I'm the editor and publisher of 40 South News. Previously I was an editor for the AOL-owned Patch.com in St. Louis. At various times I edited Patch sites in Clayton, Richmond Heights, Brentwood, Maplewood, Shrewsbury, Affton and others. Before that I shot and wrote for the Principia School, in St. Louis. I live in Maplewood with my wife, Nancy.
Matthew R. Higgins, 25, of Cedar Hill, MO, was charged with resisting arrest after leaving the Maplewood QuikTrip on April 21 at high speed in a car stolen in Jefferson County, according to court and police records. As Higgins left he nearly hit multiple police officers. He drove at high rates of speed and traveled through intersections controlled by red light signals. He eventually stopped and was taken into custody. Also in Maplewood, Marvailes N. Emory, 31, of St.
No open swim is scheduled Monday through Friday this week at The Heights pool due to a lifeguard staffing issue, an employee there said Thursday morning. Richmond Heights City Manager Amy Hamilton said by email that the decision not to hold open swim at The Heights is precautionary to ensure full guard staffing at the Maplewood Family Aquatic Center during the high temperatures. See The Heights July pool hours here. Last week eight lifeguards at the Maplewood Family Aquatic Center were fired over content of a private chat group the lifeguards used. See also: Lifeguards quit before being fired: Post-Dispatch, Lifeguard firings: ‘raunchy’ jokes were the reason
An Lustron house at 7237 Stanley, at McCausland, is going up for public auction on July 25 with a starting bid of $7,237.
The purchaser must present a cashier’s check or cash in the amount the day of the sale. See more information about the land tax sale from the city of St. Louis. See the full list of houses for sale. From Wikipedia: Lustron houses are prefabricated enameled steel houses developed in the post-World War II era United States in response to the shortage of homes for returning GIs.
According to a Richmond Heights police report, Pawel Rynkiewicz, 36, of Olivette, robbed the Pulaski Bank (6510 Clayton Road) at gunpoint on February 29, 2016. He was charged with the felony in St. Louis County on July 6, 2017. Rynkiewicz was previously charged June 2 with two felony counts of first degree robbery in Creve Coeur, where he implied he had a gun, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Three businesses are working to open on September 1 in Maplewood in the building on the northwest corner of Manchester Road and Sutton Boulevard, according to August Schlafly, agent with Schlafly Corporation. He said the building is now full. The Blue Duck restaurant already opened there earlier this year (the door is on Sutton). Aiming for September 1 are: Goebel & Co. Furniture, mStoner (a design agency in Chicago opening an office here), and a hair salon.
One of the three candidates running for Maplewood’s vacant Ward 3 council seat, Steve Terelmes submitted some thoughts on Maplewood to 40 South. The special election in the ward is on August 8. More information on Ward 3 Candidate Steve Terelmes:
I have been observing the Ward 3 candidacy activity and am very happy to see that for the first time since I remember Maplewood has 3 candidates on the ballot. Clearly the continued success of Maplewood has struck a strong cord within Ward 3. I will be participating at the Hadley Township Democratic Club Forum at my favorite brewery, Schlafly Bottleworks, on July 24 at 7:30 p.m. (Previously this paper had stated my attendance was uncertain).
Heat Alert: Now through July 28: Christ Church UCC, at the corner of Bellevue and Bruno avenues in Maplewood will be open every day from noon until 5 p.m. for anyone needing to come in and cool down. The church is offering plenty of ice water and a place to sit and read if you like. Enter the fellowship hall through the double doors off the parking lot. The city of Maplewood also has these local cooling centers available:
The Maplewood Public Library, at 7550 Lohmeyer Avenue, is available Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone number is (314) 781-2174. The Richmond Heights Recreation Complex, at 8001 Dale Avenue, is available Monday through Thursday 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday 5:30 to 9:00, Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Phone number is (314) 645-1476.
City officials of the city of Richmond Heights night at a council meeting Monday will hear a presentation of the results of a study to combine the fire departments command structure for the cities of Brentwood, Maplewood, Clayton, Richmond Heights and Rock Hill. Firefighters from three of the cities oppose it. Kurt Becker, district vice president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 2665, sent a memo to the Richmond Heights Mayor Jim Thomson and the city council opposing the command consolidation. See also: Firefighters union critical of combined command structure, to be presented Monday
The memo outlines why firefighters in Richmond Heights, Clayton, and Brentwood oppose further efforts and expenditures related to the East Central Fire Command project. Some of the items the firefighters oppose are below.
A Maplewood resident on Marietta Avenue has been searching his yard with a metal detector, and recently found an old license tag and two quarters from the early 1900s. Greg Lappin found a 1901 Maplewood license tag and the quarters in a corner of his yard, where he said a “Model A garage” once stood. He said it can be seen in a 1955 aerial photograph, found on the St. Louis County website. The quarters are: a 1917 Standing Liberty Quarter, and a 1903 Barber Quarter, named after the department of treasury designer who designed it.
Area media covers Brentwood, Maplewood and Richmond Heights. Feast — Chef Mikey Carrasco Joins Las Palmas in Maplewood
Fox 2 — ‘Tapped’ bar in Maplewood lets you pay for what you pour
Fox 2 — Maplewood police investigating 7-Eleven robbed twice in 6-months
Fox 2 — Proposal for local fire departments to join forces draws heat from firefighters union
KSDK — Richmond Heights teen builds luxury dog beds
KSDK — This fashion designer from Maplewood will steal your heart
KSDK — Salume Beddu sandwiches served inside Parker’s Table
St. Louis Public Radio — St. Louis breweries are helping bring some neighborhoods back to life
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Lifeguards at Maplewood, Richmond Heights pools puzzled after firings over content in group chat
City administrators and fire cheifs from Clayton, Richmond Heights, Maplewood, Brentwood, and Rock Hill have been working since last fall to combine the command structure of the cities’ fire departments. The findings of the study will be presented to the Richmond Heights City Council on Monday, July 17 — the first public presentation. Maplewood Fire Chief Terry Merrell supported the plan on Fox 2 news Friday. “Change is obviously scary, I get that. But this is a tremendous opportunity,” Merrell said.
One of the lifeguards fired from the Maplewood Family Aquatic Center told 40 South via text (requested anonymity) that ‘inappropriate’ jokes on a chat app were the reason for the firings. According to the former Maplewood Family Aquatic Center lifeguard:
The group chat was created about two years ago with the intention of giving a means of communication between all the life guards. We used it for work purposes (picking up/dropping shifts), get togethers outside of work, and occasional jokes. The jokes were the things that they didn’t take lightly to, and fired anyone who put in anything that they deemed raunchy or inappropriate. See also: Maplewood Aquatic Center lifeguards fired over social media use, Lifeguards quit before being fired: Post-Dispatch