Maplewood Police adds two new officers

Maplewood Police has hired two new probationary officers recently. Both were announced on the department’s Facebook page. Probationary Police Officer Ryan Gibbons (below) will be assigned to the patrol division. Officer Gibbons is a nine-year veteran of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and has served in various specialized units.

8 businesses affected by Maplewood fire, cleanup begins

Crews were at work Wednesday beginning the cleanup after Monday’s fire in downtown Maplewood. Harmony Health and Healing (7342 Manchester, second floor) where the fire started was damaged the most, has a fund to help them renovate and reopen. Shanti Yoga, next to Harmony Health and Healing, had extensive smoke damage, has started a recovery fund to help pay the teachers who are out of work during their renovation. According to the owner, on Facebook: “After two days of round the clock cleaning and treatment, not much progress has been made in regards to the level of smoke damage in our space.” A Woodard employee said eight businesses were affected by the smoke.

Police: cars ransacked on Saturday morning

Maplewood Police posted on social media that on Saturday morning officers discovered that several unlocked vehicles were rifled through in the Maple, Flora, Canterbury avenues area. If you were affected by this please call Maplewood Police at 314-645-3000. They posted this map of the affected area. Also on Twitter, a resident posted his car on Commonwealth had been ransacked Friday night.

Pedestrian struck, killed on Big Bend

At approximately 2 p.m. on Monday a man in his 60s crossing S. Big Bend Boulevard just north of Manchester Road was struck and killed, according to Maplewood Police. Maplewood Police Lieutenant Matt Neighbor said the driver of the car was apprehended south of the area by another police department and was being questioned. The accident is being investigated as a crime scene by police. No other details were available. Traffic was moving through the intersection on Manchester, but S. Big Bend is closed from Rannells to Flora avenues until at least 5 p.m.


Police continues to search for missing Maplewood woman

Maplewood police are continuing to search for a Maplewood woman who has been missing since last week. Barbara Johnson, 62, was last seen on May 16  around 3 p.m. in the 7200 block of Manchester Road. According to the Search and Rescue Facebook page, Johnson is about 4-foot-10, she is suffering from osteoarthritis, anxiety, bipolar, and severe alcoholism. She does not have her house keys, wallet, ID, bus pass, metro pass, money or cell phone on her. She hasn’t been seen or heard from for about nine days.

House fire in Maplewood doused; residents think caused by cigarettes tossed on leaves

Maplewood and other area fire departments put down a house fire in the 3600 block of Commonwealth Avenue that started at a little after 8 p.m. on Tuesday. There were no injuries reported. Second floor resident Christian Hoppenjans said when they first noticed smoke they thought it was an electrical appliance so they turned everything off, then saw that it was coming through the vents. “So we just did a lap around the house and the fire was in the back porch, it was about this tall [five feet],” he said. “We immediately started pulling out buckets, and we obviously immediately called the fire department, but they came out, they said you don’t understand, it’s in the basement.

Man stopped for ‘acting suspiciously’ hid behind tree when officer passed while on patrol

Maplewood Police posted on social media on Monday that a man police stopped for “acting suspiciously” in a residential area had a gun. According to Maplewood Police: “On 4/29/2018, a 33-year-old man from northern St. Louis County was stopped for acting suspiciously in a residential area. During the stop, it was discovered that he was a fugitive and a convicted felon in possession of a .45 caliber handgun.” Updated with further information: Cpl. Dan Fernandez saw the subject at 3:30 a.m. while on routine patrol near Sutton Boulevard and Richmond Place.

Drug deal was cause of shooting police say

Maplewood Police have said the shots reported fired at the Shop ‘n Save parking lot on Friday resulted from a drug deal that took place in a vehicle parked there. Police released this statement Saturday afternoon:

On April 27, 2018 at approximately 6:20 p.m., Maplewood Police Officers responded to the adjoining parking lot of Citizens National Bank and Shop ‘n Save, located in the 7300 block of Manchester Road for the report of shots fired. Through investigation, it was determined that three individuals were involved in a drug transaction inside a vehicle parked on the parking lot. While the three subjects were inside the vehicle, one subject was robbed at gunpoint by the driver. After the robbery occurred inside the vehicle, two subjects exited the vehicle, and a brief physical altercation ensued.

Bystander hit as shots fired on Shop ‘n Save parking lot

A bystander was hit in the leg by a stray bullet as shots were fired on the Maplewood Shop ‘n Save parking lot near Citizens National Bank Friday at about 6:25 p.m. according to a witness. One person has been arrested, Fox 2 reported. A witness who declined to be named said he was four isles over when it happened. He said he was told it started as a fist fight. “I just heard it, I was like, that ain’t fireworks,” he said.

Pie Oh My, other Maplewood business vandalized: suspect arrested wearing only boxer shorts

Maplewood business Pie Oh My was hit by vandals, they posted on Twitter on Monday. They say they’ll be closed Tuesday for cleaning up and back in business on Wednesday. The suspect, 22-year-old Michael Brooker, broke into Pie Oh My, took off his clothes down to his boxer shorts, and then spread either blackberry or blueberry jam all over the inside of the shop, KMOV reported. Maplewood Police said a person in the area called the police about a man in his boxer shorts, covered in blood, standing outside near the art gallery. After police contacted Brooker, investigation showed him to be responsible for the damage to the two businesses.

Maplewood Police: did someone rummage through your car?

Via Maplewood Police on social media on Suynday: This morning, a suspect was arrested in the area of Laclede Station and Comfort. The suspect was in possession of stolen property from a vehicle on Comfort. If you live in the area and your vehicle has been rummaged through please contact us at 314-645-3000. #Maplewood #stlcrime

Maplewood police arrest juveniles for theft; felon with handguns and marijuana

Maplewood Police arrested three juveniles who they say broke into unlocked cars on March 26, according to a Tweet from the department. The post included aerial photos of the areas of Manchester Road and Yale Avenue, and of Lyle and Margarette avenues. In another Tweet the department said in a routine traffic stop on March 25, an officer found a felon in possession of handguns and marijuana. Charges are pending.

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Time for nominations for award for police officer who has shown compassion; Maplewood officer won last year

Last year the Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri 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. It’s time for this year’s nominations. The award has been given since 1987 to a police department, sheriff’s office, National Park Service, campus police department or a Missouri State Trooper assigned to or located in the City of St. Louis or the counties of St. Louis, St.

Tour Maplewood’s new firehouse

Maplewood firefighters will host the public on Saturday, April 14 from noon to 5 p.m. in an open house for the new firehouse. The city is asking visitors to  park behind the firehouse (north side) and enter through the main lower level doors. The building is designed for energy savings, with LED lighting throughout. The firefighters’ mattresses are from Mattress Wholesale and the closets from Saint Louis Closet Co., both Maplewood companies. See also: Maplewood’s new firehouse: Maplewood-made closets, Swiss-made garage doors

Police warn of car theft scam

Maplewood police say a man and woman in a dark colored pick up have been seen in area parking lots trying to scam people to steal their cars. Police say the couple tells drivers their wheel is broken but it’s an attempt to steal their car. Police also think a white car is involved. Police warn not to speak with these people and to call the department immediately at (314) 645-3000.

Police report arrest for illegal oxycodone purchase

Maplewood Police reported on Facebook and Twitter that Shareka Mosby, 33, was arrested and subsequently charged with ‘fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance’ after an investigation by Maplewood Police revealed that she illegally obtained 120 tablets of oxycodone with acetaminophen (Percocet) from Sam’s Club pharmacy. Also from Maplewood Police:

Artists First artist honors Maplewood Police with painting, officer buys it

Artists First artist Danny Speck wanted to honor the Maplewood Police Department, so he painted a picture of a Maplewood police car. Maplewood Police Corporal Steve Jamerson liked it so much he surprised Speck and bought it. This is a correction. Previously it was said that the department bought the painting. Artists First is a non-profit art studio in Maplewood that provides a nurturing environment for people with a variety of disabilities including pervasive psychiatric illness, cognitive challenges, acquired brain injury, and post traumatic stress disorder.