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Ex-Alderman Newsletter 214 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 159


February 9, 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:

BREAKING NEWS: This newsletter was already designed and set to be sent, when two stories broke that needed to be included. They should lead but due to design issues  They are at the end of the newsletter.

SUSPECTED TOWN AND COUNTRY HOME BURGLAR ARRESTED SUNDAY BREAKING INTO A HOME IN FRONTENAC: Suspect Robert Delp, Jr. living at a halfway house in St. Louis has been arrested twice before breaking into homes in Town and Country. He is considered a prime suspect in recent Town and Country break-ins. Read about his past and how soon he was out after being sentenced to 10 years in prison. Pages 23 & 24




THINGS TURNING UGLY IN THORNHILL SUBDIVISION OVER NEW HOME PLANS AND TRUSTEES NOT NOTIFYING RESIDENTS!
Read the players, the interesting sale history of a piece of property and overdue taxes. Pages 24-28



THE DEAD DEER COUNT IS IN
: The original quoted for the marksmen from White Buffalo was 185. They met that mark quickly and it was raised to 225. They were shy of that mark then their three weeks of work was over. See the t
otal number of deer killed and where. Pages 1 & 2

TOWN AND COUNTRY AND WEST COUNTY HAVE A CONNECTION TO CONTINUED SCANDAL IN NORTH COUNTY CITY OF PINE LAWN: Read the details. Pages 2-4

TOWN AND COUNTRY DEFICIT TO INCREASE WITH ADDITIONAL PARKING STUDY TO INCLUDE A PARKING LOT IN BALLWIN: Read why and see other deficit increases for 2016. Pages 4 & 5

PARAMEDICS AND DEFIBRILLATOR FOR MEYLAND-SMITH NOT NECESSARY! MCDONALD'S WITHDRAWS REQUEST FOR NEW SIGN: See what they wanted and now what has vanished. Pages 5 & 6

TOWN AND COUNTRY POLICE ACTIVITY REPORT: Pages 6 & 7

A JUDGMENT IN THE JOHN MINEO'S LAWSUIT: Read the details. The payment plan has to put into question the financial stability of the overpriced Italian eatery. Pages 7-9

MY UNUSUAL FIND AT A TOWN AND COUNTRY ESTATE SALE: I was surprised to find a copy of a certain book on the shelf of a former A-B Vice President and I bought it along with something I was not surprised to find. Pages 10 & 11

FORMER VILLA DUCHESNE TENNIS COACH AND FORMER CHESTERFIELD RESIDENT SENTENCED FOR STATUTORY RAPE AND SODOMY OF A STUDENT: Pages 11 & 12

FORMER COUNCILMAN LOGAN FIRES ONE ACROSS THE THE BOW OF ALAN POLITTE AND JANE CUNNINGHAM: Former Councilman Randy Logan took a shot at recent requests from former councilman Dr. Alan Politte and Monarch Fire Board Director and former State Senator Jane Cunningham who both addressed the council suggesting the hold off on replacing the city administrator and city attorney until the new council was elected five days after the retirement of City Administrator Mike Herring. Pages 12 & 13

A BILL TO HIRE A NEW CITY ATTORNEY WAS PREPARED AND THEN NEVER CALLED FOR A VOTE: Read who was being proposed and how much it was going to cost. Pages 13 & 14

CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY TO WRITE A BILL FOR A STATE SENATOR! There was a close vote on whether the city should write bills for senators or senators should write their own bills. Read what it is all about. Pages 14 & 15

CHESTERFIELD WEEKLY CRIME REPORT: Pages 15-18

REAL ESTATE II: The Lutheran Senior Services are wasting no time putting up news signage and repairing things at the former Cedars of Town and Country assisted living facility. Page 19

THE HOT STOVE LEAGUE: We will try and make this a weekly feature until the start of the baseball season. It will involve me picking some of the more interesting characters that I wrote about as a baseball writer covering the minor leagues and seeing what they are doing now. The first is about a former U.S. Marine. Pages 20-23



MUSIC: More from the Ground Hog Day Party: Pages 29-30



Hey Andy
: A link to Andy Griffith singing the Theme Song. Page 28 or click HERE.

CARTOONS: Pages 31-40

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 214 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 159 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 213 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 158


February 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:

TOWN AND COUNTRY WOMAN CHARGED IN 2 PM DRUNKEN DRIVING ACCIDENT THAT BLACKOUT A SECTION OF TOWN: The local resident who around 2 o'clock on January 23 crossed the center line on Clayton Road and continued not coming to a stop until her car took out an electric pole and fire hydrant. She was issued citations at the hospital with no mug shot taken but we found a photo on social media. Read the details and who was behind the wheel. Pages 1 & 2

SCHOOL SIGN VOTE DELAYED: The attempt for Mason Ridge Elementary School to move into the 21st Century with an LED sign will have to wait until the February 22 Board of Aldermen meeting. Page 2

CITIZEN COMPLAINS ABOUT ALDERMEN MAKING THE CITY UGLY. WE INVESTIGATE! See what upset him and what we found. Pages 2-4.

HOSPITAL SECURITY DOESN'T WANT PEOPLE TAKING PHOTOS FROM THE ROAD: Read about my encounter with a BJC security guard off the property on part of a State highway. Pages 4 & 5

NEW CITY LIMIT SIGNS COMING TO HIGHWAY 141!
This is an example of elected officials getting something done. While it is not a huge deal, MoDOT moved a large chuck of Highway 141 from Chesterfield east into Town and Country but would not put up city limit signs so motorists would know where they were if the needed the police. A local politician got the job done (or at least started). Read the details and the emails. Pages 5-9




SALE OF CEDARS OF TOWN AND COUNTRY TO LUTHERAN SENIOR SERVICES COMPLETED:
Read about the work that has to be done by the Lutheran Senior Service to get the facility up to standards. A name change is in the immediate future, but first they have to get the boilers fixed. Pages 9 & 10


CHESTERFIELD NEWS
: This week we seem to be Chesterfield heavy in the news department. We have 17 pages of stories from Chesterfield.




THE MISSOURI RIVER LECTURE
: The most recent Planning and Public Works Committee meeting was about the Monarch-Chesterfield Flood Level District. We tried our best to cut out the "engineer speak" that will put you to sleep faster than a couple of Tylenol PM tablets and keep it interesting. Pages 10-15

CHESTERFIELD DOES A FLIP-FLOP ON REJOINING THE ST. LOUIS MUNICIPAL LEAGUE: Read how one week it appeared as if the City wanted to rejoin the County Municipal League despite the League and member cities fighting Chesterfield's attempts to change state law that only allows them to keep only 46% of sales tax generated by stores in the city. A week later the Council voted to keep out of the League and not pay $7,122 in dues. Some minds were changed over 10 minutes of discussion. Also read what other cities don't belong to the County Muni League. Pages 15-19

BEAUTY QUEENS MAKE A STATEMENT AT COUNCIL MEETING. FASHION BEFORE SMARTS OR COMFORT: Pages 19 & 20

A BILL FOR COURT REFORM, IT MAKES SOMETHING UNETHICAL IN THE FUTURE OKAY FOR NOW! Well I guess it is better than nothing. Pages 21-24

POINT-COUNTER POINT WITH JANE CUNNINGHAM AND MIKE CASEY: Casey showed up to the F&A meeting dressed like a priest and Jane Cunningham was dressed in red. Pages 24 & 25

A CORRECTION FROM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT: They didn't answer as many calls in 2015 as they did in 2014, but they did answer more than they reported. Page 25

THE WEEKLY POLICE REPORT: Hopefully we can make this a regularly feature. Pages 26 & 27

THE WINGS OF MAN: A recent travel article made me think of Orson Wells and my days as a midnight disc jockey. Pages 28 & 29


MUSIC: See some of our photos from our Ground Hog Day Party. Pages 29 & 30. More next week.

CARTOONS: 30-36

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 213 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 158 COMBINED EDITION


Ex-Alderman Newsletter 212 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 157


January 26, 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:

AFTERNOON DRUNK DRIVER TAKES OUT ELECTRIC POLE, CLOSES CLAYTON ROAD AND LEAVES AREA IN THE DARK: We have just the basic information but should have much more in our next newsletter. Page 1

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS FOR 2015: We list our four biggest disappointments of things that did not get done in 2015. Pages 1-4

DEER REPORT! TOWN AND COUNTRY DECIDES DEER CENSUS WAS TOO LOW AND AUTHORIZE 50 MORE DEER TO BE KILLED: The contractors have been harvesting more than 10 deer a day. They were ahead of schedule so the Board of Aldermen increased the size of the take. Pages 4-6

FOLLOW THE MONEY: The quarterly cash flow reports of candidates and elected officials are in. We took a look at a few reports of people from the area. Pages 6-11

CHESTERFIELD CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE: At least he isn't registered to vote under his current name. Pages 11 & 12

CANDIDATE APRIL VOTING RANKINGS: Now that we have all the candidates present and accounted for we offer their rankings for voting in local elections. Pages 12-14

2015 CHESTERFIELD CRIME AND POLICE ACTIVITY NUMBERS ARE IN: Having been in police work from a patrolman to a command officer I did notice a few things with this year's numbers. I also propose a second theory on why some stats might be down. Pages 14-16

CITY COUNCIL PUTS CITY SALES TAX FOR USED CARS, BOATS AND BOATS AND NEW CARS BOUGHT IN ILLINOIS: If you think you are being taxed enough, do something that 77% of the people don't do. Go vote in April and vote against tax measure. Pages 16 & 17

TO BE PUBLIC OR NOT TO BE THAT IS THE QUESTION: There has been some back and forth whether city employee salaries should be listed. Read a possible compromise. Pages 17-20

JUST LIKE JERRY BERGER'S COLUMN: We offer a couple of Sight'ems on the Chesterfield political front. Page 21

FOOD: The Chesterfield locally owned and operated neighborhood bar count is down to two. Pages 21 & 22

MUSIC: Pages 21-23

ONE OF THE GUYS PLAYING THE MUSIC WHEN YOU ARE AT THE FOX

FREE BIG BAND CONCERT

DON'T FORGET OUR GROUND HOG DAY PARTY!

CARTOONS: Pages 24-31

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 212 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 157 COMBINED EDITION


Ex-Alderman Newsletter 211 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 156


January 21, 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:

CUNNINGHAM DROPS OUT OF COUNCIL RACE, FORMER COUNCILMAN FILES: There was intrigue and political gamesmanship in the Ward-3 race as former State Senator and current Monarch Fire Board Director Jane Cunningham withdrew from the Chesterfield Ballot. It appeared as if having a big vote getter like Cunningham on the filing list would keep others from filing allowing the Republican favored candidate Alan Politte to be able to run unopposed. It didn't work. Read who filed at the last minute. Pages 1-4

TOWN AND COUNTRY WILL HAVE ONLY ONE CONTEST ON BALLOT: Page 1

THE MAN WITH A NEW NAME FILES AGAINST A FOUNDER OF CHESTERFIELD: It looked like Barry Flachsbart, who was one of the founding members of the City of Chesterfield in 1988, would run unopposed. But at 4:55 pm with a 5 pm deadline someone filed to run against him. It is someone who we knew by a different name in 2013. Pages 4-6

A JERK FILES AT LAST MINUTE FOR OTHER WARD 1 RACE: Maybe I'm being too sensitive but someone who filed to run for a city council then seat refused to say for which seat. Pages 6 & 7

CANDIDATE VOTING RECORDS: We look at the voting records of the current candidates in contested races for alderperson in Town and Country and Councilperson in Chesterfield. Some don't vote often and others have perfect records. Pages 7-10


TOWN AND COUNTRY POLICE ACTIVITY AND CRIME STATS FOR 2015: See what the cops did and what the crooks did in 2015. Pages 10-12

WE CHECK TWO STATEMENTS MADE BY MAYOR DALTON ABOUT HIS HARDSHIPS LIVING IN TOWN AND COUNTRY: Pages 12-14

ONE COMMISSION DOESN'T LIKE NEW NAME: Read which one and why. Page 15

NEW TENANTS COMING TO THE QUARRY ON DES PERES ROAD: See the construction and read what is going in there. Pages 15 & 16

NEW LOOK FOR CITY ATTORNEY: Page 16

DEFENSIVE ALDERPERSONS: See our photos! Pages 16-18

THE TOWN & COUNTRY CITY ADMINISTRATOR'S MORNING CHAT: Read what Gary Hoelzer said in his presentation and what he said answering questions. Pages 18-20

DES PERES DOCTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG MISUSE: Read who and what he was doing. Page 20

TOWN AND COUNTRY DEER WHACKO INVADES DES PERES MEETING: It was the usual stuff but no one was buying it. Page 20 & 21

OUR TAKE ON BALLPARK VILLAGE KNOCKING OUT ANOTHER BUSINESS: Pages 21 & 22

MEDIA WATCH: Pages 22 & 23

MUSIC: GROUND HOG DAY PARTY: Consider yourself informed of the best way to celebrate Ground Hog Day. We have hired the entertainment of fun, music, laughs plus great food and drink available. Now all you have to do is show up. Pages 23 & 24

A BIGGER LOSS TO MUSIC FANS THAN THE RAMS BUT CONNECTED TO THE RAMS: There is a strong likely hood one of the best jazz singers in town will be moving west with the Rams, Pages 24 & 25

CARTOONS: 25-30

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 211 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 156 COMBINED EDITION

EX ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 210 AND CHESTERFIELD 155 January 12, 2015

MEN ARRESTED IN CAR STOLEN FROM MASON GROVE PLED GUILTY!
Two brothers from North St. Louis were arrested in one of the stolen cars taken in an overnight burglary with the residents at home on Mason Grove. Read about the details. Pages 1-3
LAST YEAR'S CAMPAIGN MANAGER OF WINNING WARD-2 CANDIDATE FILES TO REPLACE AMY ANDERSON:
Lindsey Butler who helped Tiffany Frautschi win in last year's April election has filed to run for the seat held by Amy Anderson who is not running for reelection. Butler will face Dr. Nan Kulkarni. This is the only race so far in Town and Country. Pages 3
LARGE PROPOSED TEAR DOWN IN THORNHILL DOES NOT GET APPROVAL ON FIRST TRY! ANOTHER THRONHILL HOUSE VACATED:
The owners and builder are told to come back with new three things by ARB. While down the street something else has had a family leave their house. Pages 3-5
WHAT A SHOCK! ALDERMEN HATE PROPOSED SIGN FOR MASON RIDGE SCHOOL.
Read why elected officials from the center of Snoburbia refuse to march into the 21st century. Pages 6-8
NOISE ORDINANCE CHANGED BEFORE BEING PASSED: Page 8
NO BID $3.6 MILLION FIRE SERVICE CONTRACT APPROVED, BUT FIRE CHIEF DOESN'T SHOW UP: Pages 8 & 9
CHAIR OF COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION ON RECORD ABOUT BEING UPSET OVER A BILL TO ELIMINATE THE COMMISSION. SHE THEN VOTES FOR THE BILL. Page 9
CITY DID NOT KNOW HOW MUCH IT WOULD COST TO BEG FROM RESIDENTS.
But they did collect more than enough for the Dog and Horse Sculpture to cover the begging effort. Pages 10-12
DEER VS CAR CRASHES UP 22% IN 2015.
Read the locations for deer-vehicle crashes in December and where they happened for all of 2015. Pages 12-14

CHESTERFIELD:

DECAMPI NEW YEAR'S EVE MAILING SENDS WAKE UP CALL TO FULTS:
Most candidates on April municipal ballots don't mail out campaign literature until the first week of March. Tom Decampi didn't wait and sent a message in 2015. Pages 15 & 16
WATER RESCUE IGNORED BY MAIN STREAM PRESS:
The Monarch FPD along with the St. Charles FD, Metro West and West Co. EMS & FPD teamed up to rescue a motorist hanging on for dear life high up in a tree along Wild Horse Creek Road after he went to rescue his son from the flooding. Pages 16-18
CRIME AT THE SHOPPING CENTERS:
The end of 2015 gives us the Shopping Center Crime Report for Chesterfield. Actually the crime is rather low. The one category that got our attention was the lack of car break-ins. I have a feeling that on some weekends there are more car break-ins in the Euclid, Maryland Plaza-McPherson area than all of the shopping centers in Chesterfield for the year. Pages 18 & 19
ANOTHER UNIQUE CHESTERFIELD BUSINESS IS GONE: Ooh La Gone! Page 19
END OF THE YEAR REVIEW:
We look back at some of our favorite stories in 2015 through the first of October. Come on I'm not going to recap stuff that just happened in November and December! Pages 20-31
MUSIC: Page 32
CARTOONS: Pages 33-37

EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 209 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 154, JANUARY 6, 2016

AMY ANDERSON DROPS HER BID FROM REELECTION TO T&C BOARD OF ALDERMEN.
The minute Amy Anderson filed for a second two-year term and promised she would be out of town for at least four months we suggested she rethink her position. She apparently did and on January 4 withdrew her name from the ballot. Page 1
Anderson
Palin
Tina Fey
South Park
NAN KULKARNI FILES FOR ALDERWOMAN, IN WARD 2:
There is a big difference between Nan and Amy. Nan believes in medicine and Amy doesn't. Nan is a doctor and Amy is a Christian Scientist. Amy's world revolves around Town and Country and Beaver Island Michigan. Nan grew up and went to medical school in India and has been all over the world. There is just big drawback to Nan. Page 2
ARMED ROBBER WITH TOWN AND COUNTRY ADDRESS STRIKES AGAIN:
Kalaun Gray, 26, has twice given his address as 14361 Cedar Springs Parkway, a gated subdivision in Town and Country. He has now been arrested twice for robbery in two months. First in October, it was a gas station mini-mart with a gun and in December he choked out a woman and stole her cell phone. Pages 3 & 4
SILVER BELLS, ITS HOLD-UP TIME IN THE CITY
A bank robber who hit a Town and Country bank was arrested so fast he did not get a chance to spend any of the money. Pages 5 & 6
CAR CLOUTER STOLE A LOT FROM UNLOCKED CARS ALONG CLAYTON ROAD AND TOPPING ROAD, BUT LEFT AN IMPORTANT CLUE. Pages 6 & 7
NOVEMBER BURGLARIES MAY HAVE BEEN DONE BY OUT-OF-TOWNERS.
We are not talking about Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis. Page 8
DOUBLE TALK ABOUT THE NEW FIRE SERVICE CONTRACT
The mayor claims it is only a 2-percent increase, but in reality it is a 6-percent increase for a contract with no competitive bids. Page 9
MASON RIDGE SCHOOL JUMPING THROUGH HOOPS OVER NEW SIGN: Page 10
TWO ALDERWOMEN EXPRESS CONCERN OVER NEW COMMISSION ALIGNMENT WHILE A THIRD FUMES Pages 11 & 12
COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE NEW NOISE ORDINANCE Page 12
REAL ESTATE UPDATE
Big time remodel on Mason Knoll. We look at the house this time and not the 12-car garage on Topping Acres plus our New Year's Wish for Skip Mange to save something. Pages 12-14
CORRECTIONS: Mistakes, I have made a few, but too few to mention... except these two: Pages 14 & 15 (It wasn't another mistake, I intentionally substituted Mistakes for Regrets... my apologies to Paul Anka)
FORMER SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER AND FORMER STOCK BROKER SPENDS HOLIDAYS IN JAIL FOR STEALING $135,868 FROM PARKWAY CENTRAL MUSIC GROUPS.
Rice Jacobs shouldn't have been lonely over Christmas, since he spent it several hundred other inmates as part of his 120 Day Shock Jail Sentence, before starting his probation term. Read the amounts he stole. To read the entire police report, go to our homepage and check under "Our Favorite Police Reports." Pages 15-17
FLOOD WATCH 2015: We checked the main levee protecting the Chesterfield gold mines known as Outlet Malls plus all the retail along Chesterfield Airport Road. See the photos of how close things got to the top of the main levee. Pages 17-19
CHESTERFIELD POLICE CRIME AND ACTIVITY STATS FOR NOVEMBER: Pages 19 & 20
CHRISTMAS CHAT WITH THE MAYOR:
Bob Nation called about some recent newsletters and we had a pleasant Christmas time chat about several subjects. Pages 21-23
KNOW THY NEIGHBOR: Pages 23
HOME VANISHES INTO A PILE ASH A DAY BEFORE MOVE-IN: Pages 21 & 22
MONARCH FPD CHANGES WORK COMP CARRIERS.
They were not getting a big enough reduction in premiums after two years of downward losses. Pages 24 & 25
PHOTOS THAT MIGHT MAKE YOU THINK TWICE BEFORE MOVING TO HOWARD'S BEND DEVELOPMENTS IN MARYLAND HEIGHTS: Page 25
STARBUCKS (or as we call them "Six Bucks" with taxes) is building a new cafe inside the largest Dierberg's in the world in Des Peres. Page 26
VEILED PROPHET CONTINUES TO DISCRIMINATE:
For years they discriminated against Blacks (expect servers at the annual ball)... but now the VP continues to discriminate against rich 19-year-old White girls with the wrong address. Pages 26 & 27
POPULAR CLAYTON RESTAURANT IS SHUTTERED: Page 27
MUSIC AND GAS CHRISTMAS AT THE PUMPS AND AT SASHA'S Pages 27-29
CARTOONS Pages 29-37
DRUNKS AND THIEVES DECEMBER 2015 HOLIDAY EDITION PART 3 December 31, 2015

This is our final Drunks and Thieves Report for the season. The next ones will appear in May of 2016. Some of the prosecutors and judges we profile making or allowing outrageous deals where extremely drunk drivers end up with probations with no points going on their driving record and no fines having to be paid and other cases where serious violations are reduced to "Illegal Parking" or "Littering" claim I'm cherry picking these cases. There could nothing further from the truth.

All of the cases we review with the exception of the ones we wrote about when arrests were first made, are randomly picked. They show one clear thing. The system needs to be fixed and elected officials are not doing it.

The following cases were randomly picked with one exception. These and the cases we have reviewed over the last three years show a clear pattern how justice is rarely served.

IF YOU ARE IN A CAR ON I-64 WITH PEOPLE SNIFFING AEROSOL TO GET HIGH MAYBE YOU SHOULD NOT THROW THE EMPTY CANS AT OTHER CARS, THERE IS ALWAYS A CHANCE IT COULD BE DRIVEN BY AN OFF-DUTY COP.
A Chesterfield teenage is amassing an arrest record faster than Theodore "T-Fed" Federer. However see how Chesterfield Prosecutor Tim Engelmeyer makes sure he has as few actual convictions as possible. This is an almost unbelievable story expect the part about how Engelmeyer did not prosecute a clear danger to the community. Pages 1-6

CHRISTMAS EVE SHOPLIFTING TEAM HAD ONE MEMBER GET CAUGHT, BUT CHESTERFIELD CITY PROSECUTOR TIM ENGELMEYER MADE SURE HE GOT A NICE PRESENT :
It was a planned shoplifting at Macy's. There was nothing spur of the moment about it. However the one person of a trio of shoplifters that got caught was rewarded by the Chesterfield City Prosecutor Tim Engelmeyer who dropped the Stealing theft charges against him to Littering. Pages 6-8
EX-CON DRUNK DRIVER WHO REFUSED TO TAKE BREATH TEST GETS A NO-FINE, NO-POINTS PROBATION SENTENCE:
Apparently having a record of Felony Drug Possession, Stealing Over $500 and Felony Assaulting a Police Officer makes you a good candidate for probation with the Town and Country Prosecutor Doug Malone and a County judge. Pages 8-10

A NORTH COUNTY MUNICIPAL JUDGE REPRESENTS WOMAN WHO HAD CONSUMED 14 SHOTS AND A HALF PITCHER OF MARGARITAS WHO GOT LOST ON A TOWN AND COUNTRY SIDE STREET, SMASHED INTO A PARKED CAR AND THEN FLED THE SCENE. OF COURSE THE CITY PROSECUTOR AND MUNICIPAL JUDGE TOOK CARE OF THEIR BUDDY AND SHE LEAVES GETTING A NO-FINE, NO-POINTS PROBATION DEAL.
This case is a good reason why it should be illegal for lawyers to be both judges and prosecutors in one town and defense attorneys in other towns. With what happened with this case, the city prosecutor and judge should be fired! Pages 10-13

COLUMBIAN NATIONAL WITH A REVOKED LICENSE AND PRIOR DWI CONVICTIONS ACTUALLY IS FOUND GUILTY AND RECEIVES A JAIL SENTENCE.
The suspect after spending 30 minutes on camera speaking English to the officer, suddenly claimed he didn't speak English. Also read what happened when a small North County Muni arrested him for what should have been a Felony DWI. Pages 14-17
EX-CON DRUG DEALER RECEIVES NO-POINTS AND NO-FINE PROBATION FOR DOING 99 MPH ON I-64.
TWO MONTHS AFTER GETTING PROBATION HE IS ARRESTED FOR DWI BY THE HIGHWAY PATROL. Town and Country prosecutor refuses to prosecute the people and violations that need prosecuting. Pages 17-19
MANCHESTER RESIDENT WITH FOUR PRIOR DWIs IS CAUGHT DRIVING DRUNK ON A FLAT TIRE:
It was after midnight on New Year's night. He apparently had kids in his SUV he was driving on a flat tire. He was charged with a felony, convicted 22 months later and received probation. There out to be a law if you are convicted of three or more DWIs you have to do at least one week in jail per conviction, plus the probation. Pages 19-21

HERE IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE WHY TIM ENGELMEYER HAS TO BE FIRED. SPEEDING DRUNK DRIVER ON I-64 REAR ENDS CAR TOTALING TWO CARS AND INJURING THREE PEOPLE. HE GETS A NO-FINE, NO-POINTS PROBATION.
Three weeks before pleading guilty to the Chesterfield DWI accident, a newspaper article and Highway Patrol Accident Report revealed he was arrested in another DWI accident, this one on I-44. Pages 21-24

TEENAGE SHOPLIFTERS FROM CHESTERFIELD AND FLORIDA ARE QUICK TO CONFESS:
If all cases could be this easy. When caught, three of the four shoplifters immediately admitted what they were up to. Pages 24-26

SPEEDING DRIVER JUST BARELY AT THE MINIMUM LIMIT ACTUALLY GETS 2 POINTS ON HER RECORD.
Chesterfield justice is interesting. Here is a case of a driver, speeding, who just barely tested drunk at .08 BAC who actually got a couple of points on her driving record. We pointed out the the cases involving out of control drunk drivers in accidents who got double secret probation and no points. Pages 27 & 28

DRUNK DRIVER WITH TWO PRIOR DWIs, DOING 23 MPH ON I-64 ON TWO FLAT TIRES WITH A REVOKED DRIVER'S LICENSE WHO FALLS OUT OF CAR WHEN STOPPED, GETS A NO-POINTS, NO-FINE PROBATION FROM THE TWO MOST DANGEROUS MEN IN CHESTERFIELD.
The tag team effort of Tim Engelmeyer and Rick Brunk was obvious in this case. For his third DWI he got probation with No-Points and No-Fine, despite having a revoked driver's license and being on probation for a felony. Do you think there is something wrong with this system? Pages 28-30

WHO IS PAYING FOR PROSECUTORS AND JUDGES REFUSING TO GIVE CONVICTIONS WITH POINTS ON DRIVING RECORDS? YOU AND I ARE PAYING, THAT WHO! Page 30-31

HOW TO FIX THE SYSTEM:Pages 32-34

DRUNKS AND THIEVES December 2015 Holiday PART 2 December 24, 2015

This is a second of three Holiday features where we look at the arrest and usual ridiculous plea bargains of DWI and Theft cases in our local courts. Our first report was posted the weekend after Thanksgiving. Our third of the season will run in the week during New Year's weekend.

As bad as the cases and deals that local judges and prosecutors made documented in this report of our randomly selected cases to review, they are even worse in next week's report. Also in the final report we will recommend some common sense suggestions to fix the broken local court systems that I doubt any elected officials will have the guts to do.

THE DANGERS WITH DWI ENFORCEMENT: I look at a case where I used to live and work in law enforcement outside of Washington, DC that was not covered in the local media. It just occurred this month. Pages 1 & 2


An officer's last ride past his police station a week before Christmas.
WE LOOK AT SIX OF A CHESTERFIELD MAN'S SEVEN DWI ARRESTS. HE LIKES TO GIVE POLICE HIS BROTHER'S NAME WHEN ARRESTED. HE SHOULD BE IN PRISON AFTER HIS SEVENTH ARREST, BUT A JUDGE RELEASED HIM FROM A PROBATION TERM EARLY ON HIS SIXTH CONVICTION. 74 DAYS LATER HE WAS ARRESTED AGAIN.
Read how Chesterfield resident Joseph Carbone insists on driving drunk time and time and time again. Pages 2-7
DRIVER IS VERY DRUNK, 24 MPH OVER THE LIMIT AND WEAVING BETWEEN LANES. SHE LEAVES THE TOWN AND COUNTRY COURTROOM WITH NO POINTS AND NO FINE FOR DRIVING DRUNK:
She was not an "I just had two drinks officer" suspect but admitted to at least 5 rum and Cokes to help her reach .21% BAC. Pages 8 & 9
17-YEAR-OLD CHESTERFIELD TEENAGER DOING 103 MPH TRIES TO ELUDE TOWN AND COUNTRY COPS. IT DIDN'T WORK.
A County judge let her off on trying to lose the police but fined her $1,000 for driving 103 MPH. Pages 9-11
CLEARLY DRUNK WOMAN HAS DWI REDUCED BY TOWN AND COUNTRY PROSECUTOR TO NON-ALCOHOL RELATED OFFENSE. WE WATCHED THE VIDEO OF HER ARREST AND SHE WAS CLEARLY DRUNK. Pages 11-15
EMPLOYEE FOR COMPANY THAT THROWS SEX TOY PARTIES FOR WOMEN ARRESTED FOR STEALING BOSS' CREDIT CARD:
At least she has complied with the judge's orders concerning her probation. Pages 15-17
DRUNK WOMAN DOING 99 MPH ON I-270 GETS STOPPED AND ARRESTED BY TOWN AND COUNTRY POLICE IN CREVE COEUR. WHO REPRESENTED HER AS A DEFENSE ATTORNEY? NONE OTHER THAN THE CREVE COEUR JUDGE, TIM ENGELMEYER.
Read the deal he got from one judge to another judge. Pages 17-19
TOWN AND COUNTRY JUDGE ISSUES A SENSIBLE VERDICT TO A REPEAT AND BROKE SHOPLIFTER. In the world of graduated felonies getting the first convictions is more important than fining someone with no money. Pages 19-21
THREE TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT, DRUNK DRIVER RUNS RED LIGHT NEARLY HAVING AN ACCIDENT AND RECEIVED A NO-POINTS, NO-FINE SENTENCE. He also picked a bad time to run a red light, with a police officer at the intersection in a marked car waiting for the light to change. Pages 21 & 22
DRUNK DRIVER ALL OVER THE ROAD PLUS SPEEDING HAS CHESTERFIELD PROSECUTOR REDUCE HIS CHARGE. A very drunk driver pled guilty to a non-alcohol related offense. The ticket for Careless Driving by lane weaving and speeding on I-64 was reduced to Illegal Parking. Pages 23 & 24
PRIOR DWI SUSPECT ACTUALLY GETS CONVICTED IN CIRCUIT COURT: Pages 24-26
UPDATES: We update two familiar cases. Do you remember these two? Pages 26-28
Ex-Alderman Newsletter 208 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 153


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

THE CANDIDATES: We look at the candidates who have filed for the Town and Country Board of Aldermen and the Chesterfield City Council after the first two days for filing was open. Pages 1-6

ANOTHER ARREST IN 2014 PRINCIPIA SUMMER FOOTBALL CAMP ASSAULT AND SODOMY CASE: The fifth and final suspect (we think) has been certified as an adult and arrested by the Town and Country Police. Pages 6 & 7

FRED MEYLAND-SMITH WHO WAS AGAINST A FLAG POLE AT A CHURCH NOW WANTS ONE AT LONGVIEW PARK: It would be nice if there was a flag flying at city hall first. Pages 7-9

FINANCE COMMISSION VOTES TO RECOMMEND TO ALDERMEN FOR USED CAR SALES TAX, BUT REFUSED TO RECOMMEND A TAX ON INTERNET PURCHASES: Page 9

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION HAS A HARD TIME FINDING MEMBERS TO SHOW UP: Page 10

NEW HOMES ON THE DRAWING BOARD IN TOWN AND COUNTRY: Pages 11 & 12

READ WHO ARE THE TOP RETAILERS IN CHESTERFIELD AND THE TOP RESTAURANTS BASED ON SALES: Pages 13-16

PLANNING AND PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE NOT ALL HAPPY WITH STAFF'S TREE PLANS: Pages 16 & 17

PLANS TO INCREASE NO PARKING ZONES BECAUSE OF AMPHITHEATER: Pages 17 & 18

LAWSUIT GOES FROM STATE COURT TO FEDERAL ENTERS THIRD YEAR: Chesterfield is still battling the Travelers Insurance Company over uncompleted work at a subdivision. Page 18

A SECOND COMMUNITY GARDEN IS BEING CONSIDERED: Read where, how much to build and how much the lots will be to rent. Pages 19 & 20

SHOES FOR WATER CHARITY TURNS INTO A COMEDY ROUTINE: Read about a new charity to be backed by the City and how the discussion went. Page 21

$70,000 FOR TWO BASEBALL FIELDS FOR VERY LITTLE KIDS AND A PARKING LOT! Page 22

WE LOOK AT HOW THINGS MIGHT HAVE BEEN IF ONE DIFFERENT DECISION WAS MADE IN JULY AT CITY HALL AND WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW: Pages 23 & 24

MONARCH FIRE HITTING .500 WITH TWO FALL COURT RULINGS: Page 25

SLAVE LABOR PREPARING YOUR SHRIMP? Check the list of stores that an AP investigative article reports is buying shrimp prepared in Asia by slave and child labor. Pages 25 & 26

COLLEEN'S MCDONALD'S A LITTLE BEHIND SCHEDULE: I was assured that you would still be able to get a fall seasonal McRib sandwich at the Town and Country McDonalds. Now it looks like that won't happen. The store moved from being reopened in November to December and now to January. Page 26

I HAVE FOUND A NEW SOURCE FOR MY FRESH SQUEEZED OJ: Page 27

A CLOSED RESTAURANT THAT REOPENED IS NOW CLOSING AGAIN: Page 28

CHRISTMAS SCENES: The Christmas Dinosaur, St. Francis Xavier Church from a distance and Christmas turkeys, the big tree on Clayton Road plus a new portrait of Clarence getting his wings. Pages 28-31

MUSIC: Stories from a weekend of Christmas Concerts at Jazz at the Bistro. Read how someone disabled musicians backing up a singer during a Monday night performance. You might recognize the suspect. Pages 31-35

CARTOONS: Page 35-39

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 208 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 153 COMBINED EDITION


Ex-Alderman Newsletter 207 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 152

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

IF YOU ARE THE PR AND MEDIA DIRECTOR AT PRINCIPIA IT HAS BEEN A LONG YEAR WITH NO END IN SIGHT FOR BAD NEWS. Estimates have the membership of the Christian Science religion is at about 85,000 worldwide and dropping. The press coming out of their national high school in Town and Country is not going help things as a juvenile has been certified to stand as an adult in the sodomy and assault cases at a school football summer camp in 2014. This with a new lawsuit about underage group sex with an employee of the school makes 2015 a XXX year at Principia. Pages 1 & 2

TOWN AND COUNTRY TO RENEW FIRE AND EMS SERVICES WITHOUT SEEKING COMPETITIVE BIDS! Read one reason for a sudden good offer from the longtime fire and EMS provider. Pages 2 & 3

TOWN AND COUNTRY POLICE ACTIVITY FOR NOVEMBER AND SO FAR IN 2015: Pages 3 & 4

TOWN AND COUNTRY DEER-VEHICLE ENCOUNTER REPORT PLUS CHESTERFIELD FINALLY TALKING ABOUT DOING SOMETHING ABOUT DEER: Pages 4-6

CHESTERFIELD CITY ADMINISTRATOR ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT: After failing to get Mayor Bob Nation impeached City Administrator Mike Herring announced his retirement. Pages 7 & 8

COUNCIL TAKES SOME MORE SHOTS IN PUBLIC COMMENTS BEFORE THE START OF THE MEETING: More give and take between the public and the staff and council with the public appearing to be the winners. Pages 8- 12

COUNCILMAN ELLIOT GRISSOM IS MOVING OUT OF TOWN, BUT HE DIDN'T WANT TO ADMIT IT: Elliot Grissom didn't want to give a straight answer to a direct question, but he eventually did. Page 13

COUNCILMAN MIKE CASEY ANNOUNCES HE IS NOT RUNNING FOR REELECTION Page 13

RIVER VALLEY OFFICIALLY TO BE SHUT DOWN! Read how much it will cost to close a two lane road at the city limits. Pages 13 & 14

THEY FORGOT SOMETHING WHEN THEY HELD A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE BUDGET: Read what (who) was forgotten. Pages 15 & 16

WE HAVE A SUGGESTION TO SAVE $140,000 AND GET A NEW CITY ADMINISTRATOR: Pages 16 & 17

GIFT CARDS TAKEN OUT OF THE BUDGET IN 2016 FOR NOW: The 2016 budget was passed without gift cards being given to employees. However they might be added later. Page 17

ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY ACTION LEADER PROTESTS IN CHESTERFIELD, GETS ARRESTED, DEMANDS A JURY TRIAL AND IS CONVICTED. Read the saga of protester Zach Chasnoff. Pages 17-19

REAL ESTATE: This week we look at a house of a shamed politician that was taken off the market, price cuts to a former Cardinal baseball player's house, a new listing in Ladue for over $3-million and the house of a former Ex-Con that finally sold in a foreclosure auction. Pages 19-22

MEDIA: We look at this month's edition of Town and Country Living and found the House of the Month is a pretty far trip from Town and Country plus how the mayor found a new outlet for his dribble.

Also once again the KMOV News Team is still having trouble figuring out where they are. Pages 23-25

GOOD IDEA: It is the cold and flu season. One chain of gas stations has done a nice thing for customers. Pages 25 & 26

DIERBERG'S CREATES A ROAD BLOCK WITH BOOZE: A couple of coolers for packaged meats have been removed to make room for more booze at the super large Dierberg's store. Pages 26 & 27.

OUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS HOUSE IS BACK: Four photos of this year's decorations. Pages 27 & 28

MUSIC: We have the Christmas Train and Choir Director you may have already seen on the evening news, a review of the Route 66 Holiday Concert and a surprise singer at Sasha's. Pages 29-31

CARTOONS: Pages 31-38

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 207 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 152 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 206 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 151

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

DRIVER OF DUMP TRUCK TRIES TO RUN DOWN MAN IN PICKUP TRUCK ON I-64. THIS WASN'T A CASE OF ROAD RAGE. HE HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR HIM FOR A MONTH WANTING TO ASSAULT HIM. READ WHAT THE POLICE RESPONSE WAS AND EVEN WORSE WHAT THE CHESTERFIELD PROSECUTOR WOULDN'T DO. This might be the worst handled case we have reviewed in the last three years. Pages 1-8

TOWN AND COUNTRY ARTS COMMISSION POSTPONES SPENDING MONEY ON A STUPID IDEA: We wrote six months ago how stupid it was to spend money on up-lighting a black sculpture in the middle of a field at Longview Park. My point was who is going to see something that is all black in a pitch black field? There was supposed to be a gala lighting in August and then it was moved to November. It got postponed again, possibly forever. Read why. Pages 8-13

AT THE PUBLIC HEARING ON BUDGET NO ONE SPOKE, INCLUDING AN ALDERWOMAN WHO HAD SOMETHING TO SAY! Pages 13 & 14

IT WAS TWO DAYS OF RECKONING IN COURT FOR TWO RESIDENTS OF THE THORNHILL SUBDIVISION. They happened to live next door to each other. One received a verdict and huge judgment against him in the Circuit Court. The other was sentenced in Federal Court for fraud. Pages 14 & 15

TWO NEW CITY TAXES YOU DON'T NEED TO PAY WILL BE ON THE APRIL BALLOT. Mayor Dalton wants to show wide spread support and will try and get the Finance Commission to support the ballot measures. But he doesn't want you there speaking your mind. Page 16

TWO TOWN AND COUNTRY MEN AND ONE FROM CHESTERFIELD ARE CHARGED WITH SEVERELY BEATING AND ROBBING KIRKWOOD MAN: Read the details, their records and the charging document. Pages 16-21

MORE CHESTERFIELD NEWS:

JANE CUNNINGHAM IS BACK IN THE CROSS HAIRS OF THE MEDIA THANKS TO A TWEET. Pages 21-25

CHESTERFIELD 2016 BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SLIDE SHOW: Pages 25-28

REAL ESTATE: New $3-million house on market! The "New Listing" sign is getting real old. Ex-Con Drug Dealer's house in hand of foreclosure realty company and up on online auction. Pages 29-31

WILDWOOD CABIN THEFT SUSPECT ARRESTED: We can stop looking for the log cabin stolen from the Essen family property in Wildwood to show up at Drace Park in Town and Country. The cabin has been recovered in Wentzville. Pages 31 & 32

MUSIC: Last week we gave a large number of options for Christmas time entertainment. Here is another one. Page 32

CARTOONS: Pages 33-36

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 206 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 151 COMBINED EDITION

December 2, 2015 -- We have so much material this year we are going to have three Drunks and Thieves reports illustrating the work of the local police and what happens after the arrest. We will let you decide if the process is fair, if justice is served and if the local prosecutors and judges are really looking after the welfare of the communities they serve.

We select the cases at random. You will see from the other Drunks and Thieves cases posted on the homepage of our website there is a clear pattern as to the how the cases are handled. This year it seems as if some of the outcomes get more and more outrageous, so be sure to read the cases we report on at the end of the year.

GOOD WAY TO GET CAUGHT: SHOPLIFTER AT CHESTERFIELD MALL  WEARS MALL RESTAURANT UNIFORM SHIRT AND STEALS FROM STORE WHERE CLERKS ARE HER REGULAR CUSTOMERS: If this wasn't enough to identify her, Justina Tolbert had purple streaks in her hair. Pages 1-3

A GOOD RULE WHEN DRIVING BOTH UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND DRUGS, TRY NOT TO DRIVE AT 103 MPH AT THE END OF RUSH HOUR: Town and Country resident Gayla Bently gets a no-points and no fine probation for doing 103 MPH. Read what happened to her Driving Under Influence of Alcohol and Drugs arrest. Pages 3-5

WAL-MART EMPLOYEE FACING EVICTION CAUGHT STEALING PLEADS GUILTY WITHOUT A LAYER AND IS FINED $400. REPEAT SHOPLIFTER WHO WAS BANNED WALMART AFTER HIS FIRST ARREST IS CAUGHT AGAIN. HE HAD A LAWYER AND IS FINED JUST $175 FOR "LITTERING." Read this and see if you don't think there needs to be a new judge and prosecutor in Chesterfield. Pages 5-8

PRIOR DRUNK DRIVER FOUND IN CAR ON I-270 WITH NO FRONT TIRES ACTUALLY FOUND GUILTY OF DWI: Kirkwood woman placed on probation in lieu of 60-day jail sentence. Pages 8 & 9

DRIVER WITH BAC LEVEL 4-TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT ACTUALLY GETS CONVICTED OF DWI! Lane weaving on I-64 catches an employee from Lester's having quite a few after work drinks at his place of employment. Pages 9 & 10

THIRD TIME DRUNK DRIVER GETS OFF WHEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE FORGETS TO SUBPOENA THE ARRESTING OFFICER. OTHER CHARGES REDUCED BY TOWN AND COUNTRY PROSECUTOR TO ILLEGAL PARKING: It was her third DWI arrest so a felony DWI charge was filed. She was speeding in a late light construction zone and almost rear ended a car stopped by construction crews. The speeding ticket was filed in Town and Country Municipal Court. Read how she left court with no points on her license. Pages 10-14

DRUNK DRIVER DOING 93 MPH, WITH LICENSE PLATES THAT HAD BEEN EXPIRED FOR 20 MONTHS: The guy refused to take a breath test. The Town and Country Prosecutor Doug Malone thinks not having valid license plates for almost 2 years is okay, he dismissed that ticket. Read what he did with the other charges. Pages 14-16

DRIVER WITH PRIOR DWI CONVICTION IS GIVEN A NO-RECORD, NO-FINE, NO-POINTS PROBATION FOR NEW DWI CHARGE: Apparently prior DWI convictions are no big deal to Town and Country Prosecutor Doug Malone and County Judge Joe Dueker. Pages 16 & 17

DRIVER WITH PRIOR DWI, UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF BOOZE AND PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, SPEEDING AND LANE WEAVING AT 10 AM WAS ACTUALLY CONVICTED OF DWI WITH A FINE AND POINTS: Read the details on Pages 17-19

THIS IS A REPEAT OF ONE OF THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS CASES IN 2015 THAT WE RAN IN A REGULAR NEWSLETTER IN JULY:  A drunk driver drove east in the west bound lanes of I-64 from the middle of Chesterfield to the eastern edge of Town and Country. Pages 20-23

UPDATES: We check back on a woman who led Chesterfield Police on a pursuit as she threw marijuana out of the window and a drunk father who crashed his vehicle into a sign at an outlet mall in Chesterfield with his kids in the vehicle and got no points or no fine. They have both been arrested again. Pages 23-25

At the end of December we will have our second and third editions of 2015 Holiday Drunks and Thieves.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND READ DRUNKS AND THIEVES POST-THANKSGIVING 2015 EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 205 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 150

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

COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR CHARGED HOMEOWNERS IN PARKWAY SCHOOL DISTRICT 3.4% TOO MUCH: If you don't have a mortgage and have not paid your tax bill yet, check and make sure you are not being over charged. I was by hundreds of dollars. Page 1

TOWN AND COUNTRY TO INCREASE DEER HARVEST BY 75% IN JANUARY: Read how many will be culled and what the costs will be. Also read who the only person was to complain about it so far. Pages 1 & 2

VANDALISM MOVES FROM PRESERVATION PARK TO DRACE PARK: Pages 3 & 4

MORE CAR BREAK-INS AT QUEENY PARK! THIS TIME ON THE MASON ROAD SIDE: Page 4

WEST SIDE OF PRESERVATION PARK TO BE CLOSED THROUGH WINTER: Read why. Page 5

MAYOR WANTS CALENDAR CONTEST: Member of the Arts Commission thinks that is a bad idea. Page 5

ALDERWOMAN FRAUTSCHI'S BIG WIN IN ST. CHARLES: See the celebration. Pages 5 & 6

MEMBER OF THE GANGS OF TOWN AND COUNTRY RETURNS FROM FEDERAL PRISON TO PLEAD GUILTY TO CHEATING TRADESMAN WITH A BAD CHECK IN 2012: Pages 6-8

CHESTERFIELD CRIME AND POLICE STATS FOR OCTOBER: Pages 8 & 9

CHESTERFIELD BAD BOY T-FED MAY HAVE HIS PROBATION REVOKED: Pages 9-12

LOOK AT WHAT I GOT IN THE MAIL! Perfect timing! Right after I finished an update about T-Fed this arrived in my mailbox. Now if I can only find a nice gift to send in return. Pages 12 & 13

NEWS FROM THE PLANNING AND PUBLIC WORKS MEETING: We catch up on some projects around Chesterfield and other issues. Pages 13-21

CLOSING OF RIVER VALLEY ROAD COULD START THIS SPRING: Pages 13-15

THE LEGALITY OF PRIVATE STREET SNOW PLOWING REIMBURSEMENT IS DISCUSSED: Pages 15 & 16

NEW HOUSES ON OLIVE AT SABLESTONE DRIVE TURNED DOWN: Page 17

WHITE ROAD AND GREEN TRAILS: Developer wants to tear down two homes and build three. Pages 17 & 18

THE LATEST FOR THE 4-STORY OFFICE BUILDING BETWEEN THE NORTH OUTER 40 ROAD AND CONWAY ROAD: Page 18

WATERMARK RESIDENTIAL AT LYDIA HILL ROAD AND CHESTERFIELD PARKWAY TURNED DOWN FOR NOW: Page 19

THE GROVE 96-BED ASSIST LIVING FACILITY MOVES FORWARD: Page 19

SKETCH FOR 79,000 SQUARE FOOT BREW PUB SUBMITTED: Page 20

CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN AND INDOOR FAKE ROCK WALL AT THE FORMER KEMP MUSEUM: Pages 20 & 21

MONARCH HAS CLEANING BILL THANKS TO 4-ALARM FIRE: Page 21

KMOV NEWS TEAM HAS TWO PARALLEL STREETS INTERSECTING: It is time for a geography lesson for the Channel 4 News crew. Do they still sell Wunnenberg's St. Louis Street Guides? How can Channel 4 "look out" for me if they don't know where they are? Page 21 & 22

MUSIC: CD RELEASE PARTY FOR MUSICIAN FROM LOCAL FAMILY: Pages 22 & 23

PERFECT STOCKING STUFFER FOR OLDER ST. LOUISIANS: If your mom or grandmother is 75 or older I know of a unique and inexpensive gift for her stocking. Pages 23 & 24

GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS MUSIC: Check out our guide to Christmas Music events around town. Pages 24-29

CARTOONS: Pages 30-37

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 205 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 150 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 204 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 149

November 19, 2015 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read. Among the stories in this edition:

MEN'S ENTERTAINMENT CLUB ARRIVES IN WEST COUNTY: Will new club make Manchester the WEST SAUGET of St. Louis? Pages 1 & 2

TOWN AND COUNTRY POLICE REPORT: See police activity for October and so far in 2015. Also Town and Country man pleads guilty to Hit and Run. Pages 3 & 4

OH MY GOD! THE MAYOR MENTIONED A POSSIBLE NEED FOR A SECOND FIRE STATION: It brings back memories of 2006 when the WCEMS&FPD Fire District wanted to annex the city into the District which would dramatically raise everyone's taxes plus build a second fire station that would add 18 more Fire Union jobs to answer one or two calls a day. Pages 4-6

NO BIDS OR REQUEST FOR A PROPOSAL FOR FIRE SERVICE: The City of Town and Country has not asked for bids or a RFP for the new Fire & EMS service contract, something that represents 40-percent of the city's budget. Page 6

THE RETREAT! There was no butler service, but plenty to eat. We spent 5 hours at the Board of Aldermen annual Retreat on a Saturday morning into a Saturday afternoon. We reported on the proposed change of commissions last week. Here is the scoop on the rest of the morning. Discussed at length were legal updates including a possible defense to the Westminster football field lights rejection lawsuit and a discussion about the Town Square project, again with no mention of how much it was going to cost. Pages 6-11

DO OVER ON THE PLEDGE: Alderwoman Lynn Wright was apparently ready for some Memory Loss therapy. Read why. Pages 11 & 12

BEST QUOTES OF THE WEEK: Page 12

DO YOU THINK THE POLICE SHOULD ENFORCE OBVIOUS VIOLATIONS OF MOTOR VEHICLE LAW? If you do apparently the police chief would like to hear from you. Otherwise some violations might continue to be ignored. Pages 13 & 14

FACES OF A LAW FIRM: We look at some very familiar faces of lawyers we have seen recently at Chesterfield and Town and Country meetings. Pages 14 & 15

CHESTERFIELD INTERIM COUNCILWOMAN FINALLY CONFIRMED: Barb McGuinness is finally sworn in. Read about the drama leading up to her oath of office. Pages 15-17

THE JANE CUNNINGHAM SHOW: With things slowing down to a civilized crawl at the Monarch Fire Protection District, Director and former senator Jane Cunningham has taken an interest in Chesterfield city government. Some will say she did it just in time while others at city hall probably wish she would keep her nose out of it. Pages 17-19

CUNNINGHAM ASKS FOR RESIDENTS TO JOIN LAWSUIT: Pages 19 & 20

LETTER TO EDITOR SAYS IN FEWEST WORDS AS TO WHY THE CENSURE OF MAYOR NATION: Page 20

WE VISIT THE NEWEST HIPPIE GROCERY STORE: Pages 21 & 22

TWO MORE CURIOUS VIEWS AT WEST COUNTY CENTER: Page 23

AS GOD IS MY WITNESS I THOUGHT TURKEYS COULD FLY! We posted the link to the classic WKRP bit about the Thanksgiving holiday at the mall after T-Day last year. This year we are doing it BEFORE Turkey Day. Here it is if you want to see it now.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: This time we found the cheapest place in Frontenac. Pages 24-27

HAVE THANKSGIVING AT HOME, BUT HAVE SOMEONE ELSE COOK YOUR TURKEY: Pages 27 & 28

FIRE CHIEF UPDATE: Page 28

MUSIC: Rat Pack Monday had laughs and some nice chalkboard art. Page 28

CARTOONS: Page 29-38

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 204 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 149 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 203 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 148

November 13, 2015 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read. Among the stories in this edition:

RULES AND LAWS ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN FOR AREA FIRE CHIEF: Read about how a fire chief ignored city and county laws and fire safety regulations that he is suppose to enforce. Pages 1-3

FIRM BEHIND DALTON'S ASSISTED LIVING PROJECT COUGHS UP ONE MILLION DOLLARS AND PROJECT IS THEN PASSED: Pages 4-8

BUDGET: 2016 WILL START WITH THE GENERAL FUND IN THE BLACK BUT THE OVERALL BUDGET IN THE RED. However with a surplus from 2015 and the $200,000 sale of strips of city owned land to the assisted living project developers the budget for next year is in good shape, unless Aldermen spend millions of the Wirth Property/Town Square. Pages 8 & 9

A PROPOSAL FINALLY SURFACES TO COMBINE FOUR CITY COMMISSIONS AND ELIMINATE ONE: Read which ones will have new names, which ones will stay the same and which one could be eliminated. Also an old wish of Mayor Dalton has been granted. Pages 10 & 11

MAILING FROM CITY HALL SHOWS DALTON KNOCKS THE OLD RED HEAD OUT OF THE LINEUP: The thank you card from city hall for helping on the first ever Town and Country Parade was nice, but I was shocked to see that the Grand Marshal of the Parade Red Schoendienst had been removed from the photos on the card replaced by&hellipguess who. Pages 11-13

REAL ESTATE: Old Colony Lane soon to be New Colony Lane. Page 14-16

PRIVATE SCHOOL NEWS: Raintree School Plans Building Expansion. Page 17

St. Austin's School hopes to have found a permanent home. Pages 17-19

THE OCTOBER DEER REPORT: Pages 19 & 20

THE BOB NATION SIDE OF THE STORY: There is another side of the Censure of Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation. Pages 21 & 22

THE WRONG MESSAGE FROM MESSENGER: Pages 23-25

IT IS CLEAR HE IS THE WRONG MAN FOR THE JOB: The lawyer who handles adoptions by day should have his title of Interim City Attorney with the City of Chesterfield changed to former Interim City Attorney. We lay out the case. Pages 25-27

WHAT WE RAN OUT OF ROOM FOR FROM THE CHESTERFIELD CENSURE IN OUR LAST NEWSLETTER: The darn thing just got too long. Here are some items we wanted to include. Pages 27-31

MUSIC: THIS MONDAY IT IS TIME FOR THE RAT PACK WITH DEAN! Page 31

ANITA IS AT THE WALNUT GRILL THIS WEDNESDAY. We just saw her there in her usual fun performance. Page 32

ANITA FANS, SHE IS BACK AT SMITTY'S ON THE SATURDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING. Page 32

CK AND HIS GUEST PERFORMERS: Page 33

CARTOONS: Pages 33-38

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 203 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 148 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 202 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 147

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

CHESTERFIELD REFUSES TO GIVE PUBLIC RECORD INFORMATION TO ONE PERSON BUT GIVES IT TO ANOTHER: A number of City Council members talked about how transparent the City of Chesterfield is when providing open access to records and meetings. The mayor thought otherwise and wants to introduce legislation to to make sure all information is open. We found out on Tuesday that Chesterfield staff will refuse to give out information to one person asking and then given the same information to another person making the same request. Pages 9-11

THE CENSURE OF THE MAYOR WHO #@&#%!s TOO MUCH: First is our take on the actions of Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation and the censure action against him. This was written on Monday November 2, two days before the censure hearing. We will see if I change my mind after the hearing. Pages 11 & 12

MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL SPEND $20,000 TO TELL US SOMETHING MOST OF US ALREADY KNEW. Here is what happened on Wednesday night in a show to top all area city council meetings since the illegal Ellisville Impeachment trials. We will give you what most news sites won't or can't. Behind the scene letters and detailed statements from all the players. Pages 12-34

A RASH OF BURGLARIES HIT TOWN AND COUNTRY: The daytime burglaries have occurred over the last two weeks from Bopp Road to Woods Mill, all south of Highway 40. Read the details and see the suspects' vehicle. Page 8

PUBLIC HEARING OF MAYOR'S ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY GETS JUST ONE TOUGH QUESTION FROM ALDERMEN. Do you think they are trying to put too much on too small of a piece of property? Pages 1 & 2

WIRTH PROPERTY/TOWN SQUARE WORK SESSION DOESN'T GET INTERESTING UNTIL THE END. ANOTHER ALDERMAN VOICES SUPPORT FOR A RESTAURANT THAT IS PROMISES NOT TO BE POPULAR: Pages 2-5

READER VOTES FOR A DIFFERENT BREED OF DOG: Pages 5 & 6

ABOUT TIME FOR A NEW PHOTO: Pages 6 & 7

THE CITY ATTORNEY'S "NEW LOOK" HAS ME WORRIED ABOUT THE WESTMINSTER LAWSUIT! Page 7

BUSINESS UPDATE: Page 8

THE 89TH DISTRICT ELECTION! There were no surprises. The Republican won, but he got one of the lowest winning margins in recent years in The Land of the GOP. Pages 34-36

MY HALLOWEEN CANDY BACK TO THE FUTURE: Pages 36 & 37

MY WEEK IN MUSIC, BARS, POWEL HALL BRINGS BACK MEMORIES AND A RESTAURANT'S ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY: Pages 37-39

CARTOONS: Pages 40-48

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 202 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 147 COMBINED EDITION

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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.)

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
Westminster Lawsuit, Respondent's Answer, December 14, 2015
Westminster Lawsuit, Return to Writ of Certiorari, November 30, 2015
Principia Lawsuit, October 16, 2015:
Part One
Part Two
Chesterfield Resolution of Censure of Mayor Bob Nation, October, 2015
Chestefield Investigation of Mayor by Special Counsel Kevin O'Keefe, September 9, 2015
Chesterfield/Mayor Bob Nation, Order To Show Cause, October 19, 2015
Westminster Lawsuit, October 14, 2015
Ronald Lee Roberts sentencing recommendation, fraud case, filed January 15, 2015
Shannon Woolsey lawsuit, sexual harassment, Town & Country Police Department, 2013
 
Restaurant Reviews
Listed by date, newest first


Grassi's, 11-12-15


Walnut Grill, 8-26-15


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


Charlie Gittos, 4-4-15


Fast Food for Lent, 3-20-15


McCormick and Schmick's, 3-16-15


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


One 19 North, 2-7-15


Red Lobster, Chesterfield Valley, 1-20-15


Winfield's Gathering Place
1-19-15


Brick Top's, 1-1-15


Rich and Charlie's, 12-9-14


Charlotte's Rib, 12-11-14


Cheshire Inn Thanksgiving Buffet, 11-27-14


Cheeburger Cheeburger
12-9-14


Riverbend, 12-1-14


Scarecrow, 11-25-14


Tuckers, 11-12-14


Country Club, 11-2-14


Mike Duffy's, 10-30-14


Smitty's, 10-29-14


Panda Express, 10-22-14


Kim Cheese, 10-15-14



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


The Hanger, 8-10-14


Annie Gunn's, 2-24-14


Cooper's Hawk, 12-20-13