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 a terrible 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


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.


Ex-Alderman Newsletter 158 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 103

December 16, 2014 -- 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:

Chesterfield Sues State of Missouri Trying to End the Sales Tax Pool
Mayor Bob Nation had mentioned earlier in the year that it would be nice to secede from St. Louis County. He and senior Councilman Barry Flachsbart have been steaming for some time over Chesterfield having to share 54-percent of their general sales tax revenue with the County and other cities. Instead of seceding last Friday Nation and the City sued the State of Missouri to end the sales tax pool. Pages 1 & 2

Two Suspects Convicted in West County Related Crimes Head to Prison
Page 3

Town and Country Police Activity and Crimes Stats for November
Pages 4 & 5

Town and Country Deer Shooting to Resume in January
The lethal deer management for 2015 was approved for the Board of Aldermen on a 7-0 vote. The baiting has started and the shooting will begin after the first of the year. Page 5

Deer-Vehicle Accidents Continue to Rise
Pages 5 & 6

Follow the Money
We look at the usual politicians from West County, but also had a look at where the money to a Ferguson Marcher from St. Louis, Sen. Jamilah Nasheed is coming from. She is making a lot of noise over the police shooting at the same time she is taking big money from people who want to take advantage of her constituents and in the case of three tobacco companies that are trying to kill her constituents. Pages 7-10

Football Season Over and Three Principia Players Still Not Charged
They were arrested in early August for Child Molestation in connection with hazing of younger football player at a camp. They have yet to be charged. Pages 11 & 12

What's in a Name
Pages 12 & 13

Chesterfield Subdivision Residents Want Road Through Their Subdivision to a Huge Planned Maryland Heights Development Closed
See the plans and photos, plus read what the citizens are saying. Pages 13-16

Bike Route on River Valley Road: Is it for Bicyclists or to Eliminate Bicyclists?
Read the give and take of emails concerning putting "Bike Route" signs on a twisting, winding road with steep hills, blind curves and no shoulders. Pages 16-19

Planning and Public Works Committee Votes to go Into the Real Estate Loan Business With the County
Pages 19-21

Extremely Confidential Memo ... Posted on City's Website
Pages 21 & 22

The Grizzly Councilman
Maybe he is getting ready to walk into the wild. Page 23

Protestors at Center Court
See another Ferguson related protest. Pages 23 & 24

Food: A Short-Lived Tradition
One year was all our vow lasted to have every Thanksgiving at the Cheshire Inn lasted. Read why. Pages 25-30

Christmas: Just the Facts Father

1953 and 1967 Dragnet: The Christmas Story/Big Little Jesus
This is the edited 4-minute piece of the end of the 1953 Dragnet Christmas show with Jack Webb and Ben Alexander mixed with the same story done for the 1967 color show with Jack Webb and Harry Morgan. In this episode Friday and his partner search for the thief who stole the cheap statue of the baby Jesus from the altar of a Catholic Church serving mostly Mexican-Americans in Los Angeles. They go back to the church on Christmas Eve to tell the priest they did not have any luck finding Jesus. All Dragnet shows were taken from the files of the LAPD with the one exception of this one which was taken from the files of the San Francisco PD. Pages 30 & 31 or watch it right here:

A Muppet Christmas
The link to a 1987 hour long Muppet Christmas Show. Page 30, or click HERE.

See an Invasion by the Air Force of Christmas Music from a Flash Mob
We have links to Air Force band Flash Mobs from 2013 and 2014 on Page 31 or watch the the 2013 performance here now.

Christmas on the Radio:

A Bing Crosby Christmas Special from 1950 Page 31 or click HERE.

From 1950, The Christmas Show of The Railroad Hour with Gordon McRae, the Norman Luboff Choir and Carmen Dragon Orchestra. Page 31 or click HERE.

Here are two links from perhaps one of the best Christmas albums from 43 years ago by the Singers Unlimited. Page 32

Caroling, Caroling

Joy to the World

70 years ago this month there was something you could only see in St. Louis and New York. A month later you could see around the country and now it is a favorite around the world. See the photos and read a bit about the history. Pages 33-35

24-Year Old Christmas Card
I only got one card in response to about 20 special offers I gave at Christmas time for six years. I found it cleaning out my desk. Read what it was. Page 35 & 36

Pages 37 & 38


Ex-Alderman Newsletter 157 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 102

December 10, 2014 -- 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:

Stoplights at Clayton and Mason to be Dark for the Week
Read why. Page 1

City Closes on Wirth Property ... Two Alderwomen Oppose Mayor's List of People for Task Force on What to do With the Property
The list doesn't include anyone from the Wheatfield subdivision. Pages 1 & 2

An Executive Vice President from Michigan Spins a Tale About the Town and Country Crossing Center and Was Not Happy With the Town and Country P&Z Commission
He tried to tell the commissioners there was need for a national coffee retailer with a drive thru along with a new building for Stein Mart. But the commission wasn't buying a portion of his pitch. Pages 3-9

The Missing Mayor
Mayor Jon Dalton is suppose to attend the Planning and Zoning meetings, but he doesn't like to since it involves him having to vote which will surely make someone mad at him. See how often Dalton is AWOL from the P & Z meetings. Pages 9-11

It's Budget Time ... Check Out How Much T&C City Employees are Getting Paid
Pages 11-13

In Chesterfield, the Mayor's Vetoes Should Start Several Battles at the Next Meeting
Read the comments of the mayor and the upset councilpersons. Also see how the votes seemed to be lined up at the time Mayor Bob Nation issued the four vetoes. Pages 13-16

Councilwoman Just Can't Say the Key Word in a Bill She Introduced
Page 16

Open Meetings Complaint Update
Page 16 & 17

They Are Back
Three famous people return to a meeting, thanks to one city staffer. Page 17

The Art of Trader Joe's
We look at the art work at the two Trader Joe's serving Chesterfield and Town and Country. Pages 17-20

Media Watch
At Last! We got a funny and honest response from a TV station newsroom after we complained about some reporters not knowing where they are. Pages 21 & 22

Food ... Restaurant Review ... There Is a Good Reason to Go to Cheeburger Cheeburger, But it is Not for the Burgers or the Cheese Steak
Pages 22-25

An Important Audio Tape from Ferguson
We have a link to an important audio tape captured from Ferguson you should listen to:


Well, okay it is from 1960 and it is also from jazz band leader Maynard Ferguson. It is his famous Christmas medley. Be sure to have the sound up on your computer. Click on the link above or go to Page 25.

Battle of the Bands
There was a unique battle of the bands...you can watch one segment or sit back for the entire war. Watch here or find the link on pages 25 and 26.

More Upcoming Live Christmas Music
Go get a warm fuzzy feeling about the season or in one case go for some laughs! Pages 27 & 28

Our Favorite Christmas House
Pages 28 & 29

Pages 30-34


Ex-Alderman Newsletter 156 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 101

December 3, 2014 -- 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 Businesses Planned for Clayton Road and Ballas Plus a New Building Next to Target
See the plans for new construction at Clayton and Ballas and at the Town and Country Crossing Shopping Center. Pages 1-3

Alderpersons Okay With Mayor Giving Money to Private Subdisivions Despite a $1.2 Million Budget Shortfall
No one seems to have a problem with handing over tax money to rich people for shrubs. Pages 3-5

Alderman Wants Secret Meeting to Discuss Budget
See who and why. Pages 5 & 6

City Services Director Wants Some Fees Reduced
Here is something you don't see too often. Page 6

City Spent $1,844 to Cut the Grass at Deadbeat Property Owner's Vacant House
See where and look at the numbers. Pages 6-8

of 2015 City Budget ... Expect A Fight at the January 5 City Council Meeting
Read the mayor's statement on why he is making the vetoes and our best guesses if they will be overturned. Pages 8-10

The 2015 Budget
If numbers make you start nodding off, skip this part. If not, see where the money is coming from and going. Pages 11 & 12

Lowes Code Violations
Council members wanted to know how many code violations Lowes Home Center has had in the Chesterfield Valley over their outdoor storage area. Find out the answer on Page 13.

Monarch's Advertising for a Chief Leaves Me With Questions
See what they are...pages 13-15

Some Thoughts on Ferguson
Several times over 30 years I was in a position where I was about to have to shoot someone only to have luck step in. That certainly doesn't put me in the position of Darren Wilson, but I share my opinions on the mess in Ferguson. See the nine areas that I had some thoughts on. Pages 16-23

Restaurant Review
We traveled south on Big Bend from Clayton Road to get to New Orleans and the Riverbend restaurant. Read the details. Pages 23-27

Music: We Fought the Crowd and the Crowd Almost Won
Thanksgiving Eve Jazz at Sasha's. Page 27 & 28

Christmas Time in the City
We list six places to go and hear Christmas music and will have more next week. Pages 28-30

From 1958 ... Stan Freberg's Green Christmas
Last week we gave you Stan Freberg's take on Thanksgiving from 1961. This week we have his take on Christmas from 1958...His point is still valid today! Page 31 or just click play below to watch it right here.

Belated Thanksgiving
Plus we forget to post the link to the "As God is my witness, I didn't know turkeys couldn't fly" scene from WKRP. Page 31

Pages 32-39


Restaurant Reviews
Listed by date, newest first
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
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 BBW, 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
Gangs Of Town and Country
Gangs of Town and Country, Updated 10-22-14
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