2 St. Louis Officials Accused of Stealing $465,000

3 years 3 months 1 week ago May 16, 2013 May 16, 2013 Thursday, May 16 2013 Thursday, May 16, 2013 9:40:10 AM CDT in News
By: Associated Press


ST. LOUIS - Two St. Louis officials are facing federal charges that they stole nearly a half million dollars in city funds over the past eight years.

A federal grand jury indicted 43-year-old Thomas "Dan" Stritzel, the city's chief park ranger, and 55-year-old deputy parks commissioner Joseph Vacca.

The indictment released Thursday accuses each man of three mail-fraud counts, alleging they men used various schemes to spend the stolen money on vehicle leases, credit card bills and other expenses.

A message was left Thursday with Stritzel's attorney, Scott Rosenblum. Online court records don't show whether Vacca has legal counsel.

Maggie Carson, a spokeswoman for Mayor Francis Slay, calls the charges "disappointing." She says the two defendants are being placed on forced, unpaid leave, pending disciplinary proceedings.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Major building code changes will go into effect in Columbia starting October 1, 2016. The city is currently... More >>
6 hours ago August 23, 2016 Aug 23, 2016 Tuesday, August 23 2016 Tuesday, August 23, 2016 7:41:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia's Downtown Leadership Council began debate Tuesday afternoon on how to solve a slew of problems with parking... More >>
6 hours ago August 23, 2016 Aug 23, 2016 Tuesday, August 23 2016 Tuesday, August 23, 2016 7:12:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The construction of a new Boone County Fire Protection District station starts this week. The new Station... More >>
6 hours ago August 23, 2016 Aug 23, 2016 Tuesday, August 23 2016 Tuesday, August 23, 2016 6:42:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A ruling Tuesday from the National Labor Relations Board, which states graduate workers at private universities are considered... More >>
7 hours ago August 23, 2016 Aug 23, 2016 Tuesday, August 23 2016 Tuesday, August 23, 2016 5:42:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - One man was seriously injured Tuesday in a crash at the intersection of Bethel Church Road and Route... More >>
8 hours ago August 23, 2016 Aug 23, 2016 Tuesday, August 23 2016 Tuesday, August 23, 2016 5:28:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Better Business Bureau is warning people to take extra precautions when donating to flooding victims and to... More >>
8 hours ago August 23, 2016 Aug 23, 2016 Tuesday, August 23 2016 Tuesday, August 23, 2016 4:51:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Science fiction author Robert Heinlein has been inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians. ... More >>
9 hours ago August 23, 2016 Aug 23, 2016 Tuesday, August 23 2016 Tuesday, August 23, 2016 4:20:13 PM CDT in News
O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A key figure in a previous murder case is now charged with killing a man she... More >>
9 hours ago August 23, 2016 Aug 23, 2016 Tuesday, August 23 2016 Tuesday, August 23, 2016 4:11:45 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools is now offering evening dinner for high school students staying after school for clubs, athletics... More >>
9 hours ago August 23, 2016 Aug 23, 2016 Tuesday, August 23 2016 Tuesday, August 23, 2016 3:51:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri voters will have some additional choices on the Nov. 8 ballot. The Green... More >>
10 hours ago August 23, 2016 Aug 23, 2016 Tuesday, August 23 2016 Tuesday, August 23, 2016 3:27:26 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia's website launched a database of businesses owned by minorities and women Tuesday. The... More >>
10 hours ago August 23, 2016 Aug 23, 2016 Tuesday, August 23 2016 Tuesday, August 23, 2016 3:06:00 PM CDT in News
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that student teaching and research assistants at private... More >>
10 hours ago August 23, 2016 Aug 23, 2016 Tuesday, August 23 2016 Tuesday, August 23, 2016 3:05:10 PM CDT in News
CREVE COEUR, Mo. (AP) — An increase in the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21 in St.... More >>
11 hours ago August 23, 2016 Aug 23, 2016 Tuesday, August 23 2016 Tuesday, August 23, 2016 2:25:19 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A woman told police a man strangled, sliced, punched and head-butted her, and assaulted her children while holding... More >>
12 hours ago August 23, 2016 Aug 23, 2016 Tuesday, August 23 2016 Tuesday, August 23, 2016 1:33:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Since the Olympics, Authority Gymnastics and Cheer has seen an increase in enrollment for its fall gymnastics classes.... More >>
12 hours ago August 23, 2016 Aug 23, 2016 Tuesday, August 23 2016 Tuesday, August 23, 2016 1:28:00 PM CDT in Sports
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Science fiction author Robert Heinlein has been inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians. Missouri... More >>
13 hours ago August 23, 2016 Aug 23, 2016 Tuesday, August 23 2016 Tuesday, August 23, 2016 12:23:12 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man has been sentenced to three years in prison for causing the accident... More >>
13 hours ago August 23, 2016 Aug 23, 2016 Tuesday, August 23 2016 Tuesday, August 23, 2016 12:18:36 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A federal judge is admonishing an advocacy group for clergy abuse victims for defying her orders... More >>
13 hours ago August 23, 2016 Aug 23, 2016 Tuesday, August 23 2016 Tuesday, August 23, 2016 11:55:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 75°
2am 74°
3am 73°
4am 73°
5am 73°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

1:37a
Access Hollywood
2:07a
The Meredith Vieira Show
3:07a
Mad Money
1:30a
Seinfeld
2:00a
Paid Program
2:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
America's Got Talent
8:00p
America's Got Talent
9:00p
The Night Shift
7:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
8:00p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld