Vincent Bommarito: You'd smile, too, if you were having so much fun.
St. Louis royalty has been pretty dull of late, especially since the Busch clan faded into semi-obscurity following the sale of Anheuser-Busch to InBev.
We've had zero tales of Billies and Gussies and Buckies and Adolphies boozin' and shootin' their way about town. Thank God, then, for the Bommaritos. They're trying to keep things interesting.
First came news last week that the nephew of St. Louis police commissioner and owner of Tony's Restaurant, Vincent Bommarito
, was sprung from jail for a DWI
after his uncle called in a favor with his cop buddies. News of the incident eventually led to Bommarito resigning from the board
Now comes news today that Vincent Bommarito's son, James Bommarito
, was also recently arrested by St. Louis police. That incident occurred in December when James was detained for firing shots into the air.
And the gunshots weren't in celebration of New Year's Eve, either. No, Bommarito was trying to call his hunting dog -- at 4:30 a.m.
uncovered James Bommarito's arrest this week following a letter from Police Chief Dan Isom
to the police board that mentioned an "unrelated situation of similar nature" involving the Bommarito clan.
Reports the Post-Dispatch
According to the report, police received several calls from James
Bommarito's neighbors in the LaSalle Park neighborhood, just south of
downtown, complaining of shots fired about 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 20.
When police arrived, they found Bommarito walking on the sidewalk.
Outside his home, they found shell casings. Inside, a semiautomatic
pistol was lying on the kitchen counter, the report said.
Bommarito told police that his dog, a black Labrador, had escaped. In an
attempt to get the dog to come back, he fired several shots into the
air, "as the dog is trained for hunting and will come toward the sound
of gunfire," the report said.
Bommarito was arrested for discharging a firearm, taken to the
department's Central Patrol Division, and released after he was issued a
city court summons. On Feb. 4, Bommarito pleaded guilty to the charge
in municipal court, paying a $100 fine plus $50 in court costs.
So there you have it. Think what you will of the Bommaritos, but this you cannot say of the family: "Their dogs don't hunt."