|Judge Carter Weds A Couple|
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Michael Carter Files for Judge, Says Wentzville's Court Cannot and Will Not Be Treated Like A Cash Register for the City.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Former City Judge Says "O'fallon Driving While Distracted Ordinance Likely Unenforceable" O'Fallon Throws Ordinance At Community To See If It Will Stick.
|Checking Your Blind Spot Could Potentially|
Get You A Ticket In O'Fallon Missouri
For Distracted Driving Says Former Judge
|Judge Mike Carter|
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Liking Specific Points (“ReallyLike”) Within A Picture Optimizes Viewer Expression, Sentiment and Interaction With Shared Photos – Drives Social Network Evolution
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Monday, November 24, 2014
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
"Missouri's Legislature is Overwhelmingly Republican and so is St. Charles County. ~73% of St. Charles County voters banned traffic cameras -- so should the state legislature," says former red-light camera judge.
Friday, October 31, 2014
|Rep Bryan Spencer|
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Seeing Red? Vote YES To Ban Red Light Cameras
EDITORIAL CORNER BY ATTORNEY MICHAEL CARTER
|Attorney Michael E. Carter|
Eight Plaintiffs Charging Sexual Harassment In $5 Million Law Suit Against St. Charles County Election Authority Director Rich Chrismer; Trial After Election?
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
One questioner asked, "Why hasn't Darren Wilson been indicted . . .;" and
another yelled, "what about the media . . . will the media be allowed in the streets;" and
yet another claimed that "police attacked women and children last night . . ;" while
someone else chimed, "why can't these officers be in front of all these businesses . . . instead of putting a curfew on these people?"
Is President Obama -- who was inarguably elected in part because of his perceived place in American History as a racial unifier -- the only person who has any hope of taking a terrible situation and turning it into something possibly positive as opposed to what currently has the very scary echoes of George Wallace at the school house in 1963?
It seems clear that only the current President of the United States who had a black father and white mother can come to this small town in Missouri and try to restore order within a city population that is nearly half black and half white. What better stage could our extremely symbolic president have to show that the United States truly is ready for cross-racial unity and acceptance of a more and more diverse population, THAN the the Ferguson Missouri backdrop that appears to be a microcosm reflecting America's often-ignored great racial divide?
This past week in Ferguson, America has seen primarily white police forces and white executive office holders try to deal with a primarily black population of protesters that are upset by the killing of a black Michael Brown by suspected-white police officer Darren Wilson. Even the white politicians noticed this and so they recently brought in a black highway patrolman who hails from the Ferguson area to try a new approach to crowd control. However, black Ferguson protesters have apparently seen this for what it is -- a ploy by white people in power to pacify a black population that clearly thinks that whites in power treat blacks as if blacks somehow have less rights than whites.
Clearly no one has discovered it, but amidst all of the Ferguson chaos there lurks an opportunity for SOMEONE to bring reasonable citizens of America together in a much needed way.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Red Light Camera Opponents Score Another Victory As Attempt To Gut St. Charles County Ballot Measure Fizzles
Friday, August 1, 2014
Dear Fellow Citizens:
On May 8th of this year, as a public service, I sent a letter to the citizens of St. Charles County asking them to support a county-wide red light camera ban. The bill offers voters an opportunity to end red light cameras in the county once and for all. I am writing again, this time to update you on the status of the red light camera bill, and to share with you information about other important measures which will appear on the August 5th election ballot.
For those who were able to attend the council meeting and offer their support of the ban I would like to offer my thanks. The St. Charles County Council gave a nearly unanimous vote to place the red light camera ban amendment on the November 4, 2014 ballot. While I wish the ban had been placed on the August 5th ballot to vote on, I am still happy that we prevailed and the citizens will have the opportunity to vote.
Included in this letter is a copy of the United States Constitution. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine.The 6th Amendment of the Constitution guarantees your right to a speedy trial and the right to confront witnesses against you. When a camera machine is the only witness to the alleged violation however, it makes a cross-examination rather difficult. A Red Light Camera has a limited view of the incident (about 100 degree field of view), whereas a police officer can have a complete view of the incident (360 degrees) and use his or her discretion.
Politicians who favor Red Light Cameras often do so under the guise of increased traffic safety. But according to the St. Peters Police Department, the rate of accidents and injuries have increased over 30% at those intersections in St. Peters where Red Light Cameras are installed. A study by the Federal Highway Administration also indicated that rear-end collisions increase as a result of Red Light Cameras -- ultimately offsetting any other potential collision reductions. The primary reason for the cameras is as a money grab by local politicians.
While the Red Light Camera issue will not be on the ballot August 5th, there are eight county and statewide amendmentsincluding one to increase sales taxes by ¾ of a cent.
I have enclosed a short summary of the eight issues which you can use to study, mark how you intend to vote, and take with you to the polls to keep the myriad of issues on the ballot straight. If I can answer any questions about the Red Light Camera issue, or any other matter, please feel free to contact me. Thank you.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
St. Charles County, MO, July 24, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
St. Charles Attorney Mike Carter Curious About Possible MoDOT Use Of Public Resources To Promote Campaign For Amendment 7
Are These MoDOT Signs Promoting A Tax Increase? Pictures Taken Near Highways 44 & 55
It is supposed to be against the Missouri Constitution to use taxpayer dollars or public resources to promote political campaigns. So, St. Charles Attorney Michael E. Carter is curious as to whether the Missouri Department of Transportation is doing just that by using electronic roadway information signs to convey the message, “Fix Our Roads & Bridges.” (See picture insert)
“Government bodies sometimes seem to skirt the law by conducting what they like to call public informational campaigns that don’t advocate voting one way or the other,” explained Carter. “But the MoDOT type construction signs we've been seeing in the metro area don’t have much in the way of public information. Instead they seem to admonish the public to fix our roads and bridges. MoDOT would certainly take a dim view of individuals taking it upon themselves to make highway repairs, and as they seemingly don’t have to remind themselves that they are the ones who fix highways, one can only conclude this is advocacy for Amendment 7.”
Amendment 7 is a ¾ cent sales tax which will appear on the August 5thballot. Carter said he believes the public should be free to make up its own mind on the issue without public resources being used to persuade them.
"If this construction-type signage is being done by MoDot, we must remember that those signs belong both to people who support this tax increase and also to those people who don’t support the issue. It is unfair to use the money and resources given collectively to support public improvements and services to be used for political advocacy,” stated Carter. He further added that if these are construction-company-owned signs, they should not be using universally accepted governmental traffic construction type signs to promote tax increases under the color of traffic control authority.
Carter also pointed out that MoDOT routinely has to take down the signs of politicians and individuals who put up signs on the public rights of way. “To turn around and then put up their own version of a campaign sign (or allow them) on the public right of way, using public equipment, and public employees would be cause for great concern."
Mike Carter is an independent minded citizen attorney who values freedom from governmental intrusion above nearly all else.
Contact: Dixon 636-916-4040 firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, May 12, 2014
For Immediate Release
St Charles County, MO, May 13, 2014 -- Tonight the St Charles County Council expanded comment time limits for a local law firm that attempted to create a historical narrative of the genesis and intent of the county charter of St Charles County.
This is very uncommon and appeared to be prompted by St Peters Mayor Len Pagano. The city used that same local law firm to to draft St. Peters' red-light camera ordinance which was found to be in conflict with state law by Judge Ted House in St Charles County Circuit Court.
No other speaker used nearly as much time as the law firm representative. Also, only a limited amount of citizens were allowed to speak due to time constraints. Many in attendance would have rather had more individual speakers rather than a 25 minute session for a law firm during the "public comments" section of the council meeting. All subsequent speakers were restricted to three minutes a piece after the special protracted time grant by the council.
Both St Peters and the law firm likely aren't pleased that St Peters' red-light camera ordinance failed under the scrutiny of the courts just a few months ago. That ruling is on appeal with the help of the same local firm. The city having relied on the failed ordinance has now began assessing points to alleged red-light violators within St Peters.
Conventional wisdom is that red-light camera vendors and cities do not want points assessed for two reasons: 1) most citizens pay closer attention to violations that can suspend their licenses based on the accumulation of points on their driving record and so there is more resistance to just "paying the fine" as a nuisance value and you can't simply give citations to the "owner" of a car for matters that involve "points" (this brings revenue down too); AND 2) once several unaware drivers DO start receiving suspension notices from the DOR that their license is going to be suspended or revoked for allegedly running red-light camera intersections in St Peters there will then be a lot if kick back from what would have otherwise been just drivers "aggravated" by a fine yet unaffected by point accumulation.
With regard to the legality of the proposed countywide charter amendment to ban red-light cameras; the St Peters City lawyer on hand would commit to no words stronger than "could violate the spirit of the charter" and at one point said that it is actually completely legal to amend the county charter (under Executive Ehlmann's questioning -- a former legislator, judge, and historian) .
Mayor Pagano compared his city to a neighborhood association and how certain communities wish to protect their local interests similar to the county's relationship with his city.
However, District 3 County Council candidate Michael E Carter in attendance found Pagano's analogy odd and said, "first of all, neighborhood associations don't invite everyone throughout the county to come visit their neighborhood like St Peters does it's mall, businesses, schools and other services; by near necessity, non-St Peters residents are constantly in St Peters and do have a say about public roads in and out of all the municipalities like St Peters. And, you bet your bottom if a neighborhood association within St. Peters' city limits decided it would ignore St. Peters' housing codes because their community wanted to do so; well, let's just say the mayor wouldn't allow it."
In the end - after quite a few legislative gymnastics - Councilman Brazil was able to get a nearly unanimous YES vote from the council (only Councilman Cronin abstained) to place the red-light camera ban amendment on the November 4, 2014 ballot for consideration of voters throughout St Charles County.
Contact. Cronin/Dixon 636-916-4040 email@example.com
Thursday, May 8, 2014
New Wentzvillian Watching What Goes On In Missouri State Capitol As Special Interest Bill To Help Red Light Camera Industry Considered
|Senator Dempsey (R)|
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Tonight's elections throughout St. Charles County brought several surprises. The St. Charles County Ambulance District got its Proposition E to pass with a large ~58% (~19,000 votes) to ~41% (~13,000 votes)
voter approval. The new 11 cent property tax is reported to increase a real estate property's tax bill by $42 on a home worth $200,000.00. The success of the measure will create a couple more ambulance bases, fill currently vacant positions and allow for the first district employees' raise in some three years.
Perhaps the most surprising -- but closer -- race was between Alderman-elect Linda Wright and current Wentzville Alderman Rick Stokes. Again, reported polling had Alderman Stokes ahead by a few percentage points throughout this aldermanic election cycle. However,
Linda Wright looks to have won the seat by some 55 votes. The margin of victory is nearly 8 percent and so should not trigger an automatic recount however. The New Wentzvillian left a message for Ms. Wright, but has not heard word from her.
Many Wentzville pundits point to Mayor Guccione's and Missouri Representative Bryan Spencer's open endorsements of Wright and Hussey as significant catalysts to their victories. Some say that a New Wentzvillian article that circulated throughout Wentzville may have had an impact as well. The story involved Alderman Stokes interaction with citizen Jason Johns in the parking lot of Buffalo Wild Wings about a year or so ago. The piece included statements from Alderman Stokes and a server that works for Buffalo Wild Wings. Mr. Johns posted his version of events as comments on blogs about the story.
Wentzville's Mayor Guccione said "Wright and Hussey's hard work, deep commitment, concern for Wentzville and resumes are what allowed them to prevail. I welcome them to the board."
Grand Master and Alderman-elect Michael Rhoades will take over Wentzville Alderman Sonya Shryock's Ward 2 seat. Shryock did not run for re-election and Rhoades was unopposed.
Former Cottleville Mayor Don Yarber was unable to capture an aldermanic seat in his Ward 2 run. Donald Buchheit will take the seat instead with a an impressive 173 to 99 vote victory.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Alderman Stokes Argues With and Almost Hits Patron, Drives Off After Three Double Jacks, Says Server
The “Buffalo Wild Wings incident” has been a topic of interest for a while in the City of Wentzville. The New Wentzvillian posted an article months ago seeking more information.
Until the past couple of days, the New Wentzvillian received only soft information. However, we recently obtained versions of events from both Alderman Stokes and the Buffalo Wild Wings server.
The loose outline of events has always been that, while on a visit to Buffalo Wild Wings, Alderman Stokes was belligerent, impolite, intoxicated, nearly got into a fight, almost hit someone with his car, and then talked the police into letting him drive home from the parking lot without issue
|Alderman Rick Stokes|
Stokes says this isn’t true and that he had some food, a drink, but then a ruffian of sorts confronted him in the parking lot for no reason.
The server says that on the night in question, some of Wentzville's aldermen came in to their“place of employment,” Buffalo Wild Wings.“One of them was Mr. Stokes who ordered a double shot of Jack Daniels with Sprite turned to me and said, ‘Could you maybe make this drink right?’”
The server says they then asked Mr. Stokes “what was wrong with” his drink so that it could be corrected. Allegedly, he replied with an “annoyed tone, ‘Well, I asked for a double shot of Jack with Sprite so could you put the Jack in with some sprite?’ and winked” at the server.
Stokes says that “we were eating, so, it wasn’t like a drink fest; we were there, we ate and ah ya know, we had a cocktail and a way we go.”
The server said it seemed that the entire “evening consisted of the
aldermen making it seem like I was a huge inconvenience to them.”
Stokes says that is “personal opinion; I can say anyone’s rude and obnoxious, that’s a personal opinion.”
Once the visit came to a close, Alderman“Stokes came out of the bathroom and walked outside. I watched as another one of my customers walked outside right after Mr. Stokes,” says the server.
The server “had a bad feeling and also realized at that time that Mr. Stokes was going to be driving and then thought back on the three drinks I served him. All three were double shots of Jack Daniels with Sprite.”
The server was very uncomfortable with how much Mr. Stokes had imbibed and so went to the front doors of the building to check on things.The server noted a seemingly civil conversation between two men in the parking lot.
“I turned around for maybe a total of three seconds to see if my customer’s wife was coming and when I turned back around to face outside, Mr. Stokes began to pull out of his parking spot while the other customer was still standing there and got extremely close to the customer.”
The server says “I did not witness the vehicle actually hitting the man because I immediately turned around and called for his wife.”
Stokes says that the other patron was a younger man who threatened Strokes with physical harm, so Stokes was forced to call the police from the parking lot. “When the police arrived, they began to question both of the men,” says the server.
The server went outside and asked to speak to one of the officers when they were finished. When the officer came inside, the server told him “that my only concern was that everyone arrived to wherever they were going safely. I also explained to the officer how much Mr. Stokes had drank and that I felt that they should check to make sure that he was okay to drive. I told the male officer this before Mr. Stokes had left.”
The server goes on to say that “my biggest problem with this entire situation is that, to my knowledge, the officers did not check Mr. Stokes in any way to make sure he was okay to drive.”
Whereas Stokes says that he left a board meeting at approximately: “10:15 I was in a Board of Alderman Meeting and the time of my call to the police is about 11:15.” Stokes intimates that this time frame means that the server’s allegations about drinks simply do not add up.
The Wild-Wings employee adds that Stokes “did not appear intoxicated but I also know, because of my job as a server, that a person can appear to be sober while being well over the legal limit to drive.”
Lastly, the server says that Alderman Stokes was especially disrespectful and wants someone to know how some aldermen act and “that there are people out there that feel disrespected.”
As a final quote, Stokes says that “I wish that the entire police report were open and everyone could see for themselves what took place.”