Two People Arrested at Francis Howell North High School Caucus

The St. Charles Caucus was shut down after about a half hour of dispute. Two men were arrested and the status of the caucus is unknown.

Two men were arrested at the St. Charles County Caucus on Saturday at . 

and other law enforcement agencies, including St. Peters Park Rangers, St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department, St. Charles Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol, responded to a disturbance call at Francis Howell North High School involving more than 2,500 people.

The Republican Caucus was hosting an event at the school and hired two off-duty St. Peters Police Officers to work the event. At approximately 11 a.m., rules for the event were given to the crowd, which included no videotaping.

The crowd became upset with the rules and started to become verbally aggressive with event organizers and police officers at the scene. To deal with the unruly crowd, the officers at the Caucus requested more officers to respond to the scene for crowd control.

Event organizers made the decision to shut down the event and asked for police assistance to clear the building to prevent further problems and restore order. 

Two people were arrested for trespassing after receiving numerous warnings to leave the school property. Both subjects were transported to St. Peters Justice Center where they were booked for Trespassing and released on a summons.

The subjects were identified as:

Brent Stafford

  • 45-year-old white male
  • From: O'Fallon, MO

Kenneth Suitter

  • 55-year-old white male
  • From: St. Charles County
cc March 18, 2012 at 03:33 AM
We lost our right to vote today - you, me, everyone is St.Charles County. The problem at the caucus was not the sudden ruling of no cameras/recordings; the problem is that we were denied our right to vote. A personal agenda was forced upon the caucus to place Santorum representatives on the committee without a vote. The rules state that registered voters will vote on this committee. The voters were not allowed to nominate and when the committee was appointed without consent and a vote was called a mild yea rang from the voters and a very loud nea was cast. The chairman immediately called it a yea. The new chairman stood and immediately called the meeting ajourned with another committee member giving the second. Again no chance to vote. Did they really thing that the Republican Registered Voters were just going to sit there and take it? Of course not. Even if the GOP were to go back and look at the Primary - Romney took the lead in St. Charles County. Romney and Paul supporters were strong in attendance - perhaps this is what drove the Santorum Committee to do what they did.
Janice E Dick March 18, 2012 at 04:35 PM
This is exactly what happened. The Santorum committee denied the people the right to vote. Maybe this is why they told the camera guy to turn off his camera. The Santorum people knew they were not abiding by the rules and they did not want anybody to have proof of that. Isn't Santorum and his followers suppose to be christians? I do not believe this is the way christians should act. I am a christian, and I believe we are suppose to conduct ourselves in a fair and legal manner. The same rights should be allowed to all the Republican nominees and the American people. That is what the Romney and Paul supporters was trying to do. They wanted this to be a fair caucus for all candidates not just Santorum. What if at that particular time a tragedy took place, like a tornado or earthquake etc., everybody would be rushing around to help the other person that might be injured or need help. That is the way we are as Americans. We try to help people in need and work together to get people to the hospital or whatever, so why shouldn't we conduct ourselves in this manner during a caucus instead of what happened. We all feel our candidate is the right choice for the presidential running mate, so we need to respect each other and work things out so all people get a fair shake and then let the American people vote on who they would like
James Schumaker March 18, 2012 at 05:13 PM
The New York Times has also done a story on the abortive St. Charles caucus (http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/17/disruption-closes-a-missouri-caucus-before-vote/?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120318 ), and while there are some inaccuracies, it gets most of the tale right. By the way, one of the "white males" arrested by the police was Brent Stafford, the person the clear majority of caucus-goers wanted to nominate as Chairman. So, in effect, the temporary chairman, Eugene Dokes, prevented his own removal by having his replacement arrested! This scandalous behavior does not reflect well on the Missouri Republican Party, and especially on supporters of Rick Santorum, who were trying to railroad the proceedings in violation of established caucus rules. I don't often agree with Ron Paul on anything, but it is clear that in this case his supporters were in the right, and the caucus organizers were in the wrong. Maybe, if there is a caucus do-over, St. Charles Republicans will follow the rules and rehabilitate their reputation.
Michael E. Carter March 19, 2012 at 12:43 AM
just needed to stick to roberts rules -- then there would have been no issues/problems
Pabu Kympa March 19, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Eugene Dorkes' childish insistence on no transparency (no cameras) and then announcing Matt Ehlen as the caucus chair were the fascist tactics that got the crowd agitated. Then they closed the caucus than admit total defeat of their wishes and called the cops in to really make sure it stays closed - even removing Brent Stafford when he tried to re-start the caucus in the parking lot! Watch out for some first amendment lawsuits springing forth against the SYSTEM. The people are rebelling against the system and they will eventually overcome. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sKbpR24ASM
Mindy Maucelli March 24, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Here is Bryan Spencer who is Running for State Rep in St. Charles County, MO ADMITTING to the fraud, hmmm .... GO FIGURE.. CROOKED AS HECK! and it is ALL OVER THE INTERNET. He is ruined! http://youtu.be/OuQIMfMVMYg
Mindy Maucelli March 24, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Bryan Spencer is the one who should have been arrested, along with Eugene Dokes! BOTH ARE CRIMINALS and denied those people the right to vote. Hilarious too that you guys CONVENIENTLY removed the comments of us going back and forth on here. You guys removed all my comments where you were being scolded for what happened.
Alex E. Cahn March 26, 2012 at 02:08 AM
The Republican party has gotten used to being able to do pretty much whatever it wants, like insulting others (women, minorities, etc.) and ignoring international agreements such as those concerning the treatment of prisoners. They stand up to "protect" huge tax breaks for the very rich, while average people pick up the tab for the banking bailout that was signed into law by Bush. So, why would candidates expect fair treatment, other maybe fair treatment for the "Etch-A-Sketch" frontrunner and flip-flop king Mitt Romney? The GOP has also tried to portray itself as the part with high morals, but then many have been caught in sex scandals and quite a few prominent leaders are on their third or fourth wife, with a mistress or two on the side. What a crock!


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