Maplewood city officials on Tuesday approved new police cars, car video cameras, and also a new AirBnb. According to Mayor Barry Greenberg, the council passed, among others:
A resolution to provide $7,000 in overtime reimbursement for ‘enforcement activities involving occupant protection, hazardous moving violations and vulnerable roadway user enforcement activities.’ The grant, through Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Blueprint for Safer Roadways Program, also provides $3,060 for a new radar unit. A resolution to buy three police vehicles from Bommarito Ford for $56,178, including a trade-in. Ten Panasonic cameras for installation in 10 police patrol vehicles at a cost of $99,707.
The Maplewood police speed trailer, which shows drivers their speed as they approach it, also collects data. Since June it’s been used on Laclede Station Road, and Folk, Hazel, Marietta, Woodland and Lohmeyer avenues. Folk Avenue saw the highest number of speeding violations recorded, at 58 percent. Laclede Station was next at 33. Hazel, near Myrtle was next with 31. Woodlawn Avenue followed with 30.
Three women were carjacked in Maplewood Sunday night in the 7200 block of Southwest Avenue, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Tuesday. The women were unpacking their car about 11:30 p.m., police told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. They were approached by three hooded men, including one who threatened one of the women with a shotgun.
The Maplewood Police Department was awarded international accreditation on July 29 in Providence, RI, by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) in the Law Enforcement program. Maplewood’s police department was first accredited by CALEA on July 26, 2014, the department reported in a release on Saturday. Maplewood Police reported:
Following a multi-year self-assessment phase and a meticulous site-based assessment of community engagement, policy, procedures, equipment and facilities by CALEA assessors, Maplewood Police Chief Stephen Kruse and Accreditation Manager/Sergeant Michael Martin attended the CALEA conference in Providence, Rhode Island. Each agency being reviewed, goes before CALEA’s 21-member board of commissioners where the commission reviews all findings and determines the agencies’ accreditation status. The evening of the hearing, during the celebration banquet, CALEA President Richard Myers and Executive Director Craig Hartley awarded the Maplewood Police Department with accreditation, signifying excellence in public safety and commitment to community.
Terry T. Nebbitt Sr., 67, of St. Louis was charged with his third stealing-related offense, after stealing 22 pairs of Polo brand boxer shorts from Macy’s on December 27, 2016, according to court and police records. Nebbitt hid the shorts in a bag and walked out of the store without making an attempt to pay. He was caught outside the store and the items were recovered. He had previously pleaded guilty to stealing in Brentwood and St.
Matthew R. Higgins, 25, of Cedar Hill, MO, was charged with resisting arrest after leaving the Maplewood QuikTrip on April 21 at high speed in a car stolen in Jefferson County, according to court and police records. As Higgins left he nearly hit multiple police officers. He drove at high rates of speed and traveled through intersections controlled by red light signals. He eventually stopped and was taken into custody. Also in Maplewood, Marvailes N. Emory, 31, of St.
Austin L. Johnson, 19, of St. Louis and Ethan E. Walsh, 23, of Warrenton were charged with damaging cars in Maplewood with the intent to steal items.
According to court and police records, on March 22, Johnson and Walsh ripped the soft top of a Jeep Wrangler and prayed open the center counsel while entering the Jeep. Johnson and Walsh were arrested on the scene and admitted to going through multiple vehicles to steal items. Johnson told police he was the lookout and that they had gone through multiple vehicles on Flora Avenue.
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.
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).
Courtney Boyd, 22, of St. Louis, has been charged with robbery in the October 26, 2015 strong-arm theft of a car in Maplewood, according to court and police records.Boyd robbed the victim at gunpoint of his cell phone, vehicle and keys at 7218 Zephyr Place, in Maplewood. Maplewood police reported multiple carjackings, which took place on Sunday, June 4. Police are still investigating those crimes.
Maplewood Police are investigating carjackings and attempted carjackings that took place during the day on Sunday, according to KSDK. Maplewood Detective Sergeant John LeClerc told KSDK the first attempted carjacking happened around 4:30 p.m. outside Urban Breath Yoga on Sutton. A man asked a woman to use her phone then displayed a handgun and demanded her car keys. She went into the yoga studio and the suspect followed her inside, displaying the handgun to everyone in the studio. That’s when she handed over her keys.
Steven Pappas, 40, of St. Charles, was charged with having methamphetamine, after being arrested for the offense on February 28 at 1900 Maplewood Commons Drive. According to court and police records, a Maplewood officer responded to a call of a theft in progress. Pappas was identified as the subject. The officer arrested Pappas for theft.
A male driver was arrested for driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident after running into a door on a building on Marietta Avenue Wednesday night, according to Maplewood Police. Residents on Marietta and employees at businesses in the 7300 block of Manchester Road heard tires squealing then a crash at around 11 p.m. — several called 911 to report it. The driver was found at the Maplewood QuikTrip in a Jeep with two flat tires, a witness said. The damage to the building was being repaired on Thursday.