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Ex-Alderman Newsletter 167 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 112

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE TEXTING FIRE CHIEF: Page 8

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

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

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

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

FORMER ALDERMAN MOVING OUT OF TOWN: Pages 17 & 18

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

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

RESCUE TRUCK SALE COULD BACKFIRE ON FIREFIGHTERS UNION: Page 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 166 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 111

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

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

CRIME WRAP UP:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CARTOONS: Pages 31-34

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

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 165 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 110

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

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

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

JANUARY POLICE ACTIVITY AND DEER ACCIDENT LOCATIONS: Page 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 164 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 109

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 163 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 108

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

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

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

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

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

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

PARKING TICKET SCAM: Page 12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CARTOONS: Pages 26-32

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

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 162 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 107

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WARD 3 RACE DOWN TO TWO CANDIDATES: Page 20

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

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

THE INVISIBLE MAN VOTE: Page 25

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

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

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

MUSIC: Page 31

CARTOONS: Pages 31-35

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

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 161 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 106

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

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

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

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

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

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

WATCH THE GROWING 2015 CITY DEFICIT: Page 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CARTOONS: Pages 28-33

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

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 160 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 105

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CARTOONS: Pages 32-40

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

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 159 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 104

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

OVERNIGHT HOUSE BURGLARY OFF OF MASON ROAD: Page 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHRISTMAS SHOWS FROM MUSIC TO TRAINS: Pages 28-31

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

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

Drunks and Thieves
December 2014, Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE PROBLEM AND SOLUTION: Pages 25 & 26

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

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Drunks and Thieves
December 2014, Part 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


One 19 North, 2-7-15


Red Lobster, Chesterfield Valley, 1-20-15


Winfield's Gathering Place
1-19-15


Brick Top's, 1-1-15


Rich and Charlie's, 12-9-14


Charlotte's Rib, 12-11-14


Cheshire Inn Thanksgiving Buffet, 11-27-14


Cheeburger Cheeburger
12-9-14


Riverbend, 12-1-14


Scarecrow, 11-25-14


Tuckers, 11-12-14


Country Club, 11-2-14


Mike Duffy's, 10-30-14


Smitty's, 10-29-14


Panda Express, 10-22-14


Kim Cheese, 10-15-14


Miller's Crossing, 10-3-14



Harpo's, 9-26-14



Lester's, 9-18-14


Mongolian BBQ, 9-11-14


Talayna's, 8-29-14


Circle 7 Ranch, 8-24-14


Mia Sorella, 8-17-14


The Hanger, 8-10-14


Annie Gunn's, 2-24-14


Cooper's Hawk, 12-20-13
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DRUNKS AND THIEVES: WINTER 2013 PART 2, DECEMBER 31, 2013
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Brett Cervantes

DWI, 3-29-13

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Jon Dalton, Jr.

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Dan McLaughlin

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