX TOOK THE BAIT: Read the pathetic news story posted on KMOX's website that would have received an "F" in a middle school English/Journalism class. Pages 28-31

$4,850,000 FOR A LADUE HOUSE WILL ONLY GET YOU A 4-CAR GARAGE: Read where and what else you will get. Plus read the houses with the top real estate tax payments. Pages 31 & 32

ABOVE: Dean Christopher performing at the Wildey Theater in Edwardsville. Click on photo for larger view.

MUSIC: We were in Clayton, Chesterfield Valley and Edwardsville for music this week. Pages 32-34

CARTOONS: Pages 34-39

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 169 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 114 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 168 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 113

March 9, 2015 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read. Among the stories in this edition:

FERGUSON MUNICIPAL JUDGE JUST LIKE THE CHESTERFIELD AND CREVE COEUR JUDGES: PART OF THE PROBLEM: Judge Ronald Brockmeyer can jail and increase fines of people unable to pay parking and traffic tickets, but he has a serious problem in paying his taxes; not just his Federal taxes, but also his local real estate and vehicle taxes. See how Brockmeyer ignores tax bills and then pays at the last opportunity. Pages 25 & 26

OH CANADA: TIM HORTON'S CONTINUES ITS INVASION FROM NORTH OF THE BORDER WITH A STORE SET FOR TOWN AND COUNTRY: Pages 1 & 2

FELONY CHILD ABUSE CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST CHESTERFIELD DOCTOR/MOM: Pages 2-4

TOWN AND COUNTRY ALDERMAN CANDIDATE UPDATE: In Ward 2 one candidate has a tough time showing up, meanwhile the other candidate discovers a gas leak while campaigning (no she did not happen onto the Alderman/Gasbag Fred Meyland-Smith) requiring a police and fire department response. Pages 5 & 6

RESIDENT HELPS POLICE ARREST HIT AND RUN AND DRUNK DRIVER: A resident of a subdivision off of Mason Road stopped to check on the driver who smashed into a parked car on his street. He then chased her down when she drove off. He managed to call the police when she fled a second time and an arrest was made on Clayton Road. See mug shot and police accident diagram. Pages 6 & 7

COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR TURNS INTO COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR AND HIS ARMY: The residents were outnumbered 3-to-1. Page 8

THEY'RE BACK! RUMOR SAYS WESTMINSTER WILL BE BACK ASKING FOR LIGHTS FOR THE FOOTBALL FIELD: Read what's up and what happened in 2008. Pages 8-11

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: Two completely different scenes are the photos of the week: Page 12

MONARCH FIRE DISTRICT CANDIDATE BACK BY UNION IS ZERO-FOR 14 YEARS IN VOTING IN LOCAL ELECTION: Page 13

FIRE UNION CANDIDATE SENT WARNING LETTER OF ETHICS VIOLATION: Kelley Miller was sent a warning letter from the St. Louis County Board of Election concerning her being seven days late in filing a required campaign finance report. It was filed the next day. Her campaign organization, "Taxpayers for Kelley Miller" showed three contributions&hellipnone of them taxpayers in the Monarch Fire Prevention District. Pages 13 & 14

WE LOOK AT MORE LAWSUITS AND COMPLAINTS FILED BY THE FIREFIGHTERS UNION: There seems to be a common thread with all the lawsuits we have examined. They are without merit and cost the taxpayers on many different levels a lot of money. Pages 14-17

WE TAKE THE LAST LOOK AT THE SMITTY'S BARTENDER ASSAULT CASE: Read how the police investigation was botched. Find out how much the bartender, Nancy Seaman actually received from a civil suit against her attacker. Pages 17-19

NEW CHESTERFIELD DRESS SHOP IS NOW OPEN: Pages 19 & 20

FOLLOW THE MONEY: Next week we look at local elections, but this week we look at campaign contributions flowing into candidate for State office. There is an annoying surprise in the Lt. Governor's race. See the large contributions made to Tom Schweich in the six weeks before he committed suicide. Plus see how few contributors Catherine Hanaway has and how many Rich Koster has. Pages 20-24

ANOTHER LOOK AT FERGUSON: Beside the judge who won't pay his taxes, we look at two other parts of the Department of Justice Report; one that is laughable and the other that has a lot of merit. Page 26

MEDIA WATCH: If you are going to have a weekly trivia quiz in paper, you had better get the names right. Pages 26 & 27

LETTERS: This one is from one of our few overseas readers. Pages 27 & 28

FEELING OLD AT THE CAR WASH: Pages 28 & 29

MUSIC: Parkway West grad joins a familiar face for jazz in Creve Coeur. Five of our good buddies appear at Nathalie's on Lindell and a St. Louis Jazz legend dies. Pages 29-33

CARTOONS: Pages 33-35

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 168 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 113 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 167 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 112

March 2, 2015 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read. Among the stories in this edition:

ONE OF THE OLDER MEMBERS OF THE GANGS OF TOWN AND COUNTRY PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD IN FEDERAL COURT: C. Russell Williams formerly of the Mason Valley subdivision in Town and Country in six years had his brokerage license pulled by the SEC, evicted from his office, had judgments filed against him, had his house foreclosed on and now is convicted of ripping people off with investments schemes. Read the details: Pages 1 & 2

ALDERWOMAN AMY ANDERSON CARRIES A BIG RESIDENTIAL ZONING STAMP, BUT DOESN'T WALK THE WALK, WALK THE TALK OR WALK THE VOTE. Pages 2-4

NEW PLANNING AND ZONING MEMBER BREAKS GENDER BARRIER BUT HAS ISSUES: Pages 4 & 5

NEWEST POLICE BOARD MEMBER IS BEST APPOINTMENT IN MANY YEARS. THERE IS JUST ONE PROBLEM: Enthusiasts of golf carts on subdivision streets should move to somewhere in Florida or Arizona, as there will not be golf carts in T&C anytime soon now that critical care nurse Susan Crandall is on the Police Commission. However, in my eyes there is one drawback with her appointment. Pages 5 & 6

FAST FOOD BECOMES SLOW ... SIGNS, SIGNS, EVERYWHERE THERE ARE SIGNS: McDonald's rebuild timeline is unknown. Meanwhile "Freaky Fast" is not how the construction of the new Jimmy Johns is going. Plus Jimmy Johns' owners are learning something about Town and Country and signs. Pages 6 & 7

THE TEXTING FIRE CHIEF: Page 8

WAS IT A PARTY FOR CITY COMMISSION AND BOARD MEMBERS OR WAS IT MARKETING? Pages 8 & 9

TOWN SQUARE TASK FORCE: Chairman Skip Mange dodged one resident's question while keeping his Task Force in the dark about what he had said at a meeting in January. He also presented ideas that the Task Force was suppose to come up with&hellipand the sub-committee of residents and businesses near the property has not yet been named let alone had a meeting. Apparently they are not going to come up with fresh ideas, just approve Skip's plans. Pages 9 -14

FOOTBALL PRACTICE FIELD APPEARS TO BE MORE THAN A "PRACTICE FIELD"! Pages 14-16

SPORTS AUTHORITY IS TAKING THEIR BALLS AND GOING TO ELLISVILLE: Another Manchester Meadows Shopping Center flies the coup&hellipwhile some new ones are moving in.

FORMER ALDERMAN MOVING OUT OF TOWN: Pages 17 & 18

ANOTHER CHESTERFIELD CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE DOESN'T LIKE TO VOTE IN CITY ELECTIONS: We went to the Board of Elections and found that of three candidates running for Chesterfield City Council in Ward 1, one of them doesn't vote in city elections. Pages 18 & 19

MAYOR NATION IS LONE SPEAKER FAVORING SALES TAX POOL BILL: He was not the only mayor there. Pages 19-21

RESCUE TRUCK SALE COULD BACKFIRE ON FIREFIGHTERS UNION: Page 21

REVIEW OF ANOTHER FIREFIGHTERS' UNION LAWSUIT AGAINST THE FIRE DISTRICT: Pages 22-24

HOW MY NAME GOT MENTIONED IN THE SCHWEICH SUICIDE: This only goes to show how fast bad information can make the rounds. Page 25

AND THEN THERE WAS THIS: I cannot bring myself to write what a local website is reporting or even copy and post the Schweich story without secondary confirmation, however I have provided a link and you can judge for yourself. Pages 25 & 26

MEDIA WATCH: There was an interesting post on StlToday/Post-Dispatch site, where apparently editors and fact checkers no longer exist. It was by the hip young music critic Kevin Johnson on the death of Clark Terry. Read our response.

We then had links for two of our favorites by Clark Terry or you can click on them and listen now:

WEST MAGAZINE CIVIC SERVICE AWARDS: Maybe a little bit self serving. Pages 27-29

RFT EDITOR CHAD GARRISON GETS WHILE THE GETTING IS GOOD: Pages 29 & 30.

MUSIC: From big band to a jazz trio to Anita getting them dancing to Father O'Malley singing the "Mule Song." Pages 31-33

CARTOONS: It was slim pickings this week. Pages 34-35

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 167 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 112 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 166 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 111

February 25, 2015 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read. Among the stories in this edition:

WELCOME TO THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF TOWN AND COUNTRY: Pages 1 & 2

CRIME WRAP UP:

SHOPLIFTER TURNED ROBBER TURNED KIDNAPPER SENTENCED: The woman who kidnapped a morning a shopper at Chesterfield Mall after assaulting a security officer who was attempting to arrest her for shoplifting pled guilty and was sentenced. Pages 2 & 3

CHESTERFIELD STOCKBROKER INDICTED FOR STEALING FROM PARKWAY CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL BAND BOOSTERS: Page 3

A NEW MEMBER OF THE GANGS OF TOWN AND COUNTRY: It took over 2-years and three months from the time of his fifth DWI arrest, but Gary Dean Siegfried now has a conviction and has joined our Gangs of Town and Country. Pages 3 & 4

T-FED IS INDICTED FOR MARCH DRUG CHARGE: Theodore Federer or T-Fed has not pled guilty to his latest charge and has now been indicted. Page 4 & 5

READ THE AMAZING FALL OF A CHESTERFIELD BUSINESSMAN WHO STOLE A LOT OF MONEY FROM HIS PARTNERS: Pages 5 & 6

NEW HOUSES IN TOWN AND COUNTRY: See the latest! One is being modified, another one has residents in Frontenac upset with and a third one that caused no controversy. Pages 6-8

THE PASSING OF THE PERSON WHO LONG BEFORE JON DALTON CREATED A TOWN AND COUNTRY GATHERING PLACE: Pages 8-10

CHESTERFIELD COUNCIL VOTES TO OVERRIDE ALL FOUR MAYORAL VETOES OF 2015 BUDGET: One veto was almost upheld, but by the end of the evening all four where struck down. Pages 10-14

CITY COUNCIL'S PLANNING AND PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE VOTES TO HAVE STAFF PREPARE A STUDY ON CLOSING RIVER VALLEY DRIVE. See the landscape and read the likely daily vehicle traffic increase if a Maryland Heights project is green lighted. Pages 14-19

WE BEGIN TO LOOK AT MONARCH FIRE DISTRICT LAWSUITS: The attorney for firefighters union Local 2665 has filed a number of lawsuits recently. We have obtained copies of a number of these lawsuits and have started reviewing them. Pages 19-23

MEDIA WATCH: GO MAGAZINE'S BEST OF BALLOT: When this was first posted by the Post-Dispatch the ballot was a little thin. Clearly it looked to be a big phony-baloney social media event. However, after readers began writing in obvious choices left on the first ballot, they were added. Read our take on this. Hopefully some of the "older readers" of the Post-Dispatch that the paper is trying to replace with hipper younger folks will figure out how to log on to the ballot and vote. Pages 24-26

RESTAURANT REVIEW: We do dinner and lunch at Massa's newest restaurant in Town and Country. Pages 26-30

BIG BAND THIS WEDNESDAY; GET OUT OF THE WINTER BLUES. Page 31

CARTOONS: Pages 31-34

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 166 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 111 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 165 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 110

February 18, 2015 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read. Among the stories in this edition:

NEW SUPERMARKET PLANNED FOR MANCHESTER MEADOWS: Plans have been submitted for a Fresh Thyme Supermarket in the vacant PetsMart building in the Manchester Meadows Shopping Center. The store will compete primarily with Whole Foods. Page 1

POLICE SHOOTING IN WASHINGTON STATE CRASHES CITY'S NEW WEBSITE: For some time city hall staff have been talking about how much better the city's website would be on a new server run by a new vender. I don't think they were anticipating this happening. Page 2

JANUARY POLICE ACTIVITY AND DEER ACCIDENT LOCATIONS: Page 3

COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR EMAIL SENDS MIXED MESSAGES: Mayor/Cigarette Lobbyist Jon Dalton plans to hold a coffee clutch from 7:30 to 8:30 in the morning at the Longview Farm House. The emails sent out according to some have sent some mixed messages. Pages 3 & 4

APPARENTLY" NO" DOESN'T MEAN "NO" TO A CERTAIN ALDERMAN: A neighborhood newsletter indicated the golf carts on subdivision streets issue, voted down by the Police Commission might not be a done deal. When we inquired a finger was pointed at a certain alderman. Also we have a solution to the issue of golf carts on subdivision streets. Pages 4 & 5

DID PUBLIC OPPOSITION TO A SIGN RESULT IN A CHANGE OR WAS IT JUST PART OF THE PLAN? Pages 6 & 7

SIX NO SHOWS CANCEL PLANNING AND ZONING MEETING: Read how often Mayor Dalton doesn't bother to show up. Pages 7 & 8

CHANGE OF PACE IN PARK SIDEWALK ART: Take a look. Pages 8 & 9

STORY ABOUT TOWN AND COUNTRY DOCTOR WINS AN AWARD: Page 10

CHESTERFIELD PLANNING COMMITTEE TAKES A SWIPE AT LOWES: If you are into zoning and land use issues and are interested in what is happening at the Chesterfield Commons Shopping Center, this article is for you. If those items bore you to tears, please skip down to a different article. Pages 11-15

COPS AND DONUTS REMAIN ON COUNCILMAN'S RADAR ... EXCEPT THERE IS A PROBLEM ... WHERE ARE THE DONUTS? Yes it appears as if Councilman Dan Hurt is obsessed with going on the attack about local police officers and donuts however there is one problem with his logic. Pages 15 & 16

DOES FIRE REPORT MEAN THAT LARRY RICE CAN'T BE FAR BEHIND? We look for the hidden meaning behind a recent fire report: Page 16-17

RETRO, A HIGH END DRESS SHOP COMING: It is nice to see something from the past coming back. An expensive dress shop maybe opening in Chesterfield Valley soon. Dresses! Who knew those were still in big demand? Page 19

EX-CON PLEADS GUILTY TO BURGLARY AND 10 DAYS LATER HE IS AT IT AGAIN IN LADUE AND CHESTERFIELD: His cell phone helped the police put him at crime scenes. Pages 20 & 21

ELLISVILLE MAYOR HAS A VERY LAST MINUTE OPPONENT WITH AN INTERESTING RECORD IN COURT: The last of the the people who tried to use a phony impeachment process to get rid of the reform mayor, Adam Paul, will be gone in April. See how the Ellisville elections look. Pages 21-23

OUR DISAGREEMENT WITH A POST-DISPATCH EDITORIAL: Pages 23 & 24

MUSIC: We had three straight nights of music events last week and have photos from the first two. Pages 25-28

CARTOONS: Gone, but hardly forgotten&hellipBrian Williams for at least this week is highly remembered by cartoonists. Pages 28 -36

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 165 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 110 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 164 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 109

February 9, 2015 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read. Among the stories in this edition:

START WITH THE END: This week perhaps the most popular portion of our newsletter will be the NINE pages of editorial cartoons about Brian Williams: Pages 30-38

TOWN AND COUNTRY'S DOG AND PONY MAY MISS THE 65th BIRTHDAY PARTY: Pages 1 & 2

TOWN SQUARE TASK FORCE'S FIRST MEETING: Pages 2-8

MAYOR'S INSTRUCTIONS: Read between the lines of Jon Dalton's remarks to the task force and start adding up the money. Page 2

IF YOU HAVE TO DENY THERE'S A CONFLICT OF INTEREST, THERE PROBABLY IS: Pages 2-4

CHAIRPERSONS IN ANOTHER TIME ZONE: We learned that two chairpersons were unaware of a business downturn for a local grocery store, the lack of the city's ability to maintain park property and what the current definition of "demographics" is. Pages 4-6

MAYBE SOME LAND FOR SALE: There is a back story/rumor making its rounds about more land for sale. Pages 7-8

DALTON TWO-STEP: Mayor/Cigarette Lobbyist Jon Dalton does the famous Dalton-Two Step and refuses to say who is behind a group claiming to be a corporation that is not registered as a corporation which he is shilling for. Pages 8-10

CHESTERFIELD JUDGE AND PROSECUTOR FORGOT TO TAKE AN OATH BEFORE TELLING COUNCIL MEMBERS WHAT A GREAT JOB THEY ARE DOING: The half lies kept falling on my head and just like the guy whose feet are too big for his bed, nothing seemed to fit, those half lies are falling on my head, they keep falling ... I felt like breaking out in song while listening to the Chesterfield prosecutor and judge. Read why! Pages 10-15

LULU, CHER, MADONNA AND NOW AYLA: Pages 15-17

CHESTERFIELD 2014 CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FINED BY ETHICS COMMISSION: Pages 17 & 18

FOLLOW THE MONEY: See what local state rep was the biggest pig of them all. Page 18

A CHRISTMAS STORY: Read about cops doing non-police things. First one I did in Maryland and then one more current about what two local area cops did on Christmas Eve. Pages 19 & 20

MEDIA WATCH ... GOOD SPORT AWARD: TV anchor people, normally being Type-A personalities and thin skinned don't take well to criticism. We found an exception. Read the emails: Pages 20 & 21

RESTAURANT REVIEW: One-19 North in Kirkwood. There are only three items I like on their menu, so I am depending on others' opinions. Pages 21-26

MUSIC: Well known area musician silenced due to poor health. We made three stops this week. See who was playing. Pages 26-28

CARTOONS: Brian Williams poses for editorial cartoonists, plus my favorite student Skyler, gives another excellent answer on an exam. Pages 28-40

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 164 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 109 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 163 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 108

February 4, 2015 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read. Among the stories in this edition:

U.S. ATTORNEY WANTS MAXIMUM AGAINST TOWN AND COUNTRY EX-CON SWINDLER: Pages 1-5

PROSECUTORS FINALLY CHARGE PRINCIPIA FOOTBALL PLAYERS FOR SUMMER CAMP HAZING ... WHICH TURNED OUT TO BE FELONY SODOMY: Read the details. Pages 5-7

YEAR END POLICE ACTIVITY TOTALS: The final numbers are in for 2014. Page 7

TOWN AND COUNTRY WARD 3 ELECTION: Last week we reported how there are now only two candidates in the Ward 3 race. This week we profile challenger Mary Steward. Pages 8 & 9

ROAD PROJECT UPDATES: Grant applications for Topping Road improvements including pedestrian improvements (sidewalks) and for engineering studies on Mason Road for sidewalks. Also we look at current road construction at Mason Road and I-64. Pages 11 & 12

PARKING TICKET SCAM: Page 12

CHESTERFIELD CITY COUNCIL FAILS TO FIRE TORPEDOES AT MAYOR'S VETOES AGAIN: Pages 13 & 14

PARKWAY WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER PLED GUILTY FOR PARTY WITH UNDERAGE DRINKING: Although he paid a smaller fine than the 20-year-olds caught drinking. Pages 14 & 15

MONARCH NEWS: Candidate update ... donations ... and more. Pages 15-17

SLICE OF LIFE 1: The trouble in paying your taxes. Pages 17 & 18

SLICE OF LIFE 2: The trials and tribulations of getting the tile floor cleaned and sealed. Pages 18-20

RESTAURANT REVIEW: This week we go to Maine for some lobster ... not really but we did go to Red Lobster. Pages 20-24

MUSIC: Preview of the Return of the February Rat Pack Bash&hellipCome on out on Monday February 9 for some fun. Pages 25 & 26

CARTOONS: Pages 26-32

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 163 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 108 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 162 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 107

January 27, 2015 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read. Among the stories in this edition:

28 COPS RESPOND TO TOWN AND COUNTRY RIOT INVOLVING 15 AND 16 YEAR OLDS: What was the staff at CBC High School thinking holding a mixer dance for 1,700 freshman and sophomore kids from various high schools? Read more details: Pages 1 & 2.

THORNHILL NEIGHBORHOOD FIGHT OVER GOLF CARTS LEADS POLICE COMMISSION TO VOTE AGAINST ANY PROPOSED GOLF CART ORDINANCE ANYWHERE IN THE CITY: This is a neighborhood fight...with a member of the board of trustees lying to the police commission about community support and then trying to create the numbers to prove his position. This is a detailed report with all the dirt and many of the emails back and forth...If you don't want to read about sniping between neighbors go to the next topic. Pages 2-10

29-YEAR-OLD TOWN AND COUNTRY HOUSE KEEPER ARRESTED FOR THEFT OF JEWELRY: We have her photo. Take a look and make sure she has not been working for you or in your neighborhood. She has a criminal record from Chesterfield to Town & Country to Glendale. Page 10 & 11

TOWN AND COUNTRY DEER KILL AND CENSUS REPORT IS IN: Read where the deer were killed in the first two weeks of 2015 and what the spotlight census report says: Pages 11-19

TOWN AND COUNTRY DOCTOR AWASH IN MONEY PROBLEMS: However he has one of the bigger houses in town. Pages 19 & 20

SECOND CAR STOLEN BY MIDNIGHT HOUSE BURGLARS IS RECOVERED: Page 20

WARD 3 RACE DOWN TO TWO CANDIDATES: Page 20

CHESTERFIELD WARD 1 RACE IS UP TO THREE CANDIDATES: A well known incumbent, a man who needs somewhere to wear his new ties and a man going for the Cleveland Brown fan vote or the Black Exploitation Film vote. Pages 20-23

CITY BUSINESS OR FOOTBALL: Each councilperson was given a computer tablet to allegedly reduce paper and staff's time preparing with city business being downloaded on the tablets. I have seen non city related websites on these tablets in the past and last Wednesday I got a clear photo. Page 24

THE INVISIBLE MAN VOTE: Page 25

A SECOND NO-GO FOR VOTE ON VETOES: Page 25

RESTAURANT REVIEW: It was opening day for a former baseball player's newest restaurant. Pages 26-30

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: A familiar eatery locks the door. Page 30

MUSIC: Page 31

CARTOONS: Pages 31-35

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 162 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 107 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 161 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 106

January 20, 2015 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read. Among the stories in this edition:

GUILTY PLEA IN ATTACK ON POPULAR WAITRESS: The attacker who slashed open a popular waitress' face got a 5-year probation term. The former waitress has a lifetime of scars. Pages 1 and 2

TWO ALDERPERSONS ATTEND SUBDIVISION MEETING AND SUGGEST A POSSIBLE NEW PURCHASE OF LAND BEFORE THE NEW TOWN SQUARE TASK FORCE HAS HAD ITS FIRST MEETING: We list five reasons why what was said at this meeting is ethically and financially challenged. Pages 2-4

OH DEER: The Lethal Deer management is Over...Deer Whackos on the Air...Deer Accident Totals for 2014...An Irate Email Over Deer claiming to be someone they apparently are not. Pages 4-7

TOWN AND COUNTRY DOCTOR ADMITS TO STEALING $1 MILLION FROM YOU AND ME: Page 8

BOARD OF ALDERMEN RETURN ONE PAID HOLIDAY AND ADD ANOTHER: Read what the Aldermen have to do to make sure proper balance the city holiday calendar. Page 8 & 9

WATCH THE GROWING 2015 CITY DEFICIT: Page 9

IT WAS A LONG FIVE OR SIX DAYS AT MASON ROAD AND CLAYTON ROAD: Page 10

GUESS WHERE ONE OF THE TWO CARS STOLEN IN A MIDNIGHT HOUSE BURGLARY OFF MASON ROAD WAS RECOVERED? Pages 10 & 11

AND NOW FOR THE REST OF THE STORY: The Manchester Road shopping area in Des Peres is frequented by a lot of Town and Country residents who live on the east side and south side of the city. So I try and pay attention to what is going on along that road. The shoplifting and police involved shooting of the driver of the getaway car driving down the sidewalk on Manchester Road to avoid a police roadblock got me doing some research of the backgrounds of the two suspects. See what we found. Pages 11-14

APPARENTLY SUPPORT FOR GOLF CARTS IN THORNHILL SUBDIVISION WAS ALL SMOKE AND MIRRORS: The weekend before a special meeting of the Town and Country Police Commission, where lame duck alderman Tim Welby and HOA Board of Trustees president put a request to use golf carts on the streets, wide spread opposition has popped up. Read about the petitions and email drives. Pages 14-16

CARDINAL MANAGER HAS PAID COURT JUDGMENTS IN FAILED CHESTERFIELD DEVELOPMENT: His partners still owe $11-million. Read how he downsized. Also his Wildwood home is back on the market. Pages 17-20

SHOWDOWN OVER MAYOR'S BUDGET VETOES APPEARS TO BE DELAYED AGAIN: Page 21 & 22

SECOND NAME ON BALLOT IN MONARCH FIRE DISTRICT RACE: A pro-union candidate who is new resident to the fire district is now on the ballot to challenge the pro-taxpayer incumbent. Page 22

MEDIA WATCH: Two newspaper reports have AGAIN moved a Town and Country felon into Chesterfield...Chesterfield routinely get stuck owning Town and Country criminals because reporters don't want to check out addresses and simply go by a zip code. Also last week Robin Smith did some time traveling and went back 25 years. Pages 22 & 23

RESTAURANT REVIEW: The Brick Tops...Don't let its location scare you or your credit card...it is worth a trip at least for lunch. Pages 23-27

CARTOONS: Pages 28-33

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 161 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 106 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 160 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 105

January 14, 2015 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read. Among the stories in this edition:

JOHN MINEO'S GETS SUED FOR NOT PAYING BILL: Read the details and part of the lawsuit. Also read how this is not the first time. Pages 1 & 2

DRUNK MIDNIGHT HOUSEBREAKER PLEAS GUILTY: Read the details how a drunk vacation time share salesman from Springfield, MO was arrested breaking into houses at 2 in the morning along Ballas Road thinking he was home. Pages 3-6

A MOVE FOR QUIET ON I-64: An attempt is proceeding from the police commission to try and quiet down trucks on I-64. Pages 6 & 7

DEER WHACKOS LIGHT CANDLES FOR DEER, NOT PEOPLE OR THE LITTLE CREATURES THAT TOO MANY DEER HAVE HELPED KILL OFF: Pages 7 & 8

DEER HARVEST FOR 2015 IS OVER: Read how many deer were killed. Pages 8 & 9

THE TOWN SQUARE TASK FORCE IS ANNOUNCED: Read who Mayor/Cigarette Lobbyist Jon Dalton has appointed to the task force to figure out what to do with the 8.8 acres the prior owner could not sell other than to the city. Pages 9 & 10

NEW HOUSES ON THE WAY: See where and what is going up on residential lots. Pages 10-14

MAGAZINE DOES REVIEW THAT WAS PAID FOR BY RESTAURANT: See what we don't think is a good idea when it comes to journalism. Pages 14 & 15

THIRD PERSON ENTERS WARD 3 RACE: See who joined the race. Does she want to win or split the vote? Page 15 & 16

PARENTS WHO THINK MOVING A KID SHOW AT MASON RIDGE TO THE HUGE PROFESSIONAL STAGE AT THE PURSER CENTER NEED TO WATCH THIS MOVIE: Read what movie. You can down load it and get a taste of reality. Pages 16-18

ATTORNEY GENERAL CLOSES OPEN MEETING COMPLAINT AGAINST CHESTERFIELD: Read the one admission the city made. Pages 18 & 19

POLICE HONOR NOSEY CITIZEN WHO POSSIBLY SAVED LIVES: Read more and see the citizen...Pages 19 & 20

CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS AND ENDORSEMENTS IN FIRE DISTRICT RACE ARE SENDING A CLEAR MESSAGE. Pages 20-24

YOUNG WOMEN OF VERY RICH WEST COUNTY PARENTS CONTINUE TO BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST UNLESS THEY HAVE THE RIGHT ZIP CODE: Read the latest from the Court of Love and Beauty and some might say the phony baloney rich. Page 23

WE SAY GOODBYE TO A REGULAR NEWSLETTER READER AND AN ANITA FAN: Pages 23 & 24

AN UNANSWERED NEW YEAR'S WISH: One man's art is a realtor's nightmare. Pages 24-26

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Our last restaurant review for 2014 with former patch.com editor Jean Whitney was her choice, before she headed to her new house in Arizona. Turns out nobody of our party of three will be going back to Rich and Charlie's anytime soon. Pages 26-29

MUSIC: After a two month absence Anita Rosamond returned to Smitty's on January 24. Plus, we look at other joints and music events from the last week. Pages 29-31

CARTOONS: Pages 32-40

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 160 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 105 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 159 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 104

January 7, 2015 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read. Among the stories in this edition:

OVERNIGHT HOUSE BURGLARY OFF OF MASON ROAD: Page 1

LETHAL DEER MANAGEMENT HAS BEGUN: Read how many deer were killed in the first four days. Page 2

CANDIDATES FILE FOR APRIL ELECTION: So far there are only two contested races in Town and Country. In Chesterfield where last year saw a contested race in every ward, there is only one candidate for each ward so far. Pages 2-6

MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY SCALES BACK PLANS FOR CONWAY ROAD. Is it about good intentions and goodwill toward the neighbors or is it about CA$H. Pages 6 & 7

BIG SHOWDOWN BETWEEN CITY COUNCIL AND MAYOR DOES NOT GO OFF: The Boy Councilman, Derek Grier was missing. Read what happened next. Pages 7-9

YIKES...WHEN THIS CHESTERFIELD STOCKBROKER DECIDES TO STEAL FROM HIGH SCHOOL KIDS HE DOESN'T MESS AROUND. Pages 9

FIRE CHIEF HIRED AND BATTALION CHIEF FIRED. Read the latest personal moves at the Monarch Fire Prevention District. Page 10

2014 YEAR IN REVIEW: We not only review 2014 news in Town and County and Chesterfield but also have some new Chesterfield News in the June portion of the review. Pages 11-23

MEDIA WATCH: Once again Bill Beggs, Jr. could not be more wrong. Page 23

RESTAURANT REVIEW: This week we report on a couple stops for lunch at Charlotte's Rib, plus have some fun finding some old photos from the Charlotte Peters' Show on KSD. Pages 23-28

CHRISTMAS SHOWS FROM MUSIC TO TRAINS: Pages 28-31

CARTOONS: After two weeks with no cartoons while we posted the Drunks and Thieves newsletters...the cartoons return. Pages 31-38

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 159 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 104 COMBINED EDITION

Drunks and Thieves
December 2014, Part 2

December 29, 2014 -- It is time again for a random review of court cases from arrests by the Town and Country and Chesterfield Police. Here is Part 2.

TOWN AND COUNTRY PROSECUTOR AND JUDGE SURGICALLY REMOVE DWI FROM PEDIATRIC DOCTOR'S RECORD: He was drunk, he refused to take a breath test, he was on video. However the T&C prosecutor removed the DWI charge completely. Pages 1 & 2

RED LIGHT RUNNER SO DRUNK HE CAN'T COUNT...LEAVES COURT WITH NO POINTS ON HIS RECORD AND NO FINE: He was so drunk that he could not count, he refused to take a breath test and left court with no points on his driving record. Pages 2-4

IMPAIRED WOMAN DRIVER REPEATS HER USUAL DRILL...REFUSES TO PULL OVER FOR POLICE UNTIL SHE HAS THROWN MARIJUANA OUT THE WINDOW: This is not the first time she has pulled this. However it is the first time in three years of reviewing these cases where someone was convicted of "Littering" who actually littered. Pages 4-6

THIRD TIME DWI PLED GUILTY IN MUNICIPAL COURT WITH NO REDUCTIONS: A former St. Louisan now living in Atlanta with two prior DWIs, pled guilty and is convicted of what he was charged with and fined. This might be a first. Pages 6 & 7

WOMAN DRIVES ONTO SHOULDER...CLAIMS TO HAVE HAD NOTHING TO DRINK BUT BREATH TEST SAYS OTHERWISE: Here is another case of a person charged with DWI leaving court with no points on her driving record. Pages 8 & 9

MARIJUANA USER ACTUALLY LEAVES COURT WITH 2-POINTS ON DRIVING RECORD: He was wasted and almost crashed twice. He admitted having just smoked marijuana and later denied it. However he pled guilty to DUID and Improper Lane Use. The DUID charges was turned into a "no-record" probation term, but he actually got two points from the Improper Lane Use citation. However his past record questions if he should have been given any deal at all. Pages 9-11

TOWN AND COUNTRY PROSECUTOR REDUCES DWI TO ILLEGAL PARKING...WE LOOK AT THE VIDEO AND FIND DRIVER WAS CLEARLY DRUNK: A 19-year-old female driver from Webster Groves had her DWI charge reduced to "Illegal Parking" by Town and Country Prosecutor Brian Malone and fined $500. Pages 11-14

SHOPLIFTER BREAKS CARDINAL RULE...DRESS INCONSPICUOUSLY WHEN SHOPLIFTING AT THE MALL: Page 14

MINOR TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO MAJOR SHOPLIFTING ARREST: Chesterfield city prosecutor Tim Engelmeyer continues in a quest to convict as many people of "Littering" as is possible. Pages 15 & 16

DRUNK WOMAN HITS MISSOURI RIVER BRIDGE. CLOSES TWO LANES OF TRAFFIC BUT LATER DENIES BEING IN AN ACCIDENT: Woman appears before Judge "Let'em Loose" Brunk and received a "no-record' probation and leaves court with no points on her driving record. Pages 16-18

MIDNIGHT BUILDING CHECK GETS FOUR OFFICERS ASSAULTED BY OUT OF CONTROL WOMAN: A wild night ... as impaired woman assaults officers from two departments. Pages 18-25

THE PROBLEM AND SOLUTION: Pages 25 & 26

BONUS FEATURE: For those of you who read these special reports but not our weekly newsletter we have reposted the Scott Rosenblum DWI and head-on crash in his $177,000 Bentley. Plus how Tim Engelmeyer was named "special prosecutor" and then didn't prosecutor anyone, but simply dropped charges. We have police report quotes and accident scene photos. Pages 26-35

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Drunks and Thieves
December 2014, Part 1

December 22, 2014 -- It is time again for a random review of court cases from arrests by the Town and Country and Chesterfield Police. Contrary to comments from local elected officials, our continual random review of these arrests show two things.

The police are doing a pretty good job in protecting us. The local judges and prosecutors are doing a terrible job. I don't promote that people should go to jail for DWI or thefts. But DWI suspects should not leave courtrooms with no points on their driving records thanks to deals and cases being reduced to $500 Illegal Parking violations.

The local courts are costing safe drivers' big money. Instead of making drunk drivers, reckless drivers and speeders who do 30 and 40 mph over the limit obtain penalty points, they give them none. This forces us good drivers in underwriting the insurance of dangerous drivers. The dangerous drivers' rates should go up and mine should go down, but most municipal prosecutors and judges are making sure that doesn't happen.

In Part One, we look at 11 cases and see if anyone actually got a permanent conviction record for DWI with points assessed.

The one thing we once again find is that Chesterfield's prosecutor, Tim Engelmeyer (upper right) and Judge Rick Brunk (upper left) are doing a non-existent job of looking after welfare of the public and are doing aterrible disservice to the insurance industry. Joining them are Town and Country prosecutor Brian Malone (left) and St. Louis County Associate Circuit Judge Dennis Smith (right), who gets most of the "jury demand" cases who allows the ridiculous deals proposed by Engelmeyer and Malone.

CHESTERFIELD MAN'S THIRD DWI ARREST IS REDUCED TO A MISDEMEANOR Three DWI arrests are supposed to be a felony but County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch's office and Judge Dennis Smith didn't let that happen. Page 3

DRUNK DRIVER WITH SMALL CHILDREN IN CAR HAS ACCIDENT...LEAVES COURT WITH NO POINTS BUT FINED FOR ILLEGAL PARKING. He lied to the police, claimed his small children magically appeared in his vehicle after the accident, but he doesn't know how they got there. Despite the police parking his vehicle on a parking lot, Tim Engelmeyer allowed him to plead guilty to "Illegal Parking" and Judge Dennis Smith approved the deal. His DWI resulted in a "no-record" probation term. He left court with no points on his driving record and no increase in insurance. Pages 4-6

PAIR OF SHOPLIFTERS BUNGLE JOB...COPS BUNGLE BOOKING: The Chesterfield cops released one suspect at the scene on a summons. Turns out he was a felon having been convicted of Distributing Drugs and sentenced to 10-years in jail, but then placed on probation. His prints and a new photo might have come in handy as he was arrested by the County Police for Burglary seven months later. Pages 6-8

HERE IS THE ONE CASE WE REVIEWED WHERE THE DRIVER WAS CONVICTED OF DWI, JUST LIKE HE WAS CHARGED: It was a Town and Country arrest involving a person with a prior DWI. The driver was from Nevada. The Town and Country PA dropped the two companion moving violations. County judge, Dennis Smith actually then accepted his plea of Guilty without a deal for a "no-record" probation term. Pages 8 & 9

23-YEAR-OLD HAVING PROBLEMS COUNTING AND RECITING THE ALPHABET ARRESTED FOR DWI DRIVING AN OLD PERSON'S CAR Of course almost crashing into a highway overpass railing was the first clue he might be a screwed up. This is another case where a drunk driver with a past drug related license suspension left the courthouse with no points on his driving records courtesy of Town and Country prosecutor Brian Malone. Pages 9-11

24-YEAR-OLD CHESTERFIELD WOMAN TWICE THE LEGAL LIMITS LEAVES COURT WITH NO POINTS Judge Brunk and PA Engelmeyer teamed up on this one and gave us another illegal parking violator with a $554 cash fine despite the police report saying how the car was "legally parked." Pages 11-13

PRIOR DRUNK DRIVER PICKS UP THIRD DWI...CHESTERFIELD PROSECUTOR/CREVE COEUR JUDGE DEFENDS HIM...GETS COUNTY PROSECUTOR AND JUDGE TO ALLOW FELONY TO TURN INTO A MISDEMEANOR Does this sound like a problem to you? Pages 13 & 14

LOST 20-YEAR-OLD DRUNK "DEEP IN BALLWIN" STOPPED IN CHESTERFIELD ADMITS TO DRINKING AND SMOKING MARIJUANA BEFORE ALMOST REAR ENDING A CAR A person with a prior DWI and drug violation and arrested for DWI and drug possession and once again is branded by Chesterfield Judge Rick Brunk and Prosecutor Engelmeyer as an illegal parking violator. Don't be surprised...he was represented by another area municipal court judge. Despite prior convictions he left the courtroom with no points on his driving record. Pages 15-17

WILDWOOD MAN WITH A PRIOR DWI GETS PROBATION WITH ANOTHER DWI PENDING AT THE TIME OF THE PLEA John I. Izuchukwu lives in Wildwood. He already had a DWI conviction and a driver's license revocation for failing to take a breath test when he was arrested by Town and Country Police. Prosecutor Brian Malone dropped all charges, including "No Insurance" "Driving Off Road" and "Lane Weaving." He pled guilty to a DWI with a "no-record" probation agreement, despite having a prior DWI and a pending DWI from another jurisdiction. Pages 17 & 18

APPARENTLY TOO MANY WINES AT RANCH CIRCLE 7 Too many wines at a place known for beer resulted in several moving violations and a DWI for an Illinois woman. But no worries...she left court with no points on her record but $300 in parking ticket fines. Pages 19 & 20

UPDATES: We update some cases we have reported on in the past. Pages 20-23.

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Drunks and Thieves Special Editions
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DRUNKS AND THIEVES: WINTER 2014 PART 2, DECEMBER 29, 2014
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: WINTER 2014 PART 1, DECEMBER 22, 2014
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: SUMMER 2014, PART 2, JUNE 16, 2014
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: SUMMER 2014, PART 1, JUNE 9, 2014
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: WINTER 2013 PART 2, DECEMBER 31, 2013
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: WINTER 2013 PART 1, DECEMBER 24, 2013
DWI AND THIEVES: SPRING 2013, MAY 7, 2013
DWI AND THIEVES, WINTER 2012, DECEMBER 3, 2012
 
 
Gangs Of Town and Country

Gangs of Town and Country, Updated 3-17-15
 
Our Favorite Police Reports
Brett Cervantes

DWI, 3-29-13

Domestic Disturbance, Disorderly Conduct, Assault on Police Officer, 1-25-12

DWI, 2-12-11

Jon Dalton, Jr.

DWI, 6-23-12

DWI, 1-1-12

Ted Federer, a.k.a. "T-Fed"

DWI, Driving While Suspended, Possession of Marijuana, Speeding, No Proof of Insurance, Open Alcohol in Car, 5-18-13

This download has the following three police reports in one download:

  • Stealing Under $500, Minor in Possession of Alcohol, 1-11-12
  • Minor in Possession of Alcohol, Providing False Information, 2-13-12
  • Destruction of Property, Stealing Under $500, 3-29-12
Katie Huggard

DWI, 7-1-11 ("I have a bulldog lawyer!" Threatened to urinate in Police car.)

David Karney

Alderman David Karney sends threatening emails to Alderman Fred Meyland-Smith under the fictitious name Jeff Storehouse, 2010

Dan McLaughlin

DWI, No Proof of Insurance, Leaving Scene of Accident, 9-25-11

DWI, 8-16-10 (Saturated pants.)

Richard Rognan

Patronizing Prostitution, 8-8-13

Scott Rosenblum

DWI, 4-29-14

Accident, 4-29-14

 
Other Downloads
Shannon Woolsey lawsuit, sexual harassment, Town & Country Police Department, 2013
Ronald Lee Roberts sentencing recommendation, fraud case, filed January 15, 2015
 
Restaurant Reviews
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Fast Food for Lent, 3-20-15


McCormick and Schmick's, 3-16-15


Massa's Town and Country, 2-28-15


One 19 North, 2-7-15


Red Lobster, Chesterfield Valley, 1-20-15


Winfield's Gathering Place
1-19-15


Brick Top's, 1-1-15


Rich and Charlie's, 12-9-14


Charlotte's Rib, 12-11-14


Cheshire Inn Thanksgiving Buffet, 11-27-14


Cheeburger Cheeburger
12-9-14


Riverbend, 12-1-14


Scarecrow, 11-25-14


Tuckers, 11-12-14


Country Club, 11-2-14


Mike Duffy's, 10-30-14


Smitty's, 10-29-14


Panda Express, 10-22-14


Kim Cheese, 10-15-14


Miller's Crossing, 10-3-14



Harpo's, 9-26-14



Lester's, 9-18-14


Mongolian BBQ, 9-11-14


Talayna's, 8-29-14


Circle 7 Ranch, 8-24-14


Mia Sorella, 8-17-14


The Hanger, 8-10-14


Annie Gunn's, 2-24-14


Cooper's Hawk, 12-20-13