Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The City of St. Charles and the Ameristar Casino could be excluded from any future country-wide smoking ban if the city were to create its own health department if a bill making the rounds in Jefferson City gets approval.
A new bill making its way through the Missouri legislature could allow St. Charles to exclude the city and Ameristar Casino from any future county-wide smoking ban if the city set up its own health department, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting. According to that report, the bill, which recently won State House of Representatives committee approval and was requested by St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith, would add St. Charles to a list of cities that state law exempts from county health regulations if they organize their own municipal health departments. Meanwhile, members of the St. Charles City Council are moving forward with an ordinance to ban smoking in the city. The city council, along with Mayor Sally Faith, will host a series of …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Police say Shaun Shroyer was supposed to take care of the girl for the evening, but instead gave her alcohol and had sexual contact with her.
A Troy man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison following an incident on April 29 when he provided a teen with alcohol and had sex with her in the Ameristar Casino parking garage, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. In April 2012, St. Charles Police said Shaun M. Shroyer, 38, of Troy, had sex with the victim, who was under the age of 17, in the back seat of his car in the garage. The police report said Shroyer was supposed to take care of the girl for the evening, but instead gave her alcohol and had sexual contact with her. Shroyer admitted to police he took the girl from hotel property, bought alcohol and was alone with her. He told police the girl had a crush on him “and would not leave him alone,” according to the police report. …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
St. Charles lawmaker Bill Otto introduced a bill that would prohibit casinos from being subject to smoking laws that a casino within 75 miles are not subject to.
It's all or none when it comes to smoking in casinos. At least, that's the way Missouri State Rep. Bill Otto, D-St. Charles, wants it. Otto introduced a bill—House Bill 509—to mebers of the Missouri State House of Representatives that would prohibit casinos from being subject to smoking laws that a casino within 75 miles are not subject to. Essentially, Otto is aiming for a fair playing field. From a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report: Otto says he wants to keep one area casino from gaining a temporary advantage over another. Eventually, he said, he expects that all local communities in the St. Louis area will enact bans on smoking in casinos, bars and other public places with few exemptions, although he opposes such restrictions on …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Deal must still be approved by share-holders.
Pinnacle Entertainment, which owns River City Casino and Lumiere Place in St. Louis, plans to purchase Ameristar Casinos. The company announced today in a press release that Pinnacle will buy the shares of Ameristar for $26.50 per share, and will take on $1.9 billion in debt. The deal must be approved by Ameristar shareholders. Ameristar currently has eight casino-hotel properties, including one in St. Charles. "The acquisition of Ameristar is a transformative transaction for Pinnacle that will provide us the scale and diversification to more effectively compete. The coupling of Pinnacle and Ameristar properties will create a terrific portfolio of quality assets to serve our combined guests," said Anthony Sanfilippo, President and Chief…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The Golden Corral manager told police he went to Ameristar Casino and lost $4,000 to try to win money to recover that disappeared.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
A St. Charles restaurant manager has been accused of stealing a bank deposit for the restaurant. St. Charles Police said that Michael C. Femmer, of the 1100 block of Simmons Avenue in Kirkwood, stole the bank deposit for Golden Corral, 1850 Zumbehl Road, a total of $5,516. Femmer was a manager on duty and he prepared the deposit for Oct. 28, police said. Surveillance video shows he drove to Pulaski Bank in the same shopping center as the restaurant, and extended his arm but did not drop the bank bag for deposit, police said. The president of Golden Corral told officers he questioned Femmer about the deposit and Femmer told him he lost it and offered to pay it back. Femmer told police he had the bank deposit in his pocket 10 minutes before …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Police said the woman also hid the man's cell phone so he couldn't call her, and borrowed his truck.
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- Joe Scott
Monday, December 3, 2012
A woman stole $2,600 and hid a cell phone from a man as he slept in a St. Charles hotel room Nov. 23. She then lost all but nearly $2,000 gambling at Ameristar Casino, police said. Huyen Thi Nguyen, 40, was charged Monday with felony theft. The victim told St. Charles Police Nguyen also took his truck, but she had keys to the vehicle and he permitted her to drive it. He told police he had been helping Nguyen out, but did not give her permission to take his money as they stayed at InTown Suites, 1769 Veterans Memorial Parkway in St. Charles. Nguyen told police she took the money because she had a gambling problem. She also said she hid the man’s cell phone by wrapping it in a coat and hiding it under the bed so he could not contact her. …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
St. Charles Police Reports Nov. 16-19.
St. Charles Police Reports are provided by the St. Charles Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction. Property Damage Protective Custody Stealing Drug Possession Shoplifting Urinating in Public Dog Bite Abuse of Child
Friday, November 16, 2012
Interstate 70 will be closed Sunday from 10 to 11 a.m. Vehicles will be detoured to Interstate 364 and Interstate 270.
Interstate 70 will shut down entirely near the Blanchette Bridge on Sunday around 10 a.m. while crews blast part of the truss on the westbound span, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. Traffic will close for about an hour to allow crews time to clear the area, remove the debris and inspect the eastbound span of the bridge for safety. In addition, the KATY Trail near the bridge, Bangert Island Conservation Area and parts of Riverwoods Trail will be closed near the bridge. A portion of Ameristar Casino will be evacuated near the trail and the casino plans to restrict portions of the parking garage close to the bridge. Eastbound traffic on I-70 will be detoured off of the highway at 94 to 364. Drivers can then head back …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Gaming revenue and sales tax are both expected to be lower in November and December and in 2013. Mayor proposes $124.5 million budget for 2013.
St. Charles is expecting to see a significant decline in revenue from Ameristar Casino due to construction on the westbound lanes of the Blanchette Bridge. The westbound span of the Blanchette Bridge is expected to close Nov. 2 and westbound traffic will be diverted to the other half of the bridge. City officials have anticipated motorists may have confusion over the best way to get to St. Charles which may lead to reduction in gaming revenue and sales tax funds. "We anticipate seeing significant decline," Director of Finance Kelly Vaughn said. "This is going to be as a result of the bridge construction that we're bracing for." Gaming funds will make up 10 percent of the expected revenue for the city in 2013. The city receives $1 per …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Several thousand signatures on petition were found to be invalid, Election Authority said. Organizer Carl Bearden says he'll sue to keep other smoking ban proposed by County Councilman Joe Cronin off the November ballot.
The St. Charles County smoking ban petition backed by Ameristar Casino will not appear on the Nov. 6 ballot because the petitioners did not obtain enough valid signatures, according to the St. Charles Election Authority. Petitioners needed at least 18,535 valid signatures and the Election Authority found that just 14,801 signatures were valid, said Rich Chrismer, director of the election authority. Many of the signatures turned in either were not registered voters, included a wrong address or were duplicates, Chrismer said. The petition drive was organized by Carl Bearden, a former state Representative for St. Charles County. It would have offered exemptions to businesses that cater to people over age 21, to the casino, and to businesses…