Author: Ben Striker

St. Charles judge sets date for hearing to decide whether Trakas stays as councilman

A hearing to determine whether 6th District St. Louis County Councilman Ernie Trakas, R-Oakville, has violated a county charter has been set by a St. Charles Circuit Judge. The proceeding is scheduled for June 28 at 9 a.m. in front of Judge Daniel Pelikan. A St. Charles County special prosecutor in April asked the St. Louis County courts to remove Trakas from his position, deeming that he violated the county charter by working for three area […]

Mantovani campaign disputes poll showing Stenger lead in race for St. Louis County Executive, research group stands by results

A St. Louis County Executive challenger is disputing a new poll that showed him losing to his incumbent opponent in the Democratic primary election race. The poll, conducted by Remington Research Group on behalf of nonpartisan Missouri Scout and released Saturday, showed current County Executive Steve Stenger leading Mark Mantovani, a lawyer and former CEO and chairman of the marketing firm Ansira, by 35 points — 50 percent to 15 — and about 28 percent still undecided. The poll […]

St. Louis County Police Department rolls out Special Response Unit

A new police force tasked with assisting communities all over St. Louis County is officially on patrol. St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, along with St. Louis County Police Chief Colonel Jon Belmar, announced Tuesday that the St. Louis County Police Special Response Unit (SRU) is beginning operations in Northwoods. The new unit, funded by the public safety sales tax Proposition P, will emphasize community policing and feature two-officer patrol cars going out on the […]

St. Louis County attorneys remain persistent in Confide lawsuit against former Gov. Eric Greitens

Though he officially vacated the office of governor Friday, Eric Greitens’ legal troubles are far from over. Two St. Louis County attorneys are pushing forward on what they say is the now former governor’s violation of the state’s open records laws. Mark Pedroli and Ben Sansone are neighbors in the city of Des Peres who first teamed up to fight a development proposal in their neighborhood back in 2016. When Sansone and Pedroli requested a trial […]

Stenger, Krewson to meet with new Missouri Governor Mike Parson

New Republican Missouri Governor Mike Parson will take time out of his first week in office to meet with local elected officials from the St. Louis area. In a press conference held in North St. Louis County Tuesday, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger said he is set to meet with Parson and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson in Jefferson City Wednesday. “We’ve already had some communications with his office and we’re going to be […]

POLL: Stenger leads challenger in St. Louis County Executive race

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger holds a significant lead over his Democratic primary election opponent, according to a poll released Saturday. The survey, conducted by Remington Research Group on behalf of nonpartisan Missouri Scout, showed Stenger leading challenger Mark Mantovani, a lawyer and former CEO and chairman of the marketing firm Ansira, by 35 points — 50 percent to 15 — with Bill Ray, a real estate agent from University City who recently withdrew from the race, pulling […]

BREAKING: Missouri Governor Eric Greitens announces resignation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s Republican Governor Eric R. Greitens is stepping down from office amidst multiple investigations concerning sexual misconduct and campaign finance violations, though he maintains his innocence. The second-year governor on Tuesday announced that he would leave office effective Friday, June 1, elevating current Lt. Gov. Mike Parson to the vacant seat. “Today I am announcing that I will resign as Governor of Missouri effective Friday, June 1 at 5 p.m.,” Greitens […]

Campaign donation limits would apply to all city races under legislation introduced by St. Louis Board of Aldermen

Donors to local candidate campaigns would be banned from giving contributions larger than $2,600 under legislation introduced at the St. Louis Board of Aldermen meeting Friday. Board Bill 35, introduced by Alderwoman Cara Spencer, 20th Ward, would amend a current city ordinance to acknowledge newly passed state maximum limits on campaign contributions and decrease maximum limits on campaign contributions for local elections. “This is just an issue of good governance,” Spencer said. “We have got […]

Former lead investigator in Greitens’ invasion of privacy case invokes 5th amendment during deposition

A former St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office investigator who looked into the invasion of privacy charges against Governor Eric Greitens invoked his fifth amendment right during a deposition Thursday morning. William Don Tisaby, a former FBI agent hired by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner to help with the case, refused to answer questions at Carnahan Courthouse, prompting defense lawyers to call for the exclusion of evidence, interviews and anything Tisaby touched in the felony […]

Wellbridge Athletic Club & Spa plans move into Centene expansion in downtown Clayton

Wellbridge Athletic Club & Spa has requested a conditional use permit to move from its current location into Centene Corporation’s headquarters in downtown Clayton. According to new applications filed with the city of Clayton Tuesday, Wellbridge plans to move from its current location at 7620 Forsyth Blvd., into a 40,000 square-foot space at 7676 Forsyth, which is part of Centene’s $770 million expansion. The Clayton Plan Commission and Architectural Review Board is expected to conduct a […]