Live Juke Joint Piano Bar shuttered: Facebook, Yelp

According to Facebook and Yelp posts, Live Juke Joint Piano Bar in Maplewood has closed permanently. A Facebook post says it closed on July 22. Partners Andrew Graefe, and Phillip “Spanky” Manaois to open the restaurant/bar at 7376 Manchester Road, in November 2015. Back to approximately 2010, the corner has been the Live Juke Joint Piano Bar, the Blind Tiger restaurant, the Jumpin’ Jupiter cabaret, and Jive and Wail piano bar.  

Maplewood’s special election: 15 percent turnout; cost to city $4,000

Approximately 15 percent of registered voters came to the polls from Maplewood Ward 3 for Tuesday’s special election to fill the ward’s vacant city council seat. Maplewood pays the St. Louis County Board of Elections to conduct elections. Board director Eric Fey told 40 South the city will be billed approximately $4,000 for Tuesday’s election. According to an election official there are 2,073 registered voters in the ward; 313 votes were cast.

Conoco station, laundromat changes in Maplewood

The pumps and awning at the Conoco station at 3600 S Big Bend Boulevard were removed on Tuesday. On Wednesday just the station remained. So far, no information to share on the plans. The Big Bend Coin Laundry, next to the Conoco, at 3620 S. Big Bend Boulevard, is still in operation, while its replacement (Maplewood Wash House), at 3010 S. Big Bend is under construction. An employee with the general contractor said it might be finished in one or two months.

Man arrested for fraudulently obtaining oxycontin

Larry D. Hollins, 54, of St. Louis, has been charged with fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance — oxycontin — in Maplewood. According to court and police records, on Nov. 11, 2016, at the Sam’s Club pharmacy in Maplewood, Hollins presented a prescription for oxycontin and asked for it to be filled. A pharmacist filled it, although he was suspicious of the prescription, and confirmed after the fact that the prescription was fraudulent.

‘Chateau Maplewood’ wine bar passes P&Z

Maplewood planning and zoning Monday night approved a new wine bar/restaurant, with retail wine by the bottle at the former J&E Office City location — 7326 Manchester Road. Owner, Brian Hobbs, was the general manager at Bar Les Freres in Clayton for four and a half years, a job he left two and half weeks ago, he told the commission. Hobbs plans on calling the new wine bar Chateau Maplewood, he said after the meeting. It will have about about 20 tables and a wine bar for eight. He plans on serving lunch, dinner and desserts, but the focus will be on wine — a “full wine experience,” he said.

Jenny Schmidt wins Maplewood Ward 3 race — updated with statement

Jenny Schmidt, a 12-and-a-half-year resident of Maplewood with a law office located in downtown Maplewood won the open Ward 3 council seat in the special election on Tuesday. Schmidt won with 163 votes (52.08 percent), Kristen Spencer was second with 105 (33.55 percent) and Steve Terelmes was third with 42 (13.42 percent of the votes). The seat was vacated when Barry Greenberg left it to become mayor. Schmidt is a 12-and-a-half-year resident of Maplewood with a law office located in downtown Maplewood. She represents investors in historic rehabilitation projects utilizing state historic tax credits.

Election in Maplewood Ward 3 is Tuesday

Residents of Maplewood Ward 3 will vote on Tuesday to elect a council person to replace  Barry Greenberg, who was elected mayor in April. In ballot order, the candidates are: Jenny Schmidt, Steve Terelmes and Kristen Spencer. The poling place for the election is the usual poling place for the ward, 7240 Anna Avenue, at Immaculate Conception Church. Jennifer Schmidt (Elm Avenue)

Maplewood council hopeful Jenny Schmidt
Ward 3 candidate Jenny Schmidt follows up

Steve Terelmes (Hazel Avenue)

Ward 3 Candidate Steve Terelmes to hold get-togethers at Muddled Pig, shares more info
More about Ward 3 council hopeful Steve Terelmes

Kristen Spencer (Oxford Boulevard)

Ward 3 candidate Kristen Spencer’s interactions with residents: part 1
Ward 3 candidate Kristen Spencer’s interactions with residents: part 2
Candidate Kristen Spencer to hold get-together, shares Maplewood info
Council candidate Kristen Spencer to meet residents Monday, shares info

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Maplewood Ward 3 candidates answer questions in forum
Maplewood Ward 3 candidates forum: opening and closing remarks

Council candidate Kristen Spencer to meet residents Monday, shares info

Candidate for Maplewood Ward 3 city council, Kristen Spencer, has shared on 40 South what she says is her last report before the election in Ward 3 (only) on Tuesday, Aug. 8. I would like to increase citizen access to government officials and promote transparency and communication. Therefore, as a candidate for the Maplewood city council, I would love to meet with you personally on Monday, August 7th, at 7 p.m. at Sutton Loop Park next to the piano. There will be watermelon.

Maplewood’s speed trailer: data shows where speeders are

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.

Carjacking on Southwest in Maplewood Sunday night

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.

Maplewood P&Z to consider restaurant/wine bar

The Maplewood planning and zoning commission is set to consider on Monday a new restaurant in the 7300 block of Manchester Road. The commission will hear citizens’ comments on a request by Brian Hobbs for a conditional use permit and a liquor license  to operate a restaurant/wine bar and retail shop at 7326 Manchester Road, according to a notice sent to residents nearby. The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at Maplewood City Hall on Aug. 7. 7326 Manchester Road is the former address of J&E Office City, in business in Maplewood for 40 years.

Maplewood Police Department awarded international accreditation

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.