Friday, May 20, 2011
A roundup of odd, unusual and head-scratching crime reports in and around the area.
Returning Maternity Clothes? At the Saint Louis Galleria in Richmond Heights, a pregnant woman assaulted a Victoria's Secret store clerk April 26 after the clerk refused to let her return an item. As she was being arrested, her water broke and she was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. The Square Pants Also Could Have been A Giveaway Taco Bell employees in Arnold reported April 22 that a man wearing a SpongeBob hat stole a donation jar holding less than $10. Police found the suspect at a nearby Waffle House. The Radio Was in the Closet? A burglar went to a lot of trouble by breaking a bedroom window, entering an apartment and rifling through a bedroom closet, only to steal a $25 portable radio. The theft occurred May 1 at an apartment…
Monday, May 16, 2011
Freshman State Senator John Lamping took on domestic violence legislation while House Republican John Diehl chaired the House Rules Committee.
JEFFERSON CITY — Republican lawmakers who represent portions of Brentwood and Maplewood played a major role in shaping this year’s session of the Missouri General Assembly. The legislature ended its roughly five-month session on Friday, most notably adjourning without deals on sweeping changes to tax credit programs, local control of the St. Louis Police Department or a measure aimed at getting the process started in building a nuclear power plant in Callaway County. The legislature did have a list of successful ventures, from ending the “franchise tax” on corporate assets to extending a prescription drug program to seniors. House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, said at a post-session press conference that the Republican caucus …
Abraham Fields and Allen Coleman have been charged in the May 7 armed robbery at a convenience store on Manchester Road.
Maplewood police have arrested two men in connection with the May 7 armed robbery at Candyland convenience store at 7181 Manchester Road. Abraham Fields, 18, of North St. Louis County, and Allen Coleman, 19, of Bridgeton, were both charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. The two are charged with stealing $118.04 in cash during the holdup. The May 7 incident was the third armed robbery in two weeks in Maplewood. There was an armed robbery April 25 at DC Auto Sales in the 2800 block of S. Big Bend Blvd. and another on May 5, when two victims were held up on a street in the 3600 block of Commonwealth Avenue. Sgt. Matt Nighbor doesn't believe the three cases are related but couldn't offer more information because the …
Just over a year after Sgt. George Ross died of a heart attack while attending another officer's funeral, his wife, Margie Ross, is awaiting assistance—and could hear this month about whether one federal grant will be approved.
For most people, Memorial Park in Clayton is a place of quiet contemplation. Nestled on the grounds of the St. Louis County Government Center, and in front of the police headquarters building, the 2.7-acre park includes an outdoor plaza, walkway and a fountain with bigger-than-life bronze statues that honor fallen police officers and firefighters. Its black granite fountain, somber in appearance, reads like an epitaph too. “Honor, Duty, Courage–Rest In Peace, Comrades, We Will Not Forget You” is etched on its facade. For Margie Ross, widow of Sgt. George Ross of the Maplewood Police Department, Memorial Park evokes conflicting emotions. She finds comfort in the words on the fountain and takes pride in the small plaque at the memorial that…
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Maplewood-Richmond Heights wins by a big margin, setting two school records despite constant rain.
At the Class 1 and 2 sectional track meet at Principia High School on Saturday, the athletes persevered through constant chill and rain. Two local teams who did well at last Saturday's district meet held their positions from the previous district meet and will go to the state meet. Maplewood-Richmond Heights (MRH) boys won the sectional meet with 146 points, and the next closest team was Herculaneum with 86. The Principia boys garnered 77 for fourth place. Principia coach Jamie Bolinger said almost everyone on the (boys) team who qualified for sectionals at the district meet advanced to state. MRH is sending six girls and 10 boys to the state meet from today's sectionals. Sending boys is nothing new for MRH, but six girls going is big. …
Friday, May 13, 2011
Residents learned about Great Rivers Greenway's large-scale regional bicycle plan at an open house in Webster Groves on Tuesday.
Lynn Loudermilk bikes the 25-mile round-trip commute from his Webster Groves home to Purina two or three times a week. When he first started riding, he had to choose his route carefully to avoid heavy traffic. But it's easier now, he said. “A lot of roads are marked for bikes,” Loudermilk said. “There are bike lanes even on a portion of Grand Boulevard." He hopes a new plan can help make his bike commute even easier. Loudermilk was among those who attended the Great Rivers Greenway open house at the Webster Groves Recreation Complex on Tuesday. The event was the first in a series of open houses by Great Rivers Greenway that allows St. Louis area residents a chance to weigh in on the agency’s large scale, long-range regional bicycle plan to…
The fundraiser is a twice-a-year event. This spring's BBQ was last Thursday ad Friday.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Doug Miner
Friday, May 13, 2011
The Brentwood Evening Optimists fire up the grills twice a year to raise funds for local charities. They set up shop by the Gene-Del Printing parking lot, the same place they sell Christmas trees in December. One Evening Optimists member, Sherry Nappier—"like happier with an N," she jokes when spelling her name—said setting up the tents usually means a storm will blow through, but they persevere. Another member, Mary Meers—"like beers with an M," she cracks—was headed to Brentwood High School afterward to award two scholarships to seniors in memory of two past members. Girls Town/Boys Town of Missouri, Brentwood Police/DARE and Goff Moll Post 101 Youth Baseball are other charities they dontate, among many others. Look for the tent again in…
The Brentwood police blotter for May 2-8 provides information on crimes in the area.
The Brentwood Police Department supplies a weekly compilation of crime activity. If you're interested in a follow-up story to anything mentioned here, please e-mail editor Ryan Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Monday, May 1 At 7:03 p.m., a 24-year-old man was arrested in a business in the 1600 block of Hanley Road for allegedly stealing electrical wire. Wednesday, May 4 At 4:55 a.m., a patrol officer observed a shattered window at a business in the 1900 block of Brentwood Boulevard. At 8:46 p.m., a 17-year-old man was arrested in a Brentwood Promenade business for allegedly stealing electronics.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Click through the image gallery to see a selection of open houses in the Maplewood-Brentwood area. Times and prices are listed below each photo. Feel free to add photos, prices and locations of more open homes this week.
The Brentwood Recreation Complex ice rink undergoes its annual closing for cleaning and repairs.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Doug Miner
Thursday, May 12, 2011
The Brentwood Recreation Complex is closed for its annual off-season fixing-up, as the staff takes a breather to clean, fix and reassess. Since 2001, the Brentwood Ice Arena at the Recreation Complex has closed from mid-April to mid-May to check cooling pipes and compressors, sharpen the 600 pairs of rental skates, recover bench covers, replace dead bulbs in the hockey scoreboard, and give the staff a time to catch up on paperwork and do some deep-cleaning. The ice is melted and the pipes that contain the freon are inspected and repaired. After that, the sand base is raked level and saturated with water. Then, it's refrozen. A thin layer of ice is added to that, which is painted white, then about four more inches of ice are added slowly. …