Halls Ferry Inn Jazz Cafe Owner Given Probation for Burning Down Restaurant

The former business owner pleaded guilty to arson July 30.

Lozell Stiles was given a suspended sentence Friday after he pleaded guilty to second-degree arson for setting fire to the .

Stiles, 40, of the 1200 block of Herman Orchard in North County, was placed on five years supervised probation and must pay $1,000 in restitution.

Stiles pleaded guilty July 30 to setting fire to the business in the 3400 block of North Highway 67 in Florissant.

No one was injured in the Feb. 18 blaze, which destroyed the building that housed the family-owned restaurant, the Halls Ferry Inn, for many years. Stiles transformed the business into a jazz cafe in 2011.

God's Friend August 18, 2012 at 03:33 AM
well, guess what, favor aint fair. Some of us would rather fall into the hands of an angry God than the hands of man, because God will have mercy and man will stone you. I thank God He is not like man. If you ever came into a season when you were not in your right frame of mind and did something you later regreted ( and you will), would you ask God for mercy or would you tell God to give you what you deserve? Iam by no means condoning wrong, but God is merciful and compassionate because of the frailty of man and He can choose to have mercy on whom he will. And no one can question what he choses to do because He is God all by Himself. Amen!!!!!! From the heart of God
K August 18, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Again, where is the deterrent here? Arson=no jail time? $1000 fine? That's not even a slap on the wrist, that's like a tap on the back of the hand. The crime here is that this pathetic loser is right back out in the community and not in a cell where he belongs.
Ru Ann Davinroy August 22, 2012 at 03:23 AM
The judge was Robert Cohen. Remember that name at election time!
bill anderson August 29, 2012 at 08:29 PM
im making a statement that clears up any misunderstanding as we no we live in a world that loves to see failure come to people that are doing there best to be right and to get ahead in life it happens more with black men i plead guilty to a accident that happen in my kitchen that could have happen to anyone the place i was renting and most of the personal property that was in the cafe was not owned by me are my investors so we had no gain out of this happenning just to make that clear and we are doing everything we can to restore what was lost i didnt make a statement until now just to let things die down it is sad to say that as a black young man with a great back ground i have never done anything in my life that we are still stereo typed and we have to watch ourselves that we wont fall vicitims to hate because of the color of our skin god has blessed me to come out of this ok do to the prayers of people that no my integrity im sorry for the mistake and letting the florissant communtiy down and my family please forgive me we are human and mistakes will happen to the best of us accidents wiil happen but that doesnt make a person a arsonist by admiting to an accident i have worked as a police chapiln I have received a proclamation from the mayor of alton i have a fund that was started to help childen to go to college that gives them money and a car for school and many more things as well i would not have intentionally set fire to my business i love florisant god bless!!!.
stacey August 30, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Ummm, who and which comment said ANYTHING about the color of your skin sir? That sounds like a cop out to me, sorry. I would never plead guilty to ARSON for an accident to also sounds fishy, BUT regardless your very lucky so someone has your back whether it be God or a person in a high place in our judicial system. Regardless, this was NOT your property and $1000 and no jail time for whatever took place, arson is arson, and pleading guilty means arson as well. Who knows, I sure don't but pray the people and community are wrong and repaid for your accident because I doubt you'll get another slap on the wrist


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