Family donates shoes to students in memory of brother

A man who loved athletic shoes died of an accidental drug overdose, Fox 2 reported, and his family, some from Richmond Heights, donated $13,000 worth of athletic shoes to students at a north St. Louis charter school in his honor. John Holmes, died last October. He was a big fan of athletic shoes so the family used the funds to buy shoes for all of the students at St. Louis public charter school KIPP Inspire Academy.

Brentwood Police officer investigated for sexting while on duty: in the press

Strange Donuts founder used a second chance given him to turn his life around. Elmwood restaurant is featured, and more in the press. The Journal (Webster University) — Strange Donuts founder turns a second chance into success. KSDK — Veteran Brentwood officer spent hours on duty, in uniform making sexually explicit cell phone videos
Riverfront Times — St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: April 2019
Riverfront Times — Probe of Brentwood Cop Busted for Sexting on Duty Started With Rape Allegation

Richmond Heights assistant city manager wins statewide recognition

Richmond Heights Assistant City Manager Pam Hylton was awarded the Missouri City/County Management Assoc. Richard R. Noll Assistant of the Year 2019, the city has reported. The award is given annually from the association to “the member who displays high standards of accomplishment, professionalism and ethical conduct,” from the association. 

Richmond Heights City Manager Amy Hamilton also won statewide recognition in 2018. Maplewood Assistant Manager Anthony Traxler won the Outstanding Assistant award in 2017.

Brentwood PD earns international accreditation

Brentwood Police reported on May 4 that the department has completed a three-year process to earn accreditation by Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). From the department:
On May 4, 2019, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) awarded the Brentwood, Missouri Police Department international accreditation for the first time in the agency’s history. Since 1979, CALEA has been identified as the “Gold Standard” of best practices in law enforcement and this achievement in the voluntary process marks a police agency’s commitment to excellence in law enforcement. In July 2016, the Brentwood Police Department entered into an agreement with CALEA to begin a three-year “self-assessment” process toward becoming accredited. To achieve accreditation the agency must comply with 189 CALEA standards.

Police search for car break-in suspects involved several Maplewood blocks

Residents on Marietta Avenue in Maplewood saw police officers going from backyard to backyard with flashlights Monday night two weeks ago. One asked 40 South what was going on. Maplewood Police said that on April 23 at approximately 12:15 a.m. officers spotted several individuals believed to involved in car break-ins near Elm, Walter, Cherry, Comfort, Burgess, and Flora. The search for the suspects most likely included Marietta Avenue. Police said no suspects were caught; they got away.

Renovation in 7100 block of Manchester Road/Avenue

Two buildings in the 7100 block of Manchester Road/Avenue are under renovation. Majorette co-owner Pat Shuchard said Monday he had the opportunity to buy the building next to Majorette (7150 Manchester Avenue, to the west) and decided to for possible future expansion. For now he’s improving the appearance from the street. Also in the 7100 block, the apartments in the old Maplewood Theatre building are being renovated inside and out. See also: Maplewood History: Route 66 and the Myth Worthy Maplewood Theater, Maplewood History: A Surprising Discovery About Our Long Forgotten Theater District

Richmond Heights most expensive homes for sale: St. Louis Business Journal

The St. Louis Business Journal reports that in 2018, the 63117 Zip code, which includes Richmond Heights, had 184 home sales, with an average sale price of $204,509. The most expensive is 1012 Hampton Park Drive, priced at $1.5 million. Google Street View doesn’t go down Hampton Park Drive. The 5,631-square-foot home sits on a 1.2-acre lot behind this large hedge on the south side of Clayton Road east of Hanley.

The Heights pool is now a construction site

The former swimming pool at The Heights has been demolished to make way for a new, larger pool. The preliminary schedule called for a new pool, to include four 7-foot wide lanes, an open swim area and lazy river, to be completed later this year. See also: The Heights renovation to begin in March, run into 2020

MRH freshman golfer wins district title

Maplewood Richmond Heights freshman Kal Kolar, representing MRH on the school’s first golf team in the school’s history, won the Class 2 District 5 boys golf tournament, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Kolar won the title Tuesday at The Falls Golf Club with a 1-over-par 72, with a seven-shot victory over Whitfield junior Drew Newlin. The Post-Dispatch reported that Kolar is a big reason why MRH added boys golf, for the first time this spring. “The important thing for me is he’s a good kid, a great golfer, a great human being overall,” said Shane Dixon, a ninth-year Maplewood-RH history teacher who took on the role of the program’s first coach, also from the Post-Dispatch.

In the press: Clayton HS passes plan to share in football program with MRH; MRH junior’s perfect ACT

Media outlets reports news Brentwood, Maplewood and Richmond Heights. Fox 2 — Fatal accident on I-270 in Sunset Hills
Fox 2 — Junior at Maplewood Richmond Heights High School receives a perfect ACT score
KMOV — Four juveniles attempt to carjack an 84-year-old at the St. Louis Galleria mall
KMOV — Maplewood man killed in Sunday night crash
KMOV — Surveillance video shows group of teens wanted after elderly woman carjacked at the St. Louis Galleria mall
KMOV — Clayton High School looks to create joint football team with Maplewood Richmond Heights High School
KSDK — Maplewood man dies after being tased, sedated during arrest
KSDK — Police looking for 4 people shown in video just before attempted carjacking of 84-year-old at the Galleria
KSDK — Time outs: Why this local mom says we’ve been doing it all wrong
KSDK — Maplewood Richmond Heights junior gets perfect score on ACT
Sauce — St. Louis’ fight to reduce waste through composting, repurposing food

24-year Richmond Heights city employee Pat Villmer dies

Richmond Heights Deputy City Clerk Patricia Villmer, who was employed with the City of Richmond Heights for 24 years, passed away Saturday, April 20, after a short, courageous battle with cancer, the city reported. Also, reported in St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Patricia Villmer (Lawless), 74, died Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Evelyn’s House in St. Louis following a courageous, but brief battle with cancer. She leaves behind a loving daughter, Lisa Lauman (Kirk); son Todd; longtime partner and best friend, Michael Truax; two beautiful grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Justin (Nikki) Lauman; her devoted cats both past and present; adored cousins and many dear friends.

MRH junior scores highest possible ACT test score

Maplewood Richmond Heights has reported that junior Kadin Kristjansson scored a perfect 36 on the test. According to MRH, junior Kadin Kristjansson received a most extraordinary piece of mail on Saturday. It was from the chief executive officer of ACT, announcing her score of 36, the highest possible for the exam and a first in MRH history. Kadin’s achievement is rare and significant. Only two-tenths of one percent of all ACT test-takers score a perfect 36.

Brentwood protests removal of a ‘perfectly healthy’ tree

Brentwood resident, Kurt Reilly, wrote to Mayor David Dimmitt (copying 40 South) that a tree on a creek behind Rosalie Avenue set to be removed is healthy, and is providing protection from erosion of the creek bank, and also that Davey Tree has well worn out it’s beneficial service to the city. The resident’s letter, along with pictures of the tree:
I am writing this email in my opposition to a tree that has been selected for removal. The tree in question is along the creek bank behind 8501 Rosalie Ave. This tree appears to be perfectly healthy and is providing defense against erosion of the creek bank. The location at the outside of the bend in the creek is critical to prevent the bank from eroding to and underneath of the bike/walking path that runs along that area.

Brentwood police dispatch found ‘live grenade’

Brentwood Police Department on Monday “quickly and safely resolved” what appeared to be a found grenade. The department’s report on Facebook:
On Monday, April 22, a cleaning company discovered what they believed to be a live grenade while they were cleaning out a home in Brentwood. They contacted the police. The Bomb and Arson squad was immediately called to the scene and took possession of the device, placing it in their total containment vessel for subsequent off-site detonation. Brentwood Fire Department was on standby.

Apartments, not a prison, going up at Dale and Boland

People have been calling the city of Richmond Heights asking about concrete slabs going up at Dale Avenue and Boland Place, hoping that’s not what the planned Boland Place apartments will look like. It’s not — it’s only the first phase of construction. See the site plans for the planned 187-unit apartment building.

Maplewood ice cream shop moving down a few doors

Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream, which opened at 7326 Manchester Road in February 2017, is moving east on the same block. The dessert shop is taking the space Sole Survivor left behind when that store moved to 7401 Manchester Road, at the corner of Sutton Boulevard. Owner Eric Moore is building out the new space, with more seating for customers.

Richmond Heights OK’s small vehicle sharing, drones

Following an almost hour and a half-long public forum on Better Together’s merger plan, Richmond Heights officials finished off the remainder of the agenda in 15 minutes. With no discussion council members passed a bill authorizing a small vehicle sharing program with Brentwood and Maplewood. Maplewood council members discussed at their previous meeting that the program could include bikes, motorized bikes, or motorized scooters. The council also heard the first reading of a bill to authorize an agreement to have access to a drone owned by the city of Clayton. City Manager Amy Hamilton said after the meeting that a drone could be used by the city for such things as showing firefighters an aerial view of a fire scene or assisting police in a chase.