On August 11, the Herculaneum board of aldermen terminated the employment of city police officer Debbie Hurley, who also serves on the Pevely board of aldermen.
Why did this happen? It seems to be linked to an odd incident from April:
Authorities said two women approached them April 10 at a Pevely gas station claiming a man, who was hiding in the gas station’s car wash, had been holding them captive. Authorities said they then spoke to man who gave them permission to search his home.
“When they went up there they didn’t find anything that lent any credence to the girl’s story however they did come across ten or 12 pounds of marijuana,” said Pevely Police Chief Ron Weeks.
And this additional detail from the Leader:
“They claimed to have been held captive by a person who works at a business in the 8300 block of Commercial Boulevard,” Police Chief Ron Weeks said. “They also told the officer that their captor was outside in a vehicle.”
Miller found the vehicle empty, but located a 45-year-old Pevely man attempting to hide in the carwash. Miller arrested him.
Back to KMOV:
Police do not believe the marijuana was grown at the man’s home and not sure where it was grown. According to police, the man owns several buildings including a home that was bring rented.
Do you know who rents a home on the 8300 block of Commercial Blvd? Debbie Hurley. Apparently Herculaneum had an issue with the fact that all of this apparent illegality was going on literally in her backyard.
We haven’t heard anything from Pevely about this bizarre incident since it occurred. We don’t know if anybody was charged with anything. Given that an alderman was at least tangentially involved, I think we deserve an update.