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Ex-Alderman Newsletter 386 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 331

June 23, 2019 -- John Hoffmann's latest weekly installment of News from Snoburbia is here for your reading enjoyment.



BREAKING: UPSKIRT SUSPECT: After this week's newsletter was completed, we received this photo from the Town and Country Police Department with this description: Town and Country police are attempting to identify a man suspected of placing a cell phone camera under a woman's skirt at a Target store June 19, 2019. Photo via Town and Country police.

AND NOW FOR THE STORIES IN THIS WEEK'S EDITION:

UPCOMING OVER THE NEXT THREE WEEKS WILL BE POLICE STORIES: After this newsletter there will be three weeks of new editions from our Drunks and Thieves library.

ETHICS COMMISSION STILL HAS NOT ISSUED RULING ON THE DALTON CLEAR
VIOLATION OF MISSOURI ETHICS LAW: Pages 1-6


THE BOOK LADY ON THE HISTORY OF TOWN AND COUNTRY: It seems as if some of the history is one elected official ducking the fact he was pushing for a $40,000 book to be published. Pages 6-9




TOWN SQUARE BOYCOTT?
Page 9 also related on page 45



TOWN SQUARE UPDATES: No liquor license needed to serve booze with jewelry; signs can be deceptive; Pace Properties looking for Town Square tenants; a square or a doughnut? Pages 10-13

THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN ARE TALKING ABOUT SPENDING $40,000 PUBLISHING A BOOK, BUT WON’T SPEND $30,000 FOR AN AUDIT ON THE TROUBLED PUBLIC WORKS AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT: Pages 13 & 14



TREE CITY USA NEEDS TO REVOKE TOWN & COUNTRY’S STATUS AS A MEMBER: Pages 15 & 16

STUPID, STUPID, STUPID! JOGGER AT LONGVIEW PARK LEAVES CAR UNLOCKED. CITY CAMERAS RECORD SUSPECT STEALING PURSE FROM CAR: See who got arrested and read his rap sheet. Pages 16-18



CAMERA RECORDS ARMED THIEVES STEALING FROM HOUSE ON CLAYTON ROAD: Page 18

CHESTERFIELD POLICE MAY 2019 CRIME AND ACTIVITY STATS PLUS THE WEEKLY POLICE BLOTTER: Pages 19-29

ONE OF THE SHOPLIFTING SISTERS WHO ASSAULTED A CHESTERFIELD POLICE OFFICER IN 2016 IS FINALLY CHARGED: Pages 30-32

INJURY CRASHES WITH DEER AND DEER DISEASE IS SPREADING: Pages 32-34

NEW COUNCILWOMAN APPOINTEE SENDS CLARIFICATION TO THE SMALL CLAIMS SUIT WE POSTED LAST WEEK: Pages 34-36

THE IRE OF MAYOR NATION: Mayor Bob Nation was pissed a couple times on Monday night. Read why. Pages 36-38

APPOINTMENT OF NEW COUNCILWOMAN QUESTIONED: Can the mayor break a tie of his appointment to the council or does the appointee need a majority vote of only council members? Read what the ordinances say and you decide. Page 39

OUR FAVORITE OBIT PHOTOS: Page 40

DRACE PARK DANGER ALERT: The poison ivy has returned. Page 41

MUSIC: See the fun we had a week ago. Pages 41-44

IF THE CURRENT PRESS CORPS WAS COVERING D-DAY THE REPORT MIGHT LOOK LIKE THIS: Page 44 & 45

A NOTE FROM A READER ON THE TOWN SQUARE: Page 45

CARTOONS: Pages 46-51



Ex-Alderman Newsletter 385 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 330

June 16, 2019 -- John Hoffmann's latest weekly installment of News from Snoburbia is here for your reading enjoyment. In this week's edition:

THIS SHOULD NOT BE HAPPENING: This is perhaps the longest newsletter we have ever compiled. It is like the Sunday New York Times of newsletters. It is summer time some of the elected officials and other newsmakers should be on vacation.



TOWN AND COUNTRY ISSUES ANOTHER STOP WORK ORDER AGAINST THE EVIL ROB REHNQUIST FOR CUTTING DOWN TREES IN THE WOODLAND PRESERVE AREA NEXT TO HIS SUBDIVISION: Town and Country will issue a Stop Order, but won’t cite the Evil Rob Rehnquist. Pages 1-6



SOME RESIDENTS ALONG TOPPING ROAD WANT A REGULAR SIDEWALK AND NOT A SUPER TRAIL: It is too late. Pages 6-8



PLANS FOR TWO NEW HOUSES SUBMITTED: One has problems. See the plans. Pages 9-12



PETS BE AWARE: Fireworks will be twice as long this year. Read why and how. Page 12



TOWN AND COUNTRY MAY 2019 ARRESTS: Read about the amazing Steinburk family. It is the case of the family from Jefferson County that steals together and gets arrested together in St. Louis County. Town and Country Police did not make a lot of arrests in May, but the ones they did involved repeat criminals. Pages 12-23

FIVE TRASH HAULERS NOW APPROVED TO DO BUSINESS IN TOWN AND COUNTRY: Page 23

NEW POLICE CHIEF APPROVED BY ALDERPERSONS: For the first ever a new police chief will not come out of the ranks of the Town and Country Police Department. Meet the new chief and see his start date. Pages 23 & 24

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BECOMING A REGULAR THING IN LADUE: See the property where the crime occurred, see who owns it and read the charging document. Pages 24-27

MAYOR NATION TO APPOINT DIFFERENT MEMBER OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION THAN THE MEMBER EVERYONE WAS SURE WOULD GET THE APPOINTMENT TO FILL THE COUNCIL SEAT OF BARRY FLACHSBART: Read who and a little background. Pages 28-31



THE DEATH OF T-FED: Long time regular readers of this website are aware of our coverage of Theodore Federer’s (T-Fed) encounters with the law. All that ended on Sunday night June 9 in the City of St. Louis. Read the facts and for new readers, see some of T-Fed’s anti-social antics over the years. Pages 31-35

THE CHESTERFIELD POLICE BLOTTER: Read about what the cops had to deal with last week. Pages 35-45

DEER INJURING MORE PEOPLE: Two weeks ago there were two fatalities and 11 injuries just in crashes worked by the Highway Patrol involving deer. Read where the crashes were this week. Pages 45-47

REAL ESTATE: Two big sales in Ward-2 of Town and Country, plus an interesting change in Glendale, MO. Pages 48-51

NOTES FROM READERS: Page 51

FRIEND OF THE DOGS AND A TWO HANDED DRAW: Page 52

FROM HOMEBUILDER TO ARTIST: Some unusual work with wood from the Webster Groves Art Fair. Page 53

A CHESTERFIELD RESTAURANT ON THE MOVE: Pages 53 & 54

A CHESTERFIELD MUSIC EVENT: Pages 55 & 56

CARTOONS: Pages 56-62


Ex-Alderman Newsletter 384 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 329

June 9, 2019 -- John Hoffmann's latest weekly installment of News from Snoburbia is here for your reading enjoyment. In this week's edition:



STORMWATER PROJECT RELATED TO REHNQUIST SUBDIVISION ON MASON ROAD COSTING $228,000 AND KILLING MORE TREES: Pages 1-3

PHONY SUICIDE ATTEMPT TURNS INTO VICIOUS DOMESTIC ASSAULT AT TOWN & COUNTRY APARTMENT: Read the details. Pages 4 & 5

CHARGES FILED IN ANOTHER TOWN AND COUNTRY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENT: 17-year marriage wasn’t doing so well. Pages 5-7

DEER RELATED CRASH ON I-64 KILLS GRANDMOTHER AND SENDS GRANDKIDS TO THE HOSPITAL, EIGHT OTHER SERIOUS DEER-CAR INCIDENTS ACROSS THE STATE: Pages 7-13

CHESTERFIELD AND TOWN & COUNTRY MAY 2019 DEER INCIDENT REPORTS: See where the deer-car crashes were closer to home. Pages 13-15

NEW POLICE CHIEF APPOINTMENT EXPECTED TO BE APPROVED AT MONDAY BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING: Read who. Page 16


19-YEAR-OLD FROM LADUE IS ONE PERSON CRIME WAVE: He is on probation for a burglary committed in Wildwood and a domestic violence case at his house in Ladue. Seven days after pleading guilty to one felony domestic assault case where he got probation he was arrested for a new one. Read what he did to the victim. Pages 16-21



TOWN AND COUNTRY TRUMPET THIEVES ARRESTED:
Page 21







THE END OF THE CHESTERFIELD DOORACK CASH GIVEAWAY:
Pages 22 & 23




CHESTERFIELD POLICE BLOTTER:
See what crimes were committed and who was arrested. Pages 24-29

TRUCK OVER THE CENTERLINE CRASH; SENDS SIX TO HOSPITAL IN THREE AMBULANCES: Pages 29 & 30

A QUICK CITY COUNCIL MEETING: Pages 30 & 31

COMMENTS FROM READERS: Pages 31 & 32



REAL ESTATE: We looked at two very expensive houses for sale. One was in town and one was out of town. Pages 32-34



WHY I HATE AMAZON PRIME: Pages 34 & 35


CARTOONS: This week our editorial cartoons feature two topics that were the most popular with editorial cartoonists, Tariffs and D-Day. I include a little intro on how I could relate to both. Pages 35-45


Ex-Alderman Newsletter 383 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 328

June 1, 2019 -- John Hoffmann's latest weekly installment of News from Snoburbia is here for your reading enjoyment. In this week's edition:



28-YEAR COUNCILMAN AND ONE OF CHESTERFIELD’S FOUNDERS DIES LAST SATURDAY: We reviewed parts of Barry Flachsbart’s life and post a number of photos of Barry at work over the last five years. Pages 1-4



THE TOWN SQUARE IS ABOUT TO CROSS THE $10,000,000 MARK: We had a small error on our chart about money spent on the Town Square that my wife found. I counted and deducted the $800,000 payment from Brinkman to the City for 2.2 acres of commercial property twice. This error has been corrected and it shows the city is about to spend over $10,000,000 on a land purchase and development that was budgeted at $5,500,000. Pages 4-8



BUDGET DEFICITS TO FIX ROADS ARE AHEAD: At the Board of Aldermen Saturday retreat two weeks ago, Finance Director Pam Reitz predicted the city’s Road Fund is going to spiral into a deep deficit beginning in 2021. The Overall 2019 City budget is also predicted to show a $2.1 million deficit on Dec.31. Page 8

HIDING WHAT THE LAWYERS ARE DOING AND FOR HOW MUCH: As usual we had to file a Sunshine request to see the itemized bill for lega
l services. Why are the alderpersons and the public kept in the dark? Why isn’t this info online in the “warrant lists” (bills to be paid)? Pages 9-13

ANOTHER SERIOUS CRASH ON MASON ROAD SOUTH OF CLAYTON ROAD: Pages 13 & 14



ALDERMEN BENIGAS, MANGE AND THE MAYOR APPARENTLY WANT TO SCARE DOGS AND HORSES AS MUCH AS THEY CAN AND SPEND MORE MONEY TO CELEBRATE BEING $4,000,000 OVER BUDGET ON THE TOWN SQUARE: Page 15



WARD TWO ALDERWOMAN LINDSEY BUTLER IS THE ONLY ONE TO VOTE AGAINST SPENDING MORE MONEY ON UNNEEDED SIDEWALK: Pages 15-17

NO SMOKING BAN IN PARKS TO BE CHANGED TO A SUGGESTION: Page 17

NEW POLICE CHIEF COMING SOON: Pages 17 & 18

NEW HOUSING IN TOWN AND COUNTRY: Pages 18 & 19

OVERALL CHESTERFIELD REVENUE IS DOWN IN 2019: See where and by how much. Pages 20 & 21


MAYOR DID NOT LIKE LAST NEWSLETTER SENDS AN EMAIL ON THE CITY EMAIL SYSTEM AND THEN ORDERS ME NOT TO SHARE IT: I don’t work for the City of Chesterfield so ordering me not to share an email I received through a government computer system doesn’t have a lot of teeth. Read Mayor Nation’s
order followed by his comments, then my response and then the mayor’s response to my response. Pages 22-25

POLICE BLOTTER: Read where the crime was happening and some of the people committing the crime. Pages 25-32

 
DAN BUCK STRIKES A FAMILIAR CORD: Pages 32 & 33

CHESTERFIELD SPELLER FINISHES 10TH IN SPELLING BEE FINALS: Pages 33 & 34

CARTOONS: Pages 34-40


Ex-Alderman Newsletter 382 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 327

May 26, 2019 -- John Hoffmann's latest weekly installment of News from Snoburbia is here for your reading enjoyment. In this week's edition:



JUST IN: After our deadline for the newsletter, we learned that the Down Under restaurant and bar in Des Peres is going out of business. We posted a review two weeks ago. The last day for the Down Under is Friday May 31.



LONGTIME CITY COUNCILMAN BARRY FLACHSBART COLLAPSES TWICE AT CITY COUNCIL AGENDA MEETING AND IS RUSHED TO ST. LUKE’S HOSPITAL: Pages 20-22

TOWN AND COUNTRY TO GET 11.0 ACRES OF LAND FOR A PARK IN WARD 4: Development costs should be high along with maintenance of the park and a mausoleum containing the bodies of the couple that donated the land after their death. Pages 17-19



MAYOR DALTON IS CLEARLY A BULLY: At recent meetings he has shown why he deserves such a title. Pages 1- 3



SKIP MANGE WANTS A SMOKING BAN ON CITY PROPERTY: Read why it will not happen at City Hall, the city’s best known property, plus other locations. Page 3



ONLY TENANT AT TOWN SQUARE MAY ALLOW SMOKING: Page 4



TOWN AND COUNTRY HOUSE DESIGNED BY FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT ON MARKET FOR $1,200,000: Pages 4 & 5

THE SATURDAY MORNING RETREAT:

Code of Conduct: Mayor Dalton is trying to take away the first amendment rights of aldermen, by reintroducing from 2009 Fred Meyland-Smith’s Code of Conduct bill to shut them up. Read what we wrote about this in 2009. It still holds true. Pages 6-8

Eliminating Two Commissions: There is a resolution to get rid of the Conservation and Arts commissions. Page 9

City to go into book publishing? Alderman Skip Mange wants the city to sent $40,000 or $20,000 to publish books on the History of Town and Country. We found a way that would cost the city nothing. Pages 9-12

THE CASUAL DALTON OUT DRESSES EVERYONE FOR YEARS OF RETREAT MEETINGS: Pages 12 & 13

ODD, FUNNY, STUPID OR HEAD SCRATCHING QUOTES FROM THE RETREAT: Pages 13 & 14

TRASH COLLECTION PART 2: Last week we reported how Alderman Jon Benigas managed to continue a resolution to issue annual permits to trash collection companies that met city requirements. This week we provide some more information on the topic. Pages 14 & 15

SOUND THE TRUMPET: It is a felony theft case where the property has been recovered and an arrest should happen soon. Pages 15 & 16

NEW POLICE CHIEF IS EXPECTED TO BE HIRED SOON: Pages 16 & 17



NEW HOTEL PLANNED FOR CHESTERFIELD PARKWAY AND CONWAY PLUS DEMOLITION OF RESTAURANT BUILDING: Pages 22 & 23

CHESTERFIELD POLICE BEAT: This week we have the April Police Stats and Crime Report plus the weekly police blotter, including arrests. Pages 24-33

DR. DOUG, THE CHESTERFIELD VET SUING THE CITY HAS RETIRED FROM HIS PRACTICE: Page 34


CITIES SCRAMBLE TO FIND LIFEGUARDS, WHILE CHESTERFIELD HAS PLENTY: Parks director Tom McCarthy saw this coming last year and eliminated the problem. Page 34

CONCERNING NEW HOMES, READ WHAT ONE SELF CENTERED RESIDENT HAD TO SAY: Pages 34-36

THE RETURN OF THUMBEE TO CITY HALL: Page 37

THIS TIME IT IS JUST WEIRD: We took a look at the current art display at City Hall. Pages 37-39

MUSIC: A possible reunion in the works. Pages 40 & 41

CARTOONS: Pages 42-51



Ex-Alderman Newsletter 381 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 326

May 19, 2019 -- John Hoffmann's latest weekly installment of News from Snoburbia is here for your reading enjoyment. In this week's edition:



DEER REPORT: Read the Chesterfield and Town and Country reports on deer vs vehicle incidents for April and for 2019. Pages 1-4



SEE WHAT IS REPLACING RANCH HOUSES IN THE CENTER OF TOWN AND COUNTRY:
Pages 4-8



CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE NOW TOWN AND COUNTRY ALDERPERSONS AND DEFENDANTS IN A FEDERAL LAW SUIT:
Pages 8-11



MEMPHIS HOT CHICKEN NOT HOME TO ROOST IN TOWN AND COUNTRY: Page 11



CITY WANTS TO SPEND MORE MONEY ON MASON ROAD SIDEWALK-TO-NOWHERE DEBACLE: Pages 12-15

ALDERPERSONS DECIDE TO SPEND $10,000 MORE GOING BEYOND THE CONTRACT CAP: Pages 15 & 16

FRAUTSCHI ELECTED TO PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION: Pages 16 & 17

GOD NO! DALTON
WANTS TO BRING BACK THE PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMISSION: Page 17

TRASH HAULERS, NEW CONTRACTS BEING ISSUED, BUT TO HELL WITH DEADLINE FOR FILING, THIS IS TOWN AND COUNTRY WHERE MOST THINGS ARE NOT ENFORCED. REPUBLIC WASTE DID NOT APPLY: Pages 17-20

FELONY SHOPLIFTER WITH TWO STAYS IN THE MISSOURI PRISON SYSTEM PICKS TOWN AND COUNTY’S TARGET FOR HIS NEXT HEIST WITHOUT SUCCESS: Pages 20 & 21

THEY DOUBLE CHECKED THIS PROCLAMATION FOR SPELLING ERRORS: Alice Liu, an eighth grader from Chesterfield is off to Washington, DC for the third straight year to compete in the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee. Pages 21-23

CHESTERFIELD’S FINANCE DIRECTOR RESIGNING: It is the third finance director to leave in two years. Pages 23-25

SECRETARY OF STATE SENT LETTER DISMISSING THE BETTER TOGETHER COMPLAINT AGAINST CHESTERFIELD: Pages 25 & 26

MAYOR NATION HAS TOP LETTER IN POST-DISPATCH, LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Read what he had to say. Pages 26 & 27

CHESTERFIELD POLICE BLOTTER: Read what crimes were happening and where. Pages 27-32

VET SUES CITY FOR DENYING REZONING FOR HIS ANIMAL CLINIC: Vet and regular on the radio, Doug Pernikoff has sued the city. Read the case. Pages 33-36




VANISHING ACT:
See what vanished from the corner of Clayton Road and Baxter. Pages 36 & 37


RESTAURANT REVIEW FROM THE LAND DOWN UNDER: A friend and I checked out the Down Under in Des Peres for lunch. It was not exactly like being in Sydney or Melbourne. Pages 37-39

THE BEST EARLY WATERMELON SO FAR: Read where and who the supplier is. Pages 39 & 40

BE HAPPY WHERE YOU LIVE: We take another look at real estate prices in Maryland near Washington, DC. Pages 40-43

CARTOONS: This week we took a break from the right and left wing pokes and arrows to remember a couple of people. Pages 43-48



Ex-Alderman Newsletter 380 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 325

May 12, 2019 -- John Hoffmann's latest weekly installment of News from Snoburbia is here for your reading enjoyment. In this week's edition:

REX SINQUEFIELD, BETTER TOGETHER AND UNITE ST. LOUIS EFFORTS COLLAPSE. MISSOURI SENATE CAN MAKE SURE THEY DON’T TRY IT AGAIN. Page 1

TOWN AND COUNTRY POLICE AND CRIME STATS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER: Pages 2 & 3

MOTHER CHARGED WITH CHILD ENDANGERMENT HAS CHARGE DROPPED BY COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE. A FEMALE INFANT WAS LOCKED IN A CAR ON A HOT SUMMER DAY WHILE MOM SHOPPED AT TARGET. Pages 3-5



NEW HOUSES COMING TO TOWN AND COUNTRY: We looked at the plans for a number of new houses replace tear downs. We also looked at at every where we called home
and they all are still standing even the 130-year-old one. Pages 5-11



FORMER CARDINAL PITCHER’S HOUSE FINALLY SELLS FOR JUST ONE MILLION UNDER ASKING PRICE: Pages 11 & 12



TOWN SQUARE UPDATE: Pages 12-14

TOWN AND COUNTY FINANCE DIRECTOR NAMED IN INDICTMENT OF STEVE STENGER AS ONE OF THE HONEST COUNTY EMPLOYEES: Pages 15-17

FBI SEARCH WARRANT ON STENGER ISSUED ON MARCH 20, 2019, PLUS CHARGES FOR TWO MORE AND ANOTHER GUILTY PLEA: The FBI search warrant for Steve Stenger’s records, phones, office and house pretty well lay out the entire case on him. Pages 17 & 18

TOWN AND COUNTRY DAYTIME BURGLARY IN WARD 4 STOPPED BY HOMEOWNER: Page 19

SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE DISMISSES COMPLAINTS AGAINST CHESTERFIELD, DES PERES AND SHREWSBURY FILED BY BETTER TOGETHER LAWYERS: Pages 19-21

CITY COUNCIL WANTS NO TRAFFIC ISSUES AT REDESIGNED MALL: The Taubman Outlet Mall on the North Forty Outer Road is about to get a makeover and a partial change in who they want to draw. Pages 21 & 22



PFIZER WANTS MORE SIGNS FOR THEIR NEW OFFICE AND RESEARCH LAB AT OLIVE AND CHESTERFIELD PARKWAY: Page 22


CHESTERFIELD POLICE BLOTTER: See what crimes were being committed and who was being arrested. Pages 22-30



NEIGHBORHOOD GAS STATION AND REPAIR SHOP IS CLOSED: Pages 30 & 31


NO MORE BITE OF CAKE; BITE OF A COLD CUT DELI SANDWICH INSTEAD: See what is moving into the old McArthur Bakery shop in Chesterfield Valley and read the menu. Pages 31 & 32



A FUN NIGHT OF MUSIC AND LAUGHS AT THE SUPERMARKET: Pages 32-34

CARTOONS: Pages 35-42


Ex-Alderman Newsletter 379 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 324

May 5, 2019 -- This week’s newsletter is full of information, but I run the risk of putting you to sleep. Try to keep up with some of our list of locals contributing to federal convicted felon Steve Stenger. We also track the money back to Rex Sinquefield in the Better Together attempt to wipe out all the cities in St. Louis County. If it gets too hard to follow or you are nodding off, the cartoons are still at the end.



WEST COUNTY MUNICIPAL COURTS STILL DISREGARDING PUBLIC SAFETY, POLICE MORALE AND DISCRIMINATING AGAINST POOR PEOPLE:
The function of traffic enforcement is for local police to identify dangerous drivers. The function of the courts are to verify the police findings. But in Chesterfield and other municipal courts in West County it is clear that that prosecutors and judges refuse to do their job. Instead they are raising large sums of money by fining people hundreds of dollars for parking violations they never committed, taking care of defense attorneys and ignoring public safety. See the facts in black and white. Pages 1-11



THE STEVE STENGER SAGA: Read about our original sources on this case. Convicted federal felon and recent County Executive Steve Stenger was to be Rex Sinquefield’s first mayor of the Better Together proposed mega city. Read how much of Sinquefield’s hidden and disguised money was in Stenger’s campaign account. Also see the residents and companies from Town and Country and Chesterfield that gave over $1,000 to this crook. Pages 12-16



A BILL TO BLOCK THE STATEWIDE CITY-COUNTY MERGER VOTE WAS PASSED IN THE HOUSE ON THUR
SDAY, BUT WILL IT GET VOTED ON IN THE SENATE? Follow House Bill 54. There is another problem involving Sinquefield money. Pages 16-18

MAN WITH SHOW-ME INSTITUTE THREATENS TO SUE CITIES THAT OFFICIALLY COME OUT AGAINST CITY-COUNTY MERGER: Rex Sinquefield’s Show Me Institute fronted for sometime by Chesterfield resident Brenda Talent (former fill in guest on Channel 9’s Donnybrook and wife of former U.S. Senator Jim Talent) has a director threatening to sue cities against the Better Together merger. Read the threats and then the counter threat by the Des Peres mayor. Pages 18-27

BETTER TOGETHER CLAIMS THAT ON ADVICE ON THEIR ATTORNEY NO ONE WILL BE ATTENDING ANY CITIZENS FORUMS ON THE MERGER ISSUE HELD BY A LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: Read the email of Better Together refusing to attend any meetings. Pages 27 & 28



THE DES PERES FORUM VS THE CHESTERFIELD FORUM: We attended both. Here are our observations. Pages 28-30



MEANWHILE WHAT CHESTERFIELD’S TWO STATE REPS WERE UP TO AT THE STATE HOUSE: These guys took a lot of money from Rex Sinquefield groups. Read what they were doing as Dean Plocher was trying to stop the statewide vote on the merger. Page 31

CHESTERFIELD POLICE BLOTTER: This week only covers four days due to some vacation time for the officer that manages it. Still there was plenty of crime. Pages 32-36

BE HAPPY WHERE YOU LIVE: Page 36 & 37

FAVORITE OBIT PHOTOS: Pages 37 & 38

CARTOONS: Pages 38-41


Ex-Alderman Newsletter 378 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 323

April 27, 2019 -- John Hoffmann's latest weekly installment of News from Snoburbia is here for your reading enjoyment. In this week's edition:

TOWN AND COUNTRY ACTING POLICE CHIEF DELAYS RETIREMENT: Capt. Bob Arthur will be around a little longer than first thought. Pages 1 & 2

OVER 50% OF LEGAL BILL TO CITY IS HIDDEN AGAIN. REVIEW OF THE WHOLE BILL INDICATED THE SALE OF PRESERVATION PARK MIGHT BE ON AGAIN: Pages 2-6



CITY ANNOUNCES TOWN SQUARE COMPLETION DATE AND RIBBON CUTTING: Pages 6 & 7



THE COST OF THE TOWN SQUARE CONTINUES THE CLIMB TOWARD $9-MILLION. $375,000 ADDED TO THE COST LIST IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS: See the new ones and read the entire list of money spent since day one. Pages 7-10

TOWN AND COUNTRY MAN ARRESTED THE FIFTH TIME FOR DWI: See who, where they live and read the latest charges from the court file. Pages 10-13



THE SWEARING IN: It was out with the old and in with the new Monday at the Town and Country Board of Aldermen meeting. Pages 13 & 14

CHESTERFIELD’S EASTER DRUNKS: Pages 15 & 16



KMOX’S HARRY HAMM ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT ON AN
UNDERAGE RELATIVE: Read the charging document. Pages 16-19
 
CHESTERFIELD POLICE BLOTTER: Read where the crime was and who was being arrested. Pages 19-25

WHATS IN A NAME? See the name of this DWI suspect. Pages 25 & 26

24-YEAR-OLD CHESTERFIELD MAN CHARGED WITH FELONY DOMESTIC ASSAULT AFTER A DRUNKEN NIGHT OF BOWLING: Pages 26-28

ANOTHER CHESTERFIELD MAN WHO IS A FELONY DRUNK DRIVER ARRESTED ONE MONTH AFTER CONVICTION: Pages 28-31

17-YEAR-OLD CHESTERFIELD TEENAGER DECIDES TO BECOMES AN AUTO THIEF: Read about the 17-year-old who was stealing cars almost nightly. Pages 31-37

CHESTERFIELD MAYOR BOB NATION CITES MY WEBSITE AND NEWSLETTER AS A REASON BEHIND CITY-COUNTY MERGER ATTEMPT: Pages 37-39

WEDNEDAY APRIL 17TH SWEARING-IN MEETING TURNS FROM A LOVEFEST TO SOMETHING ELSE: Pages 39-41

VET LOOKING TO MOVE INTO 9,000 SQ FT NEXT TO TRADER JOE’S: Pages 41-43

2019 GUSSIE CRAWFORD AWARD GOES TO THE FAMILY OF THE GREATEST FEMALE ATHLETE EVER: Page 43

CARTOONS: Pages 44-49



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DRUNKS AND THIEVES: 2019, PART 3,
MARCH 17, 2019
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: 2019, PART 2,
MARCH 10, 2019
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: 2019, PART 1,
MARCH 3, 2019

DRUNKS AND THIEVES: 2018, PART 9, DECEMBER 31, 2018
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: 2018, PART 8, DECEMBER 26, 2018
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: 2018, PART 7, NOVEMBER 21, 2018
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: 2018, PART 6, NOVEMBER 1, 2018
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: 2018, PART 5, SEPTEMBER 8, 2018
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: 2018, PART 4, AUGUST 15, 2018
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: 2018, PART 3, JUNE 3, 2018
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: 2018, PART 2, MAY 27, 2018
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: 2018, PART 1, MAY 6, 2018
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: 2017, PART 9, DECEMBER 30, 2017
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: 2017, PART 8, DECEMBER 17, 2017
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: 2017, PART 7, NOVEMBER 26, 2017
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: 2017, PART 6, NOVEMBER 12, 2017
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: 2017, PART 5, OCTOBER 9, 2017
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: 2017, PART 4, SEPTEMBER 1, 2017
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: 2017, PART 3, JULY 31, 2017
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: 2017, PART 2, JUNE 24, 2017
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: 2017, PART 1, APRIL 3, 2017
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: NEW YEARS 2017 EDITION, JANUARY 4, 2017
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: CHRISTMAS 2016 EDITION, DECEMBER 27, 2016
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: POST-THANKSGIVING EDITION, NOVEMBER 28, 2016
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: SPRING 2016, PART 3, MAY 23, 2016
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: SPRING 2016, PART 2, MAY 18, 2016
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: SPRING 2016, PART 1, MAY 10, 2016
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: HOLIDAY PART 3, DECEMBER 31, 2015
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: HOLIDAY PART 2, DECEMBER 24, 2015
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: POST-THANKSGIVING 2015, DECEMBER 2, 2015
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: SUMMER 2015 PART THREE, JULY 1, 2015
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: SUMMER 2015 PART TWO, JUNE 25, 2015
DRUNKS AND THIEVES: SUMMER 2015 PART ONE, JUNE 18, 2015
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
 
Vivek Agnihotri, MD and
Zinia Thomas, MD Domestic Violence and Divorce Cases

Vivek Agnihotri - Zinia Thomas Assault Case and Disposition: John's Synopsis and Analysis, November 16, 2018

Vivek Agnihotri - Zinia Thomas Divorce Petition, July 28, 2016

Vivek Agnihotri Domestic Assault
Complaint, July 4, 2016


Vivek Agnihotri - Zinia Thomas Domestic Disturbance Police Report, July 4, 2016
Des Peres Mayor Mark Becker's Letter to Secretary of State Over Better Together

Big Letter from Des Peres Mayor Mark Becker to Secretary of State John Ashcroft regarding complaint from a Better Together shill. April 16, 2019.
The Big Sports Properties Deal

Big Sports Baseball Dome Contract Expired and Terminated, June 6, 2017

Jane Cunningham and Dan Buck emails from June 5, 2017

Update: May 24, 2017

The Development Agreement (Contract) Between Big Sports and the City of Chesterfield, March 10, 2017

Update: January 21, 2017

Update: December 22, 2016

Update: December 2, 2016


Update: November 5, 2016

Update: October 28, 2016

Overview: The Big Sports Properties Deal, October
17, 2016

Executive Session Minutes Draft, October 5, 2016

Real Estate Purchase Contract, September 29, 2016

Letter of Intent, September 21, 2016

Executive Session Minutes, September 7, 2016

Executive Session Minutes, August 1,2016

Executive Session Minutes July 18, 2016

Executive Session Minutes, June 6, 2016

Catholic Supply Store Murder and Sexual Assault Case

Read the 17 felony charges against Thomas Bruce in the November 19 murder and sexual assault at the Catholic Supply Store on Manchester Rd. (November 26, 2018)
David Cerna Case

FORMER CHESTERFIELD POLICE OFFICER DAVID CERNA, COP, SEX PERVERT, VIDEO PRODUCER AND WEBSITE OWNER! NOW READ THE INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

October 14, 2017 – KTVI newsman Chris Hayes got a tip and broke the case that someone was video recording people urinating in the men’s bathroom on the Mobil on the Run in Chesterfield on Clarkson Road. He turned his evidence over to the Chesterfield Police.

A thorough investigation determined that Chesterfield Officer David Cerna while on duty had been hiding a camera in the bathroom recording men’s penises at the urinal. The Mobil station was a favorite place for police officers to take a bathroom break and at least seven officers were also recorded.

A search warrant of Cerna’s house in Wentzville resulted in computers being seized. There the bathroom images, along with recordings of Cerna using a glory hole at his house and performing anonymous oral sex on people responding to messages on websites were found. All these images were placed on a website run by Cerna.

More troubling were secret recordings of officers changing clothes in the Chesterfield Police locker room, people, including juvenile males wearing sweat pants or shorts being frisked by Cerna and having their pants pulled out at the waist and their genitals secretly recorded by Cerna using a small recording device.

Cerna pled guilty to:

2 counts of Felony Invasion of Privacy in St. Charles CO Sentenced to 60 days jail.

Felony Invasion of Privacy Multiple Persons St. Louis County Sentenced to 4 Years prison but placed on 5-years probation.

Misdemeanor Invasion of Privacy St. Louis County. Sentenced to 1-year jail no probation.
 
Felony Sexual Exploitation of a Minor St. Louis County. Sentenced to 10-years prison but placed on 5 year probation term.
 
Felony Invasion of Privacy Multiple Persons St. Louis County. Sentenced to 4-years prison but placed on 5-years probation.
 
Cerna appealed the sentence for Sexual Exploitation of Minor to the Missouri Court of Appeals of the Eastern District. His appeal was denied and the judgment and sentence was affirmed on July 25, 2017.

The final notation on the case was entered by the courts in September of 2017.
 
I filed a Sunshine Request to obtain the investigative report in September and received a copy of the report on October 13, 2017.

Click here to read the entire report.
David Cerna and City of
Chesterfield Lawsuit

Ryan Wille Lawsuit Against David Cerna and the City of Chesterfield Charging Sexual and Physical Abuse, July 22, 2016
Chesterfield Looses Sales Tax Lawsuit

Click here to download the full story.

Click here to download the entire judgment.
Bob Costas: John's 1980 Interview

Former Town and Country resident Bob Costas is a 2018 inductee in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Download and read John's interview with Bob from 1980 from St. Louis Magazine.
Deer Reports

Town and Country Deer Reports, May 5, 2019

White Buffalo Deer Distance Sampling Population Estimate, February 14, 2019

White Buffalo Final Report: Town & Country Deer Management Program, February 11, 2018

White Buffalo Deer Distance Sampling Population Estimate, Town & Country, February 11. 2018

White Buffalo Final Report: Town & Country Deer Management Program, January 26, 2017

White Buffalo Deer Distance Sampling Population Estimate, Town & Country, January 27, 2017
Doorack Scandal:
Special Report


Update: May 22, 2017


Update: January 21, 2017

Update:January 14, 2017

Update: January 4, 2017

Update: December 22, 2016

Boondoggle Turns Into Scandal As City Officials Break the Law and Hide Public Records, December 7, 2016
Tim Engelmeyer's Attack and Our Response

Chesterfield Prosecutor Tim Engelmeyer launches a lie-filled offensive and we fire back. (May, 2017)
The Engelmeyer Years

Read how Chesterfield Prosecutor Tim Engelmeyer has been making sure DWI defendants represented by lawyers leave the  courtroom with no fines or points. Also read how Engelmeyer reduces moving violations to Illegal Parking and how he reduces crimes to “Littering” violations.
Ted Federer, a.k.a. "T-Fed"

Ted Federer, also known as "T-Fed" lived a fast and notorious life that came to a tragic end on June 9, 2019 at the age of only 27.His encounters with the law have been chronicled numerous times in our newsletter. Here is a recap of his exploits and untimely death.

The Death of T-Fed, June 9, 2019

RELATED: Scroll down to the "Our Favorite Police Reports" section to read some of the police reports from T-Fed's numerous arrests.

Connie Fults
Ethics Violations


Missouri Ethics Commission Versus Connie Fults Consent Order, April 26, 2016

Connie Fults Refuses to Obey Missouri Ethics Laws, March 2, 2016

Connie Fults Ethics Complaint, March 1, 2016
State Representative
Don Gosen Sex Scandal


Don Gosen Sex Scandal,
February 18, 2016

Mason Road Crashes

A compilation of crashes on Mason Road with photos.
Mason Road Sidewalk Project Emails

Read emails about the Mason Rd. sidewalk project from the first quarter of 2017 to and from Town and Country city staff, elected officials, Parks Commission members and residents.
Mayor Bob Nation;
Chesterfield Censure


Chesterfield/Mayor Bob Nation, Order To Show Cause,
October 19, 2015

Chesterfield Resolution of Censure of Mayor Bob Nation, October, 2015

Chesterfield Investigation of Mayor by Special Counsel Kevin O'Keefe, September 9, 2015
Moving Violations
To Illegal Parking
(Listed by date, newest first.)

2018 Municipal Court Parking Convictions. Updated May 5, 2019

Special report on the Municipal Court system: Moving Violations to Illegal Parking, UPDATED July 29, 2017

Special report on the Municipal Court system: Moving Violations to Illegal Parking, UPDATED April 15, 2017

Special report on the Municipal Court system: Moving Violations to Illegal Parking, March 27, 2017
Monarch Fire Chief
Chuck Marsonette
Felony Charges


Charges Against Chuck Marsonette, June 30, 2017

Statement of Charges Against Marsonette, June, 2017

Probable Cause Statement
Against Monarch Fire Chief
Wayne "Chuck" Marsonette for Felony Theft from a Previous Employer, August 2, 2016.

Statement of Charges Against Marsonette.
Principia Lawsuit

Principia Lawsuit, October 16, 2015:
Part One
Part Two

Professional Firefighters of West St. Louis County Ethics Violations

Missouri Ethics Commission
Action Against Professional Firefighters of West St. Louis County,
February 8, 2016
Ronald Lee Roberts

Ronald Lee Roberts Sentencing Recommendation, Fraud Case, Filed January 15, 2015
The Fall of Steve Stenger

Read the 44-page federal indictment against former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, April 25, 2019

Steve Stenger Search Warrant. March 20, 2019

Town Square

Town Square Costs, May 24
 2019


Town Square, John's Take On
The Issue, November 25, 2016

Brinkmann Town Square Proposal, October 12, 2016

Opus Town Square Proposal October 12, 2016

Trash Can Emails

Connie Fults' Comments with fact checking, June 19, 2017

Trash Can Emails, June 13, 2017
Westminster Lawsuit

Westminster vs. Town and Country Judgment, August 15, 2016

Westminster Lawsuit,
Respondent's Answer,
December 14, 2015

Westminster Lawsuit, Return to Writ of Certiorari, November 30, 2015
 
Westminster Lawsuit, October 14, 2015
Wolfe vs. Town and Country

February 23, 2018 – Town and Country police officer Jeffrey Wolfe has filed a lawsuit due to the department demoting him from Sergreant to Corporal over a relationship with officer Lauren Becker.

Download the lawsuit and polygraph results.

Download and read an analysis and opinion of the Wolfe lawsuit from a former Chief of Police.
Shannon Woolsey
Lawsuit


Shannon Woolsey Lawsuit, Sexual Harassment, Town & Country Police Department, 2013

 

Gangs of Town and Country, Updated September 19, 2018.
 

Listed alphabetically by last name
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"

Bar Fight, Threatening Police Officers and their Families, Felony Possession of Drugs, 3-30-14

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.)

Rice "Sandy" Jacobs

Volunteer Treasurer stole at least $135,868 from various band and choir accounts at Parkway central High School.

David Karney

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

Ryan Leeman and Christian Duvall

Chesterfield Parents Go On Vacation and 35-year old Son Invites Prostitute and Heroin Supplier to Move In

The Story

The Police Report

Dan McLaughlin

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

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

Alfred "Skip" Nichols

DWI, 3-17-00

DWI, 6-1-07

Richard Rognan

Patronizing Prostitution, 8-8-13

Scott Rosenblum

DWI, 4-29-14

Accident, 4-29-14

Andy Stecko

Incident at the Hangar Bar and Grill, 3-4-16

While this police report has a number of names redacted, through independent means we were able to identify four of the six people mentioned. They are:

The Suspect: Then Monarch Fire Protection District Captain Andy Stecko.

The Victim: Monarch Fire Prevention District firefighter/paramedic Donna Kessler.

Witness 1: "C" is Bob Chitwood, the owner of the hangar Grill and Pub on Long Road.

Witness 2: "F" is bartender Sarah Ferguson.

Robert Walter

Another Night at Harpo's, 6-11-16

 
Restaurant Reviews
Listed by date, newest first


Lemmon's Restaurant, 2-9-19


Espino's, 12-27-18


LoRusso's Cucina, 12-13-18


Pat Connolly Tavern, 11-20-18


Big Sky Cafe, 11-2-18


The Corner Pub & Grill, 9-11-18


The Frisco, 8-21-18


Satchmo's 3-1-18


The Tavern, 1-21-18


Wan Fu Chinese Restaurant, 1-20-18


Russell's Cafe & Bakery Chesterfield, 12-1-17


Rosalita's Cantina, 11-17-17


Classic Red Hots Catering at the Chesterfield Valley Home Depot, 9-20-17


Texas Roadhouse Ballwin, 9-4-17


Return to BrickTops, 8-27-17


3 Bay BBQ, 7-27-17


Sugarfire BBQ Olivette, 6-30-17


Gulf Shores Restaurant & Grill, 6-22-17


King Edwards, 5-25-17


Twisted Tree, 5-18-17


Schneithorst's, 5-10-17


Syberg's Chesterfield Valley, 3-3-17


O'Connell's Pub, 12-22-16


Parkside Grille, 11-23-16



Circa STL, 11-11-16


Pi
ccadilly at Manhattan, 10-26-16


Urban Chestnut, 10-24-16


The Battle of Maplewood Fried Chicken, 9-28-16


In
Search of the Good and Cheap Greasy Cheeseburger, 8-8-16


Stackhouse 7-22-16


Joey B's, 7-20-16


Weber Grill Restaurant, 4-25-16


Three Kings Public House, 4-6-16



Fast Food for Lent, 2-23-16


Grassi's, 11-12-15


Walnut Grill, 8-26-15


Katie's Pizza and Pasta, 5-16-15


Charlie Gittos, 4-4-15


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


BrickTop's, 1-1-15


Rich and Charlie's, 12-9-14


Charlotte's Rib, 12-11-14


Cheeburger Cheeburger
12-9-14


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


Harpo's, 9-26-14



Mongolian BBQ, 9-11-14


Talayna's, 8-29-14


Circle 7 Ranch, 8-24-14


Mia Sorella, 8-17-14


Annie Gunn's, 2-24-14


Cooper's Hawk, 12-20-13