I think it's pathetic that local Peoria media would report this drivel from Sarasota FL I've played tennis with Merle and I know him to be an honest line caller. I would like to hear his side of this probable frame-up... steve m. from peoria
Merle,I have no idea what is going on in your life and its really none of my business and that is why I didn't say anything when the jewelry went missing. But now this supposed prostitute arrest all the way from Florida is ridiculous. Does someone have it out for you? I've never seen anything else in paper about anyone else that is so ridiculous. I'm ashamed of the Journal Star for even publishing it. What you do is your own business and no one has the right to dig into your personal affairs and splash them all over the newspaper. This is below and beneath the city of Peoria. Hope things work out for you quickly. But whoever is your enemy is full of crap. Sharon Deckard
Steve and Sharon, yes it was a sting. I was on Tamiami or heavily traveled Rt. 41. The goodlooking policewoman posing as someone rather than a police officer approached me. I did not leave my car, no money was exchanged and I was not put in jail. My attorneys have taken I case. I will make no further comment.It would be interesting to know the name of the Merle hater who emailed the arrest to all the media and bloggers and to others. I have never been arrested and never spent one second in jail. I most certainly won't on this charge.Of course I have people who don't like me. I was a competitor, an honest polician who funded his OWN campains and defeated some powerful people in so doing.And I was and still am a basic suppporter of the traditional Republican Party. I have detractors within the party (and certainly by many Democrats) for many reasons shared by many independent thinkers.I have been slandered for roughly 13 years by the Peoria Journal Star without the Editorial Board (JSEB) and the City Desk, ever acknowleging what I have done to benefit Peoria over the past 49 years.When I reported a possible crime, I became the victim. I should remember that no good deed goes unpunished.Despite our problems, my wife supports me and I support her for many reasons unknown to the general public. I haven't been interviewed by the PJS since 2006. Hmmm.
And yes, as a former politician friend reminded me that despite my age and being out of office 3 years, I still remain a threat to the local liberal medias, some profit ONLY powers, and others who dislike my activism such as displayed in my 2300 blogs, my opposition to the downtown museum; this opposition due mainly to lies told, unraised funds, poor planning and Peoria County ownership, the billion dollar highway to Chicago, etc.And again, my studied opposition to any Peoria City ownership of the water company. The government already owns the water.Like he says, otherwise, why would they be so bent on trying to destroy you personally??Hmmmm.
Jerry Stowell, of Sarasota clipped my set up police sting article in the Sarasota rag and sent it to his brother Jim who forwarded it to everyone he could thing of friends,bloggers, TV Stations, newspapers etc. My arrest occurred almost 13 months ago and i have not been convicted and never will be. Read all my blogs under the label "Stowell" as to why the Stowells have it 'in for me"
It is now Feb. 12,2014, and the judge who heard my case on July 17, 2013 and took it under advisement, has still not indicated I will be charged with anything. My attorney said his fee for clearing a persons arrest record is $650 but in my case he will not charge me anything.
It is now May 7, 2015. My attorney said to contact him in mid July. one year after a judge took my charge under advisement. I will be 90 in June. Yes, I am a real threat to the community. Ha, ha. The real threats to any community are A--H---- like Jim Stowell, a stockbroker, and Jerry Stowell who went from a head basketball coach at a major local Illinois High School to an elementary teacher in Sarasota, Fl. Hmmmm.
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