Brentwood Police seeking bank robbery suspect; Update: suspect in custody

Brentwood Police are seeking a bank robbery suspect, and the bank is offering a reward for information leading to arrest and conviction. On Friday, July 20, 2018, at approximately 3 p.m., Great Southern Bank, located at 2435 S. Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, was robbed. The suspect has been identified as Blake Toolooze, 21, of St. Louis. Toolooze was last seen driving a black, late model, Ford Explorer with a stolen Missouri license plate of UL3-U2Z.

Brentwood resident Sue Ladage: July 4th every day

At first glance, Sue Ladage’s Brentwood home looks like any other this time of year. American flags, patriotic props and red, white and blue banners out front celebrate the season. Step inside, and the Americana decor demands attention. Ladage’s living room lights up like a Fourth of July festival, replete with Uncle Sams, Betsy Rosses and colorful critters a plenty, all of a patriotic sort. There’s a case of part-cloth mice, each a different American symbol or hero.

New truck, banning beekeeping, grass height on Brentwood Public Works agenda

In the past Brentwood has used a city-owned 2008 Chevy heavy-duty dump truck to tow the city’s band wagon, which weighs approximately 17,000 pounds. The city points out in the agenda that the truck wasn’t specified for pulling a bandwagon. Taking into account the weight of the truck and the wagon, the combined weight could cause damage to the truck. The staff recommends selling or trading one of its current trucks and buying a new one capable of towing the bandwagon. The cost would be approximately $90,000.

Brentwood officials OK property purchase for firehouse elevator

Brentwood aldermen on Monday approved the city’s purchase of the property directly east of the firehouse, which will be used to add an elevator shaft onto the building and also handicap parking spots in order to make the building compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The purchase cost of the property is $200,000. City officials determined at the previous open meeting, on May 10, that the firehouse doesn’t comply with the ADA because there is no way for handicapped people to get to the second floor. It needs to comply with the ADA because it is a publicly owned building, the city attorney said. In the first hearing all but one alderman voted to buy the property at 8746 Eulalie Avenue.

Nordstrom Rack apologizes for wrongly accusing 3 black men of shoplifting in Brentwood: nationwide coverage

On Thursday, May 3 three black men were wrongly accused of shoplifting at the Nordstrom Rack in Brentwood at Brentwood Square; they were there to shop for prom shirts. Brentwood Police arrived and determined there was no crime. Here’s a collection of coverage from New York to Seattle to Miami. ABC Fort Meyers — Nordstrom Rack president apologizes to 3 black men wrongly accused of theft
ABC West Palm Beach — Nordstrom Rack apologizes to 3 black teens falsely accused of stealing
Akron Beacon Journal (OH) — National news briefs: Nordstrom Rack apologizes to 3 black shoppers
AOL — Nordstrom Rack falsely accuses 3 black teenagers shopping for their prom clothes of theft
Boing Boing — Nordstrom Rack falsely accuses 3 young black men of stealing and calls the cops on them
Business Insider — Nordstrom Rack apologizes after backlash over black teens being falsely accused of theft while prom shopping
CBS News Money Watch — Nordstrom Rack wrongly accuses 3 black men of theft, apologizes
CNN Money — Nordstrom Rack apologizes for falsely accusing black teens of stealing
Fox 2 — Nordstrom Rack apologizes after three black men accused of stealing
Huffington Post — Nordstrom Rack President Apologizes After Store Accuses Three Black Men Of Theft
KMOV — 3 black teens wrongly accused of theft meet with Nordstrom Rack president
KSDK — Morning Rush | Nordstrom Rack apologizes, a couple denied money order, and Bill and Ted returns
Miami Herald — ‘I was totally embarrassed’: Black teens falsely accused of theft while prom shopping
New York Daily News — Nordstrom Rack apologizes to three black teens its employees falsely accused of shoplifting 
New York Times — Nordstrom Rack Apologizes to Black Teenagers Falsely Accused of Stealing in St. Louis
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Brentwood officials vote to decline statewide award

The Brentwood aldermen in a meeting Monday night voted to decline an award to the city announced last week. The 2018 Innovation Award from the Missouri Municipal League, was in recognition of Brentwood’ use of GPS tracking to improve the delivery of public safety services. Brentwood alderman, Brandon Wegge introduced the measure on Monday, saying the city’s application for the award had caused a lot of questions. According to the application, submitted by City Administrator Bola Akande, the city worked with the company, Geocompile, to develop software to make it possible to track the location of each of the city’s vehicles. Geocompile is owned by Brentwood Mayor Chris Thornton.

Brentwood committee investigates any connection between city and mayor’s company

Brentwood resident John Nurenberger reported in a comment here that a report of the Brentwood Ways and Means Committee was posted online about an inquiry into the city’s relationship with a company owned by Brentwood Mayor Chris Thornton. The city was awarded for innovation, in a partnership with Geocompile, LLC, the Missouri Municipal League reported. See also: Brentwood wins statewide award; city partnered with company apparently owned by mayor, Brentwood has ‘no relationship’ with company state group says it partnered with, city says

He also said an agenda item has been added to the May 7 board of aldermen meeting to take up the issue of whether the city retains an interest in the methodology developed working with Geocompile. From the ways and means meeting:
Recently, the Missouri Municipal League (MML) awarded its 2018 “Innovation Award” to the City of Brentwood for its “Technology to Improve Public Safety”. Essentially, it’s a “data collection and analysis system to analyze the data from the GPS units.” (See Brentwood’s Application, “Project Summary”).

Brentwood award application shows partnership with company owned by mayor

Though the city of Brentwood has said that it has no relationship with the company, Geocompile, LLC, the city began partnering with the company in June 2016 to implement a GPS tracking system for all city vehicles, according to the city’s application for an innovation award with the Missouri Municipal League, which the city won this year. Geocompile, LLC, is owned by Brentwood Mayor Christopher A. Thornton, at 2533 S. Brentwood Boulevard, according to the Missouri Secretary of State. Thornton and the city has not responded immediately to a request for a comment. See a PDF of the city’s application for the award, obtained from the Missouri Municipal League. 

Below is a screen shot from the application:

Brentwood has ‘no relationship’ with company state group says it partnered with, city says

The city of Brentwood received the services of a Brentwood firm at no cost in implementing GPS tracking devices in all of its public vehicles, according to the city. According to the city deputy clerk the city has “no contract” with as well as “no relationship” with Geocompile, LLC, which the city partnered with in implementing GPS tracking devices in all of its public vehicles, according to the Missouri Municipal League, which awarded the city for the project. See also: Brentwood wins statewide award; city partnered with company apparently owned by mayor

The company is owned by Brentwood Mayor Christopher Thornton, according to State records. Brentwood’s deputy city clerk responded to a Sunshine request for public information from the city about any contract the city might have with Geocompile. The exchange below occurred on Thursday by email:
deputy city clerk: Thank you for your Request for Public Records.

Brentwood police department and city invite public to a safety seminar

Learn how to recognize potential threats and how to respond to a physical threat at a Citizen Safety Seminar on Monday, May 21, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Drury Inn & Suites in Brentwood (8700 Eager Road, 63144). 

The city of Brentwood and Brentwood Police Department are presenting this seminar, which is open to the public and free of charge. Major Joseph Delia, senior risk management professional at Whelan Security, will present “Situational Awareness and Recognition of Potential Threats.” Delia retired as a deputy chief of police in 2016 and is a past supervisor for the St. Louis Major Case Squad. Lt. James Joyner, commander for St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD), will present “Response to a Physical Threat.” Joyner has served as a police officer for more than 25 years and is currently commander of the SLMPD’s narcotics unit.

Brentwood School Board candidates take questions in forum

Three of the six candidates running for two open seats on the Brentwood School District Board of Education answered questions at a League of Women Voters forum Monday night at the district conference center. About 30 residents came and submitted the questions, which a LWV moderator posed to the candidates. Candidates Lois Truman, Mark Womer (incumbent), and Jamie Allen were there. Joseph Missey, Christopher Pulliam and Jason M. Mayer were not there. Truman, Woman and Allen were all in favor of the VICC program, (Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation), which brings students from St.

Brentwood School Board candidate not able to make forum states his views

Jason Mayer, a candidate for the Brentwood School Board, said in a comment on an article about a League of Women Voters forum for the candidates that he was out of town at the time. He added his views:

Unfortunately, I was unable to participate in this event as I was out of town for work at the time. I work remotely, and once a quarter I am required to be out of town for work for a week. My trip, flight and hotel were already planned before the invitation to this event was sent out. I have been working in IT for the past 13 years, and I believe I have a great deal of knowledge I can contribute, especially with regards to the five year technology plan for the school.

Brentwood grad breaks University of Wisconsin record on 1st throw

Brentwood High School graduate Sophia Rivera, in her first year of competition with the Wisconsin Badgers, in her first attempt in her first outdoor meet, in San Diego, broke the school record for women’s javelin throw. As a Brentwood High School junior Rivera won the national championship in 2015 for girls shot put in the New Balance Nationals Indoor Track and Field Championships in New York City with a winning throw of 49 feet 1 inch. She also qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials as a high school senior in 2016. https://twitter.com/CoachAstrauskas/status/980556175799439360

Candidates forum set for Brentwood School Board election

Six candidates are running for the Brentwood School District Board of Education in the April 3 election. There are two openings with three year terms. The district has arranged a forum for the candidates. The forum, to be moderated by the League of Women Voters, is set for Monday, March 19 at the Brentwood District Conference Center from  7 – 9 p.m.

Running for the board are:

Joseph C. Missey
Lois M. Truman
Christopher B. Pulliam
Mark T. Womer (incumbent)
Jamie D. Allen, III
Jason M. Mayer

The terms of Johanna Winfield and Mark Womer will expire in April 2018. See also: Brentwood School Board candidates take questions in forum

Eagles player recognized, is all-time scoring leader

Brentwood girls basketball’s Marshelle Franklin has been nominated for radio station 590 The Fan’s High School Athlete of the Week. According to the station Franklin is ranked 21st in scoring leaders in the St. Louis area with 372 points on the season, averaging 16.9 points per game. She had 18 points against Bayless in January. Franklin is Brentwood’s all-time scoring leader, according to Brentwood Athletics on Twitter.

2017 Real Estate: A Year for Sellers in Maplewood, Richmond Heights and Brentwood

Numbers from last year’s home sales are undeniable proof that the market is back in a big way. In fact, it was the best year for US home sales since 2006, according to the National Association of Realtors. So, when we look in our backyards, how do we stack up? The short answer: pretty well. Of the 462 homes that sold in Maplewood, Brentwood and Richmond Heights, the average home sold very near list price within weeks of hitting the market.

News from the Brentwood Chamber

The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce sent two press releases: Metro Lighting’s 50th anniversary celebration; and announcements of the 2017 Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Most Improved Property, and more. Metro Lighting, a locally-owned family business, celebrates its 50th anniversary with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the award-winning Brentwood location. The ceremony will be performed by the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, February 15 at 11:30 am with the attendance of Mayor Christopher Thornton and Me’Shel Riedel, president of Brentwood Chamber of Commerce. “We are delighted to celebrate our 50th anniversary with the Brentwood community,” says Bill Frisella, president of Metro Lighting. “We are thankful for the continued support of all our customers.”

Starting as an electrical supply distributor in 1968, Metro has grown into eight electrical supply houses and six lighting showrooms – in Brentwood, Chesterfield, Ballwin, O’Fallon, Arnold and Cape Girardeau.

Eagles earn 5th at district wrestling, sending 7 to state tournament

Brentwood is sending seven wrestlers to the state meet in Columbia next weekend. The top four in each weight group qualified for State at the district tournament at Whitfield on Saturday. These Brentwood wrestlers are going to State. Owen Brotherton, 3rd at 106
Louis Song, 4th at 113
Xavier Lane, 3rd at 132
Chase Lynch, 2nd at 138
Nathan Butler, 4th at 152
Tayveon Brown, 2nd at 170
Richard McQuay, 3rd at 285

The Eagles finished in fifth place. Maplewood Richmond Heights is in a rebuilding year, and is sending no wrestlers to the state meet.

Brentwood School District bond issue on April ballot

The Brentwood School is putting Proposition B on the April 3 election, asking voters to approve the district borrowing $16 million for renovations to Brentwood Middle and High schools. The ballot lists: constructing, renovating, repairing, expanding, improving, furnishing and equipping, for the schools. According to the ballot language (below), “the adjusted debt service levy of the District is estimated to remain unchanged from the current debt service levy of 42.9 cents” per $100 of assessed valuation. The school district has been contacted for a clarification — wondering what “unchanged” means here. Is there a current tax?

Missing snake forces early closure at Brentwood schools

Brentwood High School and Middle School students were released early on Friday because an escaped 9-foot long boa constrictor couldn’t be found, according to reports. It was found, eventually. According to a comment (below): “Boe, the class snake, is a red tail boa constrictor, not a python (as was previously reported). She was adopted from the St. Louis Zoo over 20 years ago and has spent almost all of her life in the classroom.