In the race for mayor of Maplewood, one candidate is taking campaign contributions and one isn’t. Patrick Jugo is taking contributions and spending money on his campaign, so he was required to form a committee and file with the Missouri Ethics Commission (See Jugo’s statement of committee organization). He was also required to file expense reports at 40 days and eights days before the April 4 election. Jugo’s opponent, Ward 3 Councilman Barry Greenberg, decided not to take contributions or spend money on items like yard signs, so he doesn’t need to file with the Missouri Ethics Commission. In the report Jugo was required to file 40 days before the election (see report), he reports receiving $460 in amounts of $100 or less, so the contributions are unitemized.
Rue 21 store — clothing and accessories for young men and women — is closing its Deer Creek location. It’s one of four in the St. Louis area and 400 nationwide to close. The company said in a statement that “as part of our ongoing business transformation into a more cost efficient operator, we are closing unprofitable stores across our fleet in order to focus on our many hundreds of highly profitable locations,” USA Today reported last week. The Deer Creek store is set to close sometime between June 18 to 25, an employee said.
Clarence Wigfall, 27, of St. Louis has been charged with theft after stealing a credit card and using it at Walmart. According to court and police records, between December 18 and 19 at the Maplewood Walmart, a woman reported that her Mastercard had been lost or stolen, and it had been used to make $3,337 in unauthorized purchases at Walmart. Surveillance video from the transactions showed a man and a woman using the card to make ATM withdrawals and making purchases using the card. Wigfall was identified by the victim from the video.
A Maplewood Richmond Heights parent at the Class 1 and 2 State track and field championship in Jefferson City has reported on Facebook that two MRH runners have advanced through preliminary heats to the finals. Zach Barton is moving onto the finals in the 100-meter run, and Jayda Buchannan took 2nd in her 400m preliminary heat. She will run both the 400m and 800m finals on Saturday. MSHSAA Communications Director Jason West reported on Twitter:
MRH state final qualifiers:
Zach Barton, 100m dash – 11.12 (tied for second fastest qualifying time)
Jayda Buchannan – 400m dash – 1:00.02 (fourth fastest qualifying time)
Brentwood state final qualifiers:
Boys 4×100 relay (DeAndre Boykin, Joseph Clay, Justin Harris, Kaylon Jennings) – 43.99, (second fastest)
Kaylon Jenkins – 400m dash, 50.00 (fastest qualifying time)
Kaylon Jenkins – 200m dash, 22.52 (second fastest)
See also: Brentwood, MRH runners win at Sectionals; going to State
Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri has awarded Maplewood Police Officer Levonston Hall the John J. McAtee Award, which recognizes officers who have shown compassion, concern and understanding when interacting with a person who has mental illness. The association said Levonston made a difference in the life of a person during a psychiatric crisis when he helped a Maplewood resident when he responded in a non-traditional manner. According to Maplewood Chief of Police Stephen Kruse, Hall was dispatched to the 7200 block of Anna Avenue on Dec. 30, 2016 on a report of a distraught person threatening to kill himself with a knife. When Hall arrived he saw a man sitting on the curb who appeared distressed and incoherent.
The building at 7401 Manchester Avenue in Maplewood (often called the former Monarch restaurant building), under renovation by developer David Schlafly, has its third tenant. St. Louis-based Goebel & Co. Furniture, founded in 2011, is opening a retail storefront there, nextSTL reports. Goebel specializes in hand-made residential and commercial furniture.
The Maplewood graduation ceremony, set for Friday at 7 p.m. will be held outside, weather permitting. If not, it will be in the Theatre. This year the ceremony will be live streamed on YouTube, the school announced on Twitter. If inclement weather forces the ceremony into the Theatre, a guest must have a ticket — each graduate has been given 7 tickets. Go here for the live stream.
Monday night at the Richmond Heights council meeting new Police Chief Doug Schaeffler, Police Major Craig Mueller, and Police Captain Gerry Rohr received their badges. Chief Doug Schaeffler said he’s seen six mayors and four chiefs in his time with the department. Also in the council meeting, city officials approved using the city’s $20,000 Community Development Grant Fund allocation for repair of low income residents’ homes. It is to be administered by St. Louis County’s Home Improvement Program, as in the past.
According to a Maplewood police detective at the scene in the 7400 block of Manchester Road Wednesday morning, a tenant of a business there thought she saw a ceiling tile move, so she called the police. The detective said it’s a dropped ceiling so it couldn’t support a person. He said it maybe it was a rodent. Maplewood fire came with a ladder so they could inspect above the ceiling. Update: Karen Smith, owner of the shop — Get the Word Out Vintage, Antiques, Global Goods — moving in at 7405 Manchester Road, said Wednesday afternoon that when she went in at around 9:15 a.m. she heard noises in the ceiling, and then two of the ceiling tiles moved six inches.
Of the seven petitions taken out to run for the vacant Maplewood Ward 3 council seat, five have been returned with the required 50 signatures (updated May 17), which means the ward’s voters will have five candidates on the ballot, so far. The seat was vacated when former council member Barry Greenberg was elected mayor. These Ward 3 residents picked up petitions to run for the vacant seat as of May 17. Clayton Gissler (Elm Avenue)
Alexandra Goodfellow (Commonwealth)
John Harbaugh (St. Elmo Avenue)
Patrick Richards (Walter Avenue)
Jennifer Schmidt (Elm Avenue)
Kristen Spencer (Oxford Boulevard)
Steve Terelmes (Hazel Avenue)
Of those above, these have returned their petitions to city hall with signatures, so will be on the ballot in the August 8 special election.
Flora Avenue neighbors, Laura Miller and Erin Sullivan, have kicked off a monthly thank you to Maplewood’s first responders. For two months they have organized neighborhood pot luck dinners for the fire and police departments. The first one was in March, at Miller’s house. In April it was on Vine Avenue. A couple months ago they went to a city council meeting to get the city’s blessing.
KSDK news Show Me St. Louis visited the newly opened Maplewood restaurant known for having serve-yourself taps — it’s mostly local craft beer, as well as some wine and one tap for cold coffee. Owner Ryan Reel (along with his wife, Lindsay) said the staff is paid a higher than average wage ($15/hour) so tipping isn’t expected. Any tips given go to charities. In the first month all tips will go to Artists First, in Maplewood.
A new soccer gear store, OMG Soccer, opened in early May in the former Miriam Trading Post location, 2171 S. Big Bend Boulevard. Owner Yama Barekzai says he went to Gateway High School in St. Louis and played four years at UMSL. He traveled around, following his dad, to India, Pakistan, Russia, Spain and other countries, growing up. He said it wasn’t much fun, but he played a lot of soccer.