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Ex-Alderman Newsletter 138 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 83

Following The Money In August Election, Church Of The Ninth Chance, Gangs Of T&C Member Update, Connie's Cry For Chinese Horses, Snow Removal & Lots More

August 2, 2014 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read. Among the stories in this edition:

FOLLOW THE MONEY:

The Road Sales tax: It was unusual...after watching the TV commercials for the Road Sales Tax, I was sure the whole thing was being pushed by firefighters and paramedics who did not have safe roads to respond on to emergencies. I was sure Firefighters Local 2665 would have given a huge amount of money to campaign from concerned firefighters and paramedics (tongue firmly in cheek) ... but the millions of dollars was actually coming from construction companies, cement companies, labor unions and civil engineering firms. Take a look for yourself. We have it all listed by the amount given. Pages 12-16

The County Council 7th District Race: It's a Mayor versus an Alderman. When it comes to collecting money Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul is the underdog against Ballwin Alderman Mark Harder. But when it comes to name recognition Paul is the clear winner. Pages 16-19

FARM RIGHTS...The Chinese money that the proponents of the amendment claim does't exist, equal almost a quarter-of-a-million-dollars. Page 16

THE CHURCH OF THE NINTH CHANCE: Bill McClellan likes the Church of the Second Chance, but County Judge David Lee Vincent is apparently a believer in the Church of the Ninth Chance. Pages 1-3

GANGS OF TOWN AND COUNTRY MEMBER PLEADS GUILTY AND GETS HIT WITH A JUDGEMENT: It been a bad summer for Ronald Roberts of N. Topping Estates Drive and a good summer for the public. In June Roberts got hit with a large back taxes judgment and in July he pled guilty to three counts of swindling investors. Pages 3-5

DRACE PARK NEWS: Time telling, soccer practice, the real poop and a new view. Pages 5-8

CONNIE'S CRY FOR CHINESE WAR HORSES: It must be something I missed in history class and regional history books...Chesterfield Valley must have been settled by warriors of from the Ming Dynasty...It is the only reason I can think of why the City should pay $250,000 to Chesterfield Arts for free Chinese war horses. Councilwoman Connie Fults thinks it is a good idea. Pages 8 & 9

NEW PLAN WILL CLEAR THE DRIVEWAYS PLOWED IN BY CITY SNOW PLOWS FOR SOME PEOPLE: Read who would have been eligible for the service and who ended up eligible. Pages 10 & 11

NOMINEE FOR A CHESTERFIELD BOARD TESTIFIES SHE IS NOT SURE WHAT THE BOARD DOES...AND IS THEN APPROVED: Read what Board the retired cooking instructor who enjoys tap dancing will sit on. Page 11

MEDIA WATCH: Someone from Ward-2 in Town and Country is going to be in the paper who wasn't indicted or pleading guilty, but for doing something good. We also looked at three recent articles where the hometown paper got it wrong. Pages 19-24

ARTIST GUILD BACKS OUT OF CHURCH PURCHASE...CITY OF CLAYTON WANTED THEM GONE IN 2013 AND NOW EXTENDS THE $1 LEASE: Page 24 & 25

ANITA ROSAMOND HAS SMITTY'S SATURDAY GIG CANCELLED FOR AT THE LEAST THE SUMMER MAYBE LONGER...WE CATCH HER SINGING CHRISTMAS CAROLS. Pages 24-25

CARTOONS: Pages 26-29

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 138 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 83 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 137 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 82

Traffic Stop Report & Racial Profiling, Following The Money In Current Campaigns & Lots More

July 26, 2014 -- This week's newsletter represents several weeks of work going through statistics compiled by the Missouri Attorney General's Office and the Missouri Ethics Commission. I hope you enjoy it if you don't fall asleep first. We have tried to make it as interesting as possible.

Yes we dissected the annual Missouri Vehicle Traffic Stop Report ... also known as the Missouri Racial Profiling Report and also known as the Driving While Black Report. This year for a change the Post-Dispatch did not have front page expose. Also this year showed that West County communities with Interstate Highways and busy state highways plus popular shopping malls are stopping far fewer blacks than the County's overall population percentage..but they are not stopping enough Asians or Hispanics per the Attorney General's formula. Pages 1-5

FOLLOW THE MONEY: We break down the money coming into the candidates bank accounts. In the case of the County Executive race what kind of money is being spent far away in New York, Washington, DC and San Francisco to get elected in St. Louis. Pages 5-31

STATE REP RACES: See what company that has killed millions of Americans over the last 50 years gave John Diehl $12,000. Do you think they expect Diehl to make sure Missouri continues to have the lowest cigarette taxes in the nation? Compare where the money for Diehl has come from with Eric Al Gerber, Diehl's November opponent whose biggest check so far has come from a lady in Elsah, Illinois. When Al ran against me in 2010 most of his money came from outside the city. Some things don't change. Pages 5-8

SUE ALLEN is running unopposed again, but is still getting money. Rep. DON GOSEN isn't getting a lot. His November opponent, Candace Farmer, doubled her campaign funds when she gave herself $100. Pages 9 & 10

STATE SENATE RACE: Democrat Jill Schupp has been raising money for almost a year now and has $459,287 in the bank. She is getting money from the usual but non-offensive sources, including some labor unions, one Chesterfield home builder and a Town and Country alderwoman.

Meanwhile John Ashcroft, Jr. son of the former governor, senator and U.S. Attorney General entered the Republican race and got a lot of money. The only thing is most of the money is not coming from anywhere near St. Louis. Pages 10-15

COUNTY EXECUTIVE RACE: This is the race where the big money is coming and going. County Executive CHARLIE DOOLEY pocketed a $100,000 from the wife of some guy who likes to play chess. Oddly, a large number of County Employees have given Dooley contribution...I'm sure those weren't solicited or coerced. We found several well known names coughing up four figures for Dooley. See how much the local Major League Baseball team gave Dooley and remember that before you buy another overpriced hot dog.

STEVE STENGER is getting a lot of money from the Firefighter's Union and the Car Dealers in St. Louis County and some not in St. Louis County or even Missouri. The two largest local supermarket chains are giving to different candidates. Read which ones and how much they are getting.

Also read which companies have decided to give to both candidates.

Also both candidates are sending a lot of campaign money out of St. Louis County and the region. Dooley is using more out of state people and companies, but Stenger is spending three times more money outside of the area than Dooley....so much for supporting people and companies in St. Louis County.

We even took a look at the two Republican candidates and found that the frontrunner reminds me of a character from a famous movie.

PAGES 16-31

MUSIC: We saw a couple of our newsletter readers at the Rat Pack Monday Show at the One-19, but the chances are you weren't one of them, so we have some photos. Page 32

TOWN AND COUNTRY ALDERMEN ON VACATION: The Monday July 28 T&C BOA has been canceled. This could be bad news for the Bill to join an international "Greenie" group and do a Carbon Footprint survey. PAGES 32 & 33

SUMMER READING LIST: We share a few of our favorite summer reads. Pages 33-34.

CARTOONS: Pages 34-37

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 137 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 82 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 136 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 81

Carbon Footprint Study Politics, Voice Of The People On Vacation, PD Readers Not Getting Hard News, Street Name Change, Terrible Idea, New School & Lots More

July 20, 2014 -- This issue of the combined Town and Country / Chesterfield Newsletter is a bit lopsided with Town and Country news. But it is understandable since the Chesterfield City Council has effectively taken the last three weeks off. That said...I think even Chesterfield residents will be amused with some of the goings on in Town and Country.

CARBON FOOTPRINT SURVEY TRANSSENDS FROM A WASTE OF MONEY TO HOT BUTTON POLITICAL ISSUE: At the last Board of Aldermen meeting in June a bill to join an international organization that came out of some United Nations policy agenda over 20 years ago was continued indefinitely. However at the next meeting a very similar new bill appeared. Read the issues and why this might not be something municipal government needs to be doing. Pages 1-5

NEW ALDERWOMAN WHO PROMISED TO BE THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE HAS TAKEN HER VOICE 675 MILES AWAY FOR THE SUMMER: Amy Anderson is basically gone for the summer. She dug her in heals on an issue that was a big deal in her ward and now has skipped town. Pages 5 & 6

POST-DISPATCH READERS GET THE "EASY" AND NOT THE "NEWS": Page 6

STREET NAME CHANGE: A bill to change the name of a street in town has me suggesting (somewhat with tongue in cheek) how the city is giving up a famous name for just another everyday name. Pages 7-9

BAD IDEA!!! PARK COMMISSIONER AND PARKS DIRECTOR HAVE COME UP WITH A TERRIBLE IDEA. READ WHAT IT IS AND WHY IT IS BAD: Pages 9-12

GREEN TEAM NOT ONLY WANTS CARBON GAS SURVEY...IT WANTS TO PIT RESIDENTS AGAINST RESIDENTS. Pages 12 & 13

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION BARELY APPROVES PLANS FOR NEW SCHOOL. A nearby resident came up with an answer that two sets of traffic engineers and city officials missed. Read about the two-hours it took to decide the issue, the winning suggestion and the voting. Pages 13-17

ACCESS FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL FIELD WILL BE THROUGH TOWN AND COUNTRY PARK: Pages 17-20

JUNE POLICE SUMMARY: Read what the Town and Country cops were doing in June: Page 20

IRONY IN ART SHOWS: We found some irony between chained and tied up subjects featured in an earlier art show and ones who were free in the latest show at the Longview Farmhouse. See what we mean: Pages 21 & 22

CHESTERFIELD ARTS WITHDRAWS REQUEST FOR CITY TO SPEND $250,000 FOR P.F. CHANG LIKE HORSES THAT HAVE BEEN PLANTED IN FRONT OF THE CITY HALL FOR FOUR YEARS: Read what the reason appears to be for the dropped request. Pages 22 & 23

LOCAL 2665 AND MONARACH FIREFIGHTERS NEED SOME COMMON SENSE BEFORE THEY GO ON THE ATTACK: Pages 23-27

MUSIC: IT'S ANOTHER CHANCE TO HAVE FUN ON A MONDAY NIGHT: Page 27

MEDIA WATCH: Town and Style Magazine continues to have trouble telling Richmond Heights and Rock Hill apart. Page 27 & 28

CARTOONS: Pages 28-32

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 136 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 81 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 135 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 80

Green Team Lies, More On The Chinese Horse Scheme, Prosecutor Can't Find Police Report, Judge Hides DWI File, Elected Officials & Lobbyist Gifts Update & Lots More

July 13, 2014 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read. Among the stories in this edition:

This week we are all over the place...from Town and County to Chesterfield to Ellisville.

GREEN TEAM MEETING REVEALS LIES, SELFISHNESS AND SUGGESTIONS TO DISCRIMINATE IF YOU ARE NOT GREEN ENOUGH: It was an amusing 90 minutes listening to three alderwomen poke holes in the Green Team Commission's push for a two-part Carbon Footprint survey. In one case the chair of the commission admits what he had just repeatedly said was not true. Then a commissioner says he doesn't care if the citizens don't want it or don't care about it, the five commissioners want it and that is all that should matter,  The funs starts on Page 5 and ends on Page 11.

CHESTERFIELD THE CITY HALL ALREADY LOOKS LIKE P.F. CHANG'S WORLD HEADQUARTERS...More suggestions about the Chinese Horses in front of City Hall that an art group thinks the city should give them $250,000 for.  Pages 13 & 14

HOW A LOWLY CITIZEN MANAGED TO GET A POLICE ARREST REPORT THAT A PROSECUTOR AND POLICE OFFICIALS COULD NOT GET: Yes a city prosecutor and a top police official were unable to locate where a DWI arrest occurred or get the police report, which would have proved a Chesterfield cop was correct when he wrote in his report that the guy he had arrested for DWI and Driving While Suspended had just recently been arrested for DWI.  Of course the Chesterfield prosecutor cut a deal where the man does not have any points on his license thanks to reducing one charge to "Illegal Parking", dismissing another and giving a probation term. But someone who has an internet newsletter was able to get the police report. Pages 14-21

ELLISVILLE JUDGE HELPS HIDE DWI CASE BY CLOSING THE COURT FILE TO THE PUBLIC:  In 2013 Ellisville Judge Don Anderson placed Theodore Federer, Jr. on a no-point probation term for DWI on the recommendation of the then city prosecutor Paul Martin despite Federer already being on probation for DWI in Camden County Missouri.  Now Anderson has sealed the court record of a DWI defendant who was arrested for DWI a few months after his arrest in Ellisville. Will the Ellisville Mayor and new council members live up to their pledge to make Ellisville government transparent? Pages 21-23.

SENATORS WHO ARE RAKING IN THE GIFTS AND STATE REPS AND SENATORS WHO SAY NO TO LOBBYISTS:  Two weeks ago we had a list of the State Reps who were accepting the most free stuff from lobbyists.  This week it is the Missouri Senate's turn.  We also list the elected officials from both houses who refused to take a bite of lobbyists' food, a sip of their beverages or a ticket to a sporting event. Pages 25-27

TOWN AND COUNTRY TEAR DOWNS: See the latest on the corner lot of a former service station, two more houses about to be torn down, including a former alderwoman's house and how the house where multiple sex offenses against children occurred has been bulldozed.  Pages 1-4

SEE TOWN AND COUNTRY $1,000 TRASH CANS AND THEIR PERCULIAR LOCATION:  Pages 4 & 5

WHAT'S BEING SAID AT NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS:  We check out what T&C residents say the city's top dog is saying at meetings.  Page 12

THREE MORE THINGS WE COULDN'T HELP BUT NOTICE IN ELLISVILLE: After listening to the Town and Country Green Team Commission I found an amazing increase in the carbon footprint in Ellisville.  We also found an Ellisville politician who kept a promise to a group of people who don't vote and another Ellisville politician who is accepting full pay for only doing 33% of the work. Pages  23-25

LATEST REVIEW NOT KIND TO CHESTERFIELD RESTAURANT: Page 27

TOWN AND COUNTRY REAL ESTATE: Read where one house sold in two days and where three new houses are going up despite the noise.  Page 28

RETAIL: I have an example why Wal Mart is ranked the worst grocery store in America for customer service. Page 29

CHANNEL 4 CLAIMS THEFTS HAPPENED IN TOWN AND COUNTRY WITHOUT CHECKING: KMOV lied in a recent news report as the reporter did not bother to actual contact the police department. Pages 29-31

CARTOONS: Pages 31-34

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 135 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 80 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 134 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 79

Chesterfield Arts Seeks City Funds, MOBAP's Expansion Plans, T&C Resident Back To Prison, Ex-Con's Grass Cutting Bill Goes Up, Fire Truck Runs Into Building & More

July 6, 2014 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read. Among the stories in this edition:

CHESTERFIELD ARTS IS BROKE...IN A DESPERATE MOVE THE ORGANIZATION HAS ASKED THE CITY TO PAY $250,000 FOR THE TWO SECOND HAND HORSES THAT WERE BASICALLY GIVEN TO THE CITY YEARS AGO: Read how the non-profit wants a quarter of million bucks without a business plan in place. It was "We just went broke, but trust us we know what we are doing." Pages 8-13

IF CHESTERFIELD CAN FORK OVER THE MONEY THEY NEED TO QUIT SAYING THEY ARE GETTING SCREWED ON THE SALES TAX POOL! If they buy the horses that they basically already own (isn't possession 9/10ths of the law?) I have a suggestion what they need to spend some extra money on. Pages 13-15

MISSOURI BAPTIST UNIVERSITY'S PLANS FOR FOOTBALL FIELD INCLUDE MORE DEAD TREES AND ACCESS THROUGH TOWN AND COUNTRY'S PRESERVATION PARK: Read what they want and see the plans. Pages 1 & 2

A CLOSER LOOK AT PRESERVATION PARK: Weeds growing out of cracks on the tennis courts, plus a killer volleyball net and a killer set of stairs. The city would rather put up a small sign warning you how dangerous some steps are instead of fixing or removing them. Pages 3-5

ANOTHER TOWN AND COUNTRY RESIDENT HEADS BACK TO HIS OLD HOME WITH THE U.S. BUREAU OF PRISONS: Another resident of Ward 2 will be living elsewhere. Page 6

EX-CON'S GRASS CUTTING BILL GOES UP: Read how much the bill to the city to cut the grass at 1761 Topping has increased: Page 6

YOUR FAMILY PET IMMORTALIZED IN BRONZE FOR A SMALL FIVE FIGURE CONTRIBUTION: Here is your chance to create a lasting memory of your favorite member of the man's best friend club...Famous area sculptor has unique idea to help finance his sculpture. Page 7

ANOTHER CHESTERFIELD ART STUDIO APPEARS TO BE EMPTY: Page 15 & 16

Bus stop, wet day, she's there, I say...Please share my umbrella: See my suggestion for at least one of the new bus stops they plan to spend TDD funds on in Chesterfield. Page 16

FIRE DISTRICT TO EAT FIRE TRUCK VS BUILDING DAMAGE: Page 17

VACATION PHOTOS: Could this newsletter get any more boring...vacation photos...really? Yep...It's just nine photos from our New England, Canadian and Icelandic June vacation. Two weeks ago we shared some music photos...this week it is nine scenery photos. Pages 17-20

MUSIC: Page 21

CARTOONS: Pages 21-25

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 134 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 79 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 133 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 78

Paying For Sex No Worse Than Littering To One North County Prosecutor, Greedy State Reps, Third Arrest In Home Invasion, Budget Sinks Deeper In Red, No-Bid Trash Contract, Citizen Outrage Over Over DWIs, Fire District Updates & Lots More

June 30, 2014 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read. Among the stories in this edition:

NORTH COUNTY CITY PROSECUTOR CONSIDERS PAYING FOR SEX WITH A TEENAGE GIRL MERELY A "LITTERING" OFFENSE: A member of a well known Clayton Law Firm that provides legal services to cities around the area including Town and County jumped at the chance to reduce the Patronizing Prostitution charge against a West County politician to "Littering" in one North County city. Read about it and see the documents. Pages 1-3

LOBBYISTS: Mayor Dalton's new client...a conflict of interest? Page 27

GREEDY STATE REPS LIKE PIGS AT A TROUGH: See which State Reps lead the way of having their hands out for free stuff from lobbyists. Also see the Top 10 most expensive dinners and most expensive tickets, plus the which state rep has received the most dinners worth $100 or more from lobbyists. Pages 28- 31

THIRD ARREST IN TOWN AND COUNTRY HOME INVASION: The police made a third arrest and are awaiting the filing of charges against another suspect in a home invasion in the Thornhill Estates subdivision. Page 4

TOWN AND COUNTRY BUDGET SINKS DEEPER INTO A SEA OF RED: Page 4

NEW ALDERWOMAN STOPS BILL TO WASTE $4,200 IN ITS TRACKS: Read the story how Alderwoman Amy Anderson and a couple of residents turned the sure passage of an unnecessary spending bill at 7 o'clock to it being withdrawn by 7:45. Pages 5-9

READING BETWEEN THE LINES...DALTON WANTS A TOWN SQUARE...WILL HE DETOUR CLAYTON ROAD AROUND A NEW CITY COURTHOUSE? Trying to make sense of the writings of Mayor Dalton in the last newsletter. Pages 9-11

T&C POLICE UPDATE: May police stats and two new officers join force. Page 12

CHESTERFIELD

NO BIDS FOR ANOTHER 7-YEAR TRASH CONTRACT: The new Chesterfield Trash contract...was this good government or did it violate all the basics of good government? Pages 13-15

PETITION ON DOGS PRESENTED TO CITY COUNCIL: The brutal death of a little dog resulted in a petition to the Council about too many dogs. Pages 15 & 16

CHESTERFIELD RESIDENT DETAILS HIS MOVIE MAKING IN TOWN: Page 16

DWI NEWSLETTER CAUSES CITIZENS TO CONTACT ELECTED OFFICIALS: Authorities are having trouble verifying information in police report. Read the report and see if you think the City Prosecutor should have made sure the defendant had no points on his drivers' license. Pages 16-23

FIRE DISTRICT NEWS: Updates from Monarch and West County EMS & FPD. Pages 24-27

TWO FORMER PATCH.COM EDITORS LOSE ANOTHER JOB: Page 32

REAL ESTATE: A house in central Snoburbia just went on the market for $7.5 million. Check out the features and read who the current owner is. 33 & 34

FOOD: It's about time...read what Clayton restaurant featuring hard to eat food and bad reviews finally closed. Page 35

MUSIC: Pages 35 & 36

CARTOONS Pages 36-40

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 133 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 78 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 132 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 77

Head Of Fire District Arrested In Prostitution Sting, Lawyer Charged With Stealing, Thornhill Home Invasion Arrest, Deer-Car Accidents Drop, We Issue An Apology, Peeping Cop's Resignation & Lots More

June 23, 2014 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read. Among the stories in this edition:

HEAD OF WEST CO FIRE DISTRICT ARRESTED FOR TRYING TO HAVE SEX WITH TEENAGE PROSTITUTE: The guy who was in charge of making sure the health, safety and welfare of residents in Town and Country, parts of unincorporated St. Louis County, Manchester and parts of Ballwin apparently isn't so interested in the welfare of people claiming to be female teenagers living in North County. Richard Rognan was arrested 10 months ago after arriving at an apartment where he believed he had been emailing a teenager who he was going to pay $150 for two sex acts. The teenager turned out to be a cop. Read the story behind Rognan's resignation, the police report and how court records can be hard to look at. Pages 14-26

TOWN AND COUNTRY LAWYER AND THE PROBLEMS HE HAS WITH WOMEN WHO ARE THE MOTHERS OF HIS CHILDREN: Local lawyer Scott Ehlermann was recently charged with a felony of stealing adverse documents in a court file about himself. A look at other court actions involving Ehlermann paints an interesting picture. Pages 1-4

ANOTHER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN THORNHILL HOME INVASION...TWO MORE SUSPECTS TO GO...PLUS FIRST SUSPECT'S BROTHERS IN SHOOT OUT WITH COPS: The Martin brothers are having a family reunion at the County Jail. Pages 5 & 6

VEHICLE-DEER ACCIDENTS CONTINUE TO DROP: Read the May report. Pages 6 & 7.

RESIDENTS AGAIN TO PAY TO HARVEST LAWN OF EX-CON DRUG DEALER: Brian Marchant- Calsyn's 3-acre yard at 1761 Topping has again been declared a nuisance and the residents are going to pay to clean it up. Pages 7-9

ANOTHER GAS STATION LEAVES THE FACE OF THE EARTH: The long time service station at the northeast corner of Clayton Road and Ballas Road is no more. Page 9

CHESTERFIELD NEWS

OUR OFFICIAL APOLOGY AND THANKS: Local lawyer, West County EMS Fire District Attorney and Des Peres municipal judge had demanded an apology. We provide it on Pages 10 & 11...we then thank him for pointing out what some might call a continuing conflict of interest. Page 11

PEEING OR PEEPING TOM COP MAKES A FAST RESIGNATION: Read how fast Chesterfield Police Officer David Cerna separated from the department. Also read the official charging documents. Pages 12-14

AFTER 8 YEARS...A HOUSE SELLS: We say goodbye to what used to be a rite of spring...Pages 26 & 27

A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE CONFIRMS WHAT I BELIEVED ABOUT CAR OWNERSHIP BY RICH PEOPLE NORTH OF WASHINGTON, DC AND RICH PEOPLE WEST OF ST. LOUIS: Pages 28 & 29

OLD CARS: Looks at some of the cars at this year's Father's Day Car Show at the Museum of Transportation. Pages 29-31

MUSIC: SEE AND READ ABOUT SOME INTERESTING MUSICIANS AND SOME ANNOYING ONES WE MEET OVER TWO WEEKS IN JUNE: Pages: 31-33

CARTOONS: Pages 34-39

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 132 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 77 COMBINED EDITION

Drunks & Thieves,
Summer 2014, Part 2

June 16, 2014 -- It's time for John's semi-annual look at how well, or how poorly, the courts are doing. Among the stories in Drunks & Thieves, Summer 2014 edition, Part 2:

DRUNK DRIVER COMING HOME FROM STRIP CLUB PICKS UP SECOND DWI...STILL NO RECORD OF CONVICTION: Ballwin resident and local Schnukcs butcher hires a nearby municipal judge and gets Chesterfield Prosecuting Attorney to ignore the fact it was his second DWI in months. He leaves the courthouse with no points. Read the alarming details. Pages 1-to-3.

DRUNK 18-YEAR-OLD JOKING WITH PARAMEDICS WAITING FOR COPS TO ARRIVE: He admitted to the police officer he was speeding and drunk when he overturned his car on Eatherton Road, plus his blood test drawn at the hospital showed his BAC to be 16%. But that was not good enough for the Chesterfield Prosecutor who dropped the DWI charge and reduced another charge to illegal parking. Pages 4 & 5.

GOOD SAMARITAN RETURNS STOLEN AMERICAN DOLL BEFORE THIEF CAN LOAD IT INTO HIS CAR...SO THE SUSPECTS STEALS ANOTHER: When a thief had his back turned a good citizen saw an expensive American Doll sitting on the parking lot. They picked it up and returned it to the store thinking someone drove off without it. What's a thief to do? Read what: Pages 5-8

DRUNK 21-YEAR-OLD CHESTERFIELD MAN WRECKS CAR AND THEN HIDES IN NEARBY BUSHES: However like most 21-year-olods he does answer his cell phone. He was speeding and wrecked and car, he fled the scene or an accident and his BAC level was .17%. City prosecutor Tim Englemeyer was not interested in protecting tyhe public or getting a convict and dropped the DWI to a lesser charge and dropped the leaving the scene of an accident all together. Instead of getting 26 points on his drivers' license he got 2 and no DWI conviction. Read the facts on pages 8 & 9.

DEFENSE ATTORNEY TAKES A PLEA BARGIN INSTEAD OF TRIAL ... UNAWARE THE ARRESTING OFFICER HAD QUIT AND TAKEN A JOB IN ANOTHER STATE: Pages 10 & 11.

TOWN AND COUNTRY JUDGE CONVICTS MAN WHO MOVED CASE TO THE CIRCUIT COURT AND THEN DID NOT SHOW UP: A second time DWI defendant did not get off easy in Town and Country after he moved the case to the Circuit Court and then did not show up. Read how not to try and manipulate the system and how someone got a 12 point DWI conviction.

TOWN AND COUINTRY PROSECUTOR DROPS DRIVING WHILE REVOKED CHARGES AGAINST TOWN AND COUNTRY MAN WHO IS FACING HIS THIRD DWI: His license is revoked for past DWIs and failing to take breath tests. The Town and Country cops have a felony DWI charge against him that has been pending for 20 months. They then caught former financial advisor Gary Siegfried speeding and driving on a revoked license. Read what city prosecutor Brian Malone did to protect the citizens from a habitual drunk driver. Also read about all the unpaid civil judgments for fraud against Siegfried. Pages 12-14.

SPECIAL REMINDER: We never have any social or entertainment news with our West County criminal justice newsletters. We are making an exception this time. Page 14

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S
DRUNKS & THIEVES, SUMMER 2014, PART 2

Drunks & Thieves,
Summer 2014, Part 1

June 9, 2014 -- It's time for John's semi-annual look at how well, or how poorly, the courts are doing. Among the stories in Drunks & Thieves, Summer 2014 edition, Part 1:

OFF DUTY POLICE OFFICER HELPS TOWN AND COUNTRY MAKE A DWI ARREST: For the suspect it was his second in three years. Page 1 & 2

TOWN AND COUNTRY RESIDENT GETS THIRD DWI CONVICTION: The resident pled to a Felony DWI and received probation. Pages 2 & 3

BALLWIN WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DRUNK DRIVING PUTS UP A FIGHT AND THEN IMPLIES SHE HAS NOT WATCHED A COP SHOW ON TV INTHE LAST 30 YEARS. Pages 3-5

FORMER WEBSTER GROVES COP IS ARRESTED TWICE IN SIX WEEKS FOR DWI: Former cop gives arresting officer a head full of crap. We have photos of the car weaving off the road and quotes. Pages 5-10

COUNTY JUDGE GIVES MAN DOING 96 MPH NO POINTS OR FINE: Pages 10 & 11

SCOFFLAW WITH NO LICENSE OR INSURANCE GIVES FALSE INFORMATION AT ACCIDENT AND LEAVES. Chesterfield Police did a nice job of investigating a delayed accident report only to have the suspect not show up for court and evade arrest for four years. Once he was arrested the prosecutor drops or reduces most of the charges he had racked up. Pages 11-13

A MAN WITH A RESTRICTED LICENSE DUE TO A DWI PULLS UP TO A DWI CHECKPOINT: I think you know the rest. Pages 13-15

63-YEAR-OLD MAN LIVING WITH PARENTS, USES CAR OWNED BY PARENTS TO GO TO CHESTERFIELD AND STEAL AT THE MALL: The thing is he was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2002 for robbery only to be out stealing in Chesterfield in 2013. Pages 15-17

UPDATES: WE CHECKED UP ON SOME RECENT FAVORITES FROM PAST DRUNKS AND THIEVES NEWSLETTERS.

PART TWO OF DRUNKS AND THIEVES WILL BE POSTED IN ABOUT A WEEK

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S
DRUNKS AND THIEVES, SUMMER 2014, PART 1

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 131 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 76

T&C Arrest, Arts Commission, New Elementary School, Poison Ivy, Drace Park, More Suspects In Home Invasion, More Changes For Fire & Ice, Ex-Con's Tall Grass, Tax Pool Controversy Continues, Bank Fraud Sentence & Lots More

June 2, 2014 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is chock full of news that you will not see West Magazine or Town and Style Magazine. We have loads of breaking news about events and issues in Town & Country and in Chesterfield.

TOWN AND COUNTRY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WITH GUN: Page 1

T & C ARTS COMMISSION HAS LOCATIONS FOR TROVA MODERN ART NOW LOOKING FOR "MONEY BAGS" See where the art is going and what else is being planned. Pages 2-4

NUNS LOOKING TO SELL LAND TO CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL...BUT PRESENTATION TO THE CITY PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION IS SADLY LACKING IN TRAFFIC FACTS: Read about the school and their plans and what they failed to present. Pages 5-11

POISON IVY IN CITY PARKS REMINDS ME OF 1960 MATH PROFESSOR AND SONG WRITER: Pages 11 & 12

MORE DRACE PARK NEWS...See when the $195,000 log cabin work is to start in Drace Park and how the city is spending $10,000 to keep an eye on the park. Pages 12 & 13

TWO MORE SUSPECTS IDENTIFIED IN THORNHILL HOME BREAK-IN, ASSAULT AND CAR THEFT. Pages 13 & 14

MORE CHANGES FOR FIRE AND ICE: Hey where do you think you are going with that plastic up on wine? See new restrictions set for the community fireworks show. Pages 14-16

THE HIGH GRASS OF THE EX-CON DRUG DEALER PLUS A NEW JUDGMENT: See the new photos and court records. Pages & 18

TOO MANY DEER CAN LEAD TO FRAUD: See what is happening in the ground zero area of over population of deer. Page 19

CHESTERFIELD NEWS

COUNCILMAN WANTS CITY TO INVESTIGATE POSITION OF MUNI LEAGUE ON POOL TAX AND CONSIDER WITHDRAWING FROM THE LEAGUE...ALSO HE WANTS TO OPPOSE THE CITY-COUINTY MERGER: Read the details and how one councilman is annoyed and another is not sure. Pages 20-23

AUDITOR GIVES CITY BOOKS AN A+: Page 23

CITY WANTS TO USE TDD MONEY TO BUY BUS SHELTERS...THEY JUST CAN'T ANSWER THE HOW MANY AND WHERE QUESTIONS: Pages 23-25

CHESTERFIELD RESIDENT SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR BANK FRAUD: We wonder where he is going to come up with the $6-million he has been ordered to repay a bank. Pages 25 & 25

CHESTERFIELD VALLEY RESTAURANT ASKED FOR ROOFTOP DINING: The proposal has been made but no other action had happened. See which restaurant and what the view would be: Page 27

CHESTERFIELD ARTS ANNOUNCED MOVE TO TAUBMAN PRESTIGE OUTLET MALLS IS OFF: Pages 29-31

JUST WHEN WE THOUGHT THE CLARKSON VALLEY SOLAR PANEL WAR WAS OVER...IT WASN'T: Chesterfield's neighbor, with no retail tax revenue is using money partially generated by Chesterfield retail sales to pursue a legal battle over solar panels they can't win. Read the latest details...Pages 32-34

THE STUPID FILES FROM THE AREA'S LARGEST SUPERMARKET: Pages 34 & 35

MUSIC: WHAT WE HEARD LAST WEEK AND WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT WEEK Pages 36 & 37

CARTOONS Pages 38-40

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 131 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 76 COMBINED EDITION

 
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