According to the city of Richmond Heights, Police Major Doug Schaeffler was promoted to chief of police on April 10 after serving as interim chief. Roy Wright retired as chief in December. Schaeffler promoted Captain Craig Mueller to major/ assistant chief on April 12, and Detective Sergeant Gerry Rohr to captain on April 14. The department will begin the process of filling the vacancies left by the promotions. Richmond Heights first responders promoted, hired
The Richmond Heights Police Department softball team (The Pounders) fell to 2-0 recently. A report of the 13-11 game on the department Facebook page features two team standouts. Last Monday, the Richmond Heights Pounders softball team lost 13 to 11 falling to 0-2 on the season. A star player was found in Officer Amy Loftus as the new mainstay at the hot corner. Detective Anthony Hayden homered for the 2nd straight game and demonstrated an outfield glove that can only be compared to a giant trout net.
On Saturday, a few Richmond Heights firefighters took part in the American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb, they reported on Facebook. The firefighters completed the climb consisting of 40 floors while wearing all of their PPE (personal protective equipment), including breathing air from SCBAs (self-contained breathing apparatus). As a team, they raised $535 for the American Lung Association to help those with breathing complications.
A Richmond Heights resident reported there was an apparent crime scene on Woodland Drive between Dale and I-64/40 Tuesday morning. “I just drove by and there was a ton of crime scene tape up, police cars and at least five black unmarked cars. I saw some crime scene unit person taking pictures of the inside of a van.” Inside the vehicle was Michael Hutson, 51, of Imperial, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Hutson was a police ‘person of interest’ in the shooting of Kathleen, Hutson, 50, of St.
Alexander Anderson, 17, Callium Docherty, 17, and Kevin Jefferson, 18, acting together, were charged with doing $2,164 worth of damage to a 2015 Chevy Equinox in the 1100 block of Terrance Drive in Richmond Heights, on February 10. Docherty said the damage was done because Anderson and the victim’s daughter had been “fighting” and Anderson wanted to “get back at her,” according to records. The car was owned by the victim’s employer. According to the police record, three of the car’s tires were punctured, black paint was sprayed on the front bumper, headlights, hood, windshield, driver’s side windows and doors, rear hatchback and windshield, and rear license plate. Inside the car the driver’s side door panel and seat had been painted, and an oily chemical substance (WD-40) sprayed on the dashboard, steering wheel, center console and elsewhere.
Javon Winston, 24, of St. Louis, was charged with second degree burglary in a Richmond Heights home break-in, which took place in August 2014, after police found DNA evidence leading to his arrest, according to court and police records. Richmond Heights Police responded to a silent alarm at a home in the 7300 block of Glades Avenue. The victim reported that every room of his home had been rummaged through. There was evidence of forced entry.
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.
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.
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.
Firefighters from Richmond Heights and other departments put out a house fire Friday morning. No one was home, and the house was gutted. Richmond Heights Fire Department posted photos of the fire on its Facebook page.
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.
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.