Thefts charged in Maplewood, Richmond Heights: another failed attempt at theft by tossing stuff over fence

Thefts were attempted at Lowe’s and Macy’s, in July and August, according to police and court records. Angela Jeannine Brown, 49, of St. Louis (aliases: Sheila Coleman, Betty J. Pace, Carla R. Jones, Rhonda Jefferies, Angela Gaston, Tayvier Banks, Angie Brown and others) appropriated four bottles of fragrances from Macy’s department store on August 11. She was caught outside the store and the merchandise was recovered. She confessed the theft.

‘Unexploded bomb’ shuts down Richmond Heights fire department, city hall

Police shut down the area around the Richmond Heights City Hall, fire department and police department Friday afternoon after two men brought an “unidentified object” to the fire department, the city said. Police stopped traffic on Big Bend Boulevard and Dale Avenue as a metropolitan police department robot inspected a truck parked near the fire department, an employee of Telle Tire, across the street, said. According to Richmond Heights City Manager Amy Hamilton: “Two gentlemen brought an unidentified object to the FD that they had found at a local residence they are working on. FD called the metro bomb squad to come identify and remove the object.” Updated, with information from the Richmond Heights Police Department:

A press release titled: “Unexploded Bomb” — At about 2:15 p.m. two men found what they believed may be a pipe bomb in a Richmond Heights home they were rehabbing.

Woman struck, killed while crossing Clayton Road

Gretchen Stahlschmidt, 43, was hit by a vehicle on Clayton Road as she entered the crosswalk, northbound, at Highland Terrace, at 8:51 p.m. on September 2, according to Richmond Heights Police Captain Captain Craig A. Mueller. She was pronounced dead at Barnes Hospital. Mueller said the incident is under investigation. She was struck by an eastbound 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee as she was walking north. The driver stayed at the scene and performed CPR on Stahlschmidt, Mueller said.

Joint fire command would help eliminate waste: Post-Dispatch

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, in an editorial, calls it “encouraging” that Brentwood, Clayton, Maplewood, Richmond Heights and Rock Hill are talking about ways to consolidate their firefighting efforts, but says it’s unfortunate the talks are about unifying the command structures and not overall fire departments. According to the Post-Dispatch, the five fire departments serve a population of 45,031, and the five fire stations are mostly within two miles of each other. Also that the departments are top heavy with chiefs and assistants. Joint fire command to include Brentwood, Maplewood, Richmond Heights
One chief proposed for 5-city joint fire command: Post-Dispatch

The plan calls for consolidating the command functions into one management team with one chief, three deputies, three battalion commanders and two inspectors.

One chief proposed for 5-city joint fire command: Post-Dispatch

Clayton, Rock Hill and Richmond Heights have approved a resolution to work with Brentwood and Maplewood (not yet approved the resolution) to study a joint fire command for the five cities. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: A study by Emergency Services Consulting International concluded “a consolidated administrative and support branch to oversee operation of the five fire departments would lead to improved efficiency and elimination of redundant effort,” improved firefighter safety and possibly cost-savings. Richmond Heights approves joint fire command study; Brentwood and Maplewood: not yet

The Post-Dispatch went into more detail about the proposal recently:

One chief would direct operations for the five participating cities. There would be three deputy chiefs, three battalion commanders and two inspectors.

Police seeking persons of interest in shooting

Richmond Heights Police are asking the public’s help to find two persons of interest for their connection to the shooting incident on northbound Hanley Road near Interstate 64 on Aug. 10, according to KMOV. Police say two vehicles’ occupants were shooting at each other. No injuries were reported. Anyone with information is asked to call the Richmond Heights Detective Bureau at (314) 645-3000.

Richmond Heights approves joint fire command study; Brentwood and Maplewood: not yet

Three cities — Clayton, Rock Hill and Richmond Heights — have now approved a resolution to authorize their city administrators/managers to work with the fire chiefs to  study a joint fire command for Brentwood, Clayton, Maplewood, Richmond Heights and Rock Hill. Richmond Heights officials passed the resolution on August 15. 

All cities would have their own fire departments and fire stations, but would share a joint fire command staff structure. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: A study by Emergency Services Consulting International concluded “a consolidated administrative and support branch to oversee operation of the five fire departments would lead to improved efficiency and elimination of redundant effort,” improved firefighter safety and possibly cost-savings. Richmond Heights City Manager Amy Hamilton said Wednesday that the council didn’t want to study to linger; she said they wondered if six months would be enough time.

Joint fire command to include Brentwood, Maplewood, Richmond Heights

A plan is in the works to develop a joint fire command for Brentwood, Clayton, Maplewood, Richmond Heights and Rock Hill, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported. Rock Hill officials at their meeting on Tuesday passed a resolution authorizing their city administrator and fire chief to work with officials and fire chiefs from Brentwood, Clayton, Maplewood and Richmond Heights to set up a joint fire command staff structure. All cities will still have their own fire departments and fire stations, according to the Post-Dispatch. According to the Post-Dispatch: A study by Emergency Services Consulting International concluded “a consolidated administrative and support branch to oversee operation of the five fire departments would lead to improved efficiency and elimination of redundant effort,” improved firefighter safety and possibly cost-savings.

Richmond Heights police arrest car break-in suspect

Many (a Richmond Heights resident said eight) cars were broken into Monday night in Richmond Heights. On Tuesday afternoon Richmond Heights Police reported on Facebook that they had arrested a suspect. The Facebook post:

“Overnight, while patrolling our neighborhoods, officers from the RHPD arrested a male subject in connection to numerous recent car break-ins. Charges are pending as the investigation continues. Great job to all officers involved.”

Car crashes through Richmond Heights living room

Monday morning, the driver of a Mercedes Benz hit two cars, and involved a third, on Council Avenue in Richmond Heights, then was going fast enough to jump the curb in front of a house on Claytonia Terrace, thread the two columns on the porch and bury the car in the front of the house, demolishing masonry and the front door. No one was home at the time. There was one reported related injury. The driver was taken away in handcuffs neighbors said. A Richmond Heights police officer said the driver of the Mercedes (the suspect) was “out of it.”

Break-ins in Richmond Heights

Car break-ins in Richmond Heights were reported on Twitter Wednesday morning. Richmond Heights Police, at the time, said only one had been reported to them. The Tweets and responses are below:

 

RHPD’s bike patrol

Richmond Heights Police Department officers go through a two-week long special training, ending with a 20-mile ride from the St. Louis County Police Academy to the Arch and back.