Car stolen from Flora Avenue resident

According to court and police records, Eric Wallace, 38, of Blackwell, MO, stole a 2002 Toyota Highlander from a Maplewood resident in the 7300 block of Flora Avenue. The victim reported that his car, containing tools and other property valued at $6,610, had been stolen while it was parked overnight outside his house. The car was recovered two days later being driven by Wallace in Jefferson County. The victim said Wallace was an acquaintance of his, but had no explanation as to how Wallace had the key to the car. Wallace claimed that he had taken the car not realizing that it belonged to the victim because hew was angry with the victim’s house mate.

Rape, DWI charges in Brentwood, Maplewood

Charges were made for rape, and driving while intoxicated recently, according to court and police records. Davion Howard, 19, of St. Louis city, was charged with second degree rape in Brentwood on April 13. According to records, Howard had sexual intercourse with the victim without her consent on February 15. Howard admitted to police that the victim told him ‘no’ multiple times.

Man steals iPhone at Walmart, gets caught

Derrick L. Cartwright, 37, of Florissant, was charged with a Class C felony of receiving stolen property in the theft of an iPhone from the Maplewood Walmart, according to court and police records. The victim reported that her iPhone, which had her driver’s license and a credit card contained in its case, had been misplaced while she was shopping at the Walmart store in Maplewood. The phone and case were valued at $550. A review of surveillance video showed a man picking it up from the ground near the exit. The victim sent a text message from her daughter’s phone to her stolen phone, offering a $500 reward for the return of the phone.

Police substation opens at Lowe’s

On Tuesday the Maplewood Lowe’s Store held a dedication for a new Maplewood Police substation, according to a post on Facebook. The new substation will provide an office for police officers for completing reports, while offering onsite police assistance to the store, patrons and the business community.  

Also — As part of the planned Mid County Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Spirit Week, March 20-24, an event is planned to honor First Responders (Police and Fire) in Maplewood and Richmond Heights. Look for an event on March 21 from 8-9 a.m. at Citizens National Bank. Tim Hortons will provide donuts and coffee.

Artwork vandalized in Maplewood

The sculpture of a woman/book case — ‘Words into Dreams’ — in front of The Book House, 7352 Manchester Road in Maplewood, was apparently vandalized Thursday night. An employee, Mark Gould, found her in pieces when he arrived Friday morning. He said parts were removed and replaced randomly. For instance a Barbie Doll’s head was removed and moved. The book store filed a report with Maplewood Police.

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.