Category: Crime

Galloway’s audit of Kinloch Fire Protection District finds $98,000 in inappropriate, unsupported spending

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has found missing funds during an audit of a St. Louis County fire protection district. According to Galloway, more than $98,000 in missing funds and unsupported expenditures were found in her audit of the Kinloch Fire Protection District. The audit was initiated after the district failed to comply with a state law that sets requirements for when fire protection districts must obtain an audit. “There must be zero tolerance for the […]

Pedroli claims text proves Confide used to conduct state business

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — During a hearing in the Confide lawsuit against the governor’s office, Mark Pedroli represented evidence he says proves that they used the message destroying app to conduct state business. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem also limited discovery in the Sunshine lawsuit to whether or not the records exist for the time being. He instructed the attorney’s for the governor’s office, Barbara Smith and Robert Thompson, to draft the order. […]

Judge limits scope of discovery in Confide lawsuit to existence of records

Two St. Louis attorneys seeking to get answers into the use of a message-destroying app by former Gov. Eric Greitens and his staff didn’t get much Tuesday. Discovery in a Sunshine Lawsuit against the office of the former governor has been limited to whether or not the records exist for the time being. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem has instructed the attorney’s for the governor’s office, Barbara Smith and Robert Thompson, to draft the […]

What to know ahead of Confide hearing on complying answers from governor’s office

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Two St. Louis attorneys are working to get answers that Attorney General Josh Hawley couldn’t into the use of a message-destroying app by former Gov. Eric Greitens and his staff. In Cole County Court on Tuesday, counsel for the Office of the Governor and Ben Sansone — who filed the open records violation lawsuit against Greitens on behalf of the Sunshine Project — will argue a motion to compel. Mark Pedroli, […]

Hawley sues North County developer for tax credit fraud

ST. LOUIS — Just one day after the city of St. Louis broke off its tax credit deal with St. Louis Developer Paul McKee and his company Northside Regeneration, LLC, the state’s attorney general filed a lawsuit against him. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley on Wednesday sued McKee and his company alleging that Northside received tax credits in the amount of $4.5 million for redevelopment projects in North St. Louis and kept these credits despite failing to complete the […]

Pardon does not allow felons to run for elected office, court rules

Even with a gubernatorial pardon, pleading guilty to a felony renders that person ineligible to run for elected office, according to a ruling handed down by a district appellate court. The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District on Tuesday affirmed the judgement of the Linn County Circuit Court barring Joshua Fay from running for Associate Circuit Judge. Fay, when he was 17-years-old, pled guilty to three felony offenses in February 1995: two counts […]

Barnes urges state to withhold payment for Greitens’ two impeachment attorneys

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri taxpayers should not be on the hook for more than $150,000 in legal fees for two attorneys hired to hold potential impeachment proceeding, according the chairman of the panel investigating then-Governor Eric Greitens. In a letter sent to Office of Administration Commissioner Sarah Steelman on June 11 Rep. Jay Barnes states that Greitens should be held liable for the bills of the lawyers he used for his own personal purposes. […]

St. Louis attorney alleging A New Missouri in violation of state’s nonprofit laws

A St. Louis attorney is asking the Secretary of State’s Office to investigate if a charity tied former Governor Eric Greitens is in violation of Missouri’s law on nonprofit corporations. In a letter sent to the Secretary of State’s Office on June 11, 2018, Elad Gross, an attorney in the city, is alleging that A New Missouri, Inc., is not maintaining a registered office as required under state statute. “A New Missouri, Inc., has failed […]

Stenger signs executive order to “Ban the Box” on St. Louis County employment applications

PHOTO: St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger signs an executive order removing questions about a job candidate’s criminal history from initial applications for employment within county government on Monday at the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. FERGUSON — Potential employees convicted of a crime seeking government employment will no longer have to check the box in St. Louis County. Under an executive order signed Monday at the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, County […]

Jackson County prosecutor declines to file new charges against former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens

KANSAS CITY — Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker will not file criminal invasion of privacy charges against former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. Baker stated that her office did not have sufficient evidence to consider filing new charges in the Greitens case and that corroborating evidence for an invasion of privacy case was still missing. “I’m frustrated, but I also believe this is the right decision based on the facts and the law that we […]