Felony theft at Target

Allen Dwain Johnson Jr., 35, of St. Louis, was charged with stealing clothing, jewelry and other merchandise from the Brentwood Target store, according to court and police records. On May 19 at around 8 a.m., Johnson selected the items at the Target store and hid them in a shopping bag. He then walked out of the store without making an attempt to pay. He was caught at the Brentwood Metrolink station and the stolen items were recovered.

Forum planned for Ward 3 council seat race

The Hadley Township Democratic Club is planning a forum for the Maplewood Ward 3 Council candidates, and it’s open to the public. The race is for the vacant Ward 3 seat — Maplewood Mayor Barry Greenberg’s seat before he was elected mayor. The special election is on August 8. The forum is set for Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Avenue, on Monday, July 24 from 7:30 – 9 p.m. The club is working out the details of how the forum will be run. After the forum, the club members will vote on which candidate they would like the club to endorse.

Del Pietro’s to open at former Riverbend Restaurant spot

The former Riverbend Restaurant & Bar and Harvest, at at 1059 S. Big Bend, is set to be Del Pietro’s, a recreation of Del Pietro’s House of Pasta, which opened on Hampton in 1976 and closed in 2011, according to St. Louis Magazine. Mike Del Pietro is the son of the owners of the original. He’s been thinking about doing another Del Pietro’s for years, he told St. Louis Magazine.

Post-Dispatch: Air Jordans robbery suspect shoots himself in leg, chase ends in crash

The Post-Dispatch reported on Wednesday about a robbery on in Maplewood Tuesday night that resulted in a crash and two men in custody (one had shot himself) — over a pair of stolen Air Jordans. The alleged victim told police he met three men in the 2200 block of Yale Avenue in to sell one of them a pair of new Nike Air Jordans, St. Louis police told the Post-Dispatch. The suspects got out of their car and got into the backseat of the victim’s car. One of them pulled a gun on him, then they took the shoes and ran back to their car.

Yoga studio opens new location in Maplewood

Calliope Massage Studio, which has operated out of 7346 Manchester Road, has moved to 2104 Bellevue Avenue. Shanti Yoga first opened at 7346 Manchester Road (upstairs). Now other businesses are sharing the space. Calliope Massage Studio and Kathryn Stinson, LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) have both made the move, to join Foundations Massage and Wellness at the new location. See also: Business combine purposes at new Maplewood location

Brentwood, MRH high schools ranked in top 10 in area for math

Brentwood and Maplewood Richmond Heights high schools have been recognized as two of the top ten high schools in the St. Louis area for math proficiency, the Post-Dispatch reports. The rankings are the results of the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP test), which the state uses to assess student progress in public schools. The test determines the proficiency rate of students who score at a level considered proficient or advanced. The statewide average for math proficiency is 48.6 percent.

Brentwood schools superintendent honored

St. Louis County proclaimed Tuesday “Mr. Faulkner Day” in recognition of Brentwood School District’s retiring superintendent, David Faulkner, according to Brentwood Schools on Twitter (@BrentwoodMoSD). Faulkner was superintendent since 2012. He is being replaced by Dr. Brian Lane, former deputy superintendent for the Mehlville School District.

AB Green fire: Chief says arson is likely

Richmond Heights firefighters doused a fire in the second floor of the AB Green building Monday around 6 p.m., which Richmond Heights Fire Chief Steve Carman said was probably arson. He said there is no electric or gas to the building, so those options are out. He said the fire seemed to have started around an old book case. He said it looked like someone might have piled a bunch of stuff together to start the fire. The building is being demolished in preparation for a multi-story apartment building development.

Maplewood armed robbery suspect charged

Maplewood police reported on June 19 that on the evening of June 16 detectives with the department arrested Charles C. Ackerman in Creve Coeur, who was developed as the suspect responsible for committing numerous armed robberies in the 2800 block of Sutton Boulevard. Ackerman, 30, of Cape Girardeau was charged with numerous armed robberies, including a home invasion in the 7300 block of Hazel that occurred on June 4, 2017. According to the Post-Dispatch, the man’s  crime spree unraveled partly because he left hotel receipts behind in a Prius he tried to carjack but couldn’t figure out how to drive. On June 17 warrants were issued through the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on the charges of first degree robbery (3 counts), armed criminal action (4 counts), first degree burglary (1 count) and attempted robbery (1 count).

In the news: Toasty Subs, Boardwalk Waffles, Maplewood Council

Maplewood craft brewer, Side Project, gets a great mention in GQ piece on craft brewers in St. Louis. Also, Maplewood’s city council sides with the Paris Climate Accord and the Post-Dispatch reports. Uptown Magazine — 10 Things to Do in Maplewood
GQ — How Craft Beer Took On Anheuser-Busch’s St. Louis Monopoly
KMOV — Peek Inside: $1.64 million Georgian Colonial Richmond Heights home
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Maplewood mayor honors immigrants

Maplewood Mayor Barry Greenberg has signed a proclamation recognizing the month of June 2017 as Immigrant Heritage Month. It is a nationwide movement. Immigrants have built our economy and created unique social and cultrual influence, and yet have been overlooked and undervalued, to the present day, the proclamation says. The city of Rock Hill is also set to approve the proclamation at its meeting this week.