Maplewood revises its court rules

The Maplewood Municipal Court Rules have been updated, according to the city’s Facebook page. 

The revised rules go into effect on July 1, 2017. No details about what has been changed is included in the post. 40 South has contacted the city for details; so far there’s been no response. A link to the new rules, an 18-page PDF file, is included in the Facebook post. In November 2016 ArchCity Defenders filed a federal class action lawsuit against the city of Maplewood for “implementing and enforcing an illegal, racially biased cash bail system that exploits low-income people in order to generate revenue,” according to their press release at the time.

Here’s the August 8 special election ballot

The St. Louis County Board of Elections has posted the ballots for the August 8 special elections. Maplewood is among several municipalities holding elections. Maplewood’s election on the date is to fill the council seat left vacant when Ward 3 council member Barry Greenberg was elected mayor. See the ballot here on the board of election’s website.

Mobilize Missouri forms action team in Maplewood-Richmond Heights; endorses candidate in Maplewood Council Race

Mobilize Missouri, a member-driven, grassroots activist organization, has expanded its mission of supporting progressive candidates and initiatives to St. Louis County. We are excited to announce the first County action team: MoMO Maplewood-Richmond Heights. Currently, our action team’s primary focus is the Maplewood City Council Ward 3 race with our endorsement of Jenny Schmidt. This is a special election that will be held August 8.

Antiques shop planned for Big Bend location

An ‘antique, vintage and collectible store’ is planned for 2301 S. Big Bend Boulevard. Maplewood Planning and Zoning is set to vote on a recommendation for the shop at its July 5 meeting, at city hall at 7 p.m., according to a city notice on the door. The commission will also hear citizens’ comments. Ronnie Vinton made the request for planning and zoning to consider the store. Maplewood City Council will hold a public hearing on the matter at its meeting on July 11.

Suspects ripped through top of Jeep to steal items: police

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.

Ward 3 candidate Kristen Spencer’s interactions with residents: part 1

Kristen Spencer, Maplewood Ward 3 city council candidate, in the August 8 special election, says she has been walking Maplewood and talking to the residents. She shares some thoughts here. I have been spending a lot of time getting to know Maplewood residents in depth by asking people what they love most about Maplewood and what they would like to see improved. I want to showcase the praises and concerns that our neighbors have about Maplewood and share how I would address these issues if elected to the council. The quotes below represent sentiments from actual Ward 3 residents.

Felony theft at Target

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.

Yoga studio opens new location in Maplewood

Calliope Massage Studio, which has operated out of 7346 Manchester Road, has moved to 2104 Bellevue Avenue. Shanti Yoga first opened at 7346 Manchester Road (upstairs). Now other businesses are sharing the space. Calliope Massage Studio and Kathryn Stinson, LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) have both made the move, to join Foundations Massage and Wellness at the new location. See also: Business combine purposes at new Maplewood location

Maplewood armed robbery suspect charged

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).

Maplewood mayor honors immigrants

Maplewood Mayor Barry Greenberg has signed a proclamation recognizing the month of June 2017 as Immigrant Heritage Month. It is a nationwide movement. Immigrants have built our economy and created unique social and cultrual influence, and yet have been overlooked and undervalued, to the present day, the proclamation says. The city of Rock Hill is also set to approve the proclamation at its meeting this week.

P-D reader says Maplewood ‘wastes its time on kindergarten theatrics’

A writer to the editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has criticized the city of Maplewood, which approved the ‘We Are Still In‘ environmental initiative in a resolution at its recent council meeting, telling the Post-Dispatch to “please spare me this mindless drivel.” We Are Still In is a group of city officials and other leaders who have declared they support the Paris Climate Agreement in spite of President Trump’s rejection of it. The Post-Dispatch reported the Maplewood Council’s decision on Wednesday. “A population of 8,000 people is not a city.

Live fiddle music in Maplewood, and a book for sale

Howard Wight Marshall, author of the new book Fiddler’s Dream: Old-Time, Swing, and Bluegrass Fiddling in Twentieth-Century Missouri, will hold a book signing on Friday, July 7 at 7 p.m. at The Book House, 7352 Manchester Rd. The program will feature live fiddle music from local musicians, according to a press release. Howard Wight Marshall is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Missouri and former director of the Missouri Cultural Heritage Center. He is also the author of Play Me Something Quick and Devilish. This book explores and documents the heritage of traditional fiddles and music in Missouri, with emphasis on the 1920s-60s, decades of great change in cultural traditions, in daily life, and in styles and repertoires of fiddle music.