RH church honors first responders

The Richmond Heights church, Church of the Living God, held a service for first responders Sunday afternoon at The Heights. Richmond Heights firefighters, EMS and police officers attended, as well as the church members. Church leader, Elder Robert Caruth Jr., said before the service that first responders are the biblical model of what service is about — daily sacrifice, to give of their time and talent. “They sacrifice their lives for us, to minister our community,” he said. Caruth preached about the prophet Elisha.

Everything is good: owner of last house standing

The owner of the only house not to be demolished for a Menards in a 17-acre Richmond Heights neighborhood still lives there, and says he’s staying. “I like being in Richmond Heights. It’s centrally located — access to everything, so everything is good. Everything is the same,” the owner of 1705 Berkley Avenue, Jelani Aitch said Friday. He won a court decision to keep the house in July 2014.

Missouri Bar honors Gina Mitten

The Missouri Bar has recognized Missouri State Representative Gina Mitten (District 083) with a Missouri Bar Legislative Award. The organization recognizes Missouri legislators who have made significant contributions to legislation which affects the administration of justice and the integrity of the judiciary, according to its website. Mitten said on Twitter (Mitten is @gcmitts): “Big thanks to @mobarnews for this award, and congrats to all the awardees!”

Richmond Heights college freshman found dead in his room

William Leonard Woods Batterson, a freshman at Truman State University and a 2015 graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School was found dead in his room Monday afternoon, KSDK reported. Batterson, of Richmond Heights, was found unresponsive by his roommates Monday afternoon. He was was pronounced dead at a hospital. A cause of death has not been determined, according to KSDK. An autopsy is planned and could take up to eight weeks.

Richmond Heights man charged following crash that killed father of two

A Richmond Heights man has been charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter and driving on a revoked license. James E. Hughes, 53, of the 7700 block of Weston Place had more than double the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he drove the wrong way on Interstate 170 in University City on January 10, causing a crash that killed a father of two, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Hughes was driving the wrong way on southbound 170 about 2:40 a.m. when he crossed three lanes of traffic and hit an oncoming Honda driven by Collin Loveless, 26, of Maryland Heights, according to the Post-Dispatch. Hughes was charged on June 17; his bail was set at $50,000.

Woman thanks neighbors with a tiny library

A Richmond Heights woman who lost her husband to cancer last summer has donated a mini-library to a park near her home. Nicole Skaggs’ husband, Jason, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in August of 2013. He passed away last July. Skaggs said the community really helped out when her husband was ill. The library is her thanks.

Richmond Heights resident charged with felony stealing, was manager at Clayton sandwich shop

A former manager of a Clayton sandwich shop, a resident of Richmond Heights, was charged on Monday in St. Louis County with stealing over $500, a Class C felony. According to Clayton Police, Marci A. Beasley, 31, of the 1400 block of Hawthorne Place, stole at least $11,916 from the Potbelly Sandwich Shop in Clayton, using the money to gamble and make unspecified purchases. Police say Beasley worked as the general manager of the restaurant. The business’ accountant determined that Beasley had been stealing money from the store’s deposits over a period of several months.

Richmond Heights resident advances on ‘Jeopardy!’

Richmond Heights resident, Adam Elkana-Hale, was a preliminary-round winner on ‘Jeopardy!’ Friday, moving on to the next round, Monday at 4:30 p.m. on KSDK (Channel 5), according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He’s competing with 15 U.S. teachers in a tournament that ends Friday. The top prizes are $100,000, $50,000 and $25,000.

Maplewood United Methodist Church celebrates SERVE 2014 this Saturday!

Maplewood United Methodist Church will be participating in the national day of service along with other United Methodist Congregations this fall. On the morning of September 13th  MUMC will have several hands on mission opportunities:

Preparing meals for Shalom House, a women’s safe house
Bagging beans and rice for folks who need a nutritious meal
Volunteering at L’Arche Community on a variety of projects
Doing needed home repairs in Maplewood
Signing up to help with the Mosaic Services 5K Run on September 20
Helping with our Second Time Around Shop which will be open that day

MUMC will also host a lawn party during the day, providing a free lunch and fun activities. Folks in the community are invited to stop by for a free hot dog and snow cone from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.  Also our “Second Hand Shop” will be open from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

MRH Middle School student bring in a ton of food for WOW

MRH Middle School students bring in carload of food for Weekend on Wheels

Maplewood United Methodist Church (MUMC) hosted a back to school dance party for area middle school students on Saturday, August 16th.  Admission was free, but students were asked to donate cash or non-perishable food items to Weekend on Wheels (WOW), a food program operated by students and faculty at the Maplewood Richmond Heights High School. On weekends, WOW sends nutritious food to the homes of children in the school district with a need.  MUMC was thrilled by the generous giving from the more than 40 students and families that attended the dance. 

Not only did this group donate a carload of food, but they also donated more than $100 in cash!  Their efforts will go a long way in helping get the shelves at the WOW re-stocked for the new school year. 

In addition to thanking the students who attended, MUMC would like express their gratitude to Get Happy Productions and the Green Family for donating the DJ services, lights and music for the dance!  

Richmond Heights man escapes from psychiatric hospital

A man who’s last address was in Richmond Heights escaped from from the St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center Sunday afternoon, STL Today reports. An employee of the psychiatric hospital saw Gregg Atkisson, 27, of the 1000 block of Commodore Drive, climb a twenty-foot downspout onto the roof of the hospital from a courtyard and begin running, according to police. Police searched the area but couldn’t find him. Atkisson is wanted by police and remains at large.

Richmond Heights man dies in I-44 collision

A 75-year-old Richmond Heights man died Wednesday after driving the wrong way on Interstate 44 in Franklin County, Fox2 Now reports. Roy T. Blair drove five miles, going west in the eastbound lanes, before colliding with several other cars at about 4:30 a.m. the Missouri Highway Patrol told Fox 2. Blair’s car sideswiped a vehicle, then continued and hit two more cars. Read the full article in Fox2 Now.