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Ex-Alderman Newsletter 231 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter
176

June 27, 2016 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country and Chesterfield Newsletter is here for your reading enjoyment. Among the items in this week's edition:


TOWN AND COUNTRY PARADE: See the photos and my commentary of the 2016 Town and Country Parade that was four minutes away from being rained out. Pages 32-41

WE GIVE PARKWAY SCHOOLS AN "F" FOR NOT FOLLOWING LOCAL GOVERNMENT RULES COSTING TAXPAYERS: It was a simple thing. They wanted to move a sign from one side of Mason Ridge School to the other side. But it got all screwed up. At one point school district was giving the wrong dates they wanted to add to their original request. Pages 1-3

MASON RIDGE PRINCIPAL RESIGNS: This happened last week. Read the school district's email to parents on the email list. Pages 3 & 4

RESIDENTS REFUSE TO OBEY NO LEFT TURN SIGNS. IT IS "ME FIRST AND SAFETY LAST" FOR SOME RICH PEOPLE.
The city has plans to stop them. Pages 4 & 5

WE DON'T NEED NO STINK'N BIDS EVEN IF THE LAW SAYS WE DO: The city is claiming that the engineering study for the Mason Road-Mason Village median for $7,500 doesn't need competitive bids despite the city ordinance requiring bids. Stock and Associates also got a $13,000 no bid contract in January to do work on the Town Square boondoggle. Apparently if you live in town and give the mayor campaign contributions you don't need to bid on contracts. Pages 5-7

THE TOWN AND COUNTRY BUDGET DEFICIT GROWS:
Pages 7 & 8

REAL ESTATE:
We looked at plans for a couple new houses. Pages 8-10

OBIT: We note the death of a former resident who helped push Town and Country into its current deer management program. Pages 10-12

CHESTERFIELD MONTHLY AND YTD POLICE ACTIVITY AND CRIME REPORT:
Pages 12 & 13

CITY COUNCIL TURNS DOWN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE'S EMAIL WANTING $5,000 FOR A BIRTHDAY PRESENT. Do you remember in the old days when you decided if you were going to give a present and what it would be? Pages 13-16

COUNCIL VOTES TO GIVE RESIDENTS OF LADUE FARMS SOMETHING TO SHINE DOWN ON THEM ALL YEAR:
There councilpersons stuck up for the residents after St. Luke's refused to make a reasonable compromise. But four voted against the residents. Pages 16-18

CHESTERFIELD POLICE BLOTTER:
Read all the calls that the Chesterfield Police handled last week. Pages 18-20

TWO SHOPLIFTINGS TURN INTO ROBBERIES! ONE GROUP OF SHOPLIFTERS TRIED TO PEPPER SPRAY A POLICE OFFICER: A 50-year old suspect from North St. Louis has been in and out of jail and prison for the last 28 years. She has used at least 42 alias names making it impossible to track her whole arrest record. The suspect confess and said she resisted arrest because she was a heroin addict and did not want to go to jail and get "dope sick." Read all the details on this case and one at Dierbergs on Olive. Pages 20-24

FOLLOW THE MONEY: Better late than never! We are finally reporting the last minute campaign contributions made in the Chesterfield City Council races. Also see what candidates running for State Rep got campaign contributions from Connie Fults after her defeat in April. Pages 24 & 25

FIREWORKS! How much should you pay? Page 25

MORE REZONING OPPOSITION:
Councilpersons are having to pick between developers or existing residents and voters on two projects with lots of opposition. Pages 25 -28

STATE REP WITHDRAWS HER SUPPORT FOR SCHOETTLER ROAD APARTMENTS: Why was Rep. Sue Allen so stupid as to stick her nose into this very local issue. We might have an answer. Pages 26-28

BAXTER ROAD AND WILD HORSE CREEK ROAD ASSISTED LIVING OPPONENTS PUT POSITION ON WEB SITE.
Page 28

MINI RESTAURANT REVIEW OF A MINI RESTAURANT: This one is in Clayton. Pages 28-31

MUSIC:
Last Monday every table was filled at the One-19-North. Page 31

CARTOONS:
Due to all the parade pics we only used three cartoons this week. We will try and do better next week. Pages 42 & 43

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 231 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 176 COMBINED EDITION
Ex-Alderman Newsletter 230 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter
175

June 20, 2016 -- More tales from Snoburbia are on tap in John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country and Chesterfield Newsletter. Among the items in this week's edition:

AND THEN THERE WAS ONE: A St. Louis County jury heard enough over four days and deliberated just a few hours before convicting Maverick Holmsley on four counts of felony sodomy over incidents at a 2014 Principia School football camp for middle school aged students. Holmsley is the fourth former Principia student to plead guilty or be found guilty. That leaves only Joshua Brewer, now 19, who lives across the street from the Principia football field at 6 Rutherford Lane. Read for the first time how the assaults on the younger students were carried out. Pages 1-3

TOWN AND COUNTRY DEER VERSUS VEHICLE REPORT: Read the latest of car-deer incidents in May and so far in 2016. Page 4

TOWN AND COUNTRY MAY POLICE ACTIVITY REPORT: Read what the police were up to in May and so far in 2016. Page 5


HOT TIME FOR A PARADE: Most July parades across the country kick off in the morning to avoid hot summer sun and high temps, but not in Town and Country or Creve Coeur. Rea d who won't be in this year's parade and who will be added. Pages 5-12

HERE WE GO AGAIN. THE LIAR IS BACK WANTING GOLF CARTS IN HIS SUBDIVISION. Former alderman Tim Welby remains the "Alderdope" in our book after asking the police commission to reconsider the decision not to allow golf carts to be operated on subdivision streets. Pages 12-15

SUED AGAIN! The doctor who owns a giant home in Town and Country is being sued again. Abid Nisar pled guilty in Federal Court to illegally importing unapproved cancer drugs from the Middle East and then billing Medicare for "using FDA approved drugs." He has also lost two civil suits. Now there is a third. Pages 15 & 16

TOWN AND COUNTRY HIRES AN ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF AS THE NEW CITY FIRE MARSHAL. Read who and how much it will cost. Pages 16 & 17


DISTRACTED DRIVER OVERTURNS ON MASON ROAD:
Read who and see the photos. Pages 17 & 18


LARGE HOUSE TO REPLACE EX-CON DRUG DEALER'S TENNIS COURT: Pages 18 & 19


ANOTHER NEW BUSINESS COMING TO TOWN AND COUNTRY CROSSING: See the plans and read what store. Page 19

ST. LOUIS BILLIONAIRE SPENDS $9 MILLION SO ALL HIS KIDS AND GRANDKIDS CAN LIVE NEXT TO EACH OTHER IN LADUE: Read who and see where. Pages 19 & 20


RESIDENTS ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT THE BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL: Pages 21 & 22

RESIDENT OPPOSITION TO APARTMENTS AT SCHOETTLER ROAD AND SOUTH OUTER FORTY IS GROWING: Read how we were fooled as to the size of the development and what the area residents are doing about it. Pages 22-26

DRUNK DRIVER TACKLES CHESTERFIELD COP, GETS SHOT WITH A TASER BY ANOTHER COP: Read who it was and where it happened, plus see the mug shot. Pages 26 & 27


CHESTERFIELD POLICE BLOTTER: Read what the police calls were for last week. Pages 27-30

A FIVE STORE STRIP CENTER AND A NEW YIELD SIGN APPROVED BY PLANNING AND PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE: Pages 30 & 31

MEDIA VIEW: WHEN A PHOTO SHOWS A HEADLINE IS LYING WHY DOES THE POST-DISPATCH RUN IT?
Of course the answer is that they were paid to. Page 31

REAL ESTATE: OWNERS OF LADUE HOUSE LISTED AT $3.5-MILLION DOWNSIZING IN FLORIDA. Read how much the downsize is. Pages 32 & 33

ART FAIR:
Read who is not wanted in Town and Country but keeps getting juried into elite art shows around the country and recently won another award. Page 33


FOOD AND MUSIC:
We liked an evening at Bishop's Post until we left and found that the waiter lied to us about the price of something ordered and then tried to hide it from us. Read our review. Pages 34 & 35


MORE MUSIC:
Bach to the Future is fun. Dean Christopher and Rat Pack Monday is back at One-19-North on June 20 at 7:30. Route 66 with a special guest sells out Jazz at the Bistro. See photos! Pages 35-37


CARTOONS:
Pages 38-42

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 230 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 175 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 229 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter
174

June 13, 2016 -- 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:

NICE DOG PARK, BUT RARELY ARE THERE ANY DOGS: We went to the Queeny Park Dog Park. We hope to have a new dog by the end of October so we wanted to check out the new dog park. Pages 1 & 2

63-YEAR-OLD TOWN AND COUNTRY CHRONIC DRUNK DRIVER HAS SEVENTH DWI ARREST. THIS FELONY ARREST WAS BY COUNTY POLICE. GARY SIEGFRIED TRIES TO CLAIM IT WAS HIS SON WHO WRECKED THE CAR AT 6 PM. THIS ONE FINALLY GETS A JUDGE'S ATTENTION WHO REVOKED SIEGFRIED'S PROBATION FROM HIS FIFTH DWI CONVICTION. Gary Siegfried is a sad and pathetic case. However he only got one-year in the County Jail. Hopefully his sixth and seventh DWI arrests will result in a couple of years in prison. Pages 3-5

DAYTIME BURGLAR LIVING IN HALFWAY HOUSE GETS THREE YEARS FOR BREAKING INTO FRONTENAC HOME ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY. We have the details of the arrest. Read why the sentence is unfair to the public and will likely put a burglar back on the streets of West County in two years. Pages 5-7

UPDATE OF THE PARKWAY SIX: Justice is a little different if you are rich. See the latest ref the Parkway Six pending trial. Pages 7 & 8

ONE PRINCIPIA FOOTBALL CAMP ASSAULT AND SODOMY CASE NOW SET FOR TRIAL IN 2017. The Principia is guaranteed to be getting more bad ink into the next year, as one the Felony Sodomy assault cases from the summer football camp in 2014 will be in 2017. Read the latest. Pages 9 & 9

SOME OF SUSPECTS OF ROBBERY AND VICIOUS ASSAULT IN KIRKWOOD HAVE HAD THEIR BOND REDUCED. Read the latest. Pages 9 & 10

IN THE FRONT YARD, IS IT JUST A SWING SET OR IS IT A PLAYHOUSE? A homeowner decided to put the swing set in the front year instead of the backyard. Is it a code violation? Pages 10 & 11

REAL ESTATE: A McMansion in Williamsburg Estates had a large price drop. Page 11

A NEW SUBDIVISION MIGHT BE COMING OFF BARRETT STATION ROAD: See the plans. Pages 11 & 12

NOT A LOT OF LOVE AMONG WARD 3 COUNCILMEN: Read the latest evidence of no love lost. Page 13

EMAIL RETENTION STAYS IN THE 21ST CENTURY AND OTHER F & A NEWS: Page 14

COURT REFORM BILLS OFF THE AGENDA AND LIKELY HEADED FOR BURIAL. It appears as if the Chesterfield City Council does not have the guts to clean up their out of control municipal court. Page 15

CHESTERFIELD POLICE BLOTTER PART 1: See where the crimes were for the week of May 25-31. Pages 15-18

DRUG DEALING CHESTERFIELD TEEN HAS COURT ORDER ILLICIT MONEY BE FORFEITED: Page 19

TOWN AND COUNTRY MAN TRYING TO GET POLICE REPORT EXPUNGED. TOO LATE WE HAVE IT. AFTER DRINKING AT PARTY AND NOT LETTING HIS SOBER WIFE DRIVE, THE MAN DRIVES ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD WHILE APPROACHING A CHESTERFIELD DWI CHECKPOINT. Pages 19-21

CITIZENS OPPOSED TO APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT HOLD OVERFLOW MEETING: See photos and story. Pages 21 & 22

SEE WHAT THE CITY OF CHESTERFIELD HAS HIDDEN FROM VIEW: Pages 22 & 23.

CHESTERFIELD POLICE BLOTTER PART 2: Next week we should be back to one Police Blotter a week. When we were out of town and ran the new Drunks and Thieves newsletters for three weeks we fell behind in posting the police blotters. We should now be caught up and will only have one a week in future Newsletters. Pages 24-26

WE LOOK AT CATHERINE HANAWAY FOR GOVERNOR ADS AND CALL "BULLSHIT": See and read why! Pages 27 & 28

MORE: Watch the full Hanaway "Midwestern Values" ad HERE.

THE LAST OF THE VACATION PHOTOS: Our take is usually a little different than everyone else. Pages 29-31

MUSIC: Someone complained that all the music I write about is Jim Manley, Dean Christopher or Anita Rosamond. Don't worry this week's Jim Manley's and Wild, Cool and Swinging Orchestra. Next week will be Bach to the Future, Route 66 and Dean Christopher. Pages 31 & 32

CARTOONS: Pages 33-39

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 229 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 174 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 228 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter
173

June 6, 2016 -- 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 COUPLE GOES ON A VACATION AND 35-YEAR-OLD LIVE-IN SON INVITES HIS PROSTITUTE TO MOVE IN. Read what happens next. This is one of the randomly selected arrests we follow and then obtain the police reports. With this story we did not need to work hard to make it interesting. Pages 9-12

MAYOR/CIGARETTE LOBBYIST AND WALKING CONFLICT OF INTEREST JON DALTON APPOINTS NEW COMMISSION CHAIRS. See who got what. Pages 1 & 2

TOWN AND COUNTRY MONTHLY BAMBI VS VEHICLES REPORT: Pages 2 & 3

POLICE CHASE OF CAR WITH SHREDDED FRONT TIRES FINALLY STOPS AT I-270 AND I-44: Read the details and see who the driver was. Pages 3 & 4

SHAKE UP AT WESTMINSTER: As the football field lights lawsuit continues in Circuit Court the top school leaders, AD and two head coaches have quit. Pages 4 & 5

YOUR TAX MONEY BEING WASTED BY PARKWAY SCHOOLS: Do you think a recent $460 ad by the Parkway School District was a good idea or a waste of money? We think it is a waste of money. Pages 5 & 6

NEW SIGN REQUEST AT MASON RIDGE SCHOOL SHOULD NOT UPSET ANYONE. Pages 6 & 7

FATAL ACCIDENT IN TOWN AND COUNTRY CAUSED BY SOMEONE I USED TO ARREST REGULARLY IN THE 1970s. The suspect had a warrant out for him for Chronic DWI. He killed his mother in the wreck. Read the details. Pages 7 & 8

APRIL CHESTERFIELD CRIME STATS: Read what kind of crimes occurred in April. Pages 12 & 13

CHESTERFIELD POLICE BLOTTER PART 1: As were attempt to catch up with posting the weekly police calls now we are back from vacation, we look at police activity from May 11 through May 16. Pages 13-15

READ WHO IS CUTTING THE GRASS IN THE LADUE ROAD GREEN TRAILS MEDIANS. It is not the city and it is not the subdivision. Pages 16 & 17

MEET THE EXECUTIVE SEARCH FIRM LOOKING FOR A NEW CHESTERFIELD CITY ADMINISTRATOR: Pages 17 & 18

CHESTERFIELD POLICE BLOTTER PART 2: The week of May 18 through May 24 was busy. Also read about the assault call at Parkway Central High School. Pages 18-21

BUSINESS: Restaurants on the move. New ones coming and old ones leaving. Pages 21-25

MEDIA WATCH: Count with us the major mistakes in the Post-Dispatch in just one day. Pages 26-28

A POLICE CHIEF WRITES US ABOUT OUR DWI AND THIEVES SERIES: Page 28

VACATION PHOTOS PART 2: North to Alaska. Pages 29-31

JUNE 3 THE BILLY JOE MEMORIAL DAY: Pages 31 & 32

CARTOONS: Pages 33-40

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 228 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 173 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 227 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter
172

May 29, 2016 -- 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:

READ THE DETAILS OF THE BAR ANTICS THAT GOT A MONARCH FIRE DISTRICT CAPTAIN FIRED! There were plenty of reasons to fire former Captain and Union Shop Steward Andy Stecko. We finally got the police report and break down the night of peace disturbance, rudeness to the public, drunkenness and assaults. Pages 12-16

Click HERE to download and read the police report.

NEW CITY LIMIT SIGNS ARE ON HIGHWAY 141 AS YOU DRIVE IN AND OUT OF TOWN AND COUNTRY AND CHESTERFIELD: See the signs. Pages 1 & 2

TOWN AND COUNTRY APRIL CRIME AND POLICE ACTIVITY STATS: Pages 2 & 3

PRESERVATION PARK NOT BEING PRESERVED FOR ANY ONE! THE WEST ENTRANCE HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR OVER SEVEN MONTHS AND NOW THE TRAILS ARE BLOCKED: See the latest photos. Pages 3-5

PRINCIPIA CONTINUES TO GIVE CLASS ON HOW NOT TO HANDLE PR: Read about the latest law suit. Page 6

REAL ESTATE: New house for Mason Valley. Page 7 & 8

IT HAS BEEN A TOUGH 2016 FOR FENCES IN TOWN AND COUNTRY: A police officer witnessed a driver leave the road and take out a fence on Clayton and doesn't write a traffic ticket. Pages 8 & 9

TALL, TALL GRASS OF HOME: See a couple of problem spots in Town and Country. Pages 9-11

CHESTERFIELD POLICE BLOTTER PART ONE: With our three Drunks and Thieves columns we had to push back the Chesterfield Crime and Police Activity Reports. This is for April 27 to May 3. Pages 17 & 18

COUNCILMAN DEGROOT STRIPS CO-INTERIM CITY ADMINISTRATOR OF HIS RIGHTS AS A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC! Read what happened next. Pages 18 & 19

REPORT FROM THE CITY PLANNER: Here are some upcoming projects. This included the planned development of 40 luxury apartments at South Outer Forty Road and Schoettler Road. Pages 19-24

CHESTERFIELD POLICE BLOTTER PART TWO: This covered events from May 3-to-May 10. Pages 24-27

CHESTERFIELD POLICE NOT IN A HURRY TO RELEASE REPORT ON THE STEVEN SPIELBERG OF CHESTERFIELD GAS STATION MEN'S RESTROOM: The police report on pervert police officer David Cerna should have been available as an open public record. But Chesterfield is refusing to release it in case Cerna decides to appeal one of his sentences. Pages 27 & 28

WEBSITE READERSHIP IS INCREASING: Pages 28 & 29

BUSINESS: Say goodbye to one and hello this fall to another on Manchester Road. Pages 30 & 31

VACATION PHOTOS PART ONE: Pages 31-34

CARTOONS: Pages 35-43

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 227 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 172 COMBINED EDITION


Drunks and Thieves Spring 2016:
Part 3 of 3 Parts

May 23, 2016 -- In our continuing series of looking at Justice West County style we look at more arrests and pleas, but rarely a trial in Part 3 of a 3-part spring series.

OFFICER HAS HARD TIME UNDERSTANDING DRIVER STOPPED FOR SPEEDING BECAUSE HE HAS NINE BAGS OF HEROIN AND METH IN HIS MOUTH: Read what you probably should not do if you are on parole and driving around town. Pages 1-3

DRUNK DRIVER FORGETS TO PUT CAR IN PARK WHEN GETTING OUT: Drunk driver with an extensive bad driving record including numerous tickets reduced to "Parking Violations" leaves court with no fine and no points for this DWI case. Pages 3 & 4

CITY'S LAW FIRM CURTIS, HEINZ, GARRETT AND O'KEEFE LET DOWN RESIDENTS ON MASON RIDGE ROAD BY REDUCING MOVING VIOLATION TO A PARKING VIOLATION
:
The residents of houses on Mason Ridge Road and side streets off Mason Ridge complain about speeding cut through traffic and drivers failing to stop at stop signs. Here is a case of a Town and Country driver whose father is a lawyer, gets her ticket reduced to a Parking Violation with a very low fine. Pages 4 & 5

REPEAT DRUNK DRIVER THROWING BAGS OF MARIJUANA OUT OF THE CAR BEFORE STOPPING IS NOT CHARGED IN STATE COURT, BUT IS CONVICTED OF DWI: Pages 5-7

PRIOR DRUNK DRIVER TOLD OFFICER HE HAD "HOPEFULLY" NOT TOO MUCH TO DRINK." IT WAS TOO MUCH! Driver had two and maybe three prior DWI arrests. Pages 7 & 8

NO FINE AND NO POINTS FOR BALLWIN TEEN DOING 99 MPH: Pages 8 & 9

31-YEAR-OLD WILDWOOD MAN PICKED UP HIS THIRD AND FOURTH DWI JUST MONTHS APART PLUS DECIDED TO FIGHT THE COPS: He now has a new address. It is in Farmington, Missouri at a state prison. Pages 9-11

DRUNK AND DRUGGED DRIVER WITH PRIOR DWI SIDESWIPES MEDIAN WALL: A Good Samaritan was following the drunk driver with her four-way flashers on until a police officer could find them. Pages 12 & 13

42-YEAR-OLD DRUNK DRIVER GETS HER FOURTH DWI AFTER SHE ALMOST COLLIDED WITH A MODOT STREET SWEEPER ON THE SHOULDER: The woman who also had a drug conviction stated she had been drinking and had not eaten anything for 1 1/2 days when he had a "couple of cookies." Pages 13-15

DRUNK WOMAN WITH NO WORKING TAILLIGHTS, SMOKE COMING FROM THE ENGINE DRIVING NORTH ON I-270 AT 10 MPH IS HARD TO MISS: The driver works at a popular local restaurant. Pages 15 & 16

93 MPH AT 5:27 ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON IS MERELY ILLEGAL PARKING IN TOWN AND COUNTRY: Pages 16-18

RECKLESS DRIVER, TAILGATES, ILLEGALLY PASSES AND HITS A CAR THEN FLEES THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT…PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGAL PARKING: Pages 18 & 19


27-YEAR-OLD CHESTERFIELD DRIVER WITH A TERRIBLE TRAFFIC RECORD GETS A GOOD DEAL WITH NO FINE AND NO POINTS: Pages 20 & 21

22-YEAR-OLD DRUNK DRIVER FROM ST. CHARLES HAS WORKED VERY HARD TO GET BUILD UP SUCH AN IMPRESSIVE NUMBER OF TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME: Pages 21-23

FIXING THE SYSTEM: Pages 23 & 24

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND READ DRUNKS AND THIEVES SPRING 2016 EDITION, PART 3


Drunks and Thieves Spring 2016:
Part 2 of 3 Parts

May 18, 2016 -- In our continuing series of looking at Justice West County style we look at more arrests and pleas, but rarely a trial in Part 2 of a 3-part spring series.

JAIL SUPERVISOR PASSES ALL THE SOBRIETY TESTS EXCEPT TWO. SHE ALMOST DROVE INTO THE SIDE OF A MARKED POLICE CAR ON I-64 AND FAILED THE FIELD BREATH TEST. We looked at the in-car video. It showed how the Town and Country Police Officer had to swerve at the last second to avoid being hit at high speed. Then during the field tests the driver would say, "I passed that one" only to have the officer say "You almost hit my car." Get the details and see photos from the video. Pages 1-7

SHOPLIFTER LEFT IN THE COLD BY GETAWAY DRIVER. This was another case of North County criminals coming to Chesterfield to steal. Pages 7 & 8

WAITER WITH NINE WINE SAMPLES UNDER HIS BELT KEEPS DRIVING OFF ROAD. He hired a lawyer and walked out of the Chesterfield Courtroom with No-Points on his record and No-Fine for DWI. Pages 8-10

DRUNK 21-YEAR-OLD RUNS OFF THE ROAD ON A CHESTERFIELD RESIDENTIAL STREET AND CRASHES INTO A TREE. It was normal Chesterfield justice. He got a No-Points, No-Fine probation term for the DWI. Pages 11 & 12

99 MPH ON I-64 AT DUSK ACTUALLY GETS AN EPA WORKER FINED AND ASSESSED POINTS
. Read about the unusual case. Pages 11 & 12

CHESTERFIELD WOMAN'S DATE ENDS EARLY SO SHE DRIVE INTO ST. LOUIS AND GETS DRUNK ONLY TO BE ARRESTED ON HER WAY HOME. The date didn't sound too exciting. She was at the Hot Shots Bar in St. Charles with her date watching a Cardinal game on the big screen TVs. The Detroit Tigers clobbered the Cardinals and her date said goodnight and ditched her. She was pissed and headed to the city. Read the details including the possibility that she used a Wayback Machine to get to a bar that had been closed for years. Pages 13 & 14

DRUNK DRIVER, APPARENTLY NAMED AFTER A FAMOUS LOS ANGELES RAMS QUARTERBACK, STARTS CROSSING THE CENTER LINE IN FRONT OF A POLICE CAR. He ends up with the No-Points, No-Fine DWI probation term and has his citation for being on the wrong side of the road reduced to Illegal Parking. The municipal court system once again ignoring public safety! Pages 14 & 15

EX-CON WEARS A WINTER COAT INTO A STORE ON A WARM SPRING DAY AND IS ARRESTED FOR THEFT. He is now back in prison but more because of being in violation of prior probation and parole terms more so than for a new shoplifting charge. Pages 16 & 17

UPDATES: We update how some past offenders we have written about are at it again. Paged 17-25

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND READ DRUNKS AND THIEVES SPRING 2016 EDITION, PART 2


Drunks and Thieves Spring 2016:
Part 1 of 3 Parts

May 10, 2016 -- In our continuing series of looking at Justice West County style we look at more arrests and pleas, but rarely a trial in Part 1 of a 3-part spring series.

TOWN AND COUNTRY RESIDENT DRUNK AND SMOKING MARIJUANA CRASHES ON MASON ROAD: In this case the police arrived before the drunk and drugged driver could leave the scene. Read what condition the driver was in, where he thought he was and what kind of damage he did. Pages 1-4

SPEEDER DOING 99 MPH GETS A DEFENSE LAWYER WITH A VERY FAMILIAR NAME FOR US RETIRED COPS WHO USED TO WORK IN KANSAS CITY. SPEEDER GETS OFF WITH NO-FINE AND NO-POINTS: You too can speed at 100 MPH and end up with No Points and No Fine. Read the details. Pages 4 & 5

DOES ANYONE REALLY KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS? THIS IS A TALE OF ANOTHER PRIOR DWI OFFENDER, MARIJUANA SMOKING DRUNK DRIVER: You really should not pass marked police cars at traffic lights while speeding and lane weaving. This guy actually was found guilty. Pages 5 & 6

SPEEDING MOTORCYCLIST JUST UNDER THE SOUND BARRIER STOPS FOR COPS: He was actually found guilty and got the fine and points. Pages 7 & 8

WAL-MART SHOPPER TRIED TO TURN BLUERAY DVD PLAYER PLAYER INTO A SOAP DISPENSER: Tammy Albrecht of Chesterfield steals a lot and often. When she stole a DVD at WalMart she had more than three priors and was charged with a Felony. Pages 8 & 9

DRIVER WITH PRIOR DWI HAS PUBLIC CALLING COPS TO STOP HER: A Town and Country police sergeant found, stopped and arrested her. Pages 9-11

MOM GETS FELONY THEFT SUSPECT TO TURN HIMSELF IN: It was a blatant shoplifting that earned the heroin addict from Arnold nine-months in jail. Pages 11-14

DRIVING ON A LEARNER'S PERMIT WHILE DOING 114 MPH ON I-64 AT MASON ROAD: 21-year-old driver and SLU student IS convicted and fined $800. Pages 14 & 15

VERY DRUNK DRIVER CRASHES INTO GUARDRAIL, THEN WALL ALONG I-270. WALKS OUT OF COURTROOM COURTESY OF JUDGE JOE DUEKER WITH A NO-POINTS AND NO-FINE PROBATION TERM: Motorists calling 9-1-1 at the same time the officer see car driving down I-270 dragging its front bumper. When asked what happened the driver says he didn't know. "The airbags just went off." Judge Dueker let him off with no points and no fine. Pages 16-18

ENTITLED 21-YEAR-OLD ALREADY HAS A DWI CONVICTION AND IS DRIVING A 2015 GMC SIERRA WHEN HE PICKS UP HIS SECOND DWI: Read what happens this time. Pages 18 & 19

REPEAT SHOPLIFTERS KEEP TURNING INTO LITTERBUGS IN COURT, EXCEPT FOR THE FELONY THEFT, THEN IT IS A NO-FINE, NO RECORD PROBATION TERM: Read about the shoplifters who keep coming back to West County and Chesterfield because the few times they are caught, not much happens to them. Pages 19-22

A LONG ROAD FROM DECEMBER 2012 THEFT AND ASSAULT ON A POLICE OFFICER TO A NOVEMBER 2015 GUILTY PLEA: Seven prior theft cases resulted in seven reduced charges of littering. The suspect is a serial litterbug! This time the theft, the resisting arrest, the detective work to find the suspect two months later all resulted in a $200 fine. That is $5.71 a month from the time of the crime to the guilty plea and fine. Pages 23-25

23-YEAR-OLD DRIVING A BUICK IS SUSPICIOUS ENOUGH, BUT WEAVING AND TAILGATING ON I-64 RESULTS IN DWI ARREST! Maybe those ads from General Motors trying to sell Buicks to people under 60 are paying off! Driver gets SIS No Points, No-Fine probation despite having a .17% BAC Level. Pages 25-26

DRUNK DRIVER PASSED OUT BEHIND WHEEL OF RUNNING CAR AT GAS PUMPS PART 1: The driver pleads guilty and is given a 2-Year NO-Points NO-Fine probation term. Five weeks later he was arrested again for DWI. Pages 26-28

DRUNK DRIVER PASSED OUT BEHIND WHEEL OF RUNNING CAR AT CHESTERFIELD GAS STATION: This guy had two prior DWIs, but the Chesterfield cops did not file a Felony case. Read what happened. Pages 28-30

MAYBE THE WORST ONE WE HAVE SEEN THIS RECENTLY: This involved a driver whose actions were recorded on a female State Trooper's dash cam as he dragged her 200 feet up an exit ramp. See the link to the video and read about his sentence. Pages 30 & 31

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND READ DRUNKS AND THIEVES SPRING 2016 EDITION, PART 1

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 226 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter
171

May 3, 2016 -- 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:

FORMER CHESTERFIELD COUNCILWOMAN CONNIE FULTS FINED AND PLACED ON TWO YEARS PROBATION FOR REPEATEDLY FAILING TO FOLLOW THE LAW: The Ethics Commission was not hearing cases after it lost its quorum, but one of the last cases they did hear was that of former Councilwoman Connie Fults. Read the outcome. Pages 19-22

Click HERE to download and read the Missouri Ethics Commission's Consent Order.

MONARCH FIRE CAPTAIN AND UNION OFFICER FIRED OVER INCIDENT AT CHESTERFIELD BAR: The only official on the record information we have been able to obtain is that on Friday April 29 after two days of hearings the Monarch Fire District Board of Directors voted to immediately discharge Captain Andy Stecko for conduct in violations of employment rules. We were able to confirm some parts of what happened but not everything. Pages 38-40

IT'S GIRL SCOUT COOKIE TIME…NOT SO FAST BROWNIE, WHERE IS YOUR $25 PEDDLER'S LICENSE? While not enforced unless there is a complaint, The Police Commission recommends peddler licenses go from $5 to $25. Girl Scouts selling cookies come under the definition of "peddlers." Also Police Commission reaffirms the city's restriction of First Amendment rights for political candidates and religious door knockers. Pages 1-5

FENCES MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS, BUT NOT NECESSARILY WALLS: New resident gets turned down for what he called a "fence" but IT sure looked like a wall. Pages 5-7

OMG! BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT ALLOWS GARAGE TO FACE STREET: The vote perhaps saved a frame house from being torn down. Read what they plan to use the old garage for. Pages 7-9

PRESERVATION PARK WEST ENTRANCE IS FACING ETERNAL WINTER: The west section of Preservation Park including the driveway and parking lot was closed last fall and was supposed to open after winter. Read if it opened. Pages 9 & 10

TOWN AND COUNTRY BUSINESS UPDATE: Construction for Stein Mart in the Town and Country Crossing Shopping Center has started. Pages 10 & 11

DALTON NURSING HOME CONSTRUCTION UNDER WAY: See how cramped this final living space for 100 people is going to be. Page 11

TOWN AND COUNTRY POLICE CHIEF DOES NOT FAVOR LOWERING SPEED LIMIT: This is not North County, where small municipalities depend on income from traffic court to survive. At a recent police commission meeting Chief Pat Kranz said he was against a MoDOT suggestion to lower the speed limit on Ladue Road. Page 12

OUR PREDICTION CAME TRUE: Check out the new seating chart for the Town and Country Board of Aldermen. Page 13

TOWN AND COUNTRY SHOWS CHESTERFIELD HOW IT IS DONE: Check the swearing-in at T&C and see what was missing. Pages 13 & 14

THE SURVEY: This reminds me a lot of the Wirth Property/Town Square Project and how the Town and Country elected officials are quick to spend money that was not budgeted on something they are not sure what to do with. Read the discussion with back and forth on what should be on the $17,700 city online survey and what important question was not even put on it. Pages 14-17

NEW BUSINESS MOVING INTO THE OLD WAL MART BUILDING: See what retailer is taking over two thirds of the empty Wal Mart Store. Pages 17 & 18

IT HAS BEEN A TOUGH YEAR FOR ONE METAL FENCE IN TOWN: See what we are talking about. Pages 18 & 19

DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE DOORACK EMPTY LOT THEY CITY IS LEASING FOR $85,000 A YEAR AND NOT USING: Three people in two days had me making sure I did not forget about the Doorack Money Pit. Pages 22-25

SECTION IN BILL IS CLEARLY THERE TO KEEP ELECTED OFFICIALS FROM TALKING TO THE PUBLIC, BUT THERE IS NO PENALTY: Read how a pending bill has a section that uses empty threats to elected officials for going public with information. But there is no penalty. Pages 25 & 26

CHESTERFIELD POLICE BLOTTER: See what was happening last week and what the most calls were for. For a change it wasn't for shoplifters. Pages 27-30

THE SURPRISE CITY COUNCIL MEETING: On Thursday April 28 there was a surprised City Council meeting that was scheduled two days earlier. It was about doing a search for a new city administrator. There was a Q & A by the CEO of an executive search company. We did some background checking of the CEO. Read what happened at the meeting and what we found. Pages 30-35

THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING WHERE THERE WAS A MOVE TO CRUSH GOOD GOVERNMENT: To hell with bids or requests for proposals. Some members of the city council appeared to want to get any search over with so they could hire Director of Services Mike Geisel as City Administrator. Read what happened and some of the public's comments. Pages 35-38

SUNDAY MORNING JOGGER FOUND DEAD ON CHESTERFIELD WALK PATH: Page 40

DON'T ORDER THE BABY BACK RIBS IF YOU GO TO THE NEW OZZIE SMITH'S ON OLIVE BLVD IN CHESTERFIELD: Pages 41 & 42

REPEAT OF SOLD OUT DEAN CHRISTOPHER SHOW AT NEW LOCATION: Better acoustics, but bad bar service. Also see Dean for free a week later at a place with good bar service. Pages 42 & 43

CARTOONS: Pages 43-47

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 226 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 171 COMBINED EDITION

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Other Downloads
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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
Don Gosen Sex Scandal, February 18, 2016
White Buffalo Final Report: Town & Country Deer Distance Sampling Population Estimate, February 12, 2016
White Buffalo Final Report: Town & Country Deer Management Program, February 12, 2016
Missouri Ethics Commission action against Professional Firefighters of West St. Louis County, February 8, 2016
Westminster Lawsuit, Respondent's Answer, December 14, 2015
Westminster Lawsuit, Return to Writ of Certiorari, November 30, 2015
Chesterfield/Mayor Bob Nation, Order To Show Cause, October 19, 2015
Principia Lawsuit, October 16, 2015:
Part One
Part Two
Westminster Lawsuit, October 14, 2015
Chesterfield Resolution of Censure of Mayor Bob Nation, October, 2015
Chesterfield Investigation of Mayor by Special Counsel Kevin O'Keefe, September 9, 2015
Ronald Lee Roberts sentencing recommendation, fraud case, filed January 15, 2015
Shannon Woolsey lawsuit, sexual harassment, Town & Country Police Department, 2013

 
Gangs Of Town and Country

Gangs of Town and Country, Updated 3-20-16.
 
Our Favorite Police Reports
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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.)

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.

 
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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


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


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