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City officials kept McCarthy-Wahlberg nuptials a secret

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 12:01 a.m. CDT
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(By Charles Menchaca – cmenchaca@shawmedia.com)
A man and woman Sunday afternoon prepare to walk into the Hotel Baker while two St. Charles police officers (far right) stand nearby. The hotel paid the city for the special officer detail, said Mark Koenen, St. Charles city administrator.

ST. CHARLES – The whole world might know about the Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy wedding now, but likely no one found out about it from the city of St. Charles.

On Tuesday at the St. Charles City Council meeting St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina mentioned that he, City Administrator Mark Koenen, St. Charles Police Chief James Keegan and St. Charles Deputy Police Chief Steve Huffman met with management of the Hotel Baker about two weeks ago in regards to a high-profile and private event.

After the Council meeting, Koenen confirmed the Hotel Baker sit down happened on Aug. 14, and at the time they were told the event was for Wahlberg and McCarthy.

Koenen told those involved not to engage or encourage discussion about the event. Despite the city’s efforts to remain quiet about the special event, Koenen said he first saw a public mention of the event on social media Thursday morning.

On Friday, McCarthy and Wahlberg were photographed walking into Hotel Baker. By Saturday afternoon, the sidewalk outside Hotel Baker began to fill with onlookers.

Hotel Baker paid the city to provide police officers for McCarthy and Wahlberg’s special event, Koenen said. He did not have the final amount the hotel paid with him after the meeting.

Two pairs of St. Charles police officers on Sunday flanked the east and west sides of Hotel Baker, and St. Charles police squad cars continually moved up and down Main Street in front of the hotel. A black unmarked squad was parked near the west end of the bridge most of Sunday afternoon.

Rogina on Tuesday commended Hotel Baker, the additional security it hired and the St. Charles Police Department for ensuring downtown St. Charles remained safe over the weekend.

“It provided us another opportunity to showcase our city,” Rogina said. “All I saw was everybody in order.”

OUTBOX: More online

To view additional coverage of the Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg celebration at Hotel Baker in St. Charles, visit www.kcchronicle.com.

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