Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Police had a suspect two weeks ago, now it's happened again.
Maplewood Police report that the concrete fencing in Deer Creek Park has again been damaged and destroyed along the bicycle/walking path near the creek. Officers previously took a juvenile suspect into custody on June 2 after noticing damage. The most recent damage occured on June 23 in the afternoon. Police are reviewing park cameras for more information. Anyone with information regarding the suspect(s), please call the Maplewood Police Department at 314-645-3000 or the anonymous tip line at 314-781-3733. Also on Patch: Vandalism in Deer Creek Park: Juvenile in Custody, June 5
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
It was the fifth time the fence had been broken.
Maplewood Police Chief Steve Kruse said previously it would be difficult to find a suspect responsible for breaking the concrete fence at Deer Creek Park because the surveillance cameras in the park are constantly moving, and patrolling officers would have to be there at the right time. The officers' perseverance paid off: they were there at just the right time. Maplewood Police Sgt. Matt Nighbor said officers on patrol observed new damage to the concrete fence on June 2. When they canvassed the area, they found several witnesses who directed them to a juvenile suspect, who was still in the area. The juvenile was taken into custody, and has been referred to the St. Louis County Family Court. No further details, including a photo, are …
Friday, April 6, 2012
The facility aims to help children develop by exploring nature and is the brainchild of Richmond Heights parks operations superintendent Tim Brunsman.
*Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified the outdoor classroom's hours of operation. It will be open from dusk until dawn. This article has been updated to reflect the correct time. This week, Tim Brunsman discovered a toad as big as his fist after turning over a log at the new Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom in Richmond Heights. It brought back childhood memories of time spent outdoors. Brunsman is the city's parks operations superintendent, and he grew up in rural Fenton. Back then, other kids at Saint Louis University High School poked fun at his country roots. Now, Brunsman is having the last laugh. He spearheaded a campaign by Richmond Heights and Maplewood to develop the outdoor learning space, …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
They will replace the old bleachers at the Maplewood park.
Five new sets of bleachers will be coming to Deer Creek Park. During a meeting on Tuesday night, Maplewood City Council approved a $11,340 bid to add five sets of aluminum bleachers to the park. The bleachers have five rows and come with a guardrail. The bleachers will likely be installed by mid-April, City Manager Marty Corcoran said. Out of six bids received, Corcoran recommended Bergfeld Recreation Company as the lowest and best bidder for the project. Money for the project will come out of the Deer Creek Special Allocation Fund.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
The cameras became operational at five Maplewood locations last week.
A network of surveillance cameras became operational in Maplewood last week. The $125,000 surveillance camera system, which was first approved by Maplewood City Council last March, gives police officers the ability to monitor activity at five public locations from their office desks, police cars or smart phones: The two parks were selected because of occasional vandalism, and because parents say older kids are causing problems on the playgrounds, said Steve Kruse, chief of the Maplewood Police Department, in a previous Patch article. The other three locations were selected to monitor vehicle and pedestrian traffic downtown while providing a safe shopping environment, he said. Officials are still working through the bugs of a new system, …
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
The South County Connector project is in the early stages and has no funding.
Some early options for the South County Connector would run a road through the near-empty Deer Creek Center and appear to border Maplewood's largest park. Officials from the St. Louis County Department of Highways and Traffic presented five proposed routes during two public hearings last week. Four of those proposals drop roads on top of Deer Creek Center. David Wrone, a spokesman for the county traffic department, said the project is still in an early phase. “We're not suggesting that any one of these five will ultimately be selected,” he said in a previous Patch article. “At this point, we want to get the public involved, get their feedback, and by the end of this year we will narrow this list of five down to two or three.” The five …
Monday, May 9, 2011
Hosted by local organizations from Richmond Heights and Maplewood, Tons of Transportation provided an opportunity for children and adults to get up close and personal with trucks, boats, buses and emergency vehicles.
Horns blared, sirens wailed and engines roared as children and adults got an up-close view of trucks, boats, fire engines, police cars and other vehicles during Tons of Transportation at Deer Creek Park on Saturday. The cities of Richmond Heights and Maplewood hosted the event. Now in its ninth year, the free event bills itself as a "hands on adventure," allowing kids the opportunity to climb on and explore equipment ranging from a front loader to a fire engine. David and Jennifer Johnson said their kids have been counting down the days to the event. "We marked our calendars as soon as it came out," Jennifer Johnson said. "[The kids] love it so much. They climb in and out of the trucks and touch all the buttons they aren't supposed to …
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Brentwood junior Kevin Smith shuts out MRH, 2-0, to outduel MRH senior Kevin Sapp.
After a 14-0 drubbing by Brentwood three days ago, Maplewood Richmond Heights definitely wanted to play a better game at Deer Creek Park on Tuesday against the Eagles. They did show improvement, but not quite enough. MRH senior ace pitcher Kevin Sapp faced Brentwood junior Kevin Smith, and each turned in a great performance, but it was Smith who came out on top. The Eagles shut out the Blue Devils again, this time 2-0. It was Smith's third straight shutout. Sapp kept MRH in the game, but the Blue Devils couldn't capitalize with men on base. "Kevin gave us a very strong performance on the mound, and that's something that we have to take advange of," MRH coach Jonathan Webb said. "We didn't really do that, and we had our opportunities. We …
Friday, April 8, 2011
Hancock grabbed the win in 10 innings.
Hancock catcher Nathan Vineyard broke a 6-6 tie in the 10th inning when he crushed a two-RBI home run in left field to permanently give the Tigers a lead over Maplewood Richmond Heights (1-4, 1-1) in Maplewood on Thursday. The Blue Devils lost 10-6. It was Vineyard's second home run of the game. He also hit a solo shot in the fourth in the same spot. Hancock scored two more runs after the 10th inning homer to put an exclamation point on the win. "They were one inning better than we were today," MRH coach Jonathan Webb said. The Blue Devils had several opportunities to win the game. MRH held a 5-2 lead in the fifth but gave up three runs in the top of the sixth. The Blue Devils' bats responded to grab a one-run lead in the bottom of the …
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Maplewood Richmond Heights fought back late in the game.
A seventh-inning home run from McCluer senior Lance Jeffries spoiled a late Maplewood Richmond Heights rally as the Comets beat the Blue Devils 7-6 at Deer Creek Park on Wednesday night. MRH trailed McCluer 5-3 in the sixth inning after a string of McCluer pitchers retired 12 consecutive MRH batters between the second and sixth innings. MRH junior Brad Swedlund broke the streak with a single to center field in the sixth. Junior Sam Martin followed with a two-run homer to tie the game at 5. Jeffries then broke the tie with his home run to right field and junior Jamaine Richmond followed that with a triple hit to nearly the same spot. Richmond later scored on a passed ball to put McCluer ahead, 7-5. MRH had an opportunity to capture the lead…