Man found dead of self-inflicted gunshot was suspect in shooting

A Richmond Heights resident reported there was an apparent crime scene on Woodland Drive between Dale and I-64/40 Tuesday morning. “I just drove by and there was a ton of crime scene tape up, police cars and at least five black unmarked cars. I saw some crime scene unit person taking pictures of the inside of a van.” Inside the vehicle was Michael Hutson, 51, of Imperial,  dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Hutson was a police ‘person of interest’ in the shooting of Kathleen, Hutson, 50, of St.

Maplewood mayoral candidate misses out on voters’ guide, tries to remedy

Maplewood candidate for mayor, Patrick Jugo said he was surprised and frustrated when he saw in 40 South that his candidate information didn’t appear in the online League of Women Voters guide, His opponent, Barry Greenberg’s information was there. For Jugo, it said, ‘No Response Received’. Jugo called the League of Women Voters office on Monday and was told they had no email or contact information so they sent him the request by snail mail. Jugo said he didn’t received it.

Piano coming to Sutton Loop Park

Maplewood resident Laura Miller had a vision – interactive public art. Inspired by other cities like Denver and Boston, which have pianos in public spaces, Laura contacted Sheila Suderwalla, Executive Director of the Maplewood nonprofit Artists First, according to a press release from the group. An art studio serving adults with disabilities, youth and veterans, Artists First was the perfect partner to help make the vision of interactive public art a reality. The arrival of the piano (thanks to Maplewood’s Public Works Department) to Artists First coincided with the studio’s venture into combining music, poetry and visual art. For months, artists skillfully added their unique touches to the piano, consulting with each other about where to include the mosaic, paint, collage and marker that represents their various skills and talents.

In the news: Maplewood police foil BMW theft, more

Found online this week — Brentwood, Maplewood and Richmond Heights news:

Beer & Brewing Magazine — Pick Six: Side Project Brewing Owner/Brewer Cory King
Fox 2 — Masked suspects plan to steal BMWs foiled
Good Food St. Louis — What to Buy at Trader Joe’s
Good Food St. Louis — Carl’s Deli: Home of the Famous Overstuffed Sandwich
KSKD — Maplewood Coffee Crawl offers two events in one day
KSDK — Reward now offered for stolen puppy
Sauce Magazine — The Scoop: Riverbend Restaurant closes
St. Louis Magazine — Riverbend Restaurant & Bar closing after service today

Maplewood resident kick-starting Hadley Township Democratic Club

Maplewood resident, Lindsey Skoler, and some friends are working to get the Hadley Democratic Club back up and running. She started the Hadley Democratic Club Facebook group a few months ago and has 120 members so far. The group’s next meeting is April 6 at at The Heights at 7 p.m.

She says officers will be elected, and she is running for Third VP of Publicity. Skoler also says she is working with another group to promote township clubs county-wide and is helping some folks get their clubs active again.

MRH grad Presten Pinnell remembered

Friends of Presten Pinnell, 2015 Maplewood Richmond Heights graduate who died following an accident last week, came together on Saturday to remember. They began with a wake at Jay B. Smith Funeral Home, then went to the MRH auditorium to share thoughts on his life, then had a balloon release on the field, and finished with a repass in the cafeteria. Photos from Facebook:

MRH grad death, streets, Maplewood history are most-read posts

Here’s the weekly roundup of the most-read 40 South News posts in the past week. Recent MRH grad dies: ‘fell from a balcony’
Presten Pinnell obituary published; memorial balloon release planned
Maplewood to resurface these streets
Maplewood History: A Serendipitous Encounter with the McGregor Family Home and History
Brentwood officials OK plan to slow down traffic
MRH baseball honors grad, Presten Pinnell
Twin Peaks cuts the ribbon
March 22 real estate listings from Zillow
Brentwood congregation gives to repair Maplewood vandalism
City leaders, then-MRH superintendent drove Maplewood turnaround: St. Louis Magazine

Brentwood Debate Team going to State

Brentwood Debate Team members were recognized at a pep assembly at the high school on Friday. Brentwood Debate qualified eight students for the MSHSAA state tournament in April, and were the district champions in Reader’s Theater. Sophie Breitmeyer
Kyra Brown
Angeles Calzada
Sofia Flores
Meghan Haug
Shekinah Reed
Lindsey Trieu
Madhumathi Vijayalingam

Also, Madhumathi Vijayalingam took second in the MSHSAA District Prose Reading to qualify for state individually, and Ben Haug and Meghan Haug were district finalists. Meghan Haug got the All-Conference Award.

Fastest internet service coming to Brentwood too

AT&T announced on Thursday that Brentwood will be added to the list of St. Louis area cities with access to its fiber network internet, with speeds of one gigabit per second. Shrewsbury and Belleville are also being added. 

Last month AT&T announced that Maplewood had access to the service, along with parts of Kirkwood, Swansea, Edwardsville, and Webster Groves. In Maplewood the faster service option is approximately $70 a month. In November 2016, AT&T began offering high-speed fiber internet — called AT&T Fiber — to parts of Maplewood, Kirkwood, Swansea, Edwardsville, and Webster Groves, the St. Louis Business Journal reported.

Brentwood congregation gives to repair Maplewood vandalism

Pastor Will Hanke, of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, in Brentwood,  stopped by the Book House at 7352 Manchester Road, on Thursday to give the owner a big check. A sculpture in front of the shop was vandalized on March 2. The artist, Jewell McGhee, said the cost to repair it would be about $1,000. Pastor Hanke gave the Book House a check for $565 to help repair it. Hanke said Friday that sometimes there’s a need, and (fighting) vandalism is one of them.

Election is April 4: ballot info, candidate priorities

The League of Women Voters has an online service that makes it easy to see what will be on your ballot on April 4, and see information supplied by the candidates themselves. It’s Just go to, enter your address, then click ‘Get personalized information on candidates and issues.’ Any city council or mayoral races will show up for your address. In Maplewood, Barry Greenberg and Patrick Jugo are running for mayor, Greenberg has supplied information to the League of Women Voters.

Brentwood School District seeking citizens to serve on steering committee

The Brentwood School District is inviting community members to apply to serve on a steering committee aimed at updating its K-12 buildings. The invitation is below. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 23. (40 South received this several days ago.)
Dear Brentwood Community Members,

During this school year, the Brentwood School District has extended its facilities planning to discern how we should update our K-12 buildings to meet the community’s needs now and in the future.  Last fall, the District hosted a number of meetings to collect input on a vision for the future of the educational buildings in the Brentwood community.  Many exciting ideas were shared by citizens who attended the events. For the next stage of planning, we are inviting interested and committed members of the community from all perspectives to apply to be involved in a more focused process of making recommendations for our facilities by serving on the Facilities Steering Committee.  For management purposes, the size of the committee must be limited, and selected members of the Steering Committee should be willing to serve for a term of two years.