Lease signed for new Taco Bell

Dan Lesseg, who owns the property in Maplewood where Tim Hortons built a shop and operated until it closed in December, has said Taco Bell signed a lease on Tuesday. The news that Taco Bell was moving there (2721 S. Big Bend Boulevard) from the 6660 Manchester Avenue location broke in April, when employees from there and other locations said it was impending. At the time an employee at the 6660 Manchester Avenue location said it would happen around November 2018. See also: Taco Bell taking over former Maplewood Tim Hortons location: employees, Maplewood neighbors meet Taco Bell reps: discuss noise, lights


Maplewood Shop ‘n Save discounts go deeper

The Shop ‘n Save in Maplewood, which is shutting its doors in mid-June, has gone to the next level of discounts, an employee at the courtesy counter said Wednesday morning. Some items have been discounted 20 percent. The discounts is now are 40 to 75 percent. See also: Maplewood Shop ‘n Save to close, Union Local 655 says, Shop ‘n Save’s closing date is set, employees say

So if you’ve been waiting now’s the time. FYI, the beer aisle was already getting sparse on Tuesday.

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.

Maplewood biz owner takes part in Trailnet Bike to Work Day

The only Trailnet Bike to Work Day coffee stop in Maplewood Friday monring was at Zee Bee Market, manned by owner, Julio Zegarra-Ballon. At 8:30 a.m. he said he had seen seven bikers go by (in the rain). Two took the time to stop. He was serving coffee and scones from Foundation Grounds. Zegarra-Ballon said he plans to participate every year.

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.

Maplewood officials discuss problem traffic areas; new council member sworn in

In addition to approving Great Rivers Greenway  implementing a new greenway through Maplewood, city officials on Tuesday discussed car and bus traffic, and a new council member was sworn in. A resident who spoke in favor of the greenway, also said it’s almost impossible for residents taking their children to the Maplewood Richmond Heights ECC to cross Big Bend Boulevard at Flora Avenue because rush hour often traffic blocks the intersection. Councilman Ray Crader said some residents on Blendon Place had complained about cars from the used car lot at the corner at Manchester Avenue speeding and blocking parking. City Manager Marty Corcoran said the car lot is in St. Louis City and part of Blendon is in Maplewood.

Maplewood officials OK new greenway work through Greenwood neighborhood

Maplewood officials have agreed to move forward with Great Rivers Greenway to implement a greenway through the Greenwood neighborhood, connecting Francis R. Slay Park to the east with the Deer Creek Greenway to the west. The route is to go along Oxford and Sussex avenues and Greenwood Boulevard. City officials voted (5-1) on Tuesday to approve GRG spending $103,000 to study three intersection on the route: Canterbury and Greenwood avenues, Sutton Boulevard at the rail road crossing, and Oxford and Big Bend. With Ward 1 council member Sandi Phillips seated — she was sworn in that night, the council agreed (other than Tim Dunn, the only no vote) that that GRG had addressed the city’s concerns and any further delays would likely kill the project. See also: Great Rivers Greenway rejects Maplewood proposal, Great Rivers Greenway giving Maplewood a 2nd chance

This is after the city originally gave GRG a list of stipulations, which eventually caused caused the loss of a federal grant — missing the deadline, GRG 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.

Taste of Maplewood Street Festival-Community Stage Performers Sought

The Mid County Chamber of Commerce is extending an invitation to local performers to apply for a spot in the 10th annual Taste of Maplewood Street Festival community stage line up on Saturday, May 19. One applicant will be selected and earn the opportunity to perform on the community stage, along with the other volunteer entertainment. No compensation is offered to performers on the community stage. The performer selected will have access to a covered bandwagon stage, sound, and sound technician. Performances may include music, storytelling, dance, magic, or any other special talent or skills.

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

Taco Bell taking over former Maplewood Tim Hortons location: employees

According to Taco Bell employees at various locations, the Taco Bell at 6660 Manchester Avenue, is moving into the former Tim Hortons location in Maplewood, at 2721 S. Big Bend Boulevard. One, at the 6660 Manchester Avenue location, said it will happen around November 2018. The Tim Hortons closed its doors in December, along with all other St. Louis locations of the franchise.