Richmond Heights first responders promoted, hired

Two Richmond Heights firefighters were promoted, and a police officer was hired recently. They were pinned at the council meeting on Tuesday. Joel Craig was promoted to fire captain. He started with the Richmond Heights Fire Department in 2004 and has worked as a medical officer and lead private, and was promoted to captain in October 2016. John Soltysiak was promoted to battalion chief.

“He sure looks like me,” said suspect about man in surveillance photo

According to court and police records, Andrew Jamal Frye, 26, of St. Louis, was charged with theft after the victim reported on Oct. 14 the keys to his car had been stolen from an unlocked locker at The Heights, and his iPhone and wallet containing credit cards had been stolen from his car. One of the credit cards was used at the Lids store at the Galleria. The man who made the purchase at Lids provided a name for a store rewards account.

Smash and grab at Macy’s; high-accident spot

Thieves broke into Macy’s at the Galleria, stealing thousands of dollars worth of wristwatches on Jan. 6 at about 1:45 a.m. Richmond Heights Police police told Fox News. Three suspects shattered the front door and display case with a landscaping stone. They left behind watches by Guess and Fossil but took more expensive watches. The Galleria Macy’s is the latest department store to be hit with smash-and-grabs, according to Fox.

Fire destroys home on Warner Avenue: Post-Dispatch

St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer David Carson (@PDPJ) tweeted Friday morning that a house fire in the 7400 block of Warner Avenue was out. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported at around 9 a.m. that no one was injured and that the fire destroyed the home. Also that the homeowners were away at the time of the fire.

Sprint store robbed

The Sprint store at the Richmond Center in Richmond Heights was broken into and robbed early Tuesday morning, according to KMOV. Suspects crashed a stolen Jeep Liberty through the front of the store and stole several items before getting away. The stolen vehicle was left behind, and was towed away. This is the third break-in at a cell phone store in the St. Louis area in the last week, according to KMOV.

Richmond Heights chief of police retiring

The city of Richmond Heights reported in its weekly email newsletter on Monday that Richmond Heights Chief of Police Roy Wright is retiring, after 43 years of service with the city. Wright’s last day will be Friday, December 16. He served the city as a 911 dispatcher in 1973 until he went to the police academy the following year. Fourteen years later he was promoted to sergeant, then captain, and then major in 2007. Wright has been serving as chief since 2012, when Rick Vilcek retired from the post.

Driver takes out pole on Big Bend

Maplewood resident Robert Chandler sent photos of an accident that took place  Wednesday afternoon in the 2000 block of Big Bend Boulevard. Chandler said a car struck a pole and knocked it down. The city of Richmond Heights has not responded to say if there were any injuries or charges.

Firefighters honored

The Richmond Heights and Maplewood fire department posted on Facebook about recognition they received on Sunday for freeing a trapped victim in a house fire in March. The Richmond Heights Facebook post: Congratulations to Battalion Chief Brian Wideman, Captain John Soltysiak, Private Danny Miner and Medical Officer Leo Davis of the Richmond Heights Fire Department on their Unit Citation award for their assistance to the Maplewood Fire Department with a trapped victim in a house fire back in March. The Maplewood Facebook post: This afternoon Maplewood Fire Department members Capt. (Peter) Marsac, Lt. (Paul) Szydlowski, Pvts.  (Terrence) Jackson and (Eric) Kuntz were presented the medal of Valor from the Fire Chiefs Association. Chief Merrell, Capt. Marsac, Lt. Szydlowski, Pvts. Neff, Kuntz and Jackson were also presented a unit citation award this afternoon also.

Richmond Heights Fire Department names new captain

The Richmond Heights Fire Department has promoted firefighter Joel Craig to the rank of captain, the department posted on Facebook Saturday morning. Steve Carman was promoted to chief in September after being named interim chief in June, when former chief, Kerry Hogan, retired after 38 years of service. Richmond Heights firefighters climb stairs to honor 9/11 victims
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Polo shirt theft fourth offense in four years

Danielle Shanklin, 22, of St. Louis, was charged with stealing Polo brand shirts from Macy’s on September 9, according to court and police records. It was her fourth stealing offense since September 2012. According to records, Shanklin took numerous Polo T-shirts into a fitting room at the Macy’s store and hid them in a shopping bag, then walked out of the store without making any attempt to pay for them. She was apprehended outside the store and the stolen shirts were recovered.