Driver turns onto train tracks, gets caught, hit by train — DWI charged

On March 1 at approximately 4 a.m., a car traveling south on Sutton Boulevard, attempting turn right onto Greenwood Boulevard, turned prematurely, onto the train tracks, becoming lodged on the tracks, according to Maplewood Police. A short time later, a train traveling eastbound collided with the car. The two occupants were able to exit the car before it was hit, and no injuries were reported. The driver, a 23-year-old woman living in the south St. Louis area, was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Police: man ‘returns’ $217 worth of sheets for refund

At the Walmart store in Maplewood, Brendon Joseph O’Callaghan, 21, of Ballwin, selected two sheet sets and a package of pillowcases, and without paying for them, took them to customer service and ‘returned’ the items, receiving a refund of $217 on a gift card, according to court and police records. 

O’Callaghan was identified by the temporary driver’s license he used for the refund  as well as by surveillance video, and a witness from the store. He was arrested several months later. After viewing photos taken from surveillance video, O’Callaghan admitted that he was the man in the video.

Police: man stole vodka from CVS twice

Markise Lydonn Hughes, 41, of St. Louis, was charged with stealing vodka from the Maplewood CVS store on June 17 and on June 19, according to court and police records. On June 17 Hughes entered the CVS and hid three bottles of vodka in his jacket and walked out without paying. He returned two days later and took four bottles of vodka, hiding them in a bag. He was identified from surveillance video of the thefts.

House fire injures 3, kills 4 dogs in Maplewood

Maplewood firefighters put down a house fire in the 7600 block of Weaver Avenue around 4:30 a.m. on Friday that injured three adults and killed four dogs, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The adults were taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. The dogs died of smoke inhalation, Maplewood Fire Chief Terry Merrell told the Post-Dispatch. City officials suspect candles left burning in the basement caused the fire.

Girl found on Sunday released to family services, police searching for her mother

The young girl found alone in Maplewood on Sunday night has been released to the custody of the state’s Division of Family Services, according to Maplewood Police. Police said the girl is seven years old. She was found her with nothing but the clothes on her back, police said. They’re currently trying to contact with the girl’s mother, and the investigation is ongoing, they say. When she was found, the fire department bought her clothes, shoes, toys, and a tooth brush and tooth paste.

Maplewood firefighters, police officers help young girl found on the street

The Maplewood Professional Firefighters Community Outreach group on Sunday night helped a young girl found on the street by Maplewood Police with “nothing but the clothing on her back,” they reported on Facebook. The police department asked the fire department if they had a blanket for her. Update: The girl was released to the state Family Services Division, Maplewood police said. The fire department went to Walmart and bought clothes, shoes, some toys, and a tooth brush and tooth paste. While the firefighters were shopping police officers fed her dinner and entertained her with the movie, Tangled.

Maplewood officer honored

Maplewood Police Cpl. Steven R. Jamerson was honored with the department’s Award of Excellence at last week’s city council meeting for thwarting the theft of several cars from Dean Team Volvo on Christmas morning, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Jamerson was on patrol around 4 a.m. when he saw three occupied cars, each with a Dean Team license plate holder, parked near the dealership, Police Chief Stephen Kruse said. Jamerson radioed for help as they sped off. He and other officers caught one of the suspects in Sunnen Business Park.

Cashier stole from Walmart: police

A St. Louis man, Haikeem Abdul Seabrook, 24, was charged with taking cash from the Maplewood Walmart store, while an employee there. According to court and police records, between Nov. 28 and Dec. 1, 2016, Seabrook was seen on surveillance video taking cash from his register and hiding it in his pockets over a period of several days.

Gifts, gun stolen; police say don’t leave valuables in cars

Maplewood police are telling residents not to leave valuables in cars, following a rash break-ins Tuesday night. According to Maplewood police, thieves broke into eight cars — mostly unlocked — on Rannells and Jerome avenues and Lyndover Place, stealing wallets, purses, a gun and Christmas presents. A Rannells Avenue resident said all the vehicles were unlocked in the street or driveway and one had Christmas presents sitting on the trunk.

Pedestrian hit on Manchester

A Maplewood merchant took photos out his window of Maplewood police and fire  responding to a pedestrian that was hit by a car in the 7300 block of Manchester Road on Wednesday. Maplewood police said the pedestrian was taken to a local hospital for treatment. They also urged pedestrians and drivers to be alert and use caution in the area.